Is a Standalone ECU Worth It?

2020 16 سپتامبر
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This week on Money Pit, we’re doing brain surgery! That’s right, we’re replacing the factory ECU with a Megasquirt Standalone ECU so we can take complete control over the engine and the way it runs. Then we’ll take it to our friends at EF1 Tuning to develop a tune - can we make any more power with our new brain?
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  • Just noticed I was saying things like 'big voltage' and 'little voltage' when talking about the relay 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️that's not a thing! Voltage is constant! I should've said current. Anyway just wanted to call myself out on that, hope everyone enjoys the video and has a totally tubular Wednesday! - Zach

    Donut MediaDonut Mediaپیش 4 ماه
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      Civic 69Civic 69پیش 5 روز
    • You mean turbolar

      MüllermanMüllermanپیش 2 ماه
    • @Alex Jou $1200 for a none turbocharged engine , not worth it . With the stock ECU you can tune to 150whp .

      Alexis KnowsAlexis Knowsپیش 2 ماه
    • If you're talking about a relay it should be zero current not low current.

      Erik KovacsErik Kovacsپیش 3 ماه
    • @Mizera Adventures for the most part, in automotive electrical systems the voltage is between 12-15v. . Same for automotive relays. The coil only take a small amout of amperage to energize but needs to see around 12v. Some sensors use 0-5v or 0-7v but most that's for scaling and not power.

      josh nicholsjosh nicholsپیش 3 ماه
  • What software do you use, i have a mac and i can't find one:(

    Conley WinichukConley Winichukپیش 20 ساعت
  • You either be a van that transport little cars to a city, or be the city it self 1:90

  • I think big and play small every night.... thanks for reminding me

    randall dormanrandall dormanپیش 9 روز
  • Ive literally never understood tuning until u explained it. Like i got the general idea but it was wizard magic

    Eli WilliamsonEli Williamsonپیش 10 روز
  • Yo my mom bought those little car toys for my toddler brothers lmao

    FaulsityFaulsityپیش 14 روز
  • How many HP does it make stock? 112 after mods is not much. (I know it is light)

    mark collardmark collardپیش 16 روز
  • soooo basically the answer is, no a standalone ECU absolutely is not worth it unless adding forced induction, or modifying internals. Spending a 2 g+ on a standalone ecu plus dyno tune to gain what 10HP, is not worth it.

    Steven CappSteven Cappپیش 16 روز
  • whats withe the wheelchair?

    Steven CappSteven Cappپیش 16 روز
  • errr want an ACC controlled 12v source? theres a red wire that goes into the stereo head unit. This applies to pretty well all modern cars. or, cigarette lighter. no need to waste time searching for a source

    Steven CappSteven Cappپیش 16 روز

    Good lifeGood lifeپیش 17 روز
  • Micro Machines were awesome. Still have hundreds of them and I am old ass adult.

    captainzerocaptainzeroپیش 17 روز
  • 112hp, nice. But from what?

    Finn HallandFinn Hallandپیش 18 روز
  • This is the car equivalent of Brad from bon appetit

    alexander sarmientoalexander sarmientoپیش 20 روز
  • Micro machines are still a company?????!!!!!

  • That sthil hat is so fly

    Bushido BrownBushido Brownپیش 23 روز

    Bushido BrownBushido Brownپیش 23 روز
  • YOOOO 2 MONEY PIT EPISODES IN A WEEK?! truly a poppin way to start off the year

    Bushido BrownBushido Brownپیش 23 روز
  • 112hp from 1.8??? no thanks

    MrTAKIS1984MrTAKIS1984پیش 28 روز
  • Hey Guys, tell me how I can get the donut sticker on your miata so I can have have one on my miata all the way over in the UK......

