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Hey guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com, and today we're taking a closer look at, of course installing and dyno testing the Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner with Two Custom Tunes available for the '05 to '10 V6 Mustang. Now, before we jump into the details of the tune and the X4 device itself, what do you say we head right on over the dyno graph to take a look at some results?We strapped '06 V6 down to the dyno to establish a baseline run, bone stock under the hood with 93 octane in the tank. We ran it in third gear to avoid hitting the speed limiter in fourth. We ran it and walked away with 185 horsepower, 220-pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. We then uploaded our Bama at 93 octane tune, ran it under the same conditions. Walked away with 194 horsepower, 224-pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels, good for peak gains of about 9 horsepower and 4 torque at the rear. Then under the curve we're seeing gains of as much as 11 horsepower and 15 torque which is a little bit more impressive than our peak gains. Those gains are coming at the low to mid-range right around 3,000 RPMs. Definitely gonna make for a completely changed driving experience, expect more low-end torque, getting you off the line a little bit quicker for a more enjoyable V6.You should be checking out the export device here loaded with the two custom tunes from Bama if you're looking to bump up some horsepower and torque numbers on your V6 Mustang, getting a bump in throttle response and acceleration with a custom tune specific to your vehicle and your mods, whether it is stock, mildly modified, or heavily modified. Now, the two custom tunes you'll have from Bama Performance are available in the 87, 91, or 93 octane tune with the option to upgrade to something like E85. Now, this guy here is loaded with our 93 octane option, which is what we're focusing on for our numbers that you just saw. Bama is gonna take a number of things into consideration like timing and spark and air-fuel ratio among other things while keeping the Ford factory fail-safes in check for a safe and reliable ride.So, this vehicle here is our customer's '06 V6 bone stock with 93 octane in the tank, start adding in bolt-on mods like a cold air intake, or a cat-back, throttle body, you can get those built into your custom tune to maximize their potential as well. It's worth noting that every time you pick up a Bama tune paired with a tuner like the X4 or the Rev-X, for example, you are automatically enrolled in the Bama Free Tunes for Life program. What that basically means is you're getting $150 value on top of your purchase here, so that anytime you add or remove any mods, you can have that built into a tune and get it revised for free, no extra charge. Now, the X4 device here has a lot of things to take advantage of. The X4's got their gauges and data log mode, which means you can track live engine vitals on the fly from the driver seat anytime. Things like air-fuel ratio, coolant temp, intake air temp, battery voltage and a number of other parameters. You can track up to eight at once and I'll show you guys what that looks like in just a little bit.Data logging is simple too, you can track and record your vehicle's performance, communicate that back to your tuner, in this case Bama for possible revisions and improvements upon your tunes. That can all be done right here on your device. You also have access to a DTC or diagnostic trouble code reader right on the device. Anytime the check engine light comes on, you can plug this guy in, read the code, get a description and you can clear the code to turn the light off on the dash all within the X4. So, no need to pick up a new or separate OBD II module to do the trick, no more going over to AutoZone to have them read the code for you. Within this you also have Wi-Fi capabilities, wireless updating for software and firmware anytime SCT updates the software firmware on the X4. This particular device here, the X4 does not have cloud capabilities. If you're looking to send or receive data log files along with tune files without having to go to a laptop, you might wanna look into something like the Rev-X that has the cloud access. Not gonna be something on the X4, not a deal-breaker for some people but is worth mentioning.The device here along with the two custom tunes from Bama come in right around 400 bucks and the install is gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficult to meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home with about 30 minutes from start to finish. I wanna cut to a clip of me walking you through the tuning process and the features. We did shoot it in our V8 but know the process is the exact same for your '05 to '10 V6.First up guys, of course, grab the OBD II harness included in the kit and your X4, hop in the driver seat. We're gonna plug this into the OBD II port, it's located under the left side on your driver dash. So, you'll find that clutch, come right up above it, plug that guy in. Then, of course, the other end is going to go into the top of the X4. From there we can shut the door, put the key in the ignition and get the tuning. Next step, once you plug it in, you wanna take your key, put it in the ignition. Now, you're gonna start your ignition but you're not gonna start your engine.So, turn the ignition on, from the main menu, we're gonna jump right into tuning the vehicle. So, select program vehicle, you wanna hit continue on that street notice basically letting you know it's not legal for sale or use in pollution controlled vehicles. Again, just a notice to turn your key on. From there it may prompt you to connect to Wi-Fi. From there, it may prompt you to make updates to the device especially if it's a brand new one right out of the box. Ours is not so it does have the device updates already on it. So, we're gonna jump right into program vehicle but it is required to go through that tuning update process via Wi-Fi. So, from here we're gonna select the tune that we wanna go with. For you guys, you'll have the 87 octane option and the 93 options if you've loaded that to your X4. We're focusing exclusively on the 