Tuning Tools for ECU Re-Flashing

LAPTOP


Windows 7 or greater with more than 4Gb of Memory and a fast processor  – Dual Core or more.

 

CABLE


Tactrix OpenPort 2.0 – http://www.tactrix.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=17&Itemid=53

Reflashing Connectors are needed for models between 2001-2007 for 16bit ECU’s. That’s

 

LOGGING SOFTWARE


RomRaider – http://www.romraider.com/RomRaider/Download
Logging Definition for RomRaider – http://www.romraider.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1642&start=1

 

REFLASHING SOFTWARE


ECUFLASH – http://www.tactrix.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=36&Itemid=58

 

WIDEBAND GAUGE


Innovate Wideband Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge– Works with Romraider
MTX-L PLUS: Digital Wideband Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge Kit
DLG-1: Dual Lambda (Air/Fuel Ratio) Gauge
DB gauges

 

EXHAUST GAS TEMPERATURE GAUGE


MTX-D: Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT)

 

COMPUTER REMOTE SUPPORT


For the instant customer support: TeamViewer QuickSupport

 

RichardO – 2011 USDM Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT 6MT

Modifications


Invidia Cat-back Exhaust System
GFB Mach 1 BPV
XRT ECU Stage 1 Tuning
XRT XTMP

v2 vs Stock - 3rd Gear Dyno SAE.png

Review


https://www.facebook.com/groups/SubaruTuningInternational/permalink/308117432990428/

My experience with XRT has been amazing.

At first, I had a stage 1 OTS cobb tune and loved it. That opened the car up to what it was capable of and once I realized that, I got hungry for more. I saw a post about XRT and started to get incredibly curious on all the gains someone received from them. Once I emailed XRT(Ed), he informed me BlackBerry Messenger(BBM) is how he chats with all his clients. He is based in the Barbados so we can call each other on BBM or Whatsapp to avoid oversea charges. After tons of research and seeing no other tuner is pushing out that type of gain with my mods, I sold my AP3, and was ready to start.

Ed informed me to download Team Viewer so he could remote into my machine and download all the applications needed to setup the logging parameters and created the file structure for logs and roms. Even if you are not a newb to open source tuning, LET HIM SET IT UP. It will be easier for everyone and if there are any issues, he is perfectly capable of correcting them.

Once all the preliminary stuff was done, he sent me a version zero rom to show me that my car is capable of a lot with stock boost. My jaw dropped. Throttle response was insane, the torque was there, and you can clearly feel that the car enjoyed it much more than the Cobb OTS tune. v0 vs Stock - 3rd Gear Dyno SAE.png

As the process continued, you could feel the car run better and better as the days went on. He transformed my car so much, I would rather drive my car to work, Downtown Washington DC, than take the train. I feel like a little kid every time I hit boost now.

With XRT, they could get maps out same day or next day. Ed is very good with being responsive within a few hours and letting you know if you need to check something on your car or not. He is very particular about how he tunes a car and how it is running. Making sure your car is mechanically fine is key to having a smooth and successful tuning process. Overall, he is a skilled and very knowledgeable tuner. He changed my car from a slow non- responsive 2011 LGT into a responsive torque monster that I enjoy driving every single day. Boost comes on smooth, the car moves when I tap the gas and everything on the car feels great. It took about eight to nine revisions before the car got where it needed to be. He is done with my Subaru for now, but he will be doing my GF’s 100% STOCK CVT Crosstrek and I am sure I will see major improvements there! I attached a Dyno sheet along with Ed’s Virtual dyno of the same dyno pulls.

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Recommendation for Air Box Replacement: BMC OTA

Schema OTA

Universal

OTA - OVAL TRUMPET AIRBOX ACOTA70/85L230-B

code: ACOTA70/85L230-B
sizes (mm): Ø1 : 82 | Ø2 : 85 | L : 295
OTA - OVAL TRUMPET AIRBOX ACOTA70/85L230-B
OTA - OVAL TRUMPET AIRBOX ACOTA70/85L230-B
WRX/STI

code: ACOTASP-04

Recommended Air Filter Replacement: BMC Air Filter

CAR FILTERS FB565/20

Replacement Filter for the Legacy & Impreza – http://www.bmcairfilters.com/eng/car-filters/fb565-20/758/art

Code: FB565/20 sizes (mm): B : 220 | A : 215

CAR FILTERS FB565/20

http://www.bmcairfilters.com/eng/car-filters/fb565-20/758/art#compatibility

Grafico prestazioni

 


