TuneECU For Dummies -Installation Guide and Questions pertaining to Installation - Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums
» Main Menu

Discussion Forums
 » Twins
 » Tiger
 » General
 » RAT

Features
 » Blogs

Motorcycle.com Links

Contribute
 » Photo

Motorcycle Forums
» Insurance
» Sponsors
» Our Partners
»ATV Reviews
»Motorcycle Games

ECM and FI Tuning - Help, Tips & Tricks We invite members from across TriumphRat.net to post your questions, or share your expertise or experiences on TuneBoy, TuneECU and PowerCommander (etc).

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-31-2012, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2007 Triumph Speed Triple
 
Ebster1085's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 530
Post TuneECU For Dummies -Installation Guide and Questions pertaining to Installation

This thread is for anyone who wants to begin using TuneECU and would like to avoid any potential confusion. It may come easy for some and work flawlessly the first time around, but for others, including myself, you may run into issues that can become major headaches.

So, if you want the idiots guide to using TuneECU, these are the steps you should follow:

1. Download The Software: You can download the newest version of TuneECU here:

https://www.box.com/shared/pusg6v7nyd

I recommend after you download and unzip the file, you save the application directly to the C drive. Also make sure there is a copy of the TuneLibrary.dll to the C drive as well. TuneECU needs this in order to operate and will be part of the download.

2. Download The Drivers: You will need a specific set of FTDI drivers for the cable you will buy, and you can download those here:

http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/D2XX.htm

Make sure you download the correct drivers for whatever operating system you are running. If you are unsure whether you have a 32 or 64 bit OS, you can find this by right clicking on My Computer and viewing properties.

Although your cable may come with a driver installation disc, and although Windows can connect to the internet to find suitable drivers automatically, you NEED to use the drivers from the previous link. Download the drivers, create a folder in your C drive (I named mine "TuneECU Drivers") and save the driver files to that location.

3.Buying A Cable: I think most will agree with me that the biggest cause for problems with using TuneECU is getting hold of a non compatible cable. You may hear others talk about a cheap eBay or Amazon cable they used with success, but you don't necessarily know what you are getting when you buy from these vendors. The only cable I or anyone else will be able to 100% say will work with absolute certainty is this one:

http://www.lonelec.co.uk/index.php?m...products_id=32

Regardless of what anyone tells you, I highly recommend you buy this cable and not have to worry about another one potentially not working. Trust me, its not worth it!

4. Installing Drivers: Once you get the cable, this is how you will install the drivers. First ensure you are not connected to the internet by disconnecting any hardlines you may have and disabling wireless. Then plug in the cable to your laptop. Windows will try to install drivers, but do not allow it to connect to the internet by saying no to that option and clicking "manually install" drivers. Then you will browse files on your computer and point Windows to the folder location where you saved the driver files.

On my computer, installation wizard never actually appeared, so I had to do it all manually. Simply go into devices and printers in the control panel, and you will see the USB device plugged in. Double click on it to open it. Go to the hardware tab, and then click on properties, and then change settings. Then go to the driver tab, and click update drivers. Again, tell windows you want to manually browse, and point windows to the file location where you saved the drivers.

Once you do this, you should get a message saying the drivers were updated correctly. You will then get another message saying that windows could not install the drivers. No need to worry, this is windows trying to install driver software for the serial port you are using with the cable. Again, go into devices and printers, click hardware, and now you will see two items, the USB converter which you just updated, and a serial port. Double click on the serial port, and follow the same instructions as above to update the port with the FTDI drivers.

While you are doing all this, I also recommend you turn off VCP for the driver as it is unnecessary and could potentially interfere with your ability to connect. With the cable plugged in, go to devices and printers, double click on the USB converter, click on the converter, click on properties, go to the advanced tab, and unclick VCP.

5. Finding A Tune: You can find a tune you want for your specific model number (based on vin number) from here:

http://www.tomhamburg.net/Tune_List.html

Create a folder in your C drive, I named mine "TuneECU maps" and save whatever tune you plan on using here. In addition to the tunes from the TuneECU page above, you can share others with friends and forum members. Save all to the same location for ease of use.

6. Connecting: To connect to the bike, do the following. First, make sure any antivirus programs on your laptop are disabled and that the lap top is connected to a power source. Also, turn off any screen savers or sleep mode settings, and go into power settings and ensure the screen never dims and the computer never enters sleep mode when its plugged in. Then open up the TuneECU program from where it is saved on the C drive. Turn off the autoconnect feature of TuneECU by clicking on the options download and unclicking autoconnect. Then plug in the cable to the same USB port where you had it when you installed the drivers. Pull off the seat on your bike. Plug your bike into the tender. Remove the headlight fuse only (# 8 for the speed triple) Then connect the other end of the cable to the OBDII connector. You will have to then have the key to turned to the on position, and the kill switch to the run position, and you should be all set. Do not start the bike.

