Jeff Perrin

Nov 152011
 
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Helping Us Build Our EBCS Pro Map Database

Over the years we have gotten hundreds of requests for custom PERRIN maps which are setup to use our EBCS Pro (Electronic Boost Control Solenoid).  From time to time we have offered custom mapping to customers that asked but we are taking this a step further and trying to offer this service to all customers.  In order to create a map for your car that works with the EBCS, we require some data from your car under full throttle conditions.  After we look at this data we make changes to your map, we then require you to be able to flash the map and redo the full throttle test.   Below are some instructions for those not familiar with the data logging process we require to create these maps.

 

Why Would I Need a Datalog?

Why would we ask you for a Datalog?  When tuning the EBCS Pro, it requires that the wastegate duty cycle (the parameter used to control boost) is adjusted perfectly to the parts installed on your car.  There is a narrow window of operation for this to work perfectly and we need to see how our map works with your exact setup.   Using the AccessPORTs datalogging features allows us make changes to your map, and see the effect it has on your car.  This sometimes can take 3 or 4 times of datalogging, then us creating a map, then having you datalog the car again. If you want to read more on boost control, click here.

How Do I Make A Datalog

  • Simply plug in your AccessPORT to the OBD port, scroll to the Monitor icon and press the OK button.
  • Scroll down to where Set Data Log List is, and press the OK button.  This will display all possible data that can be logged.
  • Simply check or uncheck the data you wish to view.  When you are done press the back button and save the data to be logged.

        

  • By default Cobb checks off some of the important things we need to see. If you have changed this please make sure you set it up the way we describe in later steps.  So please only pick the data we ask you to or leave it set to default, as this will give you the highest quality datalog possible.

        

  • Once data is selected you can start logging by going to Live Data, bring up any parameter, then click the OK button.  You will see “Initializing” at the bottom of the display then “Logging”.
  • When you are done logging you simply click the middle button!  This then saves the log onto your AccessPORT which can later be removed and emailed to us using the AccessPORT Manager software.  Removing the log will be explained further down the page.
  • Keep in mind that every time you create a datalog, the AccessPORT saves a new file. For instance, the first time you create a log, it saves it as Datalog1.csv. Then the next one is Datalog2.csv and so on. This allows you to to make more than one while driving your car and keep track of them when you remove them from the AccessPORT.

 

What Do You Need to Data Log?

As we briefly mentioned before, logging too much data can effect how accurate the data is. This happens because the data from the ECU can only be collected so fast. If you ask the AccessPORT to collect too much data, its causes the log to run slower.  Example, you ask it to log 1 thing you will get 20 samples of this each second. Which provides excellent data for us to help tune your map. If you ask the ECU for 20 things you may only get 1 sample a second, and while this sounds ok and its not enough to do a proper tune for your EBCS Pro. So please only pick the parameters we tell you to.

EBCS Pro Boost Control Related Parameters to Log

  • Engine Speed
  • Boost (Manifold Relative Pressure)
  • Wastegate Duty Cycle
  • Throttle Position
  • Requested Torque
  • Intake Air Temp
  • Calculated Load
  • Ignition Timing
  • Feedback Knock Correction

Runs needs to be in 3rd or 4th gear starting at 2000 then floor it and take rpm as high possible not exceeding speed limit. Roughly 10 seconds of recording time.  No full throttle running through the gears.

Did I Make a Good Log

The key to a good log is smoothness, consistency and time.  If you can have a smooth foot (when flooring or cruising around)  this helps make tuning easier.  If you are constantly wavering up and down during the runs its hard for us to figure out what is going on. A constant pedal, or slowly moving up or down pedal, makes our job much easier.  Consistency in runs is also important.  Use the same gear the same road or same basic conditions.  If you do your runs at 32 degrees in the morning then its 80 later in the day that is going to make runs inconsistent.  Picking the same road or hill also helps us with tuning.  If you are going down on a run then up, and we are trying to make your boost better it will affect the load and in turn affect our tune.  Lastly is time.  The AccessPORT can hold many minutes of logging, but short datalogs are much easier to look at.  If you can start the datalogging about 10 seconds before your full throttle runs, then stop it 5 seconds after your are done with them, it makes for a perfect clear datalog.  If you must drive the car for 30minutes before being able to do the runs, make sure and stop the datalogging after you complete the runs. Then we can look to the end of the run for the data we need.

You can see in the above picture what a datalog looks like after you open it up in a program like Excel.

It all comes down to you driving your car as though it was on a dyno where things are consistent and repeatable. The closer you can get to this (without breaking speed limits) the better.

 

Send Us Your Log

In order to send us your log you created, you need to pull it off our AccessPORT. To do this you use the same software that you use to update your AccessPORT, the AccessPORT Manager program.  Below is a link to download the newest version if you don’t already have it.

Link PC Version Below
 ap manager

Link MAC Version Below
 ap manager

  • After its installed, open the AP Manager program and plug your AccessPORT into the computer, and verify the software connects to your AccessPORT.  If it doesn’t automatically do this, click the connect button at the top of the program.
  • Click on the “Manage” button.  You may see some other maps, or data logs, or other files as shown below.  To narrow what you see, you can use the drop down “Filter Menu” and have it show only the datalogs.
  • The simplest way to get the Datalog from your AccessPORT to your computer is to drag and drop it onto the desktop f your computer.   An alternative way is to highlight the file or files, and click on the “Save To Computer” button.  Then choose a place to save it on your computer.
  • Because the AccessPORT doesn’t label the logs with your map it helps to rename the file to something that makes sense. Example is if you ask for help with over boosting, rename it “08STIoverboost3rdgear.csv”.  Once you have the Datalog somewhere on your computer you can rename it at anytime.
  • Open up your email program and compose a message with attached map.  Make sure to include your name, car, complete list of parts installed, and exact name of map being used.
  • Make sure and send your email to MAPS@PERRINperformance.com.  Once we get it, expect roughly 24hours before we get back to you with a new map or with questions about your datalog.

 

Install Your Custom Map

Once we get back to you with a new updated map, you will need to put this on your AccessPORT and Reflash your car. Below are some instructions on how to do that.

