The Superchip is the only performance chip on the market that has all 3 of the following aspects - tunes each vehicle individually based on it's PCM software revision, tunes on part-throttle as well as full-throttle so you get power gains all the time at any throttle position, and is still also 50-state emissions certified - only Superchips offers all that. Other chipmakers have some of that, nobody else has it all.
Though you'd probably be happy with either product, nobody else among the "name" chipmakers has the sheer amount of R&D specifically in the F-150 platform that Superchips does. We carried the Diablo line as well for a while, and while it's a good product, the overall driveability and performance is better with the Superchip as it's a more thorough optimization of the powertrain program.
I will say this - the Diablo is a better product than the likes of Jet, Hypertech, etc. - those companies make generic products, giving you one performance program compromised to run on all similar vehicles, and tune only at extremely heavy to full-throttle, where there are no emissions standards that have to be met - a little known fact about the structure of the emissions laws. The Diablo does tune most applications according to the PCM revision, and they do also tune on part-throttle as well as full-throttle - thus it's a better product than a Jet or a Hypertech, that's certainly fair to say. We rate Superchips as #1, and Diablo a ways back at #2 among the "name" chipmakers.
We've had numerous members of F-150 Online bring their vehicles to the Superchips facilities doing various R&D projects, ranging from the first supercharged 4.2 V6 F-150 which went from 140 HP at the rear wheels in stock trim to 335 at the rear wheels *on the stock engine & cylinder heads* by the time we & the vehicle owner were done with it (and that vehicle also had to tow heavy loads every day for years), to the first performance programs for the F-150 SVT Lightning, etc.
Your truck hasn't had a blower added to it, it's not a Lightning, it's what we call a "regular" F-150 like most of us drive, so like most F-150 owners, it's probably your daily driver, perhaps doing occasional towing, etc. - those owners are generally concerned with getting better performance while not compromising the reliability of their vehicle, and they aren't trying to turn it into a race car - they simply want more power and better performance, and that is exactly what we focus much of our efforts on. Here at Troyer Performance we have specialized in this F-150 platform for years & years, and helped to develop & test some of the features that are in these programs, including the "MAX" performance tune that we helped create 2.5 years ago.
You'll want to spend some time reading this section, read the many threads here for yourself, and see what others are using & how happy they are with what they have - a very clear pattern will emerge.
You might want to give us a call and get some more detailed information, as there's far more involved than can be discussed here sitting typing out every word - we'll be happy to go over with you in detail just exactly what we can do for the performance of your vehicle, what mods require custom tuning compensation, which mods don't, just how much performance you can get out of your truck, etc. Because we specialize in this platform, we not only offer tuning services, we do everything from minor mods like air filters & electric fans to superchargers, built motors, ported heads, & everything in between - we can literally take your F-150's performance as far as you want to go - from drag racing to daily drivers & occasional tow vehicle to you name it, we have performance packages & tuning for anything you'll do with that vehicle.
You're thinking along the right lines in going with our 2-program Superchip Flip Chip, as that way you can do things like have a multi-octane capability, or have a street/strip setup, or have say, a towing/performance combination, or whatever fits the bill for how you're using your vehicle & what kind of performance you want. Also, the Flip Chip's price *includes* any custom tuning needed at time of purchase, and is capable of being updated an unlimited number of times for future changes to the vehicle.
Please feel free to give us a call, our number is listed below, & we'll be happy to go over with you in detail just exactly what the basic order of best "bang for the buck" modifications are, etc. For example, the Top 3 best bang for the buck mods are the Superchips optimized powertrain program, a good intake kit (Air Force One), and a Magnaflow exhaust system - from there it's on to things like electric fans, underdrive pulleys, larger throttle body, headers, larger MAF, etc.
You would probably enjoy taking a look at our web site over at www.TroyerPerformance.com
- click on "Shop" once the home page loads & then you;ll see all the individual parts categories & sections - read up in detail on the Superchips products for your truck, and you'll also want to read up on our Performance Packages - we offer Stage 1 all the way thru Stage 5 kits for your vehicle, in affordable & well-balanced packages.
Best of luck whatever you decide, & please don't hesitate to give us a call if you'd like to go over this or anything else performance-related about your truck.