Pedal Commander Bluetooth Edition Review
Throttle Controller Made Simple, Now with Bluetooth
We've been on a quest to find a throttle response controller that is easy to use, affordable, and one that allows your engine to respond quickly when you are looking for that get up and go. And wouldn't it be great if it had an app and linked up to your phone via Bluetooth also. Yes, yes, it would.Brand New Release: Pedal Commander Bluetooth edition! Order NOW!
One of the biggest reasons we and most of our customers are interested in getting started tuning is throttle control: a quick response from your engine when you press down the accelerator. The second most common reason truck owners are looking to tune is increasing miles per gallon, a.k.a. fuel economy. The main turn off for first time modders is fear that the install will be too complex or difficult. And for some of the products in traditional performance tuning, for instance, things do get a bit complicated.
But with this throttle response controller, install is quick and simple. We are excited to start carrying Pedal Commander for all of these reasons:
- It is plug and play technology.
- It's super easy to install.
- It decreases your throttle response time, giving you faster punch off the line.
- And there's even a setting to increase your fuel economy.
- It works well for just about any truck.
- It is easy to use
- Finally, a throttle controller that works for most vehicles, all at an affordable price.
Welcome to our Pedal Commander Review. Please note that currently the new Bluetooth model is only available for Dodge, Jeep, Ram, & Ford vehicles. They are planning to release the new gen for every make and model within the next month or two, but for now, you're stuck with the old school non-app, non-Bluetooth edition. By the way, did we mention that there's an app? Go download the app, NOW!
Pedal Commander Review
Let me count the ways that Pedal Commander Bluetooth edition has climbed to the top of our charts in terms of ease of use and functionality in our Ultimate Pedal Commander Review:
Customization: A Mode and Level Just for You
Pedal Commander has 4 separate control modes:
Each mode has 8 different adjustable levels so you can tweak your truck or Jeep to the exact settings you desire. This gives you the precise control over your throttle that you crave, all at the touch of a button.
If you're looking to increase your MPG's by upwards of 20%, check out that Eco mode. Since Eco limits your ability to accelerate rapidly, this mode doubles as a valet mode or a keep-your-teenager-from-drag-racing mode. Enjoy, dads everywhere!
Doing a lot of City driving--starts and stops on the reg? Or do you just want a nice daily driver mode? Try City mode. This setting is a great in-between mode. If Eco doesn't respond quick enough for you, but Sport feels to touchy, this might just be your sweet spot.
Hitting the highway or country back roads and want to really get on it? Sport mode is for you. Many of us here at Midwest Aftermarket find Sport Mode to be the sweet spot. It response just quick enough and feels right. Cory, Big Country, likes this mode the best, and he tends to keep it on Sport mode +4. Again, you can increase or decrease the touchiness slightly by using the plus and minus buttons or the app.
Sport Plus Mode
And if you're looking to maximize acceleration and really show off for your buddies, Sport+ mode is your jam and offers upwards of 95% faster throttle response! Some of us find this one a bit too much in case of response, but again, it really all comes down to your personal taste and vehicle. If you are looking for the fastest response time on the market, Sport Plus mode is your jam.
Since each mode can be tweaked up to plus 4 or minus 4, you have 36 total variations to play around with. You'll spend more time doing this than the install will take--as I'll tell you below.
A Throttle Response Controller for Everyone
Whether you're a pro at tuning your vehicle or you've never modded at all, Pedal Commander makes it easy to adjust your acceleration. Throttle control is all about response time. But what does that even mean?
What exactly is a throttle response controller?
A throttle controller can increase how quickly your engine accelerates, allowing you to have the get up and go you crave. Pedal Commander gets you around those pesky Active Fuel Management systems and puts the power in your hands. I don't know about you, but when I get on my accelerator, I want my truck to fly.
Pedal Commander makes this happen, letting you control your engine again--just like back in the day. And any product that can remove the lag between pedal down and acceleration is fine by me, especially if it doesn't involve me having to remove anything under the hood, like a PCM. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Easy Install in 10 Minutes; True Plug and Play Technology
By utilizing your OEM factory harness, Pedal Commander installs quickly and painlessly. We are all about DIY around here, and the Pedal Commander gets along with us. Any product you can install at home in your own garage in 10 minutes or less is a definite win.