  • Open AP Manager program and plug your AccessPORT into the computer.  Verify the software connects to your AccessPORT, if it doesn’t automatically do this, click the connect button at the top of the program.
  • Check to see if your AccessPORT needs to be updated.  If it does, update the AccessPORT before loading the new custom map.
  • Open up your email program and the message with the attached custom map.  The best way to save the map from your email program is to “Save As” and if the option comes up to select file type, choose “All File Types”.  This ensures that the file gets saved properly and will work on your AP.   For ease of installation, it is best to save the map on your PC’s Desktop.  If you can’t find the email, check your JUNK folder.
  • Open the AP Manager Program, and click on the “Manage” button. You may see some other maps, or data logs, or other files as shown below.
  • The simplest way to get the map from your computer is to drag and drop it into the AP Manager program. An example is shown below where the custom file was previously saved to the desktop.

  • Another method is to click on the “Search For Maps” button, which brings up a window on the right. In this window, click the “Search For Location” button and locate your map.
  • Once your map appears in the lower box, highlight the map, and click the “Save to AccessPORT” button.  Your map will now show up in the left side of the AP Manager indicating its now on your AccessPORT.

  • If you choose to, now is a good time to delete maps that you may not use.  For instance, if you live where there is only 91 octane, you can delete all the 92 octane maps.  Or if your car is a Stage 1, you can get rid of the other stages. This makes it a little easier to find your map while loading them onto your car.
  • After your map is loaded onto the AccessPORT, disconnect it from software by clicking on the EJECT button in the AccessPORT manager program. Now you can physically remove the AccessPORT from your PC.
  • With AccessPORT loaded with custom map, you are now ready to plug it into vehicle and reflash it.  In all instances with any PERRIN map, we require you to “Reflash” the map, not “Real-Time Flash” the map.
  • Locate the OBD port on your vehicle and plug the AccessPORT OBD cable into it.  This is located under the dash on the drivers side of vehicle.  Plug OBD cable into rectangle connector on AccessPORT. Pictured below is an older style OBD cable used on AccessPORT’s.  These OBD cables consisted of a “Dongle” (grey OBD connector) and a swivel style USB cable. These still get plugged into the OBD port but the smaller end of the USB gets pluged into the back of the dongle, and the other end of the USB gets plugged into the AccessPORT.


  • For all 2008+ cars (with CAN Bus ECU’s) Place key into the ignition and turn to the ON position (do not start engine).  A good indicator that the car is on, is to look at the gas gauge. If the gas gauge is illuminated then the key is in the “On” position.  Sounds like a simple thing to do, but 90% of the time a customer calls because the AccessPORT doesn’t work, its because the key wasn’t in the “ON” position.  Make sure that the radio, lights, Heater/AC controls and all accessories are turned off and battery is fully charged before flashing ECU.
  • For all 2002-2007 WRX/ STI’s, located green test connectors under dash and connect them. These are normally hidden up inside of dash on drivers side of car, directly above the hood latch.    Once connected place key into the ignition and turn to the ON position (do not start engine).  Make sure that the radio, lights, Heater/AC controls and all accessories are turned off and battery is fully charged before flashing ECU.

  • Press the “Enter” button when your AccessPORT shows the “Install” screen.  Verify your car matches the described vehicle on the screen.  SPECIAL NOTE: If the AccessPORT doesn’t recognize your car, please follow the instructions in the “Save My ECU Data” below.
  • Follow the on screen directions until you are asked to pick what map to install.  Pick the custom PERRIN map we emailed to you. Clicking on the map one time, will show a larger description for the map., which will help determine if this is the correct map.If you have questions about this, or haven’t seen your map, give us a call so we can help you ASAP.
  • The AccessPORT will first save your ECU data, then it will continue with flashing the custom map onto the ECU.

          

  • When the AccessPORT is done installing your custom map, turn key to the off position, disconnect the AccessPORT from the OBD port. (02-07 WRX/STI’s need to disconnect green test connectors)
  • Turn key to the on position, and wait for 5 seconds for the ECU to reboot.  Then start the car and take car for test drive.
  • When possible, start data logging and do a few full throttle runs as described earlier (2000RPM 3rd or 4th gear full throttle runs).
  • Start the process all over again by sending us the datalog via email and we will analyze this to ensure its working properly. If its not we will send you new maps to test until the map performs correctly.

If you have any questions, please send us an email at MAPS@PERRINperformance.com, or chat with us on our live chat feature on our website.

 

 Posted by on November 15, 2011 How-To's Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 102011
 
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With all our PERRIN customers, we consider all our maps to be Custom maps, because each map is tailored to each car.  With our ALTA customers, all our maps are preloaded onto the Mini AccessPORTs so normally there is no need to go through these extra steps.  There are cases where we feel it requires something beyond the supplied maps or when we are trying to fix a problem, which will require you to follow the below instructions.  In all “Custom Map” cases, we will email you a special version of the map that will need to be loaded onto the AccessPORT.   Below are some instructions to help walk you through the steps necessary to load and install your map.

How-To Load Custom Maps

  • The AP Manager  is a program that not only updates your AP, but also it allows you to manage all your maps for your AccessPORT.  Install this program using the below links depending on your computers operating system.

Link PC Version Below

 ap manager

Link MAC Version Below

 ap manager

  • After its installed, open the AP Manager program and plug your AccessPORT into the computer, and verify the software connects to your AccessPORT.  If it doesn’t automatically do this, click the connect button at the top of the program.
  • Check to see if your AccessPORT needs to be updated.  If it does, update the AccessPORT before loading the new custom map.
  • Open up your email program and the message with attached map.  The best way to save the map from your email program is to “Save As” and if the option comes up to select file type, choose “All File Types”.  This ensures that the file gets saved properly and will work on your AP.   For ease of installation, it is best to save the map on your PC’s Desktop.  If you can’t find the email, check your JUNK folder.
  • Open the AP Manager Program, and click on the “Manage” button. You may see some other maps, or data logs, or other files as shown below.
  • The simplest way to get the map from your computer is to drag and drop it into the AP Manager program. An example is shown below where the custom file was previously saved to the desktop.

