Is a Standalone ECU Worth It?

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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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Donut Media 4 ամիս առաջ
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
Civic 69
Civic 69 3 օր առաջ
Müllerman 2 ամիս առաջ
You mean turbolar
Alexis Knows
Alexis Knows 2 ամիս առաջ
@Alex Jou $1200 for a none turbocharged engine , not worth it . With the stock ECU you can tune to 150whp .
Erik Kovacs
Erik Kovacs 3 ամիս առաջ
If you're talking about a relay it should be zero current not low current.
josh nichols
josh nichols 3 ամիս առաջ
@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.
HONEY KUN 7 օր առաջ
You either be a van that transport little cars to a city, or be the city it self 1:90
randall dorman
randall dorman 7 օր առաջ
I think big and play small every night.... thanks for reminding me
Eli Williamson
Eli Williamson 8 օր առաջ
Ive literally never understood tuning until u explained it. Like i got the general idea but it was wizard magic
Faulsity 12 օր առաջ
Yo my mom bought those little car toys for my toddler brothers lmao
mark collard
mark collard 14 օր առաջ
How many HP does it make stock? 112 after mods is not much. (I know it is light)
Steven Capp
Steven Capp 14 օր առաջ
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 Capp
Steven Capp 14 օր առաջ
whats withe the wheelchair?
Steven Capp
Steven Capp 14 օր առաջ
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
Good life
Good life 15 օր առաջ
captainzero 15 օր առաջ
Micro Machines were awesome. Still have hundreds of them and I am old ass adult.
Finn Halland
Finn Halland 16 օր առաջ
112hp, nice. But from what?
alexander sarmiento
alexander sarmiento 18 օր առաջ
This is the car equivalent of Brad from bon appetit
CALE KIEFER 20 օր առաջ
Micro machines are still a company?????!!!!!
Bushido Brown
Bushido Brown 21 օր առաջ
That sthil hat is so fly
Bushido Brown
Bushido Brown 21 օր առաջ
Bushido Brown
Bushido Brown 21 օր առաջ
YOOOO 2 MONEY PIT EPISODES IN A WEEK?! truly a poppin way to start off the year
MrTAKIS1984 26 օր առաջ
112hp from 1.8??? no thanks
Mark Harding
Mark Harding 26 օր առաջ
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......
realwarbeast 28 օր առաջ
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.
The rc Bandit
The rc Bandit 29 օր առաջ
rv fud(s). bishh
The rc Bandit
The rc Bandit 29 օր առաջ
dot homeboy omgdreee tfff
The rc Bandit
The rc Bandit Ամիս առաջ
i don nut kno fut0! buttt im getting a stransgporterttt >>>
Sandeep Gunaratna
Sandeep Gunaratna Ամիս առաջ
Got a random question. Sorry if it’s dumb but can a stand-alone ecu help gain more fuel efficiency?
dayton munk
dayton munk Ամիս առաջ
This series made me get another miata lol... gotta put a motor in it but thats just step one of my own MONNNNNNNAAAAYYYYYYYY PIIIIIIITTTTT!!!!
Keven Zamaniego
Keven Zamaniego Ամիս առաջ
not changing the ecu is like getting a new graphics card and not installing the drivers.
Nate Moretz
Nate Moretz Ամիս առաջ
Zach fix the headlight cover gap. You pull up and bend it back into place
Ricardo Gonzalez
Ricardo Gonzalez Ամիս առաջ
Ok now go pass smog lol
Broddi Eddi
Broddi Eddi Ամիս առաջ
This guy makes my day better love watching these shows I learn from them and it makes me laugh ha
trescarnales Ամիս առաջ
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?
Charlie Denny Jr.
Charlie Denny Jr. Ամիս առաջ
Hope that one day when this series ends, they do the same thing with a different car
Badland Genetix
Badland Genetix Ամիս առաջ
Those micro machines aren’t the same quality as the original
Dylan Romine
Dylan Romine Ամիս առաջ
His body language reminds me of jack sparrow
djblast101 Ամիս առաջ
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?
