Final thoughts/results, Gearhead AO tune

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I wanted to post a final analysis on my Gearhead AO tune experience, not only to give those who have provided me with advice an update, but also for future searches.
Car is a '13 PP, with Gearhead AO tune and K&N drop in filter. No other mods.
First, performance numbers;
I started off earlier this summer with a 13.2 best et.
After a couple of datalogs and emails to Matt at Gearhead, he advised me to use a couple gallons of e85 mixed in with a tank, as the 93 octane I was using was crappy.
Next track day was a sudden decision to go, and although I had my ethenol blend in, I also had darn near a full tank.
However, this resulted in 12.7 at 107.
My final trip to the track for the season was this past weekend. Better air, and only 1/4 tank of e blended fuel.
The car went 12.602 at 110 mph. Also new best was 1.7 60 foot time.
My hopes were exceeded, performance wise, because really all I wanted was to break into the 12's. Numbers aside, it feels outstanding, by seat of the pants.

Now, street manners;
As pleased as I am with my 1/4 mile results, this is also an area where the car shines. The shifts are a work of art. Not noticeable. Whether just diving, or under throttle. I've never experienced something get a scratch during shifts, yet be smooth as butter.
Throttle response is instant and crisp, and everything acts nice and smooth, quiet, and tame, unless there's a call for power by my right foot. In which case that call is answered, with perfection.
I've heard of tunes sometimes causing disruptions in certain aspects of daily driving characteristics. I've not experienced this. In every aspect the car responds, reacts, and performs exactly how I want it to.

So to those of you who have taken the time and effort to provide me with input and advice, I appreciate it very much.
If you're new and researching, I hope this helps.
The car is going to be enjoyed for a few more weeks, then pulled into the garage for the winter where we'll go on to phase 2 mods.
Guys from Gearhead, if you read this, thank you very much. Looking forward to intercooler availability. (I know you just had some in stock. Literally the same time, I had a water pump failure, so I had to address that first ‍)

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You should get a tune from AJP and compare. I would bet it would be around .3 seconds quicker but then again you have the 3.16 final drive. You should still be quicker with AJP.
Just a set of downpipes along with an intercooler would get you around 12 flat
 

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You should get a tune from AJP and compare. I would bet it would be around .3 seconds quicker but then again you have the 3.16 final drive. You should still be quicker with AJP.
Just a set of downpipes along with an intercooler would get you around 12 flat
I was hoping to join the club of 11s at full weight. When I expressed this to AJP, he said I would need healthy stock turbos and to run them pretty hard. Minus injectors, LPFP, or Meth, I am not sure there is much else I can do with stock turbos to meet that 11s goal (even 11.99 would make me happy). I am hoping AJP is just using the under-promise, over-deliver method.
 

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You should get a tune from AJP and compare. I would bet it would be around .3 seconds quicker but then again you have the 3.16 final drive. You should still be quicker with AJP.
Just a set of downpipes along with an intercooler would get you around 12 flat
Over the winter I'm going to add an evo pump, downpipes, and hopefully the GH intercooler.
(All depending on availability obviously).

Once I get those done, I'm definitely open to also using AJP and Ortiz as well, to see where max gains are at.

Be hard to get me away from the AO tune for daily use though.
 

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Over the winter I'm going to add an evo pump, downpipes, and hopefully the GH intercooler.
(All depending on availability obviously).

Once I get those done, I'm definitely open to also using AJP and Ortiz as well, to see where max gains are at.

Be hard to get me away from the AO tune for daily use though.
Thats why your device holds many tunes
 

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I was hoping to join the club of 11s at full weight. When I expressed this to AJP, he said I would need healthy stock turbos and to run them pretty hard. Minus injectors, LPFP, or Meth, I am not sure there is much else I can do with stock turbos to meet that 11s goal (even 11.99 would make me happy). I am hoping AJP is just using the under-promise, over-deliver method.

I can't think of any ajp guys that have gone 11's full weight with stock turbos unless they used meth.
 

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No Meth full weight e30 stock turbos 11.84@117..
Yea i ran very similar to that earlier in the year also on AJP e30 no meth and about every bolt on with stock turbos. Easy to see really as i know a few people on same tune running flat 12 to 11.7
 

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Yes. That 12.36 went into limp mode I think that could have been better than the 11.84..
 

