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Post: Project Blackbird - An LML ECM undertaking
Forum: 2011+ LML Performance Parts Discussion
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Posted by: plutonium233
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All this buzz about EFI Live Flashing capabilities for the LML ECM has me thinking about getting involved. For a while now, I have been considering tinkering with these things to see if I can help come up with a way to make the ECM readable via the ALDL. With all the shutdowns and other things going on at work, there’s been no time to even attempt to do anything with it. In the next couple weeks I’ll be getting more time to spend on a project like this.

I am seeing that EFI Live has chosen not to support tuning capabilities, but there are some custom tuning shops that are forging their own methods of mapping/modifying the cal files for tuning purposes. Personally, I like the idea of being able to bring this to the average user to be able to have control over every parameter that can be tweaked instead of having to request changes each time something is modified on the truck. To take it a step further, lots of people want to be able to do their own tuning, but the LML platform was crippled from day one. With this said, a major gap that still needs to be closed is the tools and interfaces needed to help make changes to a calibration file without sifting through a pile of data and having to figure out what does what and where it is located. The first thing I want to work on is putting together a solution for this. I feel that bridging this gap will really help grow the aftermarket for the LML (which is behind in my opinion). I realize that reading the ECM to get the calibration file is another hurdle that doesn’t have a nice, neat solution yet, but I am not going to attempt to address this until later. It is obvious that those files can be obtained, and I am not really concerned with how they are obtained. It will be the user’s responsibility to provide their own calibration file as a starting point. This is going to be the case due to liability/legal concerns.

This is only going to be a personal project for me and some friends, not a business or anything. We will be spending our free time on it, so don’t expect anything to happen very quickly. We have money to spend on this, but time is our limiting factor (we all have full time jobs and other activities that require our attention). Me and one other guy are working as Instrumentation and Electrical designs engineers in the petroleum industry which, at this time, leaves us with very little spare time.

I think we can really make this happen (and maybe much more). Between the three (possibly four) of us, we have a lot of experience. We all build and race trucks on the strip and in the mud/dirt track. One of us is a computer engineer with a background in database and web development as well as computer/network security (including some encryption). I am an electrical engineer with experience in embedded systems, PLC/DCS, computer/network security, EFI, and project management. Another one of us (I am trying to get onboard) is a mechanical engineer that is currently practicing in an electrical engineering role with 20+ years building/racing experience (including EFI). Between all of us, we know around 10 programming languages.

We are still working on the details, but it is looking like we eventually want to take on more than just the mapping and tuning aspect, but this will be our first step. Depending on how things go, we want to get control at the hardware level to be able to modify the current OS or run a custom OS. From my background with programming and computer security, I see the value in having open source products that other people can build upon and improve. If I can convince everyone else on my team to agree, our final product will be freely available and open source. I will post updates as we nail down more details.
 

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I think it has gone far enough.
 

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I'd say so too... It's pretty much been a 14-page chatroom for a couple people
 

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Not a big fan of the staff mocking. But I'd say let it go for now. Keeps them occupied and out of the rest of the threads.
 

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Stop what? Hook Em cleaned it up which it needed to be cleaned up BAD.
 
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