New '06 GT Project Questions - SCT Tuner Related

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Hey all!

New guy here with handheld tuner questions, but figured I should give the backstory on the car first. My son recently picked up an '06 GT that needed a motor. It had some mods done to it by previous owners, including 5-speed swap, exhaust, IMRC delete, 93 octane tune, and a JLT intake. He swapped in a good-running used 4.6 at work (he's a young Ford tech) and I guess through force of habit, hooked it up to the Ford scan tool to reset the KAM and PCM, not realizing that might wipe whatever "tune" was in it.

Initially it ran like garbage with that big-mouth JLT intake - it would not start at times, wouldn't really hold an idle, and stumbled like crazy. He borrowed a K&N intake from a friend's car which uses a smaller diameter tube and filter than the JLT, and the car fired right up. It also idled much better and some of the driveability problems went away. So, I drove it home about 25 miles from his dealership, and as long as I kept it under 2500 RPMs it was great. The power falls off and it runs rich over about 2500-3K RPMs, but we think it's because of the IMRC delete and it's currently on a stock tune. Sound plausible?

Anyhow, we got the SCT X4 tuner from the previous owner, and when we hooked it up to the car, it says the X4 is married to another vehicle and we can't use it (I assume he wiped the tune and divorced the X4 ;) when he reset KAM and the PCM). Through my search on the SCT site, it seems like we can unlock it by hooking up the device to a laptop, but we don't have that cable. And, on their website, it says we should be able to disable the IMRC valves, but that option is not supported on all vehicles. I've tried calling their Tech line several times over the last week and haven't been able to catch a human for the life of me to confirm what I can and can't do with this X4. So, I'm reaching out to the gurus here, and hopefully some of you know the answers!

Question 1 - What type of cable do I need to connect the X4 to my laptop?
Question 2- Can you definitely disable the IMRCs with the X4?
Question 3 - If we are able to reset the X4, where do the tunes come from? Will they populate in, or do we download them from somewhere else?

Thanks in advance, hopefully it wasn't too much info!
 

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The SCT4 connects to a laptop using a standard micro usb cable. And it uses an HDMI to OBDII cable for the car

Once you have unlocked the SCT on your computer (it costs $200) it will come with a few standard tunes but for anything more you will have to buy / download them elsewhere and load them onto the SCT from your computer.

I’m not sure about question 2. Hope this helps
 

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The SCT4 connects to a laptop using a standard micro usb cable. And it uses an HDMI to OBDII cable for the car

Once you have unlocked the SCT on your computer (it costs $200) it will come with a few standard tunes but for anything more you will have to buy / download them elsewhere and load them onto the SCT from your computer.

I’m not sure about question 2. Hope this helps

That is great, thanks! I was looking at the connector on top, thinking I needed to plug into the doghouse looking one. I didn't even notice the micro USB on the other end. Went out and looked, and sure enough it's there LOL. Pretty sure we have at least one of those cables hanging around the house. And fortunately we have the other cable that connects to the data port in the car.

Hopefully someone else can chime in about whether or not we can disable the IMRC valves with the X4. I tried calling their Tech line today and they were closed. The website is currently down as well.
 

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Yes the SCT X4 #7015 has the ability to disable and enable the CMCV.
 

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My son recently picked up an '06 GT that needed a motor. It had some mods done to it by previous owners, including 5-speed swap, exhaust, IMRC delete, 93 octane tune, and a JLT intake.
Since you already have an SCT X4 tuner with the required USB cable, here's what you need to do to get your car running like a raped ape:

1. Contact Brenspeed's tuning department and tell them that you need a 93 octane tune for a JLT 3 CAI & CMCV delete.

2. After you receive the e-mail tune from Brenspeed, upload it from your laptop to the SCT X4 tuner (keep a copy of the tune file on your laptop as a backup).

3. Install the JLT 3 CAI and while doing so, thoroughly clean the inside of the throttle body including the blades.

4. At this point, make sure your ECU has the stock tune. Upload the Brenspeed tune from the SCT tuner to your ECU. The tuner will store the stock tune and you can later save a copy of that on your laptop as a backup.

5. Start the engine, drive the car, and plaster a big grin on your face as you enjoy the sharper throttle response, stronger acceleration, and the induction roar.
 

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Since you already have an SCT X4 tuner with the required USB cable, here's what you need to do to get your car running like a raped ape:

1. Contact Brenspeed's tuning department and tell them that you need a 93 octane tune for a JLT 3 CAI & CMCV delete.

2. After you receive the e-mail tune from Brenspeed, upload it from your laptop to the SCT X4 tuner (keep a copy of the tune file on your laptop as a backup).

3. Install the JLT 3 CAI and while doing so, thoroughly clean the inside of the throttle body including the blades.

4. At this point, make sure your ECU has the stock tune. Upload the Brenspeed tune from the SCT tuner to your ECU. The tuner will store the stock tune and you can later save a copy of that on your laptop as a backup.

5. Start the engine, drive the car, and plaster a big grin on your face as you enjoy the sharper throttle response, stronger acceleration, and the induction roar.

Sounds like a great plan! The SCT website is back up so I'm going to look into unlocking the X4 this weekend and then see about the tune.

Thanks for all the advice!
 

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OK, wanted to update this thread. After I found my USB cable we downloaded the SCT Updater program and got the X4 unlocked.

After we plugged it in to the car and went to tune it, we had this notification in the device.IMG_6955[1].JPG

Anyone know why the preloaded support would be disabled? I thought the "Unlock" was supposed to revert the unit back to original?

Anyhow, I don't know anything about what the two tunes are, who made them, or what changes were made compared to original. We tried both tune files and the car would either barely run, or not run at all. We tried feathering the throttle to keep it alive but it was so rich it was smoking and burning our eyes. We reverted the program back to stock and it fired right up and idled smoothly again. It currently has a stock intake on it because it wouldn't run on the factory tune with the JLT. He left the JLT at work, or we would have tried swapping that on and using one of these tune files to see if it'll actually run.

Will keep you guys posted.
 

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Latest update - 1 week since my last post.

My son swapped the JLT intake in on the weekend and loaded up the LITTO1 tune. It started right up and idled great, but rich. It still had some surging and bucking in 1st gear as well, so he tried TUNE 2-1. I'm guessing it's a revised version of the other tune. It runs much better, but still has some occasional surging in 1st gear. The dead spots around 2200-3000 rpms seem to be much better and it pulls through that RPM range now without bucking. It's also not throwing the code for the CMCV anymore since the P/O must have told the tuner the car has delete plates installed.

My son got a bit more info from the previous owner, and it sounds like the car was tuned maybe 2 years ago, and then he did a 5-speed swap last year. Does anyone know if there's a major difference in tuning between stick and auto? Could that cause the surging in 1st gear?
 

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