  • Another method is to click on the “Search For Maps” button, which brings up a window on the right. In this window, click the “Search For Location” button and locate your map.
  • Once your map appears in the lower box, highlight the map, and click the “Save to AccessPORT” button.  Your map will now show up in the left side of the AP Manager indicating its now on your AccessPORT.

  • If you choose to, now is a good time to delete maps that you may not use.  For instance, if you live where there is only 91 octane, you can delete all the 92 octane maps.  Or if your car is a Stage 1, you can get rid of the other stages. This makes it a little easier to find your map while loading them onto your car.
  • After your map is loaded onto the AccessPORT, disconnect it from software by clicking on the EJECT button in the AccessPORT manager program. Now you can physically remove the AccessPORT from your PC.
  • With AccessPORT loaded with custom map, you are now ready to plug it into vehicle and reflash it.
  • Locate the OBD port on your vehicle and plug the AccessPORT OBD cable into it.  Plug smaller black rectangle connector into AccessPORT itself. (If you have an 02-07 WRX/STI, you will need to connect the test connectors under the dash as well. Refer to your AccessPORT manual if you are unsure of where these are.)
  • Place key into the ignition and turn to the ON position (do not start engine).  Make sure that the radio, lights, Heater/AC controls and all accessories are turned off and battery is fully charged before flashing ECU.  For MINI Cooper Customers, a good indicator that the car is on, is to look at the gas gauge.  If the gas gauge is illuminated and working then the key is in the “On” position.
  • Press the up or down buttons and scroll to the “Tune” menu and click OK. (For Subaru Customers its important to choose “Reflash”, not “Real-Time Flash” after clicking OK at the “Tune” Menu)
  • Highlight “Change Map”, and click OK.
  • Scroll up and down to highlight your custom map, and click OK.
  • The installation process will begin and when the AccessPORT is done installing your custom map, turn key to the off position, disconnect the AccessPORT from the OBD port.
  • Turn key to the on position, and wait for 5 seconds for the ECU to reboot.  Then start the car and enjoy the new found power!

If you have any questions, or need additional help with installing your custom map, please send an email or use our Live Chat Option on website.

 Posted by on November 10, 2011 How-To's, MINI Only Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Nov 102011
 
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Special Notes About Your ALTA AccessPORT Install:

  • Install the AP Manager Program and Check for updates. This is the first most important step to make sure your AP has the most up to date ECU, Vehicle data and MAPs for your car. After the update, you will not see the maps in the AP manager until the AccessPORT is installed on your car.
  • Make sure your key is in the on position.  The AccessPORT will not install and say “Can’t Connect To Vehicle, Reconnect Cable and Try Again” unless the key is in the on position.   The simplest way to check this is to make sure you can see your gas gauge. If you can see this, you should be able to install the AccessPORT onto your car.
  • Its possible that during the installation process, your ALTA AccessPORT will not recognize your vehicle. This is something we can’t control as there are many new ECU versions that Mini releases over the years.  If this happens, don’t worry but expect roughly 2 days before we can get the ECU added to our database.  This will not effect your ability to drive your car, but it will mean your car will stock just a few days more.  When you receive your AccessPORT, please try to connect your AccessPORT to your car right away so there is little delay with us getting your new vehicle added. Follow instructions below on how to save your ECU data and email it to us.

Step 1. Download and Install AccessPORT Manager     

The AP Manager program is a tool that not only updates your AP, but also it allows you to manage all your maps/logs and ECU data for your AccessPORT.  This is the first most important step to make sure your AP has the most up to date ECU and Vehicle data.  Making sure its updated before your install is the best way to ensure you have a successful AccessPORT installation.   Install this program using the below links depending on your computers operating system.

Link PC Version Below

 ap manager                                                                 

Link MAC Version Below

 ap manager  

Step 2. Update Your ALTA AccessPORT:

Update your ALTA AccessPORT BEFORE you load maps or try to install to vehicle.  This ensures you have the most current mapping and functionality for your ALTA AccessPORT.

  • With the AP Manager program installed, make sure your computer is connected to the internet and plug in your AccessPORT to your computer.
  • Allow the AccessPORT to be plugged in for roughly 30 seconds to allow new drivers to be installed.
  • Open the AP Manager program and make sure it connects to the AccessPORT itself.  If it doesn’t do this automatically, click on the “Connect” button on the upper right side.
  • Click on the “Updates” button.  If there is an update available, click on “Begin Firmware Update”  and let the AccessPORT complete the update, which takes roughly 5 minutes to complete.  Its completed when you see the message “Your AccessPORT is Up To Date”.

Step 3. Install the ALTA AccessPORT to your car:

  • Locate the OBD port on your vehicle and plug the AccessPORT OBD cable into it.  07-09 cars will have a small trap door to flip down that will expose OBD port.  Plug smaller black rectangle connector into AccessPORT itself.
  • Place key into the ignition and turn to the ON position (do not start engine).  A good indicator that the car is on, is to look at the gas gauge. If the gas gauge is illuminated then the key is in the “On” position.  Sounds like a simple thing to do, but 90% of the time a customer calls because the AccessPORT doesn’t work, its because the key wasn’t in the “ON” position.  Make sure that the radio, lights, Heater/AC controls and all accessories are turned off and battery is fully charged before flashing ECU.
  • Press the “Enter” button when your AccessPORT shows the “Install” screen.  Verify your car matches the described vehicle on the screen.  SPECIAL NOTE: If the ALTA AccessPORT doesn’t recognize your car, please follow the instructions in the “Save My ECU Data” below.
  • Follow the on screen directions until you are asked to pick what map to install. Pick the map that best suites your vehicle.  Clicking on a map one time, will show a larger description for the map, which will help determine which map is best suited for your car.  If you have questions about this, give us a call we can help you pick the map for your car.
  • The ALTA AccessPORT will first save your ECU data, then it will continue with flashing the custom map onto the ECU.

          

  • When the ALTA AccessPORT is done installing your custom map, turn key to the off position, disconnect the AccessPORT from the OBD port.
  • Turn key to the on position, and wait for 5 seconds for the ECU to reboot.  Then start the car and enjoy the new found power!

If Vehicle Is Not Recognized…….

