Perhaps, yes. For sure we've been doing it longer than anybody else.
The easy to use, professional level "Best Power" EC997 dyne systems consistently "out-tune" dealership level dynojet similar dynos that "tune to an AFR".
|Fuel Injection Tuning, custom|
The 848 is AWESOME!
And people travel hundreds of miles to
take advantage of our Ducati tuning services.
Wheelsmith (Factory Pro's R&D section) has a lot of experience tuning Ducatis. Almost 30 years.
Starting in the "old days" of chip tuning -
Factory Pro developed 748r and 996 SPS specific chips that worked
well at both full throttle / 3000 rpm and also part throttle / high
rpm all without disconnecting injectors. Even Ducati couldn't fix
In the new bikes, Factory Pro assisted Tuneboy in testing initial software and hardware for reflashing the stock ECU. Some Tuneboy apps work well.
Currently on the non DTC 848, the most common method of tuning and my suggestion, is with a Microtec replacement ecu. The Microtecs come with maps that probably worked well on the bike they were developed on, but isn't likely to be perfect for any another bike - but at least it will run.
A custom tuned Microtec equipped 848 is silky smooth and with tweaks to the mapping that makes initial throttle application much smoother and then pull harder than the "supplied, generic Microtec mapping". It's simply not possible to expect that every 848 wants the same mapping.
Why Wheelsmith / Factory Pro Tuning?
A lot of dyno facilities just use a $50 wideband O2 sensor and tune to some "Air Fuel Ratio" (you can blame dynojet for that) - but a few dyno facilities will actually test different throttle positions and rpms for "Best Power" and factor that with "Engine Smoothness" for optimal fuel and ignition settings. A smooth, strong running engine with excellent throttle lead-in are the primary goals and result.
Factory Pro uses the EC997 dyno and either a 4 gas or 5 gas analyzer. The EC997 easily reads both Realtime HP and torque and all the gas readings. Fuel and ignition are modified at each point and based on the multiple gas values, fuel and ignition are changed to empirically derive "Best Power" mapping. It's a far superior method than tuning the engine to "some AFR" and calling it a day.
Is it superior the "tuning to an AFR"? Well, yes - Factory Pro was the unbiased choice of privateer AMA teams and the choice of Vesrah racing and Michael Jordan Motorsports.
If you want tuning beyond dealership level "AFR tuning", give us a call 415 472 4962, 9-5, (San Francisco time), M-F or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep the suspense down, a Microtec ecu is about $1000 and tuning is $775. Takes about an hour to install and 3 to 5 hours to tune.
In comparison, a pc3 or pc5 is about $380 and tuning (fuel only) is $375 - but you can't get anything like the power and drivability results attained with a custom tuned Microtec by Factory Pro.
To keep all that smooth power going to the tire, don't neglect the Pro Shift Kit (below)
With Microtec as compared with the map that the Microtec dealer provided
From: Jason Pham
|Pro Shift Kit - shift quicker and easier and vitrually eliminate missed shift - easier to find neutral, too.|
Pro Shift Kit
Love the bike?
The AMA proven Factorini Provente Shift Kit is now available for the Ducati.
Factorini Provente designed and manufactured Hybrid Ceramic Microbearing Detent Arm and F-Pro designed Detent Spring will firm up the shift feel and virtually eliminates missed shifts - both upshifting and downshifting and neutral is easier to find.
quicker. Misses fewer shifts.
Factorini Provente Microbearing Detent Arm and F-Pro Detent Spring.
Installation: Less than 2 hours to install with impact wrench and large socket set.
Can I install it myself? Yes - If you can remove the clutch basket assembly, you can do this.
2010 Sept 16 Bob Hunter wrote
Good positive feel to all gears up and down, biggest improvement is selecting neutral, far better than stock.
I can highly recommend the upgrade.
San Rafael's Michael Aron's 749
06 16 06 10pm
After PC3 tuned to Best Power on an EC997 dyno -
The Tuning Dyno
Note nice, even, undisturbed surface on tire after running on Factory Pro EC997 dyno's patented High Traction drive roller - a far cry from what a high hp bike's tires looks like on a dealership level dyno's knurled drive roller after a loaded sweep test.
Michael Aron's 749 06 16 06 mojotown.com
Feedback 06 19 06
Hi Michael - Not a bad performance
for a stock bike with a pipe on it - Good job! I usually don't
work till midnight on a "school night". The content managed site sounds
like a good idea. Marc
This is what you call the "working" dyno room.
Some of the industry's most effective carburetion, tuning and dynamometer patents came from this very room - Many, many hours spent in here.......
The "pretty" dyno cell is in the other building. <smile!>
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Better because we use 'em and test 'em and develop 'em every day.
Why, just last night (06/20/06), we developed an even quicker and more accurate programming routine for the EC997's realtime hp readout for tuning those critical part throttle settings (in-town cruise for street riders and high rpm / part throttle / on/off for the race and track day riders).
We are still the ONLY dyno company who trains
people to tune to realtime tenth hp accuracy. Most of the rest "sell"
dynos as a profit line item.
Still stomps all over "tuned to an af ratio" commonly(!) by 3 to 4 True hp power levels at part throttle.
Almost 1/4 of our local EC997's work is retuning power commanders from San Francisco, Ca area dealership level dyno "af ratio tuning" to optimal EC997 Best Power maps for better power and better engine smoothness.
|Best Power Ducati Tuning
For the absolute best Ducati tuning,
your local Factory Pro Tuning Center
can tune your 749's power commander or other "mappable device" to Best
Power using the EC997 dyno's Realtime HP readout. Realtime HP Readout
allows quick changes so that engine temps aren't wildly varying during
the test, unlike the painful, tire damaging, loaded sweep tests that
dealership level dynos do when they "tune to an af ratio".
That's a simple fact that many upper
level tuners know - Though it's surprising how many duc "specialists"
aren't aware they could be doing even better.
Not all Factory Pro Centers are Ducati savvy, so be sure to call and talk about your duc first -
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