Why do we recommended BMC? – http://www.bmcairfilters.com/eng/why-choose-bmc/1212/p

Regenerating Washing Kit – http://www.bmcairfilters.com/eng/product/category/7

FAQ – http://www.bmcairfilters.com/eng/frequently-asked-questions/7/fq

2015+ Subaru WRX CVT Upgrade Path

XRT Recommendations: Modification Scheme for 350-400whp


Gauges


Fuel System


Exhaust System


Intake System


Boost System

Oil Recommendations: Motul

CVT Transmission Cooler: Tru-Cool LPD

Tuning:

Remote Tuning

Over the many years of Remote Tuning (11yrs now as of 2006), the following information highlighted below is what customers try to attain before or during tuning and if these little ta-bits can be had, persons seeking a tune can be 100% ready and comfortable in tuning.

Before I start, allow me to briefly introduce myself in point form

Years of experience: 11yrs (as of 2006)
Specialisation: Subaru
Background: B.Sc in Mathematics, Physics, Electronics | IT, Telecoms, Cybersecurity, Past Part-Time Tuning Instructor at a Technical College, Driver – lite sports, Cooking, hiking, family man, etc
Tuning capabilities: OEM ECU, SYVECS, HYDRA, LINK, Vi-PEC, Other EMS, Suspension

Remember Education is Power, once done right 🙂

Remote Tuning vs Physical Tuning


In starting, there is no difference between Remote Tuning and Physical Tuning. Remote Tuning takes a little longer and can capture events more easily and time is the factor to allow true fine tuning. Taking a car on a dyno and you have a prefect tune is not possible. Taking a car on the road for a few mins and have a prefect tune is not possible. If this was the case, OEM manufactures and racing teams will have limited research and testing. In others words, those countless hours you hear would just be lies.

Remote tuning requirements expected by the experience and knowledgeable tuner details that the customer communicates with his tuner in real-time as much as possible and communications channels opened extensively for tuning determination. That is, through you the customer, that knowledge transfer is achieve on any matter.

There are some who due to magazines and because of the bad information from many “Tuning” business seeking a quick way to make money, misrepresent real and detailed tuners who cares about Customer Relations, Service, Stability, Performance, Response, etc. This is a specialised service and should be treated so. That being said, there is no tune for $99, $199 or even one-of tunes. What took your OEM manufacture or racing team years to get right, just cannot come in the form as a pill. Please be wary. Because of the pricing war, tuning prices have been drivened down and the quality of tunes have gotten worst. I am sad to say, the customer now expect less and poor quality tunes are fantastic. This indeed is very saddening. In addition every man is a tuner because of having software in his hands to tune.

Dyno’es – Not created equally
Dyno’es are good. But it is a tool and you should understand this. Not all dynoes are created equal and not all are operated properly. The best Dyno to used is here – http://www.rototest.com/index.php?DN=1&Visitor=4
RRI Research Institute

Dyno Testing Informationhttp://www.rri.se/index.php?DN=29

Noting the above, this will help you determine what is used out in the field. This is extremely important!!!!!!!

The dyno must create a real life environment as much as possible and the quality of the hardware and software is key. That being said, a car dyno tuned should really spend some time on the road to gather data for stability, function and operations. This can take a few days or as long as possible for varying environmental conditions. Remember OEM manufacturers and racing teams. Please make sure your tuner offers this. Don’t be carried away with numbers.

Dyno usage – What it is good for

  • Dialing in areas that needs cruising time
  • Dialing mods that changes the dynamics quickly or drastically
  • Safe area to tune.
  • Ability to see changes easily on a close to control environment. The dyno facility should be controlled as much as possible. This can minimised the number of dyno pulls. Example, Humidity, Temperature, pollution, Noise, etc

Remember and don’t take it as my word – Research, research, research. The tuning should finish up on the road, covering varying environmental conditions. Example, morning to night; hot to cold.

For those who love Dyno figures, having a correction of over 1 is useless. To verify Dyno figure, perform a quarter mile run and determine you realistic power figures.
Xtreme Racing Tuning – Drag Racing: 1/8-MILE TO 1/4-MILE CONVERSION TABLE


So let us get started.

Note: I am going to be precise as much as possible!

What are we talking about based on the subject?
Tuning the stock OEM computer that comes in the car. The majority stated below are also key points for Engine Management Systems or Powertrain Solutions.