As MINI releases new cars and new ECU data It may be necessary to dump the vehicle information stored in your ALTA AccessPORT.  This process takes about 10minutes to complete and after we get the ECU data, it can take a couple of days to get the AccessPORT updated.  Please be patient with us as sometimes this involves making new maps as well.

  • During the installation process, you may see the screen “Failed to Recognize Vehicle……….”
  • If this comes up, hit the OK button and proceed to the USER TOOLS section.

  • Click on the” Save ECU Data” button and follow the on-screen instructions to save ECU data.
  • When the AccessPORT is done saving data, it will return to the install screen.  Its now ok to unplug ALTA AccessPORT from car.
  • Open AccessPORT Manager software and plug in your ALTA AccessPORT and click the Connect button.
  • Click on Filter drop down menu to show “All files”.  Locate your ECU data file and highlight it.

  • Click on  “Save Selected Files to Computer” button, or drag the file to you desktop.
  • Compose and email containing your name, your car, transmission and build date.  Send an email with the file attached to maps@altaperformance.com.
  • With in 1 to 2 business days we will add the new vehicle/ECU to our database. When this occurs you will need to update your AP using the “Check For Beta Firmware”, under the Options menu.

  • After the update is complete, go out to your car and install your AccessPORT following the instructions on how to install the AP.

Any questions regarding ALTA AccessPORTs and the installation?  Send an email or live chat with us!

Tech@ALTAperformance.com

503-693-1702

 Posted by on November 10, 2011 How-To's Tagged with: , ,
Nov 102011
 
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Special Notes About Your AccessPORT Install:

  • Install the AP Manager Program and Check for updates. This is the first most important step to make sure your AP has the most up to date ECU, Vehicle data and MAPs for your car. After the update, you will not see the maps in the AP manager until the AccessPORT is installed on your car. The PERRIN Custom Map is not going to be seen until you load the custom map we email you.
  • Make sure your key is in the on position.  The AccessPORT will not install and say “Can’t Connect To Vehicle, Reconnect Cable and Try Again” unless the key is in the on position.   The simplest way to check this is to make sure you can see your gas gauge. If you can see this, you should be able to install the AccessPORT onto your car. 02-07 WRX/STI’s need to make sure their Green Test Connectors are connected as well, or AP will not install.

Step 1. Download and Install AccessPORT Manager     

The AP Manager program is a tool that not only updates your AP, but also it allows you to manage all your maps/logs and ECU data for your AccessPORT.  This is the first most important step to make sure your AP has the most up to date ECU and Vehicle data.  Making sure its updated before your install is the best way to ensure you have a successful AccessPORT installation.   Install this program using the below links depending on your computers operating system.

Link PC Version Below

 ap manager                                                                 

Link MAC Version Below

 ap manager  

Step 2. Update Your AccessPORT:

Update your AccessPORT BEFORE you load maps or try to install to vehicle.  This ensures you have the most current mapping and functionality for your AccessPORT.

  • With the AP Manager program installed, make sure your computer is connected to the internet and plug in your AccessPORT to your computer.
  • Allow the AccessPORT to be plugged in for roughly 30 seconds to allow new drivers to be installed.
  • Open the AP Manager program and make sure it connects to the AccessPORT itself.  If it doesn’t do this automatically, click on the “Connect” button on the upper right side.
  • Click on the “Updates” button.  If there is an update available, click on “Begin Firmware Update”  and let the AccessPORT complete the update, which takes roughly 5 minutes to complete.  Its completed when you see the message “Your AccessPORT is Up To Date”.

Step 3. Install the AccessPORT to your car:

  • Locate the OBD port on your vehicle and plug the AccessPORT OBD cable into it.  This is located under the dash on the drivers side of vehicle.  Plug OBD cable into rectangle connector on AccessPORT. Pictured below is an older style OBD cable used on AccessPORT’s.  These OBD cables consisted of a “Dongle” (grey OBD connector) and a swivel style USB cable. These still get plugged into the OBD port but the smaller end of the USB gets pluged into the back of the dongle, and the other end of the USB gets plugged into the AccessPORT.


  • For all 2008+ cars (with CAN Bus ECU’s) Place key into the ignition and turn to the ON position (do not start engine).  A good indicator that the car is on, is to look at the gas gauge. If the gas gauge is illuminated then the key is in the “On” position.  Sounds like a simple thing to do, but 90% of the time a customer calls because the AccessPORT doesn’t work, its because the key wasn’t in the “ON” position.  Make sure that the radio, lights, Heater/AC controls and all accessories are turned off and battery is fully charged before flashing ECU.
  • For all 2002-2007 WRX/ STI’s, located green test connectors under dash and connect them. These are normally hidden up inside of dash on drivers side of car, directly above the hood latch.    Once connected place key into the ignition and turn to the ON position (do not start engine).  Make sure that the radio, lights, Heater/AC controls and all accessories are turned off and battery is fully charged before flashing ECU.

  • Press the “Enter” button when your AccessPORT shows the “Install” screen.  Verify your car matches the described vehicle on the screen.  SPECIAL NOTE: If the AccessPORT doesn’t recognize your car, please follow the instructions in the “Save My ECU Data” below.
  • Follow the on screen directions until you are asked to pick what map to install.  Pick the custom PERRIN map we emailed to you. Clicking on the map one time, will show a larger description for the map., which will help determine if this is the correct map.If you have questions about this, or haven’t seen your map, give us a call so we can help you ASAP.
  • The AccessPORT will first save your ECU data, then it will continue with flashing the custom map onto the ECU.

          

  • When the AccessPORT is done installing your custom map, turn key to the off position, disconnect the AccessPORT from the OBD port. (02-07 WRX/STI’s need to disconnect green test connectors)
  • Turn key to the on position, and wait for 5 seconds for the ECU to reboot.  Then start the car and enjoy the new found power!

If Vehicle Is Not Recognized…….

As new cars are released It may be necessary to dump the vehicle information stored in your AccessPORT.  This process takes about 10minutes to complete and after we get the ECU data, it can take a few days to get the AccessPORT updated.  Please be patient as this process involves Cobb to add teh vehicle to the ECU database and sometimes create new maps and tuning software. This is a very rare occasion that this will need to be done. This typically only happens with brand new cars for new model years.

