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Ohhh my gosh... i just got back from my first drive with a tune and cai. wowwww... i tried running without t/c on and def kicked out the backend quite a bit.. it scared me at first! going to keep that on lol

so yeah, i just got my JLT CAI and SCT tuner today. the cai went in very smoothly, and after updating the firmware on the sct tuner it tuned my car in about 10 minutes to the 87 street.

now for the questions..

it seems there is still some lag in the throttle response until about 3k rpm.. is this tune designed around gas mileage below 3k and power above 3k? i could see that making sense..

also, how long does it take for the car to readjust to a new tune? gas mileage read 10mpg for a while (i kept resetting it) but i think it might be creeping higher

on the tune options there is an axle ration option. what does this affect on the way the car performs? i told bama that i had 3.31's but it was set at stock, so i changed it to 3.31 manually before sending the tune.

thats all i actually changed, but also tire size and stuff were options on there.

so far i love it a lot. the intake has a PSH! sound to it lol and i went WOT under a bridge.. man, the growl!

also raced a lexus stoplight to stoplight.. dunno what it was, i never saw the back of his car lol

thank you american muscle and bama performance.

next week is atak catbacks :)

oh and while im at it, where do i go to request a new tune for adding the exhaust? do i just call them?
 

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Do you have the automatic or manual? Throttle response is going to be a whole different animal on the race tune. I know they primarily focus on top end hp with the race tune but my experience has been the race tune is much more jumpy on throttle response everywhere in the power band. I'd try that and see what you think.

Now that you've loaded the sct tuner software and initial tune, switching to the race tune or performance tune is much quicker. Give it a shot.
 

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I would call BAMA, they know what they changed in your tune.

The throttle response should be immediate unless you asked for something different.

Did you let the car re-learn the idle?

If you asked for the tune to be set for 3.31 gears you shouldn't need to set anything for that in the user features.

And the fuel economy readout has nothing to do with the tune.
 

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I switch back and forth from 87 to 93.If you think the 87 is great wait until you try the 93. It's an uncontrolable wheel spinning animal. Thats what i'm going to use until the first snowfall...
 

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Ohhh my gosh... i just got back from my first drive with a tune and cai. wowwww... i tried running without t/c on and def kicked out the backend quite a bit.. it scared me at first! going to keep that on lol

so yeah, i just got my JLT CAI and SCT tuner today. the cai went in very smoothly, and after updating the firmware on the sct tuner it tuned my car in about 10 minutes to the 87 street.

now for the questions..

it seems there is still some lag in the throttle response until about 3k rpm.. is this tune designed around gas mileage below 3k and power above 3k? i could see that making sense..

also, how long does it take for the car to readjust to a new tune? gas mileage read 10mpg for a while (i kept resetting it) but i think it might be creeping higher

on the tune options there is an axle ration option. what does this affect on the way the car performs? i told bama that i had 3.31's but it was set at stock, so i changed it to 3.31 manually before sending the tune.

thats all i actually changed, but also tire size and stuff were options on there.

so far i love it a lot. the intake has a PSH! sound to it lol and i went WOT under a bridge.. man, the growl!

also raced a lexus stoplight to stoplight.. dunno what it was, i never saw the back of his car lol

thank you american muscle and bama performance.

next week is atak catbacks :)

oh and while im at it, where do i go to request a new tune for adding the exhaust? do i just call them?
Glad that you're happy with the tunes! Let me try and field these questions for you...

So let's start with the gears. If you provided Bama with 3.31 gears on your tune info form, that's what they would have put in the tune. Of course, all of our tunes are individually written by our Tuning Specialists, so human error is possible. However, the user options when you're installing your tune DO NOT show what Bama has set inside the tune, and are simply showing what options are there. Basically, if 3.31 gears were not selected under "Adjust Options", that doesn't mean 3.31 gears aren't what Bama had it set at. Does that make sense?

My honest recommendation is always to hit "Skip Options" when installing custom tunes. They've already been maximized and set at the proper calibration parameters, and by adjusting options, you're making "blanket" changes over potentially crucial parameters, depending on what you adjust. If you're ever unsure about anything inside the tune, give the Bama team a call at the numbers/hour listen in my signature below. They'll verify any information you need!

As for power, you really need to run a premium fuel before you see that 3000RPM+ power kick-in. With only the 87 Street tune, you should notice a nice difference, but 91 or 93 octane is going to be a completely different world!

I hope this helps! Thanks for the great review, and we're happy that you're happy. Any questions, give us a call. Definitely report back after you run the 91 or 93 tune and let us know what you think!

