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For those with the SCT XCAL1-2 that are having issues with there tunes Focus-Power has come up with a tune and have done some testing with good results

Please DO NOT buy this tune if your looking for HP/TQ on a dyno my goal is
1) better all around driveability
2) better take off with and with out AC on
3) better idle
4) no surging
5) better throttle response
If you get better performance that is a bonus

My tunes cost 100.00 and you dont have to pay if you dont feel it helped the driveability any

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SCT XCal 1 SVT tune testing
I had a chance to load a test tune on my car from Tom recently. I have been reading up on the thread in this forum about this new file, so I figured that it being a test file would be ok at best. Overall, I’m finding this tune to be superior to anything else that has been on my car. I think one guy that was trying it on FF was saying something about it being harsh. I did not notice this a bit (I believe this is more due to how I'm driving the car since I really don't drive a stick very well...good enough though) . Most of the testing was last night after dark and coming in to work this morning. I have put close to 40 miles on it. The conditions have been varied in different types of driving with a temperature between 65-75F. The humidity has been fairly dry up here for the last couple of days. Today is supposed to be alittle more humid…

Initial startup: idle was a hair over 1k when I first started up. It appeared to be around 900rpm when it settled down. The sound from the motor was quite different than I had heard from the car before. This morning when I started it up cold again, I did notice something sounding like some kind of rpm fluctuations. I didn’t notice it on the tach though. It did not appear to be affecting anything…cold SVT’s aren’t particularly happy no matter what you do with them. I guess that would be my observation in the past. It ran just fine from that point onward.

Stop/Go driving: This being the bane of other tuner's “power” tune, Toms's tune behaved much like I initially expected. There was no initial indication of surge or “bucking” (best word I have for this condition). Even in lower gears like 1st and 2nd were extremely smooth with no jerkiness on the drive in to work this morning. This was indicated in last night’s run as well. I had one point where I may felt a hint of that surging in 4th at 45 mph…again, the car was cold when this occurred though. I would really put this under the realm of trifles though. Its not even worth reporting.

WOT: The fun part. From a dead stop, the car had power immediately. This is what it should have been to begin with for my previous tunes. I found no hesitation. I had to change how I clutch out from a start though. I’m used to having to slip that clutch a lot more. You could definitely tell when the DSI was kicking in. I believe this was somewhere around 5k rpm. The car had a pronounced change in how it was approaching 7K from the old tune. The feel was good. If there were any side effects noted from these runs to the roof, it would be attributable to the clutch. Mine is starting to head south again.

Other notes: The car seems to “know” what it is doing and how to control itself vs. before. I failed to mention above that I did turn on the air conditioning at one point…cranked it actually. I totally had to change how I clutch it in 1st. There was power that was not there before. I was pretty much amazed at that point. Leaving the line in first usually involves a prayer that no one hits the car while entering an intersection. That was just gone. Aside from the very small variances noted above, surging and race conditions are nowhere to be found. The car takes off as advertised from 1st.

Additional information after driving on it for 2+ days

After driving on this tune for a couple of days now, my initial reaction above I would agree with to about 98%. I have noticed some of the "harshness" that has been described by another thread started by Clegg. Much of what I notice with this is that the extra power combined with my uncoordinated left foot have made for a good bit of retraining on that clutch in my car. That being said, if you hit the point right, it engages and goes. If you miss, well, it has more power.

I have also noticed that when the car is cold, it can have a tendency to fluctuate rpm by +/- 50 rpm till it warms up. It acted like it could die, but the batt light never came on. It was still close to that +/- 50 rpm number.

I have detected some surging in the tune. This occurs mainly when the car is cold. Once this morning, I was running the car in 4th @ 50mph. For those who didn't figure this out, I should have thrown the shift, but I was being really lazy. NOTE: This has been the only occurance of surge. No other time in the last couple of days have I had this problem. Normally, I wouldn't even put the car in this situation.

Driving with the air conditioning on still behaves as indicated above. Its mainly how you drive the clutch. The power is there, I'm still just getting used to the changes.

All other conditions are unchanged from my initial account.


