(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
So, if you own an '11 to '14 5-liter powered F150 and you're watching this video, then you've probably figured out by now that a handheld tuner like this one with preloaded tunes installed is, hands-down, the easiest and fastest way to get some additional performance out of your truck without actually turning any wrenches or installing any physical mods. But why this tuner in particular? Well, this is the Edge Gas Evolution CTS2, and this is the tuner you should be checking out if you want one of the most all-inclusive tuners, one of the most advanced ones with a touchscreen interface, no physical buttons, and all the bells and whistles. Now, yes, so at around the $600 price point, it is a little bit more expensive than some of the other options that are currently available, but, again, you're getting a 5-inch full-color touch screen HD display. You're getting all kinds of applications installed on here, including a mileage coach, real-time performance benchmark testing, data logging, the ability to read and clear diagnostic trouble codes, and, of course, the ability to tune your truck with a bunch of awesome preloaded tunes. This includes an economy tune, a towing tune, and a performance tune with 91 octane fuel in the tank.Now, if you're curious what kind of performance gains you can get out of this particular tuner, you should take a look at our dyno graphs. We went ahead, and we ran our truck on the dyno stock, and we ended up making 279 horsepower and 293-pound-feet of torque. We then installed the performance tune on the Edge Tuner, and we ended up making 290 horsepower and 308-pound-feet of torque, which makes for peak gains of 11 horsepower and 18-pound-feet of torque, but what's even better are the curve gains. Relatively low on the RPM band, we saw curve gains of up to 33 horsepower and a whopping 66-pound-feet of torque. Those are some very impressive numbers. Normally, you'd have to install all kinds of mods to get performance like that, whereas, with this guy, you're just pressing a couple of buttons, so it really speaks for itself.So, again, if you want one of the most all-inclusive tuners for your '11 to '14 5-liter, you want a touch screen interface, and you want all kinds of preloaded tunes, then this is the tuner for you. And if you decide to stick with this one, you can actually come back in just a second. I'm gonna show you guys how to get this thing wired up, and then I'm gonna walk you through the entire tuning process. I can't even really call this an install, but I have to give it an install rating. It's a very soft 1 out of 3 wrenches on my difficulty meter, and it shouldn't take us more than 15 minutes to get the truck tuned and for us to go over all those functions and features. So, without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. All right. So, using the Edge Tuner is very easy. Once you pull it out of the box, it's basically ready to go. All you got to do is grab the data cable, the OBD2 cable, plug the HDMI end into the HDMI port on the back of the tuner. Go ahead and plug the OBD2 port underneath the steering column.All right. Once you plug the tuner into the OBD2 port, it should automatically turn on. Now, at this point, you want to put your key in the ignition and turn it to the on position. It's gonna bring it to this little disclaimer homepage telling you if you misuse the device, very bad things will happen. Go ahead and acknowledge that and click Yes. It's gonna let you know it's going to display that disclaimer three more times, unfortunately. Once it lets you know that it's done so, it will start communicating with the ECU. It's gonna ask you to select the appropriate vehicle. Obviously, we're working with our F150, so we want to select our Ford. It's going to ask that you make sure this is the correct selection. Click Yes. Now, obviously, our truck is not equipped with a manual transmission, so we're going to select No.All right. Once the Edge Tuner has successfully connected to the ECU, it will bring you to the home screen, which is technically your live gauge screen. It's just giving you a little prompt here, letting you know that to interact with the touch screen, you can press and drag items to toggle between the gauge screens and the backup camera if your truck is equipped with one. Simply tap the screen to acknowledge this. Now, we'll go over the gauge screen momentarily, but we're all here for performance, so let's go over tuning our truck first. Now, to open up the dropdown menu for the tuner itself, you can see we have this little transparent arrow down here. We're going to click on that. That's gonna bring us to our menu options. Now, in order to tune the truck, you're going to select Performance Settings.Now, you can see here we have our current tune listed. Obviously, our truck is stock because we have not tuned it yet, and we're interested in seeing what our race tune can do for us, so we're going to select our Level 3 tune. Now, in order to tune your truck with the performance tune, you need to have at least 91 octane fuel in the tank, which we do, so we're gonna select Yes. Now, during the tuning process, the tuner may ask you to cycle the ignition on and off. Only do so when prompted. Now, at this point, the Edge Tuner is going to begin reading and