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Old 08-15-2017, 01:42 PM   #1
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Firepunk Porcupine

After way too many months of testing, I'm happy to announce the release of Firepunk's latest product: Porcupine!
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A smart box designed for 2009+ Ram trucks wanting to remove a 68RFE transmission and retain full functionality. The Porcupine plugs directly into the truck's OEM harness and your choice of transmission range sensor. All truck functions work including PRDNL display, backup cameras, cruise, etc.

Transmission range sensor support:
Dodge 48RE - full support, in production
Ford 4R100 - beta test complete, production modules estimated 9/15/17.
Allison 1000 (LB7, LLY style NSBU) - currently beta testing, production estimated Q4 2017.

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1: My Porcupine only blinked once when I attached the power, is this normal?
A: Yes, the green LED will blink once when power is connected.

2: What power source should the Porcupine be connected?
A: A constant, fused, 12-volt power source should be used for the red wire and the black wire should be grounded to bare metal ground.

3. How do I get a Porcupine Frisbee?
A: Be a kid. Ask at the Firepunk shop, Firepunk race trailer or any of the Firepunk Anteater trucks on the event circuit (while our supply lasts).

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Old 08-15-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Sounds very cool!!!

We need to do a tech article on this!
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Filling in the gaps!
Sounds like a quality product. Now the bigger question... If you've got a 6.7, swap out the 68rfe to a 48re and use Porcupine, can you still use AntEater to tune the 48re?
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:21 PM   #4
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Filling in the gaps!
Sounds like a quality product. Now the bigger question... If you've got a 6.7, swap out the 68rfe to a 48re and use Porcupine, can you still use AntEater to tune the 48re?
It is intended. "They play so nice together!"

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Old 08-15-2017, 08:45 PM   #5
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:23 PM   #6
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Auto Tune. Yes, you have to read it in auto tuned voice in your head.

Auto Tune that allows full fuel with a trams delete.

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Are porcupines friendly?

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Wow....the Electronics division of Firepunk is sure entertaining.

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Why not build a 68FRE controller to take some of the guess work out of the current 68FRE? I like my 68RFE for normal driving, truck really just has a little bit of tuning, sure would be nice if I new that 500HP wasn't an issue at all.
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Why not build a 68FRE controller to take some of the guess work out of the current 68FRE? I like my 68RFE for normal driving, truck really just has a little bit of tuning, sure would be nice if I new that 500HP wasn't an issue at all.
x2 I really want to pick up a 4th gen but really want a 500-600hp daily, and also really don't want to drop a ton into a 48re swap.

Anyone know rough cost if I took all my 47re parts, tossed them into a 48re core, and just needed the conversion plate and electronics?

6spd would be nice around town though.
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x2 I really want to pick up a 4th gen but really want a 500-600hp daily, and also really don't want to drop a ton into a 48re swap.

Anyone know rough cost if I took all my 47re parts, tossed them into a 48re core, and just needed the conversion plate and electronics?

6spd would be nice around town though.
Yea the 68RFE with a tight stall convertor and tuning is great to drive. I see 300-400 rpm drops on shifts, and probably about the same on lockup.
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x2 I really want to pick up a 4th gen but really want a 500-600hp daily, and also really don't want to drop a ton into a 48re swap.

Anyone know rough cost if I took all my 47re parts, tossed them into a 48re core, and just needed the conversion plate and electronics?

6spd would be nice around town though.
No comparison from a 48RE to a 68RFE in daily driving, towing, just everyday stuff. Also, you should drive a tuned 6.7L before you say you need more...my 2010 with H&S tuning will do ANYTHING you need towing, and after 160K the transmission has been perfect. No mods other than a deep pan and the H&S Overdrive tuning.

I really should have someone write me a real tune with EFI now, but it's not my truck and it drives fine for the 68 year old service tech who uses it.

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Yes? They just want a hug.

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I have a few rough sketches of the next product's logo... Can't wait to hear the reactions on that one!
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Why not build a 68FRE controller to take some of the guess work out of the current 68FRE? I like my 68RFE for normal driving, truck really just has a little bit of tuning, sure would be nice if I new that 500HP wasn't an issue at all.
It crossed my mind, but with the 68 tuning that's available as well as the 68 not being desired for swaps, I don't see the market there right now. Maybe in the future if there is a breakthrough for the 68 where it would hold 1k HP for all driving styles. Maybe.
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A: Yes, when you plug them into 480 VAC, they typically only blink once then they explode and dart anyone within a 30 feet radius.
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Kinda curious what would actually happen. They have a decent amount of protection from spikes and and improper hookup. I don't have access to 480 VAC. Can you bring me some?
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It crossed my mind, but with the 68 tuning that's available as well as the 68 not being desired for swaps, I don't see the market there right now. Maybe in the future if there is a breakthrough for the 68 where it would hold 1k HP for all driving styles. Maybe.

If you don't know how or can't do it, just say so. No need to make up other excuses.
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