Tuning instrumentation

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Jim K
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Tuning instrumentation

Post by Jim K » Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:29 am

Hi guys,
For about a year or so, while trying/evaluating different setups for my 1.8T, I was driving around with an Innovate afr meter plugged into the lighter socket and the cables hanging out the door going under the car. This was getting a bit awkward, what with passengers having to hold the thing and not sit on it and ...the wife complaining about the wiring mess in the old heap :roll: ... Well, I decided it was time to do something about it when I came across the AEM Failsafe gauge. Its a combination afr and boost gauge but this is only on the outside. This contraption can be programmed to turn things on and off with different combinations of boost/afr -hence the name- and has a data logger too! All I have to do now is hook up a solenoid on my manual boost control which will direct all pressure to the wastegate when afr leans out beyond my preset value. I got three of them, one for my car and the others for two more 1.8T cars. No more wires in the cabin, no mess, no plugs to forget and ruin the O2 sensor. In the pic below, you can see it where the boost gauge used to be. AFR is center stage and boost is the LED moving around on the outside, although you can assign different layouts by plugging the gauge usb to your pc and AEM free software. Way more practical -and safer- than holding the Innovate while barreling uphill at 170kph in 4th and 25psi...
For me, this was one clever purchase. :wink:
Jim K.
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Re: Tuning instrumentation

Post by Greg Gordon » Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:49 pm

Nice job Jim, that install looks good. I like the innovate stuff, I use their wide band and gauge in my car.

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Re: Tuning instrumentation

Post by Duk » Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:02 pm

That's a good idea. Electronics are getting so capable and well priced these days.

Adaptronic have just done a firmware upgrade for the Select series (E420d and 440) of ECUs that has a bunch of additional engine protection modes on top of the usual engine protection. Additional sensor input comes via the Innovate SSI4.


I did ask Andy if this could be applied to the older E420c even as a paid upgrade (which I thought would be fair considering it's an out dated ECU), but the processor in the older ECU would be out of it's depth trying to do that plus all the other stuff it does.
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Re: Tuning instrumentation

Post by MD » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:04 am

You know how much I hate giving ya a compliment JK 'cause it makes your head swell, so I wont.
You see, my logic is I am really only looking after your welfare cause I know with a thick head you wont be able to fit your helmet on it and with the Greek economy the way it is, I am trying to save you having to buy a bigger one..

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