The Tools

The evaluate the results requires tools. These tools are all pretty economical and within the reach of the average enthusiast.

The first item I purchased was a G-Tech Pro RR. G-tech sells two versions and I opted for the more expensive RR version which includes PASS software which allows me to download my data to the PC.

The G-tech is a handy device that shows 1/4 mile times and speeds, various other performance items including 0-60, 60', HP plots, RPM curves, etc.

The next item was HPtuners software. Since I am the "how and why does that do that" type of guy HPtuners was the next step. Actually Andy at ADM led me to this when I told him I was considering purchasing the DashHawk from Vector. In the end I purchased the DashHawk as well.

This package allows you to do a couple things. First, it allows you to "scan" your vehicle as its running (in my case during 1/4 mile runs) and secondly it allows you to read the ECM/TCM (computer modules) on your vehicle and and change and write these changes.

Andy's reason for me purchasing this package was that he could send me "tunes" via email as he came out with improvements. This became an immediate requirement as the first tune I received after sending the modules away proved to have some "issues".

The next purchase was the DashHawk from Vector Motorsports. This proved to be an invaluable tool although it will not be used for the results you see in this test. The reason is because the DashHawk connects to the vehicle using the ALDL connector under the dash which is the same method the Hptuners software uses. We chose to use HPtuners because the computer is connected live and it was easier to save multiple runs while out testing not to mention we could log more PIDs at once.

I highly recommend anyone with a SS that is interested in performance consider a DashHawk as a permanent fixture in their vehicle. More info can be found here. It can be enlightening to watch trim rate, IATs, timing, etc. Not to mention its logs 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times PID logs and allows you to view and clear error codes. These are just a few of the features of the DashHawk.

The final tool I purchased was an Innovate wideband gauge which will be used to monitor critical air fuel ratios. It comes in two parts. The gauge (XD-16) mounts in the dash and shows live results and the LC-1 sensor which mounts in a "bung" that is welded into the exhaust pipe before the catalytic converters. Detailed picture


The system connects to the the above HPtuners software (enhanced I/O) and will log the the air fuel ratios along with the any other PID you chose. Innovate provides their own software but I chose to upgrade to the more expensive HPtuners package so I could view the results all on one screen.

This is something I will use to tweak the final results and as a tool to watch for dangerous lean conditions. Although it wont be used in the the test, you can click here for a larger installed picture in the TBSS. Click here for night video of the gauge during start up and operation.