Before you even sign up for a baseline or tuning session there are things that should be addressed on your vehicle. Below we have compiled a list of recommendations you should look at to make the dyno sessions a pleasant experience:
Make sure that the tires in proper working condition, no slicks, stretched or bald tires will be accepted during the dyno tuning session.
Check all the coolants on the car and if there is a leak and there is a over heat issue, be sure to take care of it before the session.
Inspect that the oil is a good level before the session and that the filters (air & fuel) are in good shape.
It is a good idea to inspect the spark plug wires and if needed replace them for a new set.
Please be conscious to the fact that an old clutch will & could fail in a baseline/tuning session. If the clutch fails, session is over.
Make sure there are no check engine light or codes present before the tune.
Inspect all wheel studs, so they are tight and secure.
Brakes must be in good working order.
Cars with Ignition Coils, please make sure that the coils are in good working order and there is no hesitation due to a misfire code. Inspect the gap on the plug, but if the gap is accordingly and it still does not behave, swap coils to see if that rectifies the issue. Cars with upgraded turbos over 650CFM must consider tightening the gap on the plug from .029 to .025 at least.
If meth injection is to be used make sure that you have enough for the whole tuning session.
On turbo systems, if we/you are tuning a turbo system, make sure all pipes are secured so they do not blow off during the tuning session.
Make sure that proper compression is present in the engine. A healthy engine is vital to a proper tuning experience.
8:1-8.5:1 compression: 150-170 psi per cylinder
8.5:1~9.5:1 compression: 170-210 psi per cylinder
9.5:1~11:1 compression: 210-275 psi per cylinder
11:1+ compression: 250+ per cylinder
Please DON’T make an appointment if there is a 20psi variance between cylinders. 3 good cylinders do not make up for one that is bad.
If you are coming in for a tuning session whether shop tune or customer tune here are some things to consider:
Please bring your own tools if you are self tuning your vehicle, the shop is not responsible for supplying tools.
Make sure you bring a correct set of extra plugs to change before the tuning session.
If you are changing from pump gas to race gas during the session, make sure that you tell the dyno operator ahead of time.
If your vehicle spills excessive fluids on the shop floor, you may be charged a clean up fee.
Any damage to the dyno, the shop, shops equipment, or any person caused by your vehicle is your responsibility.
Lastly the dyno operator will always be driving the vehicle and operating the dyno controls.