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    • EcuTek flex fuel tuning software coming for all BMW S55 motors on the factory DME along with on the fly map switching

      Flex fuel tuning as you know allows your ECU to adjust for the fuel quality you are running on the fly. Let's assume you fill up with pump E85 ethanol that ethanol content is not always 85% and it varies throughout the the year. Flex fuel will adjust your tune for said ethanol content.


      It works the same if you blend ethanol with pump gas or pour in race gas for that matter.

      EcuTek software will support full flex fuel integration with the factory S55 DME which will apply to the F80 M3, F82 M4, and F87 M2 Competition models.

      You will also be able to use your cruise control stalk to change maps on the fly. If you want a valet mode for example or an aggressive map for Ignite Red fuel. Whatever, EcuTek will be able to accomodate.

      This certainly separates EcuTek from the pack.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: EcuTek flex fuel tuning software coming for all BMW S55 motors on the factory DME along with on the fly map switching started by Sticky View original post
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      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Awesome feature to have!!! This should attract a lot of customers. I wish EcuTek allowed end-user map editing, then I would probably be a buyer.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        I wish EcuTek allowed end-user map editing
        They don't? Doesn't their RaceRom let you do that?
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        I believe you can buy a license now and self edit but I may be wrong. But they do that so they can ensure only vetted tuners can tune cars and you don't see these garbage Instagram tuners blowing motors left and right.

        Oh man wait till they release their launch control, and they already have on the fly map switching.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F87Source Click here to enlarge
        But they do that so they can ensure only vetted tuners can tune cars and you don't see these garbage Instagram tuners blowing motors left and right.
        Monster point that needs to be highlighted.
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F87Source Click here to enlarge
        I believe you can buy a license now and self edit but I may be wrong. But they do that so they can ensure only vetted tuners can tune cars and you don't see these garbage Instagram tuners blowing motors left and right.
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Monster point that needs to be highlighted.
        Not sure why that is an issue. It’s not up to the software MFR to police the tuners and end-users. It’s a “use at your own risk” situation and customers need to do some research on their tuner of choice. HPTuners has way more capabilities on it’s supported platforms than any BMW tuning software out there, but HPTuners allows anyone who buys their software to use it the way they want. We can’t blame ECUTek, BM3, Cobb, TunerPro, etc. for what crap tuners do with their software, and they shouldn’t feel like they need to restrict it’s usage. I’d like to see more people take tuning into their own hands so we can learn / teach what works best on the modern BMW platforms.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        Not sure why that is an issue. It’s not up to the software MFR to police the tuners and end-users. It’s a “use at your own risk” situation and customers need to do some research on their tuner of choice.
        This is what separates professional tuning outfits and established companies from amateur operations.

        Do you tell people who get food poisoning they should have tested their food first and not expected the market/restaurant to provide fresh/clean food?
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        We can’t blame ECUTek, BM3, Cobb, TunerPro, etc. for what crap tuners do with their software, and they shouldn’t feel like they need to restrict it’s usage.
        No, we don't blame them for the tuner but you should blame them for just allowing anyone to call themselves a tuner. There must be a screening process.
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        That would be like expecting Snap-On to only sell tools to ďrealĒ mechanics. Itís not their job to filter out the trash, and itís not up to them to determine what the people using their tools call themselves on Facebook or Instagram.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        That would be like expecting Snap-On to only sell tools to “real” mechanics. It’s not their job to filter out the trash
        That's different. These are physical tools you are referencing. This is software to specifically be used on a car. Hammering a nail is a task pretty much anyone can do. ECU tuning requires a specialist.

        If someone uses Snap On tools and destroys something of yours they sure are liable. But maybe you should have gone with someone licensed and bonded just like maybe you should have gone with a professional tuning outfit...
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        If someone uses Snap On tools and destroys something of yours they sure are liable. But maybe you should have gone with someone licensed and bonded just like maybe you should have gone with a professional tuning outfit...
        Exactly; the blame lies with the person using the tools (or software), not the company that supplied the tools (or software). If they’re concerned about “tooners” blowing up other people’s cars, then they can just lock the editor to one VIN.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        Exactly; the blame lies with the person using the tools (or software), not the company that supplied the tools (or software).
        You missed my point which is there is a difference in the type of tool supplied. If a medical supply company just provides anesthetic or tools for surgery to someone who is not supposed to be using them they sure can be held liable.

        Certain things are restricted, right?

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        If they’re concerned about “tooners” blowing up other people’s cars, then they can just lock the editor to one VIN.
        You're making excuses for a company not doing due diligence while another is.
      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You missed my point which is there is a difference in the type of tool supplied. If a medical supply company just provides anesthetic or tools for surgery to someone who is not supposed to be using them they sure can be held liable.

        Certain things are restricted, right?



        You're making excuses for a company not doing due diligence while another is.
        Yes, in a matter of life and death, some things are restricted. Tuning software is not that critical. What about buying brake pads? Should that be restricted? That could lead to a much more dangerous outcome if the work is not done properly.

        Also, Iím not making excuses for anyone, Iím just saying if it makes them sleep better at night knowing their software isnít being used by Instagram tumers to blow up peopleís engines, then they can VIN lock it. Personally, I donít think itís necessary.

        Iím not sure why we want to hold the software companies in the BMW market to different standards than the software companies in other markets.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        I’m not sure why we want to hold the software companies in the BMW market to different standards than the software companies in other markets.
        Because BMW's aren't cell phones and a bit harder to replace?

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Eleventeen Click here to enlarge
        Yes, in a matter of life and death, some things are restricted. Tuning software is not that critical. What about buying brake pads? Should that be restricted? That could lead to a much more dangerous outcome if the work is not done properly.
        It doesn't have to be lie and death to be a matter of professional responsibility.

        Regardless, we do have companies that go further than others in screening out people who could damage your car. That's a good thing.
      1. F87Source's Avatar
        F87Source -
        I don't think you guys need to worry, they may be releasing a tune it yourself kit soon like for the brz. Currently a few vendors are selling it for the m4 with a tuning license included.

        But the thing is though they offer a tuning search cloud in the app to search for authorized resellers or certified tuners for those that can't self tune, or want a real tune by a certified tuner and use the self tune licence for small tweaks.

        This cloud feature ensures you can find a legit tuner and not end up with those BS Instagram/forum tuners that get super high praise from idiots that know nothing about tuning but feel their car is faster and believing that's all that matters, and eventually resulting in a blown motor from bad timing curves and lean afrs. Or if you find a local tuner you can check if they're legit through ecutek.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F87Source Click here to enlarge
        I don't think you guys need to worry, they may be releasing a tune it yourself kit soon like for the brz. Currently a few vendors are selling it for the m4 with a tuning license included.
        There is big news coming.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by F87Source Click here to enlarge
        This cloud feature ensures you can find a legit tuner and not end up with those BS Instagram/forum tuners that get super high praise from idiots that know nothing about tuning but feel their car is faster and believing that's all that matters, and eventually resulting in a blown motor from bad timing curves and lean afrs.
        This is exactly what I'm saying.