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i need to tune my mustang but im not sure which route to take, whether to purchase a handheld tuner (bama performance) or pay someone to actually hook up the car to a dyno and computer and mess with the car that way... what benefits do each provide that the other doesnt? so basically overall which route would be better. so far my car only has a bbk cold air intake and a set of bbk long tube headers w/ shorty catted x pipe. my car also has the check engine light on so i need to get it tuned to get the codes cleared. also will tuning my car trash my engine and car? any input is GREATLY appreciated and i thank you in advance
 

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i need to tune my mustang but im not sure which route to take, whether to purchase a handheld tuner (bama performance) or pay someone to actually hook up the car to a dyno and computer and mess with the car that way... what benefits do each provide that the other doesnt? so basically overall which route would be better. so far my car only has a bbk cold air intake and a set of bbk long tube headers w/ shorty catted x pipe. my car also has the check engine light on so i need to get it tuned to get the codes cleared. also will tuning my car trash my engine and car? any input is GREATLY appreciated and i thank you in advance
A dyno tune is generally going to be better than a canned tune (as far as getting the best in driveability, performance, etc.). Whether it is worth the money/time is up to you and also depends on your modifications power gain vs. cost/time. Some folks don't have the time/money/access to get a dyno tune and for your average bolt-on car, a canned tune will do just fine.

Regarding trashing your engine, that largely depends on the tune. Our's doesn't push the engine's limits or anything such as that.

Please let me know if I can help you with anything. :bigthumbsup
 

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i need to tune my mustang but im not sure which route to take, whether to purchase a handheld tuner (bama performance) or pay someone to actually hook up the car to a dyno and computer and mess with the car that way... what benefits do each provide that the other doesnt? so basically overall which route would be better. so far my car only has a bbk cold air intake and a set of bbk long tube headers w/ shorty catted x pipe. my car also has the check engine light on so i need to get it tuned to get the codes cleared. also will tuning my car trash my engine and car? any input is GREATLY appreciated and i thank you in advance
Mr07GTCS,

Bama Performance tunes are a great way to go for any bolt-on Mustang, like your '07 GT/CS. We can get your tune spot-on without the need of a dyno, too. All of our tunes have been tested in house, on our own DynoJet 224xlc and over 30 AM/Employee Mustangs. We've sent out thousands of tunes for 05-09 GT's, so I'm sure you'll be happy with our VERY safe Bama Performance tunes.

Plus, purchasing a SF3/X3 Bama tuner from AM will enroll you into out Free Tunes for Life program. This will allow you to get free tune updates anytime new bolt-on mods or even a small nitrous shot is added!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or our Bama Performance tuning specialists are here in the building Monday-Friday from 9AM-5:30PM EST and Saturday 10AM-3PM EST. You can hit them up directly at 888.226.9764 and they'll get you squared away!

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Either route you take, you'll be the proud owner of a handheld tuner device. SCT and DiabloSport are the most popular handheld tuners. Both store the stock tune as well as up to two performance tunes and offer some features for you to adjust as needed. A canned tune (mail order) is good. But its like buying a cherry cobbler from the store. Good, but not as good as home made. A dyno tune is like making the cherry cobbler from scratch. Perfecting it just to your tastes. As a well known tuner once told me, each engine is a little different and a great performance tune is one done just for that engine. With a dyno tune, you have the tuner right there making all the meticulous adjustments, getting everything just right. Most good tuners can fine tune your car in about 3 dyno pulls. Some though are extra meticulous and will take as many as 5 dyno pulls to dial it in just right. But, depending on the expertise and experience of your tuner, when you drive away, you will know its as perfect a tune as you can get. And in most cases a very safe one too. Keeping in mind, tuners live on their reputation, so...they naturally will give you their best and safest.

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Either route you take, you'll be the proud owner of a handheld tuner device. SCT and DiabloSport are the most popular handheld tuners. Both store the stock tune as well as up to two performance tunes and offer some features for you to adjust as needed. A canned tune (mail order) is good. But its like buying a cherry cobbler from the store. Good, but not as good as home made. A dyno tune is like making the cherry cobbler from scratch. Perfecting it just to your tastes. As a well known tuner once told me, each engine is a little different and a great performance tune is one done just for that engine. With a dyno tune, you have the tuner right there making all the meticulous adjustments, getting everything just right. Most good tuners can fine tune your car in about 3 dyno pulls. Some though are extra meticulous and will take as many as 5 dyno pulls to dial it in just right. But, depending on the expertise and experience of your tuner, when you drive away, you will know its as perfect a tune as you can get. And in most cases a very safe one too. Keeping in mind, tuners live on their reputation, so...they naturally will give you their best and safest.

My 2 cents.

pikapp,

This is true that every engine is different and has different characteristics or behaviors. This is why we make our custom tunes with each modification in mind, all the way down to the brand. We've tuned so many of these combinations, with the same brand setup, that our Bama tunes stay accurate and in a very safe range.

We also encourage our customers to send in a datalog once they've uploaded their Bama tune, so we can really nail the tune and take care of all those particular characteristics. We've tested our tunes against other competitor's dyno tunes and have found that they make equivalent or more power!

Dyno tunes are simply not necessary for bolt-on cars, when your tuner has experience, like Bama, Lund, Steeda, etc. Who all send out custom mail order tunes. Once, extreme mods come into play, then you'll want a dyno tune, so your tuner can have the car in front of them. Even then, you dyno tuner can still use your Bama SF3 to program the custom dyno tunes onto!

I thought this info would help clear somethings up. If you have any questions feel free to contact me!

Shane
 

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Sorry meant to post this to another thread.
 
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