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Old 03-29-2016, 08:32 PM
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The one thing I dream out is flashing my 1994's pickup computer to tune the modifications. It wouldn't take much but I wondered if there was something that could do this short of a ford tech or a new computer ordered.

Ryan
I have never heard of an EEC-IV ECM being flashed; back in those days, people bought a custom burned chip and swapped out the OEM chip for the custom burned one. The chips themselves were not tuneable, it was a custom burn, heck, to be able to flash takes memory such as an EEPROM, which 25 years ago was silly expensive.

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Sounds like this thing is an awesome reader but stops before writing data.

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It does write to some modules (depends what modules are in a given vehicle and if FORScan will permit programming/flashing those module), that's what the current revision is all about, module programming.
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So your thread inspired a day of research for me.

It looks like to tune a 1994, you need an "F3" chip to plug in the EEC as a permanent fixture, and at a minimum "Jaybird" chip that is the medium to hook it up to the computer via USB. Those will set you back $135, so no big deal up to that point.

Most of the softwares look free to flash the chip, so I'm digging and getting very interested. Then I find an engine "strategy" that I want from a 1995 Lightning... cool, it's available.

Then I found out they wanted $200 for the licensing of that "strategy"!!!!

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Interesting find. For kicks, I suggest you inject words like, hack and crack in your search for ways around that strategy. Sometimes you get lucky. Also, I can't see why someone couldn't slightly alter a parameter(s), thus making it custom and not Ford (and possibly, better).
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Yes, there are definitely editable engine running strategies.

The cost only goes up from what I described (kind of a 1-time tune) all the way up to real time engine monitoring and on-the-fly adjustments.

I wonder what a tuner would charge, like maybe they have a database of strategies or something.

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