    Mark HardingMark Hardingپیش 28 روز
  • I got classic Porsche 944NA, and I planing do some engine rebuild, so will lower compression ratio. And I want to twincharging it. So defenetly need to go for standalone.

    realwarbeastrealwarbeastپیش ماه
  • rv fud(s). bishh

    The rc BanditThe rc Banditپیش ماه
  • dot homeboy omgdreee tfff

    The rc BanditThe rc Banditپیش ماه
  • i don nut kno fut0! buttt im getting a stransgporterttt >>>

    The rc BanditThe rc Banditپیش ماه
  • Got a random question. Sorry if it’s dumb but can a stand-alone ecu help gain more fuel efficiency?

    Sandeep GunaratnaSandeep Gunaratnaپیش ماه
  • This series made me get another miata lol... gotta put a motor in it but thats just step one of my own MONNNNNNNAAAAYYYYYYYY PIIIIIIITTTTT!!!!

    dayton munkdayton munkپیش ماه
  • not changing the ecu is like getting a new graphics card and not installing the drivers.

    Keven ZamaniegoKeven Zamaniegoپیش ماه
  • Zach fix the headlight cover gap. You pull up and bend it back into place

    Nate MoretzNate Moretzپیش ماه
  • Ok now go pass smog lol

    Ricardo GonzalezRicardo Gonzalezپیش ماه
  • This guy makes my day better love watching these shows I learn from them and it makes me laugh ha

    Broddi EddiBroddi Eddiپیش ماه
  • Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, if I use a standalone my car wont be able to pass inspection? And how would you put the OEM computer back for inspection after the installation of performance parts, wouldn't that be a lot to handle for the OEM computer?

    trescarnalestrescarnalesپیش ماه
  • Hope that one day when this series ends, they do the same thing with a different car

    Charlie Denny Jr.Charlie Denny Jr.پیش ماه
  • Those micro machines aren’t the same quality as the original

    Badland GenetixBadland Genetixپیش ماه
  • His body language reminds me of jack sparrow

    Dylan RomineDylan Romineپیش ماه
  • Love this series but can someone explain the stock 1.8 miata was rates 128 hp obviously with age you lose some hp. So question is he still sitting below stock hp or is this different hp since it's to the wheel?

    djblast101djblast101پیش ماه
  • Really enjoying this series, there isn’t a lot of people who would look at this and shrug their shoulders at 112 hp, but watching the work and time and just the ups and downs make you so excited for it.

    Y ZacariasY Zacariasپیش ماه
  • 13:21 I want that Obi-Wan/R2D2 graphic as a T-shirt

    Stan NormileStan Normileپیش ماه
  • The only youtube channel that actually make a content out of their sponsorship. They make you buy things you shouldn’t.

    PikabooxxdPikabooxxdپیش ماه
  • Can you be my dad zach

    Tuners OnlyTuners Onlyپیش ماه
  • Does 1.8Liter should'nt have more power?(It Has a power like tuned out from 90hp 1.6[Maybe i miss something, tell me if yes]). But yes it's a nice bulid :D

    Silesia GameplaySilesia Gameplayپیش ماه
  • No replacement for displacement still holds true, thats why nascar uses v8's instead of 4 cylinders. Top fuelers use supercharged big blocks. You still need cubes to make torque.

    American MechanicAmerican Mechanicپیش ماه
    • I wouldnt use that dyno anymore, he is holding it on redline to long, but thats just me.

      American MechanicAmerican Mechanicپیش ماه
    • 12.4 is stoic

      American MechanicAmerican Mechanicپیش ماه
    • You can hurt an engine by making it run rich. Biggest thing with running rich is washing the oil out of the piston rings. Running lean melts stuff.

      American MechanicAmerican Mechanicپیش ماه
  • Thank you crew at donut and ef1 for practicing mask safety! Great episode stay safe out there guys!

