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homemade hypertech programmer?

is there any way to reprogram your computer besides getting a hypertech programmer? is it possible to download a program off the internet and connect a laptop or something to your truck?
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i wish..
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yeah me too i cant believe you cant buy a connector that plugs in under the steering wheel column and into your pc via a usb plug or a firewire
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yeah me too i cant believe you cant buy a connector that plugs in under the steering wheel column and into your pc via a usb plug or a firewire
you can...
but its not as easy todo as you think....
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so where could you buy the plug? would you have to buy the program?
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so where could you buy the plug? would you have to buy the program?
yes, but you would end up spending more then what a bama tuner would cost.

i know nothing about this stuff, i just looked some stuff up on google and the programs and plugs got way more then anyone would want to but just to use once.
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if you could id be too scared to really mess something up.. too much risk to play with something like that. id just get a bama
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yeah me too i cant believe you cant buy a connector that plugs in under the steering wheel column and into your pc via a usb plug or a firewire
Neither can I..





.. even though that pic was just taken in my garage

It IS do-able, just depends if you want to spend the cash or not. Its NOT cheap at all and not cost-effective for a daily driver. It IS good if your running an EFI vehical where you might want to change fuel maps due to elevation and air temp/pressure conditions.

If you know nothing about computer programming, I wouldn't even consider TRYING to do such to the ECM of your car. Its not ' user friendly ' or ' plug n play ' like everyone expects. If YOU hook something up and screw YOUR truck up.. Ford will laugh and say ' thanks for playing ' and send you out the door.

Theres things *I* still havent touched and won't, for good reasons. I spent some time at a Detroit/Michigan meet clearing cells and looking at folks ' tuned ' programmings and such.. Things are best left for the flashers sold endless you have a dynoshop near by that can ' rescue ' us from our own misfortunes. ( had this happen to me as well. sukked, my fault.. oops. )

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k thanks you have a good reason for me no to mess with my ecu i guess its better to just leave it alone

where could i get a bama tuner hough? never heard of one....

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k thanks you have a good reason for me no to mess with my ecu i guess its better to just leave it alone

where could i get a bama tuner hough? never heard of one....
www.bamachips.com
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How long is the wait to get a BAMA tuner??? And where should i get it from???
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get yourself a Bama from Wayne at www.stuffforyourranger.com ......he is a GREAT fella and has GREAT customer service....

D. that looks complicated.....i wouldn't dare touch my ECM with something like that....
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How long is the wait to get a BAMA tuner??? And where should i get it from???
bamachips is good, Doug is real helpful (it's his company)
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do NOT buy it directly from Doug at Bama Chips.....he knows his programing, BUT his customer service sucks....
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will bama turn off my rpm and top speed limiter? the hypertech programmer will reset rev limiter and stuff like that but will bama do that too?
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bamachips is just the name of Doug Bamas company, and he calls his tuners bama tuners. The programer itself is actually an Xcal2. The one you get from Wayne is tuned by Rogue Tuning. I hear they are both just as good. It's your choice where you choose to get your xcal2 from. To make it simple....

www.stuffforyourranger.com <--- Xcal2s tuned by Rogue Tuning
www.bamachips.com <--- Xcal2s tuned by Doug Bama.

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will bama turn off my rpm and top speed limiter? the hypertech programmer will reset rev limiter and stuff like that but will bama do that too?
yes the X2 will turn off the speed limiter and the rev limiter...
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do NOT buy it directly from Doug at Bama Chips.....he knows his programing, BUT his customer service sucks....
I have never gotten Bama to return an email. Rogue returns EVERY one. That's why I have a Rogue X-Cal2 and deal with Fred.
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has anyone ever used any products from tweeker
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Actually.. ' Bama ' is for ' alabama '. Its not Dougs last name.
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D. that looks complicated.....i wouldn't dare touch my ECM with something like that....
If you know the chemestry behinf air/fuel/spark, its very easy. Point and click, and your set.

Theres a LOT of people whom believe they can stuff way too much fuel with regular vaccume pull for air.. and increase the timing/spark.. and they go ' boom ' ( for lack of better terms, sometimes its a literal thing.. ).

Its really not that complicated, but NOT SOMETHING FOR THE LAZY! It DOES require having a knowledge before hand and READING MANUALS .

I'm sure the capitolized statements will scare 95% of those reading such away from even thinking about it.
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Actually.. ' Bama ' is for ' alabama '. Its not Dougs last name.
Al A. Bama?
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so to disable the rev and top speed limiter what do i need to buy? a whole programmer? can i just buy a chip or something?
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You could buy a flasher or programmer. SCT, Xcal, hypertech.. they all do about the same thing. I would NOT remove your rev-limit. If your going to remove the speed-govenor, sure, have good tires, but a lead foot with no protection for the engine is another story.

Maybe have the limiter for rpm's bumped up a notch, but I wouldn't suggest fully removing it.

Panzer.. I say this in all kindness.. You sound young and impressionable. Before worrying about the speed limiter and rev limiters, please take an understanding as to why they are there.

Your truck tops out at 92mph due to the TIRES that came on it from the factory. Rangers are usually stable to about 120mph, then they become rather violent at 130mph-ish. The tires that came on it arent worth a damn after 110mph, you might as well be on a sheet of ice with what marginal grip they have ( regardless of what they are rated at ).

Pushrod engines don't like rpm's the way an OHC engine does. Theres a floating valvetrain that really doesn't enjoy higher rpm's. If you have an SOHC engine, you might bump those rpm's up a little bit, but the power increase you will *believe* to see really *won't* be there.

Having 1000 HP is GREAT! You also need a tranny, axle and tires to handle the power.. then brakes cause you have to stop sometime, even if for gas . Its a ' system ' of things.

I think you should look into what all is involved in those flashers and programmers, check your tires ratings and make sure everything will ' mesh ' together before spending 350+ dollars on something you will probably see little gain or function out of.
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