The Facts of Tuning
Contributers: Michael Johnson
We all like to think we know all about tuning. We all feel like we can open a laptop, start hitting keys, and make a ton of horsepower. In reality, though, for 95 percent of us, that is simply not the case. The reality is if we started hitting keys, and messing with tables, we would probably blow the pistons out of every car we touch. Tuning a car is not as easy as it may seem. It’s not a matter of hitting the “I want more power” key. Go ahead and look at your laptop, that key’s not there, dude.
Tuning a car is a science, there’s a lot of math involved. In school, remember when the teacher would say, “You’re going to use this information as an adult.” If you blew off the teacher when they said that, you’re probably not a tuner. There’s a reason good tuners are hard to come by, and that’s because there’s a lot to it. There are a lot of variables when it comes to tuning a car.
Also, there’s no such thing as, “Just needs a tune.” Everything has to be in sync before it’s time to tune a car. The injectors, the mass air, the alternator, the spark plugs, and obviously, the engine and power adder, if applicable, must be at full operation before tuning can take place. Don’t expect to take your mismatched combination to a dyno shop, and expect to drive home a couple hours later with grocery-getter drivability combined with black marks for days. You need to do your homework before getting your Mustang tuned.
Thankfully, The Tuning School’s Bob Morreale is also here to help make your dyno experience a profitable one. Here are a few tips you need to know before your next dyno session.