Custom programming your own PCM
Electronics - This is THE place to purchase many of the cables necessary for the scan
tools and programming tools now available and listed in the many links below. I have
one of Andrew's cables and they are of the highest quality. AKM Electronics comes
highly recommended in my book.
- Carputing.Com -
These are the guys who developed the LT1 Edit program for the OBDI LT1 and are currently
working on the OBDII version. (UPDATE: OBDII version is NOW available!!! Check
it out! http://members.tripod.com/CarProgrammer/1996main.htm)
I have this program and use it to program my Vortech 94Z as well as my 96SS. You can
adjust many parameters including spark curves, fuel delivery, gear ratios, tire size,
transmission values, shift points, and on and on. Why pay $300 for custom tuning
then extra fees for updates when you can do it yourself! Many kudos to these guys
as they have given us everyday average folks a way to custom tune and program our own PCM
at an EXTREMELY reasonable price. Heck, if you already have a laptop you can
purchase their software and a cable for LESS than what it would cost you to purchase a
Hypertech Power Programmer. Now that is incredible! You'll also find info
here on how to join a rapidly growing mailing list related specifically to LT1 Edit...
tons of knowledgeable people on this mailing list.
- Tunercat - Looks
interesting but don't know much about it.
- LT1 Edit
Tuning of a Supercharged Z - by Christian Millard.
TransAM - A message board with a dedicated forum for LT1 Edit users.
- LT1 Edit Instructions -
by Christopher Bennight
PCM Info - Only go here if you are
REALLY into this stuff... i.e., extremely geeky!
- MTI -
Motorsports Technologies Internet.
- Modern Musclecar
- Mike Licht has tuned many a Camaro and Firebird and is well known in the F-Body
crowd. He has an extremely nice facility where he can custom program your car on his
Mustang dyno. Mike is also a member of the www.f-body.org
mailing list and often times passes his expertise to the members on the lists.
- Fastchip - Ed Wright
is also well known in the F-body Internet crowd. Ed has many happy customers and
from what I understand does and excellent job with Fed Ex type tuning (a term I use when
you can't take your car to him for tuning :). Ed also has a dyno where he can dyno
tune your car to get the most out of it.
- TPIS - Tuned Port
- Jet Performance Products
- Not custom but they do sell plug in modules.
- Hypertech - They
have the popular Power Programmer as well as generic plug in cartridges for several common
mods such as a supercharger or cam.
Garage - No experience with them but they do custom programming for F-Bodies.
OBDI and OBDII Scan Tools
Diagnostics - An OBDII scan tool.
- PCMcomm - From the
LT1 Edit guys. This is FREE. Works with OBDI. A $50 version allows data
logging. I have this program and it works very good! All you need with the
FREE version is one of AKM
Electronics cables and you're good to go!
- By Andy Whittaker. A free scan tool for OBDI. Will need an AKM Electronics cable.
- TTS DataMaster
- Data logging software for the OBDI. This is free for viewing data but only allows
5 free recording sessions at which time it must then be purchased. Note: If
you already have the TTS Datamaster program and their cable, this cable will work with LT1
Edit. Also to note, this program can be purchased cheaper thru AKM Electronics and the AKM
cable can be used too :)
- Don't know much about this one.
- OBDII Virtual Dashboard
- Hey, a home brew scan tool for you OBDII guys.
- Palm Pilot
- In the works but a Palm Pilot scan tool!
- Diacom - An
extremely popular OBDI scan tool. Comes in a Standard version and Plus version.
I have this and it does work very well! I bought this when I installed the
supercharger. Some type of scan tool is a must for a blower car IMO and at the time
Diacom was about all there was to choose from. If you like this, I recommend
purchasing it from PerformanceSS.
- ScanMaster -
By Modern Musclecar. This is one cool
gadget! I have two of them (one for my 94Z and one for 96SS). IMO, this is the
best scan tool for everyday monitoring of your engine's parameters. I feel this way
due to its compactness and how easily it can be mounted. I have made a page for
mounting one of these in a Camaro. You can view this page by clicking here. Kelly Drown has
also made a page detailing his installation in his Trans Am. Click here for that page. Kelly
also has a very nice page which goes into brief detail about the parameters the ScanMaster
monitors. Check out this page by clicking here. Fred Forsythe also has
done a great job on a writeup for ScanMaster parameters. Take a look at Fred's page
by clicking here.
- AutoXray or here- This is an OBDI and OBDII scan tool. Don't
have any experience with this myself but do know of people who have it and like it.
- Sunpro by Actron
- I believe this is the type of scanner that you see sold in autoparts stores like
Monitor 4000 - Professional type scan tool for OBDI and OBDII.
