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SD VE Adjust (CombinedFT)

This page describes an adjustment tool in the ECMLink application that helps to dial in your speed density (SD) VE table based on combined fueltrim data. If you do not plan to run speed density mode with your car, then this page is completely useless to you and you should ignore it.

The SD VE Adjust (CombinedFT) tool maps out and averages CombinedFT over a range of closed loop driving conditions to produce a set of adjustments to the current SD VE table. It's basically letting the ECU track how much adjustment it needs under various conditions and then moves that adjustment into the VE table for you.

If you have the option of running on a mass airflow sensor temporarily while dialing in the VE table, then the SD VE Adjust (SDRatio) tool is probably a better choice to begin your dial in procedure with. Use that tool first to get most of the work done for you and then use this tool to fine tune it once you have switched the ECU over to SD mode.

The following assumes that you have already configured your ECU and installed the sensors for speed density operation. If you have not, please read our ECMLink - Speed Density Setup page. In particular, you must have your manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor installed and configured in the ECU Inputs tab of the ECMLink application. And you must have the intake air temp sensor installed and connected to the intake air temp input of the ECU.

STEP 1: Check Your Fuel Settings

You absolutely MUST make sure your fuel settings are already appropriate for your injector size, fuel type and base fuel pressure. If there is any deviation here, then the adjustments to the VE table suggested by this function will simply include those fuel corrections as well! This can create a really confusing configuration if you aren't careful. So please review your global fuel and deadtime settings first to make sure they are at least somewhat reasonable for your setup.

STEP 2: Check For Closed Loop Operation

Make sure the car is able to run in closed loop mode. Look for a cycling FrontO2 sensor and a “1” in the ClosedLoop log item. It doesn't have to be running with fuel trims near 0%, but it does need to at least cycle in closed loop mode on its own. If it does not, you need to make some manual adjustments first to at least get it running in closed loop.

A good understanding of CombinedFT and fuel trim in general will help a lot with your understanding of this function.

STEP 3: Data Capture

To use this tool, you need to capture some non-default data from your ECU while you drive around.

NOTE: As normally installed, first generation (not Gen 2 or MAFT Pro) MAF translators get their ground from ECU sensor ground via the Mitsubishi MAF connector and draw a moderate amount of current, particularly when powering the GM MAF sensor at higher airflow, so the pressure and temperature readings seen by the ECU will change a little if you later unplug the GM MAF or MAF translator, upsetting the VE table calibration. Changing the translator's ground from ECU sensor ground to chassis ground instead will eliminate this effect. Cut the MAF translator's ground wire between the translator box and the Mitsubishi MAF connector and connect the end of this wire coming from the translator to chassis ground. Leave the wire end that remains on the translators Mitsubishi MAF connector isolated and insulated.

Add the following log items to your captured values (F10): CombinedFT, ClosedLoop and MAP sensor.

The MAP sensor you want to log here is the one you have already configured in your Manifold pressure (MAP) field on the ECU Input tabs. An example of this is shown here. More details on configuring and installing this sensor can be found on the ECMLink - Speed Density Setup page.

When attempting to initialize the SD VE Adjust (CombinedFT) tool, the application will check your ECU Input tab to locate the MAP sensor. It will then attempt to find this sensor in your datalog. Using the image above as an example, you would want to log the GM 3-bar sensor attached to the MDP input in order to use this function.

Once you're satisfied that the requirements above have been met, you're ready to grab a datalog. Let the car idle for about a minute. Then go drive. Try to keep the car in closed loop mode as much as possible (more on that in the advanced section).

STEP 4: Run the Adjustment Tool

When you're done, you right click in the graph area and select the SD VE Adjust (CombinedFT) menu item. The application will then make a number of suggested changes to your SD VE table. You will definitely want to smooth and tweak this data a bit to make it “look nice”. The application is just going to slap numbers into cells that it has data for. You'll need to extrapolate that data a bit to areas where you don't normally drive if you want to make the table work well in unexpected conditions.

NOTE: You're basically changing the very data long term fuel trim was previously based on. So if you're making fairly large changes to MAF compensation, you should consider resetting the long term fuel trim values using the “Reset fuel trims” menu item in the ECU menu.

Advanced Usage

Because this function operates only during closed loop mode, it's handy to try to extend closed loop mode as much as possible so that you get a wider range of data in your logs. This will produce a larger number of auto-adjustments for you.

There are several ways you can extend closed loop conditions. The easiest of which is to simply edit the DirectAccess tables that control when open loop is triggered. By moving those open loop trigger points “higher”, you extend the conditions under which closed loop mode will be maintained by the ECU.

The image below shows a fairly typical setup for the various open loop threshold tables you can use to extend closed loop mode for this test. Keep in mind what you're doing here, though. You're basically telling the ECU to maintain stoich air fuel ratios under more load (LoadFactor) and with more throttle. This could very well produce a hotter mixture than you'd like to maintain for any lengthy period of time. So monitor EGTs if possible or if not, just try not to stay under high load/closed loop mode for very long.

With that table in place, you can grab a datalog with a bit more load variation. Personally, I like to find a nice hilly area and apply light throttle to vary LoadFactor between 0.9 to 1.3 while maintaining closed loop operation. This driving combined with the typical flat road driving (with LoadFactors around 0.6-0.9), combined with typical idle and free rev (LoadFactors around 0.3-0.4) really produces a good set of data for this function.

sdveadjcomft.txt · Last modified: 2009/12/28 12:42 by twdorris