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- How to Install an SCT SF3/X3 Tuner on your 1996-2012 Mustang
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com and today, we're taking a closer look at installing and dyno testing, of course, the Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner from SCT available with two custom tunes, fitting all '11 to '14 GTs and '12 to '13 Boss 302s. You should be checking out this handheld tuner if you're looking to get a custom tune catered to your specific vehicle and your specific mods, whether it even be stock, mildly modified, or heavily modified. This guy is gonna come with an 87 and 93 race tune from Bama Performance loaded on the X4 device that has a number of other features to take advantage of. Now, before we break down the details of the tuner, what do you say we head straight over to the dyno and talk about the graph?Our 2012 GT, it's completely bone stock just with 93 octane in the tank, we strapped it down to establish a baseline run and we walked away with 365 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. We then, of course, uploaded our Bama race 93 octane tune, branded under the same conditions with 93 in the tank and walked away with 397 horsepower 382 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels good for a peak gains of 32 horsepower and 39 torque at the rear wheels.Those numbers alone are super impressive with just a simple 93 tune. Curve gains get even better. Under the curve we're looking at up to 50 horsepower and up to 47 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels and gains over the factory or that baseline run. Those numbers are what you're going to feel out on the road. The curve gains right there are gonna give you so much more drivability. It's gonna make the vehicle so much more fun. And, as you can see, it's really maximizing the performance, even on a stock vehicle. You throw bolt-ons into the mix and it gets even better.All right, so what do you say we break down the X4/SF4 from SCT with the Bama tunes? Now, the X4 is the successor to the beloved X3 device, just a little updated for the modern tuner we have here. Now, it's going to come with, again, those two tunes, 87 and 93. The 87 tune is great for just the daily driver or even a weekend warrior just looking for a little something extra when it comes to performance, just maximizing a couple of those parameters to give you more enjoyable ride overall. But if you're looking to maximize performance in every way, whether it be stock or bolt-on, this is a great way to go. The 93 tune is gonna take a whole lot of things into consideration, things like timing, spark, air-fuel ratio.Now, if you have an automatic, things like shift points/firmness is gonna be a noticeable difference there. So overall, drivability gonna go up a ton. Now, this device also comes with a number of other features to take advantage of, things like the DTC code reader, diagnostic trouble code being your check engine light. Anytime that dreaded check engine light comes on, you don't need a separate dongle for that. Plug your X4 into the OBD II, read the code, get a description and you can clear it right on the device. So, that's super useful. No more days of going to AutoZone or another store like that just to have them read you your code and figure out what the problem is. You can do it all by yourself in the driveway, so very, very convenient feature.The gauges and datalog screen is something else you definitely wanna take advantage of here. I'd recommend picking up the SET windshield mount to help you with that. Mount this guy within arm's reach and the eyesight of the driver seat and you can monitor live engine vitals on your screen like air-fuel ratio, coolant temp, air intake temp, sensors. There's so many options built into that feature and you can change up those gauges on the fly, monitor one or two, or up to eight at once. Now, in addition, you can datalog your performance of the vehicle and communicate that back to Bama if you're looking to see if maybe there's a revision possible on those tunes. All that can be done right there. Just record that data log, upload it to your computer, email it over and they can handle it. In addition to that, guys, there's Wi-Fi capabilities, wireless updating. If you're looking for cloud access, if that's something you're interested in, the Rev-X might be for you, not only X4, but there are a ton of other benefits here.Now, this kit comes in right around 400 bucks and it's worth mentioning that with the purchase of a Bama tune and corresponding device like the X4 or Rev-X, you're automatically enrolled in a Bama Free Tunes for Life program. What that means is, as long as you have this device and your vehicle paired, anytime you add a power adder like a cold air intake, long tube headers, a cat-back, all you gotta do is hit up Bama, they'll revise your tunes to include your power adder that you just added and it'll maximize that performance altogether. No extra charge, huge value that you'll definitely wanna take advantage of when picking up this device. And we all know that we're never done building our vehicles, so at last, again, the lifetime of these two being paired.Now, the install is gonna get one out of three wrenches on or difficult to meter. Anybody can tackle this in their driveway at home with about 20, maybe 30, minutes from start to finish. We're gonna walk you through every step of the process in RS197. What do you say we head over and take a look?First off guys, of course, grab the OBD II harness included in the kit and your X4, pop in the driver's seat. We're gonna plug this into the OBD II port where it's located under the left side on your driver dash. So, if you'll find that clutch, come right up above it, plug that guy. Then, of course, the other end's gonna go into the top of the X4. Now, 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 control 