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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 06-03-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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BMW Logging Software

After seeing the interest for usable logging software in this thread here:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1830510
I decided to make a post as well detailing something I created. I made a logging application for track use on my own vehicle, but if the interest is there I will find a way to make this publicly available. Since it's not a commercial product I don't think the mods should have any issue with this post, but if any mods do please let me know. Feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts.

The software does not require an INPA/EDIABAS installation and can be used with any USB K or DCAN cable available that uses the FTDI chipset.

It can display real-time info from the car, record and playback, graph datalogs, live graph real-time info from the car or playback from datalogs, export data to CSV file, check and clear prominent and shadow error codes, and view or clear long term adaptations.

Here's a quick overview video to see the software in action:


And a look behind the scenes when I first made the application, from start to working proof of concept:





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Old 06-03-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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That's pretty sweet! I'd definitely be interested if you made it available!
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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Thanks. We'll see what happens.

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Old 06-07-2012, 12:54 AM   #4
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Wow this is lookin good. Realistically, this would work on any OBD2 vehicle correct? I wouldn't mind being able to log the IAT/RPM/Ignition on my M3.

I currently already have working INPA etc flawlessly, but just wish I could log the sensor readouts during some runs.


I'm not a hacker by any means, but if you need a tester running MSS54 ECU let me know...
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:07 AM   #5
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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Wow this is lookin good. Realistically, this would work on any OBD2 vehicle correct? I wouldn't mind being able to log the IAT/RPM/Ignition on my M3.

I currently already have working INPA etc flawlessly, but just wish I could log the sensor readouts during some runs.


I'm not a hacker by any means, but if you need a tester running MSS54 ECU let me know...
Definitely hear that! That's exactly why I made this app. I'll shoot you a PM.

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Old 06-07-2012, 01:19 PM   #7
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incredible work

any chance on getting it? perfect way to find out why my 3L doesn´t want to go faster then 230km/h
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:37 PM   #8
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incredible work

any chance on getting it? perfect way to find out why my 3L doesn´t want to go faster then 230km/h
Thank you.

I'm leaning towards making this available now that I'm seeing more interest!
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:03 AM   #9
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so the more people who are interested, the better the possibility to get it?

if so, i could start a topic in some german forums

i guess your work is very much appreciated over here
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:50 AM   #10
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Ya, I'd love to see more interest. I'm one of the people that believe in good support for any product that I put in other people's hands. In that way there would need to be a website, a forum for tech support, etc etc. I do things properly.
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:23 PM   #11
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not meaning to be a dick bit theres kinda something out there already that logs info

you cant log everything though its partially limited from my own experience at least

$30.00 for the obd2 access port
$5.00 for full app
$xxx.xx for phone

i logged a little bit with it

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...l.torque&hl=en

if you can get it to monitor all status's then it would be totally worth while
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Old 06-09-2012, 04:07 PM   #12
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You're not being a dick at all, that's a valid point, and most people don't understand the difference. I'm aware there's a ton of different "standard OBD2" logging software's available... but over standard OBD2 protocols you're looking at very slow data rates for only a few data points at a time and nothing BMW specific (VANOS, Inputs/Outputs, etc).

Let's look at just the analog data points I show in the video, for example. Using standard OBD2 protocols you would only be able to update one data point (Closer to 1.5, but let's be realistic that's not actually a full two) at the same rate I'm updating all of the 14 analog data points shown in the video. So that'd be just RPM, as an example. Start adding more points like VSS, IAT, ECT, etc, and you're slowing your data rates down by however many items you want to monitor (If you have that app, give it try for yourself). Noting that you can't even get VANOS data through standard OBD2 protocols, that means it would take you ~8 times as long to collect less than equivalent data... more than a full second if you were going to graph the same data out. Not very useful. If you only wanted to see one or two data points over standard OBD2 that would be absolutely usable, but being a tuner myself I like the full spectrum for diagnosis and analysis, and that's why I wrote this app in the first place. When it comes to tuning you could use this to provide your tuner with a datalog showing a possible problem area and he would have a lot more data to diagnose with than going in blind or using a standard OBD2 app.

Then add in that we can view VANOS, status, and digital inputs/outputs (Brake comes in really handy for logging on track) that your standard OBD2 app can't display. Well, you get the point.
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does it only work with MS43?
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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That's just what I started with. There will be a full range of support as I move forward.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:21 AM   #15
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in for MSS54 support

what kind of format are the datalogs in? CSV?
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:33 AM   #16
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MSS54 support is coming very soon.

As mentioned above you can export the datalogs to CSV, but they're stored in a proprietary format.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #17
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I's be happy to beta test

I've got a full bench test MSS54 setup with sensors etc. if I want real-time readings to see what it's doing I have to use a phone app, which as you realize, sucks.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #18
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Absolutely. I'll PM you. I'm curious what you have going on over there.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #19
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The software has been made available with MS43 support to start. MS41, MS41.1, MS42, and MSS54 support is on the way. The software is FREE to check and clear codes, and clear adaptations. It's also free to playback datalogs taken by others (So your tuners can see real information from you), there's some sample logs to play with on the website. Enjoy!

www.bimmersoftware.com/BMWLogger
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:01 PM   #20
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