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My Daily driver is a '15 ST3 w/ Green air filter and Catback exhaust. I want to tune my car just for a little more giddy up, i will not be tracking the vehicle. Im thinking with my tune mixed with 115/120 degree weather, sitting in traffic where pavement is 160+ it might be a good idea to swap FMIC as well. Im not looking to spend a ton of cash but came across this Mountune package and it seems like a really good deal (Focus ST COBB V3 Accessport ECU Flasher, High Flow Air Filter, Intercooler upgrade & Calibration Package). $1000 for new Intercooler and AP with tune. I would also add in 1 step colder plugs...if needed

1) do you folks think i actually need to upgrade the intercooler
2) what should i expect from this tune compared to others

I dont need top end HP/TQ, just more on the low to mid fun.

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My Daily driver is a '15 ST3 w/ Green air filter and Catback exhaust. I want to tune my car just for a little more giddy up, i will not be tracking the vehicle. Im thinking with my tune mixed with 115/120 degree weather, sitting in traffic where pavement is 160+ it might be a good idea to swap FMIC as well. Im not looking to spend a ton of cash but came across this Mountune package and it seems like a really good deal (Focus ST COBB V3 Accessport ECU Flasher, High Flow Air Filter, Intercooler upgrade & Calibration Package). $1000 for new Intercooler and AP with tune. I would also add in 1 step colder plugs...if needed

1) do you folks think i actually need to upgrade the intercooler
2) what should i expect from this tune compared to others

I dont need top end HP/TQ, just more on the low to mid fun.

Thanks everyone!
1- Yes
2- Most of the tunes are pretty dang close. It's preference in the slight differences and who you deal with. Mountune is a great company.


Edit: To add to 1: It's DEFINITELY a good idea because you live in Arizona. Stock intercooler blows big ones. It's commonly the first mod done because it adds safety to the car, especially if you're tuning it.
 

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I'm in Phoenix and I'm debating what to buy next. Tunes scare me because I'm a *****.
I'm in the Phoenix area also and an intercooler will make it so the power you do have is consistent and doesn't fade in the heat after one pull. Also I have been tuned for quite some time, with both OTS and now Custom 91 and E30. Totally worth the extra power.
 

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sounds like a new IC is a great idea, as for that Mountune package, any feedback on it? other options that are better for the price?
 

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sounds like a new IC is a great idea, as for that Mountune package, any feedback on it? other options that are better for the price?
Sounds like a good deal for an IC, Air Filter, and APV3. Just remember it will still be an OTS not a custom tune.
 

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sounds like a new IC is a great idea, as for that Mountune package, any feedback on it? other options that are better for the price?
For the price, you could do a lot better. Mountune is a great company, and they are partners with Ford so often times that helps if something breaks and you need to use your warranty (so they don't deny you for aftermarket..but it can still happen). I will say that the Mountune intercooler is actually kinda small compared to other options. I'd rather buy an accessport off of a tuning company on the forum here like Stratified Automotive (who I use, strong forum presence and top notch customer service), Panda Motorsports, etc and get a FREE tune that is made specifically for the mods you have, and customizable to how you want, then after getting the AP get a CP-E (lower price) intercooler either 3.5" or huge 5.5" (way bigger than Mountune's) for a lot less money. Also, Depo racing intercoolers are the cheapest and they are also 3.5" or 5.5" but won't be available for another month.

So you could spend 500 for an accessport from a tuner, get a free powerful flash tune, get an intercooler for less than 500 bucks that's bigger, then spend the last 200 on an intake of choice and be better set.

Edit: But, if you are looking to maintain your warranty, sticking to Mountune definitely helps. So that might be a big selling point. Plus if you aren't looking to do anything drastic with mods in the future, it'll do great.
 

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Sounds like a good deal for an IC, Air Filter, and APV3. Just remember it will still be an OTS not a custom tune.
Considering its a daily driver, that tune would be better than stock...by a long shot, no?
 

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For the price, you could do a lot better. Mountune is a great company, and they are partners with Ford so often times that helps if something breaks and you need to use your warranty (so they don't deny you for aftermarket..but it can still happen). I will say that the Mountune intercooler is actually kinda small compared to other options. I'd rather buy an accessport off of a tuning company on the forum here like Stratified Automotive (who I use, strong forum presence and top notch customer service), Panda Motorsports, etc and get a FREE tune that is made specifically for the mods you have, and customizable to how you want, then after getting the AP get a CP-E (lower price) intercooler either 3.5" or huge 5.5" (way bigger than Mountune's) for a lot less money. Also, Depo racing intercoolers are the cheapest and they are also 3.5" or 5.5" but won't be available for another month.