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 going to select the tune that we wanna go with. For you guys, you'll have the 87 octane option and the 93 option 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 the 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 will also let you know it's disabling the pre-loaded tune that the X4 comes with, that you want to hit confirm. That's inevitable when using a custom-tuned and, again, just continue to confirm all of 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 0 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 tuned to the device, it will then begin preparing the data, it will then begin flashing the vehicle. Once it's done, it will 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 noticed, 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 at just communication with the ECU. It'll clear the DTCs, which are adjusted diagnostic trouble codes. And from there it's gonna process data and it'll let us know when 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 Datalog. If you select this guy, turn your key on, you can 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 display is 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. Let's select the proof, 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 datalog, start and stop datalog, 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 revision. 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 and there.Special functions, most people will not touch things like KAM 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 married 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. You can do that up to three times. Device settings 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 want to 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 gown [SP] 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, you can do a factory reset if you want. And then, finally, it takes you back to the main menu and that's your X4.Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review, install and our dyno test for the Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner from SCT with two custom tunes, fitting all '11 to '14 GT and '12 to '13 Boss 302s. If you wanna pick up the X4 with the Bama tune, you can do so exclusively right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
2011+ GTs have dyno proven curve gains of 50 RWHP and 47 ft-lb's of Torque and peak gains of 32 RWHP and 39 ft-lb's of Torque 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.
Designed for the aggressive daily driver or weekend warrior. Bama's Performance tune provides more power than the stock tune along with increased throttle response and improved shift firmness.
Designed for Race use. Bama's Race tune delivers maximum horsepower and torque with aggressive transmission settings and a sensitive throttle response. 93 Octane or higher fuel is highly recommended.
**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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March 27, 2020
Just love this tuner and what it did to wake up my car. The free tunes is a pretty awesome feature as well.Helpful (0)
February 14, 2020
Definitely the best bang for buck tuning when it comes to a mostly stock car. The free tunes for life can save a ton in the long runHelpful (1)
February 06, 2020
Waste of money
Please do not waste your money if you are looking for more horsepower. Customer support after the product is also non existent.Helpful (0)
January 06, 2020
Best Bang For Your Buck. Easily.
Okay, I’m sure plenty of people have questions and have read the ups and downs about every tuning company, BAMA, Lund, or whatever, but at the end of the day they all provide fairly equal horsepower with their tunes. How fast and reliable your car will be is solely dependent on “YOU.” I seriously cannot stress that enough. Data log, Data log, Data log. If you don’t provide them with info every time After you receive a new tune there’s no way someone half way across the country could know how your car is reacting to the tune. Honestly, even a dyno tuner won’t know what your cold starts look like. I’ve retune my car maybe 6 or 7 times and the gt350 is easy work on an e85 tune and it’s free. Lol. (Stock manifold, stock headers, stock cats). This product is pretty freaking awesome. You will see significant gains from it when done properly. FBO and E85 you’re probably going to see near Stage 1 supercharger dyno numbers. Definitely Take that into consideration. Even without Bolt-ons you’re still going to see at around 25-35 whp. Worth it!Helpful (2)
January 01, 2020
The JLT Cold Air Intake with the Bama tune is great with the 87 Bama tune and Amazing with the 93 tune. Way better than stock. Thanks American Muscle.Helpful (2)
December 08, 2019
Thanks for the boost
I can feel the difference on acceleration and torque gains also the pedal is more sensible to the touch it responds better as soon as you step on it and it truly transforms the ride of you vehicle specially with some mods install on it recommended 100 percent it is worth itHelpful (1)
November 22, 2019
Very simple to use. The tunes are amazing. Car is a lot faster and quicker. Great product.Helpful (0)
November 07, 2019
Great tuner and can notice a difference on a 93 race tune. Some of the tunes don’t work and when I call for help they say that some tunes do that and there is nothing they can do but the 93 race tune works great. If you are Looking for a tuner that you can read car info or something that you can use to upload a tune this Gets the job doneHelpful (0)
October 14, 2019
I was able to tell right away the difference with just a tune.Helpful (0)
September 30, 2019
Awesome tool and easy to use, definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to gain a couple horses!Helpful (0)
does this tuner have the ghost tune in it
The Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 2 Custom Tunes does have the option to do the ghost cam tune yes.
