What car is this on and what mods?
This is a discussion on MD: Got the HYDRA Element within the Mid-Atlantic States forums, part of the Regional Discussion category; Ok, I have finally gone to a stand alone ECU and away from the UTEC. Phil from www.elementtuning.com tuned my ...
Ok, I have finally gone to a stand alone ECU and away from the UTEC. Phil from www.elementtuning.com tuned my car this week. Holy crap, what a hell of a difference it makes. I'm not sure if I really gained any peak hp (I certainly didn't lose any) but I gained mid-range hp, spool at 3800 instead of 4500 and maintain that level all the way to redline.
I was at 286 whp running 22 lbs... now I am at the about the same power (if not more) at 18 lbs. It doesn't matter what the load is... it drives like a champ. I hope to go in the next couple weeks and hop on the same dyno at Agile to see what the power difference is. I'll let you guys know.
I'm about to go out for a little bit, but if you have any questions about the Hydra, let me know and I will try to answer them all.
Oh, BTW... this also means that a UTEC is for sale . I don't have the version number right off hand, but let me know if anyone is interested.
What car is this on and what mods?
Hydra Element Stand Alone
Turbo Xs DP
Greddy EVO catback
cat delete pipe
Blitx SUS intake
Perrin fuel rails
Turbosmart Vee Port BOV
B&M short Shifter
Samco collant hoses
Samco MAF pipe and turbo inlet hose
Tein Flex coilovers
Cusco front and read sway bars
front end links
Cusco STB front and rear
Energy bushing kit
Rotora front big brake kit
Hot damn, if my car didn't keep breaking I'd be all over that system, it sounds simply amazing!
Good stuff. Phil will be tuning my Element as well. Just curious, are you using the W/B?
FS: 02 WRX with JDM V7 RA-C
hey i have a Q... i know that the hydra is self tuning, so i assumed that getting a custom tune done wasnt necessary. can the automated tuning only get you to a certain point, and if you really want to dial it in then you should still go have it tuned somewhere?
Originally Posted by Wrinkleboi
What it means by "self tuning" is that you can set target AFR's across your load sites and with the WB O2 option it will shoot for those by correcting fueling.
You have to have the setup dialed in initially to make your car run/idle, etc because the nature of a standalone requires a lot of tweaking to set it up. When I talked to phil, he said it would take about an hour of tuning just to get everything nice. From there, based on what turbo setup you have, you choose what AFR's you want across your load points and make a conservative timing map. You drive around and it corrects for fuel, then you start adding in timing and boost inch by inch.
Unless you know how to setup a standalone ecu (which I sure as hell don't) you'll need someone to set it up for you. Phil said that when he does the install, he spends 4 hours road/idle tuning it to get it properly setup. I would be plenty happy with that as my only tune, but would be concerned with less than that considering the guy who sells it says he needs 4 hours.
If you wanted someone else to custom tune it for you later down the road, it's basically the same as any other engine management, with it's own quirks and features, and you'd basically just need the proprietary software and a laptop.
That being said.....if you knew what AFR's you wanted and had free time, you could get phil to set it up and get you running, then spend all the time in the world tinkering with it yourself.
btw, if you call element, phil will talk to you on the phone as long as you want. If you leave a message, he'll call you back. It's like magic, he's really good about responding to customers.
thanks for the reply, got all the info i wanted and some...
Originally Posted by ReXoRaMa
yeah, that is an issue...a lot of people keep a tuned UTEC and stock ECu on hand for emissions, or just sort of cross their fingers. NY didn't use OBDII last time I got checked, so I think as long as you can find someone "sympathetic" it's not a big deal.
That wasn't the point of his question. WHen running a Hydra, you have no OBDII....if you plug into the port under the steering wheel, nothing happens....at all. So if someone goes to plug in, the OBDII reader won't even know it's hooked up to a car.Originally Posted by WRX_Wagon
Exactly. Thanks for clearifying Tim.Originally Posted by Timdog1650
I already know how an OBDII test works thanks wrxwagon
Tim, I believe they are changing how NY inspects. I moved from Buffalo last year and there was talk about statewide OBDII scans for every inspection.
It's too bad there wasn't someway someone could develope a standalone that was OBDII compliant. I know, I'm in fantasy land now
Last edited by ReXoRaMa; 01-23-2005 at 02:52 PM. Reason: because