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Old March 21st, 2011, 12:20 AM   #1
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Bama Tunes worth it?


I ordered my cai and exhaust this weekend, and i was looking at getting a sct tune... however, of course the AM website says that I just gotta get one, but then again, i came across another video with several tune scenarios and cai kits, and it didnt seem to make THAT big of a difference. Not sure if it is a $375 difference or not. Any input?

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The CAI will give you as much of a HP 'gain' as the tune would. Both combined however, does NOT. Which means that If you buy the CAI then add the tune, you will see about 1-2 hp gain (depending on the CAI of course.) C&Ls were shown to have loss torque for hp. Ew.

Since the tune does more than "increase power", I would still strongly suggest it. The air/fuel ratio is maximized for efficiency, the shifting points are changed, and fuel octanes are optimized for best performance and mileage.

I purchased my tune a while back, and am now waiting on my AIRAID CAI to come in the mail today.

Edit: I can't see the vid at work, so I do not know which vid it is.
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Both a tune and an upgraded filter (K&N drop in my choice) will result in better overall driveability (Power, mpg's, throttle response, power curve, etc.).
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That video is actually done by us, here at AM.

The tune is going to get you horsepower/torque as well as throttle response, driveability all the way around, gas mileage, better shifting for the autos, speed limiter removed, etc. If you add a cold air intake system to that, you'll probably only pick up 3-5RWHP and 3-5TRWTQ. Then again, if you add the CAI first and the tune afterwards, you'll probably only pick up 5-7RWHP and 5-7RWTQ from the tune.

The tune definitely has more benefits and you notice the tune more because of the throttle response, etc. It's more than just WOT power (which there's plenty of). If you watch that video again, you'll see it explains that you dont "stack" the horsepower/torque gains so the one you add first will always look better. However,the tune is always going to feel better.

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American Muscle's package deal (SCT X3 w/ Bama) is unbeatable, and is a must have for all 3.7 owners.
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I guess that i just cant justify spending $375 for about 5 hp/5 torque. I already have the cai on the way, so that will give me the most gain. the cai is also engineered to keep a pretty similar air/fuel ratio..... so the tune wont help with that.... i drive a manual, so i couldnt care less about the shift points.... maybe one day though........
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I guess that i just cant justify spending $375 for about 5 hp/5 torque. I already have the cai on the way, so that will give me the most gain. the cai is also engineered to keep a pretty similar air/fuel ratio..... so the tune wont help with that.... i drive a manual, so i couldnt care less about the shift points.... maybe one day though........
Another perk to a tuner is the ability to get a tune for 93 octane fuel. Pre-05 Mustangs got okayish gains from it, I believe S197s got decent gains from it, and I imagine 2011+ Mustangs would get a nice gain from it.
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If I recall correctly, its a 6 OR 12HP gain for 91 octane. I don't remember the math exactly
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yea..... 91 octane is about $4.20 now :/
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Damn. I bitch about 93 being $3.60!
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yea..... 91 octane is about $4.20 now :/
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Today 91 octane was five dollars a gallon here.
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Originally Posted by TheUNZippee! View Post
Today 91 octane was five dollars a gallon here.
And here I haven't been running 93 because it's like $3.80
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Originally Posted by mcqueen View Post
And here I haven't been running 93 because it's like $3.80
Same here. I've been running my 87 octane tune...
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Our regular 87 octane gasoline is 4.50 a gallon here today. lol.


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Same here. I've been running my 87 octane tune...
Same. I ran it most of the winter since all of the gas was shitty anyways

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Our regular 87 octane gasoline is 4.50 a gallon here today. lol.


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The throttle response alone is worth it. As for the intake keeping air/fuel ratio correct, most of them are pretty close. However, the stock air/fuel ratio is conservative. And the stock timing map is jacked up. The tune has its' benefits, regardless. And if you plan on doing any mods down the road (ie. headers, etc.) you're going to need the programmer.
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I run Bama tunes on my 07 GT. They are totally worth it.
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yea, well I get my gas on base, so its usually about 30 cents cheaper than out on town, but i have been too afraid to see what normal prices around my house are :/ So yea.... thats one of the main reasons I went with the v6 anyway.... I already have a v8 truck that sucks gas!
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The tune should have come from the factory. It is a must upgrade. I was skeptical from canned tune and I preferred a dyno tune but this one really just really works.
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I cant talk about the improvement the 3.7 v6 will have, but in the manual 4.0 it was night and day from Stock! I hightly recommend AM & Chris Rose.
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