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Superchips Performance Chip for the Ford F-150, 2004

Superchips Performance Chip

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Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner - Ford - Ford F-150, 2004

Cortex has all the perks of Flashpaq - insane horsepower and torque gains, several power levels and user-tunable options for your Ford F-150 - in a sleek, upgraded, hand-held unit. Plus the multi-VIN feature lets you tune 2 models of the same make.


  • Boosts your Ford F-150's horsepower and torque
  • Offers several power levels and many user-tunable preferences
    • Tunes for towing, fuel economy or improved performance
  • Possesses multi-VIN capability so that you can tune a second model of the same make
  • Lets you raise the stock speed limit setting
  • Maximizes power by lifting the restrictions on your rev limiter, allowing for maximum rotational speed
  • Recalibrates factory speedometer to correct for various tire sizes
  • Adjusts transmission shift points and pressure for optimal drivability and more aggressive shifting
  • Monitors vital engine data to ensure proper functioning
  • Reads and clears diagnostic trouble codes
  • Records, displays and saves 1/4-mile times
  • Works well with most aftermarket performance products, such as cold air intakes or throttle body spacers
  • Plugs directly into your Ford F-150's OBD-II port
  • Stores easily - small, hand-held device
  • Updates via the Internet, ensuring up-to-the-minute tuning accuracy
    • Simply hook up to your computer's USB port and update in minutes
  • Made in USA


  • Dimensions: 4-1/2" long x 2-3/4" wide x 1" tall
  • 2-Year warranty
    • Also comes with a 100,000-mile power train warranty

You are sure to achieve noticeable gains in your Ford F-150's performance with Cortex, the premium hand-held performance tuner from Superchips. See huge increases in torque and horsepower and improved fuel economy, and keep close track of your engine with the advanced diagnostic feature. This performance module provides you with several tuning possibilities that boost performance no matter what kind of driving you are doing. And you can tune two cars with one device thanks to Cortex's multi-VIN capability.

Note: Not all tunes, features or monitored parameters are available for all applications. Available features will pop up automatically on the display once the Cortex is plugged into your Ford F-150. Second VIN tuning is available as part of a software package which can be purchased from manufacturer.

Power Levels

ExtremeXMaximize power for ultimate performance gainsNot recommended for towing
Available on select diesel applications only
PerformanceXXBoost power to maximize engine and transmission performanceOctane requirements vary
Tow PerformanceXXGet extra power for mid-range towing performanceOctane requirements vary
Tow SafeXXBoost power for optimum towing performance; limit reflects maximum OEM towing recommendationOctane requirements vary
Transmission OnlyXXOptimize towing performance for transmission onlyAvailable on select applications
HP4 for Ford Supercharged LightningX Support a 2.8" upper pulley to raise the boost level91-Octane fuel or better is required
87-OctaneXOptimize performance for engine and transmission using 87-octane fuel only87-Octane fuel is required
Stock with OptionsXXMaintain factory settings while allowing for user-selected changesEngine and transmission tuning will not be available; only user-selected options will be installed
StockXXReturn to stock settings for emissions inspections or trips to the dealershipNone

Advanced Options

With the Cortex tuner, you can raise the stock speed limit setting on your Ford F-150, and you can recalibrate your factory speedometer to correct for various tire sizes. Also, this performance module lets you lift the restrictions on your rev limiter to allow for maximum rotational speed, increasing power.

If you have aftermarket performance products - such as a cold air intake, upgraded exhaust, performance air filter or throttle body spacer - you may be worried that your Ford F-150 will not be compatible with these additions. But you can use Cortex to get the most out of these parts. If you need custom tuning for these upgrades, you can download hard-part-specific tunes from the online Superchips store.

Cortex lets you adjust transmission shift points and pressure to improve your Ford F-150's acceleration while minimizing wear and tear on your shift plates. With Cortex, you can also purchase advanced transmission performance tunes from the online Superchips store. Purchase tunes to adjust shift schedules and get advanced tuning options for each shift schedule as well as adjustable parameters within each shift point.

Monitoring Your Engine

Any time that you boost your engine's power, you should monitor the engine and transmission to avoid damage. With Cortex, you can keep tabs on vital engine data. This performance module also reads and clears diagnostic trouble codes, which ensures that you know exactly what's going on with your Ford F-150 at all times.

