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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Local speed shops here are quoting $500 - $600 for a tune on my stock 04. They say they can likely squeeze out about 20 hp. As I've been away from the market for a while, I'm not sure if that's the going rate is these days. Help me out here. Is this a good deal or should I pick up my blocks and go play elsewhere? Thanks.
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Local speed shops here are quoting $500 - $600 for a tune on my stock 04. They say they can likely squeeze out about 20 hp. As I've been away from the market for a while, I'm not sure if that's the going rate is these days. Help me out here. Is this a good deal or should I pick up my blocks and go play elsewhere? Thanks.
For that much $$$, it should include dyno time. Joe DeLano does them a lot cheaper, with great results.
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If it's at a tune shop I'd bet they will put it on the dyno and tune it that way.

Most tuners around here charge $400-$500 for a full tune.

Just make sure they understand your expectations with the tune like how aggressive you want them to go, whether you want them to tune it for premium gas or not and such....

Make sure you have them adjust when the fan turns on while they're doing it...


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If you purchase a supercharger from Joe, the tune is included in the price.

If you are doing it long distance, you need a $500 HP Tuner package.

When I originally had the tune done by Wester several years before the supercharger, the cost was $500.


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I agree with ALL the above, had my 04 Pro Tuned .It included re programing the engine and transmission and BOY WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE. I also had the OEM Air filter replaced with a K&N, The OEM thermostat was also replaced and fan programed to come on at a lower temp setting, In HEAVY traffic I seldom get above 200 degrees All was for under $500 but that was 4 years ago.

So long as you go through a reputable performance shop you will be OK. I was told all the above boosted my Hp by 35. Sounds like a small amount BUT it sure seems like I got all 35 when I want to get up and go she goes. 335 is more than enough for me. Hell the 300 was plenty.
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It's not that 35 horsepower, it's torque that gives you that satisfying kick in the butt when you call for it.
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So from this that have gone through the process are there any very specific directions that should be given? As there are not a lot of SSRS I am sure the application is likely unchartered territory for some?

In my specific instance I have gone to a long tube true dual exhaust and 4.56 gears long with a k&n air intake.
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If you are willing to drive to Phoenix, I will facilitate a Joe Delano tune here. The process is pretty simple...... I download your tune and ship it to Joe via email, he modifies it and sends it back. I install the tune in your SSR and then we go for a ride and gather some data. Ship the data to Joe and then he modifies your tune accordingly and sends a revised set to me. I install the updated tune in your SSR and we repeat the data gathering and sending until it is good to go.....

This is a pretty good deal at $340. We just need to coordinate a small block of time with Joe and get it on the calendar.

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Thanks to all for the input. It would seem that $500 - $600 is not too much of a stretch depending upon exactly what the shop would do. I will ask some more questions of them. Funny... in the old days when I played with cars, performance upgrades were less than $10 per hp. Of course, MickeyD's burgers were $.29 too.

Josh, you make some very good points, thanks.

Mike, thank you for the offer to do a tune in Phoenix. That is not out of the question. I own a small sign shop and have a few customers in AZ. It might be time to make a few sales calls over there.!!

I am also considering a rear gear transplant so I might look at that first.

Regards, Mark.
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The great thing about Joe and I would imagine that Jeremy is the same, is that he is very familiar with the SSR and optimal settings for these trucks. He knows Mike's recommended fan settings, listens to what you are after and can take into account things like if you have the Corvette servo installed, etc.

Had Joe tune our truck at the Springfield Intl rally and couldn't be happier.
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The great thing about Joe and I would imagine that Jeremy is the same, is that he is very familiar with the SSR and optimal settings for these trucks. He knows Mike's recommended fan settings, listens to what you are after and can take into account things like if you have the Corvette servo installed, etc.
These two have so much experience with SSRs they automatically do those critical things someone who doesn't know the truck might miss, like the fan speeds.

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BE CAREFUL, BE VERY CAREFUL taking up Mike on his offer...... If you visit his Shop, you'll find MANY MANY things that you didn't know you NEEDED (or WANTED)......
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I'm under the impression that joe is coming to the SSR international rally mike it that the same one you use? I so ready to have mine tuned had it done on the 04 the best money i spent.
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It's not that 35 horsepower, it's torque that gives you that satisfying kick in the butt when you call for it.
Yep, and you can get that with a stiffer set of gears, then add the tune 👍


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Ever since I modified Ilsa for performance, I've wondered:

Would it make sense to put in a high-performance tune for the summer racing season, then revert to a more street-sensible tune for the winter season? It would mean that I'd have to get a PC since I've been a mac person forever (too bad we can't get the tune app for macs). It would also probably mean that I'd have to pay HP every time that I did that.

Ilsa has had a few dyno-tunes (usually after major performance upgrades), and I've always wondered if running year-long on that type of tune is a good idea. Yes, Ilsa is a daily driver all year in Iowa.

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