  • During the installation process, you may see the screen “Failed to Recognize Vehicle……….”
  • If this comes up, hit the OK button and proceed to the USER TOOLS section.

  • Click on the” Save ECU Data” button and follow the on-screen instructions to save ECU data.
  • When the AccessPORT is done saving data, it will return to the install screen.  Its now ok to unplug AccessPORT from car.
  • Open AccessPORT Manager software and plug in your AccessPORT and click the Connect button.
  • Click on Filter drop down menu to show “All files”.  Locate your ECU data file and highlight it.

  • Click on  “Save Selected Files to Computer” button, or drag the file to you desktop.
  • Compose and email containing your name, your car, transmission and build date.  Send an email with the file attached to maps@PERRINperformance.com.
  • We will pass this info along to Cobb Tuning and try to provide you with an estimated date to get your AP working.
  • Once Cobb adds your vehicle to the database, you will need to update your AP using the “Check For Beta Firmware”, under the Options menu.

  • After the update is complete, go out to your car and install your AccessPORT following the instructions on how to install the AP.

Any questions regarding AccessPORTs and the installation?  Send an email or live chat with us!

Tech@PERRINperformance.com

503-693-1702

 Posted by on November 10, 2011 How-To's Tagged with: , , , ,
Nov 102011
 
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From time to time we may ask our customers to provide us with a Datalog to help diagnose a problem or help make their tune a little better.  So what is a Datalog?  A data log is just that, a log of data!  The type of data being logged is parameters and information your ECU is using to control your engine. These are things like Engine RPM, Boost, Ignition Timing, Engine Load, and Air Fuel Ratio, all of which are logged many times per second and recorded based on time.   A data log can be made  using many tools, but in our case we are using the AccessPORT and its powerful Monitor Feature.   Using the AccessPORT to collect this data allows us to make accurate changes to the maps that the ECU uses to control the engine.

Why Would I Need a Datalog?

Enthusiasts with modifications beyond our Stage 1,2 or 3, aggressive driving styles or living in extreme climates may require maps with an extra level of customization.  ALTA Custom Tuned Maps are created for vehicles with standard modifications driven under the most common conditions. Providing our in house tuners with a datalog from your vehicle allows them to see what your ECU is reading and determine if we can make adjustments to your installed maps eliminating any problems or making them work better.

Using the ALTA AccessPORT’s  monitor function we can also diagnose physical issues. Poorly made intakes, a boost leak, bad gas, malfunctioning sensors, and damaged catalytic converters are just a few of things that a high quality datalog can uncover.

Keep in mind 99% of our customers are not going to have to worry about sending us logs.  The tunes we supply are heavily tested and will provide customers with the performance and smoothness they are looking for.

How Do I Make A Datalog

Simply plug in your AccessPORT to the OBD port, scroll to the Monitor icon and press the OK button.  Scroll down to where Set Data Log List is, and press the OK button.  This will display all possible data that can be logged.  Simply check or uncheck the data you wish to view.  When you are done press the back button and save the data to be logged.

       

By default we check off the important things we need to see.  This default setup is perfect for what providing the data we need to see. You do not need to check off any addition parameters unless we suggest to.  There are many parameters that we do not need to see and the more parameters the slower the logging is.  So please only pick the data we ask you to or leave it set to default, as this will give you the highest quality datalog possible.

      

Once data is selected you can start logging by going to Live Data, bring up any parameter, then click the OK button.  You will see “Initializing” at the bottom of the display then “Logging”. When you are done logging you simply click the middle button!  This then saves the log onto your AccessPORT which can later be removed and emailed to us using the AccessPORT Manager software.  Removing the log will be explained further down the page.  Keep in mind that every time you create a datalog, the AccessPORT saves a new file. For instance, the first time you create a log, it saves it as Datalog1.csv. Then the next one is Datalog2.csv and so on. This allows you to to make more than one while driving your car and keep track of them when you remove them from the AccessPORT.

What Makes a Good Datalog

Logging too much data can negatively affect the accuracy of your datalog. This occurs because data from the ECU can only be collected at a finite rate. Collecting information from too many parameters will actually decrease the mount of data that is collected for each parameter.  The overall time for a log should be kept short as possible. Logs that are a half hour long are hard to dig through to find the info we may be looking for.  Use the start button a few seconds before you floor it, then a few seconds after you are done stop the log. This will save a log file for just that period of time.

Example:

If you log only 1 parameter, it will record 20 samples of that parameter each second.
If you log 30 parameters you might only record 1 sample of each parameter every second, which is not enough to do a proper tune or adjustment to your map. The default parameters provide enough information to accurately modify your map or diagnose what is going on with your car.

Tips For Making a Good Datalog

     

Smooth Acceleration

The key to a good log is a smooth pedal. Slowly moving your accelerator up or down makes reading a datalog much easier. If you are constantly jamming the accelerator on and off during runs makes the data log difficult to read. Secondly pick 3rd gear or 4th gear if you are doing some power or boost type testing. This provides a good amount of load and least amount of wheel spin.

Consistency

Use the same gear the same road or same basic conditions.  Runs at 32 degrees in the morning and then again 80 degrees in the afternoon will be inconsistent.  Using the same roads will also help to produce a consistent datalog. Do not perform a run up hill followed by a run down hill. Parameters like boost will be dramatically affected by terrain and load.

Time

If you can get the “area of concern” to happen for 10 seconds or more, it will provide excellent data for us to be able to create a new map for you. Secondly is doing a “run” on street starting at 1500RPM then flooring it to legal speeds  then stopping the log, is a great way for us to get data to test power and boost levels.

 

Send Us Your DataLog

You must first install the AP Manager in order to remove logs you create. This is a program that not only updates your AP, but also it allows you to manage all your logs and maps for your AccessPORT.  Install this program using the below links depending on your computers operating system.

Link PC Version Below

 ap manager

Link MAC Version Below

 ap manager

  • After its installed, open the AP Manager program and plug your AccessPORT into the computer, and verify the software connects to your AccessPORT.  If it doesn’t automatically do this, click the connect button at the top of the program.
  • Click on the “Manage” button.  You may see some other maps, or data logs, or other files as shown below. You can select the drop down menus to show just logs as well.
  • The simplest way to get the log from the AccessPORT to your computer is to drag and drop it into the AP Manager program to your desktop.

