The purpose of this write up is to share my experience with my first tune from the perspective of a complete noob! I'll be detailing everything in noob language mostly because I may or may not know the proper terms of everything I am trying to explain
First.. I must give a big thanks to AMAlexLazarus
for helping me out with my purchase and giving me all of the info I needed to pull the trigger! I placed my order on Wednesday (12/3
). I was quoted a 4
business day turn around due to the Thanksgiving Holiday sale that had just ended. I received my package on Friday (12/5
). Less than 48 hours
from the time I placed my order! Needless to say, I was beyond excited that I didn't have to wait out the weekend and received it well ahead of the quoted shipping time.
So the specifics -
v6, Base AUTOMATIC
w/ FP6 Appearance Pack (so, 18" Wheels)
Completely Stock, only mod, which doesn't really count is Borla S-Type Axle-Back.
Purchased SCT X4/SF4 w/ BAMA Tunes for Life from AM
Bama SF4/X4 Power Flash Mustang Tuner w/ 3 Free Custom Tunes 101200 (11-14 V6) - Free Shipping
I selected the following 3 tunes to be preloaded:
So let us fast forward to 12/5. I have never sprinted so fast to answer the door before. As soon as I heard the faint knock from across my apartment, I immediately jumped up and Usain Bolted my way to the front door to collect my much anticipated package! I can't be the only one who's like that on mod day.
I grabbed my package, thanked the UPS man and quickly ripped the box apart.
This doesn't look like a tuner to me... oh wait! Got hooked up with a hoodie and t-shirt! Thanks Alex
Ahhh, here we go. The main reason for this package!
(Question: For anyone who has ordered the SCT Tuner from AM w/ BAMA Tunes, did you get your ID Plaque in the package with the Tuner? Or does that come later? I didn't get one in this package)
After taking it out of the packaging, I went through the instructions on the SCT website. Installed the Device Updating Software, plugged in my tuner, updated my tuner and ran out to my car to get this baby going.
Got in my car (the sexy black one) and went to the gas station to fill up with some 93 fuel (I was at 3 miles to E. Figured I'd get gas first before starting the whole tuning business). Before ordering the tuner, I knew I wanted to try out the most aggressive tune. I had already planned on uploading the 93 Race tune. So I had already filled up my car with 93 for the last 3 tanks, hoping all of the 87 would have finally burned out by the time the tune came in. (Also, GOTTA LOVE THAT $2.64 PER GALLON FOR 93
Alright, tank is full and I'm parked in a nice and cozy parking spot. I turn the car off and hook up the tuner to my car. It turns on, I go to program the vehicle, turn the key to the ON position as instructed and select the 93 Race tune. It downloads my stock tune to the device and then uploads the 93 Race tune. The entire process took maybe ~5 or so minutes. TUNE IS LOADED AND CAR IS READY TO BE STARTED !!
I turn on my car and notice that loading the tune reset my MPG counter (hadn't reset it since buying the car, 8500 miles ago lol), Oh well! I put my car in to reserve and barely pressed the pedal. I already felt a difference in throttle response. It pulled me out of my parking spot much faster than normal. There would usually be a slight delay when touching the pedal... yea that delay was GONE.
Pull on to the street and drive around a bit. So, in terms of numbers, I can't tell you what horsepower or torque difference I achieved with this tune... But I can tell you how the feel of the car has dramatically changed from stock. Here are my findings thus far..
When you touch the pedal, your car actually MOVES now (I know, shocking). The response is almost instantaneous. On the stock tune, I felt as if the pedal had to ask the engine for permission to pump out a bit of power to get the car moving. Now, the pedal makes your engine its ***** and tells it to pump out the power to get it moving!
: MUCH more responsive on the throttle.
The shifts... On the stock tune in my car, the car would take a good second to shift. It would always 'rev up' before shifting, as if it was a ****ty manual driver. Now with the tune, it shifts much quicker. I'm talking like 1/4 of a second, if that. It no longer 'revs up' as it is shifting. It just gets to the point and shifts the damn thing.
: MUCH faster/cleaner shifting which makes it MUCH more enjoyable to drive.
The numbers... the horsepower and torque... I can't comment on the actual number but I can comment on what they feel like. I know feel like the car pulls MUCH better and MUCH more consistently throughout the RPM range. Also, the car seems to push itself a little harder than it did on the stock tune. By this, I mean when you let go of the throttle to slow down, the car doesn't slow down as fast as it used to. It's like... "bro, you really want to slow down? are you sure? ehhh, i'm not sure that you're sure so i'll slow you down, slowly.. just in case you change your mind, i'm ready to take off instantly!"
To explain myself better (lets hope this explain is better lol), releasing the pedal on the stock tune felt like the power was being cut off. Releasing the pedal on this 93 Race tune felt like the power was only being cut down to 70%. So that way, if you wanted to step on it, you just needed 30% to get going rather than 100%.
Another way I guess I could explain what it does:
Stock Tune - Going 70mph and release pedal, 10 seconds later of coasting, I'm at 60mph (Just making up numbers)
93 Race Tune - Going 70 mph and release pedal, 10 seconds later of coasting, I'm at 65mph (Just making up numbers).
Conclusion: The way the engine is displaying its power is completely different from stock to 93 Race tune. It pulls longer/harder AND it feels as if there is always power ready for it whether your foot is on the gas or not.
Another big question I often see is "what about MPG?". Well, I've driven roughly 150 miles so far since receiving my tune and about 100 of those were highway and 50 of those were city driving. This is my recording so far. (I know the computer MPG sucks. I'll update with a hand computed value once this tank is empty and I fill it back up. That'll be much more accurate)
: I can't really comment on MPG because I don't have enough data.
I think that about sums up my beginner experience with a tune so far. The reason I posted this is because I was and still am super excited to have finally pulled the trigger in to the tuning world and wanted to share it with someone.
This post turned out to be pretty long.
Overall, my car feels like a brand new car. It is 10x more fun to drive and I am EXTREMELY happy with my decision to buy a tuner & tune. I chose BAMA because my car is still very young in the modding world (aka, has none) and the free tunes for life paired with the customer service from AM (3rd shoutout for Alex Lazarus
!) & praise BAMA has been receiving recently made it a no brainer for a newbie like myself.
recommend anyone still on the fence about tuning their vehicle to pull the trigger. You'll honestly never look back.