Currently I have been reading a lot of amusing articals and
listening to that in which people think they need in terms of tuning.
Sometimes I am a little suprised at what I hear or read.
1. Avoid the trends.
2. Spend money where it is best suited.
3. Don't add ancelary items unless they are needed.
4. Gauges : Exhaust Gas Temp, Air Fuel Ratio, Knock Sensor or
Knock sensors are nice, not 100% needed. The problem is most
of these are ancelary devices in which do not work together or
better said in conjunction. All great, accept for the fact that most
modern management systems in production vehicles have
integrated systems. Thus the management is capable of deciding
how much spark, cam timing, etc it want's to give at a specific rpm.
So monitoring is almost pointless unless you are extremely tuned
then again if you are tuned correctly you really don't need such
gauges unless you are running dangeriously.
For turbochargers a boost gauge, oil temp and coolent temp gauge
Most of the cars I see out there with a million gauges are not
even tuned correctly or are the gauges installed correctly and or
are the vehicles in question ( powerful enough. )
The problem is that a lot of the newest management systems
are extremely dynamic and most of what I am seeing and why
so many blown engines are showing up is due to DYI combined
with the ( tuner band wagon. ) Everyones a tuner now, just like
everyone is a was a Drifter post 2004.5. OEM Automakers
spend thousends of hours and ( A LOT OF MONEY. ) on researching
and developing management and parameters for production cars.
Most tuners spend much less. Often TOP Pro race teams spend
hours upon hours and usually sacrifices a few engines in dyno
testing to produce a racer. Also they run some of the most
sophisticated management and are religiously inspected.
Management Systems in production vehicles are not come one
come all and the same. Different years in the same generation
can have updated or new software or significant differences
in the way systems communicate. Developement of products and
parts are very important. Often times you are trusting that the
tuner has spent the time in research and developement for
you're vehicle to