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9 Step Performance Tuning Process

Over the past 30 years we have developed and refined our tuning approach and processes. To ensure the best and most consistent result for our customers we have developed the PBMS tuning process.

The 9-Step tuning process has resulted from the experience and the expertise gained from being in performance and motorsport for over 30 years.

Step 1: Customer Consultation

To achieve the best result, we need to know about you, your car and your goals. Armed with this information, we can better customise the tune to suit you. This allows us to tune the car specifically to your requirements. You’ll also get the chance to ask any questions you may have.

Step 2: Pre Dyno Tune Checkup

Pre tune checkup – This starts with basics like ensuring oil and fluid levels are topped up. We take the inspection a little deeper, checking for common problems that can cause delays and headaches on the dyno. Simple however crucial checks can include intake pressure testing, fuel flow testing and spark plug inspection.

Step 3: Dyno and Monitoring Equipment

We fit your car to the dyno, and fit engine monitoring equipment to ensure a safe and optimal tune is achieved. We have the latest monitoring equipment from Plex Tuning, Link ECU, MoTeC and Innovate Motorsport.

Step 4: ECU Setup

We configure the ECU to suit your requirements using our experience and expertise.


We configure standalone systems to run your particular engine package, receiving accurate information from the engine’s sensors. This allows the ECU to control the engine accurately and use safeguards to prevent damage to your valuable engine. Modern ECU’s are powerful computers with safety and motorsport feature that can be setup.

Reflash/Factory ECU Tuning

Many factory settings can be changed during the setup process. Check engine lights for un-used factory emission systems and speed cuts are the most commonly adjusted settings.

Step 5: Cruise & Light load Dyno Tuning

We begin by adjusting the tune in the area where most cars spend 95% of their lives, in the light load zones.

Beginning the tune by adjusting cruise and light load also has the advantage of allow us to identify potential issues before the engine is put under high load.

Reflash/Factory ECU Tuning

We make small adjustments to fuel that add up over time to make a noticeable improvement in economy – that is if you can keep yourself away from the accelerator pedal for long enough!

Step 6: Full Power Dyno Tuning

We tune through the entire rev range to optimize torque by adjusting the fuel, ignition and boost the engine runs on.

This is where the fun happens!

Step 7: Throttle Optimisation

Once power has been achieved, throttle pump settings are adjusted to ensure when you stab the accelerator there is smooth and quick power delivery.

Step 8: Cold Start

Where required we leave the car on the dyno overnight so it can completely cool down. We then run it up to ensure good starting and validate the consistency of the tune from cold.

Step 9: Road Test

The vehicle is driven on the road and tune adjusted as required to ensure a well performing tune in a real world situation.

Finally, we provide a laminated dyno sheet of power results. Where applicable, we will provide the customer with a before/after comparison and/or high/low boost settings.

BUT WAIT, it doesn’t stop there! We strive to provide a quality service and back it up. Check out why you should choose PBMS.

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