(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
So if you own an '11 to '14 3.5 liter EcoBoost powered F-150, it's really important that you know the hands-down easiest way to get the most power out of your truck is with a tuner like this one. These are really cool because you get big gains without actually having to turn any wrenches. Now, there are a lot of tuners available. And the Edge Gas Evolution CTS2 that I've got in my hand does cost more than some of the other options but you are getting what you pay for. This is probably the most iPhone, Android, or tablet-like device that's available. It comes with tons of pre-loaded tunes including an economy tuner, a towing tune, and a race tune. And from my experience using all the tuners we sell, this has probably the most features and functionality. It's got some really cool things like the ability to benchmark your truck's performance on the roads while you're driving around. It does real-time data logging. You can save those data log files for custom tuning or troubleshooting later down the line. And it also has something really cool which is called maintenance manager. I'll show you guys that later. And last but not least, you can actually read and clear trouble codes with this device. Obviously, most important is power, right? So we wanted to see what kind of power we could get out of the Edge Gas Evolution so we went ahead and ran our truck on the Dyno bone stock and it made 278 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. We then installed the race tune from the Edge Gas Evolution, and our truck ended up making 327 horsepower and a whopping 372 pound-feet of torque. That makes for peak gains of 49 horsepower and 52 pound-feet of torque, which is, again, very impressive for just pressing a couple of buttons. Now if you take a second look at that graph, you'll see those curve gains which are really nice because that's what you're gonna feel when you're driving around on the streets. So again, if you're looking for a tuner that has the coolest layout, the most functionality, the most features, and you want a bunch of power, you should stick around. I'm gonna show you guys how to tune your truck with the Edge Gas Evolution. I'm also gonna go through all the other features and functions. It shouldn't take us more than 10 or 15 minutes. So without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. So getting started with your tuner is really straightforward. All I gotta do is plug in the provided cable to the tuner itself, which is an HDMI port by the way. Then grab the OBD-II part of the cable and plug it into the OBD-II port directly underneath your steering column. Once you got it plugged in, you can go ahead and grab the windshield mount included in the kit, slide it on to the back of your tuner and you can set it up on your windshield wherever you like it to sit. Once you have your Edge tuner plugged in and hooked up, you can begin using it. It's gonna display this little disclaimer. Go ahead and acknowledge it. Now for first-time use, the tuner is gonna ask that you select the appropriate manufacturer of your vehicle. And obviously, we're working with our EcoBoost F-150 so we wanna select Ford. It's gonna ask you to make sure that your key is in the on position in your ignition before you start using the device. It's also gonna ask that you confirm you wanna select Ford as your manufacturer. Go ahead and hit yes. Now the device is gonna begin communicating with your ECU to make sure that it has an appropriate connection. Once the device has initialized and it's connected to the EC, it's gonna give you this little helpful tip for the touchscreen. This is just letting you know that you can toggle between the gauge screens and your backup camera if you do have a backup camera installed or equipped. Now the home screen of the Edge tuner is technically the gauge screen. So I'll go over how to modify your gauges including the layout and what data is being displayed here. But this is the default gauge screen, and this is what will display every time you turn the device on or you start your truck after your device has been installed. You can see we have this primary gauge in the middle here. This is a temperature gauge of some sort. Then we have some numeric gauges on the left and right-hand side. If you wanna change any of these gauges, simply do a long press on the gauge itself. It's gonna bring you to the gauge menu for each individual gauge. If you wanna select a different gauge or different data to display, go ahead and select new PID. PID is simply an acronym for the gauge itself. Now I'm not gonna go into too much detail because the Edge tuner does allow you to display so much different information for your vehicle. But let's go ahead and select a new gauge just to give you an example. I'm gonna select our intake air temperature. Once you've selected that, it's gonna bring you back to this screen. If you wanna make any other changes like a gauge color or if you wanna know more information about the gauge itself, you can do so. We're not interested in making any changes. So go ahead and select exit menu. The device will then rebuild your gauge screen with the new data that you requested to be displayed. And again, it's the same process for any of the other gauges on the left or right-hand side. This is currently our intake air temperature as well. So if you wanna make a change, simply do a long press. We're gonna select trans fluid temperature just for the fun of it. And again, you can see that that gauge has now changed. It is now displaying the appropriate data. Now if you wanna get to the home screen and see all the other features of the tuner itself, you can see this transparent button down here on the bottom with this little facing triangle. Go ahead and select that. It's gonna bring you to all the different features that the Edge tuner has. Now, obviously, we're all interested in tuning and performance. So let's go into our performance settings, and I'm gonna show you guys how to install a new tune file. Once you select that performance option, it's gonna bring you to the home screen for the different available pre-loaded tunes on the Edge tuner. And like I mentioned earlier, there are a couple different options. You have an economy, a towing, and a race tune. The race tune is