California GDE tune

California GDE tune

This is a discussion on California GDE tune within the RAM 1500 Diesel Tuning forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; I know this state sucks and i cant legally buy a GDE tune. Would it work to have a friend in another state get their ...

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    California GDE tune

    I know this state sucks and i cant legally buy a GDE tune. Would it work to have a friend in another state get their hands on an ecm out of a wrecked truck and use the vin from that truck for the tune and then install on my truck?

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    All tunes are done to the vin and injector code of the truck the tune is going into. You could give the vin and picture of the needed codes and have him order and then get it to you but if you get caught by CARB you may pay dearly.

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    Not worried about being caught, CARB doesnt mess with our kind of trucks proactively. So i would have to find an out of state trucks ecm, get its VIN, and the injector code? Give all that to GDE and then i could install that ecm on my truck no issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliEco18 View Post
    Not worried about being caught, CARB doesnt mess with our kind of trucks proactively. So i would have to find an out of state trucks ecm, get its VIN, and the injector code? Give all that to GDE and then i could install that ecm on my truck no issues?
    No, the ECM be has to be programmed to your truck specifically, meaning your VIN and injector codes need to be programmed. So here's your solution, order your ECM from GDE with your info and mail it to an out of state location using an out of state billing address. Use a trusted friend or family member. GDE won't mail it to California or if there's a California billing address.
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    Perhaps you can find a member here that can help you. I know GDE will accept a postal money order. If you give a credit card, it will be obvious from the billing address, you are from California. Or, better solution: move to another state, hehe. BTW, in the East Coast, we have California "east" Massachusetts.
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    VIN will still be registered in California, therefore GDE will refuse to tune the ECM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianS View Post
    VIN will still be registered in California, therefore GDE will refuse to tune the ECM.
    I heard that it was where the original state of purchase was. So if you bought your truck used from Arizona but you live in California then you could possibly get the GDE tune. You'd still need to figure out the whole mailing/billing address issue though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SavagePatch View Post
    I heard that it was where the original state of purchase was. So if you bought your truck used from Arizona but you live in California then you could possibly get the GDE tune. You'd still need to figure out the whole mailing/billing address issue though.
    Registration has nothing to do with it. I bought my truck in Cali and have a tune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianS View Post
    VIN will still be registered in California, therefore GDE will refuse to tune the ECM.
    How does GDE access State licensing systems to see where a VIN is registered?
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    They can't. They only go on shipping/billing addresses.

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