You guys just work on Hondas right?
No, we work on all makes and models. Other then Hondas, we've worked on cars from all major manufacturers both import and domestic, as well as uncommon cars like Lamborghinis and Vipers and custom builds such as Cobra replica kit cars.
I have engine X with parts Y and Z, how much boost can I run?
This question has to many variables to answer easily. First off, different turbos flow different amounts of air at the same boost level, so a better way to look at it is how much power can my engine handle? Then it is simply a matter of figuring out what the weakest link is in your setup, and what power that will limit you to. For example, you can have a fully built 4 cylinder engine capable of handling 500+ hp, but if you only have 450cc/min injectors, you'll run out of fuel near 300hp. How much boost it takes to get there will depend on the turbocharger and it's supporting mods.
What do I need to dyno tune my car?
All you need are adjustable parts in your fuel delivery and ignition system. This includes, but is not limited to, adjustable fuel pressure regulators, piggy back fuel and ignition controllers, adjustable cam gears, standalone ECUs, modified factory ECUs, stock ECUs that can be reflashed, and or multiple versions of the same part (for example three different air intakes). You only need any one of these to do some tuning. Having full control of the fuel and ignition system is ideal.
Important! Dyno tuning does not fix mechanical and electrical problems. If your car has issues running, a check engine light, a misfire, vacuum leaks, oil leaks etc, these issues will have to be resolved prior to tuning. (Some issues are resolved with tuning, such as cars that wont start until they're re-calibrated for new injectors) We're happy to help you with these issues at the shop, just let us know about them when you schedule an appointment so we can factor that into the schedule.
What is dyno tuning?
Dyno tuning is where the modifications on an engine are dialed in so they work in harmony with each other. The basic idea of most engine modifications is to flow more air into and out of the engine. The increase in airflow means the amount of fuel delivered and when the spark plug is fired need to be adjusted to take full advantage of the modifications. The more modified the engine is, the more it will benefit from dyno tuning.
The dyno measures the horsepower, torque, and air/fuel ratio of the engine. After each adjustment the car is "pulled" on the dyno again, to see if the adjustment had a positive or negative effect. Using the dyno for tuning is very important, as small adjustment net small gains that can't be felt on the street. It also allows for controlled conditions so the only change that effects power output is what is being adjusted.
If I come in for dyno tuning, how much power will I gain?
This is impossible to say until after tuning. It depends on the modifications, and unfortunately we have not been able to test every possible combination of engines and aftermarket parts.
Are those Skunk2, Spoon, or Mugen chips on Ebay any good?
No, 95% of the time they are terrible. Most that I have seen simply have the timing advanced, more fuel added, and every safety feature of the engine they can disabled. They are not made by the companies they claim. The actual ECUs made by these companies are good, and have been tuned for very specific setups you need to match for them to work. If you have a Honda with one of these chips in it, you will see significant gains from tuning, and your ECU is already prepared.