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So if you own a '14 to '17 5.3 liter Silverado and you're looking for one of the smallest and most compact in-cabin tuners with a dash mount to provide you the most features and preloaded tunes available, you should be checking out the Flashpaq in-cabin tuner from Superchips. This tuner has tons of features but what I like most about it are all the available preloaded tunes. You get an economy tune, a towing tune, a street performance tune, and a 91 octane or higher fuel tune.We actually went ahead and ran our truck on the Dyno and bone stock, our truck made 284 horsepower and 313 pound-feet of torque. We then uploaded the 91 octane tune, we kept it bone stock otherwise, and our truck made 293 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. So those are peak gains of 9 horsepower and 9 pound-feet of torque just by changing out our octane rating. What's really nice about the preloaded tunes is if you know what you're doing or you're working with a speed shop, you can customize those tunes even further to get even more horsepower and torque gains out of this device. Besides the performance, towing, and economy benefits, this thing has some other pretty cool features. You can actually install the mileage coach which is gonna help you determine how much you're saving or spending, depending on your driving habits. Other things that I really like about this, you can set up maintenance alerts for a ton of different maintenance needs for your truck at specific mileage intervals or odometer readings and the other really cool thing that I like about this is it functions as an OBD-II or check engine light scanner and trouble code clearer. Basically what that means is if you have a check engine light, instead of going to the dealership or down the street, you can actually check out what the cause is of the check engine light using the tuner and then if you wanna get rid of that annoying light on the dash and fix the problem yourself, you can also clear that trouble code. So this thing has a ton of features. If you like those performance gains and you like the way the device looks, you should stick around. I'm actually gonna show you all the available features that this thing has on it and I'm going to show you how to tune your truck from start to finish. This doesn't really have an install but I'm gonna give it a very soft one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. It's very user-friendly. Tuning your truck and using the device shouldn't take more than 15 to 30 minutes at most. So without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. So using the Dashpaq is pretty straightforward. All you gotta do to start using the device is plug it into your truck. To do that, you're gonna grab the provided cable, plug the HDMI end into the tuner itself, and then grab the OBD-II port and plug it in your OBD-II port directly underneath your steering column. So once you have the Dashpaq plugged in, you're gonna turn your key to the on position. If this is the first time using the device, it's going to make sure that you select the correct vehicle make. Obviously, we're working with our '14 to '17 Silverado so we're gonna select GM and Chevy. Then it's gonna ask you to confirm that your key is in the on position. Go ahead and confirm. So once the device is finished initializing, it's gonna bring you to your default gauges. We'll go over our gauges first since this is what loads by default. If you want to change the gauge layout, it's really simple, you just select the left and right arrows. You can see how it changes it from a digital gauge with numeric values to two tachometer-like gauges. We'll work with the default gauges since this is what it's going to pop up with each time. If you want to change the value of any of the particular gauges, go ahead and click the okay button on the screen. You can see how it highlights the figures and numbers that we're looking at and if you want to change any of these values to a different parameter, go ahead and click the okay button again. We're gonna change our MPG gauge to something else as an example. So once you hit okay it's gonna bring you to the options for the gauges themselves. If you want to select the new gauge, it's really simple. All you gotta do is select new PID or P.I.D. The P.I.D is just a fancy phrase or acronym if you will for the gauge itself. Once you select that, it's gonna bring the available gauges up on this drop-down menu. We're gonna go ahead monitor our air and fuel so we're gonna select our short-term fuel trim on bank 1. Now once you've selected it, you can go ahead and click okay again to exit the menu. It'll bring you back to the gauge screen. If you wanna make any other changes like the gauge color itself, you could do so. It allows you to select RBG values from 1 to 255 so you can pretty much select any color that you want the gauge to display as. When you're done selecting the color of your choice, go ahead and click Okay. And you can see that that gauge just changed from our MPGs to our short-term fuel trim in a percentage. The same again applies if you wanna change any of the other gauges. Go ahead and click okay to highlight one of the numeric values and then navigate over to the other gauges that you want to change. So the gauges are pretty straightforward and easy to use.If you wanna get to the home screen on the device, again, really simple, go ahead and click the home button. Now once you