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Question Custom Tune w/CAI vs, Detune/Warranty

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Lately I've been thinking really hard about ordering an AirRaid CAI w/BAMA tune from AM.

I'm really wanting to gain some torque below 3,000 RPM without sacrificing everyday drivability and smooth operation I now have. Is this even possible to have the best of both worlds?

A Ford dealership salesman that has befriended me (and is a Mustang enthusiast) told me I can simply remove the CAI and restore the stock tune from the tuner device if I need to bring the car in for unrelated warranty service.

Does this work? Can the dealer/tech. tell that you have "de-tuned" the car and refuse warranty service due to this?

Also, there is a local speed shop here that dyno tunes Mustangs as their specialty. Would that be a better option than getting the BAMA/AirRaid combo?



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The PCM keeps a record of every time the tune is changed, the tech will know.


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The PCM keeps a record of every time the tune is changed, the tech will know.
I guess I won't be doing that for a while, if at all then.

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There are lots of threads about this; it really comes down to: is your dealer "mod friendly" and will they work with you; or are they looking for excuses to get out of any warranty service. It sounds like your dealer is the latter, so probably best to avoid any tunes if you are going to work with them.

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I think a good dyno tune would be better than a canned tune, and the stock CAI is fine with no other mods.
As soon as my 3 year warranty ends, it's dyno tune time!

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You just want a good torque tune? Nothing beats the Ford Procal and you can keep the warranty and the stock airbox.

Not as good an option if you have auto. For that I went with VMP. Who gives a damn? there is no way a tune from a reputable vendor is going to blow a motor.

Dyno tuning is waste of money on an NA car, unless you have very serious breathing mods like cams, CJ manifold, full exhaust, etc. The road is well-travelled here and good reputable vendor will get you 99% of a dyno tune's results for a fraction of the cost.

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A data logged tune from someone like Jon Lund does wonders for these 6R80 cars.

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A data logged tune from someone like Jon Lund does wonders for these 6R80 cars.
I'm sure it does. Both of mine have the MT-82. I really would like to put a tune in that would give me some lower end torque, but I don't want to loose warranty protection. It seems there are NO power mods at all that won't void warranty.

My wife's Mustang (exactly like mine, but non-California model) pulls like a freight train all the way through the RPM range. Mine is a creampuff below 3K RPM, then a sudden (explosive burst) increase that I would say catches up to her's. She also gets better gas mileage that I suspect is either power related, or because her engine is looser due to mileage.

I feel like a good tune would level mine out, but the damned warranty issue is power-blocking me. I just want some low end torque and throttle response, but I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too...


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I recently had to replace o2 sensor under warranty and when I asked a tech about the warranty before I took it in for service ( he was walking on the lot) First thing he said to me was " if you have a tune, please remove the tune before you bring it in". Do I have a tune? I'd rather not discuss that online LOL
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I'm interested in a tune for improved lower end and cold start hesitation elimination. If I start with an AM SCT/BAMA tune can I reuse that same tuner to change to other tunes like VMP or Lund?

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I'm interested in a tune for improved lower end and cold start hesitation elimination. If I start with an AM SCT/BAMA tune can I reuse that same tuner to change to other tunes like VMP or Lund?

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Yes, they will simply send you a tune file and you load it onto the device. The device should hold up to 10 tunes.

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