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  1. Simon@ Nizpro Marine

    Nizpro Tune // 250 SHO

    Thankyou for the positive comments. All Yamaha diagnostic systems continue to function as per a standard Yamaha calibration. Below is a record log recorded from a Dead stock F-250 Yamaha V6. In the first section , 3 Engine record , you can see the recorded Engine maximum speed, in this case a recorded value of 6300 rpm recorded when the engine had a hour count of 1727.7 hours. It also states this has occurred 36 times 3.Engine Record Data Item Result Unit Occurred Engine speed (max.) 6300 r/min 1727.7 Over-rev. count 36 times 1727.7 Overheat count 0 times 0 Low oil pressure count 0 times 0 Knock control count 0 times 0 Rotor (FWM) replacement count 2 times In the below section, Engine Operation hours according to engine speed you will notice the RPM operating hours is recorded in 1000 RPM increments. It does not record the actually exact rpm for a given time. In other words if an engine runs at 6001 rpm it records this in the 6000 to 7000 rpm section. If you now go back to the top table you can clearly see a standard engine is capable of 6300 rpm, Wether this be due to over rpm when the boat leaves the water and free revs or simply because you are a little under prop’d it is absolutely capable of exceeding 6000rpm in standard form. 5.Data Logger [Engine operating hours according to engine speed] Engine speed Time[h] - 1000 r/min 975 1000 - 2000 r/min 192.9 2000 - 3000 r/min 13 3000 - 4000 r/min 217.2 4000 - 5000 r/min 378.3 5000 - 6000 r/min 19.6 6000 - 7000 r/min 0.1 Engine operating hours 1796 The standard Yamaha ECU Calibration only cuts all cylinders from spark and fuel over 6450 rpm so it is very easy to record engine speeds of 6500 rpm in stock engines. The below recorded Data is a Nizpro 450s Supercharged engine running a 6400 rpm limiter 1.Data Logger [Engine operating hours according to engine speed] Engine speed Time [h] - 1000 r/min 453.2 1000 - 2000 r/min 143.5 2000 - 3000 r/min 30.4 3000 - 4000 r/min 103.9 4000 - 5000 r/min 221.8 5000 - 6000 r/min 65.2 6000 - 7000 r/min 0.4 Total hours of operation 1018 6.Engine Record Data Item Engine speed (max.) 6492 806.2 Over-rev. count 4 838.2 Above we have a maximum recorded rpm of 6492 and a total of 4 times. These recorded values are still very similar to what the stock F-250 recorded data is. Although the engines have massive changes within the calibration. No red flags here!!! We can also offer tunes that have factory stock rpm Limits starting at 6200 rpm. This is the beginning of the standard limiter and when cylinder # 2 only has spark and fuel cut, other cylinder are then cut one at a time until all are cut at 6450 rpm. At Yamaha dealer level this is the information that is able to be read using the YDS diagnostic system along with the last 19 minutes of engine operation. . Of course Yamaha have not taken me though what that can and cannot see within the file at programming level. Emissions: Unlike motor vehicles when it is possible to disconnect or remove emission hardware as mentioned in above posts this is not the case with outboards, we are not removing catalytic converters, DPF filters or modifying any mechanical components. This is not to say ECU calibration does not play a massive role in emissions output. Unlike motor vehicles, taking an exhaust gas sample is very complex in comparison to a motor vehicle as outboards have a constant stream or water being mixed with the exhaust gas so doing this cannot happen at your local boat ramp. However customers can certainly request a standard 250 SHO or F300 file be flashed into their ECU if they owner a smaller Hp version. At this point they comply to all relevant regulations as per a Standard Yamaha calibration file. Emission regulation are constructed around mass of pollutants per Kilowatt / Hp Per hour. [g/kW-hr] So we are not limited by HP rating but by the amount of emissions generated per hp per hour. By engineering reasoning the higher hp re-flash would only effect emission at points within the calibration that have been modified from standard. From our own testing, the emissions generated from our 450s Supercharger kit are less than that of a standard F300 engine per hp. As seen in the below information. Reference - Section 1045.107 Emission limits – “Not to Exceed Limits” For each engine configuration, evaluate the NTE limits using table 1 of 1045.103 and 2 of §1045.107. For example, for Yamaha 300 HP: P = 450 [HP], P = 336 [KW] then the following Not To Exceed Standard (NTE) limits apply to each family: Pollutant Subzone 1 [g/kW-hr] Subzone 2 [g/kW-hr] HC + NOX 22.33 25.52 CO 450 450 * Table 2 - NTE Limits - smallest engine in family 336 [KW] Nizpro has since the mid 1990’s taken emissions very seriously, we were, if not the very first one of the very first companies in Australia to have our power upgraded modified vehicles fully emissions tested and complied, meeting full Australian Design Rules ( ADR ). Hope the above further answers your questions. Thanks again.
