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  1. Did you forget that you were waiting? I sure did! Fooling the ECU is easy, I just did it this weekend. I believe the ECU is simply looking for continuity so any resistance should do. 1) After I went to bigger tires, I placed a simple on/off switch between the TCU and the Lock Up solenoid too keep it unlocked at low speeds. This worked great until I got on the highway and the TCU won't re-enable Lock up because open circuit triggers a code and disables lock up. 2) I made a dummy circuit between the TCU and ground to close the circuit. This is comprised of a 130 ohm resistor and an LED. Its always connected regardless of my switch position so there's never any break in continuity when I flip the switch. Now I have zero issues turning it back on when I get on the highway. A few things to take note of: -TC unlocked is 1v so LED is dim when TCU is not sending lock up. -TC locked is battery voltage so LED gets brighter when TCU is sending lock up. -The TC solenoid is 10-16ohms and my dummy circuit is about 10x as many ohms. There is zero concern of my dummy circuit robing any current for the solenoid's proper operation.
  2. New Year showed up from Japan last week and I installed it today. 18t blue speedo gear 235/85r16 tires and 4.6 gears vs gps = 1.6% or .96 mile less for every 60miles, (based on a 12 mile drive) For reference, the 17t black Speedo gear was 4% or 2.4 miles less for every 60 miles (based on a 100 mile drive)
  3. Amayama and Megazip are good next-steps when PartSouq comes up dry. They have multiple warehouses as well as some info on production cycles (due dates on out of stock items that are still in production)
  4. I got tired of the clowns on Facebook telling me to check AutoZone so I reached out to Amayama this weekend. They previously had it at $36 for shipping alone. With that fixed, I placed an order. Partsouq UAE is my favorite but they did not have it this time. That's where I got my 16t speedo for the 3.70 differential...
  5. I'm looking for a reasonably priced Blue 18 tooth speedometer gear assembly from an 87-93 4x4 pathfinder or pickup. Anybody have one kicking around in their parts bin? I've found some overseas but the shipping is outrageous and I do not live near any junk yards. I tried 17 &19 in my WD21 but they are too fast/slow, I need an 18.
  6. HA! I didn't read the year, I thought this was 3 weeks ago. Keeping the previous post up for any that it may help in the future
  7. Pump and cam turn half crank speed, they are both driven by a center idler gear shown in the video below.(not mine) 720 degrees by the crank gear = 360 degrees of the other gears because they have twice as many teeth and travel half the speed. Unless your other gears are off, ZZ should mesh with Z as your rotate past TDC compression. Are you experiencing a specific problem or just trying to be cautious? To check the other gears you need the whole timing cover off, engine TDC compression (both #1 valves shut) you should be looking for the matchmarks. "ZZ" to "Z" for the pump and ".." to "." for the others. There is only one way the pump gear can go on so the pump shaft will be correct once you do this. Video below makes it pain as day. Once the matchmarks are verified you need the timing cover on, crank pulley on and a depth gage for the back of the pump to measure the pump's cam plate lift at TDC. You rotate the pump body itself (not the gears) to adjust this to spec... Are you experiencing a specific problem or just trying to be cautious?
  8. There may be some small gains to be had on an N/A engine but the real benefit is for heavily modified engines that require larger MAF and injectors than stock. Stock injectors can take you up to 200HP WD21 MAF appears restrictive BUT I have not measured any significant restriction on my cam'd 3.0. I have not tested a wd21 MAF on anything larger (yet) If you have a 3.3 swap and your vacuum gauge 0-3 HG under wide open throttle.
  9. Idle timing adjustment now works properly. I have not tested it in "neutral" because I may have a bad neutral switch but I can bypass that to generate test results this weekend.
  10. Here's a video I made showing the ECU and some screens inside Nistune.
  11. Matt from Nistune is helping me iron out a few kinks since the d21 ECU is not something that's had a lot of attention before. Idle speed can now be adjusted based on engine temperature. - It did not take long for Matt to find this feature and make it available for tuning. - 900 idle yields better cleaner smog test results without exceeding maximum allowed idle speed - Really wild cams some times need up to 1100 idle for the engine to run smoothly Main Fuel maps and Main Timing maps do everything they need to. - This is the most important part, everything else is secondary I checked this first and everything for the main maps was good to go! We are troubleshooting idle timing adjustment. This may or may not get solved, most people will never need to touch it. - Stock idle timing of 15 degrees works fine for N/A vg30/33/34 or N/A engines with boost added. - Engines with compression ratios below 9:1 (for higher boost) need more idle timing to idle better. Unfortunately fuel trims cannot be reported with this ECU, nor can they be quickly reset. -For now, there's a % in the fuel trim boxes but they are not actual trims -Fuel trim reporting is mostly useful when swapping MAF or resizing injectors. It can be done without it just not as easy. There are countless other things that can be adjusted. -Most of them don't need to be touched and I'm not gong to bother listing them. -But if you are curious ask away! ...yes rev limits can be changed but I wouldn't take a vg above 6500rpm!
  12. Its Working. Quick shot of some consult gauges and a very useful RPM triggered stopwatch. Without a dyno, repeated runs on a flat road with this stopwatch will tell you if your actually getting faster or not.
  13. Sorry for your loss. How do you feel about a blue 2 door `89?
  14. Hey its finally in the country! Now watch it take another week from LA to my door (2hr drive).
  15. You you can order directly from Nistune website or you can talk to a more local Nistune vendor but they will need to source a special order board directly from Nistune Australia and make sure they know that.