So you could spend 500 for an accessport from a tuner, get a free powerful flash tune, get an intercooler for less than 500 bucks that's bigger, then spend the last 200 on an intake of choice and be better set.

Edit: But, if you are looking to maintain your warranty, sticking to Mountune definitely helps. So that might be a big selling point. Plus if you aren't looking to do anything drastic with mods in the future, it'll do great.
I like the idea of keeping warranty considering I only have 15K miles. im just looking to keep a little cooler and have better low and mid power, wondering how the Stratified compares to the Mountune? But getting that Depo IC plus a custom tune is quite the thought...
 

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I'm in Tucson. I'm on stratified e tune and my car runs great. I have a stage 3 e30 tune. And you'll 110% want to get a FMIC. The temperatures are way too hot here.


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I live in Prescott go to phx have intake cpe intercooler cat back coobbs ap with freekwrks stage 2 . Definantely get the intercooler. Cpe is a good size paid 500.
 

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Hey everyone, forum and tuner newbie, not sure if I'm supposed to put this in a new thread or not, but it seemed like my situation was pretty similar to OP's, so I was hoping you knowledgeable folks could help a newbie out...

I'm also in AZ and have a 2016 Focus ST completely stock at the moment, but am preparing to do some mods very shortly. I have a Cobb AP v3, and since I'm using that I just decided to go with the Cobb CAI w/hi flow filter since a lot of folks seem to say that Cobb products work best with Cobb products. From what I've read, the CAI won't add much performance, it's more for the sound effect anyway, is that right?

I also got myself a 5.5" cp-e FMIC since it was so much cheaper than the Cobb one, and bigger. I'm not planning on upgrading the turbo, but I figure in the AZ summers and my frequent drives to CA and Vegas, it was worth it. My wife actually convinced me to also just go ahead and get a new TBE as well while I'm at it (she's awesome), so I guess that would put me in Stage 3 territory...? Just had a few questions for the experts on here...

1. I also plan on swapping out the stock RMM with a cp-e Rear Motor Mount Stage2 xFlex - will this be a sufficient RMM for this setup?
2. I'm not looking for a loud exhaust at all, this will be my daily driver that I'll have to take to work everyday. But I would like to have one that sounds great when I get on it on the highway. I was thinking about the Cobb TBE that comes with the catted DP - any suggestions from anyone on whether this sounds like my best option? Or should I just go with a catless DP and Cobb CBE?
3. Am I missing anything in my rush to increase performance? I guess I should upgrade my brakes, but that may have to wait just a little bit. Is there something else I should be doing if I'm getting these mods done?
4. Would there be any issues with just using an OTS stage 2 or stage 3 map from my AP once I'm finished with these mods vs paying for a custom tune...?
5. Does anyone know where I should go in AZ to get everything installed?

Thanks in advance for everyone's expertise and opinions!
 

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While your there, get a catless DP. You will gain decent power with the FMIC and full custom tune. Plus you should get an added bonus of some deeper exhaust tones/sounds without the need for a useless CBE.
 

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While your there, get a catless DP. You will gain decent power with the FMIC and full custom tune. Plus you should get an added bonus of some deeper exhaust tones/sounds without the need for a useless CBE.
So...are there no issues with running a catless DP with the stock CBE? Is that combo obnoxiously loud or undesirable for any reason?

I really just want to get a DP for the extra power, but I don't much care to get an aftermarket CBE, unless it works better with the catless or catted DP. Clearly, I need some insight on DP selection...I've read through about 100 pages of the exhaust thread, but just couldn't decide just from videos and I couldn't sift through any more of the info on that thread after reading so much of it. Are ALL catless DP's just obnoxiously loud? If so, I guess I will have to get a catted DP, but are the gains comparable to a catless DP? Thanks!
 

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So...are there no issues with running a catless DP with the stock CBE? Is that combo obnoxiously loud or undesirable for any reason?

I really just want to get a DP for the extra power, but I don't much care to get an aftermarket CBE, unless it works better with the catless or catted DP. Clearly, I need some insight on DP selection...I've read through about 100 pages of the exhaust thread, but just couldn't decide just from videos and I couldn't sift through any more of the info on that thread after reading so much of it. Are ALL catless DP's just obnoxiously loud? If so, I guess I will have to get a catted DP, but are the gains comparable to a catless DP? Thanks!
IM torn between catted and catless ATM, since we have emissions testing, im thinking catted...

Any feedback on passing with a catless DP?
 
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