Bully Dog BDX Tuner
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When it comes to getting more power from late-model gas and diesel vehicles, we put a lot of emphasis on tried-and-true upgrades like exhaust systems, performance headers, cold-air intakes, and other projects that have one big thing in common: they require some wrenching.

But what if you’re not really in the mood for wrenching? What if you’d rather sit back, relax, and press the modding equivalent of the Staples Easy Button? We’re pretty sure that isn’t a thing, but would you settle for buttons, plural? If so, we’ve got just the thing for you: the Bully Dog BDX performance programmer, available from our friends at Summit Racing.

Using a quality hand-held tuner like the Bully Dog BDX to rewrite and optimize vehicle performance parameters is one of the fastest and easiest methods available to coax a bit more power and torque from an engine. Sure, you’re unlikely to see the same type of gains that are attainable with more conventional upgrades, but how many of those can you perform without hopping on a creeper or organizing a search party for your 10mm socket? That’s what we thought.

Founded in America Falls, IH in 1998, Bully Dog is a leading manufacturer of tools for engine ECU calibration. The company’s BDX tuner is designed with simplicity and usability in mind, featuring a sleek, full-color display, customizable gauges for tracking powertrain performance, and WiFi connectivity to make device updates fast and easy.

And of course, there are the tunes. The BDX tuner features a selection of preloaded, street-tested tunes designed to boost horsepower, torque, throttle sensitivity, and fuel mileage. Users also have the ability to upload their own custom tunes.

Changing your vehicle’s performance parameters is as simple as plugging the device into your OBDII port, connecting to WiFi, and following the on-screen prompts. Bully Dog also has a helpful how-to video to walk you through the process.

Learn more about the Bully Dog BDX by clicking here.

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Author: Will Schertz

Will is a contributing writer for OnAllCylinders. His automotive writing career stretches back longer than a decade and includes a stint as senior reporter for one of the tire industry’s largest trade publications. He enjoys long walks on the beach, romantic candlelit dinners, and thinly veiled sarcasm. Will lives with his beautiful wife and two small humans who steal his food and "need" more LEGOs.