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    Tuning Solutions

    HANDHELDS:
    Ideal for unmodified or very slightly modified vehicles

    HYPERTECH-
    If you don’t plan on heavily modding your car then you may wanna get this. Its better suited for A4’s since you can firm up shift point. Not much for m5’s. A few of the things this can do is:
    Increase shifting pressure
    Adjust speedometer if you’ve changed your gears
    Adjust the fan settings
    Just to name a few

    TUNING SOFTWARE PACKAGES:
    Ideal for mildly- heavily modified vehicles. IE heads/cam/forced induction

    HPTuners

    One of the best software packages available today. It has a great built-in scanner that allows you to monitor a wide amount of PID’s. HPT now offers a credit based licensing system which allows the user to buy vin licenses or year locked licenses & eventually upgrade via their "upgrade credit" system. Free updates for life has also been recently added. A great decision for the person who wants to be his own tuner! V2.1.x for the most part has eliminated the need for any spreadsheets because of its customizable histograms. Near unlimited licenses allowed on one cable. 1, 2, 3 bar Custom OS's available for additional cost of $49 for 1 bar & $99 for 2/3 bar when available. Comprehensive help file with how-to's can help newbies through the tuning process. Comes with a comprehensive help file located inside the editor/scanner as well as being available online at http://www.hptuners.com/help/ Available for 97+LS1's, most late model Diesel powered trucks, most I4 powered late model cars/trucks, most late model 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9, & 4.3 v6's & now offer LS2/LS7 tuning & Ford support & will support Dodge platforms soon. USB interface currently offered in 2 models STD & PRO. The pro version offers standalone datalogging of up to 1hr 30 mins as well as 4 analog inputs & 2 outputs.

    This is a short list of v6 operating systems I've compiled over the last few weeks, theres about 600 or so more V6 operating systems we support that I haven't had a chance to classify but finding the free time to do so is hard to come by

