Is a Standalone ECU Worth It?

16 set 2020
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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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  • 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

    Donut MediaDonut Media2 mesi fa
    • You mean turbolar

      MüllermanMüllerman9 giorni fa
    • @Alex Jou $1200 for a none turbocharged engine , not worth it . With the stock ECU you can tune to 150whp .

      Alexis KnowsAlexis KnowsMese fa
    • If you're talking about a relay it should be zero current not low current.

      Erik KovacsErik KovacsMese fa
    • @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.

      josh nicholsjosh nicholsMese fa
    • It's all good, seems like you were just trying to make things simple. Just please stop soldering wires to wires. Soldering should only be use on wires to hard contact points.

      josh nicholsjosh nicholsMese fa
  • Ah the difficulties of being a car guy in California 🤦‍♂️

    Im RealityZIm RealityZ13 minuti fa
  • 23:43 Is That A Supra.....Behind You

    SpicyGamerSpicyGamer6 ore fa
  • Love this guy seriously thank you for this video not a lot out there with the same energy 👌👌👌😁😁

    cristopher fernandezcristopher fernandez14 ore fa
  • nigga do u think i am a kid nah dude i love this shit

    Kusai AlhashemiKusai AlhashemiGiorno fa
  • "I think my hands are clean enough for brain surgery" - The last thing you want to hear from your surgeon

    OFChuckOFChuckGiorno fa
  • This dude is pretty much informed....i can't keep up😂😂am actually floating

    MugambiMugambi2 giorni fa
  • I have done mods on my 06 Azera limited where can I get my ecu tuned

    Jesse James Hurtado IIIJesse James Hurtado III2 giorni fa
  • 20:59 that is the hottest way to wear a mask...

    Joshua WinsorJoshua Winsor3 giorni fa
  • Respect to James for losing so much weight. He looks so much healthier and better

    juan lizarazojuan lizarazo4 giorni fa
  • 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!

    Soham BhandarkarSoham Bhandarkar4 giorni fa
  • I am looking for a good remote tuner. Someone that can do it online.

    justhavnfun herejusthavnfun here7 giorni fa
  • Donut really got sponsored by toys.

    Kid SavvyKid Savvy7 giorni fa
  • Yo! Tell micro machines to remake the video game. I loved that game!

  • Me: “is that a Supra?”

    Amazing ReplaysAmazing Replays7 giorni fa
  • I made my 2004 VW Passat B5 (1.9 TDi) make 130HP by ONLY cleaning the EGR, intake and replace all the filters.

    FathomFathom8 giorni fa
  • Eddie .. can you hand me that motherff😂😂😂

    josue G350Zjosue G350Z10 giorni fa
  • 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

    CHUTNEY 2020CHUTNEY 202011 giorni fa
  • Are you guys putting turbskis in it?

    Lee RoussoLee Rousso11 giorni fa
  • Is ThAt a SuPrA?!?!?

    Gunnar HoltzappleGunnar Holtzapple13 giorni fa
  • Wayyyyyyy over my head 🤣

    jdjd14 giorni fa
  • I need this guy to do mods on my 22re

    jdjd14 giorni fa
  • \m/ hell yes, MS3pro looks great and a whole lot easier than the FAST 2.0 I was running

    Jubal WrightJubal Wright14 giorni fa
  • 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 ITworlds ad. ITworlds already has enough ads without you guys putting a 60 second commercial in the beginning of the video

    Christian ThresherChristian Thresher14 giorni fa
  • "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

    RebelKingRebelKing15 giorni fa
  • Money pit has become my favorite series on here

    Derek PDerek P16 giorni fa
  • Surgeons doing brain surgery quick so it doesn’t dies Money pit: talks 20mins holding a ecu brain

    X Æ A-Xii .X Æ A-Xii .16 giorni fa
  • I literally only subscribed for this series. I’ve grown more attached to this Miata than my own car. Lol

    Mark EscarenoMark Escareno17 giorni fa
  • 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

    Isiah StahowiakIsiah Stahowiak17 giorni fa
  • are you a wizurd?

    Thinker101Thinker10118 giorni fa
  • You said Turbo to many times, I think you might be going Turbo soon.

