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Best Duramax Performance Chip

Vinny Himes



What is the best Duramax Performance Chip?

So many times we are asked “What is the best Duramax performance chip?”

This can be a very tricky question. Usually we answer the question by saying “What year is your truck and what do you want to do with it?” Most of the answers we get are something like, “I wanna blow black smoke!” Funny but True! We are never going to sell a customer a tuner that just blows smoke, its bad for the industry and the environment. We are always going to recommend a tuner or chip device that is going to optimize a more complete burn of the fuel being injected into the engine, this will result in lowered EGT’s (Exhaust Gas Temperatures) and better fuel economy with less soot output.

We wanted to cover the basics of Duramax Tuners. Keep it simple and to the point. The following list is our personal favorites when looking at the best Duramax performance chip. We will list each year by make and model with a link where you can find more information on that tuner. Soon we will be providing a more in depth review on each individual tuner and some of each tuner’s perks. Much of this may be your personal preference for your truck. This is a place to start your search for the best Duramax performance chip.

First things first, all tuners, programmers and chips are NOT created equal. Be sure to read these reviews and follow up with any questions you have.


The best Duramax performance chip tuners listed here are for your basic daily driven truck that may occasionally be used to tow or haul. These are not meant for high horse power applications (i.e. 650hp and up). These are meant for trucks that have you basic modifications. Such modifications may be a cold air intake, lift pump and exhaust.

The Edge Evolution works great with those basic mods, if you are going beyond those bolt on upgrades and are wanting to install compound turbos for heavy towing, dual fuelers for sled pulling or drag racing as well as bigger injectors, you are going to need EFI Live tuning. We have used several companies over the years for EFI Live tuning, however we have found that Kory Willis’ tuning is cleaner, more powerfull and safer for your engine than any of the previous tuners we have tried. EFI Live will work on all year makes and models of the Duramax engine. ppei


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    J.T. Oakes

    12/17/2013 at 10:11 AM

    I have an 06 LBZ. I am putting industrial injection injectors in right now. the new injectors will push 15% more fuel than stock, apox. 50 hp more. at the same time I bought the injectors I bought the edge evolution programmer. when reading the programmer manual, it states the programmer is only for stock trucks. will I have problems with the new injectors and this programmer together?
    I am looking for a little more power with out compromising fuel economy. I also have a 3″ MBRP turbo downpipe and 4″ exhaust.

    Thank you for any info you can provide

  2. VinnyDiesel


    12/17/2013 at 12:48 PM

    With 15% over injectors the Edge will work fine, it wouldn’t be my first choice for a truck with aftermarket injectors. But those are not huge injectors and they would actually run fine with no tuner at all.

    Ideally an EFI Live custom tune would work best. I recommend these guys for EFI Live tunes.

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    Kyle teed

    12/24/2014 at 4:18 AM

    Hello, I have a 2014 2500hd duramax, I am looking at tuning it. What is my best options for a good alround tuning system with screen. I have been looking at banks and edge tuners? The only other upgrades I will perform will be intake, level kit, tires, and exhaust….

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    We were just talking about this in class last week. Great info!

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    Anthony little

    08/16/2016 at 8:31 AM

    Bought 2016 chevy 2500 duramax truck to pull are camper and back andforth to work want something for gas milage and little extra power any help would be great

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    09/22/2017 at 6:22 PM

    Good info. But can you give more detail? It’d be great.

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    10/18/2018 at 9:53 PM

    Any programmers for a 2013 chevy express 2500 with a LGH duramax?


    • Vinny Himes

      Vinny Himes

      10/23/2018 at 11:40 AM

      Yes Mike, you can use EFI Live on the LGH engines, give the fellas over a a call and they can help you out.

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    04/18/2019 at 6:13 AM

    This was concise yet insightful. Thanks.

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