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Old 07-08-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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How Does A Bama SF3/X3 Power Flash Tuner Work?

I know I know it's an obv question but before I buy it just want more info about it from you guys.
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A tune should wake up your car a little and squeeze out some extra power and better throttle response. If you have an automatic transmission, they'll firm up the shifts even more, and raise the rev limiter a bit. All you have to do plug it into your cars computer to change the tune in a matter of minutes. If you ever do other mods, like exhaust, intake, or gears, you can get a new tune any time to maximize the mods. When you first order it you fill out a form, its 19 questions I think and then you submit it and they'll write the tunes for your car. The tuner comes already loaded with the three tunes, street, performance and race, and they are ready to be put on your car out of the box. I have an auto V6 and on the race tune I chirped the tires going into 3rd at about 70-80 the other day with just intake and exhaust haha just got mine last Wednesday.
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A tune should wake up your car a little and squeeze out some extra power and better throttle response. If you have an automatic transmission, they'll firm up the shifts even more, and raise the rev limiter a bit. All you have to do plug it into your cars computer to change the tune in a matter of minutes. If you ever do other mods, like exhaust, intake, or gears, you can get a new tune any time to maximize the mods. When you first order it you fill out a form, its 19 questions I think and then you submit it and they'll write the tunes for your car. The tuner comes already loaded with the three tunes, street, performance and race, and they are ready to be put on your car out of the box. I have an auto V6 and on the race tune I chirped the tires going into 3rd at about 70-80 the other day with just intake and exhaust haha just got mine last Wednesday.
Thank you very much. That's what I needed. I just purchased it and I didn't get anything to fill out...
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You should be getting an email very shortly from Bama that will direct you to the form you fill out
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And once you get to the form, when it asks for your computer code you can either find that on the inside of the passenger door on a sticker, but often that sticker has fallen off or faded over the years, the other way to find it is in the passenger side kick panel, it's a 4 character code. If there's anything you need let me know.
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And once you get to the form, when it asks for your computer code you can either find that on the inside of the passenger door on a sticker, but often that sticker has fallen off or faded over the years, the other way to find it is in the passenger side kick panel, it's a 4 character code. If there's anything you need let me know.
I actually had to remove the kicker panel off to grab the code which I did. It was a b*tch to get it too lol thanks. What do I do from here?? I
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Yeah you're right it is a b*tch trying to get the kick panel out haha. Ok so now you tell them what octane of fuel you want for each tune, higher octane means they can squeeze out a tiny bit more power. I went with 91 for all three because my area does not have any 93 octane gas at all! Before I got tunes I used 89 octane, so I had to burn up that tank and fill up with 91 and then I filled up with 91 a second time just to be safe, so then I was ready to be tuned for 91. You can never have an octane in your car lower than what you are tuned for. It could damage your engine. You can return your car to stock though with the tuner whenever you want though and then you could fill up with any gas again. Also say I'm tuned for 91, but I fill up with 93, that's fine because its at least 91. You can always get new tunes later after you get the tuner if you decide to change.
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Yeah you're right it is a b*tch trying to get the kick panel out haha. Ok so now you tell them what octane of fuel you want for each tune, higher octane means they can squeeze out a tiny bit more power. I went with 91 for all three because my area does not have any 93 octane gas at all! Before I got tunes I used 89 octane, so I had to burn up that tank and fill up with 91 and then I filled up with 91 a second time just to be safe, so then I was ready to be tuned for 91. You can never have an octane in your car lower than what you are tuned for. It could damage your engine. You can return your car to stock though with the tuner whenever you want though and then you could fill up with any gas again. Also say I'm tuned for 91, but I fill up with 93, that's fine because its at least 91. You can always get new tunes later after you get the tuner if you decide to change.
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Yeah shouldn't matter where, as long as you get the right octane
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Yeah shouldn't matter where, as long as you get the right octane
They dropped 93 and now 92... Fml I literally only go there for gas. No where else. What if I clicked 91 octane? Would that be bad?
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Go ahead and click 91 octane and fill up with that, no problem! I went with 91 for all mine, works great
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Go ahead and click 91 octane and fill up with that, no problem! I went with 91 for all mine, works great
Perfect, also where it says h/x pipe do I put stock? Only thing I've done to the exhaust was MAC Dual Exhaust Setup. It's not a "true dual" but in the weeks to come I'm planning to make it true duals.
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Yeah put stock and you can just say in the comments that its not a true dual exhaust. If you go true dual later you can get a new tune easy
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Yeah put stock and you can just say in the comments that its not a true dual exhaust. If you go true dual later you can get a new tune easy
Ok perfect. Now how long will it take for me to get my tune? When I purchase stuff from AM it seriously takes them 1 full work day. But idk if its any different with a tuner. And also I can't just plug it as soon as I get it right? Because I'm not running 92 now
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They write tunes fast, heard some people get new tunes emailed within 20 minutes as long as they are on duty! they work 9-5:30 Monday - Friday. So if they don't get it tonight they probably have it written tomorrow morning. So yeah i'm assuming you should still get it pretty fast. You're lucky you live so close haha
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They write tunes fast, heard some people get new tunes emailed within 20 minutes as long as they are on duty! they work 9-5:30 Monday - Friday. So if they don't get it tonight they probably have it written tomorrow morning. So yeah i'm assuming you should still get it pretty fast. You're lucky you live so close haha
I've been told that. Perks of living in NJ! And there AM HQ is only an hour away from me
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Yeah wait untill you burn up the rest of your gas, then fill up a full tank with 91 or 92. Just try to get rid of all that old gas and you'll be ready.
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Yeah wait untill you burn up the rest of your gas, then fill up a full tank with 91 or 92. Just try to get rid of all that old gas and you'll be ready.
Ok awesome! Thanks very much for helping me!!
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A tune should wake up your car a little and squeeze out some extra power and better throttle response. If you have an automatic transmission, they'll firm up the shifts even more, and raise the rev limiter a bit. All you have to do plug it into your cars computer to change the tune in a matter of minutes. If you ever do other mods, like exhaust, intake, or gears, you can get a new tune any time to maximize the mods. When you first order it you fill out a form, its 19 questions I think and then you submit it and they'll write the tunes for your car. The tuner comes already loaded with the three tunes, street, performance and race, and they are ready to be put on your car out of the box. I have an auto V6 and on the race tune I chirped the tires going into 3rd at about 70-80 the other day with just intake and exhaust haha just got mine last Wednesday.
you chirped going into 3rd? either you've got a good bit done, or my car has some seriours issues, i can't even get it to chrip into 2nd anymore....fml
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Ok awesome! Thanks very much for helping me!!
Glad I could help!
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you chirped going into 3rd? either you've got a good bit done, or my car has some seriours issues, i can't even get it to chrip into 2nd anymore....fml
Yeah i got a little 3rd gear chirp on the highway, I'm curious as to why some people can and some can't, might start a new thread
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You're not suppose to be chirping 2-3 shift in a stockish car lol shift pressure is set too high in the tune
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You're not suppose to be chirping 2-3 shift in a stockish car lol shift pressure is set too high in the tune
*chirps 3rd again*
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maybe your tires are worn out?, my tires are only like 6months old
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maybe your tires are worn out?, my tires are only like 6months old
Got new Nittos last November actually, but I think your tires can still scratch without chirping right? Maybe they are
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dunno, i know for sure they aren't doing it right now on 2nd-3rd, they only chirp on 1st-2nd going up hill right now, i've got some work i need to do on it, its got a bad undiagnosable misfire, and on top of the mis i need to finish my tune up (plugs, wires, air filter clean and fuel filter)

