Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (2023)

If you’re looking to get into performance programming and tuning, Edge has a great Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (1)in-cabin controller and programmer for you. The Evolution CS2 Programmer will unlock the full potential of your gas or diesel engine and give you the capability to monitor tons of parameters at the same time. When it comes to customizable tuners and gauges, the CS2 is hard to beat. And with the ability to add on additional accessories via Edge’s EAS or expandable accessory system, you really can upgrade your entire in cab monitors and heads up displays to modernize even the most old school setup.

No time to read this whole article? Just want the quick and dirty dets? “Too long; didn’t read” your fav acronym? Don’t worry. We hear ya. Here’s our Midwest Aftermarket Bullet Point Breakdown of the Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner:

***Disclaimer: Options, Tuning Ability, and Various Features vary depending on Make / Model / Year of your vehicle. Double check Edge’s website and input your vehicle information to get the best, most up to date information about what features are available specifically for your truck or Jeep.***

  • A True Performance Programmer to Unlock your Engine’s Full Power
  • Adds Horsepower (up to 180 HP for Diesel Trucks, 50 HP for Gasoline Engines)
  • Adds Torque (up to 440 ft lb of TQ for Diesel, 50 ft lbs TQ for Gas applications)
  • Disable AFM / MDS on Chevy / GMC and Dodge Ram trucks
  • Has tuning for Towing Mode, Economy Mode, and Performance Mode
  • The Ability to Read and Clear DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes)
  • Internet Updateable via USB
  • Various calibrations and tools to adjust your vehicle’s loadout / performance
  • Correct Speedometer
  • Adjust Tire Size
  • Change Axle Gear Ratio
  • Adjust Speed Limiters
  • Improves Throttle Response
  • Adjust Rev Limiters
  • Performance Tuning
  • The Ability to Data Log
  • High Performance Tests including:
  • 0 - 60 MPH Performance Test
  • Quarter - Mile Test
  • Great for your Daily Driver and your Off-road Monster
  • Auto Dim Screen
  • Set Alerts with Audible Alarms for various parameters
  • Improves Fuel Efficiency and Lowers Fuel Consumption and Wasteage
  • High Performance Mode and Eco Mode plus Tow Haul Mode
  • Improves Engine Responsiveness and Response Time
  • Full Color High Resolution screen, adjusting the brightness as needed
  • Option for RPM Limiters and correcting Speedometer Reads
  • Tune for shift points
  • Modify Shift Firmness
  • Adjust Fans (on some makes / models)
  • Change / View Rail Pressure Settings
  • Injection Timing options
  • And if that isn’t enough for you, add just about anything on via the EAS or Expandable Accessory System

The CS2: Performance Tuning Evolved

If you’re looking for the best in non-touchscreen tuning from Edge, the Evolution CS2 is the programmer for you. If you are looking for the Touch screen version, Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (2)you want the Evolution CTS2, so go check that one out. While the settings are very similar from one to the other, we want to make sure this is clear up front.

The CS2 is NOT a Touch Screen Device.

The Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (3)CTS2 is a Touch Screen Tuner.


Now that that’s done, we can move on to more important things.

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Whether you’re looking at the CS2 or CTS2, Edge has packed in tons of great features and cutting edge tunes for your specific make and model vehicle. While the CS2 is not capable of custom tuning, the pre canned or loaded tunes on the CS2 are made specifically, or custom, for your vehicle by the engineers over at Edge. The goal is to maximize performance on your vehicle for whatever you are looking to do with it.

If you Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (4)are trying to tune your daily driver to get improved gas mileage, the economy or fuel efficiency mode can do that. Looking to up your horsepower for the race track? Performance mode will get you there. Need to do some serious towing? Tow mode adds the torque you need.

And some of us are just looking to adjust throttle response and / or reduce pedal lag. The CS2 can do that too. This baby really does evolve your engine and unleash the beast under the hood.

But for me, one of the most important features of the CS2 is the ability to disable AFM and MDS.

Disabling AFM / MDS

Those of you driving around in Ford Trucks--yeah, F-150 owners, I’m talking to you--you don’t have to worry about any of this nonsense. Ford beat the EPA fuel economy targets by taking another route: Turbocharging. Don’t worry. I’ll have something just for you below in a bit.

