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So the BDX is SCT's latest handheld tuner specifically designed for the '15 to '18, 5 liter powered F-150. And I'm happy to say at around the $400 price point, this is currently one of the most affordable handheld tuners but it also packs plenty of power for that 5 liter motor. This thing comes with a really kick-ass pre-loaded tune and you can store up to 20 custom tunes but let's take a look at our Dyno graph so you can see what kind of performance gains you'll get with that pre-loaded tune by itself. So we went ahead and we ran our truck on the Dyno stock and it made 320 horsepower and 319 pound-feet of torque. We then installed the preloaded tune from the BDX using 93 octane, we left everything else the same with no supporting mods. Our truck ended up making 357 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. Those are pretty impressive peak gains of 37 horsepower and 49 pound-feet of torque. But what's really impressive are the curve gains. If you take a look at that graph a second time, you'll see curve gains upwards of 79 horsepower and a whopping 117 pound-feet of torque. That's pretty badass because those kind of curve gains are what you're gonna feel when you're mashing the pedal around the streets. So it's safe to say you will be breaking the tires loose with little effort. Now besides the performance gains with this device, the wireless functionality is pretty cool too, right. Most of the time with other tuners you gotta plug it into the computer and do all kinds of software and stuff like that, but with the BDX, you can actually download and upload custom tunes and preloaded tune files to the cloud server from SCT and you can even upload your data log files wirelessly for troubleshooting or custom tuning later on down the road. You can also read and clear your diagnostic trouble codes with the device, so it's pretty nice to save a couple of bucks instead of having to go to the dealership or the little Jiffy Lube down the street and spending some money just to figure out why you got that check engine light, right. Besides that, it's a very user-friendly device. Since this is SCT's latest device, it's pretty fast and responsive. It's got a really cool simple touch interface right here, anybody can use this thing. The install, if I could even call it one, is a very soft one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. All you gotta do is plug the device in and let it update and you should be good to go. So again if you want one of the most affordable tuners for the '15 to '18 F-150 and you want some crazy horsepower gains without actually turning any wrenches, stick around and I'm gonna walk you guys through tuning your truck with the BDX and I'll also show you all the other available features. All right, so getting the BDX tuner setup's pretty straightforward. Go ahead and grab your tuner and the provided cable, plug the HDMI end of the cable into the tuner itself and you're gonna plug the OBDII end into the port located underneath the steering column. All right, once you got the SCT plugged in, it's gonna bring you to the main menu. Now, obviously, the first thing we're all interested in is tuning your truck so select program vehicle using the center button. Once you've selected programming, it's gonna ask that you can confirm you're using the correct ECM and VIN information. Go ahead and read off your VIN, make sure that's correct, and if it is, click confirm. Now if you're using the BDX tuner for the first time, you'll likely have to update the device. So go ahead and click continue. It's gonna let you know that internet is required for this. We already have a Wi-Fi connection, go ahead and click continue. Once you're connected to your Wi-Fi network, the device will begin verifying the files on the device itself to make sure that it's capable of tuning the truck. And if you're missing any files or if any files are out of date, it will update and download them accordingly. And as you can see, our device is up to date, so we can go ahead and click okay and it's gonna bring us to our tuning menu. Now since the BDX is capable of storing up to 20 custom tune files, the device will ask if you wanna sync with the cloud service and that will download any available custom tune files that you might have had developed. We're only interested in what the preloaded tunes can do for us, so we're gonna skip this step. That's gonna give you a little street use notice, this is just a legal disclaimer. You can go ahead and ignore that, go ahead and click continue and it's gonna ask that you confirm that your key is in the on position in the ignition before you start tuning. All right, now we're on the tunes screen. As you can see, we have two options available to us, we have our preloaded tunes and we have any available custom tunes that we might have downloaded. Obviously, we're only working with the preloaded tune, so go ahead and select that. Now, it's gonna ask you if you want to customize anything in the preloaded tune. We're simply updating our octane rating from 87 to 93 because we wanna see what a basic bump in pump gas is gonna provide in terms of horsepower and torque. So we're gonna select change and you can see, we already selected this earlier, we have our fuel octane rating there listed at 93. We didn't change anything else but if you wanna make any changes to any of the parameters in the preloaded tune, you could select change again. And it's