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ELECTRONIC BOOST CONTROLLER INSTALLATION AND USER MANUAL

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Solder all joints. The N2MB recommended soldering method is available at http://www.n2mb.com. Use a multimeter to verify all wires before they are cut or tapped into. The colors of wires from model year to model year may differ, and may be different on your car from those described in these instructions. Where discrepancies are known, they are described, but there may be more discrepancies than those listed. The best way to know that you have the right wire is to check the connectivity to the ECU and/or sensor at the pins described. In these instructions, pictures include other aftermarket alterations in addition to the N2MB ELECTRONIC BOOST CONTROLLER. N2MB is not affiliated with these devices. In addition, if you see something that isn’t in your vehicle, don’t worry. Route wires in the manner that you want them to lie permanently before connecting them. Cut wires to length before soldering; avoid coiling wires of excessive length as they can cause noise in the circuit, altering the operation of the WOT Box. Spending some extra time here will enhance the aesthetics of the install. Zip ties are included to secure the wires away from heat, moving parts, sharp edges, or anything else that can damage the wires.

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ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION 1 Chapter Wiring Diagram     3  .

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION Connecting the boost controller to power (RED 16 GAUGE of the RED / BLACK PAIR)     Remove the two mounting screws for the fuse panel as shown in the picture Pull the fuse panel outward to reveal the backside of the fuse panel Locate the blue wires (wiper circuit ) in cavity #12 Split the RED / BLACK paired wire and route the red 16 gauge wire from the boost controller harness to this location and splice it into the blue wire and shown in the next picture     4  .

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION Using supplied shrink tubing splice the power wire in and reinstall the fuse panel GROUND INSTALLATION (BLACK SINGLE 18 GAUGE WIRE) USING THE SUPPLIED GROUND LUG ROUTE THE BLACK 18 GAUGE WIRE TO THIS LOCATION AND GROUND IT AS SHOWN IN THE ABOVE PICTURE. The 18 AWG BLACK wire is the SINGLE BLACK wire in the harness. It is NOT the BLACK wire from the RED / BLACK pair.     5  .

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION OBD CONNECTION (YELLOW WIRE) RELEASE THE DATA LINK CONNECTOR BY PUSHING IN THE TABS LOCATED ON EACH SIDE OF THE DATA LINK CONNECTOR RUN THE YELLOW WIRE FROM THE BOOST CONTROLLER HARNESS TO THIS LOCATION AND SPLICE IT INTO THE VIOLET/YELLOW WIRE.COVER THE WIRE WITH THE SUPPLIED SHRINK TUBING AND REINSTALL CONNECTOR INTO ITS MOUNTING POSITION     6  .

BLUE AND GREEN WIRES FROM THE BOOST CONTROLLER HARNESS AND PULL IT THROUGH THE FIREWALL AND INTO THE ENGINE BAY AS SHOWN.ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION ROUTE THE BLACK WIRE OF THE RED / BLACK PAIR AND THE BLUE WIRE THROUGH THE FIREWALL AND INTO THE ENGINE BAY USING A LONG SCREWDRIVER OR AN OLD ANTENNA POKE A HOLE THROUGH THE GROMMET AT THE FIREWALL AS SHOW IN THE PICTURE AND TAPE THE BLACK 16 GAUGE.     7  .

near the fuse box AS SHOWN IN THE PIC ABOVE.ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONNECTING THE TIP SENSOR (BLUE WIRE) LOCATE THE Throttle Inlet Pressure (TIP) sensor CONNECTOR WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE driver’s side fender. ROUTE THE BLUE WIRE FROM THE ELECTRONIC BOOST CONTROLLER TO THIS LOCATION     8  .

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION SPLICE THE BLUE WIRE FROM THE BOOST CONTROLLER HARNESS TO Pin 1 OF THE TIP Sensor CONNECTOR WHICH IS THE LIGHT BLUE WIRE. BE SURE TO SOLDER AND SHRINK TUBE ANY EXPOSED WIRING CONNECTING THE BOOST CONTROL SOLENOID (BLACK 16 GAUGE WIRE FROM THE RED / BLACK PAIR) Run the black 16 gauge wire from the paired red/black wires from the boost controller to this location. Splice the black 16 gauge wire to blue wire on the boost solenoid. Cut the two solenoid wires as shown in the picture.Use the supplied ground lug for this wire. This will eliminate a check engine light from the stock solenoid being unplugged from the pcm.     9  . Using the supplied resistor wire the cut ends of the stock boost solenoid wiring and connect the resistor inline to those two wires..THIS IS THE TIP SIGNAL WIRE. The black wire will be connected to a suitable ground location (battery ground will work best) .

