(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to Install an SCT SF3/X3 Tuner on your 1996-2012 Mustang
Justin: Hey Justin with AmericanMuscle.com here with a Stage 1 Power Pack Bolt-on Build-up for all 2007 to 2009 GT500's. 2007 marked the 40th anniversary of the original GT500, so Ford and Shelby decided to do what they do best, and give this car enough horsepower and aggressive styling to make it worthy of the GT500 badge. Just because the GT500's are the baddest of the bad in factory form, doesn't make them immune to the typical Mustang owner's treatment, which is: how do we make this thing faster? So, that's the goal here with these Power Packs. Now if you want to check out more Bolt-on Build-ups for your ride, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking on the link below if you haven't done so already. We already knocked out our baseline run with the 2008 GT500 here, so let's get into the mods that make up our Power Pack. This Power Pack consists of two relatively simple parts that a majority of our customers and Mustang owners turn to when they first start modding, GT500 owners included. And there's a reason for that, they're both extremely easy to install, even for the most novice mechanics out there, and best of all, they get results. The first part, which I just finished up installing is JLT's carbon fiber Big Air Intake, available for all 2007 to 2009 GT500's. Again, a very simple mod, very easy to install, but a very important mod when you do start working on these cars with the positive displacement blowers, like the '08 GT500 here. A lot of people think that the easiest way to make more power and boost on supercharged engine is to throw a smaller pulley on it, and while that's not a bad idea, did you know you can actually pick up a lot more power and possibly even an extra pound or two of boost simply by throwing on a massive cold air intake like the JLT here. You're not only allowing the engine to breathe a lot easier, which is going to increase your superchargers efficiency, but you're also increasing the flow capacity of the motor itself. So basically when you do throw a smaller pulley on down the road and really start spinning that blower up, the motor isn't going to get choked out by the less efficient factory intake. In addition to that, the JLT just looks awesome. The carbon fiber construction will look great under the hood, and will definitely get you a few style points while you're at it. On top that, like I said earlier, a very install. It will take you maybe an hour tops. Now if you want to learn more about this intake and hear what other GT500 owners are saying about it, just click the link below to head back to the product page at AmericanMuscle.com if you're not there already. The JLT does boast one of the largest MAF housings available on the market today at 127mm, which is basically going to allow your blown 5.4 liter to devour massive amounts of air. However, because of this, a custom tune is required, so I'm going to call my buddy Mike J. in from Bama Performance to talk a little bit more about the second part of our Power Pack. I just finished up with the install of the JLT, as you can see. How is this going to affect your tune? Mike: Well obviously the JLT is going to push in a lot more air, and any time you're pushing in more air, you really got to be conscious of your fuel-air ratio. So the first thing we're going to look at is fuel adjustment, spark adjustment, to get that right. We'll load everything up using the Bama SCT Tuner, get this thing loaded up and make some more hits on it. Justin: I'm going to hop in, do another pull, see what kinds of gains we're looking at. Justin: Baseline numbers with our 2008 GT500 gave us 434 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. At the end of the Stage 1 Power Pack, our car was now making 508 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, giving us a peak gain of 74 horsepower over our baseline numbers, and gains of 56 horsepower and 64 pound-feet of torque throughout the curve. Well with only two pretty basic mods and about an hour or two worth of our time, we gave our already potent '08 GT500 a serious bump in power that even the most jaded gear head would be happy with. Now that will do it for the Stage 1 Power Pack Bolt-on Build-up with the '07 to '09 GT500. You have to check out our other Bolt-on Build-ups for the '07 to '09 GT500's where we really increase the power and start talking about some more serious mods. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven't done so already and don't forget to keep it right here at your number one source for all things Mustang: AmericanMuscle.com
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
07-09 GT500s have dyno proven gains of 30 RWHP and 35 ft-lb's of Torque or more on Bama Custom Tunes. By optimizing the air/fuel ratio and tweaking variable cam timing, a Bama Custom Tune is proven to squeeze out the extra horsepower Ford left on the table.
Drastically enhanced throttle response and a much more aggressive throttle map will dramatically improve your Mustang's acceleration, shaving tenths off your quarter mile time while throwing you into the back of your seat every time you smash the gas. Automatic transmissions will see an even greater gain in acceleration and drivability, as the tune adjusts shift points and firmness.
For each and every Bama Tune, we ask you 19 questions about your specific Mustang, including your unique set up and intended use, in an easy to use web form. This information allows us to write an entirely custom tune just for your specific vehicle to ensure we deliver the most power and performance possible.
Our Bama Custom Tunes are developed in-house on our Dynojet 224xLC chassis Dyno. Hours of research and development through street, track and dyno testing/datalogging left us with fully refined custom tunes. The Bama Performance team has exclusive access to our inventory of parts.
This tune will get you the largest increase in performance. Designed for the "Race only use", as the timing and throttle response are very aggressive.
This tune adds power at 3000 RPMs and higher, focusing more on the top end HP and all out performance driving.
