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01 mustang questions about buying vortech

So I just got a couple questions about buying a vortech from americanmuscle. They send you a label to send in your ecu, SO CAN I run my car with the supplied tune they throw on it until I'm able to drive to Denver or so to get it tuned, "they're the closest from me which is about 3 hours". And yes of course in the meantime I'd be taking it easy and wouldn't prolly even go over 2500 rpm. Ok and another is my motor will have about 130k or so miles on it when I throw it on, and I hear people say it's fine just have someone do compression test and leak down test. Can someone explain what exactly a leak down is and how much a compression and leak down test would cost? And if anybody has something else to throw in to talk about I'm all ears!


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I honestly wouldn't run it on an american muscle tune. I'd rather do email tunes from breenspeed or somebody reputable vs american muscle. as far as the compressor tool, you can rent it from autozone for like 60$ and they refund you when you return it. google leak down and compression test and it will give you instructions of how to do it.


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You CAN but it's not recommended. Personally, I would rather borrow a buddy's truck and tow it there. Pay for gas and beer

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So I just got a couple questions about buying a vortech from americanmuscle. They send you a label to send in your ecu, SO CAN I run my car with the supplied tune they throw on it until I'm able to drive to Denver or so to get it tuned, "they're the closest from me which is about 3 hours". And yes of course in the meantime I'd be taking it easy and wouldn't prolly even go over 2500 rpm. Ok and another is my motor will have about 130k or so miles on it when I throw it on, and I hear people say it's fine just have someone do compression test and leak down test. Can someone explain what exactly a leak down is and how much a compression and leak down test would cost? And if anybody has something else to throw in to talk about I'm all ears!
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What kind of mods are currently on your GT and what mods will be installed outside of the Vortech kit when you're driving to the speed shop?

If your GT is basically stock with just an axle-back exhaust, then you'll be perfectly fine using Vortech's tune. Even if you have an aftermarket upper intake manifold, you'll be okay with their tune temporarily. I would only not use their tune if you have aftermarket headers, Mid-pipe etc. Which will affect the boost and fuel trim levels.

Again, this is all assuming you'll be driving easy and keeping the car under 2,500 RPM as you mentioned. If that's the case, you'll be more than okay.

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I would go with Procharger instead of Vortech, which does not include a Chip/tuner or the intercooler.
The ATI tune is also pretty good (on a stock 4.6), i have done several installations without a single problem.

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Well as of right now I got an o/r pro chamber, stock headers, accufab throttle body\plenum and cai with my sct tuner, so that's probably a no go on babying it? Lol

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I agree that you should find a buddy with a truck and rent a trailor. Why risk it. You either spend a couple hundred bucks to tow it, or a couple thousand on a new engine...That is cheap insurance in my opinion.

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Well as of right now I got an o/r pro chamber, stock headers, accufab throttle body\plenum and cai with my sct tuner, so that's probably a no go on babying it? Lol
It "should" be okay if you baby it, but at this point it's not even worth the risk. Three hours is a long drive for a tune to be off, by this much. You'll have an interesting time with stalling or hesitating at stop signs and what not.

With those mods- you should have it trailered and dyno tuned. It's the best option for the such a heavily modified Mustang and no base tune.

Hope this helps!

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or send an emailed datalog to your tuner, he can set you up a pretty decent ride tune, and then write your real tune at the shop. I've done this.

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