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Best tune for 2020 Ford Explorer ST

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SCT i believe is the brand. I had a corvette tuned and they sent the tuner with the car
 
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I'm looking to get a tune for my 2020 Explorer but had a question on e85, does is just share the name with the cheap e85 you can get at the pump made out of corn?
 
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I'm looking to get a tune for my 2020 Explorer but had a question on e85, does is just share the name with the cheap e85 you can get at the pump made out of corn?
The simple answer is Yes.

E85 is most of the time cheaper than 87Gas. It gets you less MPG, but more power if tuned for it.


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I see SCT now has a pre-loaded tune for the ST available for their devices. I still have my X4 from my 2017 Ex Sport so I'll give it a try if the weather holds out this evening.

I have a Dragy so we will see what it is worth in the real world.
 
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I see SCT now has a pre-loaded tune for the ST available for their devices. I still have my X4 from my 2017 Ex Sport so I'll give it a try if the weather holds out this evening.

I have a Dragy so we will see what it is worth in the real world.
Supposedly if you have a newer Strategy it does not. Somebody was complaining about it recently.


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The simple answer is Yes.

E85 is most of the time cheaper than 87Gas. It gets you less MPG, but more power if tuned for it.


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Wow, great to know, that stuff is fairly plentiful and way cheaper than 93. I think I read somewhere on this forum that it requires a new gas pump to use it though?
 
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Wow, great to know, that stuff is fairly plentiful and way cheaper than 93. I think I read somewhere on this forum that it requires a new gas pump to use it though?
Not quite.

E50 is the highest concentration you can run with a Tune where you are getting full power on the Stock Pump. On my ST, everything else stock that was good for a 0-60 of 3.75. You get E50 by using an app to calculate how much E85 and 93(E10) to mix.

93(E10) - A tune from the same Company(ZFG) for 93(E10 - Percentage VA requires pump gas to have of Ethanol) was good for a 0-60 of 4.06.

E85, If you want to run it at full potential you need an upgraded HPFP(High Pressure Fuel Pump). It is a $1600 device.

ZFG offers an E85 tune that will work with the Stock Pump. It is turned back. Advantages is it is slightly quicker than a 93(E10) tune at a 0-60 of 4.01 for me. It also gains a 10th or a little more in the 1/4 vs 93. Other advantage is no mixing, just drive up and Pump.

Hope that helps a bit...


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My Dragy battery died and the road is now wet so I'll have to wait until tomorrow for 0-60 times with the canned tune. Baseline was a 5.72, DA was a lousy 4328ft. That seems to be as good as mine will do stock.

I managed to get the SCT pre-load 91 octane tune to work.
Before, it built boost fairly quickly and spiked up to 17 lbs of boost and then fell back to around 16 lbs on the X4.
With the canned 91 tune, it now goes to 18.5 lbs pretty much instantly, holds there, and it pulls much harder past 5000 rpms.
Stay tuned :sneaky: for results. Not sure it feels strong enough to break into the 4's with this tune but we will see.
 
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Not quite.

E50 is the highest concentration you can run with a Tune where you are getting full power on the Stock Pump. On my ST, everything else stock that was good for a 0-60 of 3.75. You get E50 by using an app to calculate how much E85 and 93(E10) to mix.

93(E10) - A tune from the same Company(ZFG) for 93(E10 - Percentage VA requires pump gas to have of Ethanol) was good for a 0-60 of 4.06.

E85, If you want to run it at full potential you need an upgraded HPFP(High Pressure Fuel Pump). It is a $1600 device.

ZFG offers an E85 tune that will work with the Stock Pump. It is turned back. Advantages is it is slightly quicker than a 93(E10) tune at a 0-60 of 4.01 for me. It also gains a 10th or a little more in the 1/4 vs 93. Other advantage is no mixing, just drive up and Pump.

Hope that helps a bit...


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Thanks so much for the info, I reached out to Adam today and he got back to me in about 2 minutes and answered a ton more questions I had. I'm thinking of getting the Borla exhaust, Whipple IC and SPD downpipes along with the e50 and 93 tunes. Should give me around 475 HP.
 
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Thanks so much for the info, I reached out to Adam today and he got back to me in about 2 minutes and answered a ton more questions I had. I'm thinking of getting the Borla exhaust, Whipple IC and SPD downpipes along with the e50 and 93 tunes. Should give me around 475 HP.
Yea a Adam is very responsive. Great to work with and knows his stuff. Your truck should fly.