In TuneECU click on the ECU dropdown, and then connect. You should see blinking red light in the lower right hand corner which means its initializing. If all is correct, it should then turn yellow and then green as it connects and authenticates. Once connected, your vin number will appear as well as a battery icon which shows voltage.

At this point, you want to read the OEM map off the bike and save a copy. Click the ECU dropdown, and then read map. This will take some time. For me it took longer than 20 mins and I left my computer which is why you want all screen savers, sleep modes, or screen dimmers shut off. Once it reads successfully, the OEM map will populate the screen,. Save a copy of this map by clicking the file dropdown, and save map file. You will want to save a copy of this tune to the folder where you have others tunes stored.

Once you have saved the OEM map, you can download the new map of your choice. Open up the map you want by clicking the file dropdown, and then open file. Open the map you want from the folder you created. Once it is open, click on the ECU dropdown, and then download. This will begin the download process and if all the above steps were followed, you should be all set!

7. Troubleshooting: If you encounter a failed download, or timed out scenario, there is a good chance it is because you didn't listen to my cable recommendation above and went with something else. No worries, now you just need to order the correct Lonelec cable and wait for it to be delivered from England which can take up to 7 business days. In other words, get this one to begin things and avoid any trouble.

Just know that after a failed download scenario, you will NEED to have a map opened up in the TuneECU program when you go to reconnect to the bike or it will NOT initiate the recovery mode. With the map of your choice open, and the cable connected, try to connect, and then click OK when the recovery option is offered. This will recover the ECU, or in other words, download whatever map you have open in the TuneECU screen, onto the bike, and you will be all set!

8. After The Download: Once you download a new map onto the bike, you will have to reset adaptations to get the bike ready to run correctly with the new map. Do this by going into the test pane, and clicking reset adaptions, then ok when prompted. You will get a message on the bottom of the screen saying it was done successfully.

Once you do this, then start the bike, and with never applying any throttle, let it idle until the fan kicks on, and then let it go for another 12 mins to complete the 12 minute tune which is when the bike will re adapt to the new maps for idle settings. You should see the TPS indicator light turn green again (if you have a Kiehin ECU -ed) which means it has completed the idle adaptation process.

Then go out and ride! As you ride the bike through the rev ranges and such, it will continue to learn and adapt to the new map.

Hope I didn't forget anything, and I tried to keep this user guide as short and to the point as possible. If I can help anyone avoid the troubles that I ran into, it will all be worth it.
__________________
LSL Damper OES Sliders Sunline Shifter MIVV CF Slip On K&N Air Filter FH012AA R/R Stoltec Starter Cables The2Wheels Levers Rick's Hotshot Stator Samco Hoses RK Chain & Sprockets

Last edited by Ebster1085; 09-01-2012 at 06:14 PM.
Ebster1085 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-01-2012, 02:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
Lifetime Premium
Site Supporter
Legend
Main Motorcycle: 2009 Bonneville SE
 
Forchetto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Asturias, Spain
Posts: 14,264
Other Motorcycle: Yamaha XV1100
Extra Motorcycle: Qingqi QM200GY-BA
Thank you. A sensible, informative post amidst all the nonsense and waffle we've been reading on this section lately...
Forchetto is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2012, 02:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: Triumph Speed Triple 1050
 
Tom_Hamburg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Germany
Posts: 691
Other Motorcycle: Triumph Rocket Roadster
Ebster1085, good post

small supplement, the current version of the software (TuneECU) can be downloaded also here.

BR, Tom
__________________
Tom_Hamburg is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2012, 02:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2007 Triumph Speed Triple
 
Ebster1085's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 530
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forchetto View Post
Thank you. A sensible, informative post amidst all the nonsense and waffle we've been reading on this section lately...
Haha, thanks! Is that a poke at my other thread about the troubles I was having with the software? :P

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom_Hamburg View Post
Ebster1085, good post

small supplement, the current version of the software (TuneECU) can be downloaded also here.

BR, Tom
Thanks Tom. You and Alain are awesome and we are all really lucky to have such a great tuning option and awesome support at our fingertips!
__________________
LSL Damper OES Sliders Sunline Shifter MIVV CF Slip On K&N Air Filter FH012AA R/R Stoltec Starter Cables The2Wheels Levers Rick's Hotshot Stator Samco Hoses RK Chain & Sprockets
Ebster1085 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
Lifetime Premium
Site Supporter
Commentator
Main Motorcycle: 06 ST, BOTM, 09-10 BOTY
 
oldndumb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 9,047
Other Motorcycle: 05SV1K, 2012 Ducati M1100
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ebster1085 View Post
Haha, thanks! Is that a poke at my other thread about the troubles I was having with the software? :P
Not trying to speak for Forchetto, but I expect that he is not alluding to you. Your posts have been sensible. Quite obvious you are not impaired while posting.....unlike __________.

Thanks for taking the time to write up and post your guide. Very well written.
__________________
Oldndumb
Caveat lector
oldndumb is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-01-2012, 06:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2007 Triumph Speed Triple
 
Ebster1085's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 530
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldndumb View Post
Not trying to speak for Forchetto, but I expect that he is not alluding to you. Your posts have been sensible. Quite obvious you are not impaired while posting.....unlike __________.

