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Old 03-14-2015, 07:59 PM   #15
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Did you just buy the tuner or did you buy the whole setup, exhaust and everything? I've been thinking of just picking up the tuner to help with shifting and stuff. Power doesn't seem to be of any issue, but some better hill shifting would be greatly appreciated!
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5 Star tune here. Much more drivable after installing. Excessive shifting gone, holds a gear rather than often changing.
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:35 AM   #17
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Did you just buy the tuner or did you buy the whole setup, exhaust and everything? I've been thinking of just picking up the tuner to help with shifting and stuff. Power doesn't seem to be of any issue, but some better hill shifting would be greatly appreciated!
Just the tune. I have been under the rig adn am satisfied with the exhaust set up. May do cold air, but in my experience, that increases the under hood noise significantly.

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Old 03-15-2015, 07:43 AM   #18
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Looking forward to your driving report Milton! Been seriously considering the tune. Planning on heading out to South Dakota next year and would like better shifting by then.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:28 PM   #19
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5 Star tune

I installed the 5 Star Tune on our 2013 Bounder 35K. The automatic shifting was greatly improved. However, I lost the ability to manually upshift or downshift the trans using the shift lever (1,2,3).
I contacted Mike he said they don't do anything in the tune that would affect that. I did a side by side comparison on the hilly road to my house and on a flat road from a dead stop.
With the Ford tune I had total manual shift capability, upshifted and downshifted uphill and downhill with the shifter. From a dead stop, with the shifter in 3, the trans would start off in 1, shift to 2 and shift to 3, where it would stay, until I stopped again where the process would start over. The same happened with the shifter in 2.
With the 5 Star tune the trans would not upshift or downshift using the shift lever on uphills or downhills. From a dead stop with the shifter in 3 the trans started off in 3, not 1. Same with the shifter in 2.
So, to me that conclusively proves that the 5 Star tune is at fault.
With the area I live in, I need the ability to manually shift the trans up or down depending on whether I'm going uphill or downhill.
I've removed the 5 Star tune and put Ford's back in. Looks like I have a $400+ paper weight from 5 Star.
I'm really disappointed, since the product and product support got rave reviews here. That hasn't been my experience.

Back to the screaming downshifts.

Has anyone else had these issues besides me? If so, has Mike resolved it?

Anyone interested in a 5 Star tune? I have one for sale, cheaper than KMart.
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Mine works fine for being able to downshift manually with the 5 Star tune. Agree it's a must have.

Suggest you have further discussions with Mike.
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Mine works fine for being able to downshift manually with the 5 Star tune. Agree it's a must have.

Suggest you have further discussions with Mike.

We had the 5star tune in our 2005 Georgie Boy and never had any problems with it. I was able to down shift and up shift as I needed to. I think either you might have installed it incorrectly or you are having transmission problems. Mike has sold many tunes and we have never heard of anyone have problems.
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No trans problems, it works fine with the factory Ford tune but not with the 5 Star tune. It can't be installed incorrectly. Plug and play.
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