    Dustin GordonDustin Gordon18 giorni fa
  • HA... mega squirt... thats what I called my ex.

    Bring me Peter panBring me Peter pan20 giorni fa

    Alex GerberAlex Gerber20 giorni fa
  • Probably the best series on donut media.

    Mike HuntMike Hunt20 giorni fa
  • Micro machines?!? Oh my god

    E O NE O N21 giorno fa
  • Was 1:17 on purpose 😭 😂

    King PlatanoKing Platano21 giorno fa
  • why does he have less hp this time than the previous episodes?

    ItzTunItzTun21 giorno fa

    Dima MkhitarianiDima Mkhitariani21 giorno fa
  • 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.

    Christopher LeonitukChristopher Leonituk22 giorni fa
  • I just love this guy and this car.

    Lakshitha RathnayakeLakshitha Rathnayake23 giorni fa
  • Shot 23:21, *ahem*… “Is thAT A sUprA” Had to do it, sorry.

    Walter MichelsWalter Michels24 giorni fa
  • Lol not sure the ol miata is worth a stand alone but alright.

    Paugh EricPaugh Eric25 giorni fa
  • Did james lose a bunch of weight?👍 or did he just shave his beard.

    YesYes28 giorni fa
  • I’m surprised with all those upgrades your not making more power baby. Just LS swap it.

    Dr. EvilDr. Evil28 giorni fa
  • So can the mx-5 now shoot flames?

    Muffin ManMuffin Man28 giorni fa
  • 12 volts from disconnected battery

    raatomato666raatomato66628 giorni fa
  • 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?

    Andile MbheleAndile Mbhele28 giorni fa
  • Actually love how donut teach you along the way. Entertaining, relatable with a a commonly modded car, well presented and easy to watch.

    Matt DobingMatt Dobing29 giorni fa
  • Isn’t a 1994 Miata supposed to have 128 hp from the factory?

    Nicholas GaravagliaNicholas GaravagliaMese fa
  • For any car dads the micro-machines would be an excellent Christmas present for any kid

    L.D.L.D.Mese fa
  • No shit!? Micro Machines are back!!!

    Gary OttersonGary OttersonMese fa
  • Hey man can you do like a video of changing the fuel tank I want to know to take it out

    andrew neerpatandrew neerpatMese fa
  • 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

    Dave KoehlerDave KoehlerMese fa
  • 23:31 is that a ..

    Connor HaleConnor HaleMese fa
  • I had that super bus too haha. Handed down

    connor daltonconnor daltonMese fa
  • 👌👌

    Tyler equiartaTyler equiartaMese fa
  • That broken mask bothered me lol

    LowbvllLowbvllMese fa
  • Lol here I am thinking I know a bunch about cars, thanks Zach

    Adam BrandAdam BrandMese fa
  • Low key STOKED on the micro machines

    daanfentoondaanfentoonMese fa
  • I can feel you want that turbo.

    Jeffrey WongJeffrey WongMese fa
  • Zach: If I don't get 20 more horsepower from these new mirrors, I'm selling the car. Garage Tech: You got a whole half a horsepower Zach: still worth it

    Michael SaxonsonMichael SaxonsonMese fa
  • This is the first time I've ever commented to say that the ad was fuckn legit.

    DrewMacDrewMacMese fa
  • there are 2 dead pixels on the camera and i though it was my monitor and i got scared lmao

    Dark WombleDark WombleMese fa
  • Anybody else lost? 😂

    mannyep41mannyep41Mese fa
  • Just watched the header video. I kind of figured the lack of power gain was largely from not being tuned.

    Michael HeatonMichael HeatonMese fa
  • Is this ECU work with all cars and do you recommend for toyota cars?

    Don LabaniDon LabaniMese fa
  • Stop making such good videos, I keep procrastinating :(

    BanniBanniMese fa
  • "were gonna have to glue that" typical backyard mechanic things

    BanniBanniMese fa
  • Dat mask was fucking my OCD

    Guilherme MarcelinoGuilherme MarcelinoMese fa
  • 11:20...... RIP plug pins.