The data-logging feature of Cortex lets you record, display and save 1/4-mile times so that you can keep track of your Ford F-150's performance.

1950 Super Chips Cortex Performance Module - Hand Held

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  • Performance Increases by Adding a Tuner to 2012 Ford F350 6.2L Gas Engine
  • I do not have any direct knowledge of the differences between the two engines, so I checked with our resident Ford expert. He tells me that although the engines in both vehicles share the same displacement, the compression, tune, exhaust, and intake are likely different. It is also quite possible that the internals can differ between the two motors. In short, the engine in the Raptor is designed, built and tuned for higher performance than the general purpose 6.2L in your F350, which is...
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  • Can Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 Tune Both 2012 and 2013 F350s with 6.2L Gas Engines
  • My contact at Superchips confirmed that the Cortex Handheld Performance Tuner for Ford, part # SU1950, will work on both your 2012 and 2013 F350s with 6.2-liter gasoline engines. Once you have tuned one vehicle you can disconnect the Cortex and then install the required software that is available from Superchips to tune the second vehicle. This tuner connects to your OBD-II port and allows you to make a variety of performance adjustments including tunes for increased power or fuel economy,...
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  • Performance Tuner for 2010 Ford F150 4x4 With 5.4L Gas Engine
  • If you click on the provided link, you can see the available programmer/monitors for your F150 with the 5.4L engine. To improve performance as well as maximize fuel economy, I would recommend the Edge Evolution. The Evolution is available in a CS (Color Screen) part # EP85150 or CTS (Color Touch Screen) # EP85250 version. The only difference between the two units is the screen of the unit. The Evolution offers 4 power levels for gas motors, Stock, Level 1 which increases HP by 5 and...
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  • Programmer for a 2014 Ford F-150 5.0 Liter for Performance, Mileage, and Towing
  • For a tuner that offers tune options for performance (more power!) mileage, or towing I recommend the SuperChips Flashpaq. For your 2014 Ford F-150 with the 5.9 liter, you would use # SU1842 for all states except California or # SU1841 for the California compliant version.
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  • Will Superchips Cortex Programmer Work on a 2013 Ford F-150 with 3.5 Liter EcoBoost Motor
  • The Superchips Cortex programmer # SU1950 is not a fit for your 2013 Ford F-150 with EcoBoost. This programmer will not work with your truck. Even if it did, you would still have to pay a fee to have it work on your vehicle. They do this so people can't just pass around a programmer and tune the vehicle for free. A similar product, the Flashpaq, # SU1842, is a fit for the EcoBoost motor. It has a 2 year limited power train warranty. Superchips only shows the Flashpaq, and Flashpaq for...
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  • Which Performance Tuners Work with 2008 Ford F-350 with 5.4L Triton Engine
  • Your 2008 Ford F-350 with 5.4L Triton engine can be fitted with any of the programmers or programmer/monitors shown on the page I have linked for you. All of these will deliver up to 25 or 35 additional horsepower and torque gains up to 40 or 49 lb-ft. Your exact results will depend on many factors including overall engine condition and the presence of other performance products like a cold air intake (CAI). I linked for you a page showing the CAIs offered for your truck in case one of...
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  • Troubleshooting E-4E3 Error Code on Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 for Ford
  • I reviewed the owner's manual for your Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 to see the cause for the error code you saw, E-4E3. The manual does not list this code so I contacted the technical team at Superchips for assistance. My contact thinks the code you saw may have actually been "E-43". This indicates that the vehicle has already been set with a modified tune. Since it is not possible to "stack" multiple engine tunes you will first need to return the vehicle to its stock...
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  • Can Custom Tunes be Downloaded to the Superchips Cortex Programmers
  • Yes, you can download hard-part-specific tunes from the online Superchips store. Other updates are also available via download from the Superchips store for the Cortex programmer # SU1950. Updates and tunes will need to be downloaded by the consumer and there are instructions provided that explain how to go about this. I have included a link to the installation details for you.
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  • Performance Tuner for 2014 Ford F-150 with 5.0-Liter V8 Engine
  • Since your F-150 already has a cold air intake (CAI) and a performance exhaust, addition of a performance tuner will get you to the next level of performance. We offer several tuner choices from Superchips that will fit your F-150's 5.0-liter V8 engine; please see the link provided. Some are not legal in California, please note; model # SU1841 is all-state-legal. All of these Superchips tuners give you a choice of alternate tunes including heavy-tow, light-tow, mileage saver and performance,...