There's no PCM swaps or any of that nonsense here. You literally just unplug the factory harness down by your accelerator pedal and then plug in the two plugs for the Pedal Commander, and voila! You'll probably spend more time deciding where you want to mount the controller unit--the part with the buttons that you press to adjust the levels--than plugging in the harness on the install. Simple and easy, while offering tons of options for adjusting your throttle.
Pedal Commander will NOT Void Your Factory Warranty
One of the biggest concerns we hear from customers just getting started with performance modding is whether or not a product will void their factory warranty for their vehicle. Sometimes with full tuners, this is a complicated answer that involves replacing the PCM or your vehicles computer, and we can get into some grey areas concerning warranty.
But not with the Pedal Commander. In no way, shape, or form will installing a Pedal Commander void your warranty. No warranty issues at all here. And since it is so easy to install, if you ever wanted to go back to factory settings on your throttle (trying real hard to come up with a good reason why you'd want to go back, and drawing a blank, but still), all you'd have to do is unplug the Pedal Commander and plug the factory harness back in. Bam! You're back to the crappy stock settings.
Going back to stock could actually be useful in these two instances:
EPA Emissions Testing (doubtful this would super effect your testing levels, but why risk it when Pedal Commander is so easy to plug in and/or unplug).
If you're taking it into the dealership for a warranty claim (because you don't want to hear that nonsense from some salesperson about how installing aftermarket parts could void your warranty--which is largely an exaggeration, but check out our Blog Post on the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act for the complete lowdown on that sha-bang).
Easy to Use; No Software Required
Some gearheads out there love playing around with custom tunes on their computer, making minor adjustments to get that perfect feel they crave. Others just want to plug it in and make it work. The Pedal Commander is really the best of both these worlds. If you want to make those minor tweaks to your throttle response, hit the plus and minus buttons to make adjustments. If you just want to improve your MPG's, just hit Eco and you're done.
If you want a simple, easy to use interface, without any complicated software to install or numbers to read and interpret, the Pedal Commander is the throttle response controller for you. If you want something more complex with software included, there's plenty else out there for you, like a full programmer. Check out our article on getting started with tuning if you think you're ready for more than just throttle response adjustment: "Auto Tuning": Programmers for Noobs.
The Pedal Commander is elegant in its simplicity. It does what it claims to do and does it very well. We've not seen an easier product to install and use that works this well to give you the acceleration you crave or fuel economy your pocket book needs.
Most customers, including three of us here at Midwest Aftermarket, who've installed their Pedal Commanders say they will never go back. We think if you try it out, you'll agree. Pedal Commander changes the feel of your ride, making it that much more enjoyable. In other words, if you like your vehicle now, just wait til you try it with you Pedal Commander installed.
The Bluetooth Upgrade
The new edition of Pedal Commander comes with all the great features we've already reviewed above, plus Bluetooth. I know. Initially, I was like, who needs Bluetooth controls or an app for this? But then I downloaded the app. Needless to say, try the app out before you knock it, like I did. Or better yet, read on, and I'll describe just how useful this app really is.
Pedal Commander PC31 for Dodge Ram
But before I get to that, if you've got a 2007+ Dodge Ram 1500, the Pedal Commander for you is the PC31. This particular model, the Pedal Commander PC31, is one of those that's already been upgraded to include Bluetooth. Trust me, if you're sporting a Ram 1500, like our CEO, Cass, you're gonna love this throttle response controller. We sometimes install products just to try them for a month or two. We have yet to take our PC31 Pedal Commander Bluetooth edition out of our Ram 1500 Night Edition.
Pedal Commander PC38 for Toyota Tacoma
Guess who just got an upgrade to Bluetooth edition? That's right! All you Toyota Tacoma owners out there, get ready to experience Pedal Commander the way God and Humanity intended. The PC38 Bluetooth edition Pedal Commander let's you control and adjust your Pedal Commander via your smart phone. Give yourself the gift of full Toyota Tacoma throttle control with Pedal Commander PC38.
Now you can connect your Pedal Commander Bluetooth Throttle Control System to your Android or iPhone device using the brand spanking new app. Just search for "Pedal Commander" in the Google Play app or the Apple App Store. You can play around a bit in the app before you even get your new P-Commander installed. I know I've enjoyed just messing around in the app looking for the new hot features, but once you press "Connect" your smart phone will start searching out your brand new Pedal Commander Bluetooth.
