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Discussion in '2012-2013 Boss 302 Mustang' started by onmywayout, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. onmywayout

    onmywayout Registered User

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    I've had my car nearly 6-months now and I am getting a bit too comfortable with the present performance. I drive almost solely with the RedKey as I find the performance with the BlackKey a bit underwhelming.

    My car is nearly all stock other than an AFE drop in dry filter. I have been thinking about a CAI (AirRaid) and either a AED or Lund tune to wake things up a bit.

    I'd like to get comments from others who have tuned a near stock Boss. What are your thoughts, was it worth the $$$.
     
  2. KBBoss302

    KBBoss302 Active Member Established Member

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    Hey I only have a Steeda CAI and Ford Racing Touring axlebacks on my Boss and the AED e-tune I did on it several years ago really woke the car up. Plus, the pops and crackles sound so great with the sidepipes open. Feels very strong and doesn't surge or feel too jumpy as I experienced with another tuner on a prior Boss.
     
  3. onmywayout

    onmywayout Registered User

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    Thank you for this reply. This is exactly what I was looking for. Quick question are there any aspects from the RedKey tune that is lost with the AED
     
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    96gt02 Active Member Established Member

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    You actually better off getting a tune from someone like AED vs using the Red key, As the Red key actually desensitizes the knock sensors which an aftermarket tune wouldnt do and would give you more power as well as being safer
     
  6. onmywayout

    onmywayout Registered User

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    Chatted with Shaun this afternoon. Going with a Airaid Parnelli Jones CAI and his 93 and drag tunes. :)
     
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    B7BlownSnake Active Member Established Member

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    He tuned my Boss, but I had a CJ intake set up on it. AED is a great tuner. Set the rev limit to 8200, it pulled hard all the way and ran perfectly.

    You lose the fake "idle" from the Red Key. And you lose Launch Control. Basically, you lose anything the Red Key gives, but obviously gain much more in power and drivability.
     
  8. 12WhiteBoss302

    12WhiteBoss302 New Member Established Member

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    Shaun for AED just tuned my car 3 days ago. I had the track key before that, which was great, but this is so much better. It really opened up the car and his idle lope tune is excellent. It sounds more aggressive then the track key.

    Shaun was very helpful with the tuning and found a couple problems when we were data logging. He helped fix the problems and all was good. Very highly recommended!
     
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  9. PaxtonShelby

    PaxtonShelby 5.4 3-valve sucks big hairy donkey balls Established Member

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    Good choice. AED kills it!
     
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    Apparently the latest software from HP Tuners allows the tuner to keep the Track Key stuff while doing their custom tune.
     
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    Are you running cats still with their ghost tune?

    I hate to admit I don’t want to give up the lumpy idle....
     
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    12WhiteBoss302 New Member Established Member

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    Yes I still have the cats. I have no idea how long they will last with the ghost tune, but I am like you, I did not want to give up the lumpy idle. I just heard it wasn’t good to idle for a long period of time with the ghost tune active.
     
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    B7BlownSnake Active Member Established Member

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    That's good to know, glad someone found a way to keep it. IIRC, the Track Key stuff was buried deep by Ford so it was easier just to scrap it when retuning.
     
  14. Livernois Motorsports

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    We have a great tune for these vehicles as well as an awesome cylinder head program for the boss 302's! For extra info shoot us a call or pm, 313-561-5500 extension 104 and my name is cody and ill be glad to assist you!
     
  15. bfgtim

    bfgtim Member Established Member

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    Tune it.

    I did long tubes and kept the side pipes. Sounds better than stock is even more responsive.


    Tune it. You won’t miss the track key.
     
  16. Toxic_Tommie

    Toxic_Tommie New Member

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    I’m wanting to tune my new to me Boss, if you don’t mind me asking, what was the cost?
     
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    I also vouch for Shaun & AED.
     
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    I’ve emailed Shaun with tons of questions, which he freely answered and is going to square me away.
     
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    Can the stock tunes be reinstalled after a custom tune?
     
  20. PaxtonShelby

    PaxtonShelby 5.4 3-valve sucks big hairy donkey balls Established Member

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    Yes, but the stock tune may not work well with any mods you have added / tuned for.
     

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