Rywire E-AT Civic Visits Bisimoto Engineering…

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Anytime you attempt to do or create anything remotely “revolutionary”, you’re going to run into issues. They’re called “bugs” and they just happen. The Rywire E-AT Civic really needs no introduction. You can actually read all about it in the newest issue of Honda Tuning where it graces the cover. It looks incredibly immaculate and the engine bay is a near masterpiece of creation but like every car, it is far from perfect. I could go on for pages and pages detailing you with all the electrical information that will make your head explode but what it comes down to, in a nutshell, is that their are “bugs” that were unforeseen that need to be corrected. One of the main issues has to do with figuring out how to get the car to run properly on the AEM Infinity standalone engine management system. It is AEM’s newest EMS system that opens a new world of possibilities when it comes to tuning optimization but it too is getting new firmware updates now and again that irons out some very unforeseen issues that AEM-trained tuners are working on every day to improve. You combine a brand new engine management system with something like a custom drive-by-wire servo unit that controls a set of Kinsler individual throttle bodies and you’re going to run into…you guessed it…bugs. These issues come with getting the Infinity unit to work in cooperation with the motor that Ryan is using to control his throttles. The Infinity has worked great on other custom drive-by-wire systems but they are using more “conventional” DBW (drive-by-wire) motors. Ryan’s is one-of-a-kind and as such, it is a whole new challenge to get it all working properly…

Ryan recently decided to take his E-AT Civic over to Bisimoto Engineering to get some assistance from Bisi Ezerioha. Bisi is one of the best in the world at tuning on an AEM EMS so he was the guy to call when Ryan needed help to get his car running. If you’ve seen the car at an event, then you probably already know that the car “runs”. The car drives back and forth and runs but it needs to be tuned. Tuning will help to correct some of the minor start-up issues it has and fine-tuning the AEM Infinity system will help the car run at its peak. The whole process took two days time at Bisimoto Engineering because both Bisi and Ryan discovered some new unforeseen issues that came from combining the the EMS with the custom DBW system. In the end, it wasn’t about tuning the car for maximum power or high horsepower numbers, it was more about just getting the car to run as close to “normal” as possible. Ryan just wanted to be able to drive the car without having to run into any start-up issues or problems that come from incorrect fuel mixtures, incorrect ignition parameters, etc. Bisi took care of that and got the car to start right up, idle, and drive as smoothly as it can for the time being. What we discovered from our time there is that the custom drive-by-wire servo and unit will need to be taken apart and redesigned (of sorts) for it all to come together and work in unison. Right now the motor is picking up some slight interference possibly and it is also seeing movement structurally during engine operation. It doesn’t prevent the car from running and driving but again, when it comes to electronics, every little bit counts and if you want it to work, you have to smooth out these issues. The SEMA grind is in full force and both Ryan as well as Bisi are busy working on multiple projects for the annual event so the E-AT will just have to wait. When time permits, everything will be corrected…

For now, check out some photos from Ryan’s visit to Bisi’s. I just captured random things here and there but I really liked how the photos came out so I hope you enjoy them. I don’t have any final numbers on the tune because it never got that far. The Civic was just tuned merely for drive-ability and to get it running so that Ryan can drive it around…

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Bisi Ezerioha working his magic on his laptop. A lot of what he was doing was completely foreign to me but it all relates to the AEM Infinity software that only a trained-eye would really understand…

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Among the things that were laying around Bisi’s work space was some turbo components, a K-motor, and Ryan’s Mugen MF10Ls off of his E-AT….

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The motor is actually the K24Z7 from his 2012 Honda Civic Si coupe…

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The engine and transmission were out of the car because Bisi is currently installing and testing a Quaife sequential gearbox…

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Ryan pulled-up a chair next to Bisi so they could go over technical details together…

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The Rywire E-AT Civic hooked-up to Bisimoto’s Dynapack 3000…

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Bisi checking the timing on the B18C motor…

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Random shot of Ryan’s MF10Ls that I liked…

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At one point we couldn’t figure out why the car wasn’t cooperating and it turns out that it was just out of gas…

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Running rich most of the time caused the plugs to foul-out so a new set had to be installed…

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We took a break to collect ourselves so I decided to go outside and check out some of Bisi’s creations…

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The Bisimoto Engineering 771HP twin-turbo Porsche…You gotta check out a clip of this thing when it pulled-up to a Cars and Coffee Meet not too long ago. CLICK HERE…

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Really liked this opening and fabrication on the front bumper. Also notice the quick-release Dzus fasteners…

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The rear-end of Bisi’s 911…

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Bisimoto Spinwerkes Eins Gramm wheels…

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Dual Turbonetics turbines and Vibrant filters. Yes, it does indeed have CA Historical Vehicle plates on it…

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Bisi’s massive trailer and Hyundai Elantra GT…

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The Elantra GT makes 602 horsepower and bears Bisi’s signature graphical livery…

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Buddy Club P1 Racing wheels and front big brake kit…

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Back inside the shop, Bisi was still working away feverishly on the Rywire Civic…

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Bisi got up for a moment so I was able to capture what he was looking at for hours upon hours; his personal tuning laptop and the Racepak digital display that’s been mounted to Ryan’s dashboard…

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Back at work….

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The setting sun had no effect on the two as they worked well into the evening…

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If you ever want your mind to melt from absorbing too much automotive information, just talk to these two for about ten minutes…

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Such a simple engine bay with so many technological complexities that are completely unseen…

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That’s pretty much a wrap from here. Like I mentioned, there are still some things that need to be worked-out but it runs and drives so that will do for now. Catch the Rywire E-AT at the Japanese Classic Car Show next week and also make sure to pick up the upcoming issue of Honda Tuning magazine to read all about it. Thanks for looking…

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