Throwback Thursday: A Guide to Picking the Right SCT Flash Tuner

The new year is here, and we’ve arrived in 2020. This is the first Throwback Thursday for the year, and we decided to focus on a late-model article. With the week finally coming to an end, you guessed it, it’s time for another Throwback Thursday. Each week we take a look back through the Power Automedia vaults and locate an article we feel is worthy of another look. This week, we are taking a trip back to July 2012, to check out, A Guide to Picking the Right SCT Flash Tuner

We all remember when tuning an engine meant carb upgrades and adjustments. A few of us might even remember adjusting a point’s ignition. But those technologies have been usurped by everything electronic. Fuel injection and electronic ignitions have made the analog tuning a thing of the past. One company that has a firm grasp of the needed electronic tuning is SCT.

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SCT’s strategy tunes give the user a wide range of options, like choosing the octane level, disabling rear O2 sensors, and even a custom air intake. The SF3 (shown) does support custom tuning as well. The X3 is designed specifically for custom tunes.

In the original article, we spoke with Tim Roi of SCT, and he had this to say, “’ which tuner do I need?’ is one of the biggest questions we get — and with good reason. We have a lot of different programmers. To help our customers choose the right programmer for them, we need to ask, ‘What features are they interested in?’”

In the original article, we also learned all of SCT’s tuners can hold up to three custom tunes — except for the iTSX, that unit can store ten. So, let’s say you’ve got a daily driver that has a nitrous system installed, and you run race fuel at the track. You can upload the nitrous tune in a matter of minutes while at the track, and then return the car back to stock (or another street-friendly tune) for the ride home. A “Return To Stock” feature keeps the vehicle’s original-tune file stored in the SCT device for safekeeping.

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If your tech loyalty leans toward Android products, SCT offers the TSX for Android phones. The Android is a Flash-based phone, so while it looks different than the iTSX, it is fundamentally the same.

We also learned that many custom and pre-loaded tunes come with something SCT calls, User Adjustable Options, which allow you to tweak a wide range of the engine’s (and vehicle’s) perimeters. These include options for what octane fuel is in the vehicle, at what temperature the cooling fans should turn on, and even the gear ratio in the rearend. You can also set speed or RPM limits, advance/retard timing, and add or subtract fuel during wide-open throttle. Keep in mind, there have been a lot of regulatory changes handed down by Big Brother, so wed suggest having a conversation with SCT to decipher what parameters the company can help you fine-tune.

It goes without saying, there’s a lot more in-depth insight in this informative article. And, SCT has even added several products to its lineup since the original article was published. That definitely makes it worthy of a second look. For that reason, I selected A Guide to Picking the Right SCT Flash Tuner, as this week’s Throwback Thursday showcase article.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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