writing files from the ECU. During this time, your dash may light up and throw all kinds of crazy codes. You can generally ignore those, but it's important to note that you should not remove the key from the ignition at any time, nor should you unplug the tuner during this process. And you can see here the Evolution Tuner is currently saving the stock ECM file. That way, if you want to revert back to stock or if you run into any problems during the tuning process, this will act as a fail-safe, and it will reload the stock tune file.All right. Once the tuner has saved the stock ECU file, it's going to ask if you want a custom program any parameters in the preloaded tune. Now, we're not gonna make any changes to the tune file itself. We're only interested in what the preloaded tune file can do, and you should only make changes to the preloaded tune file if you're comfortable with custom tuning. If not, you could actually cause some damage to your engine by making changes to certain parameters that are outside of its safe limits. So, we're gonna select No. Now, again, it may ask you to cycle through the ignition during this tuning process. We've already done so. It's in the on position, so we're clicking Continue. Now, we're going to turn it off. Click again. All right. Now, at this point, the Edge Tuner is installing the preloaded tune file. Again, it's important that you do not remove the key from the ignition nor unplug the device at any point in time.All right. Once the tune file has been successfully installed, it will ask you to remove the key from the ignition. Press the touch screen to continue, and that'll let you know that our programming is complete, and you can see now our current level for our tune is at Level 3 for our race tune. Now, if you guys want to stick around, I'll be showing you all the other features and functions of the Edge Tuner. And, in order to get back to the homepage, simply press the homepage icon. All right. Now that we're back on the home screen here, which is our gauge screen, we'll go over reading and modifying our gauge cluster. Now, you can see we have a bunch of default values displayed, and right in the center here, we have our coolant temperature. Now, if you want to make any changes to these gauges, including what data they're displaying or the layout itself, pretty straightforward. What you want to do is press the gauge that you want to modify.Once you press the gauge you want to modify, it will bring you to the home screen for that particular gauge. And you can see here we have our engine coolant temp displayed at the top. Now, if you want to change the gauge itself, simply select New PID. It'll show all the different parameters that are available that you can display in real-time while you're driving around. Now, there are a ton of different parameters available in here, and there's really too many for us to go over in this video, but you can check out Edge's website, and they'll tell you more descriptions of what each parameter does. Let's go ahead and select our Cylinder Head Temperature sensor, and you can see here now we have our cylinder head temperature being displayed. Now, you can also set individual alerts for each data and each gauge. In order to do that, you want to select your Alert Settings. Now, you want to make sure the alert system is on first, and then you can turn the alert on for that individual gauge. You can also decide whether you want an audible alarm to sound off if that alert is triggered.Now, once you set that alert system to be on for that gauge, you have to set the trigger point depending on what data is being displayed. And you can see here, or in the case of our cylinder head temp, it's selected 180 degrees as the trigger for our alarm. Obviously, you'd want to set it to a more realistic setting, something like probably 230 degrees. But once you set that trigger for that alarm, it will sound off on the Edge Tuner and let you know that there is a problem. You can also select up to two layouts that you can switch between on the gauge cluster screen itself. You could see this is the default gauge cluster here with one tachometer-style gauge and then a bunch of digital gauges on the sides. And then if you want to select the other layout that you've opted for in the main menu, you press the tiny little arrows. They are very hard to see, but they're on either side of the screen there, and it will show up with the alternative layout that you may have selected.Now, if you want to change the two available layouts themselves, really easy. You got to go to the menu and select Layout. You can see here we have both of those layouts that we were just looking at, and you can also change the background image on the device itself. Edge decided to throw in some pretty nifty little backgrounds for us. And you can see here we have Layout 1, that is our default layout right there, and then that was our Layout 2 right there, and you can select any of the options here for Layout 1 and 2 that you can switch between while you're driving around. All right. Next step on our list is Records. Now, Records will display the last known values of certain parameters from when you were driving around last. This is especially useful if you're benchmarking your truck or if you're troubleshooting anything or if you had your truck at the