The interest to fine tune one's ECU (post-exhaust and/or airbox mod) is extremely high and there are numerous posts.
I'd like to use this post to pull together all the different options and current product developments and provide a unified thread of making closed looped ECU bikes run better. I will add likes to other threads as I have time. Please feel free to post links on this topic that I've missed. Also please post errors and such and I will append this post from time to time to keep it fresh.
Common perceptions (feel free to add or critique if you disagree):
- Ducati's come lean from the manufacturer to pass emissions.
- Upgrading to aftermarket Slip-on's do not require ECU mod.
- Upgrading to aftermarket full-exhausts might not require ECU mod depending on new exhaust flow rate. For example, Exbox doesn't require ECU mods, but others' may
- Upgrading to aftermarket full-exhausts and airbox mods require ECU mod to rich the AF mixture
- No idea if just modifying the airbox requires ECU mod
Current (and near-production) ECU mods
Ducati Performance ECU - Designed specifically for the Termi system, but works reasonable well for other systems. The part number is either "96517706B" or "96517906B". Some dealers will not sell only the chip (without the exhaust and airfilter). Price is in the $1000-$1300 range. Product is not 'tunable', other than the trim. Mechanics for this product widely available.http://www.motospecialties.com/PartOrder.asp?Store=DucatiOmaha
PowerCommander III - There are several options people have taken. If you want to run stock ECU, Dynojet now lists a PCIII for a 2008 S4R (which is odd...as there are no S4R in 2008) module which does not tune below 5250 RPM and below 19% throttle unless you also have the DP ECU. If you have the DP ECU, you would load a different canned map. A third option is to use the stock ECU, but disconnect the O2 sensor and use the PC III for designed for a 1000ie or a 06 S4R (part number 717-411) which has full range of adjustments. You wil need to pay for a custom map and the "check engine" light will stay on constantly. Dynotuners are widely available. http://www.powercommander.com/powercommander_iii_usb/powercommander_all_downloads.aspx?mk=5&mdl=193&yr=2008
FatDuc O2 Manipulator - Aftermarket plug-n-play that sits between the O2 sensor and the ECU. It has a dial that allows the user to modify the reading that the O2 sensor is sending back to the ECU. This causes the ECU to think it is running lean thereby adding more fuel. The effect should only be felt during the closed loop part of the ECU map. Most people seems to be happy with the results; haven't heard any negative stories yet. http://ducatimonsterforum.org/index.php?topic=16051.0
The cost is only $80. May occasionally cause the check engine light to come on when you first start the bike. FatDuc is aware of the issue. This is caused by the idle being set too rich and over idling (30~40 minutes) resulting in carbon build up in the O2 probe. Proposed cure includes not idling too long or WOT it once in a while to clean the probe.http://www.fatduc.com/
Competition Systems' Nemesis - Aftermarket replacement ECU for the 749/999/1098/S4RS/Hypermotard. Allows you to switch instrument cluster and adjust just about everything the ECU controls. Here's the pdf http://www.mmcompsys.com/download_zone/4_fuel_parts/Nemesis%202%20installation%20notes_01.pdfhttp://www.mmcompsys.com/motorsportsengine.html
Microtec - Aftermarket replacement ECU for several Ducati models.http://www.microtec.cc/cms/en/motorsport-products/engine-management/m197-ecu
UltiMap59 - Product is full ECU replacement and will eliminate the need for an O2 sensor while not triggering the "Check Engine" light. Generation 2 product does not work with stepper motor to smooth out engine while idling. Generation 3 product runs with the stepper motor. Website is due to be updated with new info on Gen 3. One major upshot is the ability to use any aftermarket speedo/tach display and the disabling of the immobilizer. Dynotuners for this product limited in US.http://www.ultimap-ecu.com/
Reflashing stock ECU to DP ECU - Several services offering reflashing of all Ducati stock ECU's to DP ECU specs including, but not limited to Monstermash, Desmo Porsche, etc... It includes immobilizer disable, O2 sensor disable and raises the rev limit (at customer's request). The cost of the reflash is approximately $450.00. Some ongoing happenings in this thread:http://ducatimonsterforum.org/index.php?topic=34252.0
Members have had recent success with reflashing via Mota-Lab: http://www.mota-lab.com/
ProTune ECU Remap Kit - Allows reprograming of the Magneti Marelli 5AM and previous 59M units, which are used on all post 1987 Ducati models with 9 stages of tuning available (including reverting to OEM map). Product introduced March'09...need user input!http://www.motowheels.com
RapidBike 3 - RapidBike is having distributor drama. Please read link below or 2nd post on page 5 of this thread before buying http://ducatimonsterforum.org/index.php?topic=7590.0
Mixed results. Some people love it. Other people says the support is bad and it fried their ECU or won't hold a map in memory. Latest from RapidBike is that their piggyback unit used in conjunction with the O2 eliminator works very well. However, the O2 eliminator only works with their system.
Note: Rapid Bike redesigned the O2 eliminator this winter for 2007-2008 bikes. New O2 module now shipping and is able to add or subtract fuel across the board by twisting the plug to new settings. The instruction is poorly written with conflicting info and customer service from the main importer is spotty. Does NOT work with the stepper motor for cold starts.http://rapidbike.dimsport.com/indexrapid.php?DS=89295c90113848a097a28593b0a7aa0d&lang=en
Techlusion TFI Fuel Injection Module - Suppose to work for all Ducati modes by adding fuel across the board in 3 RPM zones. Need user feedback.http://www.dobeckperformance.com/default.asp
FactoryPro' Teka Box - Product is in development. Have already been fitted to 3 bikes with good feedback. Currently only available out of FactoryPro's shop in N.California (you lucks dogs!), but may be able to ship product in 6 month to shops that use their Dyno systems. The box eliminates the O2 sensor while maintaining the stepper motor. Dynotuners for this product limited in US.http://www.factorypro.com/index.htm
Jefferies MyECU - Aftermarket replacement ECU from Australia. Website suggests it is a new company with 1 employee. Website has customer testimonials, but no before&after dynomaps. Need user feedback. Does not work with Monsters after 2003, which has a newer two connector ECU. Good write-up here: http://ducatimonsterforum.org/index.php?topic=13043.0;topicseenhttp://jefferies-au.org/MyECU/index.htm
Let me know if I missed any or am wrong about anything!