    1998 Buick Century 9359339
    1998 Buick Century 9374770
    1999 Buick Century 9372357
    1999 Buick Century 9372358
    2000 Buick Century 12203659
    2002 Buick Century 12218409
    2004 Buick Century 12618871
    2007 Buick LaCrosse 12600801
    2008 Buick LaCrosse 12618164
    1997 Buick Lesabre 16259008
    1997 Buick Lesabre 16252946
    1997 Buick Lesabre 16257531
    1997 Buick Lesabre 16252926
    1998 Buick Lesabre 9357027
    2000 Buick Lesabre 9386288
    2000 Buick Lesabre 9381810
    2001 Buick Lesabre 12211506
    2002 Buick Lesabre 12218843
    2005 Buick Lesabre 12598602
    2005 Buick Lesabre 12598603
    2005 Buick Lesabre 12618867
    2005 Buick Lesabre 12594020
    1997 Buick Park Avenue 16254062
    1997 Buick Park Avenue 16254718
    1998 Buick Park Avenue 9352072
    1999 Buick Park Avenue 9373962
    1999 Buick Park Avenue 9369395
    1999 Buick Park Avenue 9377380
    2000 Buick Park Avenue 9384013
    2000 Buick Park Avenue 12201867
    2001 BuickPark Avenue 12205339
    2001 BuickPark Avenue 12226103
    2002 Buick Park Avenue 12223437
    2003 Buick Park Avenue 12583436
    2005 Buick Park Avenue 12581052
    1997 Buick Regal 16257726
    1997 Buick Regal 16257725
    1998 Buick Regal 9352797
    1999 Buick Regal 9372363
    1999 Buick Regal 9372360
    1999 Buick Regal 9370635
    2000 Buick Regal 12201797
    2001 Buick Regal 12226105
    2001 Buick Regal 12586820
    2001 Buick Regal 12205332
    2002 Buick Regal 12218865
    2003 Buick Regal 12580148
    1997 Buick Riviera 16243817
    1997 Buick Riviera 16253031
    2007 Buick Terraza 12616454
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 9355202
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 9355205
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 9355207
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 9364943
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 16245315
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 16245167
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 16252225
    1997 Chevrolet Camaro 16252226
    1998 Chevrolet Camaro 9352820
    1998 Chevrolet Camaro 9352827
    1998 Chevrolet Camaro 9352828
    1998 Chevrolet Camaro 16266360
    1998 Chevrolet Camaro 16266373
    1998 Chevrolet Camaro 16268296
    1999 Chevrolet Camaro 9369319
    1999 Chevrolet Camaro 9369323
    1999 Chevrolet Camaro 9378075
    1999 Chevrolet Camaro 9377390
    1999 Chevrolet Camaro 9378070
    1999 Chevrolet Camaro 9378072
    2000 Chevrolet Camaro 9384018
    2000 Chevrolet Camaro 12201881
    2001 Chevrolet Camaro 12207862
    2001 Chevrolet Camaro 12207868
    2001 Chevrolet Camaro 12211498
    2001 Chevrolet Camaro 12211496
    2002 Chevrolet Camaro 12218840
    2002 Chevrolet Camaro 12218841
    2002 Chevrolet Camaro 12218842
    2000 Chevrolet Impala 9387047
    2000 Chevrolet Impala 12201830
    2000 Chevrolet Impala 12220113
    2000 Chevrolet Impala 9389680
    2001 Chevrolet Impala 12207412
    2001 Chevrolet Impala 12214422
    2001 Chevrolet Impala 12578904
    2001 Chevrolet Impala 12215598
    2002 Chevrolet Impala 12218407
    2002 Chevrolet Impala 12578905
    2003 Chevrolet Impala 12573286
    2004 Chevrolet Impala 12587799
    2004 Chevrolet Impala 12588500
    2004 Chevrolet Impala 12618879
    2005 Chevrolet Impala 12594529
    2006 Chevrolet Impala 12606475
    2007 Chevrolet Impala 12609099
    2007 Chevrolet Impala 12616478
    2008 Chevrolet Impala 12617175
    2008 Chevrolet Impala 12617569
    2009 Chevrolet Impala 12628982
    1997 Chevrolet Lumina 16245158
    2000 Chevrolet Lumina 9389700
    2000 Chevrolet Lumina 12201782
    1998 Chevrolet Malibu 9352701
    1999 Chevrolet Malibu 9377739
    1999 Chevrolet Malibu 16242748
    2000 Chevrolet Malibu 12201445
    2001 Chevrolet Malibu 12207431
    2001 Chevrolet Malibu 12214060
    2002 Chevrolet Malibu 12223481
    2002 Chevrolet Malibu 12227240
    2002 Chevrolet Malibu 12588234
    2002 Chevrolet Malibu 12578500
    2003 Chevrolet Malibu 12583342
    2006 Chevrolet Malibu 12604676
    2008 Chevrolet Malibu 12618588
    2008 Chevrolet Malibu 12625349
    2010 Chevrolet Malibu 12635857
    1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 9352617
    1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 9377383
    2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12202882
    2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12218852
    2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12596261
    2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12583374
    2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12588500
    2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12585091
    2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12585094
    2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12618883
    2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12618881
    2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 12594533
    2007 Chevrolet Uplander 12609256
    2008 Chevrolet Uplander 12617217
    2009 Chevrolet Uplander 12628999
    1999 Chevrolet Venture 9369232
    2000 Chevrolet Venture 12201870
    2001 Chevrolet Venture 12213452
    2002 Chevrolet Venture 12218405
    2002 Chevrolet Venture 12223490
    2002 Chevrolet Venture 12218400
    2000 Oldsmobile Alero 12201468
    2000 Oldsmobile Alero 9389353
    2001 Oldsmobile Alero 12211258
    2004 Oldsmobile Alero 12584935
    2002 Oldsmobile Silhouette 12223488
    2001 Pontiac Aztek 12587904
    2001 Pontiac Aztek 12213479
    2001 Pontiac Aztek 12221669
    1997 Pontiac Bonneville 16243827
    1997 Pontiac Bonneville 16257536
    1999 Pontiac Bonneville 9376746
    2000 Pontiac Bonneville 9389666
    2000 Pontiac Bonneville 9389688
    2001 Pontiac Bonneville 12207878
    2002 Pontiac Bonneville 12223440
    2005 Pontiac Bonneville 12598604
    1997 Pontiac Firebird 9355202
    1997 Pontiac Firebird 16252226
    1997 Pontiac Firebird 16252225
    1998 Pontiac Firebird 9352820
    1998 Pontiac Firebird 16266360
    1998 Pontiac Firebird 16266373
    2001 Pontiac Firebird 12211492
    2001 Pontiac Firebird 12207862
    2002 Pontiac Firebird 9387341
    2002 Pontiac Firebird 12218840
    1998 Pontiac Grand Am 9367747
    1999 Pontiac Grand Am 9366308
    2000 Pontiac Grand Am 9389348
    2000 Pontiac Grand Am 9389351
    2000 Pontiac Grand Am 9389397
    2000 Pontiac Grand Am 12201463
    2001 Pontiac Grand Am 12211252
    2001 Pontiac Grand Am 12207436
    2001 Pontiac Grand Am 12221731
    2001 Pontiac Grand Am 12586824
    2001 Pontiac Grand Am 12211256
    2001 Pontiac Grand Am 12207433
    2002 Pontiac Grand Am 12223482
    2002 Pontiac Grand Am 12221348
    2002 Pontiac Grand Am 12218171
    2004 Pontiac Grand Am 12587803
    2004 Pontiac Grand Am 12589762
    2004 Pontiac Grand Am 12584933
    1997 Pontiac Grand Prix 16243385
    1997 Pontiac Grand Prix 16243643
    1998 Pontiac Grand Prix 9352809
    1998 Pontiac Grand Prix 9352682
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 9372327
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 16243026
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 9371627
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 9370700
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 9377388
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 9376662
    2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 9384050
    2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 9384035
    2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 12201788
    2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 12201791
    2000 Pontiac Grand Prix 12201783
    2001 Pontiac Grand Prix 12214425
    2001 Pontiac Grand Prix 12226107
    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 12223462
    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 12223493
    2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 12218860
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix 12580150
    2003 Pontiac Grand Prix 12580151
    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 12584056
    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 12588931
    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 12596629
    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 12584058
    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 12596138
    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix 12619744
    2005 Pontiac Grand Prix 12585293
    2005 Pontiac Grand Prix 12596629
    2005 Pontiac Grand Prix 12603346
    2005 Pontiac Grand Prix 12635879
    2008 Pontiac G6 12635859
    2010 Pontiac G8 12635904
    1998 Pontiac Montana 9352742
    1999 Pontiac Montana 9369225
    2000 Pontiac Montana 9389259
    2000 Pontiac Montana 12214713
    2000 Pontiac Montana 12201870
    2002 Pontiac Montana 12223488
    2003 Pontiac Montana 12580134
    2003 Pontiac Montana 12583394
    2003 Pontiac Montana 12587901
    2003 Pontiac Montana 12587903
    2003 Pontiac Montana 12573407
    2007 Pontiac Torrent 12613889
    2008 Pontiac Torrent 12617569
    2007 Saturn Outlook 12618768
    2007 Saturn Outlook 12626281
    2009 Saturn Vue 12628837