gonna provide the most horsepower and torque. We're very interested in seeing what this device can offer so we're gonna install our race tune. It's gonna give a little disclaimer letting you know that in order to install this tune, you need at least 91 octane or higher fuel. We have 93 in our truck so we're good to go. Now once you select one of the tune profiles that you want to install, it's very important that you don't unplug the device because the tuner is actually reading the ECU and it's saving your stock profile. If you do unplug the device or you turn your key to the off position, you will interrupt this process and you could cause some issues with your ECU. Once the tune file has successfully installed, it's gonna give you that confirmation screen. And it's gonna bring you back to the main screen for all the different tune profiles. Once your tune has installed successfully, it will display the current tune level above. As you can see, we have level three which is our race tune. Now that we got tuning out of the way, let's go over how to adjust the layout of our gauges. If you wanna do that, select the layout option here. First things first, you can actually change the background on the device. Edge provides us with some pretty cool backgrounds as you can see. We're gonna leave our's stock for now, but you can change that if you want to. You can also select two primary layouts for the gauge screen itself. As you can see here, Master is our default layout. If we wanna change to an all numeric layout, we can select our digital layout here. And if you wanna see what that looks like, simply select the home screen and the device will buffer for a moment before taking you back. You can see this is the new layout that we just selected. Now another cool thing about the Edge tuner is it allows you to data log your truck in real time. It'll benchmark all the different parameters that the ECU is recording while you're driving. If you wanna view the last stored data for your data log, you can do so under records. Now obviously our truck is standing still and we haven't driven it around yet since installing our device so all of our values are default. But if you were curious about viewing any of that last data when your truck is off, you can see it here. And if you wanted to reset your records, simply select clear all. Now if you wanna actually data log your truck for tuning or troubleshooting, simply select the data log option here. Now if you wanna data log your truck, it's really easy. All you have to do is enable the device's ability to save all that information and store it as a file. To do that, you're gonna see these five available options here. It's kind of like a save file on a videogame, if you will. They're currently off right now. But if you wanted to begin data logging and you wanted to save that information, simply select one of these save files to toggle it on. It's gonna give you this little disclaimer here letting you know that the data logging process will begin when you return to the gauge display. And if you wanna turn off data logging, you can either simply turn off the truck and power off the device or you can come back to this screen and you can turn it off manually by clicking on that save file again. Now the Edge tuner also allows you to benchmark your truck. There are a couple of different performance tests available. And if you wanted to go through any of them, you would simply select the performance testing option. The three tests that are currently available with the Edge tuner include a 0 to 60 time, a quarter-mile time, and a rough estimation of horsepower. Obviously, we are in our studio right now so we cannot do any of these tests currently. But if you wanted to, you'd simply select the one you wanted to benchmark and it's gonna prompt you to follow the instructions so that you can complete the test and it will automatically display that benchmark for you once the test is complete. Again, if you wanted further instructions without actually beginning any of the tests, it has a helpful instructional here for you that you can read through. Now, one of my favorite features about this tuner is the diagnostics feature. The Edge tuner actually allows you to read and clear trouble codes, which you might know as check engine lights. Simply select the trouble code option underneath the Diagnostics menu. It's gonna give you those two options I just said. You can read and clear those trouble codes. If you have a check engine light and you wanna know the underlying cause, simply select read DTCs. The Edge tuner will begin reading the ECU and it's gonna pull up all those trouble codes and it's gonna display them on this screen here. Now, our truck doesn't have any current issues. So we don't have any codes to display. If you did have a code and you wanted to clear it, you would, again, select clear DTCs. The device will clear your ECU of those trouble codes and it will turn the lights off on your dash. Just keep in mind if you don't actually fix the underlying problem, that light might return. Next up on our list is the mileage coach. The mileage coach is basically a way for you to monitor how your driving behavior affects your fuel economy in terms of your fuel consumption and cost per trip. Now, this is a little disclaimer here. It's gonna let you know that in order to display the mileage coach screen, you will need to proceed to the layout for your gauges and you need to select the gauge cluster that has the mileage coach display. Now, this is the actual mileage coach main menu. In order to use this, you actually have to put in your current fuel economy. All of these trucks do have your fuel economy displayed in between your gauge cluster so you can pull that information off of there. Let's go ahead and say just for the sake of convenience that our truck gets really bad fuel economy. So we're gonna go with two miles per gallon. Once you enter in your fuel economy and your current trip odometer, it's gonna calculate fuel price as well as mileage cost based on current fuel prices. Again, this is just a nice way to monitor your driving habits. And if you watch this in real time, it might be a little bit of a motivation for you to improve your driving habits and it can show you how you can save some money at the pump. Now another cool feature