TunerCat OBD2 Tuner is a software package that allows tuning of 96-current GM vehicles. For some early 96-97 vehicles, it is often the only solution. TunerCat OBD2 Tuner must be purchased with our RoadRunner hardware (either with a complete RoadRunner ECM or just a RoadRunner Guts kit) due to licensing restrictions. TunerCat OBD2 Tuner also has an optional reflash cable accessory and software (“WinFLASH”) that allows vehicles to be flash programmed over the OBD2 port. Existing users of TunerCat OBD2 software can use a RoadRunner ECM with the RTOBD2 upgrade. This upgrade is only available to existing users of the TunerCat software.
Currently (3-26-2012) the TunerCat application suite is known to work under Windows XP, Vista and Win7. There are compatibility issues with Vista and Win7 that can be addressed. (see below) Currently, the software supports real time tuning with the RoadRunner on supported vehicles, reading and flashing over the OBD2 port. THERE IS NO BUILT-IN DATALOGGING APPLICATION. You must have a third party logger or scan-tool in order to have an effective tuning combination. MX Scan used to work with older versions of the TunerCat reflash cable but it is NOT reported to work with current cables.
TunerCat OBD2 Tuner is licensed on a per-VDF (Vehicle Definition File) basis. You can purchase each VDF individually or as a package including a group (LS1, All) of definitions and hardware together at a discount. Each VDF generally covers multiple vehicles that use similar engine controllers. Once you have purchased a VDF, you may tune as many vehicles of that type as you like – there is no per-VIN licensing.
The latest list of supported vehicles can always be found here: TunerCat ODB2 VDF files
As of the time of writing (3-26-2012), the following vehicles are supported:
Installation Tips and Troubleshooting
TunerCat OBD2 tuner relies on the same FTDI drivers that we use for the rest of our products. If you suspect you have driver issues, please consult the USB Driver Troubleshooting Guide.
TunerCat does not always install and run cleanly under Windows Vista and Win7 without specific guidance.
Follow these steps:
- If you’ve already run the installers, first uninstall the program.
- In order for the programs to install correctly the installation program must be run in Compatibility mode. Before running the setup program right click on it. Select Properties from the list and then click the Compatibility tab. From there, pick the default (Windows XP SP2), click on the ‘Apply’ button and then click on the ‘OK’ button.
- Now double click on the setup program to install the program and follow the on-screen instruction to complete the installation.
- After completing the installation you’ll also need to set the OBDII RT Tuner program itself to run in compatibility mode. To do so, right click on the OBDII RT Tuner icon on the Desktop, Select ‘Properties’ from the pop-up menu and then click the ‘Compatibility’ tab. On the Compatibility screen click on the ‘Run the program in compatibility mode, select the default Windows XP SP2, check the ‘Run as administrator’ box, click on the ‘Apply’ button and then click on the ‘OK’ button. Then repeat this process or the WinFlash OBDII program.