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Hey guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. You should be checking out the ZAutomotive Tazer programmer for your '15 to '17 Challenger if you're looking to take control and customize so many more options on your Challenger than you'd otherwise be able to off the factory line. This thing taps into your ECU using the OBD-II port underneath your driver side dash to access a lot more features and give you so much more menu options using your digital cluster. It's not something you have to plug into your laptop to program, it's not something that you have a separate screen that you need. It uses all of your factory resources to unlock possibilities.Now, inside of that menu there you'll be able to access sub-menus, things like performance, tire, comfort, lighting, and even radio. Inside of those sub-menus are a list of customizable features, more preset customizable features that allow you to turn things on and off that you wouldn't be able to from the factory. Things like your drive mode upon startup, you can change your startup mode to immediately go into sport mode, immediately going to Super Track Pack. You can unlock SRT settings on non-SRT equipped vehicles. You can unlock booster gauges on your cluster up here to monitor boost and vacuum for superchargers and just vacuum for non-blown applications. You can access camera settings to change your vehicle camera input to show a different display on your screen. You can change animations on your cluster to go from the normal startup to a Scat Pack Bee animation, or an SRT animation or a Hellcat logo depending on your preference. The possibilities, like I said are endless. Inside of the tire sub-menu, you can change things like your tire size to recalibrate your speedometer to read an accurate mile per hour, which can change with bigger wheels and tires or different size wheel and tire. You can change that to perform differently on drag radials. If you're going to the track, you can change some of those tire options, which will help a lot. You can change the disabling or enabling of StabiliTrak, ABS, and traction control. That's good if you're going to the track. Line lock features can be accessed in a much easier, quicker fashion using steering controls. So if you're going to the track, you can use that a lot easier. You can access a cooldown mode for guys going into the track and the staging lanes that wanna reduce some of that heat soak, turn on your engine fans intercooler pump if you have one for Hellcat applications on high and low modes, which will help with the cooldown process sitting in the staging lanes with your vehicle off. Lots of cool options there as well.Now I'll also dial into some of the other settings. There is a check CEL option, aclear CEL option. CEL being the check engine light. If your check engine light comes on, with this plugged in, you can read the code, get a description and clear it as well. So it operates like a handheld tuner without needing any extra accessories. It just plugs in and gives you all the access right on your cluster. Now some of those options are vehicle settings and some of them are live functions. Those vehicle settings are things that you don't need this plugged in at all times in order to operate. So basically what that means is vehicle settings, some of those menus I'll walk you through, you'll plug this guy in and unlock them like startup drive function, your SRT functions, and Super Track Pack modes. Once you unlock them, you can unplug it and it still exists. Now when you wanna use live functions, those are some of the options that you need this plugged in at all times to use. Cooldown mode, light shows, you can customize some of your lights if you're going to a car show and wanna show off a little bit. You'll need this plugged in in order to use some of those functions. All of these functions are broken down in an instruction manual also included in the kit from ZAutomotive, because there are pages of different options that you can modify with this thing. I'm gonna walk you through a lot of the really important stuff, I'll break down all of the sub-menus in just a little bit. Know that this device does come in right around 250 bucks, which I think is a worthwhile price because it does give you access to a ton of things that nothing else in the category unlocks. Some of those handheld custom tuners give you access to a lot of basic things, but nothing like the electronic functions that this has. So this is a very unique product that I think is justified in the price.Now, the install, I'm gonna give one out of three wrenches on a difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home with about five minutes. Really, it's just a matter of plugging it in and it automatically gives you access. The first thing you'll do is marry this to the vehicle so it can learn your stock functions and allow you to return that at any time. But it's also going to immediately give you access to your functions on the dash. Now you'll be able to access that through the audio menu on your factory settings. And I'll show you guys what all that looks like in just a minute. Know that it'll take you a little bit more time to customize all the settings because there are so many. It may take you a day or two to familiarize yourself with some of those shortcuts. So what do you say I stop talking, we plug this guy into the OBD-II and we get started?All right, kicking off the install here it is pretty simple. It'll take you about two seconds. You're gonna take the OBD-II dongle that says Tazer, it's really the only thing included in the kit that you're gonna need for this. You're gonna take this and plug it into the OBD-II port underneath your driver side dashboard, which is located roughly above where your clutch pedal would be. I'm going straight underneath and plug her in. All right. So when you plug it in