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Yes. That 12.36 went into limp mode I think that could have been better than the 11.84..
Heck of a time, second run would have been a good bit quicker by the looks of the 1/8 trap.
 

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One final update....
I went to the last track night of the season, just to hang out and support friends.
Temptation got the best of me.
New best, 12.5 @ 112
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One final update....
I went to the last track night of the season, just to hang out and support friends.
Temptation got the best of me.
New best, 12.5 @ 112
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No added mods from earlier passes? That's a heck of a time!
 

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No sir. Still just GH AO and K&N drop in.
Thank you very much!
I did embellish a little, it was 111.8, not 112
Still alot quicker than factory with easy mods. And its still a good daily driver. If i ever pick up another one once the price gets low on them thats all ill do to them.
The tune ford should of had from factory but then again it would of outran the mustang gt. Cant have that
 

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No added mods from earlier passes? That's a heck of a time!
No sir. Still just GH AO and K&N drop in.
Thank you very much!
I did embellish a little, it was 111.8, not 112
Still alot quicker than factory with easy mods. And its still a good daily driver. If i ever pick up another one once the price gets low on them thats all ill do to them.
The tune ford should of had from factory but then again it would of outran the mustang gt. Cant have that
I love it. Plush, smooth, quiet. I can get almost 30mpg (I drive the speed limit lol) but such great performance.

You know, I was actually thinking man maybe I should leave it tune only.
Hate to spend another $4000 on hpfp, downpipes, and intercooler just to have it go 3 tenths faster lol
 

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No sir. Still just GH AO and K&N drop in.
Thank you very much!
I did embellish a little, it was 111.8, not 112

I love it. Plush, smooth, quiet. I can get almost 30mpg (I drive the speed limit lol) but such great performance.

You know, I was actually thinking man maybe I should leave it tune only.
Hate to spend another $4000 on hpfp, downpipes, and intercooler just to have it go 3 tenths faster lol

As someone who spend alot to get about everything. On the street its not really worth it. The biggest difference that was worth the money in my opinion was a good tune. Because of how bad the factory tune is with dead petal.

Formula for a great sho. Tune, k and n dropin, upgraded brake pads and or rotors. Dws06 tires and paint correction and ceramic coating.
A great looking car that can hold its own and still get great mpg for its weight and power.
 

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No sir. Still just GH AO and K&N drop in.
Thank you very much!
I did embellish a little, it was 111.8, not 112

I love it. Plush, smooth, quiet. I can get almost 30mpg (I drive the speed limit lol) but such great performance.

You know, I was actually thinking man maybe I should leave it tune only.
Hate to spend another $4000 on hpfp, downpipes, and intercooler just to have it go 3 tenths faster lol
3 10ths is quicker but I agree that what you have done is probably all you need for a daily.
 

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No sir. Still just GH AO and K&N drop in.
Thank you very much!
I did embellish a little, it was 111.8, not 112

I love it. Plush, smooth, quiet. I can get almost 30mpg (I drive the speed limit lol) but such great performance.

You know, I was actually thinking man maybe I should leave it tune only.
Hate to spend another $4000 on hpfp, downpipes, and intercooler just to have it go 3 tenths faster lol
If you add anything else, i think the biggest thing you can add thats worth the money is the gearhead intercooler. That makes a heluva difference but it is around 800$ usually. Simple drop in. Cheaper intakes out there that work as good or better but ya gotta custom them.

If you look at my profile pic i have a big treadstone intercooler nearly the size of the grille jammed in there somehow. Its been so long i dont even remember how its in there. Works better than the gearhead compared to datalogs and less than half the cost. But you gotta tear alot apart and do trimming everywhere. And get custom pipes made.
Still cheaper but me doing the work for a week or so makes it not cheaper. Gotta pay yourself. Perks of the single life
 
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No sir. Still just GH AO and K&N drop in.
Thank you very much!
I did embellish a little, it was 111.8, not 112

I love it. Plush, smooth, quiet. I can get almost 30mpg (I drive the speed limit lol) but such great performance.

You know, I was actually thinking man maybe I should leave it tune only.
Hate to spend another $4000 on hpfp, downpipes, and intercooler just to have it go 3 tenths faster lol
I realize this is a very old thread, but THIRTY MPG??? My SHO is still bone stock and I'm averaging around 18. How in the actual **** are you getting 30?? Is there something wrong with my car?
 

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