  2. Simon@ Nizpro Marine

    Nizpro Tune // 250 SHO

    Hello everyone Brad M invited me to join your forum and help provide some technical help and answers to some of the questions being asked regrading Flash tuning the Yamaha 4.2 litre V6 engines and possibly our Nizpro 450s Supercharger systems. I see Brian from Ft Myers has also come aboard and shared some of his customers results, hi Brian, great to see you posting. I guess after reading this thread I can clearly see a number of questions and comments that need addressing, some I will be able to help with and some are simply peoples differing views about modify factory standard engines. These can never be answered with a right or wrong answer and are simply different people’s views which they are certainly entitled to, all I can do is possibly offer a different perspective. Please let me start with the mechanical side of the discussion. The Yamaha 4.2 litre V6 engine is a very well designed robust and an efficient power plant. All outboard engines work in a very harsh hi duty cycle environment, so there will always be an odd issue with all brands of engine, non are perfect. However Yamaha is at the pointy end of reliability, economy and performance. Some will say that if you want to go fast you must have Mercury. In many ways this is an accurate statement. Mercury for as long as I can remember ( 30 years plus ) have always developed products that are more speed focused, their marketing has always relied on race results to enforced there performance and they have really been the only manufacture that has constantly supported race series ,even to this day. By contrast Yamaha have been very conservative, however this does not mean that they also cannot produce a performance engine. The main problem is if you want to go fast there is simply a very limited range of parts available off the shelf for Yamaha product. Props, steering, 15 inch trunks are all easily obtainable for Mercury, all the other brands up to now there has been virtually nothing available. So if you are focusing on a high speed mono or cats Mercury really has been your choice, your circles of friends have similar boats and engines, it’s all you see, but please be open minded, there are now other options becoming available. This is a hugh benefit for all outboard owners, remember competition breeds innovation. So let’s clear this up once and for all. Are all 4.2 litre 200 though to 300 hp engine s the same? It terms of power output all Yamaha V6 4.2 litre power heads are the same. Yes Offshore have added corrosion protection and larger charge rates. But the rotating assembly and its ability to produce a given Hp number is the same wether it has a 200,225,250 or 300 hp sticker placed on the engine cowl. Yamaha are far from alone in both the automotive and marine industry in producing one engine series while being able to market and sell them at difference power levels. This would now be more common than not. The change in power output is confined to Engine Management Calibration and normally done over a number of different areas within the calibration. Fuel, spark, camshaft timing and throttle opening can all be adjusted to deliver the power and torque curve needed to produce engines of different ratings to suit difference applications at difference consumer price points, while at the exact same design, tooling and manufacturing costs to the manufacture. Typically manufactures will have the model engine that is currently available in its highest power output already developing more power for an upcoming model for later release, with minimal changes required. Of course at some point the same basic architecture has a power limit within the original design scope. So once the above is explained turning a 200 SHO or a 225 offshore into a 300 hp engine has zero impact in reliability, emissions or economy over buying a standard 300 hp engine from Yamaha in the first place. Once you look at it in these terms and then look at our re flashing power outputs we have a 10% increase in output over standard, hardly a reliability breaker when done correctly. Why don’t Yamaha offer a 325 hp version? The answer to this question is purely guess work. Yamaha do have a 275 SHO for their own Japanese market, why don’t we have it? Who knows? Why don’t they offer a 325 Offshore? Maybe they believed it would take sales from their F350 V8. It’s not because of durability of the power head or lower unit. Durability tests can be performed a number of ways. One would be to take the maximum horse power derivative engine of that series and run 1000 hours at full throttle, maximum load at the maximum rated engine speed and see if the engineers got it right. Do this to a number of production samples and if all is successful they are ready for release. Like most manufactures this would be just one of the durability tests performed, or something very similar. Given this above