Finding the right reflashing software for your factory ECU can either be one of the easiest or hardest parts of you and your vehicles tuning journey. With the invaluable help of some HPA Gold Members via the members-only forum, the team here has put together a list of just some of the options you have in order to save you countless hours on Google looking for solutions only to find half of the companies that pop up only offer to send you tunes via the internet rather than let you create your own tune yourself. We feel your pain!
Because there are so many ECUs and options to match out there this list is by no means complete and will be updated. If you think we're missing a great solution that gives complete access to tune all the applicable maps on any particular vehicle, please do let us know and we'll add it so others tuners can also benefit.
Let's get into it!
Alientech | http://www.alientechtuningtools.com/
Alientech is a very versatile piece of kit that boasts a long list of compatible ECUs and really comes into its own when their ECM Titanium product is used in conjunction with WinOLS. That said, you often have to put some work in to sort out the map definitions, so unlike most of the other options that you will see in the list you potentially do not simply hand over your money and start tuning with this option.
Cobb Tuning | http://www.cobbtuning.com/
As a rule, COBB are focused on later model vehicles and at the time of publishing this article they have options for some Porsche, BMW, Ford, MAZDASPEED, Mitsubishi,
Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen (VW) vehicles.
Diablo Sport | http://www.diablosport.com/
Currently Diablo Sport DO NOT allow you to use their software to tune yourself, and instead, you must purchase 'e-tunes' or take your car to one of their dealers, however, watch this space as it may be something they offer in the future. Fingers crossed!
EcuFlash | https://www.tactrix.com/index.php/
A good list of Mitsubishi and Subaru options straight 'out of the box'
ECUTEK | http://www.ecutek.com/
Subaru BRZ and the Mazda MX-5 are currently the only two vehicles supported where you can freely tune yourself. All other supported vehicles require you to purchase 'e-tunes' or to have your vehicle tuned by one of their dealers, however, this may change in the future.
EFI Live | https://www.efilive.com/
Extensive Chrysler and GM options.
Eurodyne | http://www.eurodyne.ca/
Audi and VW options for selected models. Eurodyne also sell tunes so make sure you double check that your purchase gives you access to freely create your own tune for your specific ECU before handing over any hard earned money.
Hondata | https://www.hondata.com/
Almost your one-stop shop or Honda. Early to late model covered.
HP Tuners | http://www.hptuners.com/
Extensive Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Nissan, Jaguar/Land Rover, GM (LS Series Engines are one of their best supported) and Mercedes options.
MHD Tuning | mhdtuning.com/
BMW N54, N55, N55e and S55. Custom tuning options might not be available for all options, so double check before you dive into it.
NISTune | https://www.nistune.com/
Nissan Skyline, 200SX, 300ZX, 240SX and Silvias
SCT | http://www.sctflash.com/
Ford and GM options.
UpRev | https://uprev.com/
If you're already an HPA Gold member take a look at this webinar on 'How to choose a reflashing platform' for more help and guidance.
Please note that while High Performance Academy can teach you how to use this tuning software, we do not sell it. Please contact the software developers if you're interested in purchasing.