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TRACK CAL CALIBRATION FOR EARLY 13s REVIEW

I purchased the Track Cal because I have an early 2013 GT. Got it from Tousley for $385. You get a certificate and then order the handheld tuner, tune and K&N filter online from Ford Racing. Took it to the dealer this morning. They were easy to work with. They uploaded the tune and didn't charge me. I didn't even buy my car from them! Got a receipt and I'm good warranty wise.

We also adjusted for the tire size using the tuner.

I've only driven the car a couple of times today so I'll make further posts as the PCM finishes learning with the new parameters.

The most noticable thing so far is the lopey idle. I love it! Immediately took me back the way I felt sitting at light, years ago, in my 1970 Boss 302. I've got GT500 quads and it never sounded better.

Next item I noticed was the improved trottle response. I'll never understand why this can't be included in the original calibration.

As I said, I will post some more of my observations over the next few days for those of you who may interested in this for your GT. I'd ask that we don't turn this thread into a debate on other tunes and who's is better. Also, there's no need to go back and forth on the how the warranty works. I called Ford Racing and got the correct information before I made the purchase.

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Thats great news for us 13 and early 14 GT owners. Sounds very positive!

I would like to add one thing, and this isn't a debate. I called Ford Racing about this tuner, and he said it shortens your powertrain warranty to 3/36 from 5/60. I asked several times, and it was very clear.


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It sucks that this won't work on my late build 2014.

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It sucks that this won't work on my late build 2014.
Track key should.
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Track key should.
Not with a 6R80.

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I honestly think this shortening of warranties due to adding on ECU/PCM tuning is a bunch of bullcocky. It is just another way of getting you out of warranty faster so you can pay them quicker!
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I was hoping that this thread would not turn into a warranty debate. Here's what the documentation from Ford Racing says,

"Installation of the select Ford Racing-warranted TracKey/Track Cal engine calibrations by an authorized
dealer will NOT void your New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Engine, driveline and suspension concerns not
caused by Ford Racing Performance Parts remain eligible for warranty coverage according to the terms of the

New Vehicle Limited Warranty."

The parts that the Track Cal tune affects are covered by Ford Racing for 36/36,000 from the start of your warranty. So, if you have a an extended warranty everyting else is still covered for the term of that warranty.

This was verified by two calls to Ford Racing. Can we let it go please!
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Two observations today. First, I definitely felt the extra torque today as I punched it on the freeway on ramp. Ya! Second, I found out the lopey idle is not on 100% of the time. The lopey idle starts 2 minutes after the engine temp reaches 170 degrees.
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Second, I found out the lopey idle is not on 100% of the time. The lopey idle starts 2 minutes after the engine temp reaches 170 degrees.

Yeah, I've seen this before on videos from people with a Boss. After it's at operating temp for about a minute you can blip the throttle and it will start the lopey idle. I can't wait to hear more, as I'm still on the fence about whether or not I want to throw money at this!

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I have an extended warranty on my 13. Called FR and asked about warranty concerns should I decide to go with the Track Cal. They told me it was a solid program, and it won't void the warranty. In order for it to be able to void the warranty, there would have to be definitive proof the mod caused the failure, and with just PCM tweaking that would be impossible.

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I have an extended warranty on my 13. Called FR and asked about warranty concerns should I decide to go with the Track Cal. They told me it was a solid program, and it won't void the warranty. In order for it to be able to void the warranty, there would have to be definitive proof the mod caused the failure, and with just PCM tweaking that would be impossible.
I know the OP doesn't want this to become a warranty discussion (me neither), but this is an incomplete statement.

Correct, the Track Key/Track Cal tune will not void your powertrain warranty. However, it replaces the 5 years / 60,000 miles with the 3 years / 36,000 miles offered by Ford Racing.

See here for additional details:

2013-2014 MUSTANG GT TRACK KEY

http://www.fordracingparts.com/annou...ent_2014v3.pdf


I'm amazed that the FR site claims 60 ft. lbs of torque gain at 1,500 RPM. That's pretty huge! And based on all the reviews I've seen, it's real!

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Sorry. The warranty from Ford Racing for Track Cal related claims does not replace 3/36 nor does it replace any extended warranty. Period.
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One update. I did get the cel for the cats. Cleared the codes per Ford racing instructions. The cel has not returned.
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Man I love the launch control feature this has. Watched a YouTube video of it and it looks promising.

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One other thing that is very different. Throttle response is instantaneous.

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