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Impressions Bama Tune and Tint

Well, I finally got my SCT tuner back. I had to send it off to get it unlocked to SCT first then load up my Bama Tunes. First off, I went legal with teh tint, for the most part if its sunny the top is down so the tint was more for protection and I did want to loose visibility at night. I had both cars done the same day by Beeline Tint and Brian did an excellent job!

The tuner- I had the standard three tunes sent to me and I have not run the 87 yet, but I wanted to give my impression of the 93 octane tunes. Remember this is ONLY a tune. The car has Roush A/B on it but I dont really think thats worth anything as far as power... just sounds fast!

Performance 93- The tune was more mild than I expected, but the throttle response was noticible and the mid range power felt better. What impressed me the most was the MPG. I regulary see 23-24MPG average on tanks and had a high driving to work (50miles through Atlanta) of 27.1MPG driving about 70mph, cruise on all but 5 miles of "non highway" I made that same trip with the tune and my MPG jumped to 29.1MPG!!! I cant believe it, the final MPG on the tank dropped to 23MPG as I was feeling out the new throttle and power. The next tank I hit 25.7MPG, this is calculated, BTW and matched my info on the car. Overall.... extrememly pleased!

Race 93- WOW!!! ok, the initial throttle response was incredible but the power across the whole power range was amazing. I am running very soft Cooper RS3 on the car and have a hard time breaking loose the tires unless drop the clutch, but with this tune, I broke them loose in second gear! Ended up having to drift around a corner or look lke a fool and let off. I have only ran one full tank through with the Race tune and still got 22MPG, and I ran it pretty hard.

Of course I run a LOT of highway, probably 60-70% so my mileage is pretty good anyway. But 29MPG and 440HP? Thanks Bama!

Here are a few pics of the cars with the fresh tint and a good wash. The Roush got a good coat of wax on Friday... I LOVE IT!







2011 Roush Stage 2 Convertible Race Red with painted gloss black stripes, Charcoal Interior-Roush # 11-0306
Bama Tuned, Roush Front and Rear Brake Kit, Roush Exhaust with Square tips, 20" wheels, Roush seating with Red stitching
Roush Billet Grille matching lower 3 piece, Matte Black side and top stripes, White Face Gauge cluster, Convertible Light Bar Purchased 27Dec2010
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Congrats on the fine looks rides! My mpg dropped to about 15.3.... I think the Vortech has something to do with that tho.


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The sct tuner is great. Mod up and get a custom tune if you don't have one already and it will be even better
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I have the iTSX tuner with BAMA tunes for mine. I love the tuner and Iphone app. The tunes however are not great IMO. I notice engine knocking a little at idle which concerns me. I run 93 octane all the time and while the top end power is greatly improved I get alot of jerky throttle response until it is good and warmed up. Tourque seems less in the middle of the power band. Maybe its just me.....Your
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MODS: ROUSH axlebacks, ROUSH interior trim,ROUSH illuminated door sills,ROUSH CAI, smoked tail, marker lights,decklid blackout, AM louvers,35% tint, Barton short throw shifter/bracket.iTSX tuner with BAMA 93 tune
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I sure wish I had a S/C but as a daily driver I will never go that far with mine. I had read there were gigher HP gains fom other manufacturers, but from what I have read Bama is a very safe tune. I had actually not planned on even doing a tune, but gave in for just enough more HP to beat the competion.

I have not experianced any of the issues you have with your car. My tunes seem to be spot on. I would love to hit a dyno to see how everything is running and the numbers I am putting out with just the tune, but I would rather spend that on something for the car than on numbers that dont really mean anything to me. I plan on running a Data log and see if I can get it "interpereted" by someone other than Bama to make sure everything is ok. The one thing I did notice was a slightly lower idle which makes the idle sound more racey. The performance 93 really did not feel much better, but the throttle response was better. The race tune seems pretty smooth. I was actually expecting more of a jumpy throttle, but its not that bad, maybe I was just expecting worse...? Anyway, overall very happy with the tunes. I am going to run a couple more tanks on the Race tune before I go back to the performance tune just to make sure I am comparing thouroughly.

Thanks for the compliment, I do really love this car! It is rarely dirty but when it gets cleaned up witha good coat of wax... I love it even more. After a year and a half I still look back at it when I am going into the store or into work.

Iphone pic after I finshed the wax on the wheels and the car at work. Wish I had a better pic.

2011 Roush Stage 2 Convertible Race Red with painted gloss black stripes, Charcoal Interior-Roush # 11-0306
Bama Tuned, Roush Front and Rear Brake Kit, Roush Exhaust with Square tips, 20" wheels, Roush seating with Red stitching
Roush Billet Grille matching lower 3 piece, Matte Black side and top stripes, White Face Gauge cluster, Convertible Light Bar Purchased 27Dec2010
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Well, I finally got my SCT tuner back. I had to send it off to get it unlocked to SCT first then load up my Bama Tunes. First off, I went legal with teh tint, for the most part if its sunny the top is down so the tint was more for protection and I did want to loose visibility at night. I had both cars done the same day by Beeline Tint and Brian did an excellent job!

The tuner- I had the standard three tunes sent to me and I have not run the 87 yet, but I wanted to give my impression of the 93 octane tunes. Remember this is ONLY a tune. The car has Roush A/B on it but I dont really think thats worth anything as far as power... just sounds fast!