Mechanical needs

  1. Try to understand what tuning is. Tuning allows the car to compensate for the environment for which it operates in. Either for general purposes or having high performance needs.
  2. What is needs before tuning – Mechanically
    1. Full Engine Oil service
    2. Spark Plug change
    3. Check for air leaks in the intake and header system – A boost test should be done.
    4. Clean the MAF sensor
    5. Throttle body Clean
    6. Injector Cleaning. Professionally cleaned or using a good quality Injector cleaner
    7. Verification of all necessary sensors and solenoids through logging – Xtreme Racing Tuning – XRT Diagnostic/Troubleshooting Support Service
    8. General maintenance of the car – Brakes, Coolant, Transmission oil, Gear oil, Tyres, Alignment, etc, etc
  3. Tactrix Openport 2.0 Cable
  4. Ecuflash software
  5. Romraider Software – Romraider.exe | Latest RomRaider LOGGER Definitions

 

Tuner needs


Now after all of the prelim ground work been done, the next task is finding a tuner. Remote tuning should not offer anything less. Actually it should offer more!
The tuner should be:-

  1. Very well Experience
  2. Should have excellent Customer Service – The community should highlight this.
  3. His work broadcast and can be seeing online
  4. Excellent Customer Reviews
  5. Very knowledgeable about his job and the car to be worked upon
  6. Excellent knowledge in Diagnostic and noting issues before issues gets out of hand
  7. Excellent Support Services – Phone, email, messaging
  8. Excellent communication skills
  9. Quick to respond within 4hrs
  10. Understanding of family committment and factors that affects the tune
  11. Excellent abilities in setting up computers and instructing/lecturing
  12. Be quick and excel in highlight your tune to you with graphs and data, if needed.
  13. Etc etc etc

 

Testing/Logging


Testing should be done as follows:-

  1. Follow your tuners direction precisely. Don’t do more than what is needed. If otherwise, seek advise.
  2. Relate any issues to the Tuner, even if you do no think it is important
  3. Safe area
  4. Cruising to spirited driving in areas to create minimal to high load stress on the car. These are mentioned below.
  5. Hills
  6. Varying environment conditions
  7. Flat roads, especially for dyno pulls. When performing dyno pulls, do not sit waiting for the car to heat soak. This will reduce power tremendously.

Please note the above should just wet your interest and should drive dialogue between you and the company/Tuner of interest.

XRT Subaru CVT Tuning

Subaru Tuning that affects CVT Operations & Performance by Xtreme Racing Tuning (XRT)

XRT have continue to master the operations and performance of the CVT through tuning and customer feedback and based on the results, we are offering that edge in tuning CVT models like what we did to the 5EAT and the 4EAT.

Generally, the following are expected when tuned (The Transmission Computer is not tuned):

  • Quicker shifting
  • Firmer shifting
  • Appropriate gear selection for less labouring or load on the engine
    Less ping/knocking due to the transmission wanting to be in high gear all the time.
  • Less pedal moving to make the transmission shifting
  • Better fuel mileage
  • Easy over-taking and maneuvering due to quicker acceleration due to the above points.

XRT Offers additional stages for CVT tuning.

  • Stage 1 – offers greater shifting and operations. This is the mode many requires if you want to have full control when the transmission shift for hill climbing, racing, over-taking etc.
  • Stage 2 (Full Sports Mode) – offers increase response and less throttle lag. Direct throttle control. Now you maybe able to spin those tires on moving off or get that maximum torque to the ground. Transmission Cooler is recommended if you plan to drive her hard

Graphical review of the CVT vs 5EAT – http://xtremeracingtuning.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=100&t=692

For further reading and customer reviews, please visit – http://xtremeracingtuning.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=122&t=695

Cobb AP Pro Tune & XRT: The Differences

For a few years now, customers been approaching XRT on a retune of their Cobbs’ AP, but we do not support the Cobbs AP at this time. We are not sure if we will every be due to a refocus into to Motorsports and Engine Management Systems, but knows such technology has its place in the industry.

Lets review my statement above.

I have been watching Rallying, Grand Touring, Touring and many other sports where named manufactures (BMW, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, just to name a few) never reprogrammed their ECU’s to run those cars for such Motorsports, even when the power is close to stock and I always ask myself what were the reasons why this was done. As I matured in ecuflashing, Instructing in EMS courses and tuning EMS over the years, I came to understand why this is so, even if such technology was tempting, accessible and cost effective.

