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Thread: 6th Gen Mirage: Tuner/Power Programmer/ECU/Piggyback. Where are we now?

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    Good posts, satria wr. Do you have any online links to the products you refer to? That way we can read more about it to catch up with you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    Good posts, satria wr. Do you have any online links to the products you refer to? That way we can read more about it to catch up with you.
    Best place to buy pcmflash is ecutools.eu
    For openport, just go to tactrix.com
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    Anyone have any updates on this effort?

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    Wow, this is a deep thread!

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news or discouragement in the face of such a fine group effort of detective work, but a couple things:

    First, we really should be able to tune this engine to do anything we want with the factory ECU. It's been proven "flashable". All you need is the right cable, the right software and the know-how. I've not done this yet, but I plan to pursue it. It's almost silly not to use the factory systems that are already in place.

    Second, I *have* done several Megasquirt installations and tuned several MS cars. It's really NOT a beginner level thing. I would recommend to no one (not even myself, and I have experience) that they try to cobble a MS (not even the latest, greatest MS3x) ECU to this car. Can it handle it? Sure. Is it a big ol' giant can of worms that will make you hate life? Oh, hell yes.

    If you want to play with custom ECU installation and tuning, don't start with a high-tech modern car, especially not one that you need to drive. Start with something simple. You can Megasquirt anything. Literally anything. Buy an old beater $500 Toyota Corolla or something. It doesn't even have to be drivable or registered or insured, it just needs a running engine that you can play with. Preferably something that's already fuel injected, as that's easier. Basic early-mid-90's EFI. Simple stuff. Get your feet wet, learn about all of this stuff that dear Matt is talking about. Crankshaft position, camshaft position, all of the other required basic inputs. (there really aren't many)

    Get something SIMPLE running with MS. Then you'll start figuring out what a hassle it is to get good idle control at all engine temperatures in all conditions, good start-up with any ambient temperature with any engine temperature, good acceleration response at any RPM and load, etc, etc. You're opening Pandora's box, people!

    If you stick with the stock ECU, you can leave a lot of things like idle control alone. Or just make minor tweaks to them. You don't have to start from scratch and test and tune and retest and tune some more, EVERY. SINGLE. PARAMETER.

    Megasquirt is a blessing and curse. If you're lucky enough to have a car that DIY has a "plug & play" kit for, and especially if somebody else can provide you with a good base tune that they've already worked a lot of the bugs out of... things can be easier. But, you still either end up putting up with a lot of finicky behavior (anybody remember the days of carburetted cars?), or a neverending process of tuning stuff. "Oh, yeah, it floods when you try to start it if the temp is below 40 degrees. It's only been below 40 degrees once this year so far, so I haven't been able to tune it." (and then... you only get ONE, perhaps TWO shots at a truly cold start in a day... ugh...) Or "warm starts are a *****, too... hot starts are fine, cold starts are fine, but if the coolant is like 120 degrees, it won't start... I haven't been able to figure out why"... or my favorite, "it's fine at cruise, but it goes lean/rich/stumbly when you tip into the throttle, I just can't get the acceleration enrichments right"... it's always something. Always.

    It's not for the faint of heart. It's not easy. It's a MAJOR commitment.

    My first MS install was on a 1976 Triumph Spitfire, a car originally designed in about 1962, based on a sedan from the 50's... very low tech. I first set the MS up to just control ignition with a Ford EDIS unit from an Escort... which was a pretty remarkable upgrade in itself. (instant starting, and VERY much smoother running) Then, I installed a simple single-injector throttle body unit in place of the carb. And it was amazing! (more power and smoother power delivery once I got it tuned right) From distributor and points ignition and a crappy old carb to modern computer-controlled ignition and injection. Night and day! And it was all a very simple bolt-on installation. I had to make a few parts, but I didn't have to open the engine or anything. That was a MS2 without a lot of bells and whistles. Just basic single-point fuel injection. Kinda glad I started with that, it was a good learning experience.

    After that, I did a couple MS on Miatas, and I've helped friends tune their MS Miatas. It's kinda fun once you wrap your head around it. We did MS2, MS3, MS3x, PnP, Microsquirt, you name it. And we did standard OE hardware with batch injection, conversion to sequential injection, conversion to sequential ignition with coil on plug, turbo and superchargers. You can do just about anything with a Megasquirt!

    But, again I tell you... you DON'T want to try to start with a completely custom complex installation like this. You're miles over your head. Start with something simpler. Something that is a non-critical "project" that you can just play with.

    Sorry for the ramble. I'd have chimed in sooner, but I wasn't here.

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    A few months back I contacted John Estrada w/JestrTuning.com. We worked towards an ecu reflash. I ran some data logs for him and he gave me a rom to try. Long story short, we had a checksum value error during writing and a "brick" for my troubles. This was a real fail and caused me a lot of hassle. I was so angered and deflated from the xperience, that I dropped the operation. Without completely flaming Jestr, ill just say hes not a great communicator. At the same time, I shouldve asked more questions. Its a learning experience, although costly.

    Jestr contacted me a few weeks ago asking if i could open the "bricked" ecu. He said he wanted to see if he could "bench" it and perhaps flash a rom. I told him I would just mail it to him, which I did and he just received. I harbor no hopes of progress, unless he suddenly opens up and carries on an informative dialogue.

    However, there are others as some have mentioned. Orangevirus Tuning comes to mind. I have had previous conversations with Orangevirus Tuning, but no further development has come to my attention. I will re-establish comms with them and see where it goes.

    I have also done a fair amount of research on the Unichip Q/Q+/Q4 piggyback system, which has been installed on quite a few Mirage overseas. Its seems legit and has similar capabilities to a standalone ecu. Costly though: unit itself, installation and dyno time - are all mandatory.

    Perhaps with the help of our new forum member Loren, we can see about a path or two.

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    One of our other members bricked his ECU too, but he was able to get it back. He didn't go into details though.


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