The product in this field test review was provided courtesy of Dynatek. Review by ATVPT's Kris Marble.
This Programming kit was designed for use with the Dynatek FS Programmable CDI.
To understand what the Programming Kit can really do for you, first you must understand a little bit about the Dynatek FS Programmable CDI.
Programmable Ignition Features
* Not available on all models, check this table for exact options by model.
Note: The same programming kit can be used for all models listed above. This means you can buy one programming kit and use it on several different CDI’s. You do not need to reset anything to use it on another CDI like you do with many automobile programmers.
The differences between a non-programmable and programmable CDI are:
One disk and one cable. How hard can it be?
First you have to install the Dynatek FS Programmable CDI on your ATV.
Then you must choose where to install the software. The software is called CurveMaker v2.1. The information created in the software must be downloaded to the CDI using the provided data cable. For this reason I strongly recommend this be installed on a laptop. You can load it on a desktop machine but you’ll either have to have the machine within the cable’s 24 inch length or you will have to remove the CDI from the ATV to do the download.
Next insert the CurveMaker CD into your computer. Open the CD in Windows Explorer. Double click on the Setup icon to begin installation.
The Setup program first checks to see if your computer has the correct Java version already installed. If it is not the correct version is installed. Allow the Java program to be installed into the default directory.
Once this is done, there is a choice between a complete and custom installation. The custom installation allows installation of only the files needed for the ignitions for the model(s) you plan on programming. The complete installation installs the files for all of the ignitions.
The program will be installed to the C:\Program Files\Dynatek folder by default. Do not change this setting.
The installation program will create a program group named “Dynatek”. To find it, click the Windows Start button, then click “Programs” on the menu that appears. When you click on “Programs” another menu will appear, and “Dynatek” will be one of the choices. Click “Dynatek”, and another menu will appear. I suggest creating a link on your desktop for quick and easy future use. This menu will contain an icon for each ignition that you specified during install. Click on the model that you want to program and the CurveMaker program will start.
Some computers may not be able to complete the setup program. If the setup program fails before or during the installation of the Java Virtual Machine, there is a second method to try. On the CD in a folder labeled contents, is a file called jrel_2_2-001-win.exe. Install the program first, then restart your machine, and run the setup program again.
Once I installed the software and opened the program I took some time to familiarize myself with the layout and features of the CurveMaker. It looked a little intimidating at first but I fiddled around changing some values just to see how the software would respond it was very user friendly. The nice thing about this is the values won’t be permanently changed unless you click on the save button.
Dynatek has already programmed four curves on the CDI and the same curves are the default curves within the software. Once I was familiar with the CurveMaker I was ready to make some real changes. I made a few changes and downloaded the new curves to the CDI. The download only took a few seconds.
The fourth curve is programmed as the stock curve. That is changeable with the software but I would recommend keeping this because it helped me gauge what the CDI was really doing for me.
Here is a picture of the one of the curves in CurveMaker. Notice that the timing advance and the RPM’s at which that advance happens is all programmable. From this page you can also change Power Jet settings, Power Valve settings, the RPM limit, and curve description. The graph is great for seeing your curve.
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I used the Programming Kit on a CDI installed in a 2001 Yamaha Warrior. The Programmable CDI has a control that can be placed about anywhere that allows you to change from curve to curve in just a few seconds by using two pins in a combination of up or down positions.
The config tab is where the launch RPM can be changed along with some Program Settings.
To fully explain all the features and benefits this kit can provide would take several pages. For more information on this kit please click on this link
For anyone serious about racing ATV’s this kit is an absolute must have. Even if you just want to have the fastest bike on the mountain or on the sand this kit will help you optimize your ATV performance and get every ounce of power and torque out of your engine. This kit will also allow you to add and efficiently use nitrous and other major engine mods.