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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015 Thread Starter
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Is an SCT Tuner extremely needed for limited mods?

I had one question regarding the mods that I will be installing on my '16 GT Cali Special. I was planning on installing an Airaid CAI, a Ford Racing X-Pipe, & Borla ATAK Axlebacks sometime this month. The question that I have is will an SCT Tuner be needed if I were to install those mods only. I've read that the Airaid CAI doesn't require a tune, but then I've also read that a tune should be done after installing an CAI, X-Pipe, & Axlebacks. I don't really wanna spend $400 on a tuner if it's not required. What should I do? Any help is much appreciated!

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015
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I'm relatively new to the S550, but I remember that the computer for the S197 was marketed as being extremely sensitive, so much so that any changes to the intake required a tuner.

Frankly, you're planning on spending $1500 on parts, and for all the benefits that you're going to get from tuning - better throttle response, better fuel economy, more efficient use of the intake and exhaust parts, increased time, MORE POWER - spend the extra $400 on the tuner and a good tune. My S197 was so much fun to drive when I had the intake, exhaust, and tune installed, and was, quite frankly, boring when it was returned to stock. The last month, after I had it appraised for sale, and was waiting for delivery of my 2016, was just sad.


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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015 Thread Starter
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Well, I'll go ahead and make the purchase! It's reassuring to me when I get feedback like this, thanks!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-20-2015
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Here's the conversation I have with many customers who ask this question. Do you NEED a custom tune when doing mild/moderate mods to your car? No. The car will run and perform without it. The question is how much of the potential performance from your mods will you get. Adding things like an intake and exhaust without a tune may net you a small gain. 10-20 hp. Not bad, but you may encounter some driveability quirks. However, accompanying these same mods with a tune will net you 30-40 hp gain and driveability will be like stock. So, this is a somewhat loaded question, but the bottom line is, when you have spent $1200-1500 on and intake and exhaust to gain 10 hp, why wouldn't you spend an extra $4-500 on getting the full power potential of the parts.

post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-29-2015
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None of those parts require a tune and none of them will net any horsepower gains. Especially the CAI which I would skip. But a tune is certainly something that will provide concrete gains and make the car more fun to drive. But a tune will essentially void your powertrain warranty.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-28-2015
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You would be better off with the tune and pass on the other parts.

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You would be better off with the tune and pass on the other parts.

c'mon man. no one buys a mustangs and keeps the exhaust stock. lol

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-29-2015
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Hoping in the next few weeks to get long tubes and TB. While the exhaust upgrades the OP listed are just sound upgrades, im wondering if a tune would benefit mine (15 V6) or if one even exists. Bama doesnt seem interested in tunes for the V6, so Im not sure if anyone makes one.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-18-2016
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At least get a custom calibration and never look back! Although you may be hooked after it....
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