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post #1 of 14 Old 07-03-2017, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Gen 5 ECU flash options?

So just figured id ask here first. I have been looking at my options for flashing my ecu for about 2 weeks now.. Seems like there is only a handful of places that are advertising the Gen 5.. any recommended companies/shops??
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Brocks performance. I have mine done through them and it's great.

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I've been thinking of doing the same. I've seen some older posts on here recommending Brock's, Guhl Motorsports in Ephrata, PA, 2 Wheels Dyno which is somewhere out in Washington. I've also heard of a place called FT Tune? i believe located somewhere out in Cali. I haven't really heard or seen much reviews about their work though. I was thinking Guhls just since they're located a few hours from where I am and i've heard their price is reasonable but I'd like to hear some more info on where people got their's done as well.
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I've tuned plenty of Gen 5's and I can flash the ECU for you. PM me if interested.
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I've been thinking of doing the same. I've seen some older posts on here recommending Brock's, Guhl Motorsports in Ephrata, PA, 2 Wheels Dyno which is somewhere out in Washington. I've also heard of a place called FT Tune? i believe located somewhere out in Cali. I haven't really heard or seen much reviews about their work though. I was thinking Guhls just since they're located a few hours from where I am and i've heard their price is reasonable but I'd like to hear some more info on where people got their's done as well.
What exhaust do you have on your bike? Brocks are done through guhl but with slightly difference that make them work excellent with his exhaust. But for the most part if your running an aftermarket exhaust his will work well regardless. It doesn't have any duel mapping in it though since all brocks exhaust come with a pc5 map... so of your looking for one that is fuel tuned already going straight to guhl might be a good option. But if you want it well mapped ita best to find a place with a dyno that can flash and tune the fuel all right there on the spot.

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.... And are good at what they do. I have to add that because there are alot of places that can just through a quick "flash" on there and call it a day, but it's junk. If you going to have " Joe shmo" do it make sure you find out what all they are doing. They flashing software I've seen is very in depth and can get you in trouble quick. But it also makes it easy foe someone to get in there and remove the top speed limiter and call it flashed. Are they adjusting the secondary throttle plates? Are they adjusting fan temperatures? Did they add a way to clear check engine lights or than the super annoying kawasaki way? Did they touch fuel tables? Did they touch ignition tables? If they did touch fuel/ignition did they tune it right in the software or did they port over a pc5 map?( this can cause alot of problems if not done properly) Autoblipping? The list goes on...

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Also, by no means, am I calling anyone out on here... just giving a little insight. Take it with a grain of salt, ask questions. Make sure that person is knowledgeable, because if not it's very easy to change the wrong setting and it cause alot of problems. I personally am not, I have a very basic understanding and have seen some software a few times. By no means would I try to take on a flash myself yet, atleast for someone else.

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.... And are good at what they do. I have to add that because there are alot of places that can just through a quick "flash" on there and call it a day, but it's junk. If you going to have " Joe shmo" do it make sure you find out what all they are doing. They flashing software I've seen is very in depth and can get you in trouble quick. But it also makes it easy foe someone to get in there and remove the top speed limiter and call it flashed. Are they adjusting the secondary throttle plates? Are they adjusting fan temperatures? Did they add a way to clear check engine lights or than the super annoying kawasaki way? Did they touch fuel tables? Did they touch ignition tables? If they did touch fuel/ignition did they tune it right in the software or did they port over a pc5 map?( this can cause alot of problems if not done properly) Autoblipping? The list goes on...

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Before you send off the ecu..look up the thread from here on dyi flash or dyi tuning..Forget threads name...woolichraceing.....This is much better than sending it off..

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So here's my take on this overly threaded about topic.

Guhl is a great place to send it. If you don't have specific data that will apply to YOUR bike, then they will load a map they developed and will work and improve the bike for the majority of people who just want to set-it-and-forget-it. Which is most of the people who send in their ECUs. Plus, Guhl uses their own reflashing interface and hardware they developed and have never bricked an ECU that I've heard of.

If you have a Brock's exhaust, have them send it to Guhl for their specific map and you should be fine. If you don't have their exhaust, then don't bother IMO.

ECUnleashed is part of the Piasano group and uses their hardware with their map. Works fine for most everyone but doesn't have some of the more advanced features of it.

Most everyone else uses the FT tune hardware or the Woolich Racing software and interface. The maps are proprietary usually and developed by the people themselves and sold as a package with their flash. Woolich Racing is the go-to source with the most options available.

Basically it comes down to the fact that if you're just looking to send it somewhere and make "it better", then they're all pretty much the same in that regard. So asking "which is the best" has no real answer. If you're not going to data log your bike and provide the feedback to the flashing company, or do it yourself with your own kit, then pick somebody and forget about it.
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