- AutoTap - A very good
OBDII scan tool.
PowerScan - Not bad if you already have the Hypertech Power Programmer but I'd
recommend one of the other scan tools if you're starting from scratch.
Diagnostic Technology - Allows "talking" with the ABS computer.
- OBDII Scan Tool
- OBDII Scan
Tool for your Palm PDA! - Yep, a very cool interface that allows you to monitor your
OBDII engine parameters via a Palm Pilot or similar. Looks very interesting!
- Autocheckup - OBDI
and OBDII scan tools
- CJ-II Scan Tool
- PDA based scan tool for OBDII.
What's All That Scan Tool Stuff Mean?
- AS&M Fuel
Trim FAQ - A pretty good description of short term and long term (integrator and block
learns) fuel readings.
- AC Delco - Some info
about the sensors.
Secrets and Tuning Hints - Not F-Body specific but pretty good!
Readings Explained - by Fred Forsythe. Fred has spent many hours researching and
watching the values on his ScanMaster. I had noticed quite some time ago on the www.camaroz28.com bulletin board that Fred was one of
the few who were able to answer many of the scanner/code related questions. I kept
asking Fred to compile his findings instead of retyping everything each time somebody
asked a question. Well, Fred has now done this and has come up with a very good
page! You really need to check this out!
and Engine Codes - This page has been put together by Kelly Drown (Project TransAm).
Some of the on this page is from Fred Forsythe. If you want basic
descriptions (not quite as hard core as Fred's page above) this is the place to go!
PCM Tutorial - By Jeff Stevens
Have an F-Body with 11" rear
wheels? Send me an email to have it placed here!
Drive Train Related Suppliers
(let me know if you know of
Exhaust Related Manufacturers
Image Automotive - Long tubes for the 4th gen are in the works!
Performance Exhaust - Big horse power exhaust systems. Also have a y-pipe for
Hooker long tubes.
- Paul Barry
Motorsports - This is THE place IMO for header coatings or any type of ceramic coating
for that matter. Paul is quickly gaining a reputation as having some of the best
coating available. His chrome looking ceramic coating stands out above all the rest.
Not only does his coatings help with peformance but they look great too! Paul
can coat just about anything on your car :) He has even chrome coated the PCM shell!
Paul is a great guy and I highly recommend doing business with him.
- Finish Line Performance
- Just came out with long tubes for the LT1 and LS1. I hear they are nice!
- Their long tubes have been out the longest so this is what most have. They make
- Auto Fab Lab - No
personal experience with this company but they do mail order powder and thermal coating
and the business owner owns a 4th Gen :-)
Electronics - These guys sell O2 simulators.
- Dynatech -
Racing Headers & Exhaust Systems.
- DMH Performance -
Electronic Borla plate!
Time Performance - Electric cut-out
- Home Dyno - A very cool
REAL dyno for your car. Not some simulator type dyno that estimates horse power,
this one does the real thing. Check out the page to see how this is done as it is a
bit too complicated for me to explain here. :) Doesn't have the "neat
factor" of the Road Dyno product but is still an excellent program at a great price.
Dyno - Want to talk neat stuff? This is it!!! Mike Chaney came up with
this program as well as the Home Dyno program. The Road Dyno elimates the problems
of noise in your recording that some were seeing with the Home Dyno program. I have
both programs and can honestly say that these are very much worth the money!
- Street Dyno -
Similar to the above.
Board Dyno - I personally like the Home Dyno and Road Dyno (I have both!) but am
including this link as well so you can see just how good of deal you are getting with
Shift Light - Very nice piece and works good from what I hear.
- Power Window Controller
- If you want to make your passenger side window also have the "one touch auto
down" feature, this gizmo will do it. Looks interesting but seems like a lot of
work! Personally, I just bought another Power Window Control Module from Dal for
around $20 that'll do the same thing :)
- F-Body Group
Purchase Page - Maintained by WS6.com and for members of the www.f-body.org mailing lists.
- Z28.COM's Parts Source
- Make Your
Own MSD Pills
- Ticket to Mags -
Not a magazine but a subscription service. I've bought subscriptions from these
people and some of their prices are extremely good!
- Still have to stick in all my magazine links. Will do
very own F-Body Vinyl graphics web page - I've started making vinyl graphics for the
F-Body to help pay for the bandwidth this site uses. If you like the site and need a
couple high quality and inexpensive decals, check me out! :)
- The Sign
Connection - Excellent quality vinyl graphics! They make the www.camaroz28.com windshield banners and other vinyl
graphics. Just about whatever you'd need for your 4th gen Camaro or Firebird,
they'll have it! If they don't have it they can probably make it!
