While we have had great success sharing space for the better part of the last year, it is time for us to grow and have an independent facility. Our new address is:
1550 Lehigh Drive
Easton, PA 18042
Please DO NOT mail any parts or anything else to this address. Use the provided address on your RMA slip or return address on the box.
Hours are by appointment.
While frequently the tunes we send out get nothing more than an approving nod, there are those cases where our experience helps troubleshoot the strangest of problems. Some of these we know as typical pitfalls, others we can see readily on datalogs when there is a significant deviation from the expected. Some we know from testing on our own cars, others we get familiar with simply based off of the bulk of data that we get from our customers. Yet others we may find while tuning the car in person, and may be a result of saying “well, that certainly is not usual.”
Seemingly simple, some of these issues are incredibly difficult to diagnose, and may cost hundreds in diagnostic fees at your local shop/dealer. At this point our score is as follows:
- Faulty O2 sensors: 4
- Faulty O2 sensor wiring: 2
- Incorrect cam/crank timing: 4
- Boost leaks: TONS!
- Incorrect catch can layout: 3
- BOV misrouted: 1
- Wastegate misrouted: 2
- Clogged catalyst: 4
- Broken valves stuck in the intake manifold tumblers: 1 (you know who you are!)
- Cracked header: 1
So these issues are mostly easy to correct, but unless you know what look for, it may end up like a daunting troubleshooting experience. This is one of the reason we do what we do–the experience allows us to see the big picture and spot the issues before they become “real” issues.
Innovate Supercharger Intercooled Results – BRZ/FR-S/GT86 Supercharger
Highly anticipated, this kit is now available with the intercooled option. Initially there was a great deal of trouble sorting the power above 5,000 RPM, but as it turned out, there is an incompatibility with the aftermarket MAP sensors in this particular configuration. Returning back to the stock MAP sensor, we were able to squeeze 250 WHP on 92 octane with a remote tune. With a broad torque curve from 3000 RPM to redline, this setup is incredibly fun to drive, and provides an excellent match to the lightweight platform. Stay tuned as we continue testing, ethanol results should approach 300 WHP.
Now available at http://www.moto-east.com/store/moto-east-flex-fuel-ft86.html
This kit includes quality AN lines and fittings, Zeitronix ECA analyzer, and wiring needed to connect the kit to the ECU for seamless operation. Instructions are now live on our support system here: https://www.moto-east.com/support/kb/faq.php?cid=1
We have thoroughly tested this on the shop car, and we can say with 100% certainty that this is truly an incredible upgrade from map switching. The variability in ethanol content is matched by the custom programming and progressive changes in fueling and ignition timing. OEM driveability, improved economy, and better reliability for forced induction vehicles.
Happy to say that the good folks at EcuTek released RaceROM last week, and we have been busy updating folks since then. Initial feedback is that everything is working as expected, and the old tunes are able to be directly translated over, even with FI!
Some of the current features are:
- Simplified fueling and timing maps for smoother operation
- Map switching using cruise control “cancel” button for 4 maps
- Launch control with cylinder cut
- Flat foot shift
- Valet mode
- Pit lane speed limiter
We can also support 3 and 4 bar MAP sensors with fuel scaling, and make maps for ethanol/race fuel.
See here for the MX-5 configurator, where you can select options based on the available features specific to your needs: http://www.moto-east.com/store/mx5-configurator.html
Happy 25th Birthday to the Mazda MX 5/Miata. Launched in February 1989 it has sold 920,000 units worldwide as of the end of last year and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling 2 seater sports car. EcuTek and Moto-East are looking forward to giving this 25 yr old a shot in the arm with the latest EcuTek RaceROM features:
Flat foot shifting and downshift auto-blip
And for those who are new to the platform, click to the left to hear Jay Leno talking to the originators of the car.
Otherwise you’ll be glad to know that the “birthday present” is RaceROM, and check the website in the next few days for the unveiling!
As the third generation MX-5 continues to age, we’re seeing more and more customers who are in the need for a refresher under the hood. Generally the 2.0 is quite expensive, and the 2.5l duratec, being a Mazda/Ford global platform motor, is a better choice.
Recently we’ve had the chance to tear down both a 2.0 and a 2.5, and we’ve taken the time to measure the rods/pistons to see exactly what the differences are. The conclusion? Basically the 2.5 is the 09+ 2.0 but on steroids. More displacement, bigger and beefier rods, and overall more stout. Lower CR making it ideal for boost, this motor is a much better starting point for Forced Induction. On with the show!
Note how much beefier the 2.5 rod is. Still nowhere near what a forged rod will do, but a significant improvement.
Overlapped you can start to see the differences.
Note the dish on the 9.5:1 2.5 pistons.
2.5 rod weight – 620 grams
2.0 rod weight – 505 grams
So you can see the stock 2.5 hardware is quite superior to the 2.0 for boost. Stouter rods, dished pistons, fully floating wrist pins…the only thing that is the same is the thickness of the piston rings. While we’ve put down over 350 torque on the 2.0 components, you can expect to best that with the stock 2.5 internals, with even more margin of safety due to the lower compression ratio. Though not up to the levels of fully forged internals, they certainly should do well enough for most. Not to mention be a far superior replacement for even a naturally aspirated MX-5. Some of the Grand-Am/World Challenge teams we work with have hit 200 WHP even on the stock internals. No small feat given how restrictive the MX-5 intake plenum becomes at higher HP levels.
Folks, we’re hearing all kinds of stuff down the grapevine about our competitors messaging customers on the forums, trying to have a “tune-off” to compete on horsepower–this is all a bunch of nonsense to try and beat the drum louder and peddle their inferior goods while invoking our name. For this reason we’re getting sore typing a retort each time, and have compiled some research and emails we’ve sent over the years into one page here: Tuning Myths and Facts.
It is our hope that before anyone subscribes to any tuning theory and lays out their hard earned money, they do their part to research what is being said. Cross reference! If they tell you 15:1 AFR is good for boost, run before you have to reach for the fire extinguisher. If they claim that they make the most power, take that with a grain of salt. Power is easy, durable power is not. 10:1 AFRs normally aspirated? Please do your research folks. Many have entered this field thinking it is easy money and people are not watching. It is not easy money if it is done correctly, and many less vocal but more skeptical people are watching. We call those customers. Thanks to all of you for your support over the years, until then, read on!
After months in development our new online store is now LIVE!
In addition to the cosmetic changes, we’ve also upgraded the back-end significantly. This means more robust, secure, and faster. Keep an eye out as we continue to add products to the store.
Starting the 25th we will be taking orders for the system. Available here: http://www.moto-east.com/store/ft86/brz-frs-parts-forced-induction/brz-innovate-kit-intercooler.html