    DHP Powertuner-discontinued
    DHP is now discontinued but if you can find one used it offers tuning for some obd2 v6 applications. Like HPtuners partial write times are ~30 seconds & full writes are ~2 minutes for 512kb pcms. Near unlimited licenses allowed on one cable. 150+ page tuning manual available to owners of the product as well as numerous on-line FAQ's that are step by step w/ diagrams/screenshots for basic tasks. Also offers a change log While you still don't have custom histograms as with hptuners it does come with a functional scanner that has over 100 PIDs currently for supported vehicles and ~30 for generic vehicles. Offers free updates as well as 1/2 bar MAP upgrade & free 3 bar MAP which is in testing. Also offers more editable parameters then hptuners as well as a forum with over 600 members. Offer tuning for 1995 - 2002 Fbody 3800, most 96 to present 3.1, 3.4, 3.8 motors as well as some 3.5, 3.6 & 3.9 ltr motors.

    Mail Order tuning:

    Texas Speed & Performance

    Offers mail order Tuning for 97+ V6 Fbodies with prices starting at $150. Tunes for everything from gear changes, to nitrous & supercharger tunes available.

    PCMForLess

    Offers mail order Tuning for 96+ V6 Fbodies with prices starting at $150.
    Tunes for everything from gear changes, to nitrou & supercharger tunes available. Also offering tuning solutions for many obd1 applications as well as w-body tuning.

    Thanks to nino on ls1.com for his input on part of this breakdown.

    If anyone has anything to add to this sticky please feel free & I'll add & cleanup whatever need be.
    Last edited by foff667; 07-05-2011 at 01:03 PM.
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    00 GTP with lots of tuning

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    Can I add that we have PLENTY of core PCM's sitting on the shelf. When we recieve a order we take a PCM, reflash it with the latest calibration from GM, apply the tune then send it out to you. We have a subscription to the same service the dealerships use.


    Its nice because

    1. You never have to send us your stock PCM if you don't want to.
    2. If something should happen on our end with the tuning it doesn't keep you from driving YOUR car.
    3. You get the latest calibration from GM.. Things like Fuel gauge calibration, cold startup, transmission calibrations etc.. are often tweaked after the model year is out.

    Also.. We offer 96 3.8L tuning. You will recieve a new PCM tuned to your specifications wtih a vin number to match your car. Its really nice because you should always be able to pass plug in checks.

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    3.4 Tuning Modification Options

    SLP Air-Temperature Module
    The SLP Air-Temperature Module is a glorified example of the "resistor mod" that is often talked about on forums and sold on eBay. It plugs in between the IAT sensor and wiring harness and alters the signal sent to the PCM, reporting lower incoming air temperatures. This results in the PCM adding spark advance, typically 1 to 2 degrees according to SLP. They recommend the use of premium fuel to prevent detonation, and caution that the module is not for use with PCM's that have already been recalibrated to advance spark timing. The SLP part # 63012 module is not model/year specific and can be used on many GM 2-wire IAT sensor vehicles.