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For just Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (5)about everyone else, listen up. Cause you need a tuner more than most, my friends. That’s right, if you’re a Chevy / GMC or Dodge Ram owner and your driving around a truck made in the last 10 years, chances are good, you’re engine has been severely hamstrung.

That’s correct. In order to meet those government standards your manufacturer (and mine too, cause I’m a Chevy owner) did something many of us now regret. They limited how many of your engine’s cylinders are active at any give time.

It doesn’tEdge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (6)matter what you call it really. They keep changing the names anyway. One year it’s Active Fuel Management. Then it’s Dynamic. Or Chrystlers’ variant Multiple Displacement System. Jazz it up however you like, folks. It’s limiting your engine’s ability to produce power.

Now on most models it isn’t supposed to kick in until you’re moving 30 MPH or so, but I’ve heard stories. And it isn’t supposed to affect the way the truck drives, but I’ve personally seen it do otherwise when I’m struggling to get up a steep hill in the backwoods of Missouri, so yeah, I don’t buy it.

But it does do at least two things: shut off half your cylinders at a particular moment in time and piss me off.

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Again, this was all done to try to improve fuel economy to meet specific government Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (7)standards, but what it also does, and note these were all likely unintended consequences, is limit power and performance, alter wear and tear on your engine, cause strange shifts, especially when underload and going up or down hill, and various other smaller issues.

Some of us, myself included, have even been able to improve our fuel economy by disabling AFM or MDS, which leaves us all wondering what exactly this damn thing Edge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (8)does anyway. I mean, if you’re still moving the same amount of mass via a combustion engine and you want to go a particular speed in that vehicle, isn’t it still going to take roughly the same amount of fuel to get her up and going, regardless of how many cylinders are firing? I get that my four banger little car gets better fuel economy than my truck, but it’s also like a third the weight and size and rides lower to the ground. Furthermore, I got the car for the fuel economy and commute. I got the truck for power, hauling, towing, and having fun--not fuel economy, thank you very much!

But I digress.

Point is you’re probably going to be wanting to disable that AFM / MDS stuff soonerEdge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (9)rather than later because as so many of us have found out, over time, especially on particular makes / models / years of trucks, these systems can seriously damage your engine. So while for everyone else, getting a performance tuner is more about style, customization, specific tunes, calibration, and just being an all around bad ass, for us Chevy / GMC / Dodge owners, it’s about all those things and then disabling AFM and MDS.

PSA over. Returning to our regularly scheduled tuner coverage.

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VGT or Variable Geometry Turbochargers

Alright, I promised I’d have something for the Ford drivers, and here it is plus its for anyone with a VGT or Variable Geometry Turbocharger, but I figure those who have one stock are more likely to be looking for this kind of tuning. If you’re rocking a turbo, especially on a diesel, there’s a pretty good chance you might have a VGT or variable geometry turbo.

TheseEdge Evolution CS2 Tuner and Monitor Review (10)types of turbochargers are able to vary the flow rate of exhaust gases through the turbine in order to adjust based on your RPMs how much extra vacuum power you’re gonna need. Now we aren’t saying this is perfect technology, but when it works right, these turbos are some of the best ways to maximize your engine’s performance in one go. And the improved throttle response from one of these bad boy’s ain’t nothing to shake a stick at either.

And if you’re rocking one of these babies, the CS2 has the ability to modify the way it works. The goal here is to be able to extend the longevity of your VGT and make it play nice with your new tunes. While adding horsepower and torque, especially on a diesel application, is both easy and amazing, your turbo, especially your VGT, may not be prepared stock for this adjustment of added fuel and power. So by making adjustments on the backend to your VGT, you can help your new tunes and VGT to work well in tandem to hopefully boost power and keep your VGT running accurately and longer.

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Does edge CS2 come with tunes? ›

The Edge Evolution CS2 comes with five tunes to maximize performance. Within each tune, you can: Change the tire size.

What can an edge CS2 do? ›

Not only does it re-tune your vehicle, it stays mounted in the cab and features real-time, monitoring of vital engine data. The Evolution is available for both Gas and Diesel trucks/SUVs.

