Online/Remote Tuning

by Michael Decipha Ponthieux
Posted: 2013-05-04
Last Updated: 2019-10-08



Online / Remote tuning is the MOST ACCURATE method of tuning a vehicle. This also INCLUDES developing custom tuning software and support for most 1983 - 2017 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles possibly saving you hundreds of dollars otherwise. However, you must have hardware to interface your ecu to upload tunes.

The following devices are currently supported.
Year RangeRecommended InterfaceAdditionally Supported Interfaces
1983-2004 Moates QuarterHorse SCT**HPTuners
2005-2020Drewtech Mongoose ProFordSCTSykes**HPTuners
See the Getting Started Write Up for more details.

An SCT handheld device can also be used for 1996-current vehicles as well.
Sykes handhelds, Flash cables and limited **HPTuners support is available as well.
**HPTuners usually requires shipping me your PCM to flash the base tune prior to licensing / tuning!

Unrestricted Developmental Support

If you have an uncommon ecu that does not currently have tuning support it will be developed during this process. I highly recommend submitting your donation and getting the tune started well in advance of when your project will be completed if this is the case. Doing so will expedite the process when the time comes and you won't be waiting for development to start your vehicle once your project is complete.

Widebands

A wideband is not always required but is ALWAYS recommended! I only recommend AEM DIGITAL widebands with the gauge. It is the most accurate wideband available for the price. Never use a wideband with an ANALOG ONLY gauge as they are proven to be far less accurate. See the PRE-TUNE Info Write Up for more details.

Tuning Steps

There are 3 primary steps to dialing in the tune.
Step 1 - Idle Tuning & Low Load Fuel
Step 2 - Part Throttle Fuel and Spark
Step 3 - WOT Fuel, Spark, Load Scaling

Step 4 - Verify Calibration and Fine Tune Adjustments
The average time frame to get the vehicle completely dialed in can vary significantly. However, the tune will usually be dialed in enough for the vehicle to be safely daily driven after step 2 is completed (usually within' 2 days or sometimes from the get go). In unlikely circumstances, depending upon scheduling, weather, engine tunability, communication errors, engine issues, diagnostics, etc.. this process can take longer, but the tuning doesn't stop until the engine is completely dialed in. In most cases the tune is usually dialed in within a few revisions.

You will upload all datalogs through your private tune progress thread through the premium member section of the forum.

How do we get started?

Custom Tuning Software

All tuning will be provided through TunerPro RT. In-depth details can be found in the Getting Started Write Up.
If using an SCT handheld device you will need the SCT device updater to upload .cef files to the handheld.
If using HPTuners or Sykes hardware you will need their software to write tunes.

Tuning time-frame

Typically, it usually takes about 4-5 iterations to get the vehicle 95% of the way dialed in, well enough to beat on, if the car is sound and theres no problems within' 3-4 days is typical. Cold starts, dashpot, startup enrichment, and isc compensation can take quite a bit to dial in but is non critical and doesnt affect performance any.

But what about a Dyno?

check out the Dyno Tuning Facts page to see if dyno tuning or remote tuning is right for you. If you are in the New Orleans area dyno tuning will be provided once the vehicle is dialed in. A dyno pull fee of +$100 will apply.

Additional Vehicles

If you have additional vehicles to tune the 2nd is $300, 3rd is $150 and 4th and each there after is $100. An additional tune progress thread for each vehicle will be created to keep everything organized.


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