THE TOURING TUNER.
Tuning a car is something that has been happening around Australia since
the dawn of time… Or at least since people wanted more power and torque from
their motor vehicle.
From a tickle up in the garage on your EH changing jets & power valves. Right
through to modifying the intake pipes on your HQ increasing intake airflow to the
This is something I like many of you rev heads have grown up with, except in my case the EH was
turbo charged and EFI, the 490 big block Ford was a Blown Alcohol and in a drag
boat and the HQ…. Well that was a HQ raced in the "HQ Racing Series".
(We still work with HQ's to this day.)
However the tuning was carried out on a Dyno, to accurately measure not
only A.F.R’s but intake and exhaust flow, ignition timing and acceleration.
This was a must even in the early 90’s.
Fast forward 27 years and it’s 2017. Dyno shops are no longer rare or
hard to come by, every second workshop is a Performance shop and even
some tyre shops you will find have a dyno on site.
Dyno’s are now understood and needed as an important piece of
equipment for even the most basic tuning or diagnostic workshop.
This is due to the advancement in technology with some late model vehicles
having 7 different computers to run different operations. E.C.U’s have
advanced to the point where you can no longer “listen and smell” to tune a
vehicle. (This exact quote was used by a customer the other day to
describe the only accurate way to tune an Austin Healey)….Neither can
you trust the expert standing
on the fence of a race track saying well that thing "sounds lean." Even
after over 1 million dyno runs, I rely on my $15k AFR meter, it’s the only
real way of telling rich from lean!! ….. Well that’s my professional opinion.
So with this knowledge in mind we can sit down and agree that Live tuning
a vehicle on the dyno is the most accurate way to tune all vehicles, old or
From a 1933 roadster to a 2017 Toyota Landcruiser watching and
measuring what you manipulate LIVE is the only way.
This of course brings me to the point of the touring tuner, we have seen
many of these guys getting around. They use an internet based forum and
advertise where they will be, what they can tune, and when.
Quite a few of these guys popped up when LS1 edit, (this is one of the
very first LS GM tuning software to become available). They would travel
around town or up and down the east coast of Australia offering their
tuning expertise. (I use that term loosely.)
Now aside from the fact that most of these guys meet you at a Coles
carpark, or service station… or even the hotel where they are staying for a
couple of nights… It brings to light so many questions.
of knowlege and are switched on blokes who own their own shops
and are very capable of tuning with the right equipment. )
I am not saying these people do not know what they are doing, nor am I
saying they are not skilled. I am just trying to give you guys, the consumers
some advice and some questions to ask.
From my vantage point in the industry I see people come and go all the
time, I hear horror stories and hear some very tall tales.
Protect yourself and your asset, ask questions and be sure that the people
who you see to tune your vehicles tune are trained, qualified, know what
they are doing & are using the correct equipment.
Learn from other people’s mistakes, do it right the first time.