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Old 10-11-2014, 08:54 AM   #1
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5 Star Tune & Safe-T-Plus

I added the two items above. The Safe-T-Plus really helps driving in a straight line and makes driving much easier. We haven't had a blow out, but I assume it will help their too.

The 5 Star Tune really makes a big differance in smoother shifting and more power. I can't comment on the gas MPG savings as we haven't driven that far after installing it. I'll also add their customer service & support is great.

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Old 10-11-2014, 09:47 AM   #2
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i'll be interested in hearing the results on the 5star
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:40 AM   #3
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I have had my 5 Star for about 5 months now and 6,000 miles. The performance increase is noticable.
Fuel mileage increase was minimal. Mine still has a tendency to make the 5-3 shift and not use 4th if the initial increase of incline to the hill is steeper than the unit likes. It is better than stock in this regard but could be better still with more tuning. I found that I could manipulate the 5-3 shift by clicking the coast button on the cruise control once or twice just as the Rv starts to slow down. It will then shift to 4th and hold there longer.
I also installed a Scan Gauge 2 and that was a much better tool for fuel milage increases. It makes you aware of your fuel burn rate for each gear. If you can keep the RV from down shifting your mileage will increase 1-2mpg.
We also installed the Bilstein steering stabilizer shock. That was the final piece that improved the drivability of our RV. A rear track bar was the single biggest improvement.
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:42 AM   #4
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I added the two items above. The Safe-T-Plus really helps driving in a straight line and makes driving much easier. We haven't had a blow out, but I assume it will help their too.

The 5 Star Tune really makes a big differance in smoother shifting and more power. I can't comment on the gas MPG savings as we haven't driven that far after installing it. I'll also add their customer service & support is great.

Take Care
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Bob,

Thank you for the feedback! I am glad to hear that the shifting and power are spot on. Please let us know how you enjoy after you get some more miles on the road =)

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Old 10-13-2014, 07:52 AM   #5
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I have had my 5 Star for about 5 months now and 6,000 miles. The performance increase is noticable.
Fuel mileage increase was minimal. Mine still has a tendency to make the 5-3 shift and not use 4th if the initial increase of incline to the hill is steeper than the unit likes. It is better than stock in this regard but could be better still with more tuning. I found that I could manipulate the 5-3 shift by clicking the coast button on the cruise control once or twice just as the Rv starts to slow down. It will then shift to 4th and hold there longer.
I also installed a Scan Gauge 2 and that was a much better tool for fuel milage increases. It makes you aware of your fuel burn rate for each gear. If you can keep the RV from down shifting your mileage will increase 1-2mpg.
We also installed the Bilstein steering stabilizer shock. That was the final piece that improved the drivability of our RV. A rear track bar was the single biggest improvement.
Rvbuzz,

If you would like us to revisit your tune to get it to hold 4th gear longer, please give us a call or an email at your convenience so we can revisit your tune. We'd be happy to get it spot on for you!

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Old 10-13-2014, 07:02 PM   #6
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I just put over 3K on my 5 Star tune and yes it will down shift to 3 on some hills and by-pass 4. Getting that little shift corrected would be much better. But as said if you catch it and give it a little gas and or take it out of Cruz as you approach the hill so it would only drop to 4th then she doesn't have to work as hard and go into that high rev mode.
As far as MPG's I have averaged about 7.3 MPGs.
So how is everyone else doing?
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Old 10-13-2014, 07:10 PM   #7
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I just put over 3K on my 5 Star tune and yes it will down shift to 3 on some hills and by-pass 4. Getting that little shift corrected would be much better. But as said if you catch it and give it a little gas and or take it out of Cruz as you approach the hill so it would only drop to 4th then she doesn't have to work as hard and go into that high rev mode.
As far as MPG's I have averaged about 7.3 MPGs.
So how is everyone else doing?
On cruise control at 60 mph ours will stay in 5th gear on most all hills unless they get very steep and long. Very nice. I've had 5 Star tune for about 2700 mi and I love it. Gas mileage stays about the same, maybe a little better. I'm mostly using 87 octane with ethanol so that hurts the gas mileage a bit. I don't average 7.3 mpg though, it's more like 6.5 mpg towing. I'd like to know how you get 7.3 mpg!

I'm probably the only guy out there that gets 40 mph headwinds both coming and going!
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Old 10-14-2014, 09:36 AM   #8
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Having had my 5 Star Tune for 17 months and 6000 miles, I echo pervious posts as the tune is better. But I too, frequently get the 5-3 DS on Hills and grades. Mike tweaked my original "87 Daily Tow " but it would be nice to have more 4th gear without having to manipulate the cruise or accelerator. I average 7.3 towing the toad.
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On cruise control at 60 mph ours will stay in 5th gear on most all hills unless they get very steep and long. Very nice. I've had 5 Star tune for about 2700 mi and I love it. Gas mileage stays about the same, maybe a little better. I'm mostly using 87 octane with ethanol so that hurts the gas mileage a bit. I don't average 7.3 mpg though, it's more like 6.5 mpg towing. I'd like to know how you get 7.3 mpg!

I'm probably the only guy out there that gets 40 mph headwinds both coming and going!
Use the Cruze as much as possible and keep the speeds down to about 63MPH. I am towing my 2014 Jeep Cherokee with a full load of water and other normal junk in the trunk. I use what ever fuel is available 87 octain and no more than 15% of that nasty stuff added.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:14 PM   #10
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Having had my 5 Star Tune for 17 months and 6000 miles, I echo pervious posts as the tune is better. But I too, frequently get the 5-3 DS on Hills and grades. Mike tweaked my original "87 Daily Tow " but it would be nice to have more 4th gear without having to manipulate the cruise or accelerator. I average 7.3 towing the toad.
If you could get us data, either notes or data logged info from the device we can revisit those points in your tune where it downshifts from 5th in order for it to hold gear longer.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:26 PM   #11
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Lots of posts about these two add ons. My question is what does it cost to put them on by a qualified mechanic, not owner installed
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:49 PM   #12
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Lots of posts about these two add ons. My question is what does it cost to put them on by a qualified mechanic, not owner installed
The labor on a Safe-T-Plus wouldn't be much. It's just one add-on bracket and a clamp on the tie rod. The over-sized shock absorber bolts onto the bracket and the clamp. I had a shop put mine on while I had them do other things so labor for it wasn't itemized.


The 5 Star Tune is just hooked up to the OBDII, and you download a program from the Power Flash Device. Good instructions come with it so it's designed for the owner to do it. A shop could do it and it would take about 10-15 minutes including reading the instructions.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:14 AM   #13
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Hi Mike, how do we get data logged from our OBD2?
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:30 AM   #14
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I used the 5Star tune for 50,000 miles on a 2009 Winnebago Adventurer. It made a big difference in shift points when using cruise control. It made a small difference in mpg--an increase of about .2 mpg. I have just moved back to a diesel coach and the 5Star tune and a ScanGuageII for sale in the IRV2 classified section.
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