**NOTE: Programming custom tunes may take 2-3 business days plus applicable shipping time. We recommend ordering other products separately to avoid delay. Heavily modified cars are not tunable with a mail order tune. Click for restrictions. Membership in the Tunes for Life program is is valid for as long as you own the car that was originally tuned and is non-transferrable.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 Details
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February 09, 2020
This is my first turner. The tech support team were remarkable. They supported my first tune upload. I recommend this tuner to anyone who has a need to update your ride's tunes.Helpful (0)
October 22, 2019
Think twice if you own a GT500
The tuner itself works great. However, the tuning service (BAMA) is misleading to say the least. If you own a GT500, there is very limited adjustments that can be made for you beyond very basic modifications. I ordered the X4 mainly for the free updates. One of the adjustments I wished to make was the Whipple 68mm throttle body (available here on American muscle if I might add), I was told this was an adjustment that couldn't be made. Fuel injectors, going from the stock 47lbs to 52lbs (not a crazy jump) is also not possible. I would definitely go with a different tuning service if I could do it over.Helpful (0)
April 24, 2019
So far, support sucks
I get a tuner in the mail that requires an update before I can even use it. I live in the "sticks" and internet service depends on how tight the string is between the two cans on opposite ends. You can't get anyone on the phone at SCT and email responses are two syllable, four word sentences. Not very happy with my $400.00 programmer.Helpful (1)
April 10, 2018
Wish I had done a tune sooner. I was apprehensive about doing the tune. Was afraid I would mess things up. It was easy as could be. Bama make a great instrument. The results were GREAT. Highly recommend doing a Tune.Helpful (9)
August 25, 2017
Very noticeable difference
All i can say is, great product, great tunes, great difference between stock and finally the most important ... great customer serviceHelpful (14)
August 22, 2017
I would have saved my money if I woulda know how much of a headache it would be just to order it and then after you get it, it's even more of a headache so save your moneyHelpful (11)
September 27, 2016
Never had a problem with it love how easy it is to chang stuff when I need to with the life time tuneHelpful (9)
September 05, 2016
Needs better tuners
Well I been using they're tunes and every time I get a new 1 I always have 2 codes pop up so my guess is theyre tuners suck and I'm not the only 1 ....better off getting a real dyno tune on your carHelpful (14)
June 16, 2016
My Bama X4/SF4
My X4 is awesome you can't go wrong with this tuner! It's quick and easy to use and the color screen makes it much easier to use and read during the day compared to older models!!Helpful (12)
June 10, 2016
BAMA TUNED GT500!
I just left the shop with my JLT CAI and Metco 2.60" pulley with my Bama tune. I can already hear the difference and can't wait to step on the gas more one the way home. Has some problems with shipping but they quickly took care of it. Great upgrade!Helpful (10)
I recently bought an '07 Shelby GT500 that has a JLT Big Air Intake. When I bought the car it was running great. But recently, it's been idling at 2000 rpm. If I let the car just idle, after about 20 - 30 seconds it would burp and the idle goes down to 900. As soon as I step on the throttle the rpm goes back up to 2000. My question, can the Bama Flash Tuner be used to correct this problem. Or better yet, can it reset the car back to stock if a put the stock air box back. And, is the Bama Flash Tuner CARB legal. I live in California.
We legally cannot sell tuners to California residence. To answer your first question, your best bet would be to speak with Bama, or whoever you are looking to offer custom tunes, to speak upon your exact application directly to confirm what they can or cannot offer.
(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
Compact Design. The SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner measures in at 2.7” wide X 5.5” tall making it much smaller than the original SF3/X3 for easy storage in your center console or glove box. The cord is detachable and there is no battery or power supply needed. It uses the power from your vehicle's diagnostic port or computers USB connection.
Full Color Display. The SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner features a full color 2-3/4" diagonal LCD screen with user adjustable portrait or landscape modes. The SF4/X4 also has a convenient power saving auto dim feature.
Built-in WiFi. The SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner is now WiFi-capable meaning you will no longer have to plug it into your PC/Windows computer to receive the latest SCT firmware updates.
Diagnostics. The SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner can also be used as a diagnostic code reader. Save yourself hundreds of dollars each year by reading and clearing your own trouble codes rather than paying a dealer to do the same. Its as easy as a few simple steps.
On Screen Data Logging and Monitoring. With a full color LCD display, the SCT SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner makes it EASY to read the Built-In Data Logging or Real Time Monitored Vehicle Data, view popular sensor data such as EGT, Air/Fuel Ratio or any other 0-5 Volt source.
Easy to load; easy to restore. When you load your custom tune on the vehicle, the tuner automatically stores your vehicle's factory settings. To return the vehicle to its factory settings, just plug the tuner back in, select the option to restore the factory settings, and you're done.
Free tunes for life! Every customer that purchases a tuner is enrolled in the "Free tunes for life" program. Any time that you make additional mods to your vehicle, our team of SCT certified Bama Custom Tuners will create new tunes for you. Just send us a list of the part or parts you've added and we'll email the new tune files to you.
Custom Bama Tunes specific to your vehicle. When you order a tuner, you aren't just getting a tuner - you are getting the tuner and 2 dyno-tested custom Bama tunes:
SCT SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner Features:
|Memory Size:||4 GB||Custom Tunes Held:||10|
|Year:||2007-2009 GT500||Model:||SF4/X4 Power Flash Mustang Custom Tuner|
|Manufacturer:||SCT||Special Features:||Full color LCD display |
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