  • Another method is to highlight the datalog(s), click on the “Saves To Computer” button, which brings up a window on the right. In this window, navigate to the desired location you want to save your datalog. At this point, its ia good idea to rename the log. Whiles its fresh on your mind, rename the file with a short description of what you logged.  For instance, 08STIoverboost1.
  • If you choose to, now is a good time to delete logs from the AP.  Since the AP creates logs starting with Datalog 1, then 2 and so on, its a good idea to keep then cleared from the AP. This allows you to keep track of the logs before saving them to you computer.
  • After your log is saved onto your computer, disconnect the AP from the software by clicking on the EJECT button in the AccessPORT manager program. Now you can physically remove the AccessPORT from your PC.
  • Open up your email program and compose an email to Maps@ALTAperformance.com. Attach the datalog you saved from your AccessPORT, and send us an email describing the car, the parts installed, the problem you captured and most importantly, the ENTIRE name of the map. We need to know the name of the complete name of the map to ensure we start with modifying the correct map.
  • Sometimes we can get to the log right away, in some situations it may take more than 24 hours for us to get back to you. Feel free to drop us a line to check up and see how things are going.

If you have any questions, or need additional help with installing your custom map, please send an email or use our Live Chat Option on website.


 Posted by on November 10, 2011 How-To's, MINI Only Tagged with: , , , ,
Nov 102011
 
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From time to time we may ask our customers to provide us with a Datalog to help diagnose a problem or help make their tune a little better.  So what is a Datalog?  A data log is just that, a log of data!  The type of data being logged is parameters and information your ECU is using to control your engine. These are things like Engine RPM, Boost, Ignition Timing, Engine Load, and Air Fuel Ratio, all of which are logged many times per second and recorded based on time.   A data log can be made  using many tools, but in our case we are using the AccessPORT and its powerful Monitor Feature.   Using the AccessPORT to collect this data allows us to make accurate changes to the maps that the ECU uses to control the engine.

 

Why Would I Need a Datalog?

Why would we ask you for a Datalog?  All of our custom tuned PERRIN Maps, (purchased separately or with AccessPORT) are made to our best ability and to most common conditions. With that said, sometimes customers experience strange issues with the way their car runs and this allows us to see what the ECU is doing and if it is something we can tune out of the car.  99% of the time its something we can fix and adjust our base maps so the next customer never has this problem again.  This is one of the benefits of buying an AccessPORT from PERRIN performance, we fully support them even after the sale!

Common Issues We See:

  • Hesitation issues on 08 STI’s
  • Boost being too low
  • Boost being too high
  • Check engine lights revolving around car running lean or rich
  • Detonation/Knock Issues

A great benefit of the AccessPORT’s Monitor function is that we can also diagnose physical issues that come up that could be mistaken for something with the way the ECU is tuned. Things like a poorly made intake, a boost leak, bad tank of gas, bad sensor, and plugged cats, are just a few of things we can see with a high quality datalog.  These are not things we support (unless they are our parts in question), but it does allows you to better describe the problem to a qualified mechanic.

How Do I Make A Datalog

Simply plug in your AccessPORT to the OBD port, scroll to the Monitor icon and press the OK button.  Scroll down to where Set Data Log List is, and press the OK button.  This will display all possible data that can be logged.  Simply check or uncheck the data you wish to view.  When you are done press the back button and save the data to be logged.

       

By default we check off the important things we need to see.  This default setup is perfect for what providing the data we need to see. You do not need to check off any addition parameters unless we suggest to.  There are many parameters that we do not need to see and the more parameters the slower the logging is.  So please only pick the data we ask you to or leave it set to default, as this will give you the highest quality datalog possible.

      

Once data is selected you can start logging by going to Live Data, bring up any parameter, then click the OK button.  You will see “Initializing” at the bottom of the display then “Logging”. When you are done logging you simply click the middle button!  This then saves the log onto your AccessPORT which can later be removed and emailed to us using the AccessPORT Manager software.  Removing the log will be explained further down the page.  Keep in mind that every time you create a datalog, the AccessPORT saves a new file. For instance, the first time you create a log, it saves it as Datalog1.csv. Then the next one is Datalog2.csv and so on. This allows you to to make more than one while driving your car and keep track of them when you remove them from the AccessPORT.

 

What Do You Need to Data Log?

As we briefly mentioned before, logging too much data can effect how accurate the data is. This happens because the data from the ECU can only be collected so fast. If you ask the AccessPORT to collect too much data, its causes the log to run slower.  Example, you ask it to log 1 thing you will get 20 samples of this each second. Which provides excellent data for us to help tune your map. If you ask the ECU for 20 things you may only get 1 sample a second, and while this sounds ok and its not enough to do a proper tune or adjustment to you map. So a balance of speed and type of data works best.  7 to 10 parameters is what works best and generally gets us enough info to accurately modify your map. You can see from the below data log that we are getting roughly 5-6 samples a seconds. In this case we asked the customer to verify a hiccup he was having on his 08 STI.  Had the customer needed some help with low or high boost we would have asked for different parameters.

Because different situations require different parameters to log we have put together a couple common type situations and the data we would like to see.

Boost Related Issues and Parameters to Log

  • Engine Speed
  • Boost (Manifold Relative Pressure)
  • Ignition Timing
  • Wastegate Duty Cycle (Fine and Coarse for EVO X)
  • Throttle Position or Requested Torque
  • Intake Air Temp

Runs needs to be in 3rd or 4th gear starting at 2000 then floor it and take rpm as high possible not exceeding speed limit. Roughly 10 seconds of recording time.

Fueling Related Issues

  • Engine Speed
  • Boost (Manifold Relative Pressure)
  • Ignition Timing
  • Air Fuel Ratio
  • MAF Volts
  • Calculated Load (Load Timing and Load Fuel/Boost for EVO X)
  • AF Correction #1
  • AF Learning #1
  • Throttle Position

Runs needs to start before and end after area of concern, in any gear.  Roughly 10 seconds of run time is all that is needed.

