Well, IMHO, not surprising...............and this is not new either..........
Frustrated with bama performace
Posted 3/16/14 by Wolfmanron https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forum...ml#post6028497
Bama Tune Issues
Posted 1/13/15 https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/americanmuscle/809105-bama-tune-issues.html “Now my caraccelerates without my foot on the pedal. This scared the crap out of me”
Posted 10/6/16 https://www.allfordmustangs.com/forums/2005-2010-v6-mustang-tech/991081-wont-start-bama-91-race-tune.html#post8608793 “Running Bama's 91tune (w/BBK CAI) for the last month and have had issues starting……when turn theignition my car would click and the power intermittently cuts in/out, but wouldeventually start. I usually keep my odometer on the trip odometer, but wheneverI start it reverts back to the total mileage odometer…..my fuel gauge wasacting a little erratic, so I decided to revert back to stock and tryre-uploading the 91R tune. After reverting back to stock, I couldn't get it tostart.”
Perhaps what is equally important is the parameters that canbe adjusted are set by the OEM vehicle software…so there is really no “magic”in what they are doing anyway. If you look at the dyno charts from many ofthese supposed HP/TQ increases, they are typically around 5%-7% at peak rpmranges…….guess what, 5% is a standard deviation even amongst mfg dynos and ifyou go to this link: http://www.fordracingparts.com/downl...ceTechTips.pdf
theengineers at Ford racing have a article on just exactly how these “tuners” playgames with the hp/tq ratings, how calibration can cause misleading dynoresults, & some of the “tricks” that are used to gain supposed powerincreases when in fact, mis-managing your engine.....and the most importantitem is……these "mail order tuners' are not regulated like any other autorepair shop in the US...so if they "damage" your car...gee,sorry...sue me!...and unfortunately, as you have found out, their warranty assist places control in the hands of them...but, I am not a lawyer, but, IIRR, it's a federal law that anything purchase by mail has to have a 30 day return policy......IMHO, I would read up on this very carefully and evoke my (buyer) rights.
IMHO, if you live near any major city there are excellenttuning specialists with dynos who for the same price (if not less) will tuneyour vehicle taking into consideration your specific needs includingenvironmental conditions, for your specific vehicle. IMHO, the best bang forthe buck!
If you are comfortable and understand how to tune a vehicle,you can also do this yourself. There are several software programs available,that “Speak Common English” that will allow you to tune your vehicles ECM. Onecompany is HP Tuners, they have a website….they offer two core programs, onefor those who are doing dyno tuning and one for the home-garage mechanic (whichis priced at about the same as most of the “canned tunes on the market) …this versionlimits the span of adjustments as a safeguard against doing something outsideof the oem scope……basically, keeps you from doing something “too stupid byaccident” (grin)
If you are dead set on a mail order tune, the only one Iwould recommend is Blue Oval Chips...the gent (Lonnie) is a Ford MSE (PCM/Trans
) and hasbeen around for decades (20+)....some will say, "he wouldn't do this, that, etc.".......yes, and there is a good reason for that.