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Old 12-15-2017, 02:24 PM   #1
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Tom's Tune for a NA questions

Hey y'all, been lurking for a while just made an account now to pose this question.
So I recently purchased a 2016 Focus SE with the DCT. I am interested in purchasing a Tune kit for it. I plan on changing my headers soon and realize I need a tune for it. I will most likely go for Tom's Tune (sorry, I do not know how to link or add people to this conversation).
I would like to ask a few things first about these tune kits, not just Tom's alone.
1. What do they exactly?
2. Will I get more horsepower and torque?
3. What exactly does it look like? Like one of those COBB AccessPort things?
4. Do I need to keep it plugged into the car 24/7 to have the car run the way I want?
5. When I buy the tune, is there anything else I need to do to prep the car?


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1. What do they exactly?
It will help firm up the shifts with the dct. Helps get rid of any hesitation. You will notice a little more power but you'll notice that more when you add some more mods. The tune helps to take advantage of added mods.

2. Will I get more horsepower and torque?
Yes but more when you add mods like intake, exhaust and a header.

3. What exactly does it look like? Like one of those COBB AccessPort things?
Similar. just google SCT xcal4. that's what it looks like.

4. Do I need to keep it plugged into the car 24/7 to have the car run the way I want?
No. You only plug it in for data logging and loading the tune.

5. When I buy the tune, is there anything else I need to do to prep the car?
The car no, but you'll need to download a couple programs to your laptop.
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Regarding car prep... You will want to get a wideband O2 setup and get it installed. It's needed for tuning idle and WOT maps. I've favored the Innovate ones over the AEM mainly on the look of the gauge. They are both quality units.

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Awesome thank you so much Jburks and psyco_1322! So will a muffler delete, snorkel and all the other plastic housing for the air filter removed, and a Mustang throttlebody show some horsepower and torque differences? Planning on purchasing OBX Headers and an AEM air filter, would you happen to know the number gains on those as well? I know I'm asking a lot and I do apologize.
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Regarding car prep... You will want to get a wideband O2 setup and get it installed. It's needed for tuning idle and WOT maps. I've favored the Innovate ones over the AEM mainly on the look of the gauge. They are both quality units.

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you dont need this on the mk3. it has a wide band already. I've had Tom's tune for about 3 years now and i've never had to do anything to add the tune. just plug and play.
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Awesome thank you so much Jburks and psyco_1322! So will a muffler delete, snorkel and all the other plastic housing for the air filter removed, and a Mustang throttlebody show some horsepower and torque differences? Planning on purchasing OBX Headers and an AEM air filter, would you happen to know the number gains on those as well? I know I'm asking a lot and I do apologize.
Numbers are hard to say as there are not a lot of dyno runs out there. I've seen anywhere from the high 170's to the low 190's with full bolt on mods, so that is intake, exhaust, header and tune. IMO the header makes the biggest difference in HP numbers. the throttle body doesn't make any power but helps with throttle response. High flow air filter has definitely shown dyno gains of about 8WHP.
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Jburks, thank you so much for the quick reply!
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I would do the Tune first so you can be enjoying your Tune even stock , then as you add more NA mods you get free unlimited tune updates

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Hey Tom, Can you write a tune that keeps flexfuel capability?

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