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Thanks so much for the info, I reached out to Adam today and he got back to me in about 2 minutes and answered a ton more questions I had. I'm thinking of getting the Borla exhaust, Whipple IC and SPD downpipes along with the e50 and 93 tunes. Should give me around 475 HP.
Excellent choice!!!


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Results from the Canned 91 octane tune from SCT, loaded onto my X4 that I still had from my previous Ex Sport. Baseline on Friday was a 5.72 with a DA of 4328 ft.

Slightly better DA today at 3021 ft.
0-60 was 5.14 (4.94 with a 1 ft rollout) So it was close to a 6/10ths improvement with the canned tune for my vehicle.

I did get some weird behaviour, it spun the tires the first time I got it up on the brake so I aborted that run and then tried to launch it with a bit less throttle and the traction control light flashed, even though I had it turned off.

I then did a backup run less than a minute later and it had a better 0-30 time but it fell off slightly from heatsoak, 5.30.
Not bad for just loading a canned tune from a tuner I had sitting on my shelf.
 

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Results from the Canned 91 octane tune from SCT, loaded onto my X4 that I still had from my previous Ex Sport. Baseline on Friday was a 5.72 with a DA of 4328 ft.

Slightly better DA today at 3021 ft.
0-60 was 5.14 (4.94 with a 1 ft rollout) So it was close to a 6/10ths improvement with the canned tune for my vehicle.

I did get some weird behaviour, it spun the tires the first time I got it up on the brake so I aborted that run and then tried to launch it with a bit less throttle and the traction control light flashed, even though I had it turned off.

I then did a backup run less than a minute later and it had a better 0-30 time but it fell off slightly from heatsoak, 5.30.
Not bad for just loading a canned tune from a tuner I had sitting on my shelf.
If I understand this correctly, you used a canned 91 octane tune for a 2013-2019 Explorer sport on your 2020 Explorer ST?
 
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If I understand this correctly, you used a canned 91 octane tune for a 2013-2019 Explorer sport on your 2020 Explorer ST?
Nope. SCT now has a canned tune for some calibrations/strategies of the 2020 Explorers.

He did an online update to his tuner, and it was the. capable of tuning his SCT.


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Nope. SCT now has a canned tune for some calibrations/strategies of the 2020 Explorers.

He did an online update to his tuner, and it was the. capable of tuning his SCT.


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Ah that makes a lot more sense. I thought surely there was no way a canned tune for his 2019 3.5 EB would work on his 2020 3.0 EB
 
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As Lokiwolf said, I updated the tuner.

I had updated the tuner recently on my laptop and then plugged it into my ST. It uploaded the tune over WiFi in my driveway and I flashed it. SCT has an 87, 91, and 93 octane tunes. I had 91 in the tank at the time so I used that tune. Next tank, I'll fill it with 94 octane (no 93 octane in BC, 91 or 94 are our choices, both are ethanol free) and try out the 93 tune.
 
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As Lokiwolf said, I updated the tuner.

I had updated the tuner recently on my laptop and then plugged it into my ST. It uploaded the tune over WiFi in my driveway and I flashed it. SCT has an 87, 91, and 93 octane tunes. I had 91 in the tank at the time so I used that tune. Next tank, I'll fill it with 94 octane (no 93 octane in BC, 91 or 94 are our choices, both are ethanol free) and try out the 93 tune.
Haha, ok, I definitely read your statement wrong. That makes more sense
 
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As Lokiwolf said, I updated the tuner.

I had updated the tuner recently on my laptop and then plugged it into my ST. It uploaded the tune over WiFi in my driveway and I flashed it. SCT has an 87, 91, and 93 octane tunes. I had 91 in the tank at the time so I used that tune. Next tank, I'll fill it with 94 octane (no 93 octane in BC, 91 or 94 are our choices, both are ethanol free) and try out the 93 tune.
87 with Ethanol is capable of more power than 94 without if properly tuned.

Ethanol is good!


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87 with Ethanol is capable of more power than 94 without if properly tuned.

Ethanol is good!


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Anything you can show me to back up that statement? I would agree that an ethanol blended 91 can be tuned to beat out straight 91 but not buying that the 87 with 10% ethanol would out perform it.

Yes, ethanol is very effective for knock suppression but there are plenty of other methods that can suppress knock in fuel.

I've got plenty of logs from working with my tuner on my mustang that show plenty of knock activity with ethanol blended 91 octane fuel. The inconsistency in the blend and the performance is very pronounced.
 


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