Performance 93- The tune was more mild than I expected, but the throttle response was noticible and the mid range power felt better. What impressed me the most was the MPG. I regulary see 23-24MPG average on tanks and had a high driving to work (50miles through Atlanta) of 27.1MPG driving about 70mph, cruise on all but 5 miles of "non highway" I made that same trip with the tune and my MPG jumped to 29.1MPG!!! I cant believe it, the final MPG on the tank dropped to 23MPG as I was feeling out the new throttle and power. The next tank I hit 25.7MPG, this is calculated, BTW and matched my info on the car. Overall.... extrememly pleased!

Race 93- WOW!!! ok, the initial throttle response was incredible but the power across the whole power range was amazing. I am running very soft Cooper RS3 on the car and have a hard time breaking loose the tires unless drop the clutch, but with this tune, I broke them loose in second gear! Ended up having to drift around a corner or look lke a fool and let off. I have only ran one full tank through with the Race tune and still got 22MPG, and I ran it pretty hard.

Of course I run a LOT of highway, probably 60-70% so my mileage is pretty good anyway. But 29MPG and 440HP? Thanks Bama!

Here are a few pics of the cars with the fresh tint and a good wash. The Roush got a good coat of wax on Friday... I LOVE IT!
thegabrielles,

For starters, I love the Roush! It's one of the sickest new Stangs IMO. I hope you have the best of luck with it!

Bama Tune- So glad to hear you're impressed with our Tunes! We've put a lot of time testing these on our dynojet 224xlc and on the street/track as well. Enjoy your Stangs new power/mpg!

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I have the iTSX tuner with BAMA tunes for mine. I love the tuner and Iphone app. The tunes however are not great IMO. I notice engine knocking a little at idle which concerns me. I run 93 octane all the time and while the top end power is greatly improved I get alot of jerky throttle response until it is good and warmed up. Tourque seems less in the middle of the power band. Maybe its just me.....Your
Car looks great by the way!
12GTBLK,

The iTsX is so much fun the mess with. I've used it a few times on our AM Projects cars with an IPad and have a blast changing setting/monitoring sensors. Glad you're enjoying it too!

If your Stang is knocking at any rpm this is definitely somehting we can fix! Sorry to hear you've been having these problems in the first place. If you don't mind, take a few datalogs and give one of our Bama Specialists a call. They'll be able to look at the datalogs and see how your particular Mustang is behaving and make adjustments accordingly. Sometimes things like this happen because some cars will behave differently then others. It's always a good idea to take a few datalogs and have your tunes tweaked for you specific car and area (altitude, weather, etc).

Let me know how you make out after talking to my Bama Team!

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thegabrielles,

For starters, I love the Roush! It's one of the sickest new Stangs IMO. I hope you have the best of luck with it!

Shane
Thanks Shane! One of my personnal favorites as well!

I did have a PM asking for more info on the tune and my impressions of it. Since the reason we have a forum is to share info I figured I would post my response on here as well. Again this is all my opinion... using my butt dyno and my reading prior to purchase. By the way, I am now 1/2 way through the next 93 Race tune and I am running at an incredible 25.2MPG! Thats about 90% highway with the rest stop and go.

First of all, the tune is the best, cheapest way to get horsepower, plus in the case of the Coyote it makes the motor much more effecient as well (read better MPG) as well. I am curently running through my second tank on the Race tune and running 25.2MPG, impressive. Of course that is 90% highway running about 70mph.

Anyway, throttle response! The factory Ford setting does not give you full throttle immediatley, it brings it in slow, through just fractions of a second, but its enough to keep the back tires from spinning uncontrollably and also provides better MPG at highway speeds. With the tunes, the throttle comes in quicker. I was trully expecting it to be more neck snapping when it comes in, but its decent, even with the Race tune. It makes the car feel faster although probably does not do to much in 0-60 times, and definitely makes no difference in HP, torque figures. I woud compare it to a mild gear change as far as how it feels when you initially punch it. The biggest improvement on the tune to me is the mid-high HP. The Butt dyno is very impressed with the gains in Race tune, but not to noticable in the performance tune, but there is improvement. The 40-120mph times feel like they are a second faster, although I know they arent... it just feels that much faster. According to what I have read HP gains are about 30HP to the race tune. That feels about right but without putting it on the dyno before and after there is know way to know for sure, as every car is a bit different.

Warranty.... the biggest reason you are probably hesitant. The Bama tunes Warranty only covers you if Ford determines it is the tunes fault that you have an engine failure. And then only for a limited time (I think its till the end of the factory 36K mile) You have to remember there are thousands of these tunes out there and very little problems, to my knowledge Bama has not had a single engine failure from their tunes, although there have been a couple of issues that had to be resolved, idle problems etc. These things happen with any software!

I am VERY pleased so far with my tunes. After I run a few 93 race tune tanks through it I am going to swap out to 87 Performance and see what its like. I expect 10-15 HP loss (factory is 10HP from 91-87octane) but it is supposed to retain the throttle response and torque improvements of the 93 performance tune. I will post as soon as I get some butt dyno numbers.

Go for the tuner, you wont regret it!

2011 Roush Stage 2 Convertible Race Red with painted gloss black stripes, Charcoal Interior-Roush # 11-0306
Bama Tuned, Roush Front and Rear Brake Kit, Roush Exhaust with Square tips, 20" wheels, Roush seating with Red stitching
Roush Billet Grille matching lower 3 piece, Matte Black side and top stripes, White Face Gauge cluster, Convertible Light Bar Purchased 27Dec2010
Dyno'd 401 HP/ 390 Ft lbs at the wheels
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