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Ford Racing ProCal Tuner

Is anyone here using Ford Racing's ProCal Tuner? I'm planning to purchase an aftermarket tune, primarily to improve throttle response. I'm considering the Bama and Steeda tunes as well, but I'd prefer a Ford Racing setup. If you're using the ProCal unit, please elaborate on your observations and experience. I'm also considering the GT Track key, but that doesn't seem conducive to daily driving. Thanks!


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From what I've read, I'd go with one of your other choices over the pro cal. Many people said they had a pinging issue and others said it didn't really do anything seat of the pants. I previously had a steeda tune on my auto and I was very happy with it; it ran really strong.


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The fact that the Pro-Cal can not even clear DTC codes or read them for that matter and the SCTX4 has data logging and so many more features the Pro-Cal is basically a antiquated device. The Tunes from Brenspeed, Bama, and Steeda are solid Tunes and each company has years of experience on the street and track.
I know you wanted someone to chime in who has the Pro-Cal but most of them have ditched them because for the money you get so much more from SCT and Diablo, plus those devices are supported by the best in the business. If the Pro-Cal was everything the SCT or Diablo is then believe me I would have gone with this FRPP part. But the Tunes from this source have had problems and customer service is ok, nothing stellar, as I have a friend who went this route, and he is now a Brenspeed customer with the SCTX3 device.

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As others have said here, the Pro-Cal leaves a lot to be desired. In my personal opinion, the ProCal is a little dangerous in some aspects, especially with how it handles initial calculation of spark.

The two dealers you have there are both really good tuners. I would found a used SCT X3 and grab some tunes from a dealer.

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I love the pro-cal tune. I can leave stripes where as before I could not. It also eliminated rev-hang while improving throttle response. Plus it was cheap. Something like $280 total.

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I can leave stripes where as before I could not. .
Really?

In a GT?

In what situations did you have trouble laying stripes that the ProCal then allowed you to?

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Thanks everyone, for your replies. I'm still on the fence, having read a lot of pros/cons on all of the tuners. My primary objective is to eliminate the annoying hesitation at low RPM's when pushing the 'go pedal.' This is particularly annoying in everyday commuter traffic. One other factor that I want to consider is the tune's ability to adapt to various altitudes. Several guys on the IMBOC (Bullitt) forum have to return to stock tunes when traveling to Colorado or other mountainous areas. Most of them have Brenspeed tunes. I drive my car everyday and everywhere, because I enjoy it, so it's important to me to have a fairly versatile tune.

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Mile high altitude. It robs horsepower.
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Really?

In a GT?

In what situations did you have trouble laying stripes that the ProCal then allowed you to?

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Um, Procal can read and clear DTCs. Hell, if you have tech, you can read and clear DTCs from your dashboard.

My results on Procal only are in my sig. It will do what you want, give better throttle response, less rev hang and in my case totally woke the car up, to the point I'm handing their ass to people on aftermarket 93R tunes at the track, on 91 octane fuel.

2014 Premium GT, SGM, Brembo, Auto, Tech, Comfort, etc. GT500s, Steeda UCA, VMP auto tune, 100 shot on BBR tune, best et: 11.38 at 120.85

2012 GT, Candy Red, Brembo, 3.73, Tech, Comfort, etc. Procal tune, Roush upper, UMI LCAs, Steeda red bracket, GT500s, 28X10X16 Hoosier slicks, best et: 11.91 at 115.23 RIP
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I love the pro-cal tune. I can leave stripes where as before I could not. It also eliminated rev-hang while improving throttle response. Plus it was cheap. Something like $280 total.
Thanks, speedyblue -- I see that you're in Colorado. I'm guessing that the ProCal tune parameters are identical, whether sent to Colorado or Georgia. So that addresses one of my objectives -- versatile enough to use at different altitudes. Unless, of course, Ford Racing writes tunes for specific regions of the country...

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Um, Procal can read and clear DTCs. Hell, if you have tech, you can read and clear DTCs from your dashboard.

My results on Procal only are in my sig. It will do what you want, give better throttle response, less rev hang and in my case totally woke the car up, to the point I'm handing their ass to people on aftermarket 93R tunes at the track, on 91 octane fuel.
I was not trying to miss lead anyone I was referring to Part# CM-12655-A100.
Yes the Pro-Cal the Blue one has the function of DTC.

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Iv been running the procal in my 2014 for about 5-6 months now, and have not had any issues at all with it so far. My car is capable of running mid 12's here in Vegas on street tires with the procal and exhaust, minus long tubes. So for now, to maintain my warranty, the procal is doing the job for me. Also have not had any pinging like others have had previously.

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Well, no one has used that PC in years and certainly not in this application.

Ford Racing does have tunes for your VIN. The tune is canned but, it will be somewhat specific to your car, region and VIN #. This doesn't mean it's custom or anything, it just needs to speak the same language as your PCM does and that will vary depending on where you live.

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2012 GT, Candy Red, Brembo, 3.73, Tech, Comfort, etc. Procal tune, Roush upper, UMI LCAs, Steeda red bracket, GT500s, 28X10X16 Hoosier slicks, best et: 11.91 at 115.23 RIP
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I'm loving my Procal Tune! I intend to keep the warranty for the full 36k so this setup was the way to go for me. The increase throttle response, adjusted torque management, throttle hang and increased low end were enough to justify the purchase for me. My lady is running like she should have from factory now. I'm happy with the results. So far, I have not had any pinging issues. I only run Sunoco 93 and she's kiss the red line multiple times. Great choice for someone wishing to keep their warranty for a while.

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I'm loving my Procal Tune! I intend to keep the warranty for the full 36k so this setup was the way to go for me. The increase throttle response, adjusted torque management, throttle hang and increased low end were enough to justify the purchase for me. My lady is running like she should have from factory now. I'm happy with the results. So far, I have not had any pinging issues. I only run Sunoco 93 and she's kiss the red line multiple times. Great choice for someone wishing to keep their warranty for a while.

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+1 except I am in SoCal and only can use 91 Octane. No issues at all.

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