Frequently asked questions
Each of our tunes only optimizes the performance of your engine without impacting reliability. During development, the tunes are pushed to the point at which the motor would begin to "knock" and potential failure could occur. From there the adjusted parameters are significantly backed down to a safe level where they are then reliability tested for over 200 hours both on an engine dynamometer and in the water before they are released to the public.
No. It actually increases your fuel mileage. By increasing the power of the motor, it becomes more efficient by lowering the RPM needed for operating at the same speed. On average our customers see a 15% increase in fuel economy; though some of our customers have seen far more, especially on boats with multiple engines.
To minimize the cost of production, manufacturers like Yamaha produce one outboard engine platform that can support multiple levels of power. Example: The Offshore V6 F225 is mechanically identical to the Offshore V6 F300. The only difference between the two is the calibration. We are effectively applying the power that the factory has removed for detuned models plus a bit of increased performance in certain areas of the tune.
Most of our clients do not need to change props after tuning to experience the benefits. However, you can change props at any time to suit your goals, whether that be more top speed, better hole-shot, or fuel milage.
No. We proudly offer remote tuning solutions for most of the western hemisphere at the same cost as our local, white-glove service. Upgrade turnaround in as few as three days.
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Yes! As the fuel economy of your outboard engine(s) increases so too does your maximum range. On average our customers experience a 15% increase in fuel economy which directly correlates to an increase in range. If you could travel 400 miles on a single tank before, after your engine(s) are tuned you will be able to travel 15% further, which works out around 60 extra miles. This will allow you hit those coordinates that have always been just out of reach or maybe make that run to the Bahamas you have always wanted.
Some of our customers, especially with multiple engines have experienced far greater results. For example we tuned a 43’ everglades with 4x350’s who went from .5 to .7 mpg. Because of this his range increased from ~306 miles, to ~509 miles per tank, allowing him to go farther and fish longer. We generally expect 15% but in this case the customer got a 40% increase in MPG.
If you live locally, you will go through the same process to purchase your tune, however, when you reach the shipping selection page, be sure to select local pickup. After checkout, a member of our team will reach out to you to schedule a time for you to stop by with your ECU.
The whole process takes less than 20 minutes.
What is tuning?
Tuning your engine involves adjusting the calibration of the ECU to optimize performance. This increases power output, improves fuel economy, and modifies the engine's behavior to suit your driving style. The process requires specialized software and expertise, so it's important to work with a professional tuner. Tuning is a great way to get more out of your engine without having to repower your boat.
How does it work?
Engine Manufacturers will typically produce a platform that can support multiple levels of power output to suit various applications. Rather than changing out physical parts, the power output is controlled by a computer, or engine control unit (ECU), mounted on the motor. This reduces production costs and increases profit for the manufacturers.
For example, the Yamaha Offshore F225 and the Offshore F300 are mechanically identical with the only difference being the engine calibration. We are simply doing what the manufacturer already does, with a few additional changes, to further optimize the performance of your engine.
There are several reasons why you might choose to tune your engine. One common reason is to increase power output. By adjusting the ECU calibration, you can increase the amount of fuel and air that the engine consumes, which in turn can result in higher horsepower and torque. This is especially useful for decreasing the time it takes your boat to get on plane and increasing your top speed.
Another reason to tune your engine is to improve fuel economy. By optimizing the air-to-fuel ratio and other engine parameters, you can reduce the amount of fuel that the engine consumes without sacrificing performance. Additionally, increasing the power output will allow your boat to cruise at the same speed but at a lower RPM. This can lead to significant savings in fuel costs over time.
With increased power and fuel economy also comes, increased range. While the capacity of your fuel tank will remain the same as the fuel economy of your outboard engine(s) increases so too does your maximum range. On average our customers experience a 15% increase in fuel economy which directly correlates to an increase in range. If you could travel 400 miles on a single tank before, after your engine(s) are tuned you will be able to travel 15% further, which works out around 60 extra miles. This will allow you hit those coordinates that have always been just out of reach or maybe make that run to the Bahamas you have always wanted.
The tuning process itself involves using specialized software to adjust the calibration of the ECU. The process can be quite complex and requires a good deal of knowledge and experience to get right. That's why it's important to work with professionals like us who have the expertise and equipment necessary to optimize your engine's performance safely and reliably.