2008 Computers & Programmers

Mustang Tuners & Programmers 1964-2021

2008 Computers & Programmers

Mustang Tuners & Programmers 1964-2021

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2008 Tuners & Programmers

Computers have become involved in nearly every aspect of our lives, which, for those of us interested in getting the most out of our cars, has some excellent fringe benefits. Not only can we now consult the vast network of Mustang enthusiasts who voice new ideas and tuning suggestions online, but we can also make the changes needed to extract more power as simply as plugging in a 2008 Mustang programmer and pressing a few buttons. The ignition tweaks, timing advances and fuel-mapping changes that used to require long hours changing carburetor jets and watching timing lights are a thing of the past.

Most 2008 Mustang programmers and tuners plug into your car’s OBD 2 port using a cord, and feature a graphic interface that makes tweaking your engine settings extremely simple. Many manufacturers offer preset maps for stock or near-stock engines, and some even make additional, more aggressive tunes available for cars that feature a number of bolt-on accessories. In some cases, it’s possible to visit manufacturer websites and download additional tunes, or even share them between users through a forum or other means.

Of course, the way to get the most out of your 2008 Mustang programmer is to make the investment to tune on a dynamometer. While this is unnecessary with a stock car, cars that have been heavily modified require careful adjustment to generate the best combination of peak output and a linear, usable powerband. Many shops that own “dynos,” as they are commonly referred to, will allow you to pay for time at the shop with a technician who can assist you in making runs and adjusting engine software. Keep in mind that not all 2008 Mustang programmers are infinitely programmable to allow for this type of tuning, you’ll want to invest in a complete engine management system like the SCT Livewire to unlock this kind of custom tuning.

In addition to making tweaks to help your car produce more power and run better, many 2008 Mustang tuning devices have features that let you measure your car’s performance so that you can immediately see the effects that your tuning changes have made to your car. For example, tuners with heads-up displays will allow you to clock your zero to sixty MPH times and other performance data. Some of these units even allow you to shift between different engine maps on the fly, for example if you own a car that runs on pump gas during the week but can make extra power running higher octane fuel at the race track.