Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Birmingham, AL, USA
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Just because you can...
A copy/past from one of my posts on another forum:
As the result of a recent phone conversation, I find myself needing to point out a few things.
More than a few of us have tried to inform many on this site, as well as others, as to the meaning and reasoning of TuneECU, TuneEdit, and other stock ECU interface tuning solutions. And I am the last one to discourage others from learning and doing things on their own. We ALL start at the beginning.
But mapping is not for everyone. Some simply do not have the information and understanding of engine management. Or the tools or experience required to measure the changes. This is not rocket science, but can be confusing for some. Especially so for those with little computer skills.
If you find that you may be one of these individuals, you need to understand your limitations.
Not wanting to sound like the back end of a mule, but you may be in over your head. Myself (and others) do not want to lead you astray, or confuse you more, causing issues with your bike.
There are some things that you may want to leave to others. If you do not understand how to perform valve adjustments, you have someone do this for you. If you need a rebuild, or want full race head work done, but have never done this in the past. Perhaps, you should consider taking your bike to someone that will do this for you, and has the tools to measure the effect of the changes.
A good set of tools does not mean that you are up to a complete engine tear down and reassembly.
Mapping is the same.
Just because TuneECU is free, and the cable is inexpensive, does not always mean that everyone is up to mapping the ECU. Diagnostics and swapping maps, sure. But maybe not altering the mapping.
Reading through the TuneECU Users Guide, and through a few of the threads on this forum will give you a basic understanding. But if you find yourself confused, you may want to leave some adjustments alone. It is not the fault of the ones on this forum (or others) that post information, that you are confused. This may simply not be your cup of tea.
Please take this to heart before you attempt loading a completely incompatible map into your ECU and lock it up completely. Or make changes to a map that leave your bike in a non-running condition. Or adjust the TPS, ISCV, and throttle body balance so far out of range that the engine will not start or idle. Do not blame others, and take some responsibility for your own actions and limitations. "Big Boy Rules" apply.
As my grandfather used to say, "just because you can, doesn't mean you should".
I hope this helps, and does not discourage others from learning or using tuning solutions like TuneECU, TuneEdit, or others.
I don't have an opinion... I have a dynamometer." - David Vizard.