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Old 08-18-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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LS Edit tuning? (V6 specifically)

So I found a place to get my tune. They said they use LS Edit for all their GM vehicles. I don't know anything about tuning, so I googled LS Edit and i came up with a bunch of corvette tuning forums. That's a good sign to me, if people tune their corvette with it, then I'd assume a camaro will be fine. But then I tried a camaro5 search, and found nothing on LS edit. I've seen countless IPF, dyno, HPTuners among others, but I haven't been able to find a shop around that tunes v6s. I know tune will void the warrantee anyways, but if I'm going to risk life without a warrantee, I want one that will actually be effective, and will provide good gains with all the mods I have done. So if anyone has been tuned with LS Edit I'd like to hear about it!
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:59 PM   #2
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Hah! LS Edit is last decade's software. I can't believe they still use that.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:08 PM   #3
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I've never heard of LS Edit, and I have significant doubts that it will even work on your application.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:15 PM   #4
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Hm. Yea I specifically said that I had a camaro v6 2013. So they should know what ecu I have. And on the reviews I've read elsewhere they said they have tuned camaros before. Maybe those were SS's? I know we have different ECUs but do you think the SS would work with that? Maybe I need to contact them again and make sure.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:16 PM   #5
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Since your car uses the Delphi ECU then you might be fine. If you had a 2010 or 2011 I'd say no way in heck they can tune it.
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I would try to find a shop that uses HP Tuners or EFILive.
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Since your car uses the Delphi ECU then you might be fine. If you had a 2010 or 2011 I'd say no way in heck they can tune it.
That's true. I know very little about the ECU. I do know that more mainstream performance trims tend to get tuning earlier than their counterparts; for instance, the 2006 Cobalt SS Supercharged got tuning far before the 2006 Cobalt LS.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:18 PM   #8
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@gretchen I've tried all the shops around here. They either have never tuned a camaro but told me they would love to dive into mine (yeah right.. Lol) or they don't tune v6s. This is the first shop I've gotten in contact with that tunes v6s and has actually done it before. I've even posted in the local threads, but they're dead.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:57 PM   #9
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It's the first one because they're gonna use 15 year old software to tune your non-LS motor. Keep looking.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:00 PM   #10
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:42 PM   #11
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@gretchen I've tried all the shops around here. They either have never tuned a camaro but told me they would love to dive into mine (yeah right.. Lol) or they don't tune v6s. This is the first shop I've gotten in contact with that tunes v6s and has actually done it before. I've even posted in the local threads, but they're dead.
Where do you live? If we can't find a shop near by, you can try a email tune. I would be very leary of being the first (yeah, that came from me, lol) when you don't have to.
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:58 PM   #12
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LS1 Edit was the first software that supported tuning the LS1 engines. Before that was LT1 Edit. Which was a first also. Same guys. I used LT1 Edit a lot for my older cars. They are still updating their software. It is not as pretty of a GUI but it can do the same things as HPTuners or EFI Live.