Y Zacarias
Y Zacarias Ամիս առաջ
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.
Stan Normile
Stan Normile Ամիս առաջ
13:21 I want that Obi-Wan/R2D2 graphic as a T-shirt
Pikabooxxd Ամիս առաջ
The only youtube channel that actually make a content out of their sponsorship. They make you buy things you shouldn’t.
Tuners Only
Tuners Only Ամիս առաջ
Can you be my dad zach
Silesia Gameplay
Silesia Gameplay Ամիս առաջ
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
American Mechanic
American Mechanic Ամիս առաջ
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 Mechanic
American Mechanic Ամիս առաջ
I wouldnt use that dyno anymore, he is holding it on redline to long, but thats just me.
American Mechanic
American Mechanic Ամիս առաջ
12.4 is stoic
American Mechanic
American Mechanic Ամիս առաջ
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.
Joshua Newton-Key
Joshua Newton-Key Ամիս առաջ
Thank you crew at donut and ef1 for practicing mask safety! Great episode stay safe out there guys!
jojo uzimaki
jojo uzimaki Ամիս առաջ
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
Kevin Perez
Kevin Perez Ամիս առաջ
Awesome 👏
Javier Vargas
Javier Vargas Ամիս առաջ
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.
renato Armando
renato Armando Ամիս առաջ
Zach's seriously 90% of why I'm subscribed to Donut, super great host and all around super watchable.
Wayne S.
Wayne S. Ամիս առաջ
You don't talk fast enough to advertise micro machines.
HudsonCola Ամիս առաջ
Micro machines!
Nic Sierra
Nic Sierra Ամիս առաջ
Im RealityZ
Im RealityZ Ամիս առաջ
Ah the difficulties of being a car guy in California 🤦‍♂️
SpicyGamer Ամիս առաջ
23:43 Is That A Supra.....Behind You
cristopher fernandez
cristopher fernandez Ամիս առաջ
Love this guy seriously thank you for this video not a lot out there with the same energy 👌👌👌😁😁
Kusai Alhashemi
Kusai Alhashemi Ամիս առաջ
nigga do u think i am a kid nah dude i love this shit
OFChuck Ամիս առաջ
"I think my hands are clean enough for brain surgery" - The last thing you want to hear from your surgeon
Mugambi Ամիս առաջ
This dude is pretty much informed....i can't keep up😂😂am actually floating
Jesse James Hurtado III
Jesse James Hurtado III Ամիս առաջ
I have done mods on my 06 Azera limited where can I get my ecu tuned
Joshua Winsor
Joshua Winsor Ամիս առաջ
20:59 that is the hottest way to wear a mask...
juanito K.O
juanito K.O Ամիս առաջ
Respect to James for losing so much weight. He looks so much healthier and better
Soham Bhandarkar
Soham Bhandarkar Ամիս առաջ
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!
justhavnfun here
justhavnfun here 2 ամիս առաջ
I am looking for a good remote tuner. Someone that can do it online.
Kid Savvy
Kid Savvy 2 ամիս առաջ
Donut really got sponsored by toys.
KATASTROPHE69S 2 ամիս առաջ
Yo! Tell micro machines to remake the video game. I loved that game!
Dylan Vincelette
Dylan Vincelette 2 ամիս առաջ
Me: “is that a Supra?”
Fathom 2 ամիս առաջ
I made my 2004 VW Passat B5 (1.9 TDi) make 130HP by ONLY cleaning the EGR, intake and replace all the filters.
josue G350Z
josue G350Z 2 ամիս առաջ
Eddie .. can you hand me that motherff😂😂😂
Chutney Ink.
Chutney Ink. 2 ամիս առաջ
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
Lee Rousso
Lee Rousso 2 ամիս առաջ
Are you guys putting turbskis in it?