    Joshua Newton-KeyJoshua Newton-Keyپیش ماه
  • Just noticed I was saying things like 'big voltage' and 'little voltage' when talking about the relay 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️that's not a thing! Voltage is constant! I should've said current. Anyway just wanted to call myself out on that, hope everyone enjoys the video and has a totally tubular Wednesday! - Zach

    jojo uzimakijojo uzimakiپیش ماه
  • Awesome 👏

    Kevin PerezKevin Perezپیش ماه
  • Should make a episode whats tools to get on a budget for beginners cause having the right tools is half the battle on working on project cars.

    Javier VargasJavier Vargasپیش ماه
  • Zach's seriously 90% of why I'm subscribed to Donut, super great host and all around super watchable.

    renato Armandorenato Armandoپیش ماه
  • You don't talk fast enough to advertise micro machines.

    Wayne S.Wayne S.پیش ماه
  • Micro machines!

    HudsonColaHudsonColaپیش ماه
  • Obi-D2

    Nic SierraNic Sierraپیش ماه
  • Ah the difficulties of being a car guy in California 🤦‍♂️

    Im RealityZIm RealityZپیش ماه
  • 23:43 Is That A Supra.....Behind You

    SpicyGamerSpicyGamerپیش ماه
  • Love this guy seriously thank you for this video not a lot out there with the same energy 👌👌👌😁😁

    cristopher fernandezcristopher fernandezپیش ماه
  • nigga do u think i am a kid nah dude i love this shit

    Kusai AlhashemiKusai Alhashemiپیش ماه
  • "I think my hands are clean enough for brain surgery" - The last thing you want to hear from your surgeon

    OFChuckOFChuckپیش ماه
  • This dude is pretty much informed....i can't keep up😂😂am actually floating

    MugambiMugambiپیش ماه
  • I have done mods on my 06 Azera limited where can I get my ecu tuned

    Jesse James Hurtado IIIJesse James Hurtado IIIپیش ماه
  • 20:59 that is the hottest way to wear a mask...

    Joshua WinsorJoshua Winsorپیش ماه
  • Respect to James for losing so much weight. He looks so much healthier and better

    juanito K.Ojuanito K.Oپیش 2 ماه
  • I always wonder how many degrees these guys would have! Like Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Car Biology (Nolan), e.t.c. These people are my true teachers. They helped me in my short career of F1 in schools. And I am only 13!

    Soham BhandarkarSoham Bhandarkarپیش 2 ماه
  • I am looking for a good remote tuner. Someone that can do it online.

    justhavnfun herejusthavnfun hereپیش 2 ماه
  • Donut really got sponsored by toys.

    Kid SavvyKid Savvyپیش 2 ماه
  • Yo! Tell micro machines to remake the video game. I loved that game!

  • Me: “is that a Supra?”

    Dylan VinceletteDylan Vinceletteپیش 2 ماه
  • I made my 2004 VW Passat B5 (1.9 TDi) make 130HP by ONLY cleaning the EGR, intake and replace all the filters.

    FathomFathomپیش 2 ماه
  • Eddie .. can you hand me that motherff😂😂😂

    josue G350Zjosue G350Zپیش 2 ماه
  • With the tune it should feel way better and powerful thru the entire pedal. I cant remember if he has a 1.6 or 1.8

    Chutney Ink.Chutney Ink.پیش 2 ماه
  • Are you guys putting turbskis in it?

    Lee RoussoLee Roussoپیش 2 ماه
  • Is ThAt a SuPrA?!?!?