gonna give you all these different options right here where you can advance timing, you can also set your rev limiters, or you can change some other parameters in here. Again, we're only interested in changing our octane rating, so if you wanna change that, simply select okay and you can update it accordingly. Once you've made any changes to the preloaded tune, go ahead and click the right arrow and then select okay to approve the tune. All right, it's gonna ask that you wanna confirm all the available options that you've selected in the preloaded tune. Once you've confirmed everything's good, go ahead and click continue again. Now at this point, the device is gonna begin communicating with the ECU, it's very important that you do not unplug the tuner during this time. It's also very important that your battery has a good charge and that you leave the key in the on position. If you interrupt this process, you may brick your motor, in which case, you'd have to have your vehicle flashed by the dealership. All right, so once the tune is finished installing, it's gonna ask that you wanna clear any diagnostic trouble codes and it's gonna prompt you to turn the key to the off position. It's gonna ask you to cycle the ignition back on once more. All right, it's gonna clear any diagnostic trouble codes once more and then you'll get this screen saying programming is complete, that's gonna let you know that your tune has installed successfully. So as you can see, tuning our truck is pretty straightforward but the BDX has plenty of other cool features that I will walk you through if you wanna stick around. The next thing we'll go over is data logging your truck in real time and monitoring your ECU and your engine's performance using our gauges. So let's go to our gauges and data log screen. Now, much like tuning, it's gonna ask that you wanna confirm your key's in the on position and if you've never used the gauge or data log functions before, go ahead and go into configuration and make sure you have the correct vehicle configuration selected. Obviously, we're working with our '15 to '18 F-150, so we want Ford gas '08 or newer. And once you've selected it, click continue. Now once you've confirmed everything, you will be brought to the gauge screen. It's gonna have default values here. In the case of our truck, it has boost in psi even though we don't have any sort of forced induction, and by default, it also displays the voltage of your battery. Now it's very easy to change these gauges and you can pick pretty much any other piece of information you wanna display, as long as the ECU supports it. In order to change one of the gauges, go ahead and select either the up or down arrow in order to highlight the gauge you wanna change. You'll see it's highlighted in blue as we select each one. We're gonna change our boost in psi to a different value so we're gonna click okay. That's gonna bring you to this little menu item here, you have the item itself and the unit in which it's being measured. To change the gauge, you wanna select item. And you can see it's monitoring plenty of different parameters from the ECU. We have all kinds of stuff like our intake air temperature, our coolant temperature, and you can monitor all sorts of things in terms of fuel, air, timing, and all that good stuff. Now, there's really too many things to go over in here but we'll select our coolant temperature just for the fun of it. And we want our unit to be in Fahrenheit. If you want to, you can change it to Celsius, just keep in mind that depending on which gauge you select, the units that are available will be different. Once you're happy with what you wanna display, you can select approve. And you can see it's now displaying our coolant temperature here. Again, if you wanna select anything else for a different gauge, simply select the gauge itself and you can change the item in there. We'll take our intake air temperature sensor and again, we want Fahrenheit. So as you can see, pretty straightforward. Now if you wanted to display more than two gauges or you wanna change the layout entirely, simply select the right arrow and it's gonna bring you to additional options. Now you can data log your truck in real time and basically, that's gonna save a performance file of all those different parameters that the BDX is monitoring while your truck is running. This is good if you need to do some advanced diagnostics or if you're custom tuning your truck on the Dyno. It's pretty straightforward, simply select start record data and it will begin recording, you can see on the center screen there and if you wanna stop, simply hit stop data log and it will save the file automatically. Now once you've stopped data logging, it'll automatically store that file on the BDX tuner. In order to access that file, you'll simply need to grab the USB cable provided in the kit and hook the BDX tuner up to your computer. There are additional instructions provided in the box for you to install the software that you need in order to pull and read that data log file. But at any rate, if you wanna change the gauge layout, again, pretty straightforward. Simply select gauge layout and you can see we have tons of different options here. You can actually go from just two gauges all the way up to, I believe, six or eight gauges. And you can see here, we have all these different numeric values. Again, it's still the same options here. If you wanna change any of them, simply select the arrows, navigate