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A Guide On Dyno Tuning

If you wish to convert your daily driver into a performance car, you have probably considered conducting a dyno tune. Vehicle dyno tuning is an effective and affordable way to milk more power from your vehicle's engine. Below is an extract discussing the considerations to make when conducting a dyno tune to increase your car's performance. 

Work With An Experienced Tuner

As a car enthusiast, it might be tempting to conduct a DIY dyno tune. After all, you will find numerous tutorials on the internet. However, unlike mechanical repairs, dyno tunes should be left to the professionals. Minor oversights could damage your engine or burn the vehicle. Below are some tips to help you find a tuner: 

  • Check car blogs and consult with other enthusiasts to identify reputable and experienced tuners in your area.
  • Assess the tuner's technical expertise. For example, a tuner specialising in modifying your car could know how well it responds to certain engine modifications.
  • Consider tuners who give guarantees on their work. It shows that they are confident about their services.
  • Ask for a quote to ensure you can afford the tune. 

Determine The Purpose Of The Tune

From the onset, you must be clear about the purpose of the tune. Typically, you will be looking for low-end power (torque) or high-end power (horsepower). Torque will help you launch your vehicle at the starting point, while horsepower will ensure you reach top speeds. Your tuner should assess your engine and inform you what can or cannot be done. Ultimately, the goal of every tuner is to ensure you enjoy your car without compromising the longevity of the engine. 

Prepare The Vehicle For The Tune

Your engine needs to be in excellent condition before the tuner adjusts the ECU settings. Therefore, you could need to conduct major services such as replacing spark plugs, cleaning fuel lines, and changing the lubricants, the air, and the oil filter. If the engine is in a deplorable state, the tuner could recommend an engine overhaul since a slight increase in power could damage the engine or overburden the heating system. 

Understand The Implications Of Increased Power

The tuner could advise you to consider certain improvements once you increase the vehicle's power. For instance, you could require a more robust cooling system to prevent overheating. Better braking and transmission will ensure you have an easy time controlling the vehicle at high speeds. 

When conducting a dyno tune, work with an experienced tuner, determine the purpose of the tune, prepare the vehicle for tuning and consider improvements to help you manage the increase in power.