The Stock/OEM ECU/ECM:

  1. By design is just enough to support all functions of the stock car
  2. Cannot log at a high rate. This is needed to capture events for remediation
  3. Not powerful enough and high storage areas for Advance Engine Strategies and Operations (Antilag, Fuel, Ignition – all inter-related to multiple level mapping, Complex features and operations). Such enhancements comes in the form of FPGA’s implementations, dedicated CPU Processors per functions and the type of Processors used. For additional reading, please visit the following link –
    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-programmable_gate_array
    2. https://www.design-reuse.com/news/6629/actel-fpgas-development-multiple-race-car-engine-control-units.html
    3. https://www.xilinx.com/video/hardware/what-is-the-difference-between-an-fpga-and-an-asic.html
  4. Do not have enough Inputs/Outputs (I/O’s) for additional functions for a sports car
  5. Ability to program in the field with new strategies for performance operations and access to new features. That is, changing the core functions of the device itself. Kind of like model versions upgrades all happening with just one devices without internal hardware architecture changes.

For a quick read, please review XRT owned link – EMS/Powertrain review thoughts

If all of the above continues to hold true going into the future (and I do not expect it to change due to production cost of vehicles), why then would I want to reflash the Stock/OEM ECU/ECM and as a tuner, not have the best in tuning for a very efficient and responsive engine?!?

That being said, we focus more on EMS tuning for specific operations and functions for an engine needing that edge in performance and development. 

The necessary skills, strategies, experience and mental aptitude is so extensive & intensive in this type of tuning and support, that one can achieve the highest goals needed for sports and performance tuning, in relation to the configurations of the car, driver needs and environments.

With such focuses highlighted and discussed above, XRT by its nature and having such backgrounds in these fields (tuning and support), can seriously, precisely and accurately provide reflashing services that is Top Class to none, taking every bit of time to provide the finest tunes in tuning your car, regardless if in Motorsports or every day street driving; especially when it comes to reflashing using Open-Source technology for tuning.

Bringing along those core aptitudes, customers can gain a new experience in tuning support and better operations of their cars. That is, achieving great review in whatever we do when working with the clients. One could accurately say we are customer oriented 🙂

So what do we do?

  1. Provides the greatest level of known support to clients in the tuning industry- http://xtremeracingtuning.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=122&t=670
  2. Does not distinguish the difference between Local & Remote tuning
  3. Seek the best possible reviews as much as possible for the finest work in tuning of client cars – http://xtremeracingtuning.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=48
  4. Provide accurate detailed Diagnostic support throughout the tuning process or XRT Live Group supports
  5. Very log oriented. That is, clients must log for fine tuning; as much as possible. Logging defines the tune!
  6. Custom Tune all cars starting from Base-Line tunes to fine tuning. We do not make OTS (Off The Shelf) tunes the final tune.
  7. Work with the client closely in the optimisation of the tune while fine tuning.
  8. Encourage and insist greater levels of communication between XRT and clients. This provides the best possible experience in tuning and support.

So…. out of what we do, we just do it better by taking our time, which is reflected in our tunes and support that makes us different to other Tuners and tuning support companies. Logging and communication with our customers defines the outcomes.

 

AndrewC review on his XRT Tuned 2011 Subaru Legacy GT 2.5 6MT

AndrewC – 2011 USDM Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT 6MT

Atmospheric Pressure: 1017.3 hPa | IAT: 24C >> 22C

http://legacygt.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5641810&postcount=1
I was referred to XRT by a fellow member (golferdude1087) for a tune for my 5th gen LGT. I contacted Ed and he responded immediately with answers to my questions, helped me get setup with the necessary software, and sent the initial tune. Out of the box, it was a massive awakening for the car. Its the first time this car put that big of a smile on my face and even impressed my friend that drives a tuned 3 series. After a few days of back and forth with logs and tips, we are now on version 3 and it runs great. It pulls hard and smooth throughout the entire range and still gets decent mileage with “spirited” driving. The logger “dyno” numbers say about 275hp/340tq (wheel) compared to the stock 265hp/258tq (crank), a significant increase even if the software isn’t accurate. His tips on things to look for and areas to improve give me confidence that the tune will be safe too. I would definitely recommend an XRT tune to anyone looking for reliable power.

Atmospheric Pressure: 1013.3 hPa | IAT: 26C

From: AndrewC
Sent: Sunday, 11 June 2017 12:25 PM
To: EdwardM
Subject: Low end torque

Low end torque is much improved, to the point that small maneuvers like passing or cornering can be done without getting into boost. Accelerating from low rpm’s is also better, letting you stay in gear when you’d normally have to downshift.