AiM Data logger installed

The car is back in my possession after a 9month spell ‘away’. I believe I’m only a few weeks away from mapping now so will start to collate over the next weeks some updates with what’s happened of late – starting with the AiM EVO4S. Currently it only has 2 of the 3 sensors I provided running to it, the 3rd is present in the engine bay and goes into the main loom – but for some unknown reason doesn’t appear to be terminated back to the EVO4S. I am also without a wiring diag, and given the 2 sensors that are present are not labelled – I can not currently configure it!
I am trying to get the loom place to of course provide this information and then I will need to look at retuning it to have the 3rd sensor connected back to the EVO4S.

AiM EVO4S + GS-Dash

I have been considering one of these for quite a while now, so finally got around to making a decision and buying 🙂 I thought about the new AiM MXm coming out but decided that this would be more flexible and tidier for the wiring on install. The are both essentially the same, trading a couple of features here and there, however the GS-Dash is also an alloy chassis whereas the MXm is plastic, and crucially it is just slightly smaller in its physical dimensions (from I presume being a stronger material and therefore can be thinner). This will allow for a better installation in the OEM SatNav dash unit – the GS-Dash being an almost perfect size. Currently I’ve got the 52mm gauges in there but these will be replaced by the AiM as I have also bought oil pressure, oil temp & fuel pressure sensors to run to the analogue channels. The EVO4S also supports a CAN feed from the ECU for logging all its parameters, so plenty of good data will be available. The AEM wideband will remain for now, and is moving over to the drivers dash vent (where once the SPA gauge lived) and I will try to take the 0-5v output from this into the EVO4S for logging – it’s easy enough to do with only a couple of wires.
Hopefully (given the cost especially) I will choose not to ignore this display and it might well save an engine (or 2!), I should be able to program the EVO4S based upon the sensor readouts to actively protect the engine, I’m thinking via the CAN output (which the MXm didn’t have) switching maps kind of thing?

It also of course has the GPS module and three-axis accelerator with gyro stuff built-in, and with the RaceStudio software has tons of track analysis and graphing options etc, far more than I need to be honest! But the nice thing is the GS-Dash will show lap times and sector info, with the ability to use the RGB warning lights as lap indicators. It will be interesting to see what sort of times I can run, not that timing is allowed on UK track days…! 😮

AEM X-Series Wideband [installed]

First of the winter changes was installing a wideband, decided on the AEM X-Series as it is reportedly the fastest unit on the market and using the Bosch 4.9 LSU means it doesn’t need frequent fresh air calibration. I’ve never had a wideband before but this in theory should be fit and forget, which is something I usually try to achieve where possible. It also supports 5v output if I decide to route that to the Standalone ECU.
The only conundrum was where to install the gauge, as I already had my SPA gauge in the drivers vent? I decided to grab a TomTom unit and gut the screen from it, install a sheet of carbon and mount both gauges in that. The only issue with this approach was losing the clock/radio display, which meant either ditch the radio altogether, or find something aftermarket with a screen – whilst remaining suitably OEM looking. After much searching I found the Clarion FZ-102E, and it certainly looks pretty factory in my opinion 🙂

Interior changes

Treated the car to a few interior changes over the last few weeks to improve the look and feel.

  • Madeno Racing Recaro CS lowered seat frame
  • RenaultSport gear knob
  • Momo Model 08 steering wheel
  • The seating position is much better now and you’re not left feeling as if you’re sat ‘on’ the car rather than ‘in’ it. The gear knob and wheel were frankly cosmetic…although to be fair the gear knob has really improved the shift being a much weightier item!
    Found a couple of unused Recaro stickers left over from the Recaro Apex seats I had for a while too, decided they would look good on the CS which is now possible to do as on the drivers side the OEM plastic cover is removed using the lowered frames.

    Finally a trip to see Paul at Tech 1 Performance to hook up the Renault Clip system and turn the airbag lights off, a job well done as always 🙂

    Renault Sport gear knob Madeno subframe Madeno subframe Madeno subframe

    IMAG0597 IMAG0598 Momo Model 08 Momo Model 08

    Momo Model 08