(approx) 15 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to Install an SCT SF3/X3 Tuner on your 1996-2012 Mustang
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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
2011+ V6s have dyno proven gains of 18 RWHP and 22 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.
**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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February 11, 2020
I did notice a bit of power increase with the low end tune haven’t tried my race tune but do wish they had more custom tunes for itHelpful (1)
January 19, 2020
Started with the 91 Performance tune. It really woke up the car’s performance. Drove it for a couple days and thought it couldn’t get better. Decided to upload the 91 Race tune. It’s a whole different ball game. I can hear my cold air intake sucking in more air, gears are aggressive, and even the cat back has a bit more aggressive tone to it. Excellent buy.Helpful (2)
December 17, 2019
Bama tune review
I like it , it makes the car more swift and alert and it wakes it up. Also gets rid of the lag when you hit the throttle.Helpful (0)
November 17, 2019
Great tunes and support
Buying this tuner truly made a difference in how my car feels. I loaded the 87 performance tune for a while and can say that it betters gas mileage and helps with throttle response. Then when I decided to load the 93 race tune I became even more addicted to doing a few pulls needless to say bama did an amazing job with their tunes and were happily able to help me with any questions I had thank you so beyond much bama for everything.Helpful (0)
October 25, 2019
Most Definitely Feel A Difference When I Put My Foot On The Pedal!Helpful (1)
October 23, 2019
Bought this tuner about a month ago and it has been amazing! My car dropped from a 6.4s 0-60 to a 5.4s! This is just with a JLT CAI and Borla axel backs. Plan on buying long tubes and an x pipe! Cannot wait to see the power this tuner can push out when I am done with my mods!Helpful (2)
September 30, 2019
Useful if you are modding a lot
This is probably the most costly mod I have done to my car after Wheels and Exhaust. Like most others, I wwasn't sure if I wanted this despite reading many reviews that the Tuner will "wake" the car. To be honest I was happy with my V6 performance to begin with with usual gripe of some lag during throttle and while changing gears. And I have driven many cars as rental including luxury ones (BMW, Acura etc) but I come back home and drive this thing and say to myself "ain't better than mine". That background apart, I tried the tuner mainly for two purposes: 1. Get rid of the lag in throttle and 2. Correct my odometer and speedometer after I upgraded my wheels. Ford dealership in my area said they can't fix that and recommended me to get an aftermarket tuner. I highly doubt that now. Buying experience: When I bought the tuner from AM, I was expecting a tuning team to get back to me to "write" the custom tune to my tuner before shipping it as per the description. It was not the case. I got the tuner delivered to my home and the email asking me the tuning options only came in after the tuner was shipped. After I put in my tunes, I went to the car and the tune wouldn't write to my car. I got the errors "Cannot find stock tune" and then some other error. After troubleshooting the issue with AM, I came to know that the "Demo mode" was on and that was the reason for my errors. I tried to go out of Demo mode and hit some other errors at which point the AM team gave up and asked me to follow up with the SCT team. That was a Friday evening and I had to wait until Monday morning to even talk to the SCT guys. You can imagine my dissapointment. I talked to SCT following week making multiple trips to my car only to know that the device had an issue so SCT asked me to ship the device to them (Florida). They promptly sent me the new device and asked me start over and then I was fine. This whole thing could have been avoided had AM tuning team took ownership of the issue. I wonder what quality control they have to land in the situation I was in. If this is the standard, then what about the tunes? Anyway, that was my story. Tuner Experience: This is from my last 2 months's of experimenting the tuner. I had 89 Performance and 91 Race tunes and of course I tried the 89 performance from BAMA. Although I could notice subtle difference, I was kind of disappointed that the $399 did not justify the difference in performance. I let it drive for a 300 miles and then tried the 91 Race tune. This was amazing. Mine is a stick and I could feel the seat of the pants in the Race tune. I don't believe some people saying Race Tune is not meant for every day driving. I am using it every day and I feel for stick folks Race tune is probably the tune to go with since you wouldn't feel much of a difference. I get the same if not slightly better gas mileage with Race tune. Weird. Is it still worth the $399 price tag? Not really sure. I feel that the right price for this thing should be $200. A small gripe. The only computer I have is a Mac. So I had to install Windows as a "VirtualBox" and use the software for the tuner as it would work only on a PC. I am not sure why AM is still selling this obsolete device especially since there is a cloud based updated hardware (Rev-X tuner) by the same manufacturer. I keep hearing a lot of hype about the MPT tunes and also the Auto Mafia tunes for the V6. Looking forward to try them as well.Helpful (4)
