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Old 09-07-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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Recently picked a low mileage 08 Ford GT 5spd. It already has an AirRaid CAI, Pypes violator axle backs, and an x-pipe. Stock headers and cats. I need to know if there is a way it has been tuned for the CAI yet. I don't want to purchase a tuner if it has already been tuned. Does it eve need a tuner hooked up to it for the CAI??

This is my first 3v mod motor, I have owned over a dozen fox bodies in the past. Thanks for any info.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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I am no wizzard on the subject but I would check out American Muscle to see if a tune is required for the specific intake you have. Some require a tune, some dont.

Another guy I know ran into issues not knowing he had a custom tune already installed after he put in a bunch of mods he spent months trying to get it sorted and ended up having to buy a new computer with a custom tune for his application. I suspect a ford dealer can tell you if it has a stock tune but am not 100%
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:57 PM   #3
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You could call air-raid and see if that particular cai needs a tune or not
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:12 PM   #4
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My mechanic hooked his fancy diagnostic hand held unit up on my car when I had a vacuum problem. He was looking at it and said to me ( do you have a tune?) I told him yes! How do you know? He said he could see the setting that were not stock.

This is very important for you. If you decide to get a tuner you can hook it up without flashing it and look at your parameters and see if it's tuned. If it is not tuned you can just flash the tune into your system. If it is tuned and you want to put a different tune in it. What you will have to do is get a stock tune flashed into your vehicle before you put your new tune in. This way your tuner will have the stock factory tune stored in your tuner.

The last time I called a Ford dealer around where I live, they said it would be $80 to load the stock tune.

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Re: Need some help.... New to the site

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Recently picked a low mileage 08 Ford GT 5spd. It already has an AirRaid CAI, Pypes violator axle backs, and an x-pipe. Stock headers and cats. I need to know if there is a way it has been tuned for the CAI yet. I don't want to purchase a tuner if it has already been tuned. Does it eve need a tuner hooked up to it for the CAI??

This is my first 3v mod motor, I have owned over a dozen fox bodies in the past. Thanks for any info.
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Most Airaid CAI's don't require a tune. However, they do make a tune required CAI as well. If your Mustang is running well, without any light bucking or surging and you're not throwing any engine lean codes, I would bet that your car is tuned. However, definitely get it double checked at a Ford Dealership or with a Friend that has a SCT tuner.

If you plan on modding the car down the road at all, you mies well invest in a Bama SF3 hand held tuner anyways. Aside from benefiting from our Free Tunes for Life program, you'll be able to check DTC's and datalog your engines overall running condition. Personally, I definitely think it's worth knowing how healthy the tune setup is, before putting tons of miles on it. Even if a Ford dealer can confirm your Mustang is tuned, who's to say it's a quality tune. Keep this info in the back of your mind when making your decision.

Hope this helps some. Let me know if there's anything else I can do!

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Old 09-09-2012, 10:48 AM   #6
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Awesome feedback! Thanks for the info guys this helps me out alot. I planned on getting the Bama Tuner anyways. Im not throwing any codes and she seems to run very well, thanks again!
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