Received my Cobb/FSWERKS Accessport v3!

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST EcoBoost™ Tuning' started by McRib 1s Back, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    The good people at FSWERKS delivered my AccessPort last night. Oddly, it was raining in LA -- so this will have to wait until I get home later today to play.

    I also sprung for the ITG panel filter. At $64.95, it's about 2x the cost of a K&N, but I like that it's essentially a durable foam filter. I don't plan to test them independently, but I can see this just being a stop-gap until I decide on a full cold air intake system of some kind (the FSWERKS one looks good and has 2.5" piping throughout). A quick read of the instruction sheet marks this as a very British product (and presumably has lots of street/race miles in that market under the brand, for this model). Their claim is that you can essentially install and forget it (knock of the big stuff and vacuum it as needed). I noticed that a cleaning and oil kit is out available, but I didn't get it (I'll probably replace it with a new system by the time I need to clean it).

    These AccessPorts are going like hotcakes. It appears that this single unit services both the Focus and Fiesta ST, so that may explain why they're in short supply right now (I was # 10 of 10 according to Randy).

    I only have the base map to play with, but that's fine by me. I'm looking forward to a new custom map from FSWERKS, and frankly was the reason I bought the Cobb AccessPort from them. The SOCAL Cobb shop isn't too far from my home, but I probably won't have much occasion to go there (maybe a dyno run or two?).

    It feels like most people here already have this setup, but I'll be at the Irvine meet-and-greet on the 28th if anyone wants to check it out.
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  3. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Can you still run a Vehicle Health Report with the AccessPort plugged in?
  4. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    I'll find out later today! I think so -- but just so I'm clear, is your question about whether you can do this in tandem while the AcessPort is physically jacked in, or just after being flashed, in general?
  5. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    With the AccessPort physically plugged in. My issue with running the health report was the fact that I had dual ScanGauges plugged in. I'm wondering if the ScanGauges specifically or just anything plugged into the OBDII port.
  6. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    Just went and check my car and i am using a GoPoint BT to link to my phone and running dash command app. My RVR say i have less than 200 miles on my car where as the ODO reads like 1250 miles so i just wont run a vehicle report .. just another feature of MFT which tends to FML LOL
  7. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Exactly what I saw with the ScanGauge. That sucks that MFT is too picky to run the report with anything plugged in. Easy enough to unplug and I don't think I'll be running the VHR very often, but still sucks!
  8. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    It's starting to look like anything plugged into the OBD2 port does it. I'll confirm later, but I can see the logic -- Ford figures the only thing that would be plugged in is their own diagnostic tool(s). It's probably a very simple connection check and intended to prevent the systems from conflicting.
  9. jariten

    jariten Member

    What does it even do anyway? Mine just told me I had brake and suspension problems because I had TC off and my e-brake on. Seemed kind of pointless.
  10. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    It's not really a terribly important thing and I can't see myself running it more than maybe twice a year.
  11. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    It turns out I'll have wait a bit longer. Though I have about 200 miles, it seems the system has a magic number before it feels your first check should happen! Check out this error message:

  12. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    My AccessPort is nicely mounted using a system intended for cell phones. This particular one is the best I've found and would recommend it for this purpose too.

    One caveat: It uses a suction cup with a mild adhesive (that is regenerative, just rinse it in water if it loses it's grip). This is awesome for staying stuck to a less-than-non-porous surface, like a dash. It *may* leave a faint stain if you remove it. I once had this experience years ago on my Audi A4 1.8T. It was faint, but bothered me. That stuff doesn't bother me anymore for some reason. FWIW, it doesn't seem to do that on our dash...yet.

    (I bought three of these from Amazon, each for $19)

    Here's a shot:

  13. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    ...oh yeah, like everyone else said, this setup rocks! It is a moderate improvement and worth the money. It pulls harder and sounds great. My panel filter made a small audible change (but not like the typical cold-air intake). I'm happy and can't wait for the new FSWERKS map.
  14. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    After a few days with the 91 octane base map, I started to wonder about the possibility of running the 93 octane map...

    Like a few of you, I worried about having "ghetto gas" in my car's first tank from the dealer! It took me until last night to get rid of it. Without turning this into a debate about the "best gas", I prefer 76 for best resistance to pinging (Nissan did a big study in the 90s and concluded it was the best for this application). I'm sticking to that for now.

    Anyhow, what do you guys think about the use of the "93 octane map" under carefully controlled "good CA 91 octane" gas use? I really wish I had easy access to unleaded race gas, but my local places quit selling it (then I'd simply mix it).

    Anyone try that? I don't know how easy it is to hear pinging in this car -- and I certainly haven't heard any obvious signs. With the cool weather it should help, but I'm not trying to kill the motor! Thoughts?
  15. pelotonracer2

    pelotonracer2 Active Member

    fuel formulations have changed a few times over since the 1990s. :p
  16. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    Ha, yeah, but it remains a top pick (and it was the only source I knew about authoritatively, lots of anecdotal stuff on this topic). I know that Randy at FSWERKS shares this opinion too. Really, you can't go too far wrong with a tier-one choice. I also like Chevron and Mobil, but again 76 for resistance to pre-ignition!
  17. pelotonracer2

    pelotonracer2 Active Member

    Yeah, the problem is that most gas stations these days are "franchises". They only have to purchase fuel from the franchisee refineries for a contracted amount of time and then after that period they can buy fuel from whomever they want (usually the cheapest gasoline they can find). It's one big reason I steer clear from ma and pops gas stations or convenient stores. Even though the sign might say "Shell" or "Chevron" or "Mobil", the fuel they buy is rarely those companies formulations. :) As absurd as this will sound, I really like "Quick Trip" gasoline. Never had an inconsistent batch of fuel and I usually run very aggressive tunes compared to OTS maps. I think much of it boils down to geographical location as well. Fuel formulations can vary drastically from one region to another. We don't have many (if any) 76 stations in Texas anymore.
  18. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    Right, I'm right there with you. For our area, 76 does well. Despite the low octane, most fuels here are decent.

    Thoughts on trying the 93 octane on 91, as described above?
  19. pelotonracer2

    pelotonracer2 Active Member

    Anyways, regarding your original question, I wouldn't recommend running a 93 OTS map on a car running 91. Much of that is centered around boost reduction as rpm increases. The 93 maps have less boost taper/reduction as rpm increases and have higher overboost or mid/high range boost targets. It's that 1-2 psi that usually sends you over into detonation on the slightly less octane fuels. Also, timing curves might also be slightly more aggressive as well. Since this motor has such high compression, I personally would not take a chance.
  20. wash

    wash Active Member

    A racer I know used to pick fuel by Fiat.

    Anything that wouldn't ping in his Fiat was good enough for his race car. At a lot of places 91 would still ping, at some places 87 was good enough.

    That was a long time ago before race gas was a common thing but it shows how far off the octane numbers can be.

    If you ever de-cat your car, you might figure out a way to get low lead 100 from your local municipal airport.
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  21. pelotonracer2

    pelotonracer2 Active Member

    With that said, I CANNOT wait until Cobb releases the Race Tuner software for this application. I made some really nice tunes (using the stock OTS as a base) for my modified 2011 Mazda MS3.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2013

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