Review & Install Video
Joe: Hey, guys. It's Joe from AmericanMuscle. And today we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Bama X4 SF4 Power Flash Tuner with Two Custom Tunes fitting all '11 to '14 3.7-liter V6s. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking to get a little bit more power and driveability out of your Cyclone Mustang as well as some great tools that come with the tuner like this one all at a budget-friendly price tag.Before we dive into the X4, how about we talk numbers? I know that's what you guys want to hear. So, '14 V6 with the manual trans, 93 octane in the tank for both the baseline and the after run. As far as a stock run goes, we established 245 horsepower and 243 foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. And then we applied our 93 octane tune, we got 252 horsepower as well as 260 foot-pounds of torque again at the rear wheels. And that's good for seven horsepower peak gain and 18 horsepower and 26 foot-pounds of torque under the curve. Not bad numbers out of our V6 really. Again, 18/26 under the curve, that's gonna be in that lower our RPM range as well, 3,000 to 4,000. You're really gonna feel that when you're daily driving every day. And on top of that, you're also going to feel enhanced throttle response as well as firmer shifts for the automatics out there. Now that we've gone over what Bama can do with an otherwise stock V6, let's dive into the device and how the process works when you buy one of these things.When you purchase an X4 what's gonna happen is Bama is going to send you an email with a short questionnaire for you to fill out, about 19 questions. First thing's first, they're gonna ask you some facts about your car. Is it an auto? Is it a manual? And what's the computer code? After that, they're gonna ask you a bunch of questions about what modifications you have to your Mustang. That's gonna be stuff such as cold air intakes, mass air flow sensors, cams, injectors, fuel pumps, exhaust, rear gear ratios, and larger rear tires. Fill all of that out accordingly to what you have on your car. And lastly, they're gonna ask you what octane level you want for each tune. If you got it in your area, I would recommend going with 93 for at least one of them. But you can choose any octane you want, 91 if that's all you have, 89 for efficiency, and 87 for even more efficiency. That's up to you what you want the two tunes to run off on.Once Bama has all the information, it's gonna take them about two to three days to actually write and nail down the tune at which point they'll email you out a couple of files then you can use your PC and this cable right in the middle here to actually get the tunes to the X4. After that, it's gonna be really, really simple to get them installed on your Mustang. One thing I do wanna make a quick note of when you do that is that is going to take your stock tune off and save it to the X4 first. So, if you ever need to go back to stock, you can very easily.A couple of other great features about the X4 include Wi-Fi capability. So, any updates needed for this tuner, you can download wirelessly right to the device. It also is data log capable. So, if you do need those, you can use this cable in the middle here to offload data log files to your computer. Another great thing about the X4 is when you buy the thing, it's going to enroll you in Free Tunes For Life. Now, what that means is when you buy a new part that requires a new tune, all you have to do is fill out another form, send it over to Bama and in a couple days, they'll email you back a brand new tune to accommodate for your new mod. Really convenient, really easy. This allows you to grow your Mustang and the tune at the same time. It's not gonna cost you any extra money if you do end up pulling the trigger to make your Mustang a little bit faster.On top of that, the device itself features a three-inch full-color LCD display which can be displayed in landscape or portrait mode. And that is great because this device offers real-time monitoring for up to eight parameters of your Mustang. That includes but is not limited to air-fuel ratio, intake and coolant temperatures, if you're going forced induction it also displays boost as well as ignition timing. All great things to see about your Mustang on the fly. Last but certainly not least, this also functions as a diagnostic tool allowing you to check and clear those check engine lights if need be.So, next up, we have pricing and that is gonna be really, really budget-friendly. Only about 400 bucks to get some custom tunes on your Mustang. That is a really good return on investment. Not only are you unlocking some of that power left on the table by Ford, but this thing also comes with some great tools that just enhance the experience of owning a Mustang. Again, definitely well worth the money. Install is gonna be really, really easy. Again, you don't even need to pop the hood for something like this. Plugs right into the OBD2 port. For that, I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. At most, I think this will take you about 15 minutes. We're gonna show you a clip on one of our S197s. One thing to note here is no matter what S197 you own, it's gonna be the same process as they're all a member of the same generation. So, without any further ado, let's hop over to the Mustang. We're gonna show you how to upload a tune and what this thing can do for you. Man: First off guys, of course, grab the OBD2 harness included in the kit and your X4, hop in the driver seat. We're gonna plug this into the OBD2 port where 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 one is gonna go into the top of the X4. From there we can shut the door, put the key in the ignition, and get to 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. Just turn the ignition on. From the main menu, we're going to 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 gonna 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 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 preloaded 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 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 going to 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. That's just communication with the ECU. It'll 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 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. 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 2, 3, 4, 6 up to 8 different vitals at once. You just select that layout and it pulls up 8 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 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 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 unlock 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. 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 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.Joe: That's gonna do it for my overview of the X4 fitting all '11 to '14 Cyclone V6s. For this product and more great ones, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.