example the same company would not need to test their lower hp models of identical mechanical specification for durability, as they have much lower outputs than the original test engine. So the next question I hear is what durability testing has Nizpro performed on their 332hp tune. From our perspective we have done a similar version of testing as the above example but we have done this using a 450 Supercharged version of the same engine. Using the same engineering reasoning , if the same power unit can survive a durability test at 450 hp then the likely hood of a mechanical rotating assemble failure at 335 hp would be very very low and not to mention odd. While saying that we have also tested the 332 NA tune very well separately. The exact same principle can be carried over the rest of the outboards components including the lower unit. The lower unit gets many mentions regarding how quickly they are going to explode after we install a supercharger to the engine on many forums and social media pages. However that has simply not been our experience. We have actually seen no lower unit failures caused by the add power being added to the engines via Supercharging. All lower units and engines wear out over time, that time can be influenced by servicing or lack thereof, but it terms of failure from increased power we have seen zero. Not a single broken gear or prop shaft. In our own testing running power levels well beyond 500 hp we still have never seen a failure of a standard Yamaha lower unit. I would also like to touch on Brian’s point regarding costs of The Supercharger system and some of its benefits. The Supercharger system has a broad application base, from very high speed bass boats to large centre consul boats. The added upgrades that Brian mentioned can certain be true in the case of a 22 Foot bass boat that with the standard 250 SHO engine is already running 85 mph. Adding the Supercharger system will have this same boat in the low 100 mph bracket. Yes this boat for handling purposes needs added modifications, better steering, lower unit nose cone and so on. Anyone aiming for maximum speed is always going to want to test and purchase the fastest prop also. But this is a little like hotting up your car’s engine and then fitting better brakes, wheels and tyres, very sensible but it’s just the cost of wanting to go fast. On the other hand taking a 50 mph Centre consul boat owner who wants to increase his cruise speed by 8 to 10 MPH while still only wanting to sit on 4000 rpm so his economy is still good and not wanting to rev the hell out of his engine for hours at a time, the installation of the supercharger can be done with no other modifications or upgrades other than a prop change, we all except this is standard procedure when wanting the best performance for an individual application. We have also had installs where the standard engines have been prop’s to 5400 rpm, adding the supercharger allowed 6400 rpm and no prop change was require. So Brian’s point is very valid in as far as the cost consideration is on a case by case application. Now for the warranty question. I have a very different opinion regarding warranty than many, not all but many. Firstly for customers wanting to take their 200 or 225 SHO engines up to a standard Yamaha 250 SHO power rating yes we can simple load a standard 250 HP file into your ECU. At this point all the talk about reliability and so on goes out the window, you now have a standard Yamaha 250 hp calibration., its not aftermarket if factory Yamaha. The same goes for the Offshore 225 and 250 and getting them to 300. We of course offer the 332 hp tune as our standard upgrade with a few rpm limiter options. My comment with warranty is this, people often say I will wait until my warranty runs out, then I will modify my engine, if it then has an issue I will pay for it. This makes no sense to me personally. If you are willing to pay for a problem after the engine runs out of warranty then what really is the difference if you have a problem with a modified engine while it’s in warranty, you’re still going to be paying if an issue arises. But your engine is now 3 years older Ok you’re losing the built in cost that you paid for your warranty at the time of purchase, banking on whatever goes wrong will be fully covered. On the flip side you’re going to drive around for 3 years knowing that the engine you have is capable of so much more. People are so much more patient than me!! If you engines are for commercial purposes and you are changing them every 12 month so they are always covered then fine I get it. But if you are generally serious about modifying when the warranty runs out, then when that day comes you have excepted you’re on your own, at that point life’s short modify now and have some fun. Thanks for having me, hope I’ve helped clear up some of your questions. Simon
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