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Old 06-27-2010, 05:16 AM   #1
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Default Flat spot then sudden power at high revs

I've added a supercharger to my car and took it to the dyno yesterday to get the map dialled in on the DIYPNP running firmware 3.0.3 t

It runs very well apart from a massive dead spot in the rev range between 5 and 6 k rpm but as soon as I hit 6 k it suddenly comes to life again and pulls like a train. I do have what appears to be a boost leak as the MAP starts to drop around 5 k but it does it fairly linearly.

The tuner watched the dials whilst I gave it wide open throttle on the road and said that intake temps, ignition timing and the afr's all appeared rock solid throughout the run with no sudden drops to indicate the ecu was pulling anything.

The car is a 96 with a supercharger, intercooler and 440cc injectors. I've attached my msq adn i'll try and get a log of the issue as soon as I can.

Any ideas are really appreciated
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Old 06-27-2010, 02:26 PM   #2
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Adding the log files
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Oh that's easy to solve, get rid of the supercharger. Is your belt slipping? on your log the higher you rev KPA decrease
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:22 PM   #4
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do anything with the timing belt recently?
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y8s, i've not touched the timing belt since I got the car when it was replaced.

buffoon01, if you've got a turbo kit you can ship out to me for an extended test then i'll happily give it a go

It's sounding more and more like it's something mechanical rather than the squirter that's causing this. Either belt slip or a boost leak. The other thought is something like the coil pack or HT leads dying. Would they cause this sort of effect with the flat spot then sudden pick up?
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Oh that's easy to solve, get rid of the supercharger. Is your belt slipping? on your log the higher you rev KPA decrease
That's what I'm seeing too.
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Could be bet slip but then why would the car suddenly pick up at 6k rpm? Also any good tell tale signs of slip?
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Could be bet slip but then why would the car suddenly pick up at 6k rpm? Also any good tell tale signs of slip?
It doesnt. Look at your log; KPA decrease past ~5.5k, and does not go back up. I think is your belt is the same tendency in all the gears, and at about the same RPM range.
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I'm having a similar problem, and I'm turbo'd. I've checked tooth and trigger logs expecting to see some issues there from what I'd read in other posts, but no luck. I have no idea whats going on here.

Looking at your log I see a spot where your PW looks choppy in the 5-6k rpm range.

My problem seems to line up right with being under WOT and over like 9-11psi. Part throttle upto 11 psi seems no problem, but WOT and it loses power just like you describe and then around 6k-6.2k if you hold it down it'll pull like a train out of no where.

I plan to try a different set of plugs tonight, but I don't see this helping much really, just another attempt to diagnose it.

Also - my experience is street tuning, I have not yet had the chance to see a dyno with the car.

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Checking up... Any further results GrahamA?

I changed my plugs, old plugs looked over heated and run rich. Possibly because I'm pushing too much psi for my setup, but I suspect the heat of from running lean in the area of power loss due to the fact that I have not yet setup my accel enrichment.

I'm still trying to get a better understanding of the MAP vs TPS enrichment settings and the X-Tau enrichment. I believe that is the problem I am experiencing. So, next week while my family is out of town I plan to spend some time fine tuning my warm up and the accel enrichment.
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Well I have found out that i'm getting slip. Lot's of dust around the charger nose. Also someone on the msextra forums pointed out a dip in my spark table around the point where the flatspot comes in rising up to where the power comes back. I think i'm dropping boost down to 0.4 bar at the same point as this dip in the spark table then the pick up i'm feeling is the timing coming back whilst still at 0.4 bar. Not had a chance to test this yet but i'm about to upload the new spark map and re-tension the belt then give it a run tonight.

Turbobarber, i'd say if you're running 11psi you'd be wanting an intercooler of some sort. What are your intake temps like? I think i'm maxing out at 40 degrees centigrade on a hot day with my cooler.
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Turbobarber, i'd say if you're running 11psi you'd be wanting an intercooler of some sort. What are your intake temps like? I think i'm maxing out at 40 degrees centigrade on a hot day with my cooler.
I have my plans for something in place of the intercooler, but I doubt anyone here will approve it so they'll just have to wait and see, holding off their disapproval for post success. I sometimes like to think that I think outside the box, but sometimes find myself a wee bit too far outside lol.
My current air temps I couldn't tell you because I placed my IAT prior to the water injection nozzles, which reads as much as 300+ degress at 12+ psi. But worry not, this is NOT the true air temp going into the head. Nozzle 1 is a 1.0 GPH spraying 3 inches after the IAT and nozzle 2 is a 3.0 GPH spraying 3 inches before the TB. I would very much like to know what the final air temp is inside the manifold tho...

Anyway I'm about open a new thread on this. I believe I found my problem - the solution resulting in both my clutch slipping and the turbo spooling so hard and fast it blew off my bypass hose. EAE.... Oh man... Whoa. Totally different beast. Perhaps this is because of my poor tuning skills, or my injectors I'm not sure, but this has truly made the difference. There is more tuning in to be done, and next week's relocation of my IAT will require retuning my VE table. I've knocked out my 5k-6k problem all together. Smooth power to the redline - Given the clutch holds up. Yay time for another new clutch!!

Hope this helps... I would just give it a try... enable the Enhanced Accel Enrichment and let it rip. My experience with it today was it did cause a poor response/bucking when snapping from part to full throttle(something to tune in later), but even a quick smooth roll into WOT yielded smooth full power all the way through the rpms.

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I think I've found something, here's an image of a log I did the other day,
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The mark lines are just before a 3rd gear pull and just after the power kicks back in. During the flat spot I can see that the Pulse width and duty cycle are bouncing around like mad.
There also seems to be a dip in the spark advance at the same time. I think this is because i'm hitting 160kpa and rows in my spark table for 128,154 and 174. The rows for 128 and 15 are reasonably close but the 174 row drops by 3 degrees across most of it. I think when I get boost up to 160 it starts to use values between the two higher rows, meaning it drops where as when it's coming up to boost it's using the 128 and 154 rows and keeping it fairly level.
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I'm thinking I need to ditch the 200kpa row and add in a 165kpa row then interpolate the figures to generate that row (to be honest i have no idea how interpolation works so a bit of help here would be great)

Turbobarber, i'll have a look at the eae and give it a go, can't lose anything by it
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what about detonation possibility?

a 3 degree change in timing wont make the car feel flat. a 10 degree change might.
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The guy on the dyno said he didn't hear any det throughout the runs he did. I think the cause of the flat spot is whatever is causing this noise in the pw and duty cycle graph lines. I'm pretty sure it's something to do with the ms as I had a similar flat spot whilst n/a but not as pronounced.
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I think your problems stem from the fact that you're using percent baro for your fueling algorithm instead of speed density.
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Finally had a chance to switch to speed density and it definitely feels better but I'm still not getting a smooth power delivery. Is it just a matter of re-dialling in the fuel table or do I need to make other changes?
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Yeah it's going to need to be tuned.
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Should I just let ve-analyze do it's thing on the current table or would I be better off scrapping that one and starting again with the one from the base maps?
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keep same map but you still should do something about the belt slippage after 5K.
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