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Old 08-20-2020, 10:26 PM   #1
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Smile Ford v10 upgrades and tuning kits?

Question: Has anyone had the experience of doing engine modifications to either increase the HP or Torque through either mechanical mods or the electronic tuners? Haven't really seen anything on the forum about it; I've seen some Youtube but from only one source....just curious to know if it helps either on gas mileage or torque to climb the hills.....
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Hmmm, once I hit submit the forum sent me to an outside link for Winnebagos. In their forum they had a whole discussion about 5 Star? (forgot already, age farts) Anyways it sounded like their tunes for about $500 improved transmission shifting and gave about a half of a mile improvement in gas mileage...
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For nothing else but the transmission shifting improvement, I'm glad I made the 5 Star Tune modification to my F53 with the 5 speed transmission. It seems that if you have a 4 or 5 speed transmission, the 5 Star Tune can make a big difference. With the newer 6 speed transmission, I'm not sure based upon fewer posts.

Here are some links for discussions:

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/5-s...10-272150.html

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f23/5-st...st-252328.html
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Old 08-21-2020, 06:51 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum.

What year is your chassis???
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Hi Waiter21, thanks...Just purchased a 2007 Flair; I don't pick it up till next week after they go through the inspection and ensure everything is working properly. I had sent you a note recently commending you on your blog post. I've already reviewed each one, very easy to understand and plan on doing many of the same things you've done to your rig. I'm a fellow vet as well; I was in the Air Defense and used to track you guys with our Joint Surveillance System...good memories... Rick
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Thanks SCBWR! Good reads; yes I agree anything to improve the engine or tranny I'm all for..... Rick
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Old 08-21-2020, 10:25 AM   #7
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Thanks... You probably have the 5 speed transmission. If so, you may consider the 5 star tune, This will alter the shifting points and I believe they modify throttle response. but that's about it.

If you somehow have an older chassis with the 4 speed, it would be the last year for that combination. IMHO, its fairly well optimized out of the factory.

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Thanks SCBWR! Good reads; yes I agree anything to improve the engine or tranny I'm all for..... Rick
I have a 2007 F53 (22K GVW) and did the 5 star tune on it. The improvement in shift pattern was awesome - no more constant down-shifting at the sight of a hill. Also, I feel it has more power, and it did improve the mileage by about a 1/2 mpg.
CONCLUSION: a 2007 (5 speed) F53 gets a big improvement from installing the 5 star tune.
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Thanks for the feedback; I put on my list of must-haves!
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I have a 2007 F53 (22K GVW) and did the 5 star tune on it. The improvement in shift pattern was awesome - no more constant down-shifting at the sight of a hill. Also, I feel it has more power, and it did improve the mileage by about a 1/2 mpg.
CONCLUSION: a 2007 (5 speed) F53 gets a big improvement from installing the 5 star tune.
Iíve also read that thereís also a update for the ECM on the F 53 chassis that improves shift points as well. Have you heard of that?
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Iíve also read that thereís also a update for the ECM on the F 53 chassis that improves shift points as well. Have you heard of that?
No. Have never heard of a (factory?) ECM update that improves shifting. The 5 star tune cut the amount of shifting in a day probably down by 1/2! Huge difference in the amount of revving and noise in rolling country.
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I checked on the Ford reprogramming but it is long expired. I can't recall the original reason it was released but no matter as it is gone.

One thing to consider when "tuning" your coach is the fact that it might (probably) is a violation of Federal law. Since my coach has to go thru emissions testing every year this would be noticed.
There was a recent case concerning Bully Dog and the parent company and a huge fine and BD has to have their programs approved by the Feds and also change programs in prior sold tuners if they are connected by internet to BD.
Don't know how it affected 5 Star.
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We have an 05 Georgetown SE and put about 3500 miles on it before I put a 5 Star tune on it. Wow, what a difference! More power, more torque, less downshifting and just a fraction under a 10% increase in gas mileage. I don't know that I could ever cost justify the price, but man, the driving satisfaction factor just went through the roof!
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the v10 is a great and reliable engine. unless you are hauling asphalt or rocks leave it alone. where is the rush to get somewhere faster, enjoy the ride and smell the roses.
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