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Cobb Tuning Announce Transmission Control Module Tuning Beta Testing for GT-R

January 27th, 2010

At first there was the Nissan’s “uncrackable” ECU that was toppled in record time and has since gone on to be completely conquered. Next on the block is the even more cryptic TCM – the transmission control module.

For those who aren’t keeping track of the latest tuning trends, the TCM has been causing some grief for quite a while now. Ever since GT-R owners were cracking 10’s down the quarter mile the TCM has been getting it’s 2 cents in to dampen the fun when and where it can. Soft and hard limp modes, protection modes, error codes, conservative limiters and a general lack of tunability has led a few people to frustration with their mid to high horsepower cars.

Some companies have so far claimed the ability to tune the TCM but so far the services are limited or expensive and sometimes have little in the way of published data to back their GT-R experiences.

Cobb Tuning on the other hand have begun the first campaign to get TCM tuning data out into the community with some solid goals in mind. They’ve figured out how to speak to and flash the TCM via the OBDII port and are set on the path to create TCM maps that can eventually be uploaded using the Cobb Tuning AccessPORT hand held device.

While there’s still a very long ways to go, and 4500 TCM maps to decode, this announcement is one of the most positive steps in the right direction we’ve seen to date. Kudos to Cobb for being open about their progress.

We already know that the estimated RRP will be $1,495 when completed, for more information check out the thread over on the NAGTROC forums…

Link: Cobb Tuning Announcement @ NAGTROC

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COBB Tuning AccessPORT Powering the GOTO:Racing Time Attack GT-R

January 19th, 2010

Earlier this month, the Cobb Tuning team put together this rundown of the features of the Cobb AccessPORT ECU reflashing tool for the Nissan GT-R. They’ve chosen to focus on how the top level time attack team, GOTO:Racing use it on their ~800hp GT-R to get the best results out of the GT-R with minimal level of fuss.

The Cobb AccessPORT still stands as one of the best bang for your buck modifications anyone can do to their GT-R and this video highlights a couple of the features you may not of known it had.

On the topic of the AccessPORT for the GT-R, Cobb Tuning have also now released a version for the East Asian and Japanese markets. Preloaded with the latest 2.0 version of the Cobb Tuning default maps, it’s available now. This brings the total global markets supported by the AccessPORT up to:

  • Australia
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Gulf
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • United States

Cobb don’t stop there though, one final AccessPORT related announcement was made recently, regarding the AccessTUNER Pro software compatible with the Nissan GT-R. The latest release of the software, version 1.8.1.2, contains updates that will allow tuners to utilise the Proportional Gain Boost Control logic, as seen in the canned 2.0 maps. It’s also available now and supports all of the above listed regions.

Source: Cobb Tuning

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COBB Tuning Launch AccessPORT v2.0 Maps for Nissan GT-R

December 26th, 2009

Merry Christmas to all and I hope you’ve all had a great weekend with the family pigging out on tonnes of food and getting stuck into your gifts and gift giving with loved ones.

Cobb Tuning are in the giving mood this festive season as well as they’ve completed the finishing touches on a set of brand spanking new canned tunes for Nissan GT-R AccessPORT owners.

You may have heard by now of the latest breakthrough innovation in tuning the GT-R. A method known as proportional gain boost control which allows more elegant control of the GT-R’s boost. This helps especially at the top end where boost spikes and wastegate creep were turning into big big problems indeed. With these problems resolved, the Cobb AccessPORT has gone on to power some monster GT-Rs with one over 785awhp.

While 787hp may not be everyone’s goal, over the past week we have also seen a “AccessPORT tune only” but otherwise completely standard GT-R break the 10 second barrier (10.953@126.79) at the drag strip. Quite a nice result with the new way of mapping boost control.

These new maps are available for download now from the Cobb Tuning website for all AccessPORT owners. This includes globally delivered models such as the JDM, Australian, East Asian, USDM, and South African GT-Rs! Maps are also broken down into fuel type so you can pick the most appropriate to flash based on available fuel in your area.

Link: COBB Tuning AccessPORT Map Downloads
Link: Dyno Charts Online – AccessPORT v2.00 Maps vs. Stock
Link: Cobb Tuning Blog – Press Release

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COBB Tuning Release Stainless Midpipes for Nissan GT-R

December 20th, 2009

COBB Tuning have completed yet another addition to their lineup just days after announcing their Intake Hose Kit for the GT-R. This time it’s a range of 3.5″ stainless steel midpipes for the GT-R which are built to the typical top quality finish of other COBB Tuning products.

The midpipes are constructed from 304 grade stainless steel and are tig welded and the flex sections are internally lined for extra durability. The primary pipe diameter is 2x 3″ which feeds into a single 3.5″ pipe downstream.

The catless version predictably deletes the two secondary catalytic converters on the OEM version while the catted version features two fixed high flow cat coverters to keep the exhaust nice and street legal.

The guys at COBB have seen some decent gains from this midpipe and have published the dyno charts using this really cool online dyno graph tool.

Head on over to the link below to check out just how much extra power they can squeeze out from just this simple to bolt up part…

Link: COBB Tuning Midpipes @ Official Website

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COBB Tuning Silicone Intake Hose and Clamp Kit for Nissan GT-R

December 15th, 2009

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COBB are choosing a fine time to launch a new reasonably priced GT-R product, just in time for Christmas? Maybe it wont make it in time to find it’s way under your tree this year but check it out.

This full silicon hose and clamp kit does away with your stock plastic and rubber hoses. The strong 4-ply and 5-ply silicon items are far more durable, heat resistant and resistant to expansion under boost than the OEM type so makes a sensible upgrade.

