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    Question Power commander advice

    I am thinking of ordering the power commander V for my VFR

    Do I need to go to a dealership for installation? ($500 quote w/mapping on a dyno)
    Does it have to be mapped and put on a dyno? I know it would for optimum performance, but would it work straight out of the box?
    Last edited by ST Mark; December 13th, 2013 at 05:36 PM.
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    Installing it shouldn't be too hard if you want to do it yourself. As far as getting it mapped, I'd highly recommend AF1. The dyno they use does steady throttle (verses just accelerating) and Micah goes through every gear. He used almost a full tank of gas (started with a full tank and the low fuel light was on when I picked it up) when he tuned the 636 a few years ago. Throttle response was flawless when he got done. It costs a little more than other folks but the results will be worth it imho.
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    Thomas and I put his PC in. It was easy. It already had a map in it for what he wanted. Still didn't help getting away from the ZX10R on stock EMC.
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    Carl
    That is who gave me the quote, said about three hours on the dyno.
    I understand that is the best thing to do, just wanted to know if it was something I could do at a later date, like before the track day season starts.
    Bryan
    I think it comes with a mapping already for the specific bike. Might need your help if you are game...no hurry...some time we are both available. Would like to feel the performance before deciding on going to the dealership for fine tuning.

    Actually I forgot to ask the main question I was posting about. There is an "auto tune " device that is avaliable to accompany the power commander for an additional $200. Know anything about these...do I really need it if going to AF1 for tuning?
    Thanks, I will order the commander today.....found it for $280
    Mark
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    Sure I'll help you Mark. I'm on VAC till Jan. 2nd my next hunters are the weekend of the 28th. I'm going to be cooking all next Friday for the Christmas Party. Just call me when it comes in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Sure I'll help you Mark. I'm on VAC till Jan. 2nd my next hunters are the weekend of the 28th. I'm going to be cooking all next Friday for the Christmas Party. Just call me when it comes in.
    Woohoo I rode to MOTOMUMMY in Round Rock, Texas today and picked it up. They mapped it for my Two brothers exhaust and K&N air filter already.
    Dang it was a cold ride up there. Took about three hours there and back with traffic.
    Looks pretty easy to install.
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    Got it installed. Took me 4 hours
    Getting the fairings off takes a while.
    Install was very easy until I had to get to the oxygen sensors.

    They are behind the frame and the installation says to remove the radiator bracket. This is not possible without draining and removing the whole radiator and bracket...which I did. Had to go get antifreeze to complete the job. Put it all back together just before it got dark. Took a short test ride to make sure all was good. I will have to get on some back roads to really test it out.
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    Sweet Mark I'm glade you got it installed.
    Last edited by Bryan; December 15th, 2013 at 08:24 PM.
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    I'm late to the party but sounds like when I installed my Bazzaz.
    4 hours goes by fast when you are upgrading!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_02 View Post
    I'm late to the party but sounds like when I installed my Bazzaz.
    4 hours goes by fast when you are upgrading!
    That and trying to beat sundown.
    I am looking for a map that is close to my setup. It is limited from Power commander web site for my bike. One states for the European models that is closer to mine---might try that one.
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