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Old 09-08-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Tune up price

Does anyone know the average price to have a shop computer tune my car?
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:33 AM   #2
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Computer tune?
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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yeah like a bama tuner type of deal...hook into my computer plug in my car and have them tune it...if that makes sense...i have no experience with tuners.
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Well there are just OBD-II scanners that are used to read and clear trouble codes; you can pick up one for as little as $20. Then there are tuners that reprogram your computer for higher engine and transmission performance.
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Re: Tune up price

I'm assuming your talking about tuning your car for better performance...

Custom handheld tuners are the most popular choice of "tuning" for v6 guys.

Dyno tunes are more accurate but do cost more per tune and imo aren't necessary unless you're making serious power via n/a builds and/or FI.

Two things to remember when considering a tuner.

Do not buy a canned or pre-loaded tuner. They are very generic and aren't written for your specific car, so the gains aren't comparable. Make sure you get custom tunes, written for the mods on your car, and for the type of performance you want out of that specific tune.

Do not buy those cheesy Ebay chips or any "chip" for that matter. Tuners and data logging is the way to go, chips are a thing of the past.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:22 PM   #6
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Does anyone know the average price to have a shop computer tune my car?
To have a shop tune your car, your referring to a dyno tune. They hook your car up to a dyno and do a couple baseline pulls through the rpm range and take readings and measurements, then use a handheld tuner to change the ECU settings.

In my area baseline dyno pulls run about $200 for three pulls just them taking a look what kind of power you are already making. Actual tuning costs extra plus the cost of a handheld.

Unless you have lots of bolt on's or intake mani, cams etc a handheld from a company like American Muscle should do you just fine, and later if you get more and more mods or engine work or even a blower you will already have the handheld a dyno tuner will need.

Hope this explains what you need to know.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:24 AM   #7
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Re: Tune up price

$500.00=
You walk away with hand held tuner, 2-3 dyno tunes of your choosing. Breaks down to be pretty cheap. SCT XCal is $379.00. Its like getting the dyno runs and tunes for $100.00
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kinda out of my price range for now...ill just hold off, and no i would never put generic ebay chips in my car lol....thanks for the reply guys...if i do decide to tune it ill get a bama tuner customed for my car...thanks guys
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