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Eager to start upgrading my stang with a cold air intake. All the good ones on american muscle require a tune with a tuner. I thought i'd borrow my friend's until he told me I couldn't because tuners store one car's vin and it can only tune that car. Is this true? Does that mean I have to buy my own and can't use anyone else's?


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Yes you have to buy your own.


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You can usually find a package deal with CAI and tuner being sold together.

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yea you cant use your friends, his tuner is already programmed to his car and you dont necessarily have to buy a tuner, you can get your car dyno tuned, but buying a handheld tuner is alot cheaper as your car is basically stock, it wouldnt need a dyno tune
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yea you cant use your friends, his tuner is already programmed to his car and you dont necessarily have to buy a tuner, you can get your car dyno tuned, but buying a handheld tuner is alot cheaper as your car is basically stock, it wouldnt need a dyno tune
Even if you get dyno tuned, you still need a tuner to store your tunes on. It is usually best to keep in car, out of veiw of course. Local shop has had guys drive for hours to get car worked on, and you guessed it, no tuner. You're then out of luck.

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You might be able to use your friend's tuner, but it will be a huge hassle for both of you and probably not worth it

my understanding, based on SCT tuner:

- the cars' ECUs must be compatible, meaning the exact same model, this probably kills it right there

- if your friend returns his car to stock, then the tuner can be used on a different car

- the tunes in your friend's tuner are specific to his car, you will need to get tunes for your car written and e-mailed to you

- he will need to save the tunes off the tuner for future use, then load your tunes that you got by e-mail

- then when he wants to use the tuner, this will all have to be reversed

If you are going to be modding and tuning, you are definitely much better off getting your own tuner ; if cost is an issue, wait until you can afford it . . . modding is an expensive hobby, the tuner is only the beginning

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Eager to start upgrading my stang with a cold air intake. All the good ones on american muscle require a tune with a tuner. I thought i'd borrow my friend's until he told me I couldn't because tuners store one car's vin and it can only tune that car. Is this true? Does that mean I have to buy my own and can't use anyone else's?
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Great choice, I always recommend CAI and Tune to anyone entering the modification game. The SCT device is VIN locked, so that it can only be used on one car at a time. So you would have to purchase a hand held device. I would recommend the SCT SF3 with Bama custom tunes!

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If you want to save a little dough check the classifieds on the S197 forums, people are selling their used CAI and Tunes all the time.

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I picked up a brand new X3 for $200 a few years back off Craigslist and it came with canned SCT tunes. Well worth the money. Most devices can be married to a particular VIN then unlocked up to 5 times. You can probably find one that someone bought new and they no longer need it for a lot cheaper than a new one.

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After everything that everyone else has mentioned you will still need to buy your own tunes to load onto the tuner. Overall I don't think it'll be worth it in the end, it'd be better to just get your own.
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