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Old 05-11-2017, 12:55 PM
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Thumbs down Superchips Traildash 2 42051 Review - Not worth it.

Here is my review of the Superchips Traildash 2 (42051) on my 2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

The screen itself is something like an older Garmin navigation unit, not high quality or resolution and very laggy. Don’t expect to be able to change anything while on the go, the lag will stop you from distracted driving.

First tune 87-Performance, took a long time to get to the tune with multiple key-on / key-off instructions that are easy to follow. My engine made some odd clicking sounds and my check engine light stayed on after, good thing this unit can clear the codes. There wasn’t obvious performance increases off the line but there did seem to be a little more pull in the middle of the RPM band. Top end didn’t seem much different either. What did seem odd is my MPH went up a couple MPG, that could be just a backwind so I’ll monitor this to see how it does long term.

Second tune was the 87-Economy, took a while again to get it ready to go, not as long as the first one, this time it cleared the codes when it was done however my factory key wouldn’t unlock my doors after going into the store. I had to put the key in the door, set off the alarm and turn the ignition on for my key fob to start working again.

I had major issues with customer service trying to get my stock ECU unlocked and based on my initial few tests above I don’t really think this is worth it at all. Cameron and Mike from Superchips / powerteq gave me an RMA number to get my stock ECU sent in to get unlocked but wanted to charge me $200 when it got there. After I found out it was $200 I asked for my ECU back but they had already stripped the VIN stickers to be reused for another customer

It was an absolute disaster and wouldn’t recommend this product just on the customer service issues alone, the rest of it, is just okay so not worth the $$$.

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Old 05-11-2017, 01:47 PM   #2
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I don't think them ECU that superchips is modding is working good on there end, either they don't know how to get past the OEM ecus settings or they are just by passing settings and messing things up, I had the flashpaq on my 2014 and loved it but when I got my 2015 jeep and the flashpaq didn't work I was disappointed that I had to pay even more just to save a few mpg

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Can't speak to the models that have to have there ECU's unlock but I love mine in my 2014. But I will be honest and say if you don't have a Rubicon you should probably go a different route.

I don't care what tuner you have the first tune will be slow. The unit has to copy the stock tune, verify it was copied correctly, erase the tune, install the new tune, verify that tune and then clear codes. After the first tune it gets a little faster but it will still take 15 minutes or so. I have used the 87 octane performance and economy tunes. I feel that for all round driving the performance tune is a little better than the economy tune. I have also used the tow tune and very happy with that. It really helps the low end. I have also used the crawl tune but that will take some getting used to.

Where it really shines though is on the Rubi screen. Being able to lock and unlock the diffs or disconnect the sway bar regardless of transfer case position is great. This feature only makes it worth the cost.
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Mine works great in my 2016 HR. I used it to lock my rear diff in 2wd at Jeep Beach in Daytona 2 weeks ago. Love mine
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I really like my TrailCal but agree that the hardware could be much better. My Garmin has capacitive touch and a better screen and it's a few years old.
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makes me glad I got the TrailCal for now, I can always convert it into a TD2 if need be. I've heard of the hardware being slow/laggy, but haven't heard of the problems you've had.
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2016 Rubi HR and I love my TD2. I like the Rubi screen but love it for the gauges. I constantly monitor my engine and tranny temps on the trail and love having instant visibility instead of scrolling through the EVIC. I also love the built in OBDII decoder. Clearing codes is a pain and take forever so I use a different tool for that.

What is more Superchips support has been stellar. I dropped my TD2 carrying it into the house to update it and cracked the screen. Superchips fixed it under warranty at no charge even though it was 100% my fault.
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2016 Rubi HR and I love my TD2. I like the Rubi screen but love it for the gauges. I constantly monitor my engine and tranny temps on the trail and love having instant visibility instead of scrolling through the EVIC. I also love the built in OBDII decoder. Clearing codes is a pain and take forever so I use a different tool for that.

What is more Superchips support has been stellar. I dropped my TD2 carrying it into the house to update it and cracked the screen. Superchips fixed it under warranty at no charge even though it was 100% my fault.
I will say that when I called in they were really nice once you waited an hour on hold to talk to someone during their business hours that they aren't actually open! LOL, they open at 8 AM Eastern but you can't call them until after 8:45 usually.

The issues I had is that they told me I can send them my ECU to get unlocked but when they got it, they just stripped the VIN sticker and recycled it to someone else. Then said they could do it for $200 if I really wanted my factory ECU back. They don't seem to honor what they say over the phone so honestly I don't know if I could ever get another Superchips product.

It's still pretty new and I'm still hoping all this pain was worth it. But I don't really see a huge improvement in the tune like I did with other cars I've owned. The rear lockers in 2WD might be nice but I thought that was for 2014 or older only. I'll have to try it on some gravel roads next week.
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Anyone know if I make a custom tune if the Superchips head unit needs to remain plugged in for the custom settings to stay applied while running?

How about the lockers in 2WD? Does the dash button work or do I have to press it on the tuner itself?
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You don't need to leave it hooked up for tunes. If you want lockers in 2wd or 4hi you have to have the tuner connected.
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I like mine. If they tried to get an extra 200 out of me I'd be pissed though.
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I like mine. If they tried to get an extra 200 out of me I'd be pissed though.
I was more pissed that they kept my stock ECU after I specifically called and asked if I can send it in to be unlocked. They just sent me a different one back and tried to play games to get me to not file more complaints.
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Superchips referred me to a Diablo tuner as the TD2 does not do custom tunes. Maybe if it thinks it is the base tune you could save it. They did not give me proper pricing over email for the ECU/TCM unlock and upgrade from Trailcal to TD2 to add the tunes

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