you'll be able to see that blinking light at the bottom.All right, kicking things off, the first thing we wanna do is marry our Tazer device to our vehicle. And in order to do that, and everything else really, we're gonna focus on our center cluster or our dash screen. Now, what we're gonna do first is with our feet off the pedals, we're gonna put our vehicle into accessories mode just by pressing that push-button one time, again, no feet on the pedals. Well let that dash screen boot up.From here, you wanna navigate the main menu using your steering controls to the audio screen. That's where your settings menu will be for your Tazer device. We're gonna navigate down, fuel economy trip info, audio. Now in order to access the menu for the Tazer, we're gonna use these buttons on our steering wheel. Now mainly we're gonna be using the left arrow and the Cancel button on the right-hand side. So these are your cruise control buttons and these are your selecting buttons. So again, arrow keys and the Cancel button. The select button that we'll be using is also going to be your cruise button in the middle here. So those are a couple of key things to know before we jump in. Now to access the menu for the Tazer you're gonna hold the left arrow, and you're gonna press Cancel while holding that. As you can see the audio menu changed and now says light show with a question mark. That's opening up your Tazer menu, that is menu option number one. You're gonna basically use those two functions that I just said, left arrow, holding down, and pressing Cancel to navigate the menu. I know it might seem logical that you'd wanna hit the down arrow to scroll down but it's not how it works. You're gonna hold the left arrow, press Cancel and it'll shuffle the next option. See it says key not on.So now we've accessed the menu, I'm gonna press that one more time. And it'll take us into the run section. So you wanna press that Start button one more time again without starting the engine. So now we're back here, left arrow holding, pressing Cancel. Key not on, light show, press again, clear CELs. We'll get back into that in just a little bit. What we wanna focus on here is marry. Now in order for us to select marry because that's what we wanna do before we can have access to the full menu, what we're gonna need to do is hold the left arrow and press the cruise button, the center on the right to select marry. All right, so now we can let go of the buttons and as you can see it's counting down. So this is gonna marry the device to the vehicle and once that starts happening after it counts down, you wanna make sure you're not unplugging the device, you're not turning the vehicle off, let it do its thing, it will let you know when it's done. All right, so after 10 seconds or 11 seconds, approximately, lets us know married. From here we can press left and Cancel again to scroll through more of the menu. So again, you have to be married to the vehicle before you have full access to its controls.All right, now that we have this married, let's walk through what some of the sub-menu options are and then from there, we'll break the sub-menus into all of their individual settings. And before we do that, I wanna note two things. There are two different types of menu options. There are vehicle settings, and then there's live functions. The vehicle settings, and I'll highlight what some of those are throughout this walkthrough here, those vehicle settings are options that will continue to operate after you unplug the Tazer device from the OBD-II. Live functions are things that are controlled on the fly with the Tazer device plugged in that will not continue to operate when it's unplugged. So that's worth knowing. And I'll walk you through what some of those are as we get to them. Now, from the menu here, we're gonna walk through some of those sub-menus. There's lighting, and again, I'm holding the left arrow, hitting Cancel to walk through, comfort, then this is the software version. There's also a full reboot mode, which is what you need to do anytime you make any setting changes. There's light show, clear CELs, unmarry, performance, tire, radio, and then we're back to lighting. So let's head back up to the top of the menu and we'll walk through them.So the first thing I wanna jump into is performance. So in order to select it, left arrow and a cruise button on the right. Now sport eight-speed mode if equipped, which from the factory it is, it changes the shift pattern essentially from park reverse neutral drive to park reverse neutral drive sport. So it enables sport mode in those eight-speed equipped vehicles. So we'll hit Cancel which essentially is just gonna take us to the next option. SRT set is set to NO. Now SRT mode will essentially turn on if you hit on and this will add the SRT splash screen to the center dash, which is essentially more of just an aesthetics type of deal, doesn't actually affect any performance or any electronics. It's essentially just changing your background and the way that it loads up in the screensaver mode. Now, if you wanna hit YES, you would hold left arrow and then cruise and that would change to YES. Now that is going to also add SRT drive modes to the 15 and newer Scat Packs. So as you can see it automatically went to vehicle info which gave us this new engine torque gauge. So that's something you can select there as well. Now if we head back down to audio we'll go right back into the menu. So there you go. So now you can see it's set to YES, let's scroll through the next option.Performance is set. Now this one's automatically set to YES because we do have the Scat Pack. Now this will basically add the SRT performance pages to your radio function. Now that's already there if you have the Scat Pack [inaudible 00:10:43]. If not, this will say NO and you can turn that on and have that functionality. STP is Super Track Pack. This one is enabled again, it is a