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Old 03-29-2019, 10:04 PM
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Know anything about tuners?

My car came with an SCT tuner that I haven't used yet. Now that the snow is gone, I am wondering if it would be worth trying one of the 91 octane tunes. Anyone have experience with these tuners? Would there be a noticeable difference in performance?
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Old 03-30-2019, 05:10 AM
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Noticeable difference as compared to what? I'm no tuner, but I would guess a 91 tune would be an improvement over stock, but that's going to depend on what mods you have as well.

I had a tuner on my '06 GT with a 91 tune, but I also had CAI and long tube headers, so the tuner had to make up for the differences in flow as well as octane.

A 91 octane tune by itself probably would give you a bit of a bump, certainly would be better than stock, and you wouldn't waste money running 91 on an engine thats factory tuned to run regular.
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:00 PM
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[QUOTE=Apocalypse Pony;211407]Noticeable difference as compared to what?

Right now the car is running an 87 tune that accounts for the CAI and catback.

I was curious if a 91 tune would yield a big enough bump in power to justify the $1.40/L price tag. It doesn't sound like you'd expect a huge difference, but I might just splurge next time I fill up and give it a try.

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P.S. How did you like the longtubes on your 06 GT? I was thinking of getting a set for mine in the near future.
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:31 PM
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If you're tuned for 87 you're wasting your money running a tank of 91 and hoping to see a difference, but that's just my two cents, if your computer isn't tuned for 91 theres really no point.

I actually regretted putting the long tubes on my '06, I thought it sounded worse than it did with the stock manifolds, x pipe and FP mufflers.

Plus the installation cost was ridiculous, they had to drop the front suspension to get them in. I wouldn't do it again, but it could have been a combination of a lot of things.

They were beautiful headers though, Kooks, with an optional ceramic coating.
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Old 04-01-2019, 02:16 PM
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[QUOTE=StickorNothing;211413]
Originally Posted by Apocalypse Pony View Post
Noticeable difference as compared to what?

Right now the car is running an 87 tune that accounts for the CAI and catback.

I was curious if a 91 tune would yield a big enough bump in power to justify the $1.40/L price tag. It doesn't sound like you'd expect a huge difference, but I might just splurge next time I fill up and give it a try.

Thanks for the reply

P.S. How did you like the longtubes on your 06 GT? I was thinking of getting a set for mine in the near future.
You will gain some hp with a 91 tune over an 87 for sure.
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Old 04-02-2019, 12:48 PM
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The first performance mod I did was a Cold air intake coupled with the inTune (1st generation) tuner for my 2012 V6. I can tell you that the CAI by itself didn't seem to make a whole lot of difference in the butt dyno but it changed the sound into something completely different in a good way. I paid American Muscle for their free tunes for life deal and I was not sorry. The power gains were immediately noticeable and my 3.7 V6 could chirp the tires through third gear. It really was like night and day. The claims on the website said that the tune could produce up to 30 hp and at the time I never knew how much power that I actually gained but it was significantly noticeable.

Fast forward 5 years and 140,000 kms later I have added the full range of bolt ons. It's got the BBK 73mm throttle body, BBK Short tube headers, Ford Racing X-Pipe, and MagnaFlow Cat back exhaust with the 91 Octane tune from AM. I took it into Raven Auto sport last fall for dyno run to see what it would put out with the mods and the result was 296 hp at the wheels which, if the industry standard 20% is correct, translates into roughly 370 at the crank. Which is pretty good considering the Ford rates the bone stock motor at 305. So to answer your question, for my car, the tune made a big difference initially and all the other stuff made it much better. As I said I have been using the AM/Bama tune for the last 6 years with no issues. I have read that those guys use use a fairly conservative tune to give you some noticeable power gains and still maintain reliability. There are lots of other tuners out there but I can't speak to their reliability. I hope this helps.
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:50 PM
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Well, I think I'll shelve the long tube idea then. I didn't realize how much work the install would be. The engine mounts and steering shaft need to be removed so that the engine can be jacked up!
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Originally Posted by totaljustice View Post
I took it into Raven Auto sport last fall for dyno run to see what it would put out with the mods and the result was 296 hp at the wheels which, if the industry standard 20% is correct, translates into roughly 370 at the crank.
^^dang that's one hot 3.7!

I'm on a 91 tune now and the car seems to be quicker and have snappier throttle response. It might be an expensive summer at the pumps

I appreciate all the input.
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