  16. UPDATE: I completed install on Friday but there was a communication hiccup and this daughter board will not connect to PC. There are a few vehicles that need "Special Order Boards" modified in-house by Nistune Developments, Australia The pathfinder is one of those vehicles. More info here: NISTune Tech Bulletin: Special Order Boards Looking like a week and some change for the Special Order Board to arrive.
  17. This is wrong, I have r33 GTR transfer case (ATTESA) in the garage. It uses a clutch pack in a basket/drum similar to a motorcycle clutch. A transfer case chain similar to the Pathfinders TX10 chain is attached to a basket/drum around the rear output shaft. The alternating clutch plates transfer torque from the rear output to the chain which then turns the front driveshaft. Instead of a clutch spring, an electric pump pressurizes a hydraulic system to apply pressure against the the clutch pack, its literally just a hydraulic piston. A PWM solenoid valve on the return line regulates the system pressure from 20~200 psi and this is controlled by the ATTESA computer. While ATTESA is an AWD system, it is a transferase system (not a center differential). The rear wheels are always powered regardless of how much torque is sent to the front wheels. Simplified: In a transfer case system, if you stop the permanently driven wheels then everything stops. But in a center diff system, if you stop ANY pair of wheels the other pair will continue to spin.
  18. Spin an egg on the table, now stop it very briefly and let go... it will try to start spinning again because you stopped the shell but not the fluid inside. Moving parts next to other moving parts will translate some fluid friction. If its a clutch type engagement the moving parts are really close to each other so lots of fluid friction is translated over. This is actually how torque converters and viscous differentials work but the fluid energy transfer is maximized even more by way of specially shaped turbines. I've run out of time to go in depth, but in a nutshell I prefer manually shifted 4x4 for off roading vehicles and true AWD systems for street vehicles that may encounter adverse conditions. (r50/qx4 auto mode is not true AWD...)
  19. No, VG33 ECU's are completely different. Getting support for an unsupported ECU involves talking Matt into supporting vg33 ECU's while he still has MANY other supported models on more popular tuning platforms and thoes take priority. Getting support for 90-95 pathfinder took decades... And after having a look at the bin files, it still needs development... My solution, before this, was to run a supported ECU like the M30. This requires a rewire but i was converting an 89 to fuel injection so I was doing a complete re-wire anyway. Re-wiring for a 90-95 ecu will let you ditch annoying things like EVAP sensors and other extra crap they added to the vg33 but it might also effect tach/speedo function if they were tied to the ECU.
  20. I got all the conformal coating (clear insulation) cleaned up around the working locations on the ECU. It looks like Nissan put it on twice as thick on the pathfinder ECU's. Amazon Prime has me waiting 1-2 weeks for the things I need to go any farther. I placed the order last week and it said get it by the 12-13th... Now it says expected the 16th and Friday it will probably say arriving Monday... ANYWAY stay tuned, and I will update when I get to make progress again! I can tell you from the Nistune'd M30 ecu I had in my '89 that Nissan likes to error on the side of caution. Timing was good under light load but a little more conservative under heavy load. I'm fine with this, esp for towing. Fuel under acceleration was richer than 11.8:1 which is too much, it won't hurt anything but it leaves some power on the table for the N/A tune. Reducing fuel to 12:1~12.5:1 provided noticeable improvement. This improvement was measured using an RPM triggered stop watch built into the software.
  21. Nistune Nistune is now supporting 90-95 v6 pathfinders (and pickups). The owner of a 1995 reached out to me with the good news! He's running a VG33 and his 1995 Nistune'd ECU has been tuned to run the vg33er (supercharged xterra/frontier) MAF and injectors. I immediately bugged Matt (from down under) at Nistune and he said yes my 1993 is now supported (90-95). I ordered my board from Past Power Innovations (previously ASCO) and I should begin install this week. Disclaimer DIY ECU socketing is NOT recommended for the average hobbyist, mistakes can set you back hundreds of dollars and weeks in international shipping. Typical installers might charge $80-$100 on top of the board itself ($240) which is cheap insurance if you have any doubts about your own skills or equipment. Still wanna DIY? If you've never done anything like this before I suggest you Grab a cheap spare ECU from the junk yard, make sure it works and drives properly with no codes. De-solder the ECU chip, remove it, put it back in and re-solder it. Does it still work and drive properly with no codes? You will either fly or fail and then you can make a more educated decision. Helpful tip: Read the Nistune Soldering Guide and use 63/37 Tin/Lead Rosin Core solder 0.030" if you can get in your country. (USA can) (60/40 Tin/Lead also works very well but avoid the lead-free stuff if you can) What does it do? This is most beneficial to those boosting or making over 200HP. Stock ECU/MAF/injectors will take you to 200HP without modification. The main purpose is to give you complete control over fuel and timing. It will also allow you to make injector size changes and MAF changes. (Like my favorite combo: 344cc injectors and Z32 MAF) Beyond that, there are lots of other parameters that vary by ECU model and what's been "decoded" for that model. Some examples are: -electronic idle speed control -the ability to add timing-based Idle stabilization -rev limits -safety rev limits (neutral/park) -AFR's during warm up
  22. MY1PATH


    This is still in progress. I will not let it leave my garage so it cannot get pushed aside for another decade... Small things, nothing worth documenting and One big thing! Nistune is coming to Pathfinder ECU's!!! Some of you may remember that I've been playing with Nistune on M30 ECU when I converted my 89 to fuel injection. In the coming month I should be playing with Nistune on a 1993 Pathfinder ECU. More to come in a separate thread when it does!

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