drag strip or if you're using any of their performance tests that are located on the Edge Tuner itself.You can see it's listing some values for 0 to 60 time, cooling temperature, miles per hour, as well as a quarter mile time, and there are some other parameters down here on the bottom. Now, if you want to set these back to their default values after you've read them, simply select Clear All. Now, these are the only values displayed on the screen, and really all you can do is view these values and reset them. It's basically just a really condensed version of the data log file with some really basic information. Now, if we want to get into more detail with data logging, let's go over that next. Data logging on the Edge Tuner is very simple. All you got to do is press the Data Log option, and it will bring you to all the available data log run files. Now, once you press one of these run files and go back to the gauge screen on the edge tuner, it will begin data logging your truck for you. And this little pop up is simply explaining that.Now, once you're finished data logging, you can come back in here. You can see that that data run file is being saved on Run 1, and once you're done driving around, you can actually pull that data run file off of the Edge Tuner. You can export it to your computer for later viewing. That's useful if you're doing any advanced troubleshooting or if you're custom tuning your truck. Now, in order to get to those performance benchmarks that I mentioned a moment ago, pretty simple. Simply select Performance Testing. Now, the Edge Tuner has numerous built-in performance tests that you can conduct in the real world, including a 0 to 60 benchmark, a quarter mile benchmark, a rough estimation of horsepower, and then you have the instructions on how to conduct each test. Now, obviously, since we're standing still in our dyno room, we can't get an accurate readout of some of this information, but once you select any of the tests, the Edge Tuner will prompt you what to do next, and it will automatically conduct that test. For example, all you have to do is select the 0 to 60 test, hammer down on the pedal, and once you reach 60 miles per hour, the Edge Tuner will automatically record that 0 to 60 time and display it here once the test is complete. And if you want to exit out of the performance test, pretty simple, simply select the home screen.Now, next step is Diagnostics. And this is very useful if you're trying to save some cash by figuring out what that check engine light is without going to your local speed shop or the dealer. The Edge Tuner gives you the ability to read and clear those diagnostic trouble codes that you might be seeing on your dash. So, if you ever have a check engine light or any other light pop up on your dash, you can come in here and select Read DTCs. Now, you have to have your key in the on position in the ignition for this test to be conducted. And if you did have a check engine light or any lights on your dash, then the Edge Tuner would be displaying an alphanumeric code inside this box here, which you could conduct some additional research and find out what the underlying cause is. If you want to remove any of those DTCs or those dash lights, very simple, select Clear DTCs. Now, obviously, we don't have any codes to clear, but if it did, it would let you know that it has successfully cleared those codes. Just be aware of that until you actually fix the underlying issue, that light and that code will probably reappear.All right. Now, the Edge has some other cool ways of reading and interpreting data, and they have a pretty unique feature called the Mileage Coach. Now, before you actually use the Mileage Coach, you have to select a layout that will actually display particular information relating to your MPGs as well as your trip and fuel cost. So, we're going to change one of our layout options. We'll change our Retro layout to the Mileage Coach layout. Now, the Mileage Coach layout is hidden on the second page of the available layouts. Go ahead and press it there. Once you've done so, we can go back to our homepage, and I'll show you guys how the Mileage Coach actually works. Now, once we have the correct layout selected, we'll go ahead, and we'll enter it into our Mileage Coach application. Now, you have to put some data in here to get the Mileage Coach to work, but basically what the Mileage Coach does is it gauges and monitors your driving habits to help conserve fuel. So, it's going to calculate your trip and fuel costs based on your driving habits.Now in order to do that, you have to set up some information in here, and it's just letting you know that in order to use the Mileage Coach, you have to have that layout selected, which we've already done so. So, you can see here we have our current fuel economy, which we can put in our actual value based off of what our OBD2 is reading to us on our dash. Now, you have to input this in increments, 0.1. So, let's go ahead and select three MPGs just for fun. Then you also have to put in your current fuel price. Now, we'll go ahead, and we'll be optimistic here, and we'll say that prices are unreasonably low. They're currently at $1 a gallon. Now that you've put in those two pieces of information, once you've begun driving around, the Mileage Coach will actually calculate the mileage