Meet the Tuner!

Who's the one offering these tips and tuning service? What kind of experience does he have? Read below to find out!

A Fellow LT1 Owner

I, like you, am a car enthusiast who has found the value and fun-factor in the LT1 engine. I enjoy it in a GM F-Body: my six-speed '95 Camaro Z28.

Since the year 2000 or so, I've learned how the car responds to different tuning methods. And after installing a larger, aftermarket camshaft in 2007, have really learned what makes LT1s go.

Much of what I offer on the site, including the tuning service, is very simple: as easy as clicking a toggle switch in software. But some of it requires a repeated process, which can only practically be done in your own car with your own tuning setup.

I've been offering this service as a fellow LT1 owner for many years, with good success and feedback. Over the years, with just an informal, personal webpage offering the service, I had tuned over 30 PCMs for LT1 owners just like you; some with F-Bodies and some transplanting the engine/PCM into other vehicles.

But now, I've started this website dedicated to offering what I've learned free, as well as my inexpensive tuning service, with 3689 orders placed since it went online in late 2007. I have tuned everything from stock 4.3L L99s to bolt-on LT1s & LS1s, to forced induction LT1s, to 396ci LT1s with very large cams and high compression. And I am still an LT1 owner, just like you!

Several people have asked why my prices are so low compared to other tuners. My answer is two-fold:

  1. Even though this is my only source of income right now (I also serve as an assistant minister in my church without pay), I don't need a lot of money to support myself and be happy (God is good and has greatly blessed me!);
  2. I want to help those who might otherwise not have enough money for a tune. Tuners that charge $300 or more for a simple retune (which is usually 99% stock anyway) make it hard for the average car and performance enthusiast to have a chance. I know that for many of us, we are already squeezing out the money necessary to support our hobby of modding vehicles, and I want to do what I can to help you achieve the finishing touch on your project without going over budget.

I'm in Cincinnati, Ohio!

Do you need tuned and are also local to me?
Contact me about doing a tune for you in person!

I hope that I can be a help to you, either with the tips I offer free or with my inexpensive tuning service. Use the contact form to get in touch with me!

-Solomon

Tune Testimonials

1997 Firebird Trans Am

210-220-114LSA Cam

Hello Solomon,

Finally, after a long top end replacement and subsequent tweaking, dialing and tightening of bolts and components, I'm delighted to report that your tune was right on the money from the first turn of the key!

No check engine lights, no rough idle, in fact, I was able to start and complete my cam break-in session (30 minutes 2000-2500 RPM) on that very key stroke.

My engine really felt and sound as if it were truly rejuvenated. The power and pedal response from idle to highway speeds was even more gratifying. Power of which I knew the engine was capable, but having actually been subjected to it is indeed an awakening experience.

Overall gas mileage I'm not certain what it may be at this point because I enjoy so much keeping it between first and fourth gear! If I had to guess the HP rating of the engine at this point (solely based on comparing similar vehicle characteristic) it's between 360-380 HP.

The temps idling in traffic during these 95 plus degree weather on average is about 190 degrees, and about 175 degrees highway. Not once has it center line normally at or above 210 degrees on the gage. Again I feel confident that I can sit in Washington DC Beltway traffic with less to worry about.

I have to remind myself that she has over 228,000 miles on the bottom. Since August 1996 she has been pampered. Bottom line, I could not be more happier with this setup. You delivered EXACTLY what I was expecting and offered sound technical advice. You couldn't have made it any simpler.

This was my first engine rebuild and I owe part of that success to your company. Thank You for your product and being the professional you are. Now this retired naval veteran, 29 years of service is going to have some fun!

Gregory
Suffolk, VA

July, 2012

Tips Testimonials

First off, excellent job with the write-up! It has no doubt helped a great deal thus far... Thank you very much for your help!

John G.
Lenox, MI

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And if you have another email address, please consider using that instead!

Remote Tuning Option

Do you need a good tune, but cannot afford the down-time of mailing your PCM to me? Do you not have any interest in long-term tuning where you would need to buy your own equipment and tuning software? I can loan you one of my tuning kits to allow me to fine-tune your PCM to match your individual setup, without you needing to send me your PCM. No more downtime, and a fully tuned vehicle! Check the link above for details and pricing!

Buy Tips as Printable PDF

You can now have the same tuning tips on my website in a handy, printable PDF format, for easy offline reference (over 20 full pages!).

After payment, the 20+ page printable PDF of these free online tips will be emailed to you.

Ordering a Tune

Simply signup as a customer and then order a PCM tune! If you still have any questions after reading this, then use the form to contact me!

DIY Tuning

If you decide you like the idea of tuning on your own, visit TunerCat and purchase the C.A.T.S. Tuner software to get started ($69.95). For working on your '94 or '95 LT1 PCM, you'll also need the $EE definition file ($19.95).

Then just get yourself an OBDI ALDL cable and compatible computer, and you're ready! Use my free "Tips" page or buy the PDF version for a small fee, and get started!

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