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    hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    You know how your using microsoft word, and you type something wrong, it lists suggestions on the fly for what word to spell? How about 2 things which would be AWESOME for everyone.

    1) Have something where you make a change and if it's too drastic a popup says be careful this could kill your engine

    2) Have something where you put your mods in, it makes a tune for you, and then you fine tune it from there. I know the coding would be a PITA but would make a great product PHENOMENAL!!!
    2001 Camaro SS A4

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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    1) Have something where you make a change and if it's too drastic a popup says be careful this could kill your engine
    One quick way you can check that is use the 2D and 3D graph options and see if anything "pops out" at you . On most tables that we edit one thing should flow to the next, smoothly. I catch what you're saying though, something to catch "typos".
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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    The first one, they already do some sanity checking
    and will clip "insane" values to something that at
    least fits the range. I don't know if they check for
    stupidity; that might be a tall order

    The second one, the closest thing going is the
    repository site where, especially now that we can
    cross-year, you may just get lucky and find tunes
    with similar mods already exist.

    Though I can see the utility of some things like
    guided VE table reshaping, etc.

    There's also a need for a tuning fundamentals book
    I know. But, who's got the time?

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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyblue
    There's also a need for a tuning fundamentals book
    I know. But, who's got the time?
    Amen to that brother! The whole tuning community has been wanting a tuning guide forever, but apparently none of the genius tuners have the time to write one up.
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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    My EX car club was trying to scare me into paying them $500+ for their tune. I am sure they provide a great tune, but I want to do it myself, and they say that I can blow my motor up really easy blah blah blah. So I'm a little worried about getting into the tuning aspect which is why I started out with the predator programmer.
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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    That sounds like a hell of a friendly club, trying to get
    that kind of money out of members.

    Like any power tool, it's possible to hurt yourself with
    it. But a little sense, decent safety practices and a
    measured approach will let you get the job done and
    keep your fingers. In most cases there's no need to
    experiment, good values can be found in other peoples'
    tune files or for the asking (no $500 here).

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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    hopefully no one on here gets sick of me. I will be asking LOTS of questions, I am going into this blind. Just ordering software, gonna mess around w/ it for a bit then start tuning, and hopefully get some good results. Then I'm doing my first head/cam swap and hopefully i can tune it all out and get it running like it should be.
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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    I started out not knowing anything about tuning other than how to use a HyperTech (which shouldn't be considered tuning in my opinion). I'd say a good 90% of my posts have been questions wondering what this does, or how to do that, etc... That's what we're all here for, to help each other out!
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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    No one is gonna get sick of you. Asking questions is the only way you're going to learn. I hate sometimes how secretive some people (like tuner shops) are about what it is they're doing. They act like it's black magic. I understand they have to make money but at the same time there will always be people that don't want to take it upon themselves to tune their own car.You'll start to get the snowball affect going pretty soon. As soon as you start to get the hang of it it's all downhill after that.
    That's what we're all here for, to help each other out!


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    Re: hp tuners for dummies hear me out...

    Also, don't overestimate the skill required to get a decent tune in place. I'd say most people around here would match it with your average tuner after a month or so of messing around. However, you must have (or have access to) the right tools eg. a WB02 is essential for fuel tuning. And also, learning the signs/sounds of danger (such as knock) is something you will pick up with experience - ie. err on the safe side as your knowledge and experience builds over time.

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