93 so that's the only option we're showing today but it's the same concept if you're picking 87. So, we'll go ahead and select our 93. From here, you can adjust some options. In this case, you can adjust global spark, wide-open throttle, air-fuel, axle ratio, a couple of different parameters. We're gonna hit approve and keep it as is. It'll also let you know it's disabling the pre-loaded tune that the X4 comes with. That you wanna hit confirm, that's inevitable when using a custom tune. And again, just continue to confirm all the options. So, now it prompts you to turn the key off and you just wanna wait until it prompts otherwise. Key back on, but again, you're not starting the engine. At this point, it's gonna load zero to 100 maybe a couple of times and it's saving your stock file to the device. What that means is anytime you wanna revert back to the stock tune, you can do so right on the device following the same steps we have been in this process, return to stock will then be an option.All right, so once it saves your stock tune to the device, it will then begin preparing the data. It will then begin flashing the vehicle. Once it's done, it'll let you know that programming is complete but again during no part of this process do you wanna unplug your device especially after it pulls the stock tune. Once the process is started, let it do its thing. Now, if you notice during this process, some lights have come on on the dashboard like our check engine light, there's the battery light, there's the airbag light. So, a couple of those things come on during the tuning process as just communication with the ECU, it will clear the DTCs which it just did, diagnostic trouble codes, and from there it's gonna process data and let us know the tune is complete. There you go, download complete, you can hit done, takes you right back to the main menu and you're good to go.From here guys I wanna show you everything else about the X4 device aside from tuning the actual vehicle. Now, I know we talked about the gauges and data log, the DTC code function, let's take a look at how that works. So, directly under program vehicle at the main menu, you'll see gauges and data log. If you select this guy, turn your key on, you can hit continue and you'll be able to track live engine vitals. What we're gonna have to do is select the proper configuration depending on our gen. What we're gonna do is go down to Ford gas 2007 and prior years, from there, it processes that configuration and loads up those gauges. Now, right off the bat, we start off with the default of two gauges, but you have full control over what displays on the screen. So, if you wanna change battery voltage, you just select it, select item, and then there's a number of options to choose from. We have battery voltage, coolant temp, desired idle RPM, fuel pump duty cycle, intake air temp, engine load, and there's a ton more options. So, what we're gonna do is let's select intake air temperature, select approve and it replaces. If you go to the right, there's a menu, select gauge layout, you can actually change the layout of the gauges that were just on the screen. You can monitor two, three, four, six, up to eight different vitals at once. You just select that layout and it pulls up eight gauges. Now again, you can change every single one of these to whatever you want, replaces it in an instant. But if you wanna look at data log, start and stop data log, which basically means that you can record the engine's performance in a run if you're on the dyno, or even if you're out on the road, getting a real road test run. Communicate that back to Bama for possible tune revisions. So, that's really useful. If you wanna stop, you just hit stop data log and it goes right back to the main menu.Now, if you go to vehicle functions, you'll see the DTC code reader, diagnostic trouble code being your check engine light. The light comes on, plug this guy in, read the code, you can get a description and clear it right then in there. Special functions most people will not touch, things like cam relearn. So, you probably don't have to worry about that but it is there if you want. So, you're gonna hit exit. Vehicle info gives you things like the VIN number. So, that's useful. ECU strategy code, which is also useful and a couple of other vehicle parameters. Now the device info screen will give you things like your device software and firmware versions, your unlocked and married status. So, you can see the marriage status will show you that your device is married to your vehicle. Now, the unlocks basically means you have a certain amount of unlocks, three to be exact, that allows you to change the X4 from your vehicle to a different vehicle. Can do that up to three times.Device setting is also useful. Wi-Fi and check for updates go hand in hand, you'll want a Wi-Fi network access in order to wirelessly check for updates. SCT often puts out software and firmware updates, so you wanna stay up to date. Under that simple things like brightness for night and day modes, orientation, you can change that to landscape instead of portrait. Theme is pretty useful, you can change it from red to blue, there's also a dark mode. Keep that guy on red for now. And then finally, a couple of other simple audio functions and startup function, which I think is going to be a really important settings menu. From there, you can change the way this starts up right off the bat to display the gauges mode instead of the home screen. So, if you're constantly using the gauges screen, you can make it boot up to the gauges screen right off the bat. So, that's really useful. From there, can do a factory reset if you want and then finally takes you back to the main menu and that's your X4.That's gonna wrap up my review and install as well as dyno test for the Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner with Two Custom Tunes available for the '05 to '10 V6 Mustang. You can get yours right here at americanmuscle.com
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05-10 V6s have dyno proven gains of 16 RWHP and 21 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 that 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.
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