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  • Tuner Recommendation for Towing, Performance, and Fuel Economy for a 1999 Ford F-350 6.8L V10
  • For your 1999 Ford F-350 with the 6.8 liter motor I recommend the Edge EvoHT tuner, # EP16030. This tuner will give you gains in horsepower and torque but also has settings to help with towing, fuel economy, and transmission tunes. The power levels are Stock, Tow, Economy, and Extreme. I have also included a link to all of the tuners and monitors that will fit your truck.
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  • How Does Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 Gather Exhaust Gas Temperature Data
  • The Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 that you referenced can display EGT (exhaust gas temperature) on those vehicles whose computers gather this data and send it through its OBD-II port. My contact at Superchips advised that in the case of your truck's computer this data is NOT supported, though it is in other vehicles that can use this tuner. Although this tuner works with your truck it cannot deliver EGT data since there is, as you note correctly, no way to introduce an EGT...
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  • Horsepower and Torque Gains on a 2012 Ford F-250 6.2L with Superchips Cortex Tuner
  • I can tell you that a tuner like the Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner, # SU1950, will provide gains of up to 26 HP and 34 ft-lbs of torque over stock performance. A few other tuners that will match these specs are the Edge Evolution CTS Programmer, # EP85250, the CS Programmer, # EP85150, and the Superchips Flashpaq, # SU1842. Having other performance products installed such as a cold air intake or exhaust will also improve performance, but manufacturers do not test these items together...
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  • Programmer Recommendations for 2011 Ford Expedition 5.4L
  • I'd recommend the Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner, part # SU1950. The Cortex provides HP gains of up to 38 and increases in torque up to 57 foot lbs. Keep in mind that actual increases will vary according to the condition of the vehicle, ambient temperature and barometric pressure and numerous other factors. The Edge Evolution # EP15051 you mentioned is compatible with the 2004-2008 Ford F150 with the 4.6 or 5.4 L engine only, and wouldn't work with your 2011 Expedition.
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  • Is the Superchips Vivid Linq Performance Tuner Cross-Compatible Between Vehicles
  • We have several performance programmers that are compatible with the 5.4 liter engine in your Ford F150. I have provided a link to each one for you to select from. The Superchips VIVID LINQ Performance Tuner # SU128650 is not compatible with your Ford F150 because there are a different set of codes in the GM trucks than there is in the F-150 trucks that the # SU128650 programmer is designed for. I spoke with my contact at Superchips and there is not a patch that will allow you to use...
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  • Does Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85100 Have to Remain Connected After Programming
  • The performance tuner you referenced, the Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85100, does not have to remain connected after you have re-programmed your 2008 F-250's 6.4L Powerstroke V8 Turbo Diesel Engine. However, since this product is both a tuner and a monitor removing it after re-programming will eliminate the monitoring functions, which include up to 8 different parameters. Do please note this unit is not approved for use in California. If you are more interested in the programming...
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  • Does the Superchips Cortex Programmer Increase Fuel Economy on a 2006 Ford Explorer 4.0L
  • Fuel economy gains when using the Superchips programmer # SU1950 are arbitrary meaning that the gains you see depend on a lot of variables. These variables include how you drive, the condition of the vehicle, where you drive and so on. It is unlikely that you will notice much gain in a single tank of gas but over a year you will likely see a gain of a few miles per gallon. It is not a significant night and day increase that you would notice easily. A lot of people using programmers...
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  • Tuner for 2012 Ford F-150 5.0L with Aftermarket Cold Air Intake and Exhaust
  • Edge has a section in their instructions that states you should not stack performance products and use their tuners so I do not recommend them since you have aftermarket cold air intake and exhaust. I recommend the Cortex # SU1950 for your 2012 Ford F-150 5.0L. It will do everything you are looking for and it works well with aftermarket exhaust and cold air intake.
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  • Will Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 Work for 1999 Ford F-350 Hauling Shingles
  • The Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner, # SU1950, would be a great choice your 1999 Ford F-350 and will provide you with increased horsepower and torque. This tuner offers 2 different tow modes, heavy and light. Since you are planning to carry more than 5,000 lbs you will want to use the heavy mode which will provide increases up to 75 horsepower and 150 ft lbs of torque which will be very beneficial when hauling the shingles. For light mode, you will experience gains up to 80 horsepower...