How much HP does a edge CTS2 add? ›

Edge products Evolution CTS2 Diesel Tuner / Monitor for RAM Cummins, Ford Super Duty Powerstroke, and Chevy/GMC Duramax diesel trucks. Up to an additional 180HP and 440 ft lb TQ* on Diesel applications (contact us if you want power gain figures for your specific truck).

Can you tune with the edge CTS2? ›

Installation. The Edge Evolution CTS2 is a 5" high-resolution touch-screen system that makes changing your tunes and monitoring your engine parameters a breeze. It's also highly customizable, from gauges to colors and more. The monitor connects to the OBD-II port in your truck with an HDMI power cord.

Who makes edge tuners? ›

In 2005, Edge Products was acquired by MSD Performance. In 2011 Edge became part of Powerteq LLC, which today owns and manages the DiabloSport and Superchips brands – two of the most popular performance tuning brands in North America.

Can you use an edge programmer on multiple vehicles? ›

Built-in performance meter measures 0-60, mile times and more. Advanced integrated data logger with export capability. Ability to add vehicle licenses to tune multiple vehicles with one product. Clear and Read DTC codes.

What does an edge tuner do? ›

The idea behind the Edge tuner is to put the programming power into the hands of the driver, and to provide gauges for monitoring much of the data that the engine's sensors detect.

What does the edge CTS2 do? ›

What is the Edge Insight CTS2? The Edge Insight CTS2 is a diesel performance monitor. Performance Monitors are a must-have upgrade for any diesel truck owner. They give you real-time insight and performance monitoring so you know exactly how your truck is running at any given time.

Is the edge CTS3 a tuner? ›

This programmer is one of the most technologically advanced tuners on the market with ultra-fast processing speeds and WiFi update capability. The Edge Products 85400-100 Evolution CTS3 Tuner (Powerstroke) programs the ECM in your truck through the OBDII port.

How much power does a edge tuner add? ›

The Edge Comp features five power levels with power gains from 40-130 horsepower.

Does the edge CTS2 have a turbo timer? ›

With the Edge CTS2 display, the turbo timer function is built into program which means there's not any extra junk zip-tied under the dash!

How much horsepower does the edge evolution add? ›

Power levels designed for daily driving, towing, performance and extreme. Up to an additional 175 HP and 470 ft lb TQ* on Diesel applications. Simple installation just plug into OBDII port. No wiring required.

Can edge evolution CTS2 hold custom tunes? ›

Edge's all-new EAS Shift-On-The-Fly allows you to change custom tunes on the fly utilizing your Insight CS2 or CTS2. The EAS Shift-On-The-Fly line has been selling at a tremendous pace and they are excited to extend the coverage of this product to the older Duramax-powered trucks.

How much does it cost to unlock the edge programmer? ›

The Hot Unlock code costs $100 and is obtained by filling out a waiver on the Edge website. It's important to note that Evolution utilizes aggressive fueling strategies in order to achieve horsepower gains.

Who was the best car tuner? ›

10 Of The Most Famous Tuners And Their Creations
  • 8 Mansory.
  • 7 Callaway Cars.
  • 6 Fab Design.
  • 5 Brabus.
  • 4 RAUH-Welt Begriff.
  • 3 Hennessey Performance Engineering.
  • 2 Shelby American Inc.
  • 1 ABT Sportsline.
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Where are edge products made? ›

Edge currently employs nearly 100 individuals and resides in a 40,000 square foot facility in Ogden, Utah.

Are edge tuners vehicle specific? ›

Each vehicle must be compatible with the unit. This is offered by Edge.

What is code 150 on edge programmer? ›

He stated that this error code essentially means that the tuner has lost communication with the ECM (engine control module).

Can you put custom tunes on edge evolution CTS3? ›

While the standard CTS3 module cannot change tunes on-the-fly, the new Shift-On-The-Fly (SOTF) Accessory allows this. The system utilizes standard selection methods used by other tuners which also allows the use of custom tunes!

Are tuners worth it? ›

A tuner can improve your gas mileage. Manufacturers claim that drivers will get 3 or 4 more miles per gallon by using these aftermarket products; however, it's worth noting that these savings are dependent on how you drive and where you drive. Using a tuner is designed to make your vehicle more powerful.

Do I really need a tuner? ›

A guitar tuner is necessary for guitarists who tune in a noisy environment, make precise adjustments for intonation, are beginners learning to train their ear, or just want the convenience of precise tuning in a short amount of time.