Here is their website.
http://www.carputing.com/

Keep in mind these guys were the 1st to crack the ECM codes for the flash type computers. So it's not like they don't know what they are doing. You should base your decision more on the skill of the tuner rather than what software they use. Some of the best tuners that have been at it the longest (like Ed Wright) can tune using Hex Editor software and don't need any third party software to put all the tables into pretty graphics.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:45 AM   #13
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That may be right, but why in the hell would they want to? I can follow assembly language just fine, but I still write in C.
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Ya, LS1 edit is a dead concept. We used it back in the day and locked up a lot of computers. Slow downloads, crap table's and logging.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:20 PM   #15
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I'm from Chicago area. Don't want to name any businesses specifically but I called a bunch of places and I get no answer (most shops around here). I got one place that is an exotic car tuner (so they said) and they wanted to try a camaro for the first time. I told them no right away. I got a hold of a very reputable tuner on these forums, but they told me they don't tune 6s. :/. Then I got a hold of this one, who tunes 6s, has done camaros before, and have seemingly been in business a while. But they told me they use LS edit. If anyone from Chicago would chime in that'd be great!
As for email tunes, not sure I feel confident doing that myself. I've been willing to give in to everything I've done on the car so far, but when it comes to computers, there's no way I trust myself. I can barely get my home computer to work right half the time. I wouldn't be comfortable trying to hook my home computer AND my car computer together and get them to work lol.
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I'm from Chicago area. Don't want to name any businesses specifically but I called a bunch of places and I get no answer (most shops around here). I got one place that is an exotic car tuner (so they said) and they wanted to try a camaro for the first time. I told them no right away. I got a hold of a very reputable tuner on these forums, but they told me they don't tune 6s. :/. Then I got a hold of this one, who tunes 6s, has done camaros before, and have seemingly been in business a while. But they told me they use LS edit. If anyone from Chicago would chime in that'd be great!
As for email tunes, not sure I feel confident doing that myself. I've been willing to give in to everything I've done on the car so far, but when it comes to computers, there's no way I trust myself. I can barely get my home computer to work right half the time. I wouldn't be comfortable trying to hook my home computer AND my car computer together and get them to work lol.
For the email tune you would buy the handheld and a tuner would send you you the files. You hook the handheld to your computer and upload the tune file(s) to it, then hook the tuner to the car and upload the tune. It isn't much different than uploading content from iTunes. That said, buy a handheld is expensive for just one tune. So, in your case I would find a shop that uses HPTuner or EFI Live and buy two licenses (one for the remote tuner and one for the shop) and let them use their equipment.

LOTS of duramax shops have EFI Live so you can look at performance truck shops. The point is, have someone with experience on the LFX do the tuning (e.g Matt@FSP or Rhino79) and just use the local shop for uploading the tune (and dyno/logging if you want).

Speed Inc. is supposed to be a decent shop. I don't think I've seen where they have tuned an LFX, but again you would get someone else to do the calibration and Speed Inc. can just upload it and log it for you.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:46 PM   #17
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Look up Straightline Performance there in Chitown. That's who I would go to up there.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:13 PM   #18
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Oh I was under the impression that handheld tuners were a DIY type of deal. Like actually doing the tune yourself. I'm not sure what I was thinking about email tunes lol.
I'll try the other shops again, although, not sure how far out they schedule their appts. I'm going on vacation in a month and wanted to tune after I get back.
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Oh I was under the impression that handheld tuners were a DIY type of deal. Like actually doing the tune yourself. I'm not sure what I was thinking about email tunes lol.
I'll try the other shops again, although, not sure how far out they schedule their appts. I'm going on vacation in a month and wanted to tune after I get back.
You have to INSTALL the tune yourself, but you don't have to DO the tuning.

I bought HP Tuners, and run it off a windows8 Tablet. Download the tune from an email from the tuner, plug the cable into the car and tablet, open the tune, turn the car key to "ON" (But not running), and press go on the HPT software. It takes a little over a minute to write the tune. Done deal.
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You have to INSTALL the tune yourself, but you don't have to DO the tuning.

I bought HP Tuners, and run it off a windows8 Tablet. Download the tune from an email from the tuner, plug the cable into the car and tablet, open the tune, turn the car key to "ON" (But not running), and press go on the HPT software. It takes a little over a minute to write the tune. Done deal.
That doesn't sound too bad. I just found another speed shop from chicaho5thgen.com. I just sent them an email so well see what they say. Otherwise, I'm gonna go the email tune route. I have a MacBook laptop, hopefully everything works fine on that. I know some programs don't like to run on macs lol
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None of them like to run on Macs unfortunately.
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None of them like to run on Macs unfortunately.
Ah yea I kinda figured.. That's what I was worried about. My shitty computer skills mixed with self installing some software and throw in the need to correctly install a tune is a recipe for disaster lol. Hopefully this other speed shop comes thru. According to C5G they do IPF tunes, but haven't heard first hand yet.
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I got my HP tune done at DBR High Performance in Spring Hill, TN & I love it!

What gave you the love? Acceleration? Top End? Fuel mileage? Lower ET? Do tell!
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