If you’re viewing this blog post, chances are you have an idea of the real world difference between off the shelf canned tunes and a complete custom calibration. For many, mail order calibrations based on vehicle notes (modifications/driving style etc) is the only option. Truth be told, the people that arrive to us with canned/basemap calibrations end up being lifetime clients once we’ve given their ECU a once over. Drivability is one of our biggest concerns, WOT is fairly simple in comparison. We believe this to be what separates us from the pack!
(Not a BRZ pictured above, I know, but look at that quality keyboard control #HalibrationStation)
MOVING ALONG…..We had a great example of the contrast between the two tuning styles with Sam’s BRZ. It arrived to our shop with a mixture of small issues. Boost level was inconsistent, AFR was pig rich in various spots on the map, would die out in traffic regularly, choppy low speed/low RPM cruising, so on and so forth. From a mechanical standpoint, we battled boost levels a bit but ended up getting the curve where we needed it. On 7-8lbs of boost, we were able to churn out 315-320whp from run to run with great consistency. The turbo kit is a custom unit built by Driven Performance, and uses an internally gated Borg Warner, front mount, full exhaust, stock injectors. The kit looked to be great quality with much attention to detail. The FR-S/BRZ community has been one of our biggest supporters in recent years. We have invested hundreds of hours in seat time to learn these systems front to back, all in the name of passing that knowledge into our clients ECUs! For a calibration like this, give us a call M-F 8-5pm EST. Our schedule gets more and more dense closer to spring time, we will do all we can to get you on the rollers as soon as you need!
We received a call from a client regarding an issue with a tune on his newly acquired ZL1 Camaro. The car was already modified and sent on the way to the original owner with, lets just call it, a ‘rough’ tune. We can only assume this helped the original owner decide to part ways with the vehicle, and eventually brought Dynosty into the equation. We strapped the 4,000 mile car down to the rollers after evaluating the modifications listed on the original shops build sheet:
Pulley combination good for ~12psi, 1″ 7/8 longtube headers to a catback exhaust, cold air intake, aftermarket camshaft/valvetrain.
The thing that struck us; was the lack of any fueling to help keep this combination safe to romp around on the street. Stock ZL1 fuel pumps can see 650-700whp, ideally we like to see them upgraded as they tend to lose some pressure up top, but the stock injectors are another animal. At WOT we watched AFR climb to a scary 13.5:1 and decided to abort the run. How long exactly was the car being driven like this? We were unsure. We were positive that a call to our friends at Injector Dynamics would solve these issues.
In went a set of their proven ID850s and back on the rollers we went. After a few hours of fine tuning drivability and WOT, Hal finished the dyno session at an impressive 673Whp 652Tq. All on boost levels that could easily be increased with a simple pulley change, offering our client room to grow in the future! We love working with these LSX platforms, looking forward to an exciting spring!