Gunnar Holtzapple
Gunnar Holtzapple 2 ամիս առաջ
Is ThAt a SuPrA?!?!?
jd 2 ամիս առաջ
Wayyyyyyy over my head 🤣
jd 2 ամիս առաջ
I need this guy to do mods on my 22re
Jubal Wright
Jubal Wright 2 ամիս առաջ
\m/ hell yes, MS3pro looks great and a whole lot easier than the FAST 2.0 I was running
Christian Thresher
Christian Thresher 2 ամիս առաջ
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 AM-posts ad. AM-posts already has enough ads without you guys putting a 60 second commercial in the beginning of the video
RebelKing 2 ամիս առաջ
"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
Derek P
Derek P 2 ամիս առաջ
Money pit has become my favorite series on here
X Æ A-Xii
X Æ A-Xii 2 ամիս առաջ
Surgeons doing brain surgery quick so it doesn’t dies Money pit: talks 20mins holding a ecu brain
Mark Escareno
Mark Escareno 2 ամիս առաջ
I literally only subscribed for this series. I’ve grown more attached to this Miata than my own car. Lol
Isiah Stahowiak
Isiah Stahowiak 2 ամիս առաջ
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
Leston Yearwood
Leston Yearwood 2 ամիս առաջ
are you a wizurd?
Dustin Gordon
Dustin Gordon 2 ամիս առաջ
You said Turbo to many times, I think you might be going Turbo soon.
Bring me Peter pan
Bring me Peter pan 2 ամիս առաջ
HA... mega squirt... thats what I called my ex.
Alex Gerber
Alex Gerber 2 ամիս առաջ
Mike Hunt
Mike Hunt 2 ամիս առաջ
Probably the best series on donut media.
E O N 2 ամիս առաջ
Micro machines?!? Oh my god
King Platano
King Platano 2 ամիս առաջ
Was 1:17 on purpose 😭 😂
ItzTun 2 ամիս առաջ
why does he have less hp this time than the previous episodes?
Dima Mkhitariani
Dima Mkhitariani 2 ամիս առաջ
Christopher Leonituk
Christopher Leonituk 2 ամիս առաջ
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.
Lakshitha Rathnayake
Lakshitha Rathnayake 2 ամիս առաջ
I just love this guy and this car.
Walter Michels
Walter Michels 2 ամիս առաջ
Shot 23:21, *ahem*… “Is thAT A sUprA” Had to do it, sorry.
Paugh Eric
Paugh Eric 2 ամիս առաջ
Lol not sure the ol miata is worth a stand alone but alright.
Yes 2 ամիս առաջ
Did james lose a bunch of weight?👍 or did he just shave his beard.
Dr. Evil
Dr. Evil 2 ամիս առաջ
I’m surprised with all those upgrades your not making more power baby. Just LS swap it.
Muffin Man
Muffin Man 2 ամիս առաջ
So can the mx-5 now shoot flames?
raatomato666 2 ամիս առաջ
12 volts from disconnected battery
Andile Mbhele
Andile Mbhele 2 ամիս առաջ
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?
Mr Dobing
Mr Dobing 2 ամիս առաջ
Actually love how donut teach you along the way. Entertaining, relatable with a a commonly modded car, well presented and easy to watch.
Nicholas Garavaglia
Nicholas Garavaglia 2 ամիս առաջ
Isn’t a 1994 Miata supposed to have 128 hp from the factory?
L.D. 2 ամիս առաջ
For any car dads the micro-machines would be an excellent Christmas present for any kid
Gary Otterson
Gary Otterson 2 ամիս առաջ
No shit!? Micro Machines are back!!!
andrew neerpat
andrew neerpat 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey man can you do like a video of changing the fuel tank I want to know to take it out
Dave Koehler
Dave Koehler 2 ամիս առաջ
Love it love it...but y'all kinda had pokemon and power rangers, if you had micro machines you wouldn't have a youtube channel
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