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EkotuningCom has expanded in Saskatchewan with 5 dealers providing excellent coverage. Ekotuning Saskatchewan has also put into service a brand new state-of-the-art mobile dyno for quicker research and development as well as unique marketing. Dyno development and extensive data logging of engine vitals is the only acceptable method of testing prior to releasing tuning products.

Here is a sample of our latest activity:

Versatile 450 with Cummins QSX under development. Until we put a dyno into service in western Canada, it was difficult to develop good tuning for these models. Expect results soon.




Steiger 400 - We have perfected tuning for the 400 and 450 Steiger using the 12.9 FPT engine. In this instance it was nice to show the customer our results. The 400,450 and 500 share all the same vital engine components which means it's feasible to lift these tractors to 500 spec. Many tuners are mistaken to lift them much beyond 500-525 since the Steiger 550 and 600 are not the same engine family. They use a twin turbo, high pressure common rail setup where the lower models have single turbo unit injectors.



Massey Ferguson 8660 - This series was built from 2009-2010 using either EGR, or an early version of SCR. From 2011 only with SCR. The 8.4 Sisu is a robust engine with 400hp capabilities. The variable transmission will be limiting factor to getting power to the ground (built in protection) but lifting these to the top of their series is well proven.



Claas lexion .We are very good at tuning Mercedes Benz engines whether packaged in a Claas combine, or Freightliner, Western Star or Sterling truck. This Lexion was recently Ekotuned in Saskatchewan. We also tune the C9 and C13 used in some Lexion models




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Thanks to Drylake Diesel out of Mossbank SK for sharing this photo of S680's with Ekotuning inside. The 13.5L engine factory set at 473hp has plenty of room for performance increase for those who need it. The most common customer request has been +80hp over stock but we're comfortable taking them as high as 575hp.
 

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These two sprayers were also recently Ekotuned by Team Saskatchewan. R4045 sprayers have a 9.0L engine factory set at 346 hp peak rated power. To put that into perspective, the 9.0 packaged in a 8370R will produce 365hp to the PTO which translates well over 400 engine horsepower (closer to 420). Ekotuning these sprayers with a +50hp increase will still keep them within spec for the engine family while improving productivity and very often fuel economy. In high RPM applications such as sprayers, combines and forage harvesters it's much safer to produce high horsepower when compared with tractor applications because of the relatively low torque numbers. This is why you often see the OEM package higher hp engines in machines which do not produce low rpm torque.



 

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Can you flash C13's say in the Lexion's or the C18's on the machine or do you have to send the ECM's in?
It depends. If we already have a matching file in our database where the software and hardware version matches to what is in your machine then yes, we can tune it via the serial diagnostic port. If we do not, then the ECU must get shipped to one of our locations where bench tuning is possible. Current locations are Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nebraska.

In order to properly custom tune the Cat ECU (Adem 3 70 pin, Adem 4 120 pin or the new A5) or any engine for that matter we want to have access to the current fuel maps. No tuning tool on the market today is able read those maps out of the CAT ECU without opening it. Our tools can ID the software and hardware version. If it matches perfectly with something we have already tuned, then we do not need to open the ECU in order to read the maps since we have them in our database. Some Perkins ECU are in the same boat.
 

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So how to you come up with what's a safe power increase? That C18 should do 700 at the crank like a day off but if you got careless with the torque who know's what the clutches can handle?
 

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So how to you come up with what's a safe power increase? That C18 should do 700 at the crank like a day off but if you got careless with the torque who know's what the clutches can handle?
Please forward your specific machine make and model to [email protected] and we'll be sure to give you our unvarnished opinion for that specific vehicle. A good general rule of thumb is to stay reasonably close to factory specs for any given engine family but the limitations of the driveline must also be taken into consideration.

For your interest here is a chart showing tuning results for C15 in a MT945C. These numbers are measured at the PTO
 

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What's the power increase on a 4045R sprayer and what do you charge for it? What about a tune on S670 combines?
The most common request for R4045 sprayers is +50hp over stock. This still remains well within factory spec for the engine family. Several customers have chosen the +75hp option with excellent feedback. It's important to note that quality tuning does not always require big horsepower gains. The S670 is a good example. We prefer to tune these to a maximum 450hp at rated speed (2200 RPM). That's not a huge increase when compared to +25% many chip companies will claim but extensive data logging shows that engine vitals begin to suffer, especially when chipping or remapping peak power exceeds 470hp (a 25% increase would take it very close to 490hp) We see exhaust gas temps, as well as intake air temps start to creep up under heavy sustained loads.

Customer feedback has been excellent. If you have never experienced Ekotuning, please email [email protected] and ask to take advantage of a demo tune. You'll be glad you did.

While we can't dyno combines very easily, it's still extremely helpful to dyno develop tuning for each engine family where we can monitor and log engine statistics. For your interest, here is a sample chart in an 8R with a very similar 9.0L engine as the S670. Of course tractor tuning will also focus on low end torque where as combine tuning is almost exclusively about maintaining power in the 1900-2200 rpm range.
View chart here:
 
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