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Old 12-16-2015, 06:38 PM   #1
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Initial thoughts on Bama SCT X4.

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OK so some initial thoughts on the Bama tunes. Shift points are better, and worse. It's stays in gear longer before up shifting. That's great. But it also takes damn near full throttle to get it to kick down out of overdrive. That sucks. Shifts are quicker and firmer, but not neck breaking like most of the reviews would suggest. I tried very hard to notice any discernable difference between the 87s, 87p, and 93r tunes (ran out the 87 before filling up with 93), but quickly realized there was none to be found. This is likely a result of a stock motor, and a canned tune. The only difference observed with any tune over stock is the shift points and firmness. I'll have to do some data logging and see what Bama can do for me, though a call to MPT is likely going to end up happening. I had very low expectations anyway. I needed it to disable my rear o2 sensors and to adjust for 4.10's. I did like the idea of changing the awful stock shift points, and firming up the long drawn out sloppy shifting that the stock tune used. So in that regard I pretty much got what I was expecting.

The 19 questions asked help narrow the tune down, but without data logging it is only a rough ballpark tune. I found many reviews where people would run the canned tunes indefinitely. Not something I would do, but hey, it's thier car.

For those people who left reviews with tales of turning thier Mustangs into fire breathing monsters, well some people have to make themselves feel better after realizing that the 400 bucks they just spent really didn't make thier car much faster. It's a great multipurpose tool, and should be treated as such. It will not magically make your stang drive like you just added a 100 hp. It's a great supporting mod, and I recommend getting one as such, but nothing more.

The unit itself is like my X3. Just smaller, detachable cable and a color screen. WiFi as well, but that's nothing to write home about. I do like that it fits in my center console with plenty of room to spare.

I don't want this to be seen as a negative review. It does exactly what I needed it to, and for that reason I am happy with my purchase. I just honestly feel bad for those have dreams of grandeur. I definitely feel it's a great tool to have, and the reason I keep buying them for my different Mustangs.

I'll post some pics of the box and paperwork it came with shortly.

Please feel free to share your experiences with your tunes, handhelds, and tuning companies. Be sure to include your current mods too.

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This is the 19 questions, and the tune details.

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As many of us keep saying, there are way better tuners out there ESPECIALLY for the auto. The X4 itself is great but I paid $200 shipped for a X3 and don't see any extra functionality from the X4 over what I have really.
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Which would be better? The reason why I ask, that's actually my next purchase. I've seen a few on CL used (X4) going at around $250.


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If you can get the X4 for $50 more than the X3 get the X4. But make DAMN sure whatever you get is unlocked and unmarried.
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Old 12-18-2015, 12:20 PM   #7
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I have the tunes through mpt tuning, they are much better than bama

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Nice review!
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Old 12-18-2015, 01:24 PM   #9
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Spending 400 on a tuner and crap tune isn't worth it to me.

What I did was buy a unlocked tuner for 150 , purchased a tune from a better company for 75. And had a good experience.
A email tune isn't really going to help your car get faster .. more of to help tie mods together .. especially final drive gears to fix the cluster.

I'm not wasting no more money on a crap email tune. I'm saving for a real dyno tune now on my 03 cobra ..


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I tried MPT , and for 4V N/A mustangs .. they SUCK
MPT caused me so many headaches and issues. Never again

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Honestly man I can't read the stuff you spew.

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So, which tune would you all recommend? This sounds very debatable.


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Mpt or Lund

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Lund, Aed, Vmp are all good choices

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I have the X3, with a Custom Tune. No complaints at all, except the Slow o2 sensor reading message.
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Lund, Aed, Vmp are all good choices

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4.6L 4v guys could also go with LaSota Racing for an email tune if you aren't boosted. Anybody boosted should always get a dyno tune IMO.


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Can't you send datalogs to BAMA to get a better tune out of it? Or just the question they ask all they do?

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Initial thoughts on Bama SCT X4.

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Can't you send datalogs to BAMA to get a better tune out of it? Or just the question they ask all they do?

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Yup, I had to datalog for my Mach. I had to do it twice lol. I think Bama is better than they were in 2012 when I first got mine.


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I have no issues with my x4 and bama tunes but I do need to data log to fine tune it some more

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I spent some time talking with Bama. I got my shift points tweaked, and made some other changes. My biggest problem still, is that it takes almost 3/4 throttle to get it to kick down out of overdrive, which causes it to lug along in a nasty fashion until it's ready to down shift. I'd love to dyno tune and would gladly spend the money. We just don't have anyone within 2 hours that could. I just do not have enough time to take it somewhere. After the holidays I'll have to take vacation to get it to Atlanta or Myrtle Beach for a dyno tune. Going to data log it tomorrow and see if the can hold me over until I get time off work.

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Wish you lived close to Missouri, got a couple awesome tuners here!

But I got my sct x4 and had MPT send me a couple tunes.. My cars cammed and has some head and engine work, and they got it pretty nice with a couple datalogs..

Car runs great and I got 3 tunes as well. Very pleased with MPT


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I'm going to have James from Tuning by James do a remote tune setup for me to get me going. I may have it tuned locally after that but a real good tuner can get it pretty spot on if you send them what they need.
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