Practical Standalone Tuning

Learn to Tune your Standalone ECU, Start to Finish

Want to learn how to tune your standalone ECU from start to finish with or without a dyno? This course is the perfect place to gain and apply that knowledge with step by step guidance.

Whether you have a MoTeC, Link, AEM, Fueltech or any other ECU - it doesn't matter. This course will teach you the HPA 10 step process that will apply to your ECU, and your engine. Using this process you can reach peak power and torque, while still retaining the reliability you need from your engine. 

As a rule, to get the most from your engine, a quality dyno is the best place to perform your tuning. This allows the tuner to simulate load on the engine, while simultaneously measuring all of the key metrics we need to monitor to optimise the tune. 

But - it's a fact that not everyone has access to a dyno. The detailed road tuning section in the course combats this, by teaching you the road tuning processes and techniques to ensure an optimized tune - whether you have access to a dyno or not. 

Even if you understand the principles of EFI tuning, tuning on a dyno or the road for the first time adds another element of learning. This course will give you the necessary skills to tune any engine from start to finish - whether it be on a dyno, or the black stuff. In particular you will learn:

  • How to configure your ECU to suit the engine
  • What numbers to put in the fuel and ignition tables before you start
  • How to get your engine running for the first time
  • How to use the dyno to control load and engine speed
  • How to tune the fuel map in steady state
  • Driving Techniques for road tuning
  • How to tune fuel and ignition using the dyno or road/track

After completing this course you will have the confidence and skills required to properly calibrate your standalone ECU on the dyno or road/track. You will learn HPA’s '10 Step Process’ which will take you through a tuning job from start to finish, ensuring you don’t miss any critical stages.

This course assumes an understanding of EFI tuning fundamentals. If you are new to tuning, we recommend you start with our EFI Tuning Fundamentals course before taking this one.

What you will learn
  • A 10 Step process for configuring and tuning on the ROAD and DYNO
  • How to configure your fuel and ignition maps
  • First start considerations and settings for your engine
  • How to tune fuel and ignition in steady state
  • Fuel and ignition tuning using ramp runs
  • How to tune almost ANY standalone ECU on the market

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Course Curriculum

  • Disclaimer 01.36
  • Introduction 01.17
  • The HPA 10-Step Process 01.24
  • How to Use This Course 01.11
  • Tuning on the Road or Racetrack 00.43
  • Tuning a Turbocharged Engine 01.13
  • Introduction 00.51
  • ECU Configuration 02.08
  • Input Setup and Testing 05.04
  • Output Setup and Testing 01.59
  • Fuel Configuration and Testing 04.22
  • Ignition Configuration and Testing 02.12
  • Introduction 01.41
  • Reluctor Sensor 01.50
  • Hall Sensor 02.14
  • Filtering 00.45
  • Arming Threshold 02.30
  • Trigger Mode 02.20
  • Introduction 01.00
  • Fuel Table Configuration 05.02
  • Ignition Table Configuration 02.20
  • Introduction 00.48
  • Setting Base Ignition Timing - Pre Startup 02.26
  • Setting Base Ignition Timing - Post Startup 01.40
  • Setting Base Fuel Pressure 03.05
  • Introduction 00.49
  • Making Coarse Adjustments 03.08
  • What You Should Look For 01.37
  • Introduction 00.58
  • Idle Ignition Timing 02.20
  • Idle Mixture 01.38
  • Spotting Problems 00.40
  • Idle Speed Control Settings 02.35
  • Introduction 01.36
  • Choosing Air Fuel Ratio 02.24
  • Using the Dyno to Tune Steady State Fuel 08.01
  • Introduction 00.50
  • MBT Tuning Technique 02.10
  • Using the Dyno to Tune Steady State Ignition 03.09
  • Introduction 00.44
  • Performing a Ramp Run 01.04
  • Optimising Your Tune on the Dyno 06.48
  • Introduction 00.51
  • Cruise Tuning 02.33
  • Full Power Tuning 01.12
  • Transient Tuning 03.44
  • Using Datalogging 02.02
  • Road Tuning Introduction 03.45
  • Disclaimer 01.47
  • Driving Techniques 07.43
  • Table Configuration 09.22
  • Steady State Tuning 08.20
  • Full Power Tuning 11.35
  • Introduction 01.38
  • Considerations 12.22
  • Base Configuration 07.12
  • High Boost Tuning 07.31
  • Full Power Tuning 11.38
  • Steady State Tuning 14.39
  • Conclusion 01.19
  • Introduction 02.18
  • Step 1: ECU Configuration and Testing 19.07
  • Step 2: Trigger Setup 08.49
  • Step 3: Base Table Configuation 10.35
  • Step 4: Base Ignition Timing/Fuel Pressure 08.21
  • Step 5: Initial Startup 04.29
  • Step 6: Idle Tuning 06.30
  • Step 7: Steady State Fuel Tuning 22.48
  • Step 8: Steady State Ignition Tuning 26.14
  • Step 9: Full Power Tuning 20.53
  • Introduction 00.35
  • Step 1: ECU Configuration and Testing 09.38
  • Step 2: Trigger Setup 01.13
  • Step 3: Base Table Configuration 12.45
  • Step 4: Base Ignition Timing/Fuel Pressure 05.50
  • Step 5: Initial Startup 05.41
  • Step 6: Idle Tuning 04.52
  • Step 7: Steady State Fuel Tuning 21.29
  • Step 8: Steady State Ignition Tuning 14.15
  • Step 9: Full Power Tuning 16.30
  • Step 10: Confirming a Tune on the Road/Track 16.28
  • Introduction 00.47
  • Step 1: ECU Configuration and Testing 10.55
  • Step 2: Trigger Setup 05.04
  • Step 3: Base Table Configuration 10.20
  • Step 4: Base Ignition Timing/Fuel Pressure 12.07
  • Step 5: Initial Startup 05.58
  • Step 6: Idle Tuning 05.20
  • Step 7: Steady State Fuel Tuning 32.38
  • Step 8: Steady State Ignition Tuning 48.16
  • Step 9: Full Power Tuning 38.14
  • Introduction 01.03
  • Step 1: ECU Configuration and Testing 13.55
  • Step 2: Trigger Setup 03.49
  • Step 3: Base Table Configuration 08.49
  • Step 4: Base Ignition Timing/Fuel Pressure 07.08
  • Step 5: Initial Startup 05.10
  • Step 6: Idle Tuning 04.00
  • Step 7: Steady State Fuel Tuning 39.27
  • Step 8: Steady State Ignition Tuning 33.13
  • Step 9: Full Power Tuning 36.23
  • Introduction 01.06
  • Step 1: ECU Configuration and Testing 17.05
  • Step 2: Trigger Setup 12.11
  • Step 3: Base Table Configuation 15.27
  • Step 4: Base Ignition Timing/Fuel Pressure 05.46
  • Step 5: Initial Startup 04.53
  • Step 6: Idle Tuning 10.59
  • Step 7: Steady State Fuel Tuning 28.06
  • Step 8: Steady State Ignition Tuning 22.22
  • Step 9: Full Power Tuning 17.06
  • Request Certification 00.06

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