Is a Standalone ECU Worth It?

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2 muaj më parë

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This week on Money Pit, we’re doing brain surgery! That’s right, we’re replacing the factory ECU with a Megasquirt Standalone ECU so we can take complete control over the engine and the way it runs. Then we’ll take it to our friends at EF1 Tuning to develop a tune - can we make any more power with our new brain?
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Donut Media 2 muaj më parë
Just noticed I was saying things like 'big voltage' and 'little voltage' when talking about the relay 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️that's not a thing! Voltage is constant! I should've said current. Anyway just wanted to call myself out on that, hope everyone enjoys the video and has a totally tubular Wednesday! - Zach
Müllerman 5 ditë më parë
You mean turbolar
Alexis Knows
Alexis Knows 28 ditë më parë
@Alex Jou $1200 for a none turbocharged engine , not worth it . With the stock ECU you can tune to 150whp .
Erik Kovacs
Erik Kovacs Muaj më parë
If you're talking about a relay it should be zero current not low current.
josh nichols
josh nichols Muaj më parë
@Mizera Adventures for the most part, in automotive electrical systems the voltage is between 12-15v. . Same for automotive relays. The coil only take a small amout of amperage to energize but needs to see around 12v. Some sensors use 0-5v or 0-7v but most that's for scaling and not power.
josh nichols
josh nichols Muaj më parë
It's all good, seems like you were just trying to make things simple. Just please stop soldering wires to wires. Soldering should only be use on wires to hard contact points.
juan lizarazo
juan lizarazo 7 orë më parë
Respect to James for losing so much weight. He looks so much healthier and better
Soham Bhandarkar
Soham Bhandarkar 11 orë më parë
I always wonder how many degrees these guys would have! Like Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Car Biology (Nolan), e.t.c. These people are my true teachers. They helped me in my short career of F1 in schools. And I am only 13!
justhavnfun here
justhavnfun here 3 ditë më parë
I am looking for a good remote tuner. Someone that can do it online.
Kid Savvy
Kid Savvy 3 ditë më parë
Donut really got sponsored by toys.
KATASTROPHE69S 4 ditë më parë
Yo! Tell micro machines to remake the video game. I loved that game!
Amazing Replays
Amazing Replays 4 ditë më parë
Me: “is that a Supra?”
Fathom 4 ditë më parë
I made my 2004 VW Passat B5 (1.9 TDi) make 130HP by ONLY cleaning the EGR, intake and replace all the filters.
josue G350Z
josue G350Z 6 ditë më parë
Eddie .. can you hand me that motherff😂😂😂
CHUTNEY 2020 7 ditë më parë
With the tune it should feel way better and powerful thru the entire pedal. I cant remember if he has a 1.6 or 1.8
Lee Rousso
Lee Rousso 7 ditë më parë
Are you guys putting turbskis in it?
Gunnar Holtzapple
Gunnar Holtzapple 9 ditë më parë
Is ThAt a SuPrA?!?!?
jd 10 ditë më parë
Wayyyyyyy over my head 🤣
jd 10 ditë më parë
I need this guy to do mods on my 22re
Jubal Wright
Jubal Wright 11 ditë më parë
\m/ hell yes, MS3pro looks great and a whole lot easier than the FAST 2.0 I was running
Christian Thresher
Christian Thresher 11 ditë më parë
Love the content and the commercial for small cars was fun and you guys made it the best it could have been but I was literally checking to see if there was a skip button because at one point I thought it was a ALnets ad. ALnets already has enough ads without you guys putting a 60 second commercial in the beginning of the video
RebelKing 11 ditë më parë
"you don't want to mess with electrical components with the battery connected, especially big ones" *Thinks of all the airbags and modules I've disconnected with the battery still connected and sometimes the ignition on* This is fine
Derek P
Derek P 12 ditë më parë
Money pit has become my favorite series on here
Oompa’s V card
Oompa’s V card 13 ditë më parë
Surgeons doing brain surgery quick so it doesn’t dies Money pit: talks 20mins holding a ecu brain
Mark Escareno
Mark Escareno 13 ditë më parë
I literally only subscribed for this series. I’ve grown more attached to this Miata than my own car. Lol
Isiah Stahowiak
Isiah Stahowiak 14 ditë më parë
so after all that money and time and work you only made a 112hp what the fuck that is not worth it at all, turbo it already
Thinker101 14 ditë më parë
are you a wizurd?
Dustin Gordon
Dustin Gordon 14 ditë më parë
You said Turbo to many times, I think you might be going Turbo soon.
Bring me Peter pan
Bring me Peter pan 16 ditë më parë
HA... mega squirt... thats what I called my ex.