September 12, 2019
It does help
You can feel the difference And you also can take the speed limit offHelpful (3)
September 04, 2019
Gave my car a noticeable gain especially on the race tuneHelpful (2)
August 03, 2019
Well, I do recommend the tuner. I received what was advertised, and it performed, as advertised. Keep in mind, that if you don’t need it for the current mods, you just may need it for future mods. I think that even if you have all stock, it will “wake” up your s197. Its a must have, if you change your ring, and pinion gears. I put a cold air intake, and 73mm throttle body, and it did seem to optimize the fuel/air ratio. Daily driver, having a little fun.Helpful (2)
I run my V6 on 87 Octane and wish to keep doing so. All I saw in the video was a Performance Tune and a Race Tune, both for 93 Octane. Is there an 87 Octane Performance Tune available?
Bama is able to create a custom 87 Octane performance tune for your V6 Mustang.
I have a 2013 V6, I really want to do burnouts but the stock mustang has a Brake over Accelerate feature that keeps it from going above 1900 RMPs. Can I remove or disable it with this tuner, or which one can do it. Thanks!
The Bama Performance team is able to calibrate a tune that will disable that limiter which will allow the vehicle to reach higher RPM's in order to have the vehicle lock in those burnouts.
Will the Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner save the OEM settings? I didn't see that feature highlighted anywhere. If for some reason I need to load the factory settings, I want to be able to do that. Is that a feature with this tuner?
The Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 2 Custom Tunes will save the factory tune of your car on the tuner for future use.
I have a 2013 V6 Convertable with 70000 miles on it. I installed a cold air intake and a 73 MM Throttle Body. I have noticed my fuel economy has decreased, would a tune help?
Most cold air intakes and upgraded throttle bodies will require a tune upgrade (Not all will though) and without an updated tune, you computer system in the motor will most likely not preform correctly. Updating the vehicle with a new tune will ensure everything is calibrated for the new performance mods which should level out your fuel consumption.
If I have a couple bolt on mods already on my mustang. How can I go about purchasing the tune for my mods I already have?
The Bama X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 2 Custom Tunes will include the tunes in the purchase. Once this has been Purchased, BAMA will send an email requesting the tune info so they may create your custom tunes, and load them to the tuner prior to shipping.
Other tunes can be loaded onto the device. The tunes must be SCT software friendly so it is important to verify with your tuner that it would be compatible with an SCT device.
A tune will be able to help you launch quicker by how the computer code is recalibrated. A cold air intake will help with launch, but it will not maximize your potential launch like the tuner would be able to.
The speed limiter will not be adjusted beyond 120 MPH until you have purchased a single piece drive shaft. The two piece drive shaft becomes unstable beyond that. With a single piece drive shaft on your Mustang, we can make speed limiter adjustments for you though a BAMA custom tune.
Bama will be able to tune for the off-road mid-pipe to allow the vehicle to run correctly. However, it is not guaranteed that the check engine light will be removed.
Bama Performance will need to write a custom tune specifically for your E-85 fuel in order to properly function. However, this is something that can easily be accomplished by the guys over at Bama Tuning.
A tuner will definitely help to smoothen out the power through the RPM Range on your mustang. This will most likely change the sound slightly as well, although I cannot guarantee it will definitely have more popping when you rev it.
As long as the tunes are compatible with the software on the tuner, they can be added.
This tuner with Bama tunes does offer a ghost tune for 11-14 V6 models.
(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 V6||Model:||SF4/X4 Power Flash Mustang Custom Tuner|
|Manufacturer:||SCT||Special Features:||Full color LCD display |