Westech Performance Group was the location for our impromptu EFI University's XFI class.
In the last issue, our story "EFI For Every Guy" showcased pretty much every complete EFI conversion system on the market to tantalize you into embracing the tuning benefits of technology. While several of those kits were the latest generation of self-learning-no-tuning-necessary-style ECUs that are revolutionizing the EFI conversion process-quite a few of them still required a real live tuner with some know-how.
If your expectations or requirements step into the realm that requires a more advanced tuning system, it's easy to just hand the job over to a tuner. But if you'd like to at least have a grasp on how a few keystrokes on a laptop can make the difference between temperamental and dependable, EFI University is the place to get tuned in.
This is the enigma we were here to unravel: the FAST XFI controller and its corresponding
The EFI 101 and 102 courses are square one for getting your feet wet with the basic concepts and components of EFI, as well as being an introduction
to how a tuner approaches the various tables and charts common to EFI systems. Want to know how to tune any engine to its maximum potential without fear of scattering parts all over the dyno? Or why some engines want rich air/fuel ratios and others want lean ones, and how to tell what is the proper air/fuel ratio for any given rpm or load? That's all covered and much more. For those already dabbling in engine tuning, EFI University even has EFI Advanced, which offers one-on-one coaching while tuning an engine in real time.
For our day of EFI training we signed up for the FAST XFI-specific class. While the course still touched on some basics of fuel injection, it was mainly directed toward those who already had an XFI system and wanted to learn more about the system's capabilities, or those seriously considering a purchase and wanting an in-depth introduction. Throughout the day we covered everything from getting the car started and running properly, to considerations for dialing in the Intelligent Traction Control system.
Our instructor was Brian Macy, owner of Horsepower Connection and Fast Track Performance.
We have to say, we always knew XFI was an extremely advanced system that allowed users control over pretty much every aspect of tuning, we just never realized how deep the minutiae could get. This ain't the bolt-on-and-go, self-learning FAST EZ EFI; this is the in-depth stuff that true tuners get geeky over. It's absolutely fascinating, though a bit overwhelming for newbies like us.
Granted, no one-day course will make you an expert tuner on any system-that takes time and experience-but we did walk away with a much stronger grasp of EFI and XFI essentials, and a much greater respect for the work tuners do to get the perfect balance of power and driveability. Amid all of the tables and charts, we also unearthed a sincere desire to learn more and may make a trip back for EFI 101 to get a stronger fundamentals base. Either way, we've set tuning our own EFI on a future project as a personal gearhead goal.
EFI University Courses
EFI 101: Step 1, it's the 1.5-day intro to everything EFI
EFI 102: One-day course in advanced tuning, such as traction control
EFI Advanced: One-day course for tuners who want to tune better
ACP Program: The ultimate five-day intensive session for serious aspiring tuners
MoTeC Training: Two-day required training for MoTeC dealers and resellers.
AEM Series 2: One-day course for tuning AEM Series 2
EFI Live: One-day course for tuning stock ECU GM cars and trucks
FAST XFI: One-day course focusing on tuning FAST XFI
Diesel 101: Online course for tuning common-rail diesel EFI
• Attend EFI 101
• Successfully complete EFI Advanced course
• Accumulate a minimum of 20 hours of actual dyno time with EFI
• Pass an online written exam
• Attend a five-day Accelerated Certification Program (ACP)
Don't be shy with the note taking and question asking; Macy encourages it and you can't po
At the beginning of class, every student gets a 100-page FAST XFI handbook, which follows
After going through the basic setup and installation, Macy got into more tuning fundamenta