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Old 09-23-2004, 01:01 PM   #1
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Mcnews automotives Diablosport CMR custom tuning

As many of you know, last weekend I held a dyno day G2G at mcnews automotive. The event was great and we all had a good time. We dynod some of the more well known members rides on this site, like sublime, lil_redzx3 and zx3_chick and vassili95.

What this topic is about however is mcnews Diablo CMR custom tuning. Mcnews has recently begun tuning with the Chipmaster revolution tuning software, they also use SCT but PREFER the CMR tuning.

The Chipmaster Revolution Tuning software can do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING the SCT software can. All of the options available for the SCT chips can also be had in the CMR chips.

Its mcnews belief that the only way to truly benefit from an aftermarket chip, is to have it tuned on the dyno. Many shops charge outrageous fees for dyno time in addition to expenses for the chip etc. Mcnews has come up with a way to tune a chip on the dyno that best serves the focus community.

Mcnews offers focus customers a complete CMR tuning package.

Package 1 uses a standard single bank chip and costs $ 300.00

Package 2 uses a switch chip with multiple banks and costs $ 325.00


*Here is a run down of how it works:

*Your car is placed on the dyno.

*Mcnews connects datalogging software to your car via a laptop computer.

*They make a few runs to get a baseline on your car.

*Mcnews then burns a chip based on your ECU code and begins tuning from there.

*Mcnews continues making adjustments until your car is completely tuned.

There are 2 things to consider when going in for tuning. First you will have to remove your ECU and clean the contacts for the chip. Mcnews can do this for you for a minimum labor charge. Second, when tuning your car, cam gear tuning isnt included. If you wish to tune your cam gears you can, but it will carry a separate dyno fee, cam gear tuning is $ 100.00

We had a chance at the dyno day to see ray mcnew in action as he tuned one of my customers cars. It was a 2001 SE sedan with a zetec and manual trans.

He had the following mods: MAC intake, Focus Central 65mm throttle body, Crower stage 2 cams, Ford Racing cam gears, Ford racing UDP, Focus Central race header, Trubendz 2.5 flexpipe and a Borla SVT cat back exhaust system.

His initial runs had whp and wtq in the mid 130s range.

After cam gear tuning was complete, ray began with the standard program for antonios ZYF5 ECU code. Right off the bat he picked up 2 whp and 2 wtq just from the base program.

Ray then went in and began to tune the car and clean up the air/fuel ratio.

After 2 hours of tuning antonios car ended up with:

139 whp and 138 wtq SAE correction factor

143 whp and 142 wtq STD correction factor

Also, antonios car had a vacuum leak which was playing havoc with the a/f ratios. So a bit more power is possible.

Lastly, his car was running regular fuel, yes I said REGULAR fuel. There was no aggressive ignition timing for 93 octane fuel.

Overall he picked up about 8 whp and 5 wtq thru the entire RPM range from a fairly mild custom tune.

[A note on dyno correction factors. Dynojet software uses 2 different correction factors, SAE and STD. SAE correction more accurate and takes a few more variables into account. STD correction shows higher #s. Many dyno shops use STD correction so their customers get to see a higher output #.]


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Old 09-23-2004, 01:05 PM   #2
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Wow, that is awsome, so everything would run around, $400 to $500?? (Doing everything listed, I mean, with Option 2)
Sounds worth it though. And specially from someone that we know and has a good rep, which makes it even better. Nice.
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Old 09-23-2004, 01:08 PM   #3
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That will actually be my next course instead of the Pipercross after I get the cams and gears in. Then let's see what the little ATX cann hold. And tell Ray my wife wants hers done too.
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Wow, that is awsome, so everything would run around, $400 to $500?? (Doing everything listed, I mean, with Option 2)
Sounds worth it though. And specially from someone that we know and has a good rep, which makes it even better. Nice.
The chip tune is $ 325.00 including dyno time.

The cam gear tuning would be $ 100.00.

So a completely tuned setup would run $ 425 with a flip chip, $ 400 with a standard chip.
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Can't beat that with a stick. Plus you get the butt dyno effect on the way home!
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Thats excellent pricing, considering most tunes run 400 by themselves not considering dyno time.
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Old 09-23-2004, 02:31 PM   #7
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I saw Ray at work with Antonio's car....really impressive.

Soon as I am finished with my bolt-on mods....I'm going to McNews for the Chip and Tune!

Great info Jeff!

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it would be posible to tune a car that is not in the US...
i have no way to tune it other than adjust the cams...
but i would like a chip and i woulnt know if i'm getting the max power of my car...
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Unfortunately joel, I think your only option is a mail order chip.

You could contact ray and seek his advice.
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now when does this offer end? thats the question, if i was back in nyc i would jump on this deal right away but i wont be back till mid dec :(
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