How much horsepower does a tuner add? ›

A single tune will add about 10% to 15% of horsepower on average. There are cases of some tune-ups increasing the horsepower by 50% if the driver wishes it. This all depends on the performance-based components your car already has.

What is cts1 vs CTS2? ›

The cts1 gene contains five introns and a 1281-bp ORF which translates a 427-amino-acid (aa) protein of 47.4 kDa. The cts2 gene contains two introns and a 2580-bp ORF which translates a 860-aa protein of 91.4 kDa.

How do I turn off AFM in edge CTS2? ›

On your Edge CTS2 programmer # EP85450 press the home button and scroll down to settings. Once you are in the settings menu you'll be able to scroll down and see the option for active fuel management. If you don't see this option you need to update your programmer as this wasn't a feature always supported.

What is diesel evolution CTS2? ›

The Evolution CTS2 reprograms your vehicle's stock computer. It resides in the cab with one simple cable connection to the OBDII (diagnostic) port. The Evolution is used to save the stock files from the vehicle's computer and then upload the Edge calibrations into the vehicle's computer.

How much HP does a CTS3 add? ›

Edge Evolution CTS3 Features:

3rd Generation design is faster and more capable than ever. Power levels designed for daily driving, towing, performance and extreme. Up to 120 HP and 315 lb-ft TQ.

Will CTS3 work in any truck? ›

If you have a Wi-Fi signal, you're good to go. The CTS3 vehicle coverage is extended to the same platforms as CTS2, or virtually any 1996+ vehicle with an OBD-II port. It will still read and clear codes, data log for you and even perform pretty accurate performance tests like record 0-60mph or 1/4-mile drag tests.

How much horsepower does the edge insight CTS3 have? ›

Edge Revolver Kit

The six-position chip offers adjustable horsepower, up to 140 horses, using Edge's Insight CTS3 display.

How much MPG will a tuner add? ›

While gaining mileage is not a primary goal when creating tunes, because our tunes help get the most power out of your engine, it is common to see our "street" tunes add about 1-2 MPG.

How many MPG can you add with a tuner? ›

The short answer is “yes,'' but a longer explanation is in order. While manufacturers of aftermarket performance products claim tuners can add 3-4 mpg, the actual savings, if any, largely depends on how and where you drive. By definition, performance products are designed to increase engine output.

Does tuning increase torque? ›

Unlock More Torque with a Tune

The best way to increase your car's torque without any complicated maintenance or repairs is simply a 'tune. ' A 'tune' is a device that will update your car's ECU or computer and give it different instructions on how to deliver power to the engine.

At what rpm does turbo work? ›

The turbine in the turbocharger usually spins at speeds between 80,000 and 200,000 rotations per minute (rpm) — that's up to 30 times faster than most car engines can go.

Is it legal to have a turbo timer? ›

Supposedly from what I understand it is illegal to leave a vehicle running unattended, but turbo timers themselves are legal as long as the vehicle fully shuts down before the driver is more than three meters away.

What is the highest HP Ford Edge? ›

Proven Performance

Step up to the track-inspired Edge ST to experience its 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V-6 engine, the most powerful V6 in its class – delivering a head-snapping 335 horsepower.

What is the most powerful Ford Edge? ›

The Edge ST, however, comes standard with the 2.7-L turbocharged V6, so you're rocking the most powerful iteration of the powertrain selection right from the start. This gives you an impressive 335 max horsepower and up to 380 lb-ft of torque to work with—a very nice output for Ford's midsize offering.

How much horsepower does a 4 cylinder turbo Ford Edge have? ›

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The base turbocharged four-cylinder makes 250 horsepower and, despite its casual acceleration, should provide adequate power for most customers.

What is the difference between a custom tune and a flash tune? ›

A flash tune is a "one size fits all" kind of deal. It is still pieced together based on your setup, but there is still power left on the table, because it wasn't made for your case specifically. They need to dial it back a little bit to make sure it's safe for most users. A custom tune is more like a Dyno tune.

What is preloaded tune vs custom tune? ›

The Preload Tune file may have options to account for vehicle modifications like an aftermarket Intake, gears, or even tire size adjustments to resolve speedometer issues. Custom Tunes are tune files made by an Individual using the Derive Advantage III software then uploaded onto the device.