cost and the overall trip cost. And what's even cooler is if you're driving around and you have your gauge cluster active, then it will actually tell you how good you're driving in terms of how much it's costing you every moment. You can see that we have this tachometer-style gauge that goes from poor to fair to good. It's just a nice way to make sure that you're not mashing on the pedal too much if you want to save some cash at the pump.All right. Another cool function of the Edge Tuner is the Maintenance Manager. Now, obviously, these modern trucks have tons of maintenance requirements at certain mileage intervals, so the Edge Tuner rather conveniently will actually alert you when all those maintenance items are due. First, you have to make sure that the Maintenance Manager is on, and then you can actually put in your odometer, your current mileage, and this is what the Maintenance Manager is going to read off of. So, once you put in your odometer, you can select your Maintenance Items, and you can decide which Maintenance Items you want to have an alert display for. Obviously, changing your engine oil is the most common and the most critical, so we'll show you how to use this alert. Obviously, you want to turn the alert on first, and then you can select the Interval or the Next Service.If you select the Interval and you put in the amount of mileage you want for each interval, then once you hit your odometer plus that interval, an alert will turn on, letting you know that it's time to change your oil. If you don't want to use it an interval and you instead want to use a fixed mileage point, you can input that fixed mileage point here. And again, once you hit that mileage point, an alert will display. Pretty simple. And if you ever want to turn the alert off, simply turn the alert off there, and you can exit to the menu. Now, there are a ton of different alerts available for a ton of different options in there.And next step on our list are the Settings for the device itself. Now, under Settings, we have a ton of different options and a couple of different parameters that we can change for some of the different applications on the device itself. Now, first things first, under Accessory Settings, if your truck is equipped with a backup camera, you can determine how long the Edge Tuner will delay turning on that camera, and whether or not you want to have the camera turn on automatically at startup, and this is just assuming that you're always gonna be backing out of your parking space. Now, under Vehicle Settings, we can also make some changes to our tire size in case you get new wheels and tires. You want to make sure that all the gauges and information in the ECU is displaying properly so you can actually update that tire size in here, and you can do it in four different ways using English, Metric, Circumference, or Height.You can also make changes to your alert settings from the Settings function. If you don't want to go into the individual applications, you can turn alerts on and off in here, and you can also change all the alert settings for those individual parameters that the ECU is monitoring. Now, you can also make changes to the audible duration of the alarm itself. You can turn it off entirely in here if you don't want to hear any beeping coming from the Edge Tuner when any alerts go off. And you can also make some other changes, including how much you want the backlight on the screen to automatically dim after it's not been in use for some time. You can make changes to how long you want the menu to time out if the Edge Tuner is idle. You can update your vehicle weight. You can calibrate your accelerometer. You can also make changes to what units the device is displaying, whether you want them in English, metric, or some other method.But the most important setting here is the Factory Reset. If you want to completely undo everything that you've done with the Edge Tuner up to this point, you can select Factory Reset, and it will revert the device back to how it came out of the box. Just keep in mind that this will not untune your truck. If you want to tune your truck back to stock, you actually have to go to the Performance Settings on the device itself. And the last thing on the Edge Tuner is the Help function. The Help function is useful if you need to troubleshoot anything on the Edge Tuner. For example, if you're having any problems with any applications or tuning your truck, you could pull some basic information, including the device information itself as well as some basic information about your vehicle, including the VIN and the calibration currently installed on the ECU. And if you ever need to get in touch with Edge, you can actually contact them through the contact information on here. Now, if you ever get in contact with Edge Tuner, they might ask you to go into the Tech Support Tools, in which case they'll walk you through what options and what actions you need to take in there, but we're not gonna be going over that right now.And on that note, that wraps up my quick little review and install of the Edge Gas Evolution CTS2, fitting your '11 to '14 5-liter powered F150. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. And for all things F150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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