Alex Gerber
Alex Gerber 16 ditë më parë
Mike Hunt
Mike Hunt 16 ditë më parë
Probably the best series on donut media.
E O N 17 ditë më parë
Micro machines?!? Oh my god
King Platano
King Platano 17 ditë më parë
Was 1:17 on purpose 😭 😂
ItzTun 17 ditë më parë
why does he have less hp this time than the previous episodes?
Dima Mkhitariani
Dima Mkhitariani 17 ditë më parë
Christopher Leonituk
Christopher Leonituk 18 ditë më parë
Are stand alone ecus even used on new cars anymore? I had a 11 mustang gt, to tune it all one has to do is reflash the stock ecu.
Lakshitha Rathnayake
Lakshitha Rathnayake 19 ditë më parë
I just love this guy and this car.
DaRebel 19 ditë më parë
Dr. Jobe V.D.
Walter Michels
Walter Michels 20 ditë më parë
Shot 23:21, *ahem*… “Is thAT A sUprA” Had to do it, sorry.
Paugh Eric
Paugh Eric 21 ditë më parë
Lol not sure the ol miata is worth a stand alone but alright.
Yes 24 ditë më parë
Did james lose a bunch of weight?👍 or did he just shave his beard.
Dr. Evil
Dr. Evil 24 ditë më parë
I’m surprised with all those upgrades your not making more power baby. Just LS swap it.
Muffin Man
Muffin Man 24 ditë më parë
So can the mx-5 now shoot flames?
raatomato666 24 ditë më parë
12 volts from disconnected battery
Andile Mbhele
Andile Mbhele 24 ditë më parë
I've been watching these videos on the miata. I noticed u guys want to increase the power however I also noticed that a considerable amount of weight has been added to the car. How will u guys keep the power to weight ratio at optimal level?
Matt Dobing
Matt Dobing 25 ditë më parë
Actually love how donut teach you along the way. Entertaining, relatable with a a commonly modded car, well presented and easy to watch.
Nicholas Garavaglia
Nicholas Garavaglia 26 ditë më parë
Isn’t a 1994 Miata supposed to have 128 hp from the factory?
L.D. 27 ditë më parë
For any car dads the micro-machines would be an excellent Christmas present for any kid
Gary Otterson
Gary Otterson 27 ditë më parë
No shit!? Micro Machines are back!!!
andrew neerpat
andrew neerpat 27 ditë më parë
Hey man can you do like a video of changing the fuel tank I want to know to take it out
Dave Koehler
Dave Koehler 27 ditë më parë
Love it love it...but y'all kinda had pokemon and power rangers, if you had micro machines you wouldn't have a youtube channel
Connor Hale
Connor Hale 27 ditë më parë
23:31 is that a ..
connor dalton
connor dalton 27 ditë më parë
I had that super bus too haha. Handed down
Tyler equiarta
Tyler equiarta 28 ditë më parë
Lowbvll 28 ditë më parë
That broken mask bothered me lol
Adam Brand
Adam Brand 29 ditë më parë
Lol here I am thinking I know a bunch about cars, thanks Zach
daanfentoon Muaj më parë
Low key STOKED on the micro machines
Jeffrey Wong
Jeffrey Wong Muaj më parë
I can feel you want that turbo.
Michael Saxonson
Michael Saxonson Muaj më parë
Zach: If I don't get 20 more horsepower from these new mirrors, I'm selling the car. Garage Tech: You got a whole half a horsepower Zach: still worth it
DrewMac Muaj më parë
This is the first time I've ever commented to say that the ad was fuckn legit.
Dark Womble
Dark Womble Muaj më parë
there are 2 dead pixels on the camera and i though it was my monitor and i got scared lmao
mannyep41 Muaj më parë
Anybody else lost? 😂
Michael Heaton
Michael Heaton Muaj më parë
Just watched the header video. I kind of figured the lack of power gain was largely from not being tuned.
Don Labani
Don Labani Muaj më parë
Is this ECU work with all cars and do you recommend for toyota cars?
Banni Muaj më parë
Stop making such good videos, I keep procrastinating :(
Banni Muaj më parë
"were gonna have to glue that" typical backyard mechanic things
Guilherme Marcelino
Guilherme Marcelino Muaj më parë
Dat mask was fucking my OCD
NoSleepRacing Muaj më parë
11:20...... RIP plug pins.
retrogaming Muaj më parë
why wouldnt it pass smog/emissions? (ik im using them interchangably)
Artie Shell
Artie Shell Muaj më parë
They should give approximate current updated value of the Miata after each mod.
