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So I will preface this by saying that I have not had any other tune on my car other than this one and that I haven't driven the tune for longer than ten minutes because I had a mid term exam I just finished for my political science class. BUT I got to load the 91 octane tune and take it out for a little and it's very nice.
The car started up fine and there were no problems at all with the idle. It was as steady as it's always been. I walked to the exhaust pipes and it seemed like the sound was amplified a little compared to before when I wouldn't be able to hear my car idling at all before the tune, I could hear a low grumble after. I backed out of my parking spot and took it for a spin.

The throttle response isn't as touchy as I was thinking it would be, it doesn't break the tires loose when your in Drive with the nannies on like some people said the BAMA tune does. But I think this would get annoying because the shifts are plenty firm. The power increase is definetly there, under 3 thousand rpm now you get a nice pull compared to literally nothing before. When I floored it the pull was immediate, I didn't have to wait until it hit 4 thousand rpm for pull, it happened right from 2k and the power build up is very smooth and impressive. Initially I was a little disappointed that I wasn't breaking traction in drive just normally driving around. BUT then I turned T/C off, did a launch at about 2000 RPM, what I usually launch at, and I spun through all of first gear laying down 2 tire marks that were about 15 feet long, I shifted and literally fish tailed into second, continuing to spin until I left off. I was amazed by that, because before I would get a tiny chirp and than the LSD would catch it right away. There was no traction at all this time and I was doing the exact same launch I have always done with the stock tune.

Than I did a couple of rolls from 20 mph and the more I drove it felt like the faster the car got. By the last roll on I did I chirped as I was going 20 MPH and floored it and than chirped again shifting into second gear:worship. The rev limiter isn't totally lifted, it's still in the 7200 RPM range, but I feel like that is plenty fine. Also the CAI and engine seem louder than before. It seems like the CAI is now sucking in alot more air than it used to.

I'm going to take the car out now for another little spin and report back with more of my observations. I feel like this tune CAN definetly be a little bit more aggressive, but for what I wanted, a every day 91 octane tune with nice power increases, I couldn't have asked for more. I'll be racing my friend with his tuned 335i from a 20mph roll on tonight. When I wasn't tuned he beat me by a little more than half a car length. I think I'll get him this time.

And STEEDA was nothing but great with me. I contacted them through the live chat and got a prompt, friendly, and professional response to all of my questions. For 65 dollars plus a 120 dollar tuner I feel like this is a very good mod. :bigthumbsup

BTW I didn't do anything other than letting the tuner do it's thing. I have heard that clearing the battery or doing a throttle relearn process or something along those lines will help with deleting all the old info on the ecu and loading the tunes?
 

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Well the bama tune definitely does not break any tires loose with a 2.73 auto. I've used all of them on all octanes, and haven't even gotten close in a straight line, so I'm pretty jealous of your experience. I used to hear rave stories about their race tune that was so touchy, it could hardly be used as a DD. Dunno where all that went. I asked for something that would chirp my tires and apparently throttle, torque, and response is capped on the tunes they already send out because any more will throw a torque error or something of that sort. Auto's are just doomed to have to continually pull a fuse to get good response, and even no tire break after the adaptive trans is reset...Very disheartening, but with free tunes for life, I suppose it is a better deal...
 

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Maybe his tires just suck worse that yours.
 

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I have a mild 87 Steeda tune for my 2012 V6 automatic w/2.73 and was 100% pleased with the results. Steeda Gus addressed the transmission behavior and throttle response for the very best in all around daily driveability, even with my stock airbox. One of the best parts of this tune is the stock like gas mileage. I originally installed my tune without any ECU resets or battery disconnects and never had any issues.With a little over 5,000 miles since the tune install I can’t imagine going back to the stock tune.

Enjoy your new tune! :D
 

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I would blame the 2.73s. I have those as well but paired to a manual and I don't get much spin at all unless I give it a lot of revs before I launch. I would imagine that with an auto it would be difficult even with an aggressive tune. Get you some 3.55s!
 

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I doubt it's the tires. It's the 3.31 gears that are causing the chirping. I have the stock 215 Michelin bicycle tires so they are pretty bad. After taking it out for another spin the tires chirping from first to second definetly isn't an anomaly. If I get to 7000 rpm and shift every time it chirp 1-2 which is pretty awesome. It's a lot faster than before. I got to 120 very quickly compared to before and I hit that on an on ramp I regularly only got to 90-100 on. It's a beast now. The best part is the part throttle when im trying to get to sixth gear under 2000 rpm is just as easy a before. And I got it to chirp from just stomping it in 1st gear with the tc and advanced trak off. I feel like the tune is getting better the more I drive it. My auto now shifts very very fast to. It's nearly imperceptible and it's just a lot faster. For the money I paid I'm very happy. I would 100 percent recommend this tune to someone with a auto 3.31 geared mustang v6
 

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Congrats powerwhee. I knew you'd love your car even more while tuned. Like I said before, you're gonna win a few more races. As for a 2.73 auto with a tune, I can get mine to squeal the tires at an idle launch and chirp the 1-2 shift. I can't say that it does it every time though. I blame some of it on the adaptive shifting. And as for the bama tunes, for me the 93R is way touchier than the 93S, but I like to switch back and forth.
 

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Raced my friends tuned 335i and beat it by a half a car when I lost by a car before from a 20 mph. Steeda tune continues to impress
 

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Thanks powerwhee. I have the auto with 3;31 gears so I will look into Steeda.
 