to the gauge you wanna change, and select the okay button and you can change it as you like. Now, as you're data logging your truck, it'll automatically store the minimum and maximum values of all the parameters that you've been data logging. It'll also display that information on the gauge screen. If you want to reset those minimum and maximum values, go ahead and select the reset option and you can see it brings you back to the gauge screen. Our values are obviously still default so nothing is really changed on here. But if you want to display default values after you've ran your truck, simply select that option to do so.All right, next up on our list is the ability to read and clear trouble codes. Let's say you have that annoying check engine light and you wanna figure out what's causing it, go ahead and select vehicle functions. It's gonna give you a couple options here. Reading and clearing trouble codes are the two options we wanna focus on. Obviously, if you wanna figure out what that check engine light is, you'll select read DTC codes. And again it's gonna ask that your key's in the on position so you have a connection to your ECU, go ahead and click continue. Now our truck does not have any codes currently but if you did have a check engine light, it would display an alphanumeric value right here. Probably something like P1000 or P050, that is the universally understood diagnostic trouble code for your vehicle and if you want to, go ahead and go on Google, type in the code and it'll give you a brief description of what the problem is. Now if you wanna get rid of that check engine light, pretty straightforward. Select it to clear DTC codes. Again, it's gonna ask you to confirm your key's in the on position, go ahead and click continue, and the device will clear that check engine light. Now, if you don't actually fix the underlying mechanical or electrical problem, then that check engine light will probably return but if you fix the issue and the light remains, you can simply clear it permanently by selecting this clear option. Now once it's cleared any of your trouble codes, it's gonna give a confirmation that it's done so. It's also gonna prompt you to turn the key to the off position. Go ahead and do so and click exit. Now reading and clearing trouble codes is pretty standard fare but the BDX also has some other cool special functions under vehicle functions. Obviously, we wanna make sure the key is on position, go ahead and click continue, and confirm your information is correct once more and click confirm. Now our device is up to date so we're gonna skip that. It's gonna ask you to cycle through the ignition cycle. Go ahead and turn your key back on once you're under vehicle functions. Now, there are a couple of special functions in here. Cam reset is basically the equivalent of disconnecting your negative battery terminal. It's gonna reset all the default values for your truck, this is a pretty useful way to having to avoid actually pulling the terminal off your battery if you need to do a hard reset for something electronic. Now crank relearn is another special function that you probably won't use very often. Honestly, you'll probably only ever have to access this if you're doing some custom tuning or if you have to change something like the crank position sensor, so we're gonna avoid that. But the two functions you'll probably wanna utilize are the ability to change your default TPMS settings as well as recalibrating your speedometer for new tire sizes or a new axle ratio. The TPMS function is pretty straightforward. Simply go in here, it's gonna display what your stock TPMS settings are, 35 psi in our case. If you wanna change those, you can do so in here and you can select a range between 30 and 110 PSI. Same thing applies to tire size and axle ratio, it's gonna display your default tire size but if you want to, you can change that by selecting the change option here and entering a new tire size and it'll also prompt you to input a new axle ratio once you've entered a new tire size. Now there's also some good informational tools on the BDX tuner. A really convenient way to access some vehicle information is through the vehicle info screen. Now, this is useful for troubleshooting or if you're tuning your truck, it'll display your VIN. It'll also display all these strategy comm numbers and any other information your tuner might need when they're building a file for your truck. And it displays some of the default or some of the changed ratios and values that you might have input under special functions. And the same thing applies to device info. If you ever need to have any updates or if you're troubleshooting your device, this is a convenient way to access things like the serial number for the device as well as the software information. And lastly, we have device settings. The only thing that you'll use under device settings most commonly is the ability to check for updates which, again, is a wireless function. Go ahead and make sure your information is correct for your vehicle, click confirm, and it'll check for updates if you need them. It's gonna give you that little internet required disclaimer once again and you can click continue and again, it'll access the files on the tuner and it'll verify that they are all up to date just as it did when you were actually tuning your truck. And as you can see our device is up to date so it'll give you that little confirmation that no updates are needed. However, if