Thanks for taking the time to write up and post your guide. Very well written.
No, I know the type of posts he was referring to. Was just joshing with that comment. Poor posting etiquette, or even worse, dumb posts, have always been a pet peeve of mine as well.

Thanks for the compliment on the guide. Hopefully it can help others from running into potential issues in the future
__________________
LSL Damper OES Sliders Sunline Shifter MIVV CF Slip On K&N Air Filter FH012AA R/R Stoltec Starter Cables The2Wheels Levers Rick's Hotshot Stator Samco Hoses RK Chain & Sprockets
Ebster1085 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-05-2012, 05:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
Senior Member
SuperStock
Main Motorcycle: 2010 Speed Triple
 
davebullet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 263
Other Motorcycle: SV650
Excellent! May I add the following which I wrote when I accidentally didn't disconnect from the ECU and the bike wouldn't start. It's a real step by step instruction to download a new map to your ECU

These instructions were used on a 2010 NJ2 Speed Triple 1050.

You don't need any tools. Remove your seat and the ECU cable connector is just sitting in front of the fusebox (behind the tank)

Start laptop
Plug cable into laptop
Start TuneECU - select the map view / edit mode
Plug cable into bike
Pull headlight and tailight fuses (save battery - Keihin ECUs don't like a voltage drop). The 2 fuses are marked on the underside of the fusebox cover. 20amp and 5 amp respectively
Turn on ignition (do not start bike)
Select Connect from TuneECU menu (it may auto-connect)
On the TuneECU menu - Read your map (this backs up your ECU's current map on the bike)
File -> Open your new map file
Select download to the bike - this takes about 1 - 2 minutes
When finished - select disconnect from the menu. This is important you do this before turning off the ignition as it "closes" the program mode on the ECU (mistake I made)
After TuneECU disconnects - Turn off the ignition
Put fuses back in
Wait 10 - 15 seconds
Turn on ignition
Reconnect with TuneECU
Select Reset Adaptation (takes about 30 seconds for the menu item to come selectable as TuneECU connects).
Once reset and with Tune ECU still connected - start your bike. Make sure you don't touch / twist the throttle - just thumb the starter until she fires (get your grubby hand off the throttle grip ok? :-)
Watch the TPS indicator at the bottom left corner of the TuneECU screen. When it goes green (after about 5 - 12 minutes bike has to come to temp etc....) the ECU has baselined the TPS
Disconnect ECU on the menu
Turn off bike
Disconnect computer from bike
davebullet is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-02-2012, 09:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
New Member
Minitwins
Main Motorcycle: Kawasaki ZXR400
 
Tricky ST's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Narnia
Posts: 19
Other Motorcycle: 2011 Speed Triple,
I would like to thank Ebster for his easy instructions which resulted in a perfect procedure. Two points I would like to add though.
1. Don't forget to replace the headlight fuse before trying to start the bike. I tried for a good five minutes before realising
2. Triumph seem to use map 10466 as standard for the Arrow low boy system which is for 91 RON fuel and resulted on too much popping and farting for my liking. I replaced this with the 10465 map, which is a lot better.
Also, the dealer originally mapped the bike and got it back out on the parking lot in about 20 minutes, so there's no way they could have waited for the diagnostic stages to complete before giving it back to me. Just a word of note for anyone in the future who is letting a dealer do the rap
Tricky ST is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-02-2012, 10:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2007 Triumph Speed Triple
 
Ebster1085's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 530
You got it man, glad I was able to help!

Good point on the headlight fuse. It's a safety feature to not be able to start the bike without the fuse. I actually did the same thing my first time around!
__________________
LSL Damper OES Sliders Sunline Shifter MIVV CF Slip On K&N Air Filter FH012AA R/R Stoltec Starter Cables The2Wheels Levers Rick's Hotshot Stator Samco Hoses RK Chain & Sprockets
Ebster1085 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 10-02-2012, 10:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
Senior Member
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2011 Triumph Sprint GT
 
JohnD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.
Posts: 692
Other Motorcycle: '08 Kawasaki Concours 14
Ebster,

Great step-by-step post. Thanks for the time you put into this.
JohnD is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter your valid email address, that can receive an automated confirmation message. Otherwise, you won't be able to gain full access.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oversize valve guide installation 1943MB Classic, Vintage & Veteran 4 04-07-2014 10:58 PM
Rizoma Zero turn signals installation for the dummies? Max_NYC Speed Triple Forum 19 05-29-2011 07:10 PM
Exhaust Installation Guide? Existence_Inc Twins Technical Talk 4 04-07-2010 10:14 PM
Film a R&G Installation Guide? Tattoed Red Head Sprint Forum 0 01-18-2009 08:12 PM
Which ARK? And the Installation Guide? rstover Twins Technical Talk 10 03-13-2007 09:24 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:00 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum Ducati Scrambler Forum

Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.