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i need to hear other peoples opion on what tuner will i get the most out of??
i heard SCT is good but i have also heard that its not. i have tought about diablo as well. tell me what u think!
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i have a SCT Xcal 3 tuner and i LUV IT
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I love my sct! I think more dynos are using them nowadays, so if you ever get a custom tune, that'll probably be the way to go.
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ok cool thanks does the sct tuner universal for all the mustangs 99-04 or do i have to get one specfic for the 3.8
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When you get it and load the tune, it will lock itself to your car, identify it as a v6 mustang, and load a preloaded tune for the 3.8
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The SCT Tuners are generic for 96-2010 Mustangs. V6 or V8.
 
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The SCT Tuners are generic for 96-2010 Mustangs. V6 or V8.
Then why did mine identify it as a v6?
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Then why did mine identify it as a v6?
cuz thats what your tune was made for i think
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Im just wondering what the benefits of having a tuner are on a stock 99 v6 with just a CAI
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Check around your local reputable dyno shops and see what they use and work from there. Otherwise, if your looking for an opinion, SCT has my vote, although Diablo and Sniper are good as well. Good luck!
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Im just wondering what the benefits of having a tuner are on a stock 99 v6 with just a CAI
The benefits of a tuner are that they remap your fuel/air mixture tables in the ECU and/or change the spark plug timing to either give you better efficiency (mpg) or power. The default tables that come from Ford are made to support lower octane gas and fuel efficiency, with little help for performance. The factory timing is for efficiency.

So, a tuner will remap the fuel/air tables and advance timing for a specific octane gas (higher octane has more potential for power) - estimates are ~15hp. It can also have another tune for lower octane gas that will refine the fuel/air maps for better efficiency - est. 2 mpg gain.

From there, tuners can work with other mods: adjust your speedo for different tires (new wheels) or gears (new final gear ratio), remove your speed limiter, clear EGR or O2 sensor errors (new exhaust), change the shift pressure for auto trannys (faster shifts), change the shift points for autos (since you have faster shifts, you can actually shift at a little higher rpm without going over redline), control fans, etc.

SCT & Dialbosport are both good. Like somebody suggested, check with your local tuner (or big players like Tillman's, Brenspeed, etc) to see which they use and go with that.
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The benefits of a tuner are that they remap your fuel/air mixture tables in the ECU and/or change the spark plug timing to either give you better efficiency (mpg) or power. The default tables that come from Ford are made to support lower octane gas and fuel efficiency, with little help for performance. The factory timing is for efficiency.

So, a tuner will remap the fuel/air tables and advance timing for a specific octane gas (higher octane has more potential for power) - estimates are ~15hp. It can also have another tune for lower octane gas that will refine the fuel/air maps for better efficiency - est. 2 mpg gain.

From there, tuners can work with other mods: adjust your speedo for different tires (new wheels) or gears (new final gear ratio), remove your speed limiter, clear EGR or O2 sensor errors (new exhaust), change the shift pressure for auto trannys (faster shifts), change the shift points for autos (since you have faster shifts, you can actually shift at a little higher rpm without going over redline), control fans, etc.

SCT & Dialbosport are both good. Like somebody suggested, check with your local tuner (or big players like Tillman's, Brenspeed, etc) to see which they use and go with that.
I was always planning on getting a SCT Tuner (also there's a shop in town specializing in Mustang Tuning and it would give me a reason to check that place out) But I was planning on getting it after I install a new cam and my new rear diff. gears/T lock.

You mentioned it would delete the EGR codes that pop up due to new exhaust. My car has had that damn code since I installed the exhaust system! (I had the EGR checked out a few times, nothings wrong with it, but the code pops up)

So, I'm assuming it would be better to get the SCT Tuner or get it tuned by a pro AFTER I get all those neat go-bits in my car? (since my speedometer will be off after the new gears and such)
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I was always planning on getting a SCT Tuner (also there's a shop in town specializing in Mustang Tuning and it would give me a reason to check that place out) But I was planning on getting it after I install a new cam and my new rear diff. gears/T lock.

You mentioned it would delete the EGR codes that pop up due to new exhaust. My car has had that damn code since I installed the exhaust system! (I had the EGR checked out a few times, nothings wrong with it, but the code pops up)

So, I'm assuming it would be better to get the SCT Tuner or get it tuned by a pro AFTER I get all those neat go-bits in my car? (since my speedometer will be off after the new gears and such)
Yes, the tuner can clear codes for you (EGR, 02 sensors, etc) - just remember what you are clearing in case you have troubles later... like passing emissions.
Once again, tuner doesn't really matter as long as you find somebody to program it. Also, time of purchase is not an issue, since you can reprogram it as often as you like. So, if you get it now, you can get more power using a high-octane tune with high-octane gas. Then, when you change things down the road, you can just change the settings in the programmer and reflash your car. Or you could wait until you're all done - doesn't really matter. But I would suggest you wait to get a full dyno-tune (by a professional) until you are all done with your mods. Then they can take full advantage of all your work.
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