you did need updates, it would begin downloading them automatically. And again, the same applies to the cloud file sync. If you're working with any custom tunes and you don't wanna access it through the tuning screen, you can do so through device settings and you can go through the prompt in order to sync with the cloud to retrieve those files. And lastly, another cool function wireless here. If you wanna upload any of your data logs to the cloud for your tuner to access wirelessly, you can do so through this option here. And as you can see, this function actually works in tandem with the cloud syncing function. Once this function is enabled, it will automatically upload that data log to the cloud when you select the cloud sync option under device settings. And if you wanna access your Wi-Fi information, you can do so here. It's gonna allow you to disconnect from the network and connect to a new network as you see fit.You can also make some basic changes to the device itself including brightness for daytime and nighttime driving. And if you wanna mount the tuner on your windshield or if you wanna mount it anywhere on the dash, you can change the orientation of the screen itself, so it's displaying vertically or horizontally. You can also make some basic changes to the theme, including the color display on it and you can also determine how you want the tuner to turn on and off, whether you want it to turn on with the key in the ignition or if you just want the device to remain on at all times while it's plugged in to the OBD port. Now, under power management mode, you can also make changes to how the device powers on and off. You can make changes to whether you want it to turn on when the key's in the on position or you can make it stay on all the time as long as it's plugged into the OBDII port. You can also get rid of those beeps if you don't like them. If you want a silent device, you can turn them on and off under audio. And the last function here is the startup function, you can change the default screen that the device will start on. If you want the device to automatically go to your gauge screen every time you turn your truck on, you can simply select that option here. Now, the last important function under device settings is the factory reset. This will basically undo any changes that you've made to the device and the truck as long as it's plugged in and the key's in the on position. Once you select factory reset, basically it'll put everything back to default values. So as you can see, tuning your truck with the BDX is very straightforward. You get some crazy power gains in just a few minutes with a couple of button presses, right? And that also wraps up my review of the SCT BDX Tuner, fitting your '15 to '18, 5 liter powered F-150. I'm Travis, thanks for watching. And for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Features, Description, Specs & Installation
Dyno-Proven Performance Gains. Your 5.0L Ford F-150 truck deserves to have its true power unleashed. If you agree, then installing this BDX Tuner is a definite must. This device is designed to deliver dyno-proven and street-tested performance boosts to your F-150. Made by SCT’s in-house expert calibrators, you can expect to have smoother and more efficient power gains. Adjustments in various vehicle functions are all custom-tailored to your vehicle to get maximum horsepower and torque when you need them.
Reliable Monitoring and Data Logging. You don’t want a performance tuner that ends with giving you custom tune files. This BDX Tuner goes beyond providing you with custom tune options. It features lightning-fast interface and readability to ensure hassle-free monitoring and data logging. The crisp, full-HD display is great for reading on-screen gauges. This tuner also lets you record your truck’s performance and play it back via SCT’s free LiveLink software. Reading and clearing diagnostic trouble codes can also be done using the BDX tuner so you don’t need to go to your dealership just o have those “check engine light” codes cleared for you.
User-Friendly Interface. With an intuitive interface and clear HD display, it’s easy to navigate this device when you need to check an array of critical engine parameters. Plus, you get a set of pre-loaded tune files including Street, Tow, and Performance. If you prefer other options, SCT lets you load up to 20 custom tune files to this BDX Tuner. Just connect to SCT’s thousands of custom tune dealers worldwide via the device’s built-in WiFi.
Installs Easily. You don’t have to spend more than 30 minutes when installing this performance tuner to your truck. It is designed to easily and quickly install through your vehicle’s OBDII port.
1-Year Limited Warranty. All SCT’s performance tuners, including this BDX Tuner, come with a 1-year limited warranty. It is a non-transferrable warranty with coverage that starts on the date of purchase. Any software or firmware malfunctions are included in the warranty. Since this is a limited warranty, this only covers defects in material or workmanship.
Application. This BDX Tuner is made to fit 2015-2020 Ford F-150 models with 5.0L engines. You need to download the free LiveLink and Updater Software for easy Firmware updating and data logging. You will need a Windows Vista/7/8/10 and an internet connection.
Application Note: This product is not legal for sale or use in California on pollution controlled motor vehicles.
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