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Some newer laptop computers do not have standard serial ports. Instead, they have only USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports. This is not a “show-stopper”, however, because inexpensive adapters are available to connect a USB port to a standard serial device. The only limitation is that you must use a version of Windows that supports USB devices. Generally, all of the 32-bit versions of Windows support USB devices, except for Windows NT, and most versions of Windows 95.
We have tested the Baumannator TCS and its tuning software with the BAFO Technologies “BF-810” USB to Serial Adapter, and it works flawlessly. Other available adapters may also work, but we have not yet tested any other models. The BAFO BF-810 sells for about $20.00, and is available from retailers such as TigerDirect.com (go to www.tigerdirect.com and search for “BF-810”, or call 800-800-8300).
The Baumannator TCS is a stand-alone controller, and was originally intended for retrofit applications. It can be used on originally equipped vehicles, but steps must be taken to insure the engine continues to operate properly. Ford uses one PCM (Powertrain Control Module; a. k. a. processor, computer, etc.) to run both the engine and the transmission. To install the Baumannator TCS, the wires that went to the Ford EEC PCM for the transmission functions must be cut. Without the input from and output to the transmission, the EEC PCM may run the engine using “failure mode” strategies, causing driveablity problems.
Some ways to overcome this include using an aftermarket “chip” to ensure that the engine continues to run normally, or if available, switching to an EEC PCM for the same model car with a manual transmission. Swapping PCMs, however, is not simple on all cars because of the PATS (Passive Anti-Theft System) now being used by Ford, which requires that the EEC PCM must match the key for the engine to start. The anti-theft system can be reprogrammed by the dealer, but you may want to call ahead and be sure that your local dealer has the necessary equipment. Also, some models (e.g. Crown Victoria) never had a manual transmission option, making the processor swap less feasible.
We are also developing new solutions that employ additional circuitry to “fake out” the original EEC PCM, allowing it to operate normally, despite the missing signals. We will provide this additional circuitry in a special, application-specific TCS unit. Another advantage will be the ability to quickly bypass the Baumannator TCS and run with the stock electronics for testing. This can be beneficial in some circumstances for troubleshooting and comparison testing.
Once this solution is available, we will post installation diagrams on our web site. Since each application is a little different, we will release these systems as they are developed and tested, starting with the 1994-1995 V8 Mustang application. We expect to have the first few applications available soon.
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Last updated on January 5th, 2008