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Old 01-10-2014, 02:25 PM   #1
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Got tuner for Xmas & just installed (V6 / auto). Went easily but have 87-street, 89-performance & 93-Race. Cannot use until spring away for winter.


Is there a 87-race & 89-race? Is there much diff tween 87/89 race? Don't see using 93 as gas is too expensive now. What other tunes are available (BAMA) & what are their advantages / disadvantages?


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The major differences in these mentioned tunes is going to be the maximum allowed timing, based on the octane used, and the firmer shift points for your automatic. If you go with an 87 octane tune, the tunes parameters for timing are going to be set lower in order to prevent detonation. If you have a 87 or 89 octane tune, and use 87 octane fuel, you may get damaging detonation because of the timing parameters, so be sure to use the recommended octane for the tune chosen.

Here's what I'd do: install the 89 octane tune, run the Mustang with it with a few 89 octane tankfulls, have some "fun" sprited driving, then load the 87 octane tune, and use 87 octane fuel and do the same. Judge for yourself with the type of driving you prefer to do, then decide which tune is best for you based on this. It's best to start high (octane and tune), then drop down to a lower octane and tune as to not have to worry about low octane fuel with a high octane tune.

Some folks can have fun with the 87 octane fuel, and save some fuel costs; others will be more "spirited" with an 89 or 91 octane tune and fuel, and will pay the added fuel costs to do so.

Me, I go the route of a 93 octane tune and fuel, as I can get 93 octane in Florida, and it does indeed wake up the engine that much more. And the added costs for running that fuel are worth it for me.
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I believe the lowest u can go with the race tune is 91 octane. U can also look into the hybrid tune. It's a mix of the street tune & the race tune.
I use 91 because like bucko it's worth it to me..it's only like $2-$3 more a tank. Do what bucko said test them out & see what u like best performance & gas cost wise, after all u have bama tunes for life so u can order them all & test them out!
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Remember that your factory ECM will keep advancing timing to the fuel you use until it senses knock. It has the ability to do that. Also the tuner, I use a Diablosport, can tell you your intake air temp, just in case you install a CAI and want to see if it really works! I don't recommend driving around with race tunes. JMO. Have fun.
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I just cant see ever running anything but 93. I mean its not that much more and it'll run better and cleaner. Of course I have the 5.0 but even if I had a v6, I would run 93. I run it in all my cars I have now. I do run 87 in my lawn mower though, that's the only thing I will put it in.
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Sadly I don't have 93 here in Los Angeles, looks like I'll probably run a 91 hybrid tune whenever I spring for a tuner.

(Probably after I get some 3.73 gears)
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I used to run 87 cheap has until I learned ab top tier gasoline retailers and what's in the cheap gas. Now I run Shell V-Power 93 which is clean and cleans my engine when its burned due to the detergents in the gasoline.

Cheap 87 vs. Shell 93:
Pay less to get the cheap and dirty 87, get 240 miles
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Pay more to get clean 93, get 260 miles and have more fun

The price equals out at the least, sometimes I find it I'll spend less on the 93 gasoline. Just my $0.02.
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Got tuner for Xmas & just installed (V6 / auto). Went easily but have 87-street, 89-performance & 93-Race. Cannot use until spring away for winter.

Is there a 87-race & 89-race? Is there much diff tween 87/89 race? Don't see using 93 as gas is too expensive now. What other tunes are available (BAMA) & what are their advantages / disadvantages?

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Awesome, that's a great Christmas Gift! What tune are you currently running and how are you enjoying it so far?

We can't actually do a 87-89 Race tune. The lowest octane fuel required for the race tune is 91. However, like listed in this thread I would definitely recommend running 91 or 93 Octane. You'll get a little bit better MPG, it's better for the car and it will allow you to run a more aggressive tune, which means more power! The price of the fuel is definitely justifiable in my opinion.

Hope this helps! Let the Bama team know if you have any questions or need some assistance in the near future.

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