Mike worked his magic on my V10 and I have been absolutely thrilled with the results.
Having the 5 Star tunes made my decision to buy a new 11,000+lb 5th wheel a much easier one. Towing my new toy is nothing for my truck - I can't thank Mike enough.
I had the misfortune of towing the 5th wheel home from the RV dealership one night after I had my truck in for service, (back to factory tune), and was quickly reminded how poor the Ford tune really is for towing something that heavy.
I went from a Mark LT with the 5.4 to my now stock 2v V10. The power difference from that is day and night. I can't imagine more power but I do want it! Sounds like I may be giving a call to Mike soon!
I really like mine a lot. I like the SPD y pipe too. The tuner made a big difference, and with the y-pipe I definitely noticed a better/quicker throttle response and a much better exhaust tone (in my opinion). Both well worth the money spent. Bumped my mpgs up too, and with the amount I drive, I think it's about paid for itself. Within another month or two at the least.
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I don't yet own anything with a V10 but am looking for an E350 extended body----if/when I get the right vehicle Mike will be the first call I make once its in my driveway.
I've rarely seen one vendor so overwhemingly approved of by users, not a bit of hype but honest feedback from those running the product. There was a time in the USA service this good was the norm and not the exception!
Does anybody run Mike's tune with a manual transmission? It seems everyone raves about the difference in shifting with the auto, but I can't find anyone running with a manual trans.
I think I can justify the expense since it will eventually pay for itself, but I'd like some input from others.
I've got a manual trans, 6 speed, with 3.73 diffs. It has a cold air intake, throttle body spacer, y pipe, and flomaster 50 seires muffler. I just got the x3 about 2 months ago. If you want more power, hang on, it gives it. Noticeable difference in 87 econo, I didn't see much change in 87 tow, at first, but I have a really heavy tool trailer. after adding +2 degrees, it pulled the 36' horse trailer up the river hill in 3rd gear at the speed limit. before.... down to 2nd and on the floor boards to keep speed. I didn't get the mileage increase I was expecting, but have since discovered an exhaust leak on passenger side rear of the manifold. Could be where the mileage is going. Saving pennies now for a set of headers. In 87 econo, I'm averaging 15 mpg (imperial gal). Before the tuner I got the same mileage. but not the power. I've only tried the performance tune once. only thing I can say is Wow!
I guess I should add, that with the manual transmission, you can rev until you feel like shifting. So with the options adjust, I raised the rev limit to 5500 rpm from the stock 5100. Not that you get much more after 4800, but if you go to 5400, you don't lose any pull, and the drop in rpm isn't as bad when you shift from 2nd to 3rd. 3rd gear then still keeps you in the power band range. I tend to skip gears alot, and with more bottom end torque, (from spacer and tuner) I use 1st to get rolling and 2nd to get up to speed then jump to 5th, I rarely use Low, and 4th is used in town. It runs really nice and smooth at the higher rpms too... kinda purrs along nicely. Also when down shifting, you have an unbeliveable range in rpm.
Thanks Mike, I'm happy with the service and the tunes.
__________________ 2002 F-350 Superduty Lariat. 6.8L V10, 6 speed manual, 4x4 , CC SB SRW, Airaid CAI, Poweraid TBS, Modified Y Pipe, Flomaster Exhaust, SCT tunner. Headers coming soon. 2011 F-350 Superduty Lariet, 6.7 PSD Auto Trans, F x 4 Off Road ESOF, CC SB SRW.
1991 F-150 4 x 4, 4" suspension lift, 3" Body lift. 35" BFG's 5.0 5 speed
Well, old Pap also pulled the trigger with an X-3 of 87/tow-performance, 89/tow/performance and 91 performance. I don't see much 93 octane around here so 91 is about all I can do. I will drop the Diablosport Predator that I have run for 90,000 miles and see how the 5-Star runs in comparison. I will post when I have the SCT and installed.
2008 F-250 V-10 4X4 Lariat, Supercab/Shortbed, Pueblo Gold/Black, Loaded, Custom Front/Rear bumpers from South Texas Outfitters,Duraflaps, Access bed cover, Weatherguard, Air Raid, Mike's 5-Star-SCT(BAD!!), Superhides, TransferFlow 47 gal tank, Rigid LED lights, Mag-Hytec rear dif cover, Bilstein 5100 shocks, Magnaflow,Firestone Airbags,Fumoto Drain Plug.
2007 Lincoln LT-wifers(Mike's 5-Star,Magnaflow,K&N, STO Monster Bumper)
1996 Bronco EB-Almost Stock,STO Monster Bumper
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