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    How to tune?

    Ok guys I am tired of paying $300-$500 every time I need my car tuned. I'm going to buy hptuner. How do I get started? Where do I start? Any info would be great. Thanks

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    here's a good place to start if you have questions http://www.hptuners.com/forum/

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    hey does the LC-1 wideband hook up to the standard version of hp tuners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    hey does the LC-1 wideband hook up to the standard version of hp tuners?
    i just hooked one up to the pro version last weekend, sorry i dont about the standard

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    start here

    let me just say that it's well worth the $150 to get the pro version and not have these extra head aches thrown in there. It's just something else you'll have to mess with and learn. That being said the $150 just might not be doable and I completely understand....the egr write up is in that link.

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    why is your guy continue to chrger you that much? I know all I have to do is pay for dyno time if I need my tune tweeked..unless you get a whole new set up even then if yout a repeat you should get a break...

    to the orginal question my buddy bought a HP Tuners and went to FL for the weekend to thier class learned alot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pewter_LS1 View Post
    to the orginal question my buddy bought a HP Tuners and went to FL for the weekend to thier class learned alot
    i would love to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pewter_LS1 View Post
    why is your guy continue to chrger you that much? I know all I have to do is pay for dyno time if I need my tune tweeked..unless you get a whole new set up even then if yout a repeat you should get a break...

    to the orginal question my buddy bought a HP Tuners and went to FL for the weekend to thier class learned alot
    Ya for what that class costs you could afford to pay for several retunes at the amount he is paying

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    Orion sent you a great link, and that other guy sent you to the HPtuner forum where alot of good information can be found.

    I've spent hours reading and my head still spins on some of this stuff.

    You will need the pro version as Orion mentioned to hook the wideband to and save the headache.

    I have the standard version along with an LM1 wideband and have tried to follow along the writeup that Orion posted. It can be done on the standard but quite frankly alot of it wasn't clear enough for me to feel comfortable so I determined it's not worth the hassle to me.
    So I still use the wideband just for WOT tuning and leave all the part throttle stuff to the fuel trims in HPtuner.
    Takes longer and may not be as accurate but it has done it's job well enough for me.

    If I had it to do over again I would have taken Orion's advice and spent the extra $150 for plug and play,,,unfortunately I didn't know Orion then

    I already had the wideband too that I have been using for years on other stuff

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    Ya the guy is just an a hole. Told me it's 150 an hour, and it takes about a half hour to hook the car upto the dyno plus atleast an hour for the tune.... So just becadue I put a fast 92/92 setup on he wants atleast 300. No way! I'd rather just take it slow and do it my self. I've already spent about $1200 on tunes. That's just dumb. I guess live and learn. And I am going to by the pro. Thanks guys got the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    Ya the guy is just an a hole. Told me it's 150 an hour, and it takes about a half hour to hook the car upto the dyno plus atleast an hour for the tune.... So just becadue I put a fast 92/92 setup on he wants atleast 300. No way! I'd rather just take it slow and do it my self. I've already spent about $1200 on tunes. That's just dumb. I guess live and learn. And I am going to by the pro. Thanks guys got the help
    plus if you have any problems you can jump on here and ask for help....people here have helped me ALOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    I just ordered my hp tuners pro. Should be here this week. I'm also going to buy a LC-1 wb with the GP from kyspeed. That should set me up. Anything else I might need?
    lots of patience

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    U wanna share some of yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    U wanna share some of yours?
    im nowhere near a pro, but if you run into any problems, hopefully ive had the same problem and can help you out....but if not, im sure someone on here can

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    this is also another good place to start.....mrr23 did this write up:
    http://www.centralfloridastreetcars.com/hptuners.htm

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    Man Orion you know where to find all the good stuff.

    I remember that write up he did. That helped me out tremendously. All the pics of screen shots just really clicked with me to help me understand what everyone was talking about when I first started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    start here

    let me just say that it's well worth the $150 to get the pro version and not have these extra head aches thrown in there. It's just something else you'll have to mess with and learn. That being said the $150 just might not be doable and I completely understand....the egr write up is in that link.
    Ya i read that, and it is way to much work. i would rather spend the extra $150..... Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    Ya i read that, and it is way to much work. i would rather spend the extra $150..... Thanks
    Are you sure thats not throwing money away??? Sorry I couldn't resist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    Are you sure thats not throwing money away??? Sorry I couldn't resist.
    why do they sell used ones?!?!?!?!

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    Holy shit. That is pretty in depth just reading some of that. Im sure as with anything its gets easier. Ecspeically if you get to see what people are trying to teach you! Seeing how I am already gonna HAVE to pay for someone to tune my car after my cam gets installed, Aftr readind some of this... It mkaes me think twice about buying HPtuners. My question is, if your just "decent" at tuning, how good of a tune can you really get until you can really get into the software? What's everyone's experience on it? I want more details on the actually tuning side of it, not just monitoring and adjusting fan kick on temp's.

    Who has some first hand experience with HPtuners?

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