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    Looking to tune your car? What are your options? Look no further.

    A lot of people have been inquiring about wanting a go-to thread regarding the tuners available to us with STs.

    This post will be updated as thorough as possible to ensure that all information is accurate regarding each tuner. WORK IN PROGRESS - Don't kill me for errors just let me know If we have to kill or rewrite it for whatever reason I won't cry If any vendors have an issue with this I'll happily revise/remove it

    I'll start by saying, there really isn't any one "best" tuner, and for the most part any of the options you choose will get you improvement. The BEST ADVICE I can give about this is to email ALL of them and ask. At the bottom of this post there is a link to another post that outlines the important questions you need to consider/ask.

    The only advice I firmly believe is that you should definitely consider running a tune from a tuner instead of running the Cobb OTS tunes, this is just my own opinion, but the OTS tunes are very generic, very lacking in power, and have a lot of reported issues. Plus some tuners offer discounts/free tunes with the AP if you buy from them if you're into that.

    In case you're new to all of this:
    A "Flash Tune" is a tune you have emailed to you that is just set-up based on a template of some sorts. Some tuners take into account your specific mods for this template and send it to you. Generic version of a tune that usually leaves a little bit of power still on the table.
    A "Custom Tune" is a tune you either do in person on a dyno or have emailed to you that is typically configured via datalogs that you send to your tuner and make several revisions to slowly pull out that last 5% of power and really hone your car in exactly how you want it.


    Without further ado, here are the tuners (using handheld tuning devices) available to our platform:

    Stratified Automotive Controls
    Stratified Automotive Controls
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of basic flash tune: $50/Free with purchase of AP3($500)
    Price of custom tune: $250
    Cost of revisions: $25-50

    Common contacts for questions: @[email protected] @[email protected] @Bugasu

    Panda Motorsports
    https://www.pandamotorworks.com/
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of basic flash tune: N/a custom tunes only
    Price of custom tune: $125 stock turbo/$250 big turbo
    Cost of revisions: Three (3) free revisions and then it's $45 for revision/retune.

    Common contacts for questions: @[email protected]

    JST-Performance
    https://jst-performance.com/
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of basic flash tune: $100-140 with accessport purchase (Someone want to double check?)
    Price of custom tune: $220-270 (lifetime tune)
    Cost of revisions: Free with lifetime tune/$75 for fuel upgrade/$95 for normal revisions

    Common contacts for questions: @JST Performance

    FSWerks
    https://www.fswerks.com/
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport and SCT x4
    Price of basic tune: $50/$150 if you didn't buy the tuner from them
    Cost of revisions: $50

    Common contacts for questions: @FSWerks1

    Freektune
    https://www.freektune.com/
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of basic tune: $75 with purchase of SCT/$100 for OTS plus
    Price of custom tune: $170
    Cost of revisions: One free with OTS plus/$75/Free with custom tune

    Common contacts for questions: @[email protected] @[email protected]

    Mountune
    mountune Performance Ford Focus, Fiesta & Mustang Parts
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of flash tune: mTune (AP3 included) $790/Normal flash tune with normal AP3 purchase $500
    Cost of revisions: Free within program period (45 days from purchase)/$279 outside of program

    Ford Racing
    https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-9603A-FSTA
    Tuning Device: Laptop Installed
    Price of flash tune: $795

    Unleashed Tuning
    Unleashed Tuning- Horsepower is easy, traction is the real problem!
    Tuning Device: SCT x4
    Price of flash tune: N/a Custom tunes only
    Price of custom tune: Free with SCT purchase from them/$150
    Cost of revisions: Free for life

    Common contacts for questions: @tmcphail

    Steeda
    https://www.steeda.com/
    Tuning Device: SCT x4
    Price of flash tune: $99
    Price of custom tune: Free with purchase of SCT from them for life/$150 for life
    Cost of revisions: Free for life (unless you buy just a single tune)

    Common contacts for questions: @[email protected]

    Rebel Devil
    https://rebeldevil.com
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of flash tune: $60/$499 with purchase of AP3 from them
    Price of custom tune: $140
    Cost of revisions: $35/Free with custom tune for life

    Common contacts for questions: @RebelDevil

    Purple Drank Tuning
    https://www.pd-tuning.com/
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of custom lifetime tune: $175-300 (must have AP3)
    Cost of revisions: Free for life

    Livernois Motorsports
    https://www.livernoismotorsports.com/
    Tuning Device: Custom
    Price of custom tune: $599 (Uses their own tuner device)

    Tuned by Nishan
    https://www.tunedbynishan.com/
    Tuning Device: Cobb Accessport
    Price of basic flash(base) tune: $50
    Price of custom(e)-tune: $250
    Cost of revisions: Free with e-tune/$100 for touch-up tune

    Before you decide on a tuner, also go and view the list @[email protected] typed up in the other post. These are important questions to ask your tuner: https://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-...tions-ask.html

    I chose to make this post to better help break down the popular options so people don't have to keep asking "What tuner should I go with?"

