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!
Coming to us from NY, Mark’s 2005 Infiniti G35 arrived with a full tank of 93 octane gasoline. We proceeded to load it on the dyno at our facility in Louisville, KY for a complete dyno tune. After calibrating drivability and low boost tuning, it was time to see what the 3.5L built VQ35 could do. The commands were sent down the line, from Hal to the Haltech, to the boost controller, to the wastegates… and the twin 58mm Precision Turbos were brought up to ~20psi. The result was an impressive, record-setting 742HP at the wheels and 592TQ. Congratulations Mark on a well put together setup and truly impressive numbers on a pump gas 3.5L VQ build.
This 2014 Ford F150 Raptor equipped with the 6.2L V8 engine came in for a dyno tune gained 20WHP over the course of the tuning session. The custom calibration was dyno tuned at Dynosty using HP Tuners Beta tuning platform. Final numbers were 351WHP and 383TQ.
Some Nissan GT-Rs are destined to stay stock, while others are bought with bigger things in mind. In this case, this Black Edition R35 GT-R arrived at our facility in Louisville KY directly from the dealership for a complete build. With everything taken apart we called on our friends at Sheptrans for the best transmission package possible, and sourced an Alpha 12 turbo kit as we are an authorized Alpha reseller and installation facility. A short time later it was hitting our dyno rollers for a 1300+WHP calibration and then off to private testing. Once everything was dialed in to the owner’s liking the car proceeded to win multiple events, from Arm Drop races to Drag events at Bristol Dragway.
Modifications to this Nissan GT-R include:
Dynosty 3.8L VR38DETT Engine Package
Sheptrans Stage 4.5+ Transmission Upgrade
Alpha 12 Turbo Kit
MoTeC M150 Standalone Engine Control with adjustable launch control
Dynosty Transmission programming using EcuTek
Dynosty GT-R Fuel System with triple pump and 12 ID Injectors
DSS Axles with ARP studs
This 2009 Nissan GT-R arrived on a custom “E-Tune” that had been performed by another tuner over the internet. While the E-Tuner has a good reputation, there was great room for improvement with a Dynosty custom dyno tune. By optimizing the fuel, ignition, boost and other tables we were able to gain over 200 ft/lb of TQ in some places. Peak numbers do not tell the whole story – check out the comparison dyno chart below to see the huge gains throughout the powerband.
2009 R35 Nissan GT-R on 93 octane pump gas. Modifications include:
Intake pipes and filters
Downpipes and Exhaust
Dynosty custom Pro Dyno Tune using EcuTek
Before in Red, Dynosty Tuned in Blue
In 2013 we consulted with Wade on his 1995 Toyota Supra and came up with a great high performance build package. We settled on a Dynosty built 3.0L 2JZ-GTE engine, Hypertune intake manifold, Full Race exhaust manifold and a Precision Turbo 6766 divided turbo to maximize spool and top end performance. The goal was balanced drivability and performance. Wade installed the parts and trailered the car in for the Dynosty engine break-in program and dyno tune. The package worked together perfectly, giving quick spool and 860WHP (fuel limited), and ran 179MPH in the half mile.
After a year of enjoying the Supra it returned for engine management upgrade and fuel system upgrade. With a new Haltech Elite monitoring fuel pressure, the Injector Dynamics ID1300cc injectors and Walbro fuel pumps were pushed a little harder to the tune of 900+WHP. The Haltech Elite’s traction control was then configured, allowing the mighty 2JZ to deliver maximum possible power to the ground!
Customer Testimonial: Wade H of Dallas TX, December 29, 2013:
Dynosty helped me build and completely tune my 1995 Toyota Supra. Their work and product backing was phenomenal. They thoroughly answered any questions I had and walked me though the whole process of building my car and recommending the parts best suited for my needs. The business is very well structured and the shop itself is very professionally equipped and staffed! Thanks guys!
Dynosty dyno tunes imports and domestics daily in Louisville, KY, and here is one example of a Dynosty calibrated stock computer. This 2014 Camaro SS 1LE came in for a routine dyno tune, seeking to improve drivability, improve fuel economy and safely tune for maximum horsepower. Mission accomplished!
We had the opportunity to tune a Cosworth powered Lotus Elan race car with individual throttle bodies. The Cosworth 2.0L engine was controlled by a Haltech Sprint 500 and was dyno tuned in house to make great power and awesome response. Here is a unique look at fuel injectors spraying, first steadystate with increasing load and then during a dyno pull to 9500RPM.
This BRZ arrived from Pennsylvania for a complete transformation – power, looks and handling were all addressed during it’s one week visit. For power, a Greddy FRS/BRZ Turbo kit and full exhaust was installed and tuned by Dynosty using EcuTek. Power improved from 148whp to 262whp, a 77% increase! To plant the power and improve handling, Bilstein suspension was installed along with new graphite grey Gram Light 57xtreme wheels and tires. The front of the car was outfitted with a Seibon carbon-fiber FRS BRZ hood and a splitter. The rear was rounded out with a new set of tail lights and a carbon fiber diffuser. The end result is a model of well-rounded modifications to improve the performance of the Subaru BRZ.
What was a relatively stock FR-S was completely transformed with high performance upgrades including Garrett GTX28 turbo kit and supporting modifications. We installed the billet-wheel turbo kit and full exhaust system, as well as larger injectors, fuel pump, and an upgraded ACT clutch and flywheel package. With the right performance parts, this FR-S was ready to hit the dyno.
Using EcuTek, Hal managed 264whp on 93octane gas from the high compression FA20 engine. With E85 in the tank we increased boost to 13psi and dialed the tune in to 355whp on our Dyno Dynamics. On a Dynojet this would be 300WHP pump gas and 400WHP E85.
Late nights paid off for Stephen when we got his supercharged 2011 CTS-V on the dyno rollers to dial in the nitrous and tune. Using a combination of SCT, HP Tuners for logging, and NX Maximizer we were able to achieve 665HP at wheels and 665TQ through the automatic transmission. The setup consists of a pullied CTS-V, cat-delete on the exhaust, and progressive nitrous plate system with standalone fuel system.