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Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« on: June 27, 2017, 09:00:05 AM »
After months of driving a nice but boring stock Continental, I finally decided to work with our forum friend AJP Turbo to see if we could wake up my sleepy "quiet luxury" ride.  First off, BIG KUDOS to Brad for actually pushing SCT to support my car's strategy code.    I couldn't get them to do it and other tuners wouldn't even try. 

We ran a couple of logs and Brad explained what he was seeing and what could be done to safely improve it.  I have been driving with the first version of the tune and am very impressed.  The transmission tuning is exactly the way I like it - smooth as silk at part throttle and firm and quick at WOT.  BIG improvement over stock.  The car pulls harder now and I know there are more tweaks to be made with future revisions.

I am not sure if the 3.0 engine will respond to tuning as well as the 3.5 Ecoboost but I am sure that Brad will do all he can with it while retaining the luxury daily driving experience.   I look forward to future revisions and also taking it to the track. 

Thanks, AJP Turbo!!!   


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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 09:07:07 AM »
Good deal, Bruce.  Get that thing dialed in, and let's meet up at the track!






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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 09:28:15 AM »
Nice! Someone posted a silver one on facebook on airbags and it looks amazing!
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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2017, 09:32:36 AM »
Great to hear, Bruce, here's to more great things to come!  :beer2:
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If tuned:  Take note of the strategy code as you return to stock (including 3 bar MAP to 2 bar MAP) -> take car in & get it serviced -> check strategy code when you get car back -> have tuner update your tune if the strategy code has changed -> reload tune -> ENJOY!

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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2017, 09:47:28 AM »
Good deal, Bruce.  Get that thing dialed in, and let's meet up at the track!






...or even a stoplight...

LOL....I have seen your timeslips from Rock Falls.  I don't expect to be able to match those with just a tune.   If we can get the Conti consistently into the 12s without bolt-ons or meth, I will be happy!


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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2017, 12:31:15 PM »
Nice job Bruce. You are paving the way for other continental owners!
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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2017, 12:56:22 PM »
Nice job Bruce. You are paving the way for other continental owners!

Lol...I doubt if there is another Continental owner in the country who cares much about tuning.   

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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 07:52:07 PM »
That's what that's they used to say about us MKS owners. :-)
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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2017, 08:16:57 PM »
Great news!  It's cool to be the ones pushing boundaries.
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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2017, 09:26:51 PM »
That's what that's they used to say about us MKS owners. :-)b

Excellent point.  I still hold YOU mostly responsible for me getting my MKS tuned.  You might have been the first MKS owner to get a tune.

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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2017, 11:30:51 PM »
Very nice!  If my next ride isn't an SS it'll be one of those.
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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2017, 02:57:43 AM »
Brucelinc thank you for the kind words. And I've been impressed with SCT's response time in adding strategies upon request even though in may have to come from dealers.

I do expect some moderate gains but I suspect that the 3.0tt ecoboost is pushed harder from Ford than the SHO was which is good. As far as specific output goes it's pretty impressive....35 more hp and .5 liter less displacement are nice gains.

The crappy thing about calibration development on new models is the learning curve...A lot is the same but atlot is different...And the controller within the 3.0tt is different than the SHO...Just like the gen 1 SHO's are different than the Gen 2 SHO's....Sometimes it's nice to have one of the vehicles in person and bang out tunes for a couple weeks but we don't have that luxury.

I'm excited to work on it...Always interesting to pioneer a platform.

At first glance I liked your first tune but we need to take a few baby steps.

I will say that a lot of the calibration is similar to the 2.7tt ecoboost and it's the same controller. And I have some dyno's and info on the 2.7tt ecoboost in my truck if I can ever find time to post it....I've really slacked off on the leisure posts lately because of time...But I still really enjoy giving insight into the tunes and some of the things that people don't normally get to see.

I put down 366whp/465wtq with no bolt ons but with E30 in my 2.7 F150 so I fully expect you to be right there. And I have also been running full E85 without switching tunes. I basically enabled flex fuel logic. And the Continental has that ability as well as the MKS I would think.

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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2017, 11:02:20 AM »

I put down 366whp/465wtq with no bolt ons but with E30 in my 2.7 F150 so I fully expect you to be right there. And I have also been running full E85 without switching tunes. I basically enabled flex fuel logic. And the Continental has that ability as well as the MKS I would think.

More to come.

Holy Mother!  That little engine is a torque monster!!  I want some of that!!

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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2017, 01:55:51 PM »
That's what that's they used to say about us MKS owners. :-)b

Excellent point.  I still hold YOU mostly responsible for me getting my MKS tuned.  You might have been the first MKS owner to get a tune.

I might have been,  but that path for us MKS guys was was cleared by all the SHO owners.

And I attribute my taking the plunge to with the 3-Bar  tune to Don (Donky4444). I took a trip the  Detroit International auto show with him in his first SHO, and got on the phone with Livernois  VERY soon after that regarding upgrading to a 3-Bar 
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Re: Tuning the 3.0 Continental
« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2017, 02:16:46 PM »
Brucelinc thank you for the kind words. And I've been impressed with SCT's response time in adding strategies upon request even though in may have to come from dealers.

I do expect some moderate gains but I suspect that the 3.0tt ecoboost is pushed harder from Ford than the SHO was which is good. As far as specific output goes it's pretty impressive....35 more hp and .5 liter less displacement are nice gains.

The crappy thing about calibration development on new models is the learning curve...A lot is the same but atlot is different...And the controller within the 3.0tt is different than the SHO...Just like the gen 1 SHO's are different than the Gen 2 SHO's....Sometimes it's nice to have one of the vehicles in person and bang out tunes for a couple weeks but we don't have that luxury.

I'm excited to work on it...Always interesting to pioneer a platform.

At first glance I liked your first tune but we need to take a few baby steps.

I will say that a lot of the calibration is similar to the 2.7tt ecoboost and it's the same controller. And I have some dyno's and info on the 2.7tt ecoboost in my truck if I can ever find time to post it....I've really slacked off on the leisure posts lately because of time...But I still really enjoy giving insight into the tunes and some of the things that people don't normally get to see.

I put down 366whp/465wtq with no bolt ons but with E30 in my 2.7 F150 so I fully expect you to be right there. And I have also been running full E85 without switching tunes. I basically enabled flex fuel logic. And the Continental has that ability as well as the MKS I would think.

More to come.
that's incredible!
is there any other models that have the flex fuel logic capability?


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