Originally Posted by ymeski56
The difference is, Shawn forfeited his Forum Vendor status, as well as being permanently banned as a Forum member, both due to his behavior here on the Forum. This puts both Shawn & the Forum in a less than optimal situation for discussion regarding SoCal Tunes, when discussion turn's to quoting prices & special offers.
Livernois "is" a Vendor on the Forum, which allows him to quote prices & offer specials.
Quoting a price of anything should have NOTHING to do with whether a particular vendor is a member here or not. Posting a link to a site should, again, have NOTHING to do with membership to this forum.
You, the Admins, have made this more than it should be. You are actively discouraging commerce and knowledge sharing. Re-read the guys post that set you off; he is starting from square 1 just looking to have a member help provide basic knowledge.
I strongly recommend taking a deep breath when it comes to Southern Speed.
I was just there too!!!
A great place to start is with reading up on the SCT tuners. They are a device that connects to the truck and allows you to upload a tune to the trucks computer. There are 3 to choose from:
SCT3015: basic programmer.
Livewire: A device that you likely permanently affix in your truck. Has a nice digital readout, too.
iTSX: a small device that you use your iDevice (iPod, iPhone,iPad) or Android device to control
The programmer you choose is really personal preference based on how much you want to spend... I got mine (iTSX) from a mod on here Franchi Motorsports.
The SCT device will come with 3 canned tunes. The instructions to load a tune to your truck are very straightforward and the operation is very easy even for a complete noob!
Then there are custom tunes... This is essentially your trucks operating system upgrade that gives your truck a whole set of new instructions for managing acceleration/deceleration, throttle and boost response. Some of the folks/company's tunes you will hear of: Southern Speed, Unleashed, 5Star, etc. They will all work with the SCT programmer. There is also Livernois (there is a separate thread on here about them). They have their own device you must buy/use as well as custom canned tunes to load to your truck. The tunes will run anywhere from $150 or so on up.
Loading the custom tunes onto the SCT programmer you choose requires you install a SCT computer program to interface with the SCT device. From the computer program, you browse your computer for the file and load it onto the device. The device is connected to your computer via USB. Once the custom tune is loaded to your SCT device, you are ready to plug the SCT device into your trucks OBDII port and upload the custom tune. Note: the SCT device may/will say the SCT canned tunes are no longer available, but, they are.
Lastly, when you are loading a tune to your truck, there are 2 things to be very mindful of:
1) Follow the instructions closely. Select the appropriate Octane based on the gas you are running. It is OK to run a higher octane gas than your tune, but not the other way around.
2) Make sure you do NOT turn off your truck (from the acc position) during programming. Just let it finish!
Tuning a truck is like turning yours into a new truck!!! The beauty of the turbos/direct injection is that tuning makes a huge difference. The gains are only to be believed once you tune the truck and drive it.
As for Southern Speed, the tune is simply wonderful. It is a great driving experience. I am on the T4 87 Octane tune and am very happy with the way my truck performs. I would not want to drive a stock Ecoboost at this point.