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Offline JagerBomb

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Tuning NA 3.5
« on: April 21, 2019, 09:52:57 AM »
My work vehicle is a 2018 NA 3.5l explorer and its weak. I have a SCT tuner not being used and a MyCal tuner from Livernois in my closet not being used. Will a canned tuned from the SCT give me any reasonable change or would I have to go a custom route? I just want the truck to accelerate and have a little more on the top end. I hate to say it but the NA is really under powered for the size of the truck.
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Re: Tuning NA 3.5
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2019, 03:25:39 PM »
Canned tunes are generally lackluster.  Might be better off getting a pedalmax type adjustment to make throttle response better, but a custom tune will stand head and shoulders above.
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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 NA 3.5
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2019, 06:24:34 AM »
Livernois has a tune for the naturally aspirated 3.5.   I wouldn't expect a dramatic power increase since there are no turbos to work with but I suspect it would be noticeable.   At the very least, it likely improves transmission behavior and throttle response.  Tweaking the timing and AF/R should yield results.    I assume your current MyCal would work on a 2018 and that their new device wouldn't be necessary.   They could certainly answer that for you.

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Re: Tuning NA 3.5
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2019, 10:02:52 AM »
Thanks guys. I will give it a try. Its just so depressing to drive my work car. Then on my days off I get to drive my xsport and I am like oh thats what its like to have a little power. My xsport is still stock right now.
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Re: Tuning NA 3.5
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2019, 12:35:31 PM »
Unleashed tunes the 3.5 NA as well.  You can give Torrie a holler.  A lot of Edge 3.5 owners have his tunes and are quite pleased with them.
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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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