Thanks for the reply and opinion. I agree just wasn’t in the cards but I could not find any other tuners on the site after looking so if you could point me in the direction of whom you be referring too that would be fantastic! I have called a few tuning places around here and no one knows who tunes GMs but I have a couple more places to call.@jdwood1111 I would recommend that you either use AFM like the factory intended or you disable it, I would not recommend switching back and forth.
For $50 there is a guy that will tune your ECM for it to permanently turned off much more affordable than the blackbear tune. I recommend this more than the Range product especially if you have to smog occasionally.
If I could go back in time.. I would tell myself to skip the Range AFM disabler entirely and go with an ECU AFM delete or tune and I might have saved my lifter and cam but here we are. I wouldn't recommend turning AFM back on after having it disabled for a period of time. This all happened to me around 170,000 miles.
Also.. part of the problem with getting the blackbear tune is you have to remove the AFM disabler so that you can log data for the Blackbear tuner and this is another moment in time when my motor had to reactivate the AFM lifters. You might be able to get around this by using OBD2 connector splitter. Sorry a bit off topic.
I wasn’t planning on taking it out often just ever once and a while. I’m in PA so smog once a year which for me won’t be for a while.