    Jet Performance GM Module - Stage 1 or 2
    Jet modules plug in between the car's stock PCM and wiring harness. They work by intercepting data coming from the various sensors (MAP, IAT, etc.) and provide dynamic tuning of the air/fuel ratio, ignition advance, transmission shifting, etc. Stage 1 is for stock or mildly modified vehicles and can be used with regular gas. Stage 2 is designed for 91+ octane fuel, 180 or lower thermostat and free-flow exhaust. Each module is year- and transmission-dependent, so make sure to obtain the correct part for your car. Some owners claim that they felt no change in performance using the chip, whereas others report a drop of several tenths in the quarter mile.

    Venom 400 Performance Control Module
    Similar in function to the Jet modules, the Venom 400 unit interfaces between the stock PCM and wiring harness. It intercepts signals sent from various sensors, in particular the MAP and TPS, and recalibrates the signal to obtain optimum spark timing and fuel trim. Unlike the Jet modules, the Venom 400 only activates when the throttle passes 25-30%, so they claim normal everyday driving is not affected. The Venom 400 also incorporates an on/off switch so that the car can be set to stock easily. The Venom part # V45-133 is applicable for any 93-95 3.4 Fbody.

    Hypertech Power Programmer
    The HPP was produced for the 94-95 Fbody 3.4 up until around 1996 when it was discontinued, and is no longer available for retail sale. Unlike the Jet and Venom performance modules, the HPP connects to the vehicle's OBD port and actually overwrites the stock programming in the PCM. The new data tables deliver optimum air/fuel ratio and spark timing for stock to mildly modified vehicles, such as aftermarket intake and cat-back exhaust. Unlike later versions such as the HPP+ and HPP3, the HPP does not have options to adjust for gear ratios, raise rev limiter, adjust shift points, etc. It can however eliminate the speed limiter and it lowers the fan turn-on temp to 190 so use of a lower temp thermostat and premium fuel is recommended. Although there are only 2 different programmers, one for 94 and one for 95, the HPP remembers the VIN of the vehicle it has reprogrammed, and can't be used on another vehicle until the original is returned back to stock programming, or the unit is "tricked" with the original VIN.

    MSD Digital DIS-4 Plus
    The MSD DIS-4 part # 62152 is designed for 6 or 8 cylinder distributor-less coil pack waste-spark ignition systems. With rotary dials on the unit you can retard timing, useful for those running nitrous or a power adder. There is also an adjustable two-step rev control for drag launches and step retard for use with nitrous. MSD claims a full-power, hotter spark and up to 20 of multi-spark below 3000rpm for better idle and throttle response. The DIS-4 is not make/model specific, and for the V6 Fbody you will also need 3 coil interface modules available separately for $35 each, and optional wiring harnesses are available so that cutting/splicing your factory harness is not required. 3.4 owners have claimed improvements in performance as well as gas mileage using the DIS-4, however as the unit only controls spark and cannot adjust fuel, Megasquirt may be the better way to go for those looking for more advanced control.

    Fastchip
    Fastchip is the only tuner currently offering reflash services for the 3.4 PCM. Similar to other vendors who offer mail-order tuning, you must send your PCM to them, they reprogram the computer and send it back to you. Various options are available for adjusting gear ratio's, shift points, fan turn-on temp, etc. Other than a separate engine management controller, this is probably the most thorough method of tuning the stock PCM.

    Megasquirt DIY EFI
    Megasquirt is a DIY kit for controlling electronic fuel injection and optionally spark and other engine controls. There are many different options depending on what you want to do with it and is not make/model specific. There are also several PCB revisions with increased capabilities, again depending on how much you want to control. Megasquirt comes as an unassembled kit which you must build or is available completely assembled. Megasquirt can be programmed by you to take control of various engine managment duties that the PCM would normally perform such as timing and fuel. Using a laptop and serial connection you can monitor and adjust programming stored in Megasquirt to suit your application.
    http://www.fullthrottlev6.com/forums...ad.php?t=23891

    60 Inclusive PCM Swap
    60 Inclusive offers a PCM swap kit that will allow you to replace your 93 or 94-95 M5 reflash PCM with an older PROM style PCM. This gives you the ability to change out the chips so you can edit and burn your own tune.
    http://www.fullthrottlev6.com/forums...ad.php?t=56212
    Last edited by FunkZ; 01-12-2008 at 01:58 PM.
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    Has anyone heard of or tried dynamic efi.com?

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