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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 12, 2014, 09:34:30 am
Hey guys, the website may not be the clearest, but basically you buy the tuner and they install the proper program in it.  So when you get the unit, u plug it into the OBD port of your my.  Located just under the staring wheel.  Then turn it on and follow the prompts.  First, it downloads your mh old program, and saves it, then uploads the new program.  Since the ECU (vehicle onboard computer system), controls everything, transmission is fed a new program also.  One can change back to the original program at any time, and they suggest you do that if taking vehicle in for any engine work. 

Hope that explains some of the questions.  To me, the 10% mileage improvement was icing on the cake, as better engine and transmission performance was what I was looking for.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 11, 2014, 06:36:36 pm
OK the numbers are in. After 700 miles of various driving conditions, I averaged 10.8 mpg.  I think this was a good test, as this drive included cross head winds, AC used mostly, today had many inclines, speed about 64 with cruise on and today with the Missouri hills, I sling shot'd many with speeds in excess of 70.

I would say without the Tune, the mileage would be a bit under 10, under these driving conditions.

But, I'm enjoying the added engine performance or torque, and the nice transmission shift attitude. 

Tom, here is the link that should answer your questions.  If not shoot me a email.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: traveling I 70 west of Denver on: June 11, 2014, 08:16:41 am
Jan and Dick, Barb and I just did I-70 in April, returning to Wisconsin's.  My only fears were snowy roads. But it was a beautiful sunny winter day up at the Vail Pass.  Was many many feet of snow there yet.  The Vail rest area was completely covered by with snow, but it was open and being used.  Almost tunnels to get to the door. ☺
But your worried the the V-10 won't be up to the climb.  We don't tow, so I don't know how that effects it, but by itself, that engine pretty much plays with this coach.  We love mountains, so we are always ether going up or down somewhere.  Many inclines much worse than the interstate system. Never a concern.  Have plenty of power to spare.  They put this engine in 30+ class A's, and you know they tow..  Would say you will be remarkably surprised.  Let us know, when you return.  That's a beautiful drive.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 10, 2014, 06:52:37 pm
Well, here is a small update.  Put on 480 mil!es today.  No crazy downshifting.  Stays in 6th.  This is with using Cruise. No racing of the engine.  No engine laboring ether.  Doesnt slow down on the hills that it normally raced the engine previously. The V10 has the power.  Shifts thru all 6's, doesnyskip gears.  (Got six, should use them all!)

Will report on fuel  mileage later.  But have 480 miles on this 1st tank and have just a bit under a quarter tank.  Thats with 64mph interstate mostly, and heavy cross winds most of the day. 

5 Star is not associated with Ford.
35  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 07, 2014, 09:36:57 pm
Tom, ur a blast as my wife also thinks I pull rabbits out of the hat stopping at interesting sights on the fly.  But  Honestly u know its careful planning.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 06, 2014, 10:18:16 pm
Will do.
37  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Best paper maps on: June 06, 2014, 07:01:07 pm
I like Tom's comment.  My new GPS is the nexus 7 running copilot app and then using Allstays app for campgrounds.  And any variations in our itinerary is pure adventure!
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear Bumper on: June 04, 2014, 10:38:26 pm
 Smile☺☺  Mike.  Yep wood does rock.  Especially nice looking stuff like oak.  Guess another reason I just couldn't bear myself to paint it.
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 04, 2014, 10:34:09 pm
Before the air bags, I was hitting bottom just coming out of some gas stations. Then out west they have flood dips, and occasionally I would hit there
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 04, 2014, 06:15:39 pm
Just did it. Yes, initially love the new shift points and actually now using all six speeds. It always bothered me to have the tranny drop out of sixed gear over a little change in throttle or incline.  Now it stays locked longer which certainly should help the fuel economy.  Going down to Arkansas next week so will report after that.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear Bumper on: June 04, 2014, 06:00:44 pm
Yes Ron know what your saying, but the color is actually closer to the body color. Pic is a bit off. But like your pic and comment!
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 04, 2014, 09:12:14 am
This is what I did, and as I mentioned, 40 lbs made the ride normal but still raised the rear 2".
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear Bumper on: June 03, 2014, 10:26:25 pm
Here is a better view.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 03, 2014, 06:07:29 pm
Ron, I just installed Firestone air bags.  At first I did 60 lbs which did raise the rear some 2" needed.
But yes, it certainly did make for a stiff ride back there.  So next I reduced the air to 40 lbs.  Surprisingly, that didn't lower the rear.  (I made before and after measurements). But that 40lbs, returned the ride back there to what I would say normal.  So I'm happy with the bags.  Installation wasn't all that bad ether.

Denny and Barb
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Rear Bumper on: June 03, 2014, 08:49:12 am
Since I am a klutze when backing at times, I build a rear bumper.  Its mounted high enough to clear the rear receiver. Bumper is made of 3 one inch red oak laminated together about 4" high, mounted on both ends of the receiver using drop hitches and appropriate laminated oak blocks to give it the proper placement.
I know this isn't a project for everyone since I'm a woodworker, but thought I would share as the material could as well be steel.

Denny and Barb
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