Eric Scaillet
Eric Scaillet Muaj më parë
Stand alone lets you 'tune' up the wsy you want before manufacturer and legislators took control of that and decided what was best for you,simple.
Tanner Smith
Tanner Smith Muaj më parë
Lmao that sponsor was a bit of a stretch
Mike Schanel
Mike Schanel Muaj më parë
What was the power gain from stock to the stand alone. I am thinking of doing a piggyback AEM F/IC6 with boomslang harness.
Manuel Bou
Manuel Bou Muaj më parë
Discuss: Having a vacuum line going to the ecu for that distance delays read out accuracy. I believe the map sensor should be on the manifold and wired to the ecu rather than the setup in the video.
No Luuck
No Luuck Muaj më parë
Big turbo the miata
Bailey Jones
Bailey Jones Muaj më parë
Zach is like Bill Nye with cars 😂
Hmk 421
Hmk 421 Muaj më parë
I still have my super van city, just gave it to my son. It's his favorite toy
Turbo240z Muaj më parë
just saying....arent switchblades illegal? lmfao great content!
Torque Racing Production
Torque Racing Production Muaj më parë
Paul Walker would be proud of that hair bro! Love this series, feels like the path we all take on our rides, taking it one mod at a time. Keep up the good work!
supersayianjim Muaj më parë
great video, horrendous numbers
Alien003 Hydrogen nitrogen
Alien003 Hydrogen nitrogen Muaj më parë
Sounds like it’s going to eat granules .. check the oil bro than check it again
Giovanni Barbagallo
Giovanni Barbagallo Muaj më parë
Wtf was that sponsor
Christopher Sikora
Christopher Sikora Muaj më parë
Hey Zack i know your a very busy guy but i have a question for you and i cant find an option to send you a private message if by the grace of God you see this please respond to me so you can tell me where to send my question, i understand if you dont see this knowing you get probably 100s of questions a day anyway appreciate you either way thnx
Michael Mc
Michael Mc Muaj më parë
Thanks my guy, was having a day and this video made it better lol Keep crushing it 🤙
Meow Milev
Meow Milev Muaj më parë
What with all the hassle? My chinese car did 140 on the dyno stock easily!
Jordan Weimer
Jordan Weimer Muaj më parë
Jordan Weimer
Jordan Weimer Muaj më parë
Julian Alcanzaren
Julian Alcanzaren Muaj më parë
sssmssssssss supra
Richard Kraneyum
Richard Kraneyum Muaj më parë
Ignition wire has 12v with key on and 12v during cranking. Accessory wire is 12v with key on and 0v during cranking
J. A Morse
J. A Morse Muaj më parë
6:27 that's a laughable statement. Enjoy your 150hp miata with a turbo and I'll enjoy the exhaust tones of a twin turbo 5.3 ls making 500hp. There is absolutely no replacement for displacement.
josh nichols
josh nichols Muaj më parë
Sorry but your base fueling calculations need to be accurate or your ve table is going to be shit and harder to tune. Using afr targeting without manually tuning the be table first is also going to end up with a shit ve table. Do not run cl afr targeting before having your ve table close. Do not assume your base file fuel calculations are correct. Do not assume the auto tune and cell smoothing is accurate. You need to datalog, check and correct, and repeat to make a spot on ve table. THEN start using close loop corrections.
Andre Tiggelaar
Andre Tiggelaar Muaj më parë
Remove the mask 😔
Kelle Guerrero
Kelle Guerrero Muaj më parë
When I think of car videos or TV this is what I think of. Teach me what my absent father wanted to but never could. Thank you Donut.
Tj Souza
Tj Souza Muaj më parë
Jacob Torres
Jacob Torres Muaj më parë
At 3:56 what is smog???
MisterBrix Muaj më parë
Where do you get smogged though...
Dan Donohue
Dan Donohue Muaj më parë
Wait- no popcorn tune?!?
Fun Haver_117
Fun Haver_117 Muaj më parë
Zach and Aaron are the only ones even remotely worth listening to, on Donut... Aaron being #1.
James Queen
James Queen Muaj më parë
This guy is amazing!
Austin Thornton
Austin Thornton Muaj më parë
He's smart AND handsome!? what is this witchcraftery!?
btafire2 Muaj më parë
I still have a supervan city micro machine set
Mitchell Langdon
Mitchell Langdon Muaj më parë
jesus why are cars so confusing
ChrisP Bacon
ChrisP Bacon Muaj më parë
That childhood clip of James playing with a toy car was mildly very terrifying
Kiriakos Kanatsaris
Kiriakos Kanatsaris Muaj më parë
15:50 Is that...
Joystick Jiggy
Joystick Jiggy Muaj më parë
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