mythic540 wrote:wow thanks so much!! now you gave me a better idea of what to do. I want to achieve a goal between 300 and 350rwhp which I have read everywhere is possible on stock internals but even then I dont plan on racing the car at the track. I just like to have the power if I want to use it. I've read that write up on ka-t.org about what you need to reach that power goal and I pretty much have everything on that list except for the MSD BTM, the SAFC2 and the ECU. I'm getting ready to buy the wideband o2 as I know I absolutely need that. So I can install the walbro 255 I have with no problems right? what about the z32 MAF? I read on another forum that ya its possible but then a few other guys said no its not and there wasnt a real clear answer on it. Maybe you guys know more about it than they did?
And also, if I were to buy that FMU does that mean I can drop in my 550cc injectors, or would I still need the tuned ECU for that?
There are a few things you need to understand. I explained what the FMU is, it's just a fuel pressure regulator. How would a fuel pressure regulator be able to control fuel injectors? It wouldn't. I'm not trying to be a jerk, I just want to you to understand what's going on here. I'm going to explain a couple of things for you and hopefully that will clear up the process.
There are really only 3 things to think about when you're adding boost, air, fuel and ignition. The turbo provides the extra air. The difficult part comes with fuel and ignition.
You want to add fuel in equal parts with the extra air. This can be done in two ways. Installing larger fuel injectors or using the FMU. I explained the FMU already, it's just a fuel pressure regulator that cranks up fuel pressure as boost rises. Therefore adding the extra fuel you'll need. This is the easiest route to take and requires no tuning. It's plug and play. The limitation to the FMU is the high fuel pressure that it causes. Which is why it's not recommended to use for more than 8 or so psi. Higher than that and the fuel pressure becomes a problem.
That brings us to larger injectors. You can't just add larger injectors unless you have a means to control how much fuel they're spraying. Injectors have a fixed orifice. In order to change how much fuel they spray, you have to control how often they pulse and how long they stay open. This is done by the ECU.
The SAFC is a piggyback computer that tells the ECU it's seeing less air than it really is by manipulating the signal coming from the mass air sensor. So your larger injectors aren't dumping in tons of fuel when you're not under boosted conditions, like idle and cruise. The SAFC is NOT a good idea for a beginner. My suggestion to you is to forget about it entirely. The SAFC also does not control ignition. More on that to come...
This leaves us with the proper ECU tune. When buying an ECU tune, you buy one that matches the components that you have. So your tune will have to be for 550cc injectors and the N62 MAF. If the tune doesn't match your parts, it won't work. The ECU tune will also control your ignition by retarding timing while under boost. Using a proper ecu tune is the best way to go about adding boost.
The MSD BTM is only for controlling timing retard while under boost. It isn't needed if you're using an ECU tune. If you're going to spend the money to buy a FMU/SAFC and MSD BTM, buy the ECU tune instead. It will provide a better tune and make more power for the same money.
In short, if you don't have an ECU tune the easiest way to run a low amount of boost is by using the FMU. You shouldn't drive the car at all without a method of adding fuel. If you do decide to use the FMU, retard the timing a little at the distributor. The FMU method is only good for 8 psi, no more.
In either case, ECU tune or FMU, you need to replace your fuel pump. The factory fuel pump is garbage and can't keep up with the demand for more fuel.
Hope that helps.