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Engine Management: Advanced Tuning

4.4 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1932494426
ISBN-10: 1932494421
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"In Engine Management: Advanced Tuning, author and calibration engineer Greg Banish provides the reader with the insight required to understand and tune modern EFI systems." (Terry McGean Hemmings Muscle Machines 2007-04-01)

"If you are willing to spend the time learning the technology this will be a great book for your library." (Bob McJannett Performance in Motion 2007-08-01)

"It will help you make sense of the 'brain(s)' your car has, and how to get it to 'think' better in terms of better performance and/or more efficient operation." (Scott Ross Corvette Fever 2008-08-01)

"I would recommend this book to anyone who is serious about building or modifying a car the right way." (Ryan King Classics & Performance Automotive Online 2008-09-01)

From the Back Cover

As tools for tuning modern engines have become more powerful and sophisticated in recent years, the need for in-depth knowledge of engine management systems and tuning techniques has grown. Tuning engines can be a mysterious art, all engines need a precise balance of fuel, air, and timing in order to reach their true performance potential.

This book explains how the EFI system determines engine operation and how the calibrator can change the controlling parameters to optimize actual engine performance. Engine Management: Advanced Tuning takes engine-tuning techniques to the next level. It is a must-have for tuners and calibrators and a valuable resource for anyone who wants to make horsepower with a fuel-injected, electronically controlled engine.

Author Greg Banish is a calibration engineer with extensive aftermarket performance calibration experience. He has a BSME from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (Kettering University). With over a thousand unique calibrations performed over five years, he has worked with enthusiasts and OEMs alike to improve the performance and driving behavior of a wide range of vehicles.

The book contains detailed equations, graphs, and illustrations. Also included are valuable and practical examples, including real-world examples based upon the author's experience that will help more advanced readers apply this new information to situations that are commonly seen during calibration.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CarTech (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932494421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932494426
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. King on April 7, 2009
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I've looked wide and far, and this is one of the few books that I have come across that seem like they try to address the actual subject of how to tune a car using a modern engine management system. Besides this book, I've also read another book you will find here on Amazon with "Engine Management Systems" in its name and a Ford Focus on the cover. Let me tell you, this book is far better because it gives you much more practial information. The other positive note is, this is probably the most recent book on the subject (that's worth reading) to come out.

To begin with, this book is a much easier read. The word count per page is not too high, it has some nice illustrations to break things up and help you visualize different concepts, and the author doesn't ramble on and on repeating the same stuff 5+ times throughout the book(like some other book I know). This book breaks the tuning process into several different stages surrounded with concepts that an aspiring tuner needs to understand and address about their particular vehicle before even getting to a dyno.

For some reviewers who said this book is incomplete and never gets to the good stuff, or that it's engineer b.s., I have a feeling that those people were looking for a book that's going to hold their hand for their particular engine management system and tell them if they have mods x, y, and z then to put 22 degrees of ignition timing in at a certain spot of their map. Not gonna happen.

I feel Mr. Banish is as clear and specific as he can possibly be in a book that appeals to everyone, without coming to your house to figure out the actual settings to input for you.
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I found the book to be most informative relative to the fundementals of Engine tuning and explained the major components and their functionality in a simple, easily understood way. Highly recommend for new or medium level tuners, or even just "enquiring minds" who want to know how the technology works. It leaves you with a strong foundation to build on.
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This book is very well written and easy to understand and follow. It starts out explaining the basics of automotive engines, controls, sensors, etc then gets into how these systems interact with each other and then how to look at the different engine paramaters to determine how to alter controls and sensors related to pressures, speeds and temps to increase engine performance. Good read for the novice as well as the advanced tuner.
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This book came right out and gave me a real tuning strategy from start to finish. A "plan of attack" if you will. It seemed to lean towards a certain brand when discussing the various systems. However, my system has customer support for that type of detail. I am confident that this book will be a major player in switching to a standalone. Worth every penny and then some in my eyes.

Sneak up on the tune and stay off of the bleeding edge.
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Logically presented. Dense with important information and thin on fluff. Stops short of hard physics. Couples what to do with the "why" it works. Walks you through EFI tuning from beginning to end.

Most books on tuning I find myself skipping chapters because the material is too simplistic. I skipped nothing in this book. There was always something new to learn in each chapter.

Great book! I highly recommend it to anyone new to EFI tuning... and those that "think" they are already have mastered the art.
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I have bought about ten specialty automotive books from Amazon so far. Two of those books covered engine tuning to various degrees. This is the best automotive book I have bought so far. It has given me the best understanding of the PCM/VCM modification I have received anywhere including specialty forums on the web. The author gives a excellent basic education on all the aspects of the combustion process the how different type of control systems try to create the optimum burn. It also helps that the majority (but not all) of the examples used in text and pictures are of the current generation Mustang and the fifth generation Corvette of which I have one of each so it is very relevant to me. He also covers the different type of tuners; chip, hardware and software run on a PC. I highly recommend this book if you are trying to understand all the aspects of tuning your car if it has EFI and a PCM.
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The author does a great job of incorporating invaluable information that's relatable to most old school and new school automotive enthusiasts and professionals.
Very good points throughout this book that will stick with you and will perhaps help you to better explain / answer questions from your friends or customers.
The chapters are so enriched with data that you will find yourself marking pages and wanting to breakout a highlighter. The only problem I found was that in doing so with a highlighter 75% of the contents inside need to be highlighted.
Easily one of the best books I've picked up in a long time!
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This is a very good book, well thought out. Easy to read and understand, even for a beginner. Step by step details of what you need to do and check from beginning to end.
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