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Old 12-02-2012, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1996 SHO and I had someone tell me I could put and use SCT tunes on my car. I was wondering if this was true and what could it help/hurt? I looked into them and they don't look like they do much, but I have never really gotten into the electronics on vehicles. Are there any other programmers/chips that could help my car (faster, more hp/torque)? Thanks
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Not sure on an older SHO. I know the new SHO's it actually does quite a bit. Nick (bull geek) used one on his 2000 duratec. He says it has more power in the high end, but less in the low end.

Check this thread out on it: ECU Tuner
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You might have more success asking on SHOforum. You might also try to PM Paul (shoz123).

I believe the SCT turner will work. I'm not sure how much more power you're going to get, but it should make the car feel more responsive and firm up the shifts a bit.
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Paul doesn't do tunes anymore, you'd have to find a performance shop nearby to do it.
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tWeecer seems to be the best for early gen SHO's.
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or so don't go with SCT tunes/tuner? Is there any mods I can do, that don't require a full engine rebuild(injectors, pistons, bore...etc) that will give me some hp? I've been researching this topic and there seems to be nothing ( I my looking in the wrong places)
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To be honest, get a new car. There aren't that many easy mods unfortunately. If you want more horsepower you need forced induction as long as you beef up the rest of the motor too. Biggest bang. Otherwise new motor components like rockers, etc.

Keep in mind if you do forced induction (supercharger, turbocharger) you need to beef up the transmission (ideally replace it with one that can handle more torque), and beef up the motor. The SHO motor will probably last longer with forced induction than a vulcan or tec though. Check out user named Jimmer. He has done a lot of mods to his vulcan to get it ready for forced induction, including a new trans.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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ok, so would putting a tranny cooler on, help or not?
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ok, so would putting a tranny cooler on, help or not?
Yes, that is one of the first and foremost mods that you should do, regardless of forced induction.

And don't listen to crabapple Breeves (), you shouldn't have to part with your SHO just in the pursuit of a little HP here and there.

If you have not been here yet, check it out:

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There's plenty of subtle mods like a honed intake or big bore butterflies, the tWeecer tuner, and many other things like cams as well.

Depending how deep you want to dig in your motor really depends on how much of a gain you want. Honestly, I'm about to custom tune my SHO for the track, and I'm starting on the intake and on the way down. 80mm MAF and cold air intake comes first then working down on the intake with BBC's and honing. From there I'll hit the cams and the PCM, then the injectors, pump, and fuel rail, and finally I'll top it off with a supercharger. Of course all the little knick knacks will follow along the way.

I hope I helped, happy tuning!
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A "tune" adjusts the factory settings, such as remaps fuel curves, timing, shift points (autos), adjusts for gear and tire size changes, etc. It is meant to tweak what you have to improve response and add some ponies. It gives you pretty good bang for the buck.
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