hit the home button, it's gonna bring you to the main menu for the device itself and we'll just go from top down. Programming is how you're actually gonna tune your truck. You're gonna select programming, it's gonna take a second. It's gonna pull up all the available tunes. Now level 1 is a trans only tune that's gonna firm up your shift points. It's gonna make your truck feel like it has a little better throttle response.Level 2 is towing. If you do a lot of towing, obviously, pretty self-explanatory. It's gonna help change the way your truck drives, help you with your towing capacity, fuel economy, and performance in those low gears. Street performance is a mild tune. It's gonna help you with performance and MPGs and the performance tune is gonna straight up add more power to your truck. If you're going with the performance tune, you're gonna need at least 91 or higher octane fuel. Let's see what the performance tune can do for us. Now, again, it's gonna give you a disclaimer saying that you need 91 octane or higher, go ahead and click Okay. Now if you wanna change custom parameters in the tune file, you can do so by clicking the Okay button. You should only be doing this if you know how to change parameters on the preloaded tune file. That's something that we're not gonna get into because if you already know what you're doing, I don't have to explain it to you. It's very important that you do not make any changes to the tune file unless you do know what you're doing because if you do not, you could actually cause some severe damage to your engine. This will allow you to change things like timing and air and fuel, and if you make changes to those parameters without knowing what you're doing, like I said, you could cause some pretty bad damage. So we're just interested in seeing what the tune can do by itself so we're going to click the home button or no in this case. Now at this point, the Dashpaq is gonna begin installing the new tune. At this point, it's very important that you do not unplug the device and you do not turn your key to the off position. You'll need to maintain that connection to your ECM until you get the confirmation that the tune has been uploaded completely. Now once the device has finished uploading the tune file, you'll see really quick, it kind of flashed and then disappeared, it's gonna give you that confirmation screen. It's gonna also bring you back to the main screen for programming. It's gonna let you know up top that your tune has been installed based on the current level displayed. Again, in this case, we have the level 4 or the performance tune installed. If you want to change the way the device displays, you can select screen layout and you can change things like the layout itself of the menus or the background image itself. They decided to throw in some cool backgrounds. We're gonna go ahead and keep ours as the original.Now if you're happy with the way the layout of the device currently sits, you can view records. Records are a data log of all the gauges that you've been watching while you're driving around. It'll display the last known values of those different gauges that you've been monitoring without actually having to view the gauges themselves. If you wanna clear that information, you just have to click the Okay button, it'll bring them to default values. Now one really cool thing about the Dashpaq are the available performance tests. This is a really cool way for you to benchmark your truck. You can test things like your 0 to 60 time, your quarter mile, and it'll even give you a pretty good estimate of your horsepower to your wheels. If you wanna select one of the performance tests, you're just gonna click the Okay button and it's gonna walk you through the options and steps you have to follow in order to record those different benchmarks. Now if you're not necessarily interested in benchmarking your truck but you wanna do some diagnostics or view your engine's performance, you can select data logging. Data logging is basically recording all the information behind all the gauges that you might be viewing, including all the metrics that you might not be viewing. If you wanna data log your truck and create a file for later viewing, which is especially useful for tuning or electronic diagnostics, all you gotta do is come into this screen and click the Okay button. It's gonna tell you that it's gonna start data logging when you return to the gauge display. Go ahead and click enter to continue and you can see a confirmation on this drop-down menu that you have an available file being saved while you're running your truck. You can save up to five different data run files at a time. Now if you're having something like a check engine light and you're not quite sure what the issue is, you can view it through diagnostics. Go ahead click Okay and it's gonna bring to the trouble codes option. This is basically gonna function as an OBD-II scanner much like what you pay for at the dealership or your local shop. Nice about this you get to do it in your driveway, save you a little bit of money. If you wanna check out what that check engine light is, goes ahead and click on Read DTCs. This is gonna pull up any of the diagnostic trouble codes that are behind that check engine light. Now you can see that our truck currently has some here. If we wanna view what those codes are, you can select Okay on each one and it's gonna tell you what the issue is. Now what's really nice about this is once you