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  • Will Use of a Performance Tuner Void a Vehicle Warranty
  • Vehicle owners' factory warranties are protected by Federal Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. The Act states that if something breaks on your vehicle and you take it in for warranty repair, the dealer must honor your warranty unless whatever modifications you have added to your vehicle actually caused the problem in question. Do note that even if you disconnect your tuner, your dealer can sometimes still detect the use of any programmer. No one tuner brand has an advantage over any other in...
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  • Superchips # 1950 Cortex Tuner Improving Throttle Response on 2000 Ford F150 w/ 5.4L Engine
  • My Superchips representative tells me that the Cortex would be the best option for the money for the 5.4l gas engine. Although the throttle response is not an adjustable parameter when using the # SU1950 Cortex Tuner on your 2000 F150 with the 5.4l engine, installing the program will have the incidental effect of improving throttle response. My Superchips Rep tells me that there will be a noticeable improvement. The Cortex programmer will provide up to 27 more HP and an increase of...
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  • Programmer Recommendation for a 1999 Ford Super Duty Diesel for Mileage and Towing
  • I believe your best option would be to get the Edge Evolution CS Programmer # EP85100. This is a simple to use programmer that will give you additional power when towing, has an economy mode for when you are not towing to maximize mileage. This programmer has a mileage coach too that will allow you to monitor your driving habits and maximize your mileage that way as well. This programmer will also firm up your shift points as well. The Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 that...
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  • Cortex Programmer Recommendation for a 2010 Ford F-150
  • Yes, I did some checking and it looks like the Superchips Cortex programmer # SU1950 that you had on your 2001 Ford F-250 with a V10 will also fit your 2010 Ford F150 with either V8 option. I would make sure you have updated the programmer recently and have removed it from your previous truck and you should be good to go.
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  • Performance Tuners for 2002 Ford F-350 with 7.3-Liter Powerstroke V8 Turbo Diesel Engine
  • Yes, the Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 that you referenced is a compatible performance tuner for use with your 2002 Ford F-350 with 7.3-liter Powerstroke V8 turbo diesel engine. This and all other tuners/monitors for your truck are shown on the linked page. In your truck this Superchips Cortex can deliver gains of up to 112 more horsepower and up to 205 more lb-feet of torque. You have several tune options for your diesel truck which are shown in the linked chart. The...
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  • Programmer Recommendation for a 2006 Ford Mustang 4.6 Liter V8
  • The thing about programmers is that they can only be used on one vehicle at a time. Depending on what programmer he has there is a good chance it could be used on yours as long as he returns his vehicle back to stock first. 60 horse power is a bit extreme, most programmers will give around 20 horsepower. The AFE Scorcher Programmer part # AFE77-43006 that has been confirmed to fit your vehicle claims up to 25 horsepower.
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  • Will Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 Work on 2011 Ford Mustang with 3.7L V6 Engine
  • Yes, the Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner, # SU1950, will work on your 2011 Ford Mustang with 3.7L V6 engine. This tuner offers several power levels and many user-tunable preferences including towing, fuel economy, and improved performance with maximum gains of 20-horsepower and 23-lb-ft of torque.
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  • What Kind of Gains Can I Expect from Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner in my 2001 F150
  • If it is more power you want, installing the Superchips Cortex Performance Tuner # SU1950 will provide up to 27 additional horsepower and an increase of 32 foot pounds of torque. In addition, the programmer will have the incidental effect of improving throttle response. The tuner connects to your OBD-II port and allows you to make a variety of performance adjustments including tunes for increased power or fuel economy, change to the stock speed limit setting, recalibration of the speedometer...
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  • tuner that Works with Aftermarket Cold Air Intake and Exhaust on a 2010 Ford F-150 4.6L
  • For a programmer that is going to help with towing and that will work with cold air intake and exhaust upgrades I recommend the Superchips Cortex # SU1950. The Cortex has several tune options including 2 different tow options. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. The Edge programmers have a note in their instructions mentioning not to stack performance products like intake and exhaust when using the tuner so I do not recommend any of them for your 2010 Ford F-150.
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