Maybe she'll come back to me after that....lol
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Got new Nittos last November actually, but I think your tires can still scratch without chirping right? Maybe they are
Chirping third with nittos on a bolt on V6... I'm waiting to hear of transmission failure next
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dunno, i know for sure they aren't doing it right now on 2nd-3rd, they only chirp on 1st-2nd going up hill right now, i've got some work i need to do on it, its got a bad undiagnosable misfire, and on top of the mis i need to finish my tune up (plugs, wires, air filter clean and fuel filter)

Maybe she'll come back to me after that....lol
There ya go I had all new wires put in not to long ago after the headers burned through one haha, and also bought the cleaning kit for my air filter, all within the last 6 months so yeah take good care and make the best of it, which reminds me It's about time for me to get an oil change
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I know I know it's an obv question but before I buy it just want more info about it from you guys.
I'm glad to hear you decided to go with a Bama custom tuner! It looks like you already have your computer code and are filling out the tune information, so you're good to go. We'll be writing your tunes shortly and will load them to your device and ship it out!

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I'm glad to hear you decided to go with a Bama custom tuner! It looks like you already have your computer code and are filling out the tune information, so you're good to go. We'll be writing your tunes shortly and will load them to your device and ship it out!

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I received my tune in the mail today!!! I'm nervous to use it... I obv need to wait for my car to become empty and I can put 92 octane in there. Is there anything else I need to prepare for my tune(s)?
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Yep use up all your gas, and then getting the tune is a breeze, you just need to make sure that once it starts downloading your tune (it will say DO NOT UNPLUG) make sure your leg doesn't get caught on the cord or anything
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