Innovate Motorsports' Newsletter #20 - Happy Thanksgiving!


LM-2 "BASIC" Kit - MSRP $349!
OT-2 "OpenTune" Interface Apple iPhone/iPod Touch - UPDATE
Gauges to monitor your vehicle's Air/Fuel Ratio! Starting at $229

LM-1 for LM-2 Trade-In Program - Extended
Innovate Wins SAE-MIT Innovation Award
2009 Product Catalog!
Tips & Tricks - Important steps for installing/using Wideband O2 Sensors

This is Innovate Motorsports' "Technology for Tuners" Newsletter, Issue #21. These updates are intended to keep you informed of tuning tips, firmware updates, application notes, new product releases, company news, and other useful information.

LM-2 "BASIC" Kit - P/N: 3837 - MSRP $349

Just Released! The LM-2 "Basic" Kit out of the box only includes accessories to display your vehicle's Air/Fuel Ratio either on the meter and/or on your PC.

For the ability to log RPM, or to Output the wideband signal to an external device you'll need the LM-2 Analog IN/OUT Cable optional accessory. For OBD-II features you'll need the LM-2 OBD-II Cable optional accessory. To record internally to your LM-2 you'll need the SD Card optional accessory. This unit also comes in a cardboard box, the black hardcase is an optional accessory LM-2 Carrying Case.

P/N: 3837, LM-2 "Basic" Kit, $349

The new LM-2 "Basic" Kit (Single Wideband O2) includes the LM-2 meter, Bosch wide-band oxygen sensor, 8 ft sensor cable, cigarette-lighter power adapter, USB cable for PC connection, weld-in bung and plug, LogWorks software CD, and quick-start guide.

Gauges to monitor your vehicle's Air/Fuel Ratio! Starting at $229

Innovate Motorsports gauge kits are driven by the industry's most accurate, fastest-responding, and only "fully-digital" wideband controller available on the market, the LC-1.

Each kit includes the gauge, an LC-1 wideband controller, Bosch LSU4.2 wideband oxygen sensor, bung/plug kit, and the award-winning LogWorks data acquisition software.

Complete gauge kits start at $229, up to $329!

LM-1 for LM-2 Trade-In Program - EXTENDED!

The Innovate Trade-In Program can make your new Innovate LM-2 purchase more affordable. Receive the trade-in value of $130 credit for your qualifying pre-owned LM-1 Air/Fuel Ratio Meter, by Innovate Motorsports. Credit to be used only towards purchase of new LM-2 "Single" or "Dual Channel" Air/Fuel Ratio Meter (P/N: 3806 & 3807 only, not valid on the purchase of the LM-2 "Basic" Kit) directly from Innovate Motorsports. Offer valid until 6/30/08.

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Innovate Wins SAE-MIT Innovation Award!

TROY, Mich., Dec. 16, 2008- SAE Detroit Section, in concert with the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF), named Innovate! Technology, Inc., a developer of advanced sensor technologies, as the winner of their 2008 Best Innovation competition. Innovate was one of four finalists who presented their solution to problems faced in the vehicle industry at the competition held at SAE Automotive Headquarters in Troy on December 8, 2008.

Click here to review the press release

Dec. 8, 2008 (L-R): Dennis Nash, Chairman, MIT Enterprise Forum for the Great Lakes; Fred Nader, SAE Foundation Trustee & President, AutoTech; Patrick Thompson, CEO, Innovate! Technology, Inc.; David Stout, Principal, David B. Stout Associates, LLC & SAE International Board.

2009 Product Catalog!

Check out all the newest products added to our line up for 2009. The new catalog includes information on the Auto Timer, OT-2 (OBD-II Interface for Apple iTouch & iPhone), G4, G5, and new style DB gauges and more!

Click here to view download the catalog as a PDF.

Click here to request a FREE catalog! *Be sure to include your complete mailing address.

Tips & Tricks - Important steps for installing/using Wideband O2 Sensors

Not getting the life out of your O2 sensor that you expected? Follow these steps to insure award-winning accuracy and maximum sensor life:

  1. Sensor Placement. The sensor bung (or boss) should be at least 8" away from the combustion cylinder (at or after the collector if you have one, unless you're installing a sensor for each cylinder). To avoid condensation running into the sensor, it should be installed at the side or on top, NOT on the bottom of the exhaust pipe, for example between the 10:00 and 2:00 position. If you don't have a bung, any muffler shop can weld one in for you. If you have a catalytic converter, install the sensor before it. If you have a turbo, install the sensor AFTER it.
  2. Temperature. Temperature at the bung should not exceed 500 degrees C or 900 degrees F. (Extended bungs help with hot locations, see next item).
  3. Extended bungs. For high performance and power sports applications, we strongly recommend using 1" bungs (p/n 3764.) These longer bungs increase sensor life in the "richer" conditions encountered under boost, leaded fuel use, or two-stroke applications.
  4. Safety. Sensors get very hot. Usually this is a non-issue, since they are safely in the exhaust bung when in use. However, if you have the sensor out (for example during a free-air calibration), be sure not to touch the sensor tip, or let it touch a combustible surface.
  5. Never leave an unconnected sensor in running exhaust. An un-powered sensor will be damaged when exposed to exhaust gas.
  6. Sensor Life. Wideband oxygen sensors are designed to withstand the harsh environment of combustion exhaust for 30,000+ miles. However they are complex electro-chemical devices, and lifespan can be reduced by: A) Running leaded gas; B) Running very rich (less than 12.5 AFR) for long periods of time; C) Hitting a heated sensor with water droplets; D) Hitting a running sensor with silicon spray (like WD-40, etc.); E) Dropping a sensor on concrete.
  7. Sensor Errors. Your Innovate wideband will communicate an error code when it detects sensor damage (unlike analog widebands that will give you slow or false data). Depending on your gauge, the error state may be a full-lean reading, an "E08" (or other "E0x"), or a blinking LED. When you see an error condition, first do a sensor calibration, and, if that doesn't solve the problem, replace the sensor. (For races and remote rides, carry a spare).
  8. Calibration. Direct DigitalTM allows you to calibrate the sensor to compensate for sensor wear and changes in barometric pressure, etc. YOU MUST CALIBRATE EVERY NEW SENSOR before first use. The calibration procedure requires that the sensor be in free air, so first remove the sensor and disconnect from the LC-1. Next, to clear all stored calibration data, power the LC-1 for 10 seconds without the sensor attached. Finally, attach the sensor securely and power up again in FREE AIR (no exhaust whatsoever) for 1 minute, or until your gauge warm up indicator stops (full rich or "Hxx"). Unless you see errors, calibration is only required every 15,000 miles. (For turbo and blown applications, calibrate every 10,000 miles. For race applications, calibrate once per race weekend. For Dyno applications, calibrate weekly, depending on use.)

Until next time... Keep On Tuning!
-Innovate Motorsports

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