No what I am saying is install the programmer your self,give it a base tune.Not anything to drastic,I would'nt invest more than 3 hours on it.Then after you get the programmer installed take it to the dyno,so they can finish tuning it the rest of the way.How far away from the place that will be tuning your vehicle do you live? I would'nt suggest driving it more than 30 miles maximum,If you have AAA drive it until it starts messin up then have it towed the rest of the way.I am lucky enough to live only 5 miles away from the shop that is currently dyno tuning my car,so I drove it there.So you are doing an 3.0 with stock duratec heads or are you switching out the heads for SVTs?If you are doing stock heads,I really don't see why you would need to pick up an SVT PCM.Would 'nt that put to much stress on the stock duratec heads being told what to do by an SVT PCM?I drove around for 3 months with incorrect injectors in my car,long distances.As long as you realize when your engine is starting to frag itself you should be fine,driving to the dyno!Why don't you just get a full 3.0 and the ecu and drop that in,I think that it would be cheaper,but then again I would wait for the master and see what he says in the morning.When in doubt ask TERRY,he is the man.
ok, well first off, I havent heard of anybody getting verry good results from a 3l pcm, let alone the fact that it doesn't hook right up to a contour harness.
most full 3L use an svt pcm with Xcal2
on top of that, I'm planning on a full long block swap. I know the split port 3l's have weaker rods and pistons, but the extra 200+ in engine cost just doesn't make since when I have no plan of extracting every ounce of power from the engine. so no 2.5 heads.
way I see it, you take 170 for complete split port 3l, + 150-200 for used Xcal2, + 35 for intake gaskets, + 10 for oil pan gasket, + 10 for exhaust gaskets, + maybe 20 for timing gaskets, toss in maybe 50 too hook up the egr/pcv/other fiddly bits, and you have over 200hp in an SE (with tons of base RPM torque) for under 500 bucks.
does that not make any since?