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Old 05-02-2017, 10:19 PM   #1
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Introduction to VersaTuner

Hello RX-8 Club!

VersaTune is proud to be an authorized vendor here on rx8club.com.

We have had support for Series II RX-8 for over 3 years and recently launched support for Series I. Why the long delay in supporting Series I? We (foolishly) assumed that the market was well served by existing solutions. Over the years, we received so many requests to add support for Series I, that we decided to commit the resources and make it happen.

Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have. We look forward to working with everyone here to make a great platform even better.

Here is some background on VersaTuner:

What is VersaTuner?
In a nutshell, VersaTuner is software (Windows application) that can connect to your car and change the way your engine operates to give you more power, better fuel economy and greater control.


How do I use VersaTuner?
  1. Install VersaTuner application on any Windows PC/laptop/tablet.
  2. Connect it to your car by plugging one end of the VersaLink USB vehicle interface (or compatible J2534 interface) into a USB port of your computer and the other end into the OBD-II port located near the steering wheel of your car.
  3. Run VersaTuner and follow the on screen instructions to reflash your ECU.
  4. Disconnect the USB cable and enjoy the extra power of your car. The changes persist in the ECU, so you donít need to keep your laptop/tablet connected.

What else can VersaTuner do?
VersaTuner allows you to:
  • Modify ( flash ) the firmware on your car's ECU for greater performance and control
  • Download, create, edit, share, and flash performance and special purpose tunes
  • Create, edit, share, and flash your own custom tunes
  • Perform real-time monitoring and alerting of engine operating parameters
  • Data log engine operating parameters
  • Graph and analyze your data logs
  • Read and clear diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) also known as check engine light codes
  • Mask DTCs to prevent them from triggering when monitored equipment such as intake manifold runner control has been deleted from the engine
  • Add custom functionality that is not available from the factory like launch control and no-lift-shift
We are constantly developing new features to expand the functionality of the supported platforms

Why VersaTuner?
VersaTuner has been designed to make it stand out from the competition in many ways:
  • Easy to use: all-in-one application for all your tuning needs with intuitive and well documented user interface and easy-to-follow wizards that guide you through the process. No need to remove the ECU, splice or solder any wires.
  • Affordable: no need for costly custom hardware, all you need is an off-the shelf USB vehicle interface, the software can be installed on any regular Windows laptop/tablet/PC.
  • Wireless monitoring/logging: use a Bluetooth vehicle interface and monitor the performance of your car on a big, full-color touchscreen of your tablet with no wires hanging under the dash. Forget about squinting at small low resolution screens found in other products.
  • Great support and community: we give personal attention to each of our customers and do our best to solve any issues as soon as possible. We are also active members of the car enthusiastsí community, we listen to feedback and keep adding features that are most wanted.

Want to know more?
Read more about VersaTuner at www.versatuner.com and check out our user support forum at www.versatune.net/forum.

VersaTuner on an HP Stream 7 tablet
Connected to a 2011 Mazdaspeed3
Using a VersaLink J2534 interface cable





VersaTuner on HP Stream 7
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I know some newbs will buy this just because it has launch control . Can you verify that your launch control actually works properly on an rx8 ? I struggle to see how you can do it on the oem software myself .
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I know some newbs will buy this just because it has launch control . Can you verify that your launch control actually works properly on an rx8 ? I struggle to see how you can do it on the oem software myself .
Yes it most definitely works We add custom code to enable it. We work off of the accelerator pedal position, vehicle speed, and clutch pedal state.

Here is a shot of the customization screen for Launch Control and No-Lift-Shift.




VersaTuner Launch Control and No-Lift-Shift Customization

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to help in any way I can.
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Yes it most definitely works We add custom code to enable it. We work off of the accelerator pedal position, vehicle speed, and clutch pedal state.

Here is a shot of the customization screen for Launch Control and No-Lift-Shift.




VersaTuner Launch Control and No-Lift-Shift Customization

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to help in any way I can.

A video of it actually working would do wonders
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there is a video on a s2 of the Launch control working. I saw it when VT first dropped for the s2 rx8 years ago...

This is my concern. I think I asked on that video w hile back, but I can't remember the answer. Is it ignition based? I'm assuming it is. If it isn't, it should be. This will work wonders for those who are boosted. "megaspool" feature comes to mind from the speed platform.
You don't want to flatfoot shift at under boost and it's cutting fuel instead of ignition. That could spell disaster really quick.
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We use the stock rev limiter code. We just alter the rev limit value based on accelerator pedal position, clutch state , and vehicle speed. Fuel cut on direct injection is not an issue. I understand the concern with a port injected engine. We need to put a scope on a car and confirm how it's limiting revs.
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Would cutting the throttle itself not be the safest solution? I'm not even sure if it's possible, but just throwing it out there.


I came here because I noticed this on the website.

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Free minor updates
Are there any more details on what this may or may not cover? It was mentioned that the application would be expanded to allow >100% load values for FI applications. Would this be considered a minor update?
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We have never charged for an update yet. Axis scaling would be considered a minor update. A major architectural change that requires a huge amount of work may be considered a major upgrade.
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