    Please comment any missed options/information and I'll update accordingly.
    I want this post to show no bias towards any options because let's be totally honest, EVERY protuner will give you safe power and can work with you to get you more specifically what you want if you choose. That's the bottom line, if you like a customer service from one company or want to deal with a very specific person then there you go. If not, pick one that looks nice and pull the trigger. They'll take care of you.
    Last edited by brian60; 08-08-2018 at 01:54 PM.
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    2014 Performance Blue ST3

    Stratified 93Oct Tune - AP v3
    CP-E 3.5" FMIC
    Depo Racing Catless DP
    MBRP CBE
    Cobb CAI
    AEM DryFlow Air Filter
    Boomba Racing Wing Risers and BOV
    Option Labs R716 Wheels in Bronze
    VelossaTech Rear Diffuser Fins
    Rally Armour Mud Flaps
    Yellow LED Amazon Fogs
    NGK LTR7IX-11 Spark Plugs
    Subdued Flag Decals (2) with Thin Blue Line

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    Tear into it with suggestions/personal info about experiences you'd like to note/etc. Suggestions, I hate this take it down, this is great, etc. is all appreciated! I'll add more as I have time.

    I'm sure I'm missing some people or have some prices incorrect. Just hit me and I'll update whatever.
    @poletrain hit it buddy


    Future additions I want to add when I have time:

    Key notes of each option


    Vendors feel free to PM me if you want something changed and you don't wanna post it or something.
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    2014 Performance Blue ST3

    Stratified 93Oct Tune - AP v3
    CP-E 3.5" FMIC
    Depo Racing Catless DP
    MBRP CBE
    Cobb CAI
    AEM DryFlow Air Filter
    Boomba Racing Wing Risers and BOV
    Option Labs R716 Wheels in Bronze
    VelossaTech Rear Diffuser Fins
    Rally Armour Mud Flaps
    Yellow LED Amazon Fogs
    NGK LTR7IX-11 Spark Plugs
    Subdued Flag Decals (2) with Thin Blue Line

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    Great post, as metioned I am a contact for help with or to answer questions for Freektune. You can private message me here or email me directly at [email protected]

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    When did the Moderator thing happen or am I just stupid and missed it.
    Stratified Custom Tune (91 and E30) CPE Lightweight FMIC VelossaTech Intake Snorkel
    FSwerks Shift Bracket+Busings (40%) Wilwood FNSL6 14" NGK LTR7IX-11
    Green Filter Steeda RMM, TTR Upper Passenger Gloss black wrapped roof
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    Fogs on with High Beam mod (Diode Dynamics XML2 Fogs) Limo tint rear, Front legal Proclip Pillar mount
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    Quote Originally Posted by elyk864 View Post
    When did the Moderator thing happen or am I just stupid and missed it.
    Was a today thing actually
    2014 Performance Blue ST3

    Stratified 93Oct Tune - AP v3
    CP-E 3.5" FMIC
    Depo Racing Catless DP
    MBRP CBE
    Cobb CAI
    AEM DryFlow Air Filter
    Boomba Racing Wing Risers and BOV
    Option Labs R716 Wheels in Bronze
    VelossaTech Rear Diffuser Fins
    Rally Armour Mud Flaps
    Yellow LED Amazon Fogs
    NGK LTR7IX-11 Spark Plugs
    Subdued Flag Decals (2) with Thin Blue Line

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    Great list. Hopefully will eliminate a common n00b thread topic.

    Suggested additions:
    Rebel Devil tuning
    FRPP tune

    Suggested edits:
    Might save some confusion if you create a separate Mountune AP and mTune section. AP offers custom tunes and is full featured. MTune has some limitations and can only run MP or MR tunes. Additional tune prices are different between the two options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brian60 View Post
    Was a today thing actually
    Ok, so I'm stupid. Whew, well at least most of the time.
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    Stratified Custom Tune (91 and E30) CPE Lightweight FMIC VelossaTech Intake Snorkel
    FSwerks Shift Bracket+Busings (40%) Wilwood FNSL6 14" NGK LTR7IX-11
    Green Filter Steeda RMM, TTR Upper Passenger Gloss black wrapped roof
    TSW Rivage 18X8 5-108 +40mm Husky Liner Floor mats (All) Global windows mod
    Fogs on with High Beam mod (Diode Dynamics XML2 Fogs) Limo tint rear, Front legal Proclip Pillar mount
    Led Interior lights Breedt APM

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    Quote Originally Posted by TS13FST View Post
    Great list. Hopefully will eliminate a common n00b thread topic.

    Suggested additions:
    Rebel Devil tuning
    FRPP tune

    Suggested edits:
    Might save some confusion if you create a separate Mountune AP and mTune section. AP offers custom tunes and is full featured. MTune has some limitations and can only run MP or MR tunes. Additional tune prices are different between the two options.
    Added those two, I'll have to think of how I want to separate the Mountune. I knew adding Mountune would prove tricky since they are unique in how they operate this
    2014 Performance Blue ST3

    Stratified 93Oct Tune - AP v3
    CP-E 3.5" FMIC
    Depo Racing Catless DP
    MBRP CBE
    Cobb CAI
    AEM DryFlow Air Filter
    Boomba Racing Wing Risers and BOV
    Option Labs R716 Wheels in Bronze
    VelossaTech Rear Diffuser Fins
    Rally Armour Mud Flaps
    Yellow LED Amazon Fogs
    NGK LTR7IX-11 Spark Plugs
    Subdued Flag Decals (2) with Thin Blue Line

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    Great write up, glad someone made the effort
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    This is good stuff - thanks for putting this together!
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    2017 Race Red ST2:
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    | Denso ITV22 Plugs | Hella Sharptones | JBR TRU-3.0 Intake |
    | Turbosmart Kompact BOV | CFM Performance Symposer Delete |
    | VXMotor Wing Risers | JBR JB Armor Mudflaps | JBR Heavy Knob |

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