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I PMed Will asking about the differeces between the two are. Here is the result from our always knowledgable moderater.

"Let's see if I can make it clearer without muddying things up even more.

TuneBoy/ TuneEdit is a computer program that lets you hook a cable directly to your ECU and modify the mapping direcly in the ECU. Once you unhook the cable, the modifications you made stay with the bike until you or somebody else changes them. Unlike a Power Commander, you don't have to splice anything into the wiring harness or plug anything new into the bike. TuneBoy also gives you diagnostic capabilities that a Power Commander does not have. The only advantage I can think of for a Power Commander is that you don't have to have a computer next to your bike to put it in. You do need to hook it to a computer to make any adjustments, and neither tool is worth anything unless you put it to use with remaps. The only exception is that you can use TuneBoy to help with maintenance. Also, with TuneBoy, you can load any Triumph map available for your bike into the ECU. You can't do that with a Power Commander. Wayne has all the stock maps available for download on his website.

TuneBoy and the unlock code come from Wayne MacDonald in Austrailia. He and his wife, Emma, are long time Triumph enthusiasts and tuners who just happen to have a lot more talent with computers and energy to put that to use than the rest of us. The website is www.tuneboy.com.au

They are great to deal with, and if you have a problem and email them, chances are you will get a personal response from either Emma or Wayne. You can use the tool through your computer in PC emulation mode to fool a Dynojet into thinking it is writing a map to a Power Commander. It does everything a Power Commander does.

You can use somebody elses cable, but you have to have an unlock code for your specific ECU. If your ECU goes bad, then you need to buy another unlock code, but I have only heard of a couple bad ECUs, and those get replaced under warranty almost immediately since the bike won't work if the ECU is bad from the factory. They just don't go bad over time in my experience, and I have put well over 50K miles on injected Triumphs, including over 45K on one TT600.

So, really, it is a bit incorrect to say that you are buying "a tuneboy." You download the program- he just lets people have it and look at it on his website. Then you buy the cable and the unlock code.

I hope that helps. I really believe in the product. There are those who are just as convinced by Power Commanders. " (Will)

I hope this cleared some things up for you all...it sure did for me.


[ This message was edited by: Aviator2007 on 2006-11-14 20:38 ]
 

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Just wanted to chime in about the PCIII vs. TuneBoy. I've got a 2000 TT600 that ran pretty bad when I got it in April of this year. I went the cheaper route and bought a PC3 for it. After a lot of fiddling around and e-mails to Dynojet, I finally gave up and bought the TuneBoy package. Will's right, Wayne & Emma are awesome people to deal with. They've replied to me so quickly via e-mail that it seemed like I was given top priority.
The TT now runs really, really well. Not perfect yet, but then again I haven't yet balanced the throttles and set the CO, which is something that you can do w/TuneBoy and not with PCIII. Just the savings in dealer charges for things like that make TB well worth the invesment.
 
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