track pack, it is a Scat Pack. So it has those enabled already. But if not, you can hit Yes and that will enable the Dodge performance configurations app on your Uconnect. Paddles, NO. Now because we have a six-speed we do not have shift paddles, but if you add factory shifter paddles, you can turn those on using this menu function.Now, this menu option says Steer: Scat. Now you can toggle these between Scats and SRT modes. Now if you have the SRT setting, which we'll get to, if that is turned on, then you wanna change this option to SRT as well. This allows Scat Pack owners essentially to use track steering firmness from the SRT, it's a good useful thing to have as well. We're gonna go ahead and toggle that. SRT. Here it says drive mode. Now drive mode is something that would be useful for guys who want to work with this in conjunction with the Super Track Pack mode. This one is automatically enabled to Scat but if you do not have the Scat Pack, you can change those in conjunction to work together.Transmission mode, this is gonna work in conjunction with Super Track Pack as well, and will definitely enable Dodge performance apps and the engine-transmission settings within that app. So if you wanna change some of those trans settings and engine settings, you can do so with this functionality.Shift light. Now this will enable the factory shift light functions for 2015 and newer. Now, ours are turned off from the factory, but if you have it on and you want to turn it off, or vice versa, you can do that through here. Not a lot of guys like that shifter function or the shift light function. Eco mode, it's a Scat Pack. Our owner of this vehicle who let us know he definitely does not want eco mode on but the option is there for you.All right, so that's the end of performance. Performance as a whole focuses on some of the gauge menu options, some of the Scat to SRT performance functions that may or may not be enabled depending on your trim level. A lot of these do work in conjunction with each other like drive modes and steering work with the SRT modes. So like I said, if you're enabling one, you may wanna enable the other to get full functionality. But performance basically highlights a lot of those options, some of which are those vehicle settings that would stay unlocked even if the device is removed, things like SRT mode.All right, the next menu option in the sequence here is tire. Now, there's not a whole lot of tire options, but I'll just quickly run you through what they are. If you select that you can do a TPMS Pressure Monitoring System alteration. Now, most people won't change this, but it's good when using drag radials or winter tires when the sensors aren't really present. Or if you have them removed with aftermarket wheels and tires or anything like that. They can be none, base, premium. None is essentially disabling it, base is for the system that allows low-pressure warning lights to come on, and premium is the system that shows individual tire pressures. So you can go through that and change at will, but it's really contingent upon aftermarket tires, like I said, drag radials or even just snow tires. So if we select from there, next option is gonna be the individual pressures, you can change front and rear tire pressure. So we'll just bust through that really quick. Obviously, you can change front rear. Right now they're at 32.All right, so the last option in the tire sub-menu is tire circumference. Now, this has 2235m, which is essentially the circumference in millimeters. You can change this setting based on the change in tire size. So again, if you have aftermarket wheels and tires, you'll probably want to go in and change this tire circumference to match what your aftermarket wheels are. If you have larger wheels on your Challenger, that can throw off speedometer calibration by sometimes a couple up to five, seven miles per hour. So if you're actually going 50 miles an hour, your speedometer may read 57 or may read 43. So it's a good option to use when you change your tire size. So that option is there. We're gonna keep it as is because we are running stock wheels. From here I'm gonna hit next, and it takes us back to the sub-menu.All right, next one says radio, but it's really not audio-driven. It's more things that happen on your actual touchscreen radio. So we'll select that guy and bust through some of these. Camera enabled. If you have a factory backup camera, you probably don't have to worry about this. It's already there and enabled. But if you add an aftermarket backup camera to a vehicle that did not come with one from the factory, you wanna turn on YES to get full functionality of that on your screen in the center console. Now that option is there and that kind of goes hand in hand with a cargo cam. If you have an aftermarket cargo cam, that'll be the next option. We do not, so we're gonna keep it as NO. Backup camera grid lines. So essentially, if you add an aftermarket one, you can enable grid lines to help with, you know, aligning things on your screen. Next option would be DVD_CD. This setting adds the CD input on your radio for use as an AUX input, particularly if adding a media player or DVD player. So, I know that sounds like gibberish. But essentially, if you add a DVD player, an aftermarket player, you can enable that here to get functionality on your screen. Travel Link. Now, this setting adds the ability to disable SiriusXM Travel Link, which turns off the weather pop-ups. So you can hit YES, you can disable it with NO. We're gonna leave that as is.All right, next up, we have lighting. So this one's gonna be interesting for some guys who may add fog lights or wanna change DRLs. So let's jump right into it. We're gonna go into lighting, DRL type. Now, this you wanna choose USA if you're in USA, you can change it to Canada. So this is more of just a geographic setting. If you select it you can go to none, it basically uses