- Mallory Billet
Aluminum - Tons of very cool billet aluminum pieces for your 4th gen! The owner
of MBA, John LeBlanc, owns a very cool Camaro! Check it out here. John is an active
member amoung the F-Body crowd and is always willing to answer any questions you may have
about his products. He makes some great stuff and I highly recommend checking out
his site if you are even remotely into appearance modding your F-Body!
- CAMPRO Designs -
Fiberglass and carbon fiber.
- Sequential turn signals.
- ATS Sequential
Turn Signals - For the Impala but they have been adapted to the Camaro.
- Auto Indulgence
- Make a brighter bulb setup for the Camaro.
- Absolute Z28
- Compares prices of the different hoods, ground effects, spoilers.
- RK Sport -
Tons of appearance mods. Hoods, graphics, ground effects, etc.
Creations - Fiberglass hoods and more.
- Wings West - Fiberglass
spoilers, ground effects, body kits. They make the kit on my 94Z.
- Reseller. Ground effects, lighting kits, spoilers, hoods, covers, and more.
- American Sports
Car Design - Fiberglass spoilers and hoods.
- Erebuni -
Fiberglass ground effects and spoilers.
- L.G. Motorsports
- Graphic packages.
- Good prices on fiberglass parts.
- Mecham Design
Performance - Very nice fiberglass hoods and spoilers.
- A&A - Decent
ground effects, wings, and hoods at reasonable prices. (Cheaper at CarParts.com
- VFN Fiberglass -
Make a nice fiberglass cowl hood... the one on my 94Z!
Fiberglass.com - Inexpensive fiberglass hoods.
- some high quality fiberglass hoods for both the Camaro and Firebird.
- Harwood - Original
Coast Motoring - Trying to get the Stella ground effects kit so he can start producing
- CarCustoms.Net -
Body Kits, Hoods, Spoilers, and Grilles.
Parts.com - Altezza lights for the 4th Gen Camaro.
- DashKits.net - I've
been told they carry dash kits for 4th Gens.
- F-Body full length A-Pillar gauge pods
- 3rd Gen Decals -
The stripes and decals made by Jay are top quality! I can say because I have
purchased his decals :) Check out my car on his site here. I highly recommend doing
business with Jay... you won't be disappointed.
Coddington Wheels - Nice (and expensive!) wheels for the 4th gen F-Body.
- ProCar Parts
- Clear side markers for the 4th Gen
Products - Fiberglass parts
WebShots - Several pictures of appearance modifications for the 4th Gen F-Bodies!
TPS Switch - I saved this link because this looks like a useful gadget! May work
better than the micro switches for activating your nitrous. Don't know much about it
but it does look interesting.
to Nitrous? - A great page by David Mills detailing the many aspects of nitrous.
domain name sites)
Personal Favorites - These are the guys I spend
probably 95% of my mod money with!
- Internet Racer's Supply
- Very good prices and a huge selection of go fast goodies. Dennis is great and
always willing to answer questions. Excellent customer service.
- Performance SS -
Another great place to do your shopping. Steve is a great guy and the customer
service is outstanding.
- Thunder Racing -
I've bought a number of goodies from these guys as well. Again, excellent customer
- Modern Musclecar
- Web page has been broke for what seems like years now but still, Mike is a great guy and
really knows his stuff. Lots of neat gadgets like the ScanMaster, VoltBlaster, MAF
Translator, etc. come from these guys.
- T Byrne
Motorsports - Yet another great online place to spend your $$$.
- Dal Slabaugh - Dal
is THE man for genuine GM parts. He can most likely sell you any GM part you want
and most times you'll pay less for the part than what your local Chevy/Pontiac dealer pays
for it! This means you'll often see 40% to 50% off what your local people will quote
you for the same exact part. I've bought lots of stuff from Dal and have been
extremely satisfied. Just call him up and tell him what you're looking for...
chances are he knows the part number from memory :) Dal now works at Van Devere Olds
and can be reached at 800-362-9494 or email email@example.com
DON'T call Lambert Buick where he used to work!
Want your page listed on my links page?
All you have to do is have one of my pages (most likely my Fix It & Install Guides
page or 4th Gen Appearance Modification site linked from your own page! If you
already have done this and are not listed here, all you need to do is send me over an
email and I'll get you added. Thanks!
- Still working on this section. If you
know you should be here, send me an email to let me know!
Thanks for checking out my
links page! If there is anything that YOU have that I don't and you believe would
benefit others, please let me know! I'm trying to make this a useful page for
everyone! Check back every so often because I'm always updating and adding to this