Save Custom Profiles
Let's give you a walk through of the app and all the great new features. The most obvious and perhaps coolest thing you'll notice right from the start is that you can control your Pedal Commander Bluetooth right from your phone. Yes, you can still use the easy plus and minus buttons on the device itself, but controlling the system from your phone means you can set up custom profiles to exactly your liking.
No more clicking over to Eco -3 slowly for me. I'll just save it as a custom profile called, "I drive like a dad now." And my Sport mode set to +4 is now known as "meat stix" just cause that's the way I roll.
On top of the custom profiles, you can even install individually programmed MAP files for your specific vehicle. This means that when using settings that are custom tailored to your engine and vehicle, you should get even more MPGs in Eco mode and even more horses outta Sport and Sport+. Just remember to take your foot off the gas before you punch in your profile or change settings.
We, here at Midwest Aftermarket, already know that you would never be playing on your phone while driving, so this isn't really a danger at all. But tell your co-polite/navigator/Pedal Commanding Compadre to shift you into Sport+ when you say, "Cumquat" only just to make sure you don't mess with your throttle while your accelerator (a.k.a. your throttle) is already engaged. A little warning screen pops up and tells you this every time you open the app, but we thought we'd tell ya all now, in case you're thirsty for a preview, so to speak. Or if you just can't handle small print warnings on apps. I get it cause I feel the same!
Above are some actual screen shots from the app on my personal phone, the classic and super outdated Note5. Man, I need a new phone. Wink, wink, Cass. Cough, cough, company phone?
You can zoom in and see the actual disclaimer for yourself or checkout the descriptions of the various driving modes. Of course, you could just download the app yourself, but if you're just that lazy, see my sweet pix above. We hear also that there will even be some kind of anti-theft program included. We can't wait to see how that feature factors in for the new Bluetooth release.
Pedal Commander's Marketing Head, Joseph Durso, even said that the new app will let you "upload vehicle specific programs directly to your device." I gotta tell ya, I'm getting kind of tingly just imagining all the possibilities that Pedal Commander might roll out with in the future via updates to the app that can be pushed directly to your device!
We were super hyped at the time of this writing to get our hands on this new Bluetooth unit. The possibilities are massive. The upgrade benefits are immediate. And the custom setting names are just gonna be a blast. I can't wait to hack our CEO's Pedal Commander and rename all his favorite profiles, "Jack Rabbit Slim #1-4." Good times in with Pulpy Fictional naming conventions. Until then, I'll just have to play around in the app.
Since initially writing this review, we've gotten in a boat load of Bluetooth editions, and everyone at the office has upgraded to the new Bluetooth Pedal Commander with the app. We have to say, that we love the app. Even though I was initially a skeptic, now that I've played around with it more, I think the Bluetooth function and the app were vital upgrades. Again, I can't wait to see what other updates they can push out to the app and your Pedal Commander unit in the future.
This is a product we've tested and reviewed now in its initial offer and the new Bluetooth. We are impressed. Hope you'll try it out because it really does change the way you drive--and for the better.
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There's a Pedal Commander Custom Just For Your Ride!
Occasionally we run into issues where a particular product just isn't offered for your vehicle. Sometimes this is due to factories taking time to manufacture or additional research hours to design a custom product, etc. No worries with Pedal Commander though. If the vehicle is on the market, they've most likely got you covered. There is a custom Pedal Commander Throttle Controller System for 98% of all vehicles on the road today. Whether you're looking to increase your fuel economy by upwards of 20% with their Real ECO mode or to increase your throttle response by upwards of 95%, Pedal Commander is the product for you. Get your throttle under control today.
Unfortunately, they are still working on pumping out Pedal Commander Bluetooth editions for some vehicles. So you might have to wait if you really want that sweet new app with Bluetooth functions. However, for those of you who just can't wait, the original Pedal Commander is still available. Those models will be phased out as Bluetooth is released for each, so if you really want the non-Bluetooth edition, order soon. Whether you've got a Ram 1500 or a Toyota Tacoma, Pedal Commander makes a great pickup even better.
We hope you enjoyed this Ultimate Pedal Commander Review--now with Bluetooth! If you have any questions, hit us up in the Live Chat or just give us a call at the number below. Our customer service experts will help make sure you get the Pedal Commander you want. And as more Bluetooth models are coming out regularly, they should be able to tell you if your edition will have app capabilities or not. When it doubt, just ask.
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