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4.0 Bama tune. Worth it?

I'm new to this forum so sorry if this has been asked a billion times. Has anyone here with a 4.0 used a Bama tuner? And if so....what were the results. I'm not a racer nor am a I a car guru. I'm just someone who likes to cruise and have fun on back roads from time to time.

So, what could I expect with a Bama tuner?

Is it worth the money?

Is it safe?

And is it easy to use?

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Worth it if you get a CAI with it. I have a Tunable Induction CAI, Bama tune and dual exhuast. Love it.

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Do CAI do much on the 4.0s? I read on some sites that the stock airbox and tube are about equal to a CAI in overall performance.

I've never tuned any car I have owned but I have this Mustang fever I can't fix, hehe. I only have 20k miles left on my warranty and I figured, what the heck. Do something fun. That is what credit cards are for I guess.
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A CAI alone isn't going to do much. Add a tune and it'll wake that 4.0 up a good bit. Not night and day, but noticeable throttle improvement and overall power.

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agreed with jstafford1 CAI and tune, with some exhuast and you have a new ride. its really that simple. and in my case, some GT sway bars and a strut brace and she corners better too

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If you have an automatic the tune really helps out. My car chirps tire going into 2nd after my tune. The throttle response is so much better, and there is a noticeable increase in power. Add in a set of gears and you'll feel like you have a new car.


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Yeah, its an automatic. I had to buy something the lady could drive too, hehe. So is the Bama tune safe overall? I just don't wanna do something that will mess up anything.
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I'm new to this forum so sorry if this has been asked a billion times. Has anyone here with a 4.0 used a Bama tuner? And if so....what were the results. I'm not a racer nor am a I a car guru. I'm just someone who likes to cruise and have fun on back roads from time to time.

So, what could I expect with a Bama tuner?

Is it worth the money?

Is it safe?

And is it easy to use?

Thanks,
Kevin
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Yeah, its an automatic. I had to buy something the lady could drive too, hehe. So is the Bama tune safe overall? I just don't wanna do something that will mess up anything.
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You'll definitely notice a big difference from the Bama tune! For every Bama Tune we ask you 19 questions about your specific Mustang, including your unique mods and style of driving. This info helps us write custom tunes from the ground-up for your Mustang's mods that will give you the most horsepower that we can safely deliver. We're also constantly developing our tunes! Between our 14 different Project Mustangs and tons of street/track and dyno testing (on our in-house Dynojet 224xLC), we're looking for any minor tweaks to be made that can benefit you guys. We're also part of Fords Technology Transfer Program & Work very closely with Ford to insure that all of our tunes are perfect!

We can deliver you a Safe and Powerful tune that will wake up your 4.0 V6 pretty good! Please let me know if you have any questions or need some assistance. Our Bama Performance tuning specialists are here in the building Monday-Friday from 9AM-5:30PM EST and Saturday 9AM-5:30PM EST. You can hit them up directly at 888.226.9764 and they'll get you squared away!

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Yeah, its an automatic. I had to buy something the lady could drive too, hehe. So is the Bama tune safe overall? I just don't wanna do something that will mess up anything.
I bought my 07 new and waited almost 3 years befor I installed a JLT CAI with the SCT X3 Tuner and downloaded the BAMA 93 race Tune. Boy was I happy I did. I also had an auto and the throttle response was instant with no lags, and the shifts were fast and firm, it was a totally different car, it ran great!
I chose the 93 race Tune mostly for preformance, I never beat on my stang, and I got better gas mileage running the 93 octane tune than I did when I ran the factory stock tune with 87 octane. And dont let the 93 octane tunes scare you off because of gas mileage, it only coast about $4 more to fill up with 93 than 87, and like I said my gas mileage was better so it all evened out.
Safe, Yes, I only wish I added the CAI and Tuner the first day I bought my 07. Im sure you'll be 100% Pleased!
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Thanks for the replies. This is about the best forum I've seen. The only last question I have is......I'm sure the 20k left on my 60k warranty will go out the window right?

Also, does it have an affect on the traction control or do most of you all leave that off?
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Depending on the tune, you WILL break traction, so the traction control will kick in and cause your car to seem like it hesitates. I usually leave it off to avoid this from happening.

I'm not very sure about the warranty, I put mine past the 60k mark, but the tuner should be able to let you return to the stock tune as if you never installed it.

On another note, I personally just bought myself a Ford Racing CAI and a Bama tuner. I have been using it for over two weeks now and I do not regret the $500+ price tag. My favorite (as everyone's apparently) is the 93 Race tune. I recently went back to the 87 Street tune, and WOW. It is like the car's nuts were chopped off! Very underwhelming. I cannot possibly imagine how stock must be after having the tune & CAI on for a while now. I'm just waiting to finish off my tank and put in 93 octane. If you get the tune & CAI DO NOT MIX 93 octane with a lower octane and run the 93R tune, the car won't run right.

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You can have them tune your traction control to be "disabled". I have the option with my Trinity T-1000 to disable it. I have it turned off on my 93R tune, but on for my 93 Hybrid tune. With my hybrid tune and a few other goodies I pulled a 5.95 second 0-60 today. once the mod bug bites it never goes away.
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So I read that the shift point is over 6500rpm. That seems a little steep as the 4.0 only runs to 7000.

Ok a few more questions. I'm like a kid in a candy store and I need to know what all the candy taste like

Is it ok to just run the race tune as a daily driver? From what everyone is saying the other tunes don't really match up to it so they seem a bit pointless. I don't even know if we have 93 octane around here. I'm pretty sure its 91.
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The shift points don't go that deep into the RPM's. and yes, Race tune is safe for daily driving. I recommend getting a Hybrid tune. I get my best gas mileage with the Hybrid tune and it is comparable to the Race tune. With my race tune I average 16-17 mpg around town and 23ish highway. I get 19-20 in town with the hybrid tune and almost 25 mpg highway. My highway mileage peaks at 70 mph, and goes downhill after that. I also have 4.10 gears and those affect it too.


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Here's the warranty issue, it all depends on the dealer. The dealer can tell if your car's computer has been "Flashed" by downloading the Tunes when and if they hook it up to there system to check for problems if any ever occur.
The way to get around the dealer knowing is to just put back on your factory air box and re-download your factory stock tune. Then the only memory your computer will have is the recent tunes download. The dealer will probably ask why there's no memory.....just tell them your battery went dead and you had to have it charged or jumped.
I went through what your going through when I was thinking of ordering my CAI and Tuner and Tunes, I almost waited for my 3/36 to expire befor I added them, like I said above in my other post that I wish I'd have done it from new.
Usually if a car is going to have problems it's within the first 10,000 miles or so, or even sooner. But since yours has gone past that I doubt you have anything to worry about. But then again anything can go wrong at any time. I weighed my options and went for the CAI and Tuner Combo.
Again, there's nothing that the cai and tuner or tunes will do to harm your car, it'll run better. Quit beating yourself up and quit worrying, lifes too short, if it's gonna happen it will and there's nothing you can do to stop it.
I bought my 07 V6 new in 07, I waited almost 3 years to buy the cai and tuner combo because of warranty thoughts like you. I installed the cai and tunes just befor the 3/36 was up, then drove it for another 3+ years untill I just recently paid her off. Even though she only had 12K on her for miles, she was still 6 years old and I never had a single issue with the car, needing warranty work or with the tuner, cai and tunes.
Only you can make this decesion, but if your like me you'll just do it and the wish you'd have done it sooner and not worried about it or the warranty.
Good Luck!


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