of the Edge tuner is the maintenance manager. Obviously, with these trucks, there is a lot of maintenance to be done at regular intervals and it's easy to forget sometimes. So you can actually set alerts on the device and it will tell you when it's time to perform certain maintenance depending on how long your truck has ran and depending on how many miles you've driven. In order to set this up, you do have to put in your current odometer reading so we'll go ahead and do that now. Our truck is currently at around 49,000 miles. You also wanna make sure you turn the maintenance manager option on at the top here. Now once you've turned the maintenance manager on and you've input your current mileage on the odometer, you can begin selecting different maintenance items. This is how you're actually gonna turn on alerts at certain mileage intervals. As you can see, there are a ton of maintenance items that you can use to set reminders. But obviously, the most common one is changing your oil. So let's show you how to set that up. First things first, you wanna turn the alert on. Then you wanna set the interval for how often you want that alert to show up. Let's say with conventional oil, we wanna do every 4,000 miles. Now that's all you have to do. Once you've set up the alert and you put the interval in or the desired interval if you will, the device will actually give you an alert and let you know that this maintenance item is required once your odometer and that interval add up together. So again, our truck is at 49,000 miles. Once we hit 53,000 miles, our change engine oil alert will display on our device. And it's just a friendly reminder, an easy way for you to make sure that you're doing the right maintenance to your truck. Last up on our list is the settings. There are a ton of available settings for the Edge tuner. That includes alert settings, screen settings, as well as some other options including calibrating the device for your specific vehicle. Now if you do have a backup camera installed on your truck, you'll find options for that under accessory settings. It's gonna give you a delay for how long the device will wait before your backup camera turns on when you put your truck in reverse. And if you wanna have the camera on at startup, you can simply toggle that option here. Now, certain gauges and data logging will require that you input the correct tire size for your truck, which is important especially if your truck does not have stock tires on it. So you can do that under vehicle settings. There are different tire formats to choose from. We can keep things simple. We select our English option here and you can input your current tire configuration if you have aftermarket wheels and tires. You wanna keep things even simpler? You can go under height and you can select the different tire sizes based on height. Factory is thirty-one and a half. Our truck actually has 33s in it. So if you wanted to, you could select that option here and that's gonna make sure your gauges and your data logging are displaying accurate information. Another cool feature of the Edge tuner that's hidden in the settings is the ability to have the tuner alert you if your truck experiences any parameters that are monitored by the ECU that fall out of safe ranges. For example, if you have any spikes in temperature or low battery voltages, you can actually set up the Edge tuner to let you know when that happens. Now, there are a ton of different alert options available here, but I'll show you guys how to set it up. It's the same process for all the different alerts. First things first, you have to turn alert system on. You can do that here. You can also do that inside the individual alerts if you want to. Let's go ahead and set an alert for our cylinder head temperature. Again, our alert system is on. And to turn the alert for the cylinder head temperature on as well, you select the option right here. You can decide whether you want the alert to be audible or simply visual. Sound off means that you'll get a visual alert on the screen itself, and sound on means that the device will actually chime at you when this happens. You can also set a threshold for this alert. In this case, our cylinder head temperature threshold is 180 degrees. It's obviously pretty low. But if you wanted to set your own temperature threshold for that, you can do so here. And again, it's the same set of options for all the different alerts. Now, besides all these different setting menus, there are some other options available here on the primary settings menu including the sound duration for alerts, how much you want the backlight on the device to automatically dim based on ambient lighting. You can also set how long you want the device to remain on until the screen turns off. You can also set your vehicle weight. Again, that's also important for ensuring you're data logging and displaying gauge information accurately. The most important feature under settings is the ability the factory reset the device. This will completely undo anything that you've done on the device including your tune profile as well as the gauge setup and any other information you might have put in here or elsewhere. Last but not least is the help option on the device. Obviously, the Edge tuner has a lot of different features that allows you to do a lot of customization. Sometimes you might run into some confusion or you might have some issues. If you ever do run into that, you actually have the contact info for Edge Tuners here. It includes their website, their mailing address, as well as their email and their phone number. When you do contact them if you ever have any questions or issues, they might ask you for some basic product or vehicle info that you can find on these options here. Now, they might also ask you to go into tech support tools. I'm not gonna get into anything in here. They'll walk you through the options that you have to click on if you ever do need to. So as you can see, this little tuner is very easy to use. It comes with tons of features and it makes for a really easy way to get a lot of power out of that EcoBoost. That also wraps up my review of the Edge Gas Evolution CTS2 Tuner fitting your '11 to '14 EcoBoost 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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