Chris
 

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Been extremely busy. Sorry about that! We're actually hiring for a full-time forums rep in-house at our Malvern, PA headquarters.

We're wrapping up Stage 3 of our project car and moving on to Stage 4. We plan to have it released in the next 4 weeks!

Stay tuned!
 

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Still on-topic I have a question for Chris and anyone else with knowledge about shiftpoints and the rev limiter

I just got my tunes yesterday as well and in a word "WOW"

I've tried the 93s and 93p wit hthe 93r to be tried out soon.

I see in the SCT options the rev limiter is set to 7300 and notice that the shiftpoints are set around 7K

If I don't back off on hard accelleration I am crossing the 7K redline and getting the red gauge warning.

Is this typical? I am a bit nervous about this beating on my engine.

If I want to lower my rev limiter to say 6900-7000, I'd think the shift points also need to be adjusted accordingly, otherwise shifting would occur as / after the rev limiter is maxed and some pulll would be lost
 

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Still on-topic I have a question for Chris and anyone else with knowledge about shiftpoints and the rev limiter

I just got my tunes yesterday as well and in a word "WOW"

I've tried the 93s and 93p wit hthe 93r to be tried out soon.

I see in the SCT options the rev limiter is set to 7300 and notice that the shiftpoints are set around 7K

If I don't back off on hard accelleration I am crossing the 7K redline and getting the red gauge warning.

Is this typical? I am a bit nervous about this beating on my engine.

If I want to lower my rev limiter to say 6900-7000, I'd think the shift points also need to be adjusted accordingly, otherwise shifting would occur as / after the rev limiter is maxed and some pulll would be lost
There are guys shifting even higher than that.

The tach going red is just how it is setup for the factory redline.

I would want a 7400 redline and a 7200 shiftpoint if it were mine.
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Hi everyone,

In April, some of you were going to ask BAMA to create a Hybrid tune. By Hybrid, I mean incorporate the low end power of the Street tune into the Race or Performance tune.

Are your happy with the results? Please provide details.

I am asking because I have been out of the country for the last 6 weeks and unable to connect with the forum.
 

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hey guys, OP here, back from a long weekend.

i have a manual, to answer that question. sorry i didnt include in the original post. still getting used to the new feel of the car. i keep finding myself revving it to 4k rpms before i shift because the CAI sound is so awesome :)

i put 89 octane in my tank today, and will load the 89p tune here soon.. the shell station i stopped at didnt have 91 octane but 89 is what bama had sent me the tune for.

what gas stations have 91? is there a company that sells premium fuels for cheaper than others? seems like shell is .12 more for 89 over 87, then 93 is .15 more than that. is this the norm?

still curious about what exactly the 3.31 gear option does.

oh and ive noticed now that when i take turns and accelerate (such as turning on a road from a stop sign) i can hear my outer back wheel hopping/kicking a little bit. is this normal? im not flooring it or anything, just going up to about 3k or so rpm in 1st gear before shifting.
 

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91 Octane is the maximum offered in certain areas such as California. They do not allow 93 octane gas to be sold. If your local offers 93, then that is the tune you should be running to get the maximum performance out of your car. Don't bother looking for 91 as you probably won't find it except for a random gas station that offers 5 or 6 grades of blended.

As far as pricing is concerned, 25-30 cents a gallon more for 93 octane is definitely normal, and quite honestly, well worth it.
 

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Still on-topic I have a question for Chris and anyone else with knowledge about shiftpoints and the rev limiter

I just got my tunes yesterday as well and in a word "WOW"

I've tried the 93s and 93p wit hthe 93r to be tried out soon.

I see in the SCT options the rev limiter is set to 7300 and notice that the shiftpoints are set around 7K

If I don't back off on hard accelleration I am crossing the 7K redline and getting the red gauge warning.

Is this typical? I am a bit nervous about this beating on my engine.

If I want to lower my rev limiter to say 6900-7000, I'd think the shift points also need to be adjusted accordingly, otherwise shifting would occur as / after the rev limiter is maxed and some pulll would be lost

You can definitely change the parameters. The SCT options showing 7300, again, may not necessarily be what we have in the tune. Those options have their own "starting points". So if it's set at 7300, your rev limiter could still be 7200 or 7400, etc depending on what tune you're running.

Either way, you're correct. If we bump down the rev limiter, we have to bump down the shift points as well. I wouldn't worry too much, though. We are pretty conservative at 7200-7300, as there are people reving to 7500 all the time. That's completely your call though, and Bama will do whatever makes you happy! That's just what we found to be the best between dyno/street/track testing our own vehicles and logs/feedback from customers, etc.
 
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