Can this tuner be used to recalibrate the speedometer for changes in tire size and gearing?
Hello! The Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner will calibrate your speedometer for gearing and tire size changes.
Just installed the JLT CAI on the weekend and loaded the Performance tune. I really like it so far but have a question about the Race tune before I install it. The traction control on the Mustang has saved me a couple of times, especially in the wet - does the Race tune turn off the "electronic nanny"? I actually am glad I have the nanny for day to day driving and don't want it disabled.
Your traction control system will still be enabled on the Race tune. We have modified the torque calculation and clutch protection logic as well as a few other changes specific to the race tune to unchain the performance of the car with racing/competition in mind. I would recommend giving it a try and then running the tune you prefer - either your Performance or Race tune.
Does this allow one to alter the electronically controlled speed limiter?
Yes, we do make changes within the tune to raise the speed limiter.
Is this tuner able to turn off the 02 sensors, I am getting long tube headers and off road x pipe, thanks for your help.
With any of the tuners we are able to turn off the CEL for deleting the cats but this can cause issues with getting through your emissions testing.
Yes, you can run both at the same time.
BAMA and VMP both make custom tunes that are designed specifically for your vehicle. The SCT devices also include generic tunes, or strategy tunes. These are no as effective and will not show the same type of gains as custom tunes. BAMA offers custom tunes with free tunes for life for 149.99 and VMP offers 3 custom tunes starting at 189.99
The tune will still be in the car and it will keep the changes as far as performance gains to the engine go. However if you have an automatic transmission, and you switch it from the normal drive mode to sport mode, the other modes will keep their tine but it will revert to the transmission settings of the specific mode you are in. So if you are in sport mode, it will have the shift points from that specific mode and not our transmission settings.
SCT has since updated these tuners to be completely wireless! So as long as you have access to Wifi, you wouldn't need access to a PC at all! You can do all updating, uploading, and downloading through the device itself. If you do not have access to Wifi, a PC would be required.
The Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner can be set for various octane ratings. On the performance tune, your octane rating can be set for between 87 and 93 octane, including 91 octane. For the race tune, 91 and 93 octane are the only octane ratings supported. Our video's show 93 octane, as that is our preferred fuel octane, and is widely available in our area. We can easily tune for 91 octane for areas where 91 is more widely available than 93.
You can definitely use the Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner with your 2013 BOSS 302 with the TracKey! BAMA can generate tunes for your application without changing any setting with your TracKey including the loopy idle. If you decide to go with a tuner, custom tunes can be generated but you would have to use your regular key when utilizing the tune. If you'd like to use the Red TracKey, you would need to flash your computer back to factory settings and then use the TracKey to be able to use that function. There are no specific items but we would suggest performance parts like a Cold Air Intake or an exhaust to boost your performance.
Once unmarried from the previous vehicle, it can be used on a new car. However, you will need to purchase tunes, or buy into the Tunes for Life program again.
No, the device does not need to be connected to the vehicle at all times for the tune to remain in effect.
Bama will be able to tune for the Boss 302 intake manifold when used on the 2014 GT/CS Mustangs.
Yes, this tuner will work with your setup.
(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:
Nitrous (91, 93, E85, Race Fuel) - Our nitrous option can be added to any of our previously mentioned tune options, but only for 91, 93, E85, or Race Fuel.
Technical Note About Fuel. Use of E85 will require larger fuel injectors such as Injector Dynamics ID1300 or Ford Racing 47lb/hr Injectors. Unleaded race fuel can also be used, but Stoichiometric points must be supplied.
**NOTE: Programming custom tunes may take 2-3 business days plus applicable shipping time. We recommend ordering other products separately to avoid delay. Some heavily modified cars are not tunable with a mail order tune. Click for details.
SCT SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner Features:
|Memory Size:||4 GB||Custom Tunes Held:||10|
|Year:||2011-2014 GT||Model:||SF4/X4 Power Flash Mustang Custom Tuner|
|Manufacturer:||SCT||Special Features:||Full color LCD display |
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