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First time loading a tune, help needed

ok so i just order my first custom tune from american muscle. i already have the tuner they are just making another tune for me. i am not pretty confident in downloading the tune my self, is there any process i need to make, any suggestions you guys that have done this before may give. any advice would be greatly appreciated. another thing i heard that the vehicle needs to be brought back to stock, is this true?? thanks in advance!


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Install Liveload3 and associated drivers from the SCT website. From there it's pretty easy.


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do you know about my car having to be put back to stock to do this upgraded drivers?

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So you already have a tune loaded?

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yeah i already have my tune loaded but i am getting a new one by mail. i want to know how to download the tune to the tuner and if i need to take my car back to stock

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You do have to reload the stock tune before you go to another custom tune. You cannot go from one custom tune to another. When you reload your stock tune, the tuner will pull the custom tune you have in now (save it) and replace it with the stock tune. When you go to replace the stock tune, the tuner will pull out the stock tune (save it) and then load whatever custom tune you have selected. Same goes if you want to change a parameter like gear ratio, idle speed, tire size etc. You would reload the stock tune, start to load the custom tune and at that time make your changes and then finish loading the custom tune. Hope this isn't too confusing.

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a little confusing i just didnt know if i had to put my car back to stock but ill do it anyways before taking my tuner in to download the new tune into it, thanks

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Is this something with SCT tuner that you have to put your car back to stock before loading a new tune, or are talking about loading the stock tune back into the tuner before loading in a new into the tuner? I can go from email tune to email tune in my car car without loading the stock tune first.

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this is about loading the stock tune into the car before messing around with all the software and firmware you have to download before downloading the new tune from your email to the tuner

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You don't need to load the stock tune into your car before doing anything with the firmware. If you load the stock tune, your existing tune will be erased from the tuner.

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I would never flash the firmware with the OEM tune in the device. If something goes wrong, your OEM calibration is gone forever.

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Thats weird, my SCT tuner always retrieves and saves whatever tune is removed from the car before I can put the stock tune in and the only prompt a get when I connect the tuner to the car when there is a custom tune installed, is to reinstall stock tune, there is no other option. Having said that, the last time I played around with the tuner was more than a year ago, so perhaps I have some old firmware and you are now able to go from custom tune to custom tune with out reloading the stock tune in between with newer firmware.

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You are correct. You do not have to return to stock when changing custom tunes. Never did, even on the XCal2.

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I have an SCT Livewire and I never go back to stock tune before changing custom tunes, never had any problems. I have the latest firmware on it, so don't know if it was required on earlier firmware versions. Only time I have gone back to stock was the day I got the tuner, and I put one of the preloaded tunes (before I installed my CAI) and turned off the traction control on the options to do a test. Then went back to stock, and after installing my CAI I put the custom one AM gave me. After that I have put new custom tunes without going to stock and haven't had problems.

Anyways first time you try to put a tune on the car, the Livewire saves the stock and you can just back it up on your PC using their software. It locks the tuner to your car. I believe it saves the stock tune until you revert back to stock and it gets unlocked and you connect it to another car, or something similar I read on their manual.

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Along the same lines, I believe that you can return to the stock tune six times before the SCT locks up. However, can i switch from one custom tune to another custom tune an unlimited number of times?

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