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Ok I'm not to sure about this question. I heard all this hype about installing a chip firms the shifts, takes off limiters and all this other stuff. Then I heard about this other device which is a tuner??? A device that you plug into a port on your car to reprogram the chip?? Can someone explain this to me and let me know which one is best and about how much $ I'm looking at. Income tax season is here and I'm going to buy one but not sure which one. Please specify what its called and where I can purchase it please.

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Using a Tuner means you know what you're doing. You're fimilar with the mathmatics behind optimizing spark curves, changing shift points, and controlling other engine functions. Although an advanced user can finely tune thier own car and make to-the-minute changes as needed for upgrades and such, you are also soley responsable for how well your car runs, if at all, after you've tuned it. In addition, there is no really good tuning software available for the taurus, expecially the Gen 4, that I know of. Last I heard Jason King was marketing some, but not sure he still is. If you go with something like EEC-tuner.com, you may have to go to the level of editing your own hex file. This takes fimiliarity with Hex editing software and you have to know exactly what you're looking for within the file.

Unless you plan on starting your own chip tuning business or have one off-the-wall unique setup, having your car tuned by a professional using a chip or having your EEC flashed is the cheapest and safest way.

I had my 2000 duratec done by American Motorsport and it works wonderfully.

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Originally posted by dant98@Mar 4 2004, 12:00 PM
Using a Tuner means you know what you're doing. You're fimilar with the mathmatics behind optimizing spark curves, changing shift points, and controlling other engine functions. Although an advanced user can finely tune thier own car and make to-the-minute changes as needed for upgrades and such, you are also soley responsable for how well your car runs, if at all, after you've tuned it. In addition, there is no really good tuning software available for the taurus, expecially the Gen 4, that I know of. Last I heard Jason King was marketing some, but not sure he still is. If you go with something like EEC-tuner.com, you may have to go to the level of editing your own hex file. This takes fimiliarity with Hex editing software and you have to know exactly what you're looking for within the file.

Unless you plan on starting your own chip tuning business or have one off-the-wall unique setup, having your car tuned by a professional using a chip or having your EEC flashed is the cheapest and safest way.

I had my 2000 duratec done by American Motorsport and it works wonderfully.

-Dan
So what did your chip include? Like what improvements?
 

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Unless you meant the "Microtuner" which I sell. With it, I upload a perfromance file or a couple of performance files to it and send it to you. You use it to flashyoru computer with the file I have made and you keep the unit. You can then flash back to stock if you ever want to.

You can also send me your EEC and I can flash it. Chip adn reflashes are $325. The Microtuner starts at $400. Prices do not include s/h.

With any of these you will get:

Firmer transmission shifts, Removed tip in spark retard, Remove spark reduction during shifts, Revised shift pattern for more performance feel, Faster manual downshifts, Removed speed limiter, Revised fuel table, optimized spark table, Improved engine braking when at closed throttle, Turn cooling fans on sooner
Revises torque converter function to eliminate shudder and allow it to run cooler
Available for any air meter you want to use, Available for any fuel injectors you want to use, Available without EGR on most years, Additional horsepower and torque when running premium, better trhottle response, and other tuning tweaks.
 

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What he said.

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