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Old 08-16-2014, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hello,

I apologized if this topic has been beat to death, but I didn't see anything posted about this specifically for the 3.7 V6 (most of the related topics seems to be GT-centric).

I was wondering what is everyone's favorite tune? I've posted this question in another forum and from the very few responses, it seems BAMA is the way to go.

First and foremost, I am only considering tuners that offer "free tunes for life". My current budget only allows for this, as much as I know going to a local SCT tuner is going to squeeze every hp/tq out of my car, I do plan to add mods as I go, and this would not be cost effective to do another dyno pull each and every time I add a bolt-on. AFAIK, this limits me to Steeda and BAMA.

I'm leaning towards Steeda, as I have some qualms with BAMA. I noticed in one of my print AM magazines, that they claimed +37hp with their BAMA/JLT intake combo. I tried contacting them to see if they had any dyno sheets proving this and I never heard back from them.

So what would y'all recommend for a tuner? Has anyone had any experience with both?
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:42 PM   #2
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Having run BAMA for a few years now, and having a friend also run the same tune we are both disappointed with them. They use to be very good about their tunes but now they send everyone the same "caned" tune and I actually lost TQ with their new tune after adding new parts. Lund has the fasted NA 3.7 right now, they are pricey at $200 for tunes but if you want the most power you have to pay to play.

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Old 08-16-2014, 09:55 PM   #3
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Understood. The SCT tuner already costs around $400 so adding another $200 makes it pretty steep. However, paying money only to lose power over stock is even worse :P
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:18 PM   #4
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Having been thoroughly down the Bama route for three years, I finally switched to MPT. I think several members have also done the same thing. MPT provides a much better tune that is also safe. I've been running my MPT tune for about 30,000 miles and haven't had any issues. They don't offer tunes for life, but in this case you get what you pay for. $75 you pay to MPT gets you six months of tuning support such as datalogging, retuning or updated tunes if you do any upgrades. I think they offer a discount if you're a returning customer after that six months.
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Old 08-17-2014, 06:19 PM   #5
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I am pretty happy with my Steeda tune, just edged out an LS1 powered ESP class Trans Am at a local autocross today. I enjoy the responsiveness, the extra bit of bottom end torque (still not this engine's strong suit though), but wish that there was a different type of rev limiter. The current limiter will cut all power for a pre determined (not small) amount of time, then give back full power for an instant, then repeat the cycle. For my purposes, a soft limiter, or even a really fast hard limiter would be much more stable (sometimes it is better to bounce the limiter as shifting costs about 1/8 of a second each change). They may be able to put together a soft limiter if you specifically request it, not sure though.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:14 PM   #6
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I am pretty happy with my Steeda tune,
Our tunes are very popular among the Mustang enthusiasts & are very safe, reliable & powerful. We also offer tunes for life.

Let me know if I can help answer anything for you ... I will let others weigh in ... but you can reach me at tim@steeda.com if I can assist with anything further.

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Old 09-01-2014, 02:17 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone! I ended up going with a Steeda CAI and Tune. Their sale made it an absolute steal. I'm looking forward to installing it next weekend
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Thank you for the support.

Please keep us updated as to the the before & after.

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Been running the Bama 93 octane race tune now for 60k miles. I love it. Gets great mpg too!
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:21 PM   #10
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Have tunes from most of the major vendors out there. After spending too much $$$ on tunes, ending up liking the Bama and MPT tunes the best. Stayed with 87S Bama until I tried MPT. Daily driver is now either 87 MPT or 91 MPT depending on how aggressive I feel--91 is a bit more aggressive. 87S Bama is very smooth too. Just depends on what you prefer.
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:31 AM   #11
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PandaSmuggler how is the Steeda tune working for you? Do you like it?
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I'm wondering the same thing, I'll be ordering soon
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PandaSmuggler how is the Steeda tune working for you? Do you like it?
Definitely an awesome tune, it has truly woken up this engine!
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:54 AM   #14
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The thing about tunes is this: There are only so many parameters that can be changed. All PCM/computers on a given model car are identical. Manufactured engine tolerances are so close now, that all engines within a given mileage age with the same mods are going to be literally perform identically on the same fuel. The only thing that will affect performance is atmospheric conditions and elevation. The cars' system (MAF, temp sensor, etc) is supposed to allow for all this anyway. There's no vodoo in any of this stuff. If you were to look at the data for all these performance tunes between different vendors, I bet you would find that many of them are identical or nearly identical. There is only so much you can do to push performance out of an engine by computer tuning. Things like fuel quality and consistency, clean throttle bodies and intakes, clean air filters, clean injectors, good fuel pressure, good spark plugs, clean catalyst converters, etc affect a tune more than anything.
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just wondering everybody, Has enyone done a tune with stock air box and or exhaust, and if you did what were your results
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just wondering everybody, Has enyone done a tune with stock air box and or exhaust, and if you did what were your results
Mine is stock other than the tune. I'm running the Bama 93 octane race tune. It's a night and day difference.
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Mine is stock other than the tune. I'm running the Bama 93 octane race tune. It's a night and day difference.
thx, anybody else?
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Sorry, I meant to write a longer response but when I went to post it logged me out and deleted my reply. I have definitely noticed a difference. The engine has a much better response in the low-to-mid range where I felt that it needed it the most. The car feels much more "alive". Granted, the difference isn't as high as maybe a turbo engine tune but it's definitely the best NA tune I've had. (I had a tune for a 3.8 Genesis Coupe and the tune was barely noticeable). The intake is surprising louder than I expected, it almost sounds like a turbo spooling (okay, not -that- loud, but still...) Honestly the installation of the intake required a bit more assembling of hardware than I'm used to. I agree that most canned tunes aren't going to have some "special sauce" that makes them better. I'd recommend getting a tune as your first mod, regardless of vendor.
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Sorry, I meant to write a longer response but when I went to post it logged me out and deleted my reply. I have definitely noticed a difference. The engine has a much better response in the low-to-mid range where I felt that it needed it the most. The car feels much more "alive". Granted, the difference isn't as high as maybe a turbo engine tune but it's definitely the best NA tune I've had. (I had a tune for a 3.8 Genesis Coupe and the tune was barely noticeable). The intake is surprising louder than I expected, it almost sounds like a turbo spooling (okay, not -that- loud, but still...) Honestly the installation of the intake required a bit more assembling of hardware than I'm used to. I agree that most canned tunes aren't going to have some "special sauce" that makes them better. I'd recommend getting a tune as your first mod, regardless of vendor.
my first mod was a Magnaflo street series catback, I have a CAI, installed it and took it back off, so I'm just waiting to get my tune, are you running a stock airbox?
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I have a 14 coupe and my wife has a 14 convertible. She liked my Bama tune so much she got herself a tuner just to wake up the engine and to get better gas mileage.

I'm using a 91 octane Hybrid tune and she is using the 87 octane performance tune.
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