When it comes to tuning tools for vehicles, there are numerous options available in the market. Kess, Autotuner, CMD, Dimsport, and PCM Flash are some of the most popular choices. However, selecting the right tuning tool can be a daunting task, especially if you're unfamiliar with the features and benefits of each tool. In this article, we'll compare Kess, Autotuner, CMD, Dimsport, and PCM Flash and help you decide which one is the best for your needs.
The 5 main factors to consider when buying a tuning tool are vehicle compatibility, protocols included, pricing, logging, and support. In our opinion, the best tuning tool for new tuners is either the KessV3 or the Autotuner. If you want to tune trucks, cars, bikes, and old and new vehicles, the KessV3 is a very good starting point. The tool starts at about €1600 depending on what protocols you add on. The Autotuner is a very good tool for German vehicles newer than 2014. If you are mainly focusing on newer cars then the Autotuner is the tool for you. The Autotuner has a once-off fee of €2900. One of the major advantages of the Autotuner is its ability to log vehicles. To ensure your tune functions as expected, the Autotuner has the ability to read live data from the ECU for a variety of brands. Without logs, you will never be able to truly offer custom work, especially when it comes to stage 3 cars.
If you are looking for a tuning tool to only do one or two very specific vehicles, consider the PCM flash. The PCM flash starts at about 30 Euro and you can buy licenses for specific ECUs that are in the range of €100-200 per ECU.
If you get to a point where you are tuning multiple vehicles per day then a combination of the KessV3 and Autotuner will give you coverage of a lot of vehicles.
Below we will discuss each tool in detail for each of the main points.
Vehicle compatibility - The most important factor to consider when buying a tuning tool is how compatible the tuning tool is with the vehicles you plan to tune. Some tuning tools are very good with specific vehicles while other tuning tools are better with other vehicles. Most professional tuners will end up buying multiple tuning tools to cover all the vehicles they plan to tune.
Conclusion: The KessV3 or Autotuner are excellent choices. If you are tuning newer vehicles, consider the Autotuner. If you are looking for a wide variety of cars, bikes, trucks, and agricultural vehicles consider the KessV3. The PCM flash is a good tool for tuners that plan to focus on a small selection of vehicles.
Protocols Included - The protocols refer to the licenses that are added to tuning tools that allow you to read ECUs. The more protocols a tool has, the more ECU it will be able to read and write files to. Reading and writing files to an ECU it can either be done over the OBD port or by connecting directly to the ECU itself. In some instances, the manufacturers block the OBD port for reading and writing files and the only option is to read the file on the bench.
Pricing - The prices of chip tuning tools normally depend on master or slave versions, yearly fees, protocols added, and the cables required.
The only difference between a master tuning tool and a slave tuning tool is the format of the read files. Master tuning tools offer files in an open unencrypted format. The files can be pulled into a tuning program and changes can be made to the file. For slave tuning tools, the files are encrypted and only the master can unencrypt the file to make the required changes. Once the changes are made, the files are encrypted again for the slave tool to write the file. The slave user will never see the actual changes that the master tuner made to the file.
Some tools have yearly fees for updates and support. Typically these yearly fees are more expensive if the tool is a master tool vs a slave tool.
Cables required refers to the additional cables that you might require to do specific vehicles. This is especially important for vehicles that don't have a standard OBD2 plug such as trucks and agricultural vehicles.
Support - Most tuning companies offer support in case something happens during the reading or writing process. If something goes wrong it is always important to have the best support available to recover the ECU.
Logging - The Autotuner and Blash are the only two tuning tools that currently offer live data reading. Access to vehicle logs is one of the most important aspects to ensure that your vehicle's tune is safe and functions as intended. Reading live data from a vehicle is crucial for monitoring engine performance and ensuring that it is running at its optimal level. Live data provides real-time information about various engine parameters such as fuel consumption, oil pressure, temperature, and emissions. This data can be used to identify any potential issues with the tune. Furthermore, accurate live data can help mechanics diagnose and fix issues more quickly, which can reduce downtime and increase productivity.
Conclusion - The KessV3 and Autotuner are both excellent choices for new tuners, with the KessV3 being a good starting point for those tuning trucks, cars, bikes, and old and new vehicles, while the Autotuner is a better choice for tuning newer German cars. If you are looking to focus on a very specific range of vehicles, the PCM Flash is a cost-effective option. The number of protocols and cables required, as well as yearly fees and support, should also be considered when choosing a tool. Logging is a crucial aspect of tuning, with the Autotuner and Blash being the only tools currently offering live data reading, which is important for monitoring engine performance and ensuring that the tune is safe and functions as intended.
Ultimately, you will likely end up with multiple tuning tools. As some tools are better with some cars and other tools are better with other cars. It is the same as choosing between a Porsche and a Ferrari, it comes down to your needs and your personal preference.
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