know what the issue is, you can actually clear that code as well. To do so, we're gonna navigate back to the home screen and I'm going to show you how to clear the code. Now if you wanna clear the code, it's really simple. You're just gonna click on clear DTCs. This is going to turn off the check engine light. However, keep in mind, if you don't actually fix the issue behind that check engine light, it will likely return after you start driving your truck again but it's a nice way to get rid of that light in the interim.Now another nice thing about the Dashpaq is you can actually improve your fuel economy simply by monitoring how you drive your vehicle. Now I wanna make it clear this is not going to be a magic tool, it's not gonna save you anything at the pump unless you actually tune your truck with the economy tune. But if you wanna see how your driving habits are affecting your fuel economy as your truck currently sits, you can actually view that through the mileage coach. This is a very cool little calculator that's gonna show you how your driving affects what you're paying at the pump. Now if you want to use the mileage coach, all you have to do is input your current MPGs as well as your trip odometer, your fuel price, and it's gonna calculate your mileage cost and your trip cost in terms of dollar amounts. So this is a really nice way to track what you're actually spending as you're driving your daily commute. Now another cool feature besides the mileage coach is how the Dashpaq will ensure that you're keeping up on maintenance on your vehicle. Obviously, you have your little oil change sticker in the top left corner of your windshield like most of us but if you wanna ditch that and if you want a convenient little reminder for how to maintenance your vehicle and when to do so, you can actually have the device send you alerts based on mileage intervals. You can do that through the maintenance manager. To do that, you're gonna turn the maintenance manager on by selecting the okay button on the off or on option. Once it is turned on, you can select maintenance items and you can determine which alerts you want to have display. We'll obviously go over the most common one and that is changing our oil. To have an alert created for when you need to change your oil, go ahead select that option, turn the alert on, and select the desired interval. We'll stick with conventional oil and say every 4,000 miles. Once you've input the mileage interval, go ahead and click done. Now once you've selected the appropriate interval, the device is going to alert you once you've approached that mileage interval. If you wanna have a fixed mileage count and an alert and based on a specific mileage that you hit, you can do so under next service. Our truck has 41,000 miles on it so let's go ahead and say that we want an alert to display at 45,000 miles. Once you input that value and click done, the device will provide an alert once you hit that actual mileage. Now it's very important that you put in your current odometer reading, otherwise, the alerts will not work correctly. I'll show you how to do that real quick. Go ahead back to the home screen, navigate down to the device manager. Now the odometer is gonna act as the benchmark and that is going to determine when your alerts will actually trigger. So, for example, our truck is at 41,000 miles on the odometer. We selected our oil change alert to happen every 4,000 miles. We also selected it to happen at 45,000 miles on the dot, which, in this case, is the same thing. However, once you hit that trigger, that alert will display on the home screen and it will be a great reminder for you to perform that maintenance. Now once you first get the Dashpaq plugged in, it's also a good idea to go through the settings. This is gonna make sure that your alerts are set up the way you want them to as well as some of the device settings as well as some of your vehicle information. You can change the alert settings themselves including the duration of the alert and you can change some settings for the screen brightness as well as your vehicle weight. That's gonna be useful depending on certain gauges that you're using as well as for calculating MPGs. The most important part of the settings screen, however, is the factory reset. If you've done a lot of changes to the device itself and you've tuned your truck and you wanna undo everything all at once, it's really easy, go ahead and select factory reset to do so. And the last thing we have to go over is the help section. You'll really only need this if you ever run into any issues with the device itself. Real simple, if you ever need help, you can click on contact info and you can actually get a hold of Superchips via phone with their information here. If you ever have to speak with customer service, they might ask you to pull up some product or vehicle info from these screens so just keep that in mind, this is where you're gonna locate that information if you ever do run into issues with your device or the tune files.So as you can see, this tuner is very easy to use, very cool features on here, and you get some performance benefits without actually turning any wrenches. That actually wraps up my review of the Flashpaq in-cabin tuner from Superchips fitting your '14 to '17 5.3 liter Silverado. I'm Travis, thanks for watching and for all things Silverado, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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