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Nice, what kind of tuner did they get you for $120?
 

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Congrats powerwhee. I knew you'd love your car even more while tuned. Like I said before, you're gonna win a few more races. As for a 2.73 auto with a tune, I can get mine to squeal the tires at an idle launch and chirp the 1-2 shift. I can't say that it does it every time though. I blame some of it on the adaptive shifting. And as for the bama tunes, for me the 93R is way touchier than the 93S, but I like to switch back and forth.
How do you do that? Just turn TC off and mash the throttle?
Great job OP on killing that 335
 

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How do you do that? Just turn TC off and mash the throttle?
Great job OP on killing that 335
Yeah, I always have tc off unless it's raining or snowing. I've only brake launched once, and I don't prefer to do it because it feels like it's hard on the brakes, drivetrain. I've had the most luck with 93S. Although it is not as responsive as 93R, it's the one I get the most "chirps" out of. Also my race tune has a slight throttle hang at the 1-2 shift.
 

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I switched from 93H to 93S for emissions inspection, due in December. I heard that you won't pass emissions if you swap tunes too close to the date you go in for inspection as some of the sensors wont be ready and toss a code. It's an absolute slug compared to 93H. I cannot wait to change back, as the 93S is a canned one and my 93H is customized a bit. I suppose having so many tunes is a pretty big advantage over other companies who offer only a few per purchase.
 

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Well the bama tune definitely does not break any tires loose with a 2.73 auto. I've used all of them on all octanes, and haven't even gotten close in a straight line, so I'm pretty jealous of your experience. I used to hear rave stories about their race tune that was so touchy, it could hardly be used as a DD. Dunno where all that went. I asked for something that would chirp my tires and apparently throttle, torque, and response is capped on the tunes they already send out because any more will throw a torque error or something of that sort. Auto's are just doomed to have to continually pull a fuse to get good response, and even no tire break after the adaptive trans is reset...Very disheartening, but with free tunes for life, I suppose it is a better deal...
Blaseleblanc,

I'm sorry to hear that you're not 100% satisfied with your tune. I want all of our customers to have a great experience with us and be very satisfied with their parts. We'll always go the extra mile to make sure these goals are met! I'm going to get you in direct contact with my head tuning specialist Mike Wilson and see what he can do for you. Exchanging a few datalogs and going over your file can never hurt, if any changes need to be made he can do that for you!

Keep in mind your 2.73 gears are really slowing you down. If you go with a set of 3.55's, 3.73s or 4.10s your car will be an absolute animal!

I hope this helps, let me know if anyone has any questions!

-Dan
 

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Months later, I still really like the Steeda tune.

I found with the Bama tunes were sometimes quirky especially with shifting behavior and (un)predictability. Some times it would jump, others it would bog. Granted the BAMA tune feels quicker and maybe it is - or maybe it is just the more unruly nature of it. My car is a DD so I prefer the more refined feeling of the Steeda
 

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Months later, I still really like the Steeda tune.

I found with the Bama tunes were sometimes quirky especially with shifting behavior and (un)predictability. Some times it would jump, others it would bog. Granted the BAMA tune feels quicker and maybe it is - or maybe it is just the more unruly nature of it. My car is a DD so I prefer the more refined feeling of the Steeda
I'd have to agree. The bama tunes do seem very quirky at times. It's almost as if every time I start my car, she's in a different mood that day. On a good day she's loud and quick, other times she's smooth and slow. Sometimes she sounds wheezy, sometimes she sounds healthy. I never really know what it will be like the next time I start up :heha:

Dan, I could definitely go for some data logging to make sure everything is running within correct parameters. Mike has helped me before to customize my 93H tune, but maybe he can dial things in more with that. I'll shoot you a PM
 

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The more I drive it the more I like it. I asked them to revise the torque managaemnt for a littlemore down low and I feel more than just a little. The rev limiter is 7500 rpm and I have power all the way from 2-7500 rpm now:)
 

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I got the Bama tune and I really like it because of all the tune otions that you get. I am running the th 93h and can I say its great. The 93s seems to give the best mpg the 93 race is great but MPG suck. When I dump the clutch look out the car lays rubber like crazy. I really have to careful because u can loose it really easily. I get rubber in 1st, 2nd, chip in 3rd and 4th. Did I mention tha I also installed 3.73 gears a few months ago. It was setting the tires on fire with the 273 but the 373 are just the stuff.
 

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WOW, well I took my car out to the local canyon to see how the Steeda tune hangs compared to my mustang without it. I have went up this canyon many times before, so I really know how my mustang performs acceleration wise stock. With the steeda tune it completely blows it away. 2nd gear pulls so much harder than before, and you get planted into your seat from 2.5 thousand rpm all the way up to 7000 rpm. Before with the stock tune there would be a lag of power between 4500-5000 rpm as the valves change. Now it pulls way harder from down low and the power is so much more linear. I got it to chirp going from 2-3 at 60 mph, which I couldn't believe, but it did happen. And this is with an auto. The steeda tune is really very nice. the revised one I received with my redline set at 7500 and the torque down low is very refined and powerful. the idle quality is just as good if not better than before, as well as part throttle and daily driving. no erratic or jerky shifts. no surging.

The auto transmission shifts so much more efficiently than before, and the shifts are much quicker. In day to day driving they are actually smoother I think than stock. I recorded a video of me launching with the tune compared to a video i have on my youtube channel of me launching stock. i get a 1-2 chirp with the tune and the tires squeal for much longer.

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