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Engine Management: Advanced Tuning

Engine Management: Advanced Tuning

by Greg Banish
Engine Management: Advanced Tuning

Engine Management: Advanced Tuning

by Greg Banish


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As tools for tuning modern engines have become more powerful and sophisticated in recent years, the need for in-depth knowledge of engine management systems and tuning techniques has grown. Tuning engines can be a mysterious art, all engines need a precise balance of fuel, air, and timing in order to reach their true performance potential.

This book explains how the EFI system determines engine operation and how the calibrator can change the controlling parameters to optimize actual engine performance. Engine Management: Advanced Tuning takes engine-tuning techniques to the next level. It is a must-have for tuners and calibrators and a valuable resource for anyone who wants to make horsepower with a fuel-injected, electronically controlled engine.

Author Greg Banish is a calibration engineer with extensive aftermarket performance calibration experience. He has a BSME from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (Kettering University). With over a thousand unique calibrations performed over five years, he has worked with enthusiasts and OEMs alike to improve the performance and driving behavior of a wide range of vehicles.

The book contains detailed equations, graphs, and illustrations. Also included are valuable and practical examples, including real-world examples based upon the author's experience that will help more advanced readers apply this new information to situations that are commonly seen during calibration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932494426
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Series: Performance How-To Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 188,913
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Greg Banish is a powertrain calibration engineer for one of the world's largest auto manufacturers where his daily routine includes reviewing engine performance and emissions data using the latest in industry technologies. He also operates Calibrated Success, Inc. (, a consulting and training firm where he works with some of the top names in the performance industry and teaches classes across the country.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
About the Author 4
Chapter 1: Introduction 5
Chapter 2: The Basics 10
4 Cycles of an Engine 11
Air and Fuel 13
Chapter 3: The Goold Ol’ Days 19
Carburetion 19
Timing 21
Cam Timing 21
Chapter 4: Taking Measure 23
Throttle Position 23
Coolant Temperature 24
Air-Inlet Temperature 25
Manifold-Surface Temperature 25
Mass Air Flow 25
Manifold Pressure 29
Barometric Pressure 30
Crank/Cam Position 30
Rail Pressure 30
System Voltage 31
Oxygen Sensors 31
Knock Sensors 34
Chapter 5: Outputs 35
Fuel Injectors 35
Ignition 38
Fuel Pump 40
Throttle/ETC/Fly by Wire 41
Idle Air Control 44
Runner Controls 45
Cam Controls 45
Boost Control 46
Chapter 6: “The Recipe” 47
Modeling Airflow 48
Mass Air Flow 49
Speed Density 50
Fuel Delivery 51
Picking a Ratio 52
Transients and Modifiers 53
Correction Factors 55
Chapter 7: Ignition 56
Burn Rate 57
“Blancing the Players” 60
Chapter 8: Data Logging 62
Know Your Load 64
Chapter 9: Getting into the Zip Code 68
Mass Air Flow Modeling 70
MAF Scaling 71
Speed Density Airflow Modeling 72
Spark Advance 73
Chapter 10: Settling Down 77
Dashpot 79
Chapter 11: More Power 80
Chapter 12: Polising a Sculpture 85
Integrating Fuel Maps 85
Integrating Spark maps 85
Tip-In Ignition 86
Deceleration 87
Closing the Loop (or not?) 87
Choosing Cam/Runner Timing 88
Choosing a Shift Point 89
Almost Done 89
Chapter 13: Forced Induction 90
Centrifugal Superchargers 91
Positive Displacement Superchargers 93
Turbochargers 95
Nitrous Oxide 98
Chapter 14: Conclusion 102
Appendix A: Ford Tuning 104
Examples 106
Appendix B: GM Tuning 111
Examples 114
Appendix C: Standalone EFI Systems 118
Accel DFI 119
F.A.S.T. 120
AEM 121
MegaSquirt 122
Electromotive TEC3r 122
Appendix D: INCA OEM Calibration Tool 123
Appendix E: External Controllers 124
Electronic Ignition Boxes 124
VAFC/MAF Adjusters 125
Piggyback Controllers 125
Auxiliary Injector Control 126
Hobbs Switches 126
Mechanical Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulators 126
The FMU 127
Manual Boost Controllers and Wastegates 127
Exhaust Cutouts 128

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