Knock Related Issues

  • Engine Speed
  • Boost (Manifold Relative Pressure)
  • Ignition timing
  • Feedback Knock Correction
  • Wastegate Duty Cycle (Fine and Coarse for EVO X)
  • Throttle Position
  • Intake Air Temp
  • Calculated Load (Load Timing and Load Fuel/Boost for EVO X)
  • MAF Volts

Runs needs to be in 3rd or 4th gear starting at 2000 then floor it and take rpm as high possible not exceeding speed limit.  Again roughly 10 seconds of run time.

Rough Running Engine

  • Engine Speed
  • Boost (Manifold Relative Pressure)
  • Ignition Timing
  • Air Fuel Ratio
  • MAF Volts
  • Feedback Knock Correction
  • Calculated Load (Load Timing and Load Fuel/Boost for EVO X)
  • AF Correction #1
  • AF Learning #1
  • Throttle Position/ Requested Torque

Runs needs to start before and end after area of concern, in any gear.  Roughly 10 seconds of run time is all that is needed.

There may be more parameters we might ask you to log but those are the main ones that will cover 99% of what we need to see.  Before you get too far, it doesn’t hurt to contact our the tech department to consult with before creating too many logs.

Did I Make a Good Log

The key to a good log is smoothness, consistency and time.  If you can have a smooth foot (when flooring or cruising around)  this helps make tuning easier.  If you are constantly wavering up and down during the runs its hard for us to figure out what is going on. A constant pedal, or slowly moving up or down pedal, makes our job much easier.  Consistency in runs is also important.  Use the same gear the same road or same basic conditions.  If you do your runs at 32 degrees in the morning then its 80 later in the day that is going to make runs inconsistent.  Picking the same road or hill also helps us with tuning.  If you are going down on a run then up, and we are trying to make your boost better it will affect the load and in turn affect our tune.  Lastly is time. If you can get the area of concern to happen for 5-10 seconds this will provide us with excellent data and we will be able to create a new map for you perfectly.  Even if your log is 20 minutes long, try to hit the stop button after the area of concern so we know to look at the end of the log for the issue.

You can see in the above picture what a datalog looks like after you open it up in a program like Excel.

It all comes down to you driving your car as though it was on a dyno where things are consistent and repeatable. The closer you can get to this (without breaking speed limits) the better.

 

Send Us Your Log

In order to send us your log you created, you need to pull it off our AccessPORT. To do this you use the same software that you loaded our Custom Maps onto your AccessPORT the AccessPORT Manager program.  Below is a link to download the newest version if you don’t already have it.

Link PC Version Below
 ap manager

Link MAC Version Below
 ap manager

  • After its installed, open the AP Manager program and plug your AccessPORT into the computer, and verify the software connects to your AccessPORT.  If it doesn’t automatically do this, click the connect button at the top of the program.
  • Click on the “Manage” button.  You may see some other maps, or data logs, or other files as shown below.  To narrow what you see, you can use the drop down “Filter Menu” and have it show only the datalogs.
  • The simplest way to get the Datalog from your AccessPORT to your computer is to drag and drop it onto the desktop f your computer.   An alternative way is to highlight the file or files, and click on the “Save To Computer” button.  Then choose a place to save it on your computer.
  • Open up your email program and compose a message with attached map.  Make sure to include your name, car, complete list of parts installed, exact name of map being used, and also a good description of the problem.
  • Because the AccessPORT doesn’t label the logs with your map it helps to rename the file to something that makes sense. Example is if you ask for help with over boosting, rename it “08STIoverboost3rdgear.csv”.  Once you have the Datalog somewhere on your computer you can rename it at anytime.
  • Make sure and send your email to MAPS@PERRINperformance.com.  Once we get it, expect roughly 24hours before we get back to you with a new map or with questions about your issue.

Tune My Own Map??

Should I tune my own car with AccessPORT Race Tuner Software now that I see what is going on?  We are going to say NO, as this isn’t something we support with our PERRIN Maps.  There are many many aspects to tuning your engine properly and this is not something for the faint of heart!  You can blow up your engine very easily and this is something you need to keep in the back of your mind at all times when tuning your car.

If you have any questions in regards to logging data or anything else, please send an email to MAPS@PERRINperformance.com.  Alternatively, use our Live Chat feature on the front page of our website.

 Posted by on November 10, 2011 How-To's Tagged with: , , , , ,
Oct 032011
 

A new part brought to you by….. you!   Over the last few years our Equal Length Header has been one of our most popular and most loved parts we have made.  From the beginning we choose a perfect size tube for the primaries which produced more power and quicker turbo response compared to any other header out there.   This was proven first by us, then by customers on forums and other shops.

Even though its been a  huge success for us, we still had customers that asked us for a bigger header.  They thought that our header was “Too Small” and would restrict HP. Even with our proof of the header increasing spool and HP on cars making 400+ WHP, customers still asked for  a bigger diameter header.

I said FINE, here is your damn header!   :)

So below is the testing we did using my 08 STI in one of its many states of tune.  The test was done from one day to the next and with a few runs done on each header.  My 08 STI at the time had our prototye EFR 7670 Rotated Turbo Kit installed along with our normal Equal Length Header (not wrapped), Cosworth ECU, FMIC, catback ,our PWI -2 Water/Meth injection kit, Walbro255lph pump (properly installed) and Deatchwerks 850 Injectors.  Other notables is this car has the stock TGV housings installed and working, stock heads and cams, an Exedy Twin Plate rattle box, and a built (using Cosy parts) short block.

The two runs show the best  of what we saw between the two headers. The dyno numbers varied from a gain of 8-10WHP across the board.   Keep in mind the Blue Line is our normal header (not the stock header) and the Yellow Line is the prototype header with larger primaries.  Both were run at 1.7 bar of boost or 25psi.  On this turbo, 25psi nets 460 Wheel HP and having dynoed this setup a few times before that is pretty typical.

As expected a bit of low end/off boost power lost, but some HP gain at higher HP levels.  10HP with no additional boost or tuning is pretty good and for sure those who are planning on buying a header and running close to 500WHP, should for sure consider this header over our regular one. What we didnt show is that at 20psi there is almost no HP gains or at least something I felt ok with publishing.

