FR-S/BRZ: Halibrations-Getting It Right!

            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!

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New Haltech Elite Standalone EMS

We got our hands on the new Haltech Elite standalone engine management and are very excited for this latest Haltech offering. The new Haltech Elite standalone comes in a new case that is submersible, fully waterproof. 8 Fuel Injection Outputs (high or low impedance) and 8 Ignition Ouputs are onboard the Haltech Elite, along with 28 Digital Outputs and 10 Analogue Voltage Inputs. The Haltech Elite comes with an oscilloscope to help quickly identify trigger types and for diagnostics. 6 Engine Position Inputs are on-board the Haltech Elite as well, with extensive trigger support and ability to quickly setup new crank and cam trigger types.

Other features you can look forward to on the new Haltech Elite series engine control:
Drive By Wire Throttle Control
Cruise Control
Quad Cam Control
Knock Control, dual channel
Auto Tune with fuel and ignition learning (short term and long term)
E85 Flex Fuel support adjusts fuel, ignition, boost and more
O2 Air Fuel Control
Idle Control
Closed Loop Boost Control with advanced strategies (boost by gear etc)
Antilag and Launch Control
Datalogging, includes on-board ECU logging, live PC logging, and external USB datalogging
Black Box Logging – additional logging that is always active
Multiple User Logins to restrict areas of the Haltech Elite based on passwords
Engine Protection limits for sensors such as fuel pressure vs target fuel pressure, air fuel ratio lean protection, oil pressure and more
Multiple Profiles on board, up to 4 completely separate calibrations are stored so the Haltech Elite can be used in different vehicles without connecting and changing maps

Haltech Elite will be available March-April 2014. Stay tuned to Dynosty for more information on the Haltech Elite as it becomes available.

Haltech Elite Series Standalone ECU EMS from Dynosty

10 Second Porsche 911 Turbo S

Though the Porsche 911 Turbo S packs serious performance from the factory, over 500 horsepower delivered through the PDK transmission to all four wheels, there is even more available if desired. This 2011 911 (997) Turbo S came in for performance upgrades and tune and the results were very impressive, “a great bang-for-the-buck” per the owner.

Performance modifications included Tubi Exhaust, Champion Intercoolers, Diverter Valves, IPD Plenum, BMC air filters and a tune on 93octane gas. The result is a 600whp (est) all wheel drive machine. The factory Porsche launch control does a great job of bringing everything together and pinning you against the seat when it applies the clutch at 5500rpm.

After the performance upgrades were complete we met the owner at the track, where the 911 Turbo S went mid 10 seconds hot-lapped through the 1/4 mile at just over 130mph. This is undoubtedly one of the ultimate daily drivers! Youtube video below.

Contact Dynosty for all of your Porsche performance tuning. Dynosty is an authorized distributor for all of the high quality products you need including Tubi Style Exhaust, Alpha Performance Turbo Systems, Champion Motorsports, BMC Air Filters, IPD Plenums, ECU Tuning and more.

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S 997 at Dynosty for performance upgrades:
Porsche 911 Turbo S 997 upgrades at Dynosty

Porsche 911 Turbo S 997 with Champion upgraded intercoolers with billet end tanks:
Porsche 911 Turbo S 997 Champion intercooler installed at Dynosty

Tubi Exhaust install with ARP hardware on 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S 997
Porsche 911 Turbo S 997 Tubi Exhaust install at Dynosty

Youtube Video of 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S shakedown run at dragstrip:

LS3 powered Nova On Hot Rod Power Tour

1970 Nova LS3 powered at Dynosty

We had the privilege of tuning this beautifully built 1970 Nova, powered by a Chevrolet LS3 crate engine. Using HP Tuners, we were able to calibrate the fuel and ignition maps on the dyno. Power performance and fuel economy were maximized for cruising and full throttle prior to the car leaving for the 2013 Hot Rod Power Tour. The LS3 cranked out 325 horsepower at the wheels and matching torque, all through an automatic transmission. We received word that the car did great on the tour and managed some low 13’s in street trim.

1970 Nova LS3 powered engine bay at Dynosty

Honda Dyno Tuning at Dynosty

This week we had a number of dyno tunes at our facility in Louisville, KY, including a Honda S2000 and a Honda Civic Si. The S2000 was looking to get the most out of his naturally aspirated setup, and so a Haltech Platinum Pro Plug-In standalone ecu was selected. The Honda Civic Si’s K20A3 motor had been upgraded with a Jackson Racing Supercharger kit as well as intake and exhaust. Dynosty installed an AEM Series 2 EMS in it and proceeded to dyno tune it for drivability, maximum power, and reliability.

Widebody G35 Tuned To 523WHP

This beautiful widebody G35 was driven in from New Jersey for the final steps of the build – dyno tuning.
Modifications include a built motor with Eagle rods, Wiseco pistons, JWT S7 262 cams, ARP L19 head studs, Dynosty billet main girdle, ARP manifolds and Blouch-upgraded turbos, Haltech engine management system and more.

JDM Supra makes 481whp with Precision 6765

This right hand drive Supra landed at the shop unable to idle and with detonation and misfire issues from a prior tune on the AEM V2 box. Within a few hours we had the plugs gapped properly and the AEM EMS tune dialed in where it starts, idles, and makes 481whp on 93octane pump gas! Looking forward to possible E85 tune in the future to take full advantage of the Precision 6755 turbo.

Scion FR-S at SEMA 2011

The latest version of the Scion FR-S aka Toyota FT86 was on display at SEMA, and it is worth getting excited about! With the release date only a few weeks away, it was good seeing Scion with something close to a final FR-S. We are watching and waiting for this new rear wheel drive tuner car to arrive on the market, so stay tuned for future updates on tuning the Scion FR-S / Toyota FT86!

Looking forward to the official FR-S release date coming soon!

Scion FR-S Pictures:



Stillen Supercharged 2007 Nissan 350Z HR Upgrades

This 2007 Nissan 350Z arrived for a variety of upgrades, and more are already being planned. Stillen’s VQ35HR / VQ37VHR supercharged kit was installed with the Stillen / Uprev reflash, and we strapped it on the Dyno Dynamics to get a baseline. At 7-8psi the Vortech-fed VQ35HR pumped out 329whp (red line on dyno chart).

A smaller pulley was then fitted to the Vortech, but due to Stillen’s design a smaller belt was unavailable (8rib 21inch belt) – so we machined a larger idler pulley which worked perfect to tension the back 8-rib belt. The Stillen / Uprev reflash form of engine management was set aside in favor of a standalone, the Haltech 350Z kit. This was installed on the HR using Dynosty’s VQ35HR Haltech Plug&Play harness. After a dyno tune the 350Z progressed to 400whp (blue line).

For that extra kick, a Nitrous Express dry system was added along with a Haltech CAN IO Box to control it, yielding 431whp (black line).

Stay posted for some winter upgrades including a manual tensioner to prevent front-belt slip, and a built motor as we push this setup even further!

Dyno Dynamics Dyno Chart:

Stillen Supercharged 350Z HR Engine Bay: