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Anyone else have issues with their Bama tunes? Mainly on the chips vs the hand helds or email tunes.

 

I have sent my chip back 3 times for issues with the tune and only changed the cam to a trick flow stage one. First time trans would not shift and last 2 times had check engine light and would not idle without babying the gas. Last time ran super rich. 

 

I finally decided to setup a dyno session in September to hopefully get my car tuned. 

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I did a heads/cam swap years ago and hoped that the computer would not need the tune but of course just trickflow 170s and a stage 1 cam needed it.  I tried bama and even though all the options I had done to the motor were it drop down menus it came running super lean to where our eyes were watering 6ft out of the garage.  I said F-it and limped it to a dyno and it drove perfect after that.  

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I've wasted the last 4 weeks send back and waiting for a new chip only to be disappointed again and again.  I am honestly excited to get the car dyno tuned at Alternative Auto Performance. September can't get here soon enough.  

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I have heard way more bad then good about them, unfortunately just a little too late.  The only joy I got from the whole thing was scratching "SUCKS" on the little metal plaque they give your right after their name/logo and putting it on my tool box.

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If only people did research first. There’s 90% more people who’ve had bad issues with bama tunes than anything good. 

 

No 2 cars are the same and no matter how identical you think they are, they’re not. This is why tunes like theirs suck. 

 

Lesson learned, move on, hope the dyno tune fixes all. 

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To be honest. I had the chip in my car for a bit, and it ran pretty decent.  When I swapped in the trick flow stage one cam they "recommended" a reflash on the chip.  It never ran right with each new reflash.  It runs ok without the chip, but it will run way better after the dyno tune. 

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Oddly enough I have been running a tune from them in my 96 cobra for 5 years or so. Never an issue. Granted the car hasnt been driven much the past year. But prior to that.

 

Granted I am using a Livewire TS. I wouldnt use the chip really if I ever had to. That thing is a massive pain in the ass.

 

These cars have very simple computers and I can bet the tunes have not changed much, if at all, since 5+ years ago. Just not worth it to look into updating anything on our cars tune wise. Just not needed. 

 

If you are going FI I would say deff find a shop near you that has a good reputation if you need to use a chip and cant tune via email with another company. 

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I ran their chip for a couple years and it seemed to run pretty good. When I installed the trick flow stage one cam they recommended a reflash. I never did run the car on the original chip so I don't know how it would have ran. I sent 3 chip back to them and all had issues. Last 2 chip I couldn't even get the car to idle without babying the gas. My car is OBD1 and requires a chip in order to tune it. I found a good tuner in my area and now I'm just waiting for September to get here. Waiting sux. 

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5 hours ago, javorm1 said:

I ran their chip for a couple years and it seemed to run pretty good. When I installed the trick flow stage one cam they recommended a reflash. I never did run the car on the original chip so I don't know how it would have ran. I sent 3 chip back to them and all had issues. Last 2 chip I couldn't even get the car to idle without babying the gas. My car is OBD1 and requires a chip in order to tune it. I found a good tuner in my area and now I'm just waiting for September to get here. Waiting sux. 

 

This is why you go plug in play. Then you can tune it however you want. 

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