What is the downside of this new Bigger Header? For sure the thing not seen on the dyno is the off boost power change. This is something that is noticeable on the street, and almost completely masked by the dyno.  Its hard to put a figure on how much less torquey this feels, but its noticeable but nothing that will turn customers off.  If you look at this as nothing more than an RPM when the turbo reaches full boost, you will see there is no change there. For some this is all that matters.  If you are even remotely concerned about the response change stick with the normal header. It still make 15WHP over the stock header and spools the turbo faster.

What I like about this is we now have broader range of customers covered with the two headers to choose from. If a guy is worried about response and may only have the stock turbo installed, then the normal version is perfect.  If you are a guy that needs to eek out that extra bit of HP, then the Big TUBE header is the obvious choice.  Don’t say we never listen to you guys!

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Sep 262011
 

So my wife calls me at the gas station and says the car won’t start, it has a dead battery. So I rush out to help her jump star the car all the way I am think how could my new Optima battery be dead! I get there and the battery is good, but starter is stuck and not turning the crank….. Instantaneously my stomach sank. I ran back to the shop and grabbed some tools to fix the problem, knowing that this could be really bad.

See, when hooking up my Water Meth System on my car, i used a switched 12v source that for some reason would cause the system to pump during times the ignition key was in the ACC position. This had more to do with the injector pickup wire, but whatever. So i knew not to turn on the car to ACC and listen to the radio, but my wife sure didn’t. She also didn’t know that water wasn’t compressible.

In about 5minutes i had the first plug out and nothing. 2nd plug, nothing. 3rd plug, also nothing. I was not having a good feeling about this. I removed the spark plug from cylinder four, and it was like my car had a baby.

I turned over the motor and I couldn’t believe the amount of water and meth that came out of the engine. I estimate that she used at least a half a gallon of meth just sitting there listening to music while the attendant filled the tank (remember we are in Oregon).

I think I had the plugs out, engine turned over and plugs back in, in about 20 min. I was in a hurry because, it was getting dark, sprinkling a bit, and the last thing i needed was a bunch of people wondering what i was doing trying to “rebuild” my motor in the gas station parking lot. Hoping for the best after blowing out all the water, i started the car with the gas pedal to the floor (won’t let car start) and it had the dead cylinder sound. Chu, Chu, Chu, Duh….Chu, Chu Chu, Duh…. I let the pedal off the gas and thank goodness it started up. It ran a little funky at first, but after a few seconds, it was all back to normal. I did the full throttle start one more time and gone was the dead cylinder sound.

So what have we learned class, don’t forget to give your wife/significant other the special instructions about your car when they go to barrow it, or bad things could happen……

 Posted by on September 26, 2011 Misc. B.S. Tagged with: , ,
Sep 192011
 

Perrin Performance Promo from J. Christopher Miller on Vimeo.

 

A good friend of mine Chris Miller called me a few weekends back and said he had an opportunity to play with a really cool Sony F3 35mm HD video camera. This is one of those $20,000 cameras used in the film industry to make full length featured movies and commercials and what not.  He wanted to come by and shoot my STI (recently matte blacked) to do some testing with it, of course I said sure! Having never seen what professional videographers do and how they setup for things like this, i was for sure impressed with rigging, and booms and crazy things he did to make the video you see.  Chris works in the film industry and does lots of local commercial filming as well as automotive events like Rally America so things like this to him are not as cool as i think they are.  Never the less, it was impressive.  All this was done in the middle of our warehouse in just a few hours.

We got to know Chris from a few SubieFest events over the years, and of course he is a Subaru guy.  He has a 92 Loyale Ea82 that is lifted, has an EJ22 swap, and lots of other things that turn it in to a sweet offroad vehicle. Mainly so he can get to crazy locations for filming things like rally events.   Thanks again Chris for filming and editing this video for us!  It turned out great!  Give Chris an email at chris@mastermindvideo.com if you have some video type need!

Aug 292011
 

We have a customer/friend that works at Portland Mini that owns a 2011 WRX and he was asking to get his car tuned.  Normally we don’t do a lot of customer tunes, but in this case i didn’t have much planned one night, and i was dying to tune a Stage 3 2011 WRX.

Ethans car is a 2011 WRX Sedan (My current favorite Subaru) that has been slowly upgraded over the last few months from a simple AccessPORT to a stage 3 with FMIC.  I am pretty sure that Ethan didn’t plan on it going this far, but i know he is pretty happy with his new found power.  What i like about Ethans car is that its on the edge of Hella-Flush and lowered.  To us old school guys it much cooler to not have to replace tires every month.

Ethans car had our base AccessPORT Stage 2 92 octane map installed when we did our first run. This map is set for lower boost and pretty safe AFR.   The first run showed that the boost was a little lower than a typical TMIC car, which is normal after installing an FMIC.

The reason why the 2011 WRX’s are my favorite current car is because they make such great Wheel HP. That and the longer geared 5spd tranny makes this a really fast car.  In this case, Ethans car made basically the same power as one of our shop STI’s!  That is really awesome considering it still had the stock header, stock TGV’s, and stock uppipe, all of which are proven to make more HP than this below.

Like all 2.5L engines with stock turbos, you get some compressor surge under full throttle at low RPM and with the boost turned up to almost 20psi, it was for sure something to expect.  While compressor surge is happening, it messes with the MAF signal a little and that then changes the load and ignition timing. This is why there is a funky spot right around peak TQ. But its not something most people will feel only something a dyno  might see.

Like most tunes, its mostly about boost. This case isn’t much different. With these stock turbos its as easy as just letting that turbo run full steam. This ends up producing a nice smooth and safe boost curve.  Currently we do not have a 2011 Stage 3 map for customers, but this may become something we offer here soon!

After his new found power, like most people Ethan wants more. While he was hanging out while i was tuning he found my old Blouch 2.5xtr turbo laying around.    I think this got  his gears turning!

Now we just have to get our other Portland Mini Tech Mr. Faris on track with his WRX!

 Posted by on August 29, 2011 Dyno Test & Tune Tagged with: , , , , , , ,