    NoSleepRacingNoSleepRacingMese fa
  • why wouldnt it pass smog/emissions? (ik im using them interchangably)

    retrogamingretrogamingMese fa
  • They should give approximate current updated value of the Miata after each mod.

    Artie ShellArtie ShellMese fa
  • Stand alone lets you 'tune' up the wsy you want before manufacturer and legislators took control of that and decided what was best for you,simple.

    Eric ScailletEric ScailletMese fa
  • Lmao that sponsor was a bit of a stretch

    Tanner SmithTanner SmithMese fa
  • What was the power gain from stock to the stand alone. I am thinking of doing a piggyback AEM F/IC6 with boomslang harness.

    Mike SchanelMike SchanelMese fa
  • Discuss: Having a vacuum line going to the ecu for that distance delays read out accuracy. I believe the map sensor should be on the manifold and wired to the ecu rather than the setup in the video.

    Manuel BouManuel BouMese fa
  • Big turbo the miata

    No LuuckNo LuuckMese fa
  • Zach is like Bill Nye with cars 😂

    Bailey JonesBailey JonesMese fa
  • I still have my super van city, just gave it to my son. It's his favorite toy

    Hmk 421Hmk 421Mese fa
  • just saying....arent switchblades illegal? lmfao great content!

    Turbo240zTurbo240zMese fa
  • Paul Walker would be proud of that hair bro! Love this series, feels like the path we all take on our rides, taking it one mod at a time. Keep up the good work!

    Torque Racing ProductionTorque Racing ProductionMese fa
  • great video, horrendous numbers

    supersayianjimsupersayianjimMese fa
  • Sounds like it’s going to eat granules .. check the oil bro than check it again

    Alien003 Hydrogen nitrogenAlien003 Hydrogen nitrogenMese fa
  • Wtf was that sponsor

    Giovanni BarbagalloGiovanni BarbagalloMese fa
  • Hey Zack i know your a very busy guy but i have a question for you and i cant find an option to send you a private message if by the grace of God you see this please respond to me so you can tell me where to send my question, i understand if you dont see this knowing you get probably 100s of questions a day anyway appreciate you either way thnx

    Christopher SikoraChristopher SikoraMese fa
  • Thanks my guy, was having a day and this video made it better lol Keep crushing it 🤙

    Michael McMichael McMese fa
  • What with all the hassle? My chinese car did 140 on the dyno stock easily!

    Meow MilevMeow MilevMese fa

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    Jordan WeimerJordan WeimerMese fa
  • sssmssssssss supra

    Julian AlcanzarenJulian AlcanzarenMese fa
  • Ignition wire has 12v with key on and 12v during cranking. Accessory wire is 12v with key on and 0v during cranking

    Richard KraneyumRichard KraneyumMese fa
  • 6:27 that's a laughable statement. Enjoy your 150hp miata with a turbo and I'll enjoy the exhaust tones of a twin turbo 5.3 ls making 500hp. There is absolutely no replacement for displacement.

    J. A MorseJ. A MorseMese fa
  • Sorry but your base fueling calculations need to be accurate or your ve table is going to be shit and harder to tune. Using afr targeting without manually tuning the be table first is also going to end up with a shit ve table. Do not run cl afr targeting before having your ve table close. Do not assume your base file fuel calculations are correct. Do not assume the auto tune and cell smoothing is accurate. You need to datalog, check and correct, and repeat to make a spot on ve table. THEN start using close loop corrections.

    josh nicholsjosh nicholsMese fa
  • Remove the mask 😔

    Andre TiggelaarAndre TiggelaarMese fa
  • When I think of car videos or TV this is what I think of. Teach me what my absent father wanted to but never could. Thank you Donut.

    Kelle GuerreroKelle GuerreroMese fa

    Tj SouzaTj SouzaMese fa
  • At 3:56 what is smog???

    Jacob TorresJacob TorresMese fa
  • Where do you get smogged though...

    MisterBrixMisterBrixMese fa
  • Wait- no popcorn tune?!?

    Dan DonohueDan DonohueMese fa
  • Zach and Aaron are the only ones even remotely worth listening to, on Donut... Aaron being #1.

    Fun Haver_117Fun Haver_117Mese fa