these time zones to help alter your location. So we're gonna keep that guy on USA. DRL Loc: Turn. So this is essentially DRL location. This can change which lights actually are used as DRL or daytime running light. Now, this can vary depending on your model. There are dedicated DRLs, SRT DRLs, turns, fogs, highs, and low beam. So you can change what you want your DRLs to be. From the factory, they're set on turn, we're gonna leave them at turn, but you have the ability to change that. Now, this is something I think a lot of people are going to use, DRL Drop. Essentially, when you hit your turn signal, it turns off your daytime running light as the turn signals blink. That's what YES is but if you hit NO, this will keep the daytime running lights on when your turn signals are in play. We're gonna turn that off because I do think it's pretty cool to have your DRL stay on when your turn signals are turned on as well. So that's an option there. You can move on to the next one. This is essentially going to enable fog light use if you added aftermarket fog lights. Similar to the DRL Drop, you have fog light drop. Now, fog lights turn off when you use your high beams. If you want that to stop, if you want your fog lights to stay on, change that to NO. All right. And that takes us back to the sub-menu.Let's jump into comfort. That's gonna be our next option. Now your first selection is splash none. Now it's set to none from the factory, but if we toggle through this your splash is essentially going to change what startup menu animation is played on certain vehicles. So there's Hellcat. Hellcat is not recommended for 3.6 or 5.7 vehicles, but the option is there. Shaker logo will display if you have Shaker. Scat will have the Bee animation. We have a Scat Pack, so I'm gonna turn on the Scat animation and we'll be able to move from there, but it's all personal preference. The seatbelt ding. If your seatbelt is unbuckled, you can turn off that annoying ding that plays. Now, guys, I have to say it. You always wanna wear your seatbelt. You wanna follow the law, you wanna be safe, but if the annoying seatbelt ding is driving you crazy as you back out of the driveway or if you're in the parking lot, just trying to find that parking spot, you can turn that guy off. Even if you turn off that ding as we have, your seat belt animation or that seatbelt logo here on the dash, the light will stay on if your seatbelt's unbuckled, so that does not change.The next option here is gonna be easy exit. Now easy exit is great for the vehicles equipped with an electronically moving steering wheel and an electronically moving seat. Now our seat is electronically controlled but our steering wheel isn't. Essentially easy exit, if you turn on, when you turn your vehicle off, your seat will move to its full back position to make it easier for you to get in and out and the steering wheel will retract back into the dash to make it easier as well. Now we don't have an electronic steering wheel but we do have an electronic seat, so I'm gonna hit ON. And we'll hit Cancel again just to move forward to the next one.This next option is your firmware version. We've seen that before, but it's somehow in the comfort options. That's a little silly, but once you make all the changes that you wanna make, you'll wanna jump into a full reboot. Now what this will basically do is it'll take about two, maybe two and a half minutes to complete, and it should be performed anytime you make any changes. Now the Uconnect will reboot twice during the full reboot. When it's done, the red security dot on the dash will turn on and back off. Now once that's done, you'll shut the vehicle off, open and close the door, wait for a minute to be sure the dash turns off and you'll be good to go. So there's a couple of failsafe you wanna check. So we're gonna do that since we made a couple of changes to the menus. We'll select full reboot. So the reboot obviously is counting down. So about two and a half minutes, we'll count down from about 150, 160 seconds and then we'll come back when it's done.All right, so now that that's taken care of, I wanna show you a couple of other live menu options that need the device to be plugged in in order to function. And in order for us to access that menu, our vehicle does need to be on for this. So previously, we've just had it in the run position with the engine off. So let's turn the engine on and access some of the additional functions.All right, so here you can see it automatically changed. We can see a couple of things flashing. So let's scroll through that. Radio type, you can change where the radio is in your car, we're gonna keep that the same. In motion nav, essentially, if you turn this on, you'll be able to input address information into your navigation screen while in motion which really isn't a factory setting, now that's automatically on here on our device. So we're not gonna play with that, but the option is there. Autosport: ON, if you have this on every time you start the vehicle it will automatically jump into sport mode.Traction kill: ON, this, when enabled will effectively press the traction button for you every time the vehicle is turned on. That turns off traction control. Now we're gonna turn that off because that's can be a little unsafe on a day to day basis, the customer who owns this car may not want that, but the option is there for you off the bat. Boost gauge, definitely gonna turn this on especially for supercharged vehicles like we have here. It will track a boost gauge on your screen that will track boost and vacuum. For non-supercharged applications, it will only track vacuum.All right, so then we can jump into video. If you select video, video back, there's a couple of video options, video front, video auxiliary. It basically changes the video input. We're gonna keep it on video back because backup camera, that's what we want our video input to be. Peak