October 05, 2015
It Brings Your Mods to their Full Potential
This product definitely brings out the potential in your car if you have mods. If you're stock I would recommend holding off on this until you have at a minimum a cold air intake, aftermarket X or H pipe and a cat back exhaust system. The up front cost will raise an eyebrow but when you think about it, you are actually benefiting with lifetime tunes that are flexible with your mods so long as you are running NA. Once you go forced induction it's time to get the supercharged version of the tuner.
The install was very quick and user friendly. Before you load the tune, make sure your tuner is up to date with the latest firmware files from Bama. Loading up the tune was a quick plug n play with easy to follow instructions. I'm running with an in fender cold air intake, 75 mm BBK throttle body, throttle body spacer, BBK upper plenum and plenum space. On the exhaust side I have FMS shorty headers, Bassani X-Pipe w/cats and DynoMax exhaust. Also running with 3.73 gears, 18" wheel/tire setup along and MSD coil on plugs.
I have a Steeda timing adjuster that I rolled back to stock 10 degrees timing before I loaded the Performance tune. There is a big difference between running with the timing adjuster and the tune. The timing adjuster increases timing throughout the powerband, which isn't bad, but I like the tunes because the timing is more precise within the rpm range. I also like that the tunes creates downshifts when decelerating so the brakes do not have to work as hard (car is an auto). At a minimum I needed this tuner to correct the speedometer reading after installing the 3.73 gears but it does so much more, especially where to maximize the power. The vehicle runs so much smoother and take off from the line is much better with more torque and more accurate shift points.
With the timing adjuster, take off was good but with stock shift points, it was hanging around for a bit on the power band before shifting gears. The tuner resolved that issue with firm shift points and maximum power transfer to the next gear. Throttle response is crisp and has made it an all around fun car again. I can't wait to see how the car runs when heads, cam and a torque converter is installed along with an updated tune file. I would highly recommend this product to maximize your car and it's mods to their full potential.
I'll load the Race tune in the future but I'm really enjoying the Performance tune at the moment.