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I want to start this post by saying i'm not a mechanic, and I've never done any tuning before. I've been working on this on and off for 12 months and probably only know 10% of what there is to know about ECU's and tuning them. Everyone complains about the ZD30s doughy response and searching the net there's nearly zero info on remapping our engine so I figured "it may as well be me".

I'm hoping this thread doesn't take over my life, and figure the more people working on it the better the end result will be. This isn't something you can learn in a couple of weeks, or even months but i'm sure there will be enough people interested that we can get some good results on making the ZD30 more responsive.
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Ill be watching keenly, Rumpig you are a champion.
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What you need Hardware wise.
An ecu with the chips removed and sockets installed. I wouldn't use your original ecu, i'd keep that for back up, as once you socket an ecu there's a greater chance of it failing leave you up shit creek till you get a replacement.

Navaras don't have immobilisers so you can get an ecu from any 2000-2006 zd30. I was getting them for as little as $55 plus postage but generally there about $150. Chips and sockets I've been getting from here http://www.chip-service.de/product_i...010B-70JF.html
I have 30 chips and sockets if anyone wants a set.
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Old 24-12-2014, 05:29 AM
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To read and write chips you need a burner, the one i'm using is made by MCUMALL and is the GQ-4X http://www.mcumall.com/comersus/stor...namicIndex.asp This will read the bin files off the original chips which are "One Time Write". The chips that replace the originals can be erased and written many times over, which means you only need one pair. There's two chips written in 8 bit, one odd the other even which are combined by the microprocessor in the ecu into a 16 bit file.
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With regards to socketing the ecu I spent some time googling "soldering smd" and watching videos and thought "doesn't look to hard". I bought a soldering station with a hot air gun, some sockets and ecu's from ebay and had a crack and totally butchered the first two, thought right I've got it now, and tried a third which worked for the first 200 mtrs then died.
Believe me it isn't as easy as it looks, so some more googling and I found two companies that work on ecu's. I talked to a tech at a place in Melbourne and he said they don't do anything like socketing so I rang Kevin at Efi autoparts in Perth and he said he could do it. http://www.efiautoparts.com.au/page1.php He's done two Navara ones for me and a Patrol one which I haven't tried yet ( any Patrol owners wanna be a guinea pig?) He charges $176 to remove the chips and solder in sockets which is cheaper than doing what I did butchering 3 ecu's. This fella in Adelaide can socket ecu's as well for $100. http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/port-...ces/1040186793
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Software.
Winols is by far the best software for remapping. Unfortunately they only sell their software to Tuning companies and dealers, but you can download their free demo version which does everything but let you export the modified bin file back out. http://www.evc.de/en/product/ols/software/

Tunerpro is free software but to use it you need a definition file (xdf) that matches your bin file. I have all the info to make the xdf but don't know how, so if anyone does know how to write them i'd like to here from you. http://www.tunerpro.net/

These programs above are hex editors designed to show bin files in an easy to understand form and there are free hex editors as well. http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...hex-editor.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hex_editor
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Guides.
Ecu Connections http://www.ecuconnections.com/forum/index.php is the most comprehensive source of info on DIY remapping with the Europeans doing lots of Audis, VW, BMW and Mercs themselves. It's not a forum where you can just jump on and ask "how's it done?" They expect you to read, read, read,work out what you can for yourself, and then when you get stuck ask questions.
There's pretty much no info on our car. Kiwibacon did a yd25 and Stanton did a yd22 but there's next to nothing written about either so I've basically started from zero, everything is covered at ecuconnections it's just scattered all over the place so it's just a matter of using the search function and reading everything till it starts to make sense. Out car has a vp44 so that's a good place to start the search from as early audis and bemmers use that pump so there are similar maps to the Nav.
Ecuedit is another forum. http://www.ecuedit.com/
There's a series of videos on youtube that are well done.https://sites.google.com/site/vagecu...nding-ecu-maps
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXp...8Y6q9kP6ope8VA
And then these. http://m.audiklub.cz/post.php?sid=a6...topic_index=40
http://www.mcumall.com/forum/default.asp
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