How To Dyno Tune Your Vehicle For The Race Track

Dyno tuning is one of the most effective ways to improve the performance of your vehicle. Typically, it involves the use of a dynamometer to measure the performance of your car and tweak the ECU controls. Below is an excerpt discussing how you can dyno tune your vehicle for the race track. 

Understand Your Engine

Conduct thorough background research to determine the limits of your engine. Car blogs and internet reviews can be vital sources of this information. It may be tempting to go guns blazing as you tune the engine. However, remember that the tune has to be functional regardless of how much power you want. Overtuning the engine will increase the strain on internal components. In the long run, the engine might blow up.

Pre-Dyno Checkups

A pre-dyno check will assess the current torque and horsepower figures. It will give you an idea of how much power your vehicle has lost since leaving the factory. The mechanic should inspect the car to determine if it needs mechanical repairs before the tune. For instance, the engine could require an overhaul if the internal components are past their recommended mileage. 

Goal Setting

The results of the pre-dyno checkup will help you set tuning goals. Your mechanic should give you an idea of how much power you can get from the engine. Besides, they will inform you about the effect of the tune on fuel economy, acceleration, and transmission. For instance, he or she could advise you to go for a short-range transmission to ensure the engine can reach top speeds within a short period. 


Once the vehicle is ready for the tune, the mechanic will install dyno and ECU monitoring equipment to allow him or her to adjust the ECU settings and monitor the vehicle's response on the dyno. Ask the mechanic to go for a custom tune as opposed to generic tunes. Remember, engines are not identical. Therefore, you need a tune designed to address the specific needs of your engine. 


After the tune, you should test the vehicle on a conventional race track to determine its response to the tune. The mechanic will constantly monitor the engine to determine its response to the various stresses. More often than not, they will need to make minor adjustments before giving you the go-ahead to race. 

Dyno tuning should be conducted by experienced mechanics. Assess the mechanic's track record by interviewing some of their clients. It will give you an idea of how skilled they are in the trade. Talk to a local mechanic to schedule dyno tuning