TCI’s Self-Learning Transmission Controller
The term “swap” has gained a lot of publicity these days; you hear about engine swaps all of the time. With the focus on engine swaps, most people do not think about swapping a transmission, maybe because there’s no glamour in a trans swap.
As everyone is aware, fuel costs are on the rise, so many big-block Chevy owners want to get better fuel mileage, and might consider an engine swap for this purpose. Really, an overdrive transmission is the right choice for better fuel mileage and without sacrificing your current power plant choice.
Some trans swap hurtles may include lack of education about computer controllers, or how electric transmissions work or are tuned. In other cases, the right model transmission might be overlooked because of fear of the unknown, or lack of knowledge about selecting the right converter to match an engine’s horsepower rating. Many people feel that four-speed automatics are used to save gas, and can’t handle big horsepower, or don’t work as well at the track.
Not to worry, TCI transmissions has developed a product that allows you to pick and choose the right transmission for your truck. TCI’s EZ-TCU, or Transmission Control Unit, is compatible with most popular GM electronic transmissions, allowing maximum control over shift points, shift firmness and shift speed. Other features include multiple shift modes, as well as a full manual shift mode. It’s ready to run right out of the box with no tuning necessary, however for those who demand customization, the unit is also fully programmable based on load, speed and rpm. Its completely intuitive programming allows you to simply take it out of the box, mount it to your vehicle, plug it in and drive. It’s that simple because it learns as it drives!
Self-diagnostics allow truck owners of every skill level to use the EZ-TCU, which makes it capable of real-time switchable calibrations that allow for multiple setups. Run one calibration on the way to the track, and with the push of a button, have a more aggressive setup ready for the race. Sounds cool, right? Check out how easy it was to install one while swapping an LS into a square-body Chevy in just a few hours. No software, laptop or experience needed.
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Text by Marcel Venable
Photos Courtesy of Mike Cotten