June '19

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JUNE 2019 THE SHOP 21 not good for business. But a dyno that is rugged and designed to mimic the load the vehicle will truly feel while driving on the road will allow the shop to tune vehicles correctly. Plus, (profes- sional) tuners that cannot afford their own dyno will rent your dyno time as well." OPERATING TIPS Dyno operators will want to be as accurate, consistent and profes- sional as possible to ensure long-term success. To help, manufacturers offer common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid. "The biggest mistake I repeatedly see are new dyno owners who haven't received any formal tuning training and try to learn on the job, so to speak," says Dynojet's Fong. "I highly recommend shops take training courses from reputable sources such as The Tuning School. They have a great training facility in Florida and host classes all year round across the country at multiple shops. Students get to learn hands-on dyno tuning in addition to the classroom work. Classes range from beginner to advanced and cover all major U.S. vehicle brands." Mustang's Sobie agrees that dyno operators can never be too knowledgeable about the product and how it works. "The biggest mistake that we see is that sometimes shops just do not know enough about dynos and how they can benefit from the correct system," he says "It's no longer all about finding the least expensive system, or one that prints out feel-good numbers. It's more about what the capabilities are of the dyno system in place. This is now the most important selling point that shops can offer. The correct dyno will be a virtual ATM in the shop, as long as it is used to its fullest abilities and is marketed correctly as well." That also includes having everything needed to make your dyno operation a success, says Dynocom's Blackstein. "Not investing in a proper dyno cell is the biggest mistake we see," she says. "Also, shops should make sure they have proper ventilation and fire suppression." SuperFlow's Thirkettle agrees. "If you're going to invest in a dyno, you also have to invest in your test cell," he explains. "An inadequate test cell will lead to inconsistent tests which, more or less, defeats the purpose of the dyno. Mistakes that we commonly see are poor air flow, no exhaust extraction and poor temperature monitoring that drastically change the performance of both the engine and the dyno from test to test. It's not too difficult to get your testing environment right, but it is something that you have to be aware of from the start." For a free catalog and a distributor near you: (901) 396-5782 International: (817)284-8844 • • Max HP Absorption 7200 HP • Max HP Measurable 9150 HP • Max Torque Absorption 14,520 ft lbs • Max Torque Transmissible 18,300 ft lbs • Max RPM 3000 • Max Speed 300mph SPECIFICATIONS: WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL DYNO! Dynos allow testing in a safe, controlled environment. (Photos courtesy Dynocom Industries)

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