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Old 02-07-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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Dyno tune or handheld?

I just put a pi intake from livernois w/adapter plates put on my 98. The car already has full bolt ons and a bunch of suspension work done but no tune yet. My mechanic and others ive talked to say handhelds are a waste of money and that a dyno tune is the way to go. I also understand that dynos are pricey, especially for an n/a 2v...Would it be worth it to dyno tune it or just use a bama tuner?

The car is my dd and I still have npi heads/cams btw
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:44 PM   #2
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Just go with a tuner from BAMA!.. A Dyno tune for just bolt Ons will not net you any more than the hand held!.. Maybe about 2-3 hp more than the handheld!.. But not worth the price for me!..

I've got a DiabloSport tuner on mine and noticed a nice gain in performance!.. I have a '04 GT auto!.. Going to be switching over to BAMA here in a week or so!..
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Is bama really the best handheld or are there better ones out there? Ive heard that bama doesn't tune for pi intake manifolds on npi gt's
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There are a bunch of them around!.. Steeda is another!.. BAMA seems to me to be the best/most popular!..
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Bama is a tuning company. Sct is the maker of the handheld device.

Lots of tuning companies sell the sct with the purchase of a tune just like bama does


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Thanks for the info. Is there an estimate on how much the handheld will increase power with full bolt ons?
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Depends on the tuning company really. Some make their tunes more aggressive than others.

It's hard to find dyno sheets because well..

If we could afford dynos, we wouldn't need their canned tunes lol


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I use the BAMA Eliminator 4-banks Chip. I can switch to 3 different tunes with the turn of the dial. Very noticeable difference. $280 from American Muscle.

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Dyno tune or handheld?

I will go for bama. Since it is cheaper that way and gave almost the same performance gain
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There are a bunch of them around!.. Steeda is another!.. BAMA seems to me to be the best/most popular!..
Enough with your damn exclamation points...holy hell, nothing you have to say is exciting enough to warrant such constant overuse.
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I would go with AM because for bolt ons isn't that big of a deal Lund tunes are more aggressive , but dyno tune is best. Not worth $400-600 for dyno tune on bolt gt.
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I just put a pi intake from livernois w/adapter plates put on my 98. The car already has full bolt ons and a bunch of suspension work done but no tune yet. My mechanic and others ive talked to say handhelds are a waste of money and that a dyno tune is the way to go. I also understand that dynos are pricey, especially for an n/a 2v...Would it be worth it to dyno tune it or just use a bama tuner?

The car is my dd and I still have npi heads/cams btw
For basic bolt-ons it's usually not to common to see a dyno tune. The cost is very expensive and you won't net big gains over a standard remote tune. In most cases we've seen single digit horsepower differences from Dyno Tune to Remote tune when it comes to a bolt on car. If you were Supercharged, Turbo Charged or a big nitrous hit then a Dyno tune is the best option.

However, we can definitely get you within a few horsepower of a dyno tune. For every Bama Tune we ask you 19 questions about your specific Mustang, including your unique mods and style of driving. This info helps us write custom tunes from the ground-up for your Mustang's mods that will give you the most horsepower that we can safely deliver. We're also constantly developing our tunes! Between our 14 different Project Mustangs and tons of street/track and dyno testing (on our in-house Dynojet 224xLC), we're looking for any minor tweaks to be made that can benefit you guys.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions or need some assistance in the near future. The Bama team can be reached at the contact information below in my signature!

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Dyno tune is not just about the #'s. That is why this Forum is the way it is Now. To much Misinformation.

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^ right.
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