RPM, it'll track and record what your peak RPM reaches, which is a good option if you wanna track that type of engine vital at the track.Again firmware, off, back to light show. Vehicle light show is an activation of exactly what it sounds like, a light show. If you're going to a car show that's probably when you'll use this the most. You can have up to six of the different preset light shows off the bat which is essentially going to control headlight functions. It'll flash your fog lights in a certain order, just to give it a little bit more of an aesthetic appeal when you're at the car show. We have light show one on and I can already see our fog lights and headlights flashing. All right, so what this is basically doing is it's turning on and off turn signals and hazard lights and your high beams and low beams and fog lights and just playing with them in a certain order. You can change some of the other light show settings as well. There are up to nine available, six are preset and three of them are custom. So what you see here is light show two, see light show three. It's really just different settings. Here's light show four, there's five. Changing up some of the settings it looks like a lot more high beam action happening there in sync with some turn signals. Light show six. The rest are customizable, so you can change what you want to happen and all that can be done in the settings menu as well.Now one thing to keep in mind here guys is there's cooldown mode. Now, cooldown mode can be accessed by holding the right arrow key and using the cruise control Cancel button. If we hold and press it once it turns our engine fan on. This is great for guys who are going to the track who are looking for an easy way to cool down the engine with the engine off while on the staging lanes. So heat soak obviously can be an issue and you wanna keep it as cool as possible. So right arrow and Cancel turns that engine fan on when your vehicle is off, but the ignition is in the run position. So just like we were using in the beginning of the walkthrough. Now for Hellcat, if you were to press this again it would turn your intercooler pump on. One more time the fan low, and pump would go on. Again for fan high and pump. And then again to turn it off. We have an RT, we do not have a Hellcat. So if you press this one more time, it just shuts cooldown mode off. But other models have more options.The last thing I wanna talk about, which I really can't show you at this point would be line lock. Now there's access or quicker access to line lock when the vehicle is running. If you're in a safe environment, or if you're about to do a pass at the track, you can hold the left or back arrow and the set plus button on your cruise control and hold them, it will enable line lock and you can pump the brake pedal twice and then hit the gas and it'll hold your brakes, do your burnout. It's essentially enabling line lock. It's a quicker access to it. Of course, I can't show you this. We're in a studio, I'm not gonna do a quick burnout here. But it is there for guys in safe environments that wanna use a quicker access to line lock.Now guys, I just wanted to take a quick second to let you know that of course, we walked through all of our menu options, our vehicle settings and some of our live functions that are displayed on the actual settings on our screen. But there are a ton of different things that you can do that aren't in a settings menu. There are quick access functionalities with this that you can program that you can take advantage of, things like the full disabling or enabling of StabiliTrak, ABS, and traction control. You can change camera-input settings, you can change settings to account for a cluster swap. If you swapped in a 15 plus cluster to an older gen Challenger, you can change settings there. There's more settings that enable or disable shifting capabilities on your steering wheel. You can upshift and downshift automatics using set plus and set minus or up arrow and down arrow. That's so customizable. The number of things that you can do with this program are really endless. There's so much available. So it'd be really difficult to show you every single feature here, but know that there is an instruction manual included in the kit to help you with some of those fine-tuning of customizations. But really, the possibilities are endless.All right, with that said, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the ZAutomotive Tazer programmer for your Challenger. Now, if you wanna unlock so much more capability with your vehicle you can pick this up right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Simple Reprogramming. Take full control of your Dodge Challenger’s electronic functions with the Tazer Programmer. It gives you access to your vehicle’s electronics, so you can customize its functions and performance according to your specific application. In addition, you can also enable or disable certain security functions - its sensors, and lights. Indeed, the Tazer Programmer puts your muscle car’s performance right at your fingertips.
Premium-Level Construction. Designed for high-performance applications, this electronic device has been specially built using premium-level materials to ensure long-lasting life.
Designed for Simple Installation. The Tazer Programmer is simple to install. Directly connect to your vehicle’s diagnostic OBD2 port and use within 5 minutes.
Guaranteed by a 90-Day Warranty. ZAutomotive guarantees the Tazer Programmer with a warranty against material or workmanship defects for a period of 90 days from the purchase date. Please note that other exclusions to this warranty may apply.
Application. This ZAutomotive Tazer Programmer has been specifically designed to be used on all 2015-2017 Dodge Challenger models.
Fitment: 2015 2016 2017
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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