Will a tune benefit me.
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02-28-2008, 08:03 PM #21
How much would I have to spend to get a labtop that would be capable to run HP Tuner? what do you recommend.
I have been on there site and I think it is just the BIG learning curve you have to get by that scares me and the fact of screwing up my car.
I would love to buy a tuner. Also how much do you have invested in your tunning set up?
02-28-2008, 09:20 PM #22
02-29-2008, 04:42 AM #23
From what I understand they are relatively inexpensive nowadays and there are deals on them all over. My wife has many contacts for that stuff. I don't recall what HPtuner requires for memory and that sort of thing,,,,I just remember my wife looking at HPtuner and then pulling out this laptop we had and said,,,,,,here this is more than enough
Yep HPtuner has been a HUGE learning curve for me,,,,and I don't have it all figured out. A rookie if you will,,,,yet the improvements I have already made to the car just in ET and MPH at the track more than shows it's worth the effort, even on a stock car. I have changed some other things as well, and there are tricks you can tinker with for gas mileage too. Logging is cool, you can diagnose anything you would ever need to.
I spent $500 for HPtuner, the laptop we had extra laying around so that wasn't really an expense in my case. I think it's probably the best bolt on (if you can call it that) I have spent on the car yet. It's surely given me the most ET out of the car so far. I've spent close to $2,000 in other goodies and none of them gave me the gains that tuning did.
I'll say I'm pretty happy with it and yet I've only used maybe 50% of it's capabilities. Since my car seemed to respond to a tune better than others,,,and I am just a rookie with computers,,,,,I am very tempted to take it to a local tuner and have them put their tune in and see how the car responds as well, because I am sure I'm not extracting every bit out of it that I can.
The 3 tenths and 3 mph I gained was just from tinkering with the VE table and MAF table a bit using the fuel trims as a guide,,,,,and a little timing here and there,,,nothing magic,,,and most tuners will tell you it's not the most accurate way, but I'm learning. I think there is a little more in the car, I haven't even played with PE yet
02-29-2008, 06:50 AM #24
Thank you very much for all the into you have given me Firebirdjones.
03-01-2008, 08:29 AM #25
I'm pretty sure Hptuners lists 800 mhz as a minimum requirement. I'd just look for 1ghz+ and you'll be fine. The one I use is a 1.1 ghz and it works fine.
There definitely is a learning curve but they have a pretty decent forum for help and if you read enough and ask enough questions it'll start to make a little sense to you after a while. It almost becomes a hobby within a hobby. Keep in mind that you'll want a wideband to go along with the tuning software so you can get a more accurate idea of what the afr is doing on the car.
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