SCT Tuner Tech: How To Update Your Device

Watch as we show you how to update your Mustang or SVT Lightning SCT Tuner! Unlock the full potential of your tuner by keeping it up-to-date.

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So you just picked up a new SCT Tuner device. I’m sure you can’t wait to plug it into your OBDII port and unlock some extra horsepower in your Ford Mustang or SVT Lightning. Before you do this, I would highly suggest you follow along in this video and update your device before using it for the first time. This will ensure you have all the latest SCT software and firmware updates. This also ensures you get the most out of your hand held tuning device!

Now those of you who already have a SCT tuner, you can also take advantage of their firmware updates as well. Latest updates have unlocked the ability to hold more custom tunes and added updated preloaded tuning capabilities for your SN95, S197, and S550 Mustang. We cover updating your current tuner in this tech video as well. Whether you already own one or just picked one up, the process of updating your SVT Lightning or Mustang tuner is the same procedure minus returning your vehicle to stock.

How To Update Your Mustang/Lightning SCT Tuner:

  • Visit
  • Click on “Product Updates”
  • Select your device
  • Enter Device Serial Number
  • Click Device Updater Software
  • Click "Run" in the pop-up window
  • Click “YES” in the next pop-up window to open installation wizard
  • Click “NEXT” in installation wizard
  • Click “Install” and then click “Finish” when installation is complete
  • With the software installed, plug in the supplied USB cable into the device
  • Now plug it into your computer
  • Open the SCT Updater Software. If it appears click “YES” in pop-up window
  • Click “Automatically Check for Updates”
  • If it needs to be updated, click “Update Device”
  • Allow all the updates to download before clicking exit and disconnecting

With your device updated, you can now go tune your vehicle or upload your custom tune from Late Model Restoration! Not sure how to upload a custom tune to your Mustang or Lightning SCT tuner? Check out the link below to see our how to video.

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Published on 2016-02-15
Updating your SCT tuner ensures you have all the latest firmware, newest features and tune revisions. It is important to make sure your tuner is up date.

The latest updates added the ability for more custom tunes to be held in your SCT device. This great new feature would be missed if you don't periodically check for updates.

Follow along in this video as we show you just how easy it is to update your SCT device. We also walk you through the procedure on how to download the SCT updater software.

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Open up an Internet browser and go to sctflash(dot)com.

In the top right-hand corner, click support.

Select your device from the list.

Once selected, scroll down to downloads.

On the right hand side of the screen, choose “Download Now” underneath Updater.

Wait for the executable file to download.

Once it finishes downloading, click the file to begin the installation.

Follow the on screen instructions; this will install both the drivers and the software.

Upon completion, minimize or close your browser.

Double click the “SCT Updater” icon to run the program.

If an update needs to be installed, a pop-up window will open and ask to “Download and Install”.

Click “Yes” and the program will do everything on its own.

When the software is finished, it will go back to its main page.

Plug in your SCT device and allow Windows to install more drivers.

Once finished, select “Automatically Check for Updates”.

The program will then identify the SCT device.

You will then be notified if the device is up-to-date or it needs an update.

Click “Update Device” if an update is needed.

Follow the on screen instructions to update the device.

When finished, unplug your SCT device and close the SCT Updater software.