For a test file, this looks pretty good. I’ll sit on it for a couple of days to get you more information. The car just plain drives for once. Also, I know that a lot of the verbage above sounds like what one reads 1000 times on FF, but I have tried to be careful in how I chose my words for this. No point in giving bad feed back.

Scott

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First Run of Tom's SVT Xcal Tune
Tom sent me a "first draft" of the SVT tune hes building for the Xcal folks out there.

Now being a rough draft I was expecting a rough tune that needed lots of massaging to get in line. Well I was wrong.

This is a bold thing to say... but on Toms first wack at it, he made a tune that was more potent down low, better idle, and more stable over all than any tune I have ever had. In my sig you can see the tune I have been running before. While the tune I have from the competition is good, VERY good, and VERY smooth and free reving all the way to WOT, Toms is a different beast.

The "other" tune I have still has a slightly rough idle, and needs to get some revs for the power to take shape in the midrange, and when it does its heavenly.

Tom's is quite potent a bit lower and into the mid range, its a very very driveable tune and doesnt mind being flogged. It is going to be nice keeping both on hand though, because both are fun in their own way. But for those who havent gotten a very good tune from anyone else... this is where you need to go!

On the first run of this tune, there was no sign of surging (only the 2nd tune I have gotten ever that hasnt surged at some point!!), knocking, deto, pinging, bogging, etc..

Its pretty clear that tom is not new to this, and this is a very refined tune even on the first draft. I sent him a nice big 8M CSV of a drive so he can see if theres any optimization he can still do on the tune, but really its damn near perfect as it is.

My mod list below in my sig is current. I normally dont give free advertisement like this... or come off as a fanboi, but I do feel that when peoeple do good work they deserve to be mentioned as such.

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I can email these for XCAL1,2

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Ok, Tom, I was running an SCT XCal2 tune from "the other guy" on my last SVTf and I just purchased another SVTf. What's the process for getting your tune? Are these tunes in the .ll3 format to allow user changes? Is this tune ok with 91 octane (vs 93)?

I should point out that my SVT is stock and I've never data logged with my SCT (I only had my last SVT for a few months before I had to sell it).

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i would also like to know what format it's in. i would like one in .xtr format if at all possible, because i have not updated my xcal2 with the new firmware becasue my pholosiphy is, if it aint broke don't fix it. it's been working fine for me ever since and i like tuning on my computer before i put in on the xcal2. also, do you send us the tunes through email?
 

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These will come in the .ll3 format, Yes it will work with 91

SLIP STREAM SVT, If you have the 2 already update and your good to go

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Tom I am very interested in this tune!!!!!! My current tune is still bucking and sputtering. This mornign I started it up and it STALLED after idling for about 30 seconds!!!! It still has the "all or nothing" powerband and this latest one makes it almost impossible to taxi around slowly in parking lots [:(!] [:(!] [:(!] [:(!] [:(!]
 

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Tom.

Is it true that once I pay you the $100, you'll support the tune for as long as I own the car?

What if I go to forced induction??
 

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My tune cost 100.00 and will be suported as long as you own your Focus in NA form, If you go to FI it cost 150.00 and will also be supported for the length you own the Focus

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Tom, I sent you a PM. Check your PM's.
I tried to send you an email, but I can't find your email address.
Thanks.
 

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tom, one more question.

how many tunes do i get for that $100? i just want 2, one for 91 oct and one for 93-94 octane.
 

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A FI tune for $150.00? You can mail order me a FI Tune?
 

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PizZel said:
A FI tune for $150.00? You can mail order me a FI Tune?
FI tunes are allways best and safest done on a dyno , contact McNews there in PA

Yes i can do a FI tune mailorder but it will take some work on your part as for the AF and logging

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hey guys, this guy knows what he is doing on the tuning end of the focus. It only took 4 pulls on the dyno from no tune whatsoever to get my turbo focus dialed in..........sadly I've given up on that project to move on to an SVT.........and you guessed, I'll be getting my tune from Tom again. Not on an SCT since I already have a Predator but even still..........i'm coming back to him 4 years later.
 
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