    Gunnar HoltzappleGunnar Holtzappleپیش 2 ماه
  • Wayyyyyyy over my head 🤣

    jdjdپیش 2 ماه
  • I need this guy to do mods on my 22re

    jdjdپیش 2 ماه
  • \m/ hell yes, MS3pro looks great and a whole lot easier than the FAST 2.0 I was running

    Jubal WrightJubal Wrightپیش 2 ماه
  • Love the content and the commercial for small cars was fun and you guys made it the best it could have been but I was literally checking to see if there was a skip button because at one point I thought it was a IRworld ad. IRworld already has enough ads without you guys putting a 60 second commercial in the beginning of the video

    Christian ThresherChristian Thresherپیش 2 ماه
  • "you don't want to mess with electrical components with the battery connected, especially big ones" *Thinks of all the airbags and modules I've disconnected with the battery still connected and sometimes the ignition on* This is fine

    RebelKingRebelKingپیش 2 ماه
  • Money pit has become my favorite series on here

    Derek PDerek Pپیش 2 ماه
  • Surgeons doing brain surgery quick so it doesn’t dies Money pit: talks 20mins holding a ecu brain

    X Æ A-XiiX Æ A-Xiiپیش 2 ماه
  • I literally only subscribed for this series. I’ve grown more attached to this Miata than my own car. Lol

    Mark EscarenoMark Escarenoپیش 2 ماه
  • so after all that money and time and work you only made a 112hp what the fuck that is not worth it at all, turbo it already

    Isiah StahowiakIsiah Stahowiakپیش 2 ماه
  • are you a wizurd?

    Leston YearwoodLeston Yearwoodپیش 2 ماه
  • You said Turbo to many times, I think you might be going Turbo soon.

    Dustin GordonDustin Gordonپیش 2 ماه
  • HA... mega squirt... thats what I called my ex.

    Bring me Peter panBring me Peter panپیش 2 ماه

    Alex GerberAlex Gerberپیش 2 ماه
  • Probably the best series on donut media.

    Mike HuntMike Huntپیش 2 ماه
  • Micro machines?!? Oh my god

    E O NE O Nپیش 2 ماه
  • Was 1:17 on purpose 😭 😂

    King PlatanoKing Platanoپیش 2 ماه
  • why does he have less hp this time than the previous episodes?

    ItzTunItzTunپیش 2 ماه

    Dima MkhitarianiDima Mkhitarianiپیش 2 ماه
  • Are stand alone ecus even used on new cars anymore? I had a 11 mustang gt, to tune it all one has to do is reflash the stock ecu.

    Christopher LeonitukChristopher Leonitukپیش 2 ماه
  • I just love this guy and this car.

    Lakshitha RathnayakeLakshitha Rathnayakeپیش 2 ماه
  • Shot 23:21, *ahem*… “Is thAT A sUprA” Had to do it, sorry.

    Walter MichelsWalter Michelsپیش 2 ماه
  • Lol not sure the ol miata is worth a stand alone but alright.

    The EdgeThe Edgeپیش 2 ماه
  • Did james lose a bunch of weight?👍 or did he just shave his beard.

    YesYesپیش 2 ماه
  • I’m surprised with all those upgrades your not making more power baby. Just LS swap it.

    Dr. EvilDr. Evilپیش 2 ماه
  • So can the mx-5 now shoot flames?

    Muffin ManMuffin Manپیش 2 ماه
  • 12 volts from disconnected battery

    raatomato666raatomato666پیش 2 ماه
  • I've been watching these videos on the miata. I noticed u guys want to increase the power however I also noticed that a considerable amount of weight has been added to the car. How will u guys keep the power to weight ratio at optimal level?

    Andile MbheleAndile Mbheleپیش 2 ماه
  • Actually love how donut teach you along the way. Entertaining, relatable with a a commonly modded car, well presented and easy to watch.

    Mr DobingMr Dobingپیش 2 ماه
  • Isn’t a 1994 Miata supposed to have 128 hp from the factory?

    Nicholas GaravagliaNicholas Garavagliaپیش 2 ماه
  • For any car dads the micro-machines would be an excellent Christmas present for any kid

    L.D.L.D.پیش 2 ماه
  • No shit!? Micro Machines are back!!!

    Gary OttersonGary Ottersonپیش 2 ماه
  • Hey man can you do like a video of changing the fuel tank I want to know to take it out

    andrew neerpatandrew neerpatپیش 2 ماه