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Old 05-09-2015, 03:17 PM   #1
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Cobra SCT Tune Advice

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Can someone direct me to an excellent tuner I can purchase a handheld SCT tune from until i get the car dyno tuned.
It has been said that my tuner guy is in between a new garage business and is taking his dyno with him, or something to that effect.
Anyway, I have an unlocked SCT handheld from the V6, not being used & wanted a good referral to purchasing a tune for the 4.6 4V (96-98)
Thanks, look forward to some good news!
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Why are you planning on dynotuning your car? That is pretty pointless on a stock car in my opinion. As far as tunes for a stock car I would say Mpt, Bama, and Steeda.
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Why dyno tune?
Why wouldn't I??
The car isn't exactly "stock", just no blower on her. All parts that can ware out have been replaced- clutch & all the many pieces (McLeod,Maximum Motorsports,MGW) that goes into replacing the clutch fully & correctly, ignition, exhaust, Brembo package, full suspension, ect..
I have been working with one particular Mustang mechanic for a very long time. A dyno tune is the only way to get real-world numbers that best maximize performance on your car, with your cars current condition.
I maintain my cars to the very best of my ability. A dyno tune will not be on the "safe side" of anything, no guessing, and my dyno guy is a Guru of all things Mustang.
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Why dyno tune?
Why wouldn't I??
The car isn't exactly "stock", just no blower on her. All parts that can ware out have been replaced- clutch & all the many pieces (McLeod,Maximum Motorsports,MGW) that goes into replacing the clutch fully & correctly, ignition, exhaust, Brembo package, full suspension, ect..
I have been working with one particular Mustang mechanic for a very long time. A dyno tune is the only way to get real-world numbers that best maximize performance on your car, with your cars current condition.
I maintain my cars to the very best of my ability. A dyno tune will not be on the "safe side" of anything, no guessing, and my dyno guy is a Guru of all things Mustang.
Well I would exactly call a dyno real world lol. Any of those tuners will datalog and get you dialed in.
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:28 PM   #5
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Well I would exactly call a dyno real world lol. Any of those tuners will datalog and get you dialed in.
I didn't know that. That's why I was asking. I appreciate that.
How do they datalog my '96 using a SCT handheld?
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Hook the tuner up to the car and then hook it up to a laptop. They will give you instructions on What to install and what pids to use.
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I've been in touch with "Tuning By James" in preparation for doing a remote tune on my Novi 2000 powered 2V when I get the new motor in. Guy has 15 years experience working with SCT and confirmed he is still in good standing with those guys. Was not a "screw you guys I am going home" situation when he left.


He'll do a remote tune on your car for a real reasonable price and can use the SCT X3 just fine. I mean, I have not had his tune yet but everything I have researched and after talking to the guy, seems like the real deal.
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I've been in touch with "Tuning By James" in preparation for doing a remote tune on my Novi 2000 powered 2V when I get the new motor in. Guy has 15 years experience working with SCT and confirmed he is still in good standing with those guys. Was not a "screw you guys I am going home" situation when he left.


He'll do a remote tune on your car for a real reasonable price and can use the SCT X3 just fine. I mean, I have not had his tune yet but everything I have researched and after talking to the guy, seems like the real deal.
Don't you have to purchase a wideband afr gauge or something like that?
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Don't you have to purchase a wideband afr gauge or something like that?
They're $140 shipped on Amazon for a good one. I already bought one. IMHO, if you are running a tune without one, you are asking for it. Especially with the canned tunes it seems 3/4 of the ppl who have bolt on cars run.
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They're $140 shipped on Amazon for a good one. I already bought one. IMHO, if you are running a tune without one, you are asking for it. Especially with the canned tunes it seems 3/4 of the ppl who have bolt on cars run.
Yeah I really need to. It smells rich to me which is silly but I guess that is better than lean. How hard are they to install?
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They are plug and play as long as you have a bung in your midpipe. Some have controllers, some have it built into the wiring/gauge like the one I got. I got the APSX unit.


Amazon.com: APSX D2 Digital Wideband O2 Air Fuel Ratio Controller All-in-One 2 1/16" (52mm) Gauge - White Faceplate (Red): Automotive


Got good reviews, looked on various sites. They come in black face too. Plug one wire into the wideband sensor, other end wires into power/ground/dimmer/etc... like into your radio harness or something or the fuse box. Easy.


And yeah you most likely are running rich especially if you have a Bama tune. Bama tunes rich because rich won't blow your motor up like lean will. Its still not good...
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Great information, thank you very much.
I will have to track down Scott w/Excessive Auto and get her dyno tuned for $100.00.
Sounds like my best option.
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On a side not yesterday with my dad in my car I noticed a mid 90s "cobra" the Damn thing had cobra badges and freaking steeda badges
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I hate Fobras. Light them all on fire.
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I hate Fobras. Light them all on fire.
Not even if they are special steeda cobra edition sitting on chrome 22s?
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