The clamps included are the T-bolt kind and are superior to the standard hose clamps albeit costlier, probably why OEMs stick with the vanilla flavor. Some may have seen from experience though that with more power than stock the GT-R likes to pop off an intake pipe occasionally.

Available in blue and black colors, the set retails at $695.

While you’re here, if you haven’t seen it yet, why not check out the interview with Trey Cobb at the Seibon booth from SEMA earlier this year embedded below.

Link: Intake Hose Kit @ COBB Tuning Website

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GTC GT-R Runs 10.8 @ 126mph with Latest AccessPort Tweaks

September 18th, 2009

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The guys over on NAGTROC have a pretty interesting discussion going regarding custom tuning of the staple GT-R ECU upgrade, the Cobb AccessPORT. The guys have figured out how to write maps that control boost pressure based on RPM.

While this doesn’t sound like much when described like that (and there’s probably more to it), its actually quite a big deal. What it allows the average GT-R owner to do is to get more tuning value from their Cobb AccessPORT before resorting to electronic boost controllers and aftermarket wastegate actuators to keep the GT-Rs small turbos from boost spiking, especially on gear change.

The guys at GTC Racing have used the latest code and maps on their GTR to run 10.8 @ 125.92 mph at Santa Pod drag strip in the UK. This car is fitted with neither a boost controller or a set of actuators. It’s also running street tires but is fitted with a full turbo back exhaust and Forge Motorsports upgraded intercooler.

Link: GTC Racing Website
Link: NAGTROC COBB AccessPORT Discussion

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COBB Tuning Release Secondary Oil Cooler for Nissan GT-R

September 9th, 2009

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COBB Tuning really need no introduction for people in the GT-R world as their AccessPort product is the backbone for something like 99% of the world’s tuned Nissan R35 GT-Rs.

Today they’ve extended the range of top quality parts with the addition of a limited edition secondary engine oil cooler kit. Keeping engine oil temps in check is essential for anyone planning on even moderate amounts of circuit work, especially in warmer climates.

The core of this oil cooler kit is the Mocal 25 row air-to-oil cooler fixed in place by a custom CAD designed powder coated bracket. The bracket allows the core to be lined up to take advantage of the unused drivers side intake through which air is guided using genuine Nissan OEM ducting (included in the kit).

For the rest of the kit, nothing has been spared with attention to detail evident in every component. From the high quality anodized aluminum hose fittings to the genuine OEM replacement gaskets included.

Expect these to sell out fast but right now you can secure yours at one of the links below for just $1,395.

Buy: Cobb Tuning Limited Edition Secondary Oil Cooler @ GT-RR.com
Link: Cobb Tuning Limited Edition Secondary Oil Cooler

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Cobb AccessPORT for Euro Spec Nissan GT-R Now Available

July 2nd, 2009

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Suffer no more Euro GT-R owners, the Cobb AccessPORT is now available for your Nissan GT-R! Thanks to the hard work and forsight by GTC-Racing based in the UK, who spent hours road and dyno testing, the AccessPORT can now be yours and features, as expected, two stages of power upgrades just as the overseas models do.

The net performance gain for each AP stage is:

Stage 1, 97 RON Fuel:

  • +63 hp and +70 lbft of torque

Stage 2, 97 RON Fuel:

  • +70 hp and +90 lbft of torque

So the Euro spec Cobb AccessPORT features not just those two maps but also the following purpose built maps:

  • Anti Theft (security mode, car will not start)
  • Valet Mode (reduces rev limit and power level, so car cannot be driven aggressively by others)
  • Stock Style (normal tune with only speed limiter removed)
  • Economy (maximum fuel economy mode, sacrificing performance for better fuel economy)

There are also tonnes of other extremely useful functions like:

  • Re-flashes ECU through factory Data Port (OBD)
  • Ability to uninstall and revert back to original (stock) ECU data
  • Ability to store multiple maps on unit, allows switching between maps at user’s convenience
  • Ability to read DTCs (trouble codes) from the ECU, BCM, Multi-AV, IPDM, Pre-crash Seat Belt, Meter/M&A, and Adaptive HL computers
  • Ability to clear DTCs (trouble codes) from all vehicle computers including infamous “Bonnet Light”
  • Ability to update reflash maps as improvements become available
  • Firmware is Internet updatable (new features may be added as they become available)

All up the Cobb AccessPORT is a bargain at £750 + VAT and is available immediately through our friends at GTC-R / GTR23.com who can be contacted through their website linked below.

Link: Cobb AccessPORT available at GTC-R
Link: Videos from GTC-R on Euro GT-R Tuning
Link: GTC-R Nissan GT-R Tuning Guide

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Ferodo DS2500 Brake Pads for Nissan GT-R

December 17th, 2008

Ferodo have released pads in their DS2500 compound for the Nissan R35 GT-R standard Brembo calipers. The DS2500 pad is a high performance street and track day enthusiast pad that offers great performance, resistance to fade, and great stopping power.

COBB Tuning have arranged to supply these to the US GT-R owners and they are available now from their online store.

Front pads retail for $382.19 a set and rear pads are $194.87.

Source: COBB Tuning

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Thanksgiving? COBB Tuning Parts!

November 27th, 2008

If you don’t have a COBB AccessPORT yet or you’ve been craving a Cobb Tuning coilover sleeve kit, now might just be the best time to buy. SpeedForSale.com are offering 10% off on all Cobb Tuning parts for Nissan GT-R from 28th until the 31st of December.

Pickup an AccessPORT for $895, Coilover Sleeve system for $1795 or an Anti-Sway Bar kit for just $1075.

Thanks Jeremy from SpeedForSale for the heads up.

Link: SpeedForSale.com

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