How many tunes can a SCT GTX hold? ›

Along with the ability to hold 20 custom tunes, GTX comes preloaded with multiple SCT tuning levels.

What is the extreme setting on the edge evolution? ›

Extreme Program (91+ octane fuel)

This is the highest performance setting for the Evolution. The fuel injection and ignition timing strategies are aggressively tuned to extract the maximum performance from your vehicle without sacrificing drivability or durability.

How do you change the tire size on an edge tuner? ›

Adjust the tire size by pressing the [UP] and [DOWN] arrow keys. The following table will help you determine your tire circumference by matching your tire size with the common sizes listed. For example, if your tire size is 285/ 65-18, the value (circumference) you enter into the Evolution is 2600.

How do you use a tuner for singing? ›

How to learn to sing in tune
  1. Set the tuner to your target note (e.g. A). It's best if you choose the note in a range you're comfortable singing in, but most tuners will still work if you sing in a different octave than the target note.
  2. Listen to the tuner play the note. ...
  3. Hear the note in your head. ...
  4. Sing the note.

How do I turn on performance mode in Edge? ›

Search with “Performance” in the Settings picker search box. Select the Microsoft Edge\Performance Category. Select Configure when efficiency mode should become active (Device) and Enable startup boost (User) options from the Settings name section.

How do I optimize Edge? ›

Start with the first task and go down the line until your browser's performance improves.
  1. Check your internet connection (sounds obvious right? ...
  2. Delete browser history and cleanup your cache and cookies.
  3. Tweak browser flags (this is a helpful one!)
  4. Turn off background apps.
  5. Delete or update Edge extensions.
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How do I prefer dark mode in Edge? ›

Use the dark theme in Microsoft Edge
  1. Go to Settings and more > Settings .
  2. Select Appearance from the Settings list.
  3. Under Customize browser > Theme, use the drop-down list to select Dark.

Can you tune with edge insight? ›

The Edge Insight CTS3 is not a tuner module.

Does the MM3 tuner come with tunes? ›

Tuning your Truck with MM3 Hardware **MM3 Hardware does not come with any tunes, you must read the stock file off of the truck & send it in*

Can you upgrade edge insight to evolution? ›

Transform your Insight into a fully functional Evolution programmer! The Evolution Upgrade adds performance levels to your monitor that are designed for mileage, towing, daily driving or all out power! Or, if custom tuning is your goal, upgrade your Insight to the new Insight Pro!

Who makes the best tunes for 6.7 Cummins? ›

We highly recommend the EZ Lynk 2.0 and 3.0 Tuner for tuning your 6.7L Cummins engine because it offers the best programming experience and extra features that we've ever seen in a device. It makes uploading tune files to your truck a very quick and simple process.

Can you use a tuner for singing? ›

One way to quickly improve your ability to sing in tune is to use a digital tuner. These devices let you set a target note, hear that note, and then show whether your own note is above or below it and by how much.

What tunes does MPT offer? ›

About MPT Tunes
  • Get Your Money's Worth. ...
  • MPT Performance Custom Tunes. ...
  • PR-X High Boost Tune. ...
  • PR-X High Boost Tune – Stock Trans. ...
  • Performance Tow Tune. ...
  • Performance Tow Tune - Stock Trans. ...
  • Perf-Econ Tune. ...
  • Performance Trans Only Tune.
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Do you really need a turbo timer? ›

It all depends on your car and how you drive it. But if you're one of the many who simply use their car to get to work and back, you don't need a turbo timer. Most regular drivers will never drive their cars hard enough to require such a device. Don't let your fellow enthusiasts fool you into thinking you need one.

How much HP does a tuner add? ›

For a general stock car (i.e. no additional performance parts), a tune will boost your hp by 10 to 15 percent. What's more is that if you've added performance parts to your vehicle such as cold air intake, exhaust, or turbo, the hp boost you gain from tuning may be as high as 50 percent more!

How much HP does a engine tuner add? ›

A single tune will add about 10% to 15% of horsepower on average. There are cases of some tune-ups increasing the horsepower by 50% if the driver wishes it. This all depends on the performance-based components your car already has.


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