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Old 04-03-2012, 05:15 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Dyno tune or Bama tunes for life?

If your supercharger is the first mod you install and you have it dyno tuned to safely max out your hp should you still get the sct from bama to get tunes for life? I still want to add exhaust, cams, and so forth.. I don't want to pay $300 everytime I need to update my tune. At the same time it sounds redundant to pay $300 the first time for a dyno tune when I could have just gotten the supercharger tune from bama in the first place.

I've done a LOT of research and this is one of the few questions I don't think I've ever seen asked in this manner. The majority agree a dyno tune is best but it seems like it's best saved for LAST or when your build is nearly complete. I could be wrong. Should I just stick with bama and keep my local tuner as an "oh **** my car iz nut werkin gud" option?

I'm still in the process of making my mod list. I'm stock and going to drop a lot of money (for me) at one time. I've basically reversed it so my whipple comes first. Not sure if that is the smartest idea but I have quite a few pennies saved. When I start my new job hopefully in a few months I'll be pulling the trigger.. I'm not impatient for speed, I really would like to increase my handling first but I thought getting the "worst" of it out of the way would be best.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:21 AM   #2
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Dyno tune definitely sounds like something you'd go for at the end. Too much of a "big bang" to have to do it too many times.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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The shop that I go to does not charge full price if you are just getting their tune updated you still have to pay but not as much.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #4
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You're putting your mods on backwards! :P super charging's suppose to be the last thing you do!
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but that's what most people do. They go BAMA till they finish with the first little mods and finalize it with a dyno tune to squeeze out max hp. (as though any of us actually "finish")

If I were you, I would find a shop that would cut you a deal on future mods. you'll be looking at a couple grand in tuning otherwise.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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I'm starting to think I actually AM going the wrong direction. I've got no short throw, no torque limiters, no tires, no suspension, no exhaust, no tune. I have no idea how the car will will handle 450rwhp with stock everything else. I'll have the money together soon so I guess I'll go back and do more research.

Just trying to do this right and so many people complained they wish they had of went F/I to start. Maybe it's because what they bought as N/A were later useless when they went supercharged.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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you can do the SC first.
modding and retuning is what modding is all about, thats the name of the game!
you gotta pay to play.
you can have a plan, and try to stick to it. but in reality, things change and life changes.
a safe tune is better than a tune that has an extra 10 hp and is on the edge of detonation.

get the Whipple!!!
Whipple comes with a free Whipple tune and procal tuner from Whipple.
their tune is very safe.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:53 PM   #7
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i just stock pile may parts and put them all on at once, everytime i go on a deployment i buy a bunch of parts and when i come home, i spend 3-4 days putting them all on
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:22 AM   #8
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yea you can put the sc on early, but make sure you get some suspension parts to help you stay planted. stock suspension is pretty bad.
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:24 PM   #9
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Bama tunes have always treated my car well, I'd recommend them to anybody looking for a good tune
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