This will be the map input to the boost controller     10  .ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONNECTING THE MAP SIGNAL INPUT (GREEN WIRE) Route the boost controller harness green wire to the location shown in this picture and solder it to the green with orange tracer wire at the map sensor.

n2mb. Run a vacuum line from the manifold to the aftermarket sensor. If you use a 3 bar MAP sensor. then you will be able to boost up about 27 psi if you set the overboost protection to 29 psi.ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION SPECIAL NOTES: If you are using a stock 2.25 bar MAP sensor. The GM 3 bar sensor is a good option. You can wire in an aftermarket pressure sensor if you do not want to upgrade to a 3 bar MAP sensor or want to boost above 27 psi. 3. Most pressure sensors work off a 5V reference and can be wired as follows.com for more details. Refer to the specific documentation that comes with your aftermarket pressure sensor for more details.5 bar and 5 bar sensors are also available. You can tap into the 5V power and ground at the stock MAP or TIP sensors and run these wires to the 5V and ground wires of the aftermarket sensor. Visit www. The 3rd wire of the pressure sensor can be connected to the GREEN Boost Box wire. while still allowing the overboost protection to function at 19 psi. Be sure to adjust the Boost Box settings to match the sensor you are using. the boost controller will only be able to control boost up to about 18.     11  .

Disconnect the stock RED vacuum line from the throttle inlet. Review the vacuum diagrams in the following section before starting this part of the installation. There are diagrams available for most common turbo setups. Cap off the nipple on the throttle inlet to prevent boost leaks.com if your setup is different. See the following directions for more information. 2. Route the RED vacuum line through the conduit towards the turbo as shown below.PLUMBING THE WASTEGATE 2 Chapter NOTE: The vacuum routing for the Boost Box is slightly different from the stock configuration. The RED line from the TIP solenoid needs to be removed from the throttle inlet and tee’d into the WGA control line. Contact support@n2mb.     12  . 1. Remove the stock rubber boot from the RED vacuum line. Leave the other end of the RED vacuum line connected to the TIP solenoid.

PLUMBING THE WASTEGATE 3. Do not zip tie the connection with too much force or you may crush the line. Connect the 3/16” vacuum line that you connected to the RED line to the middle 3/16” barb. To TIP Solenoid RED Line To WGA Solenoid     13  . Zip tie all connections to prevent leaks. Using a short length of ¼” vacuum line. Pull the slack out of the line. You may want to zip tie the connections at the TIP solenoid and WGA solenoid as shown below since they leak a small amount. Be careful if you zip tie these since the barbs on the solenoids may break if you pull too hard on the zip tie! 5. 4. Connect the end of the RED vacuum line to a short length of 3/16” vacuum hose. connect a brass ¼ x 3/16 x ¼ vacuum T inline with the WGA control line as shown below. Zip tie the connection to prevent leaks.

PLUMBING THE WASTEGATE Figure P-1: Plumbing Diagram for: Internal Wastegate Stock Wastegate Actuator Solenoid To TIP Sensor     14  .

PLUMBING THE WASTEGATE Figure P-2: Plumbing Diagram for: Internal Wastegate Aftermarket Wastegate Actuator Solenoid To TIP Sensor     15  .

PLUMBING THE WASTEGATE Figure P-3: Plumbing Diagram for: External Wastegate Stock Wastegate Actuator Solenoid To TIP Sensor     16  .

PLUMBING THE WASTEGATE Figure P-4: Plumbing Diagram for: External Wastegate Aftermarket Wastegate Actuator Solenoid To TIP Sensor     17  .

N2MB RACING RECOMMENDS THAT THE TUNING PORTION OF THIS INSTALLATION BE DONE BY A PROFESSONAL TUNER. N2MB RACING ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGE RESULTING FROM IMPROPER EBC TUNING. 2. IF YOU CHOOSE TO TUNE THE BOOST BOX YOURSELF BELOW ARE SOME GENERAL GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW. this is about 7 psi. Download the latest version of the Boost Box software from our website at: http://www. IMPROPER TUNING OF AN EBC CAN LEAD TO ENGINE DAMAGE. you may still need to reduce the preload on your waste gate actuator to be able to make low boost in 1st gear. For most vehicles. Note the boost it makes and reduce the preload on the WGA or change the WG spring until the boost level stabilizes on approximately the boost level you want for 1st gear or slightly less. reconnect the Boost Box to the wiring harness. SEE THE N2MB RACING LIMITED WARRANTY FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Even if you have previously had a different setup. unplug the Boost Box from the wiring harness. Before connecting the USB to serial adapter to your computer. Take the car out for some pulls in 3rd or 4th gear.n2mb. The drivers are available on our website at: http://www. 3.com/boostboxsoftware i .com/wotboxsoftware 4. make sure you have installed the drivers. 1. NEVER ATTEMPT TO ADJUST BOOST BOX SETTINGS WHILE DRIVING! ALWAYS HAVE A PASSENGER ADJUST SETTINGS WHILE TUNING THE BOOST BOX FOR SAFETY.n2mb. If you were previously controlling boost using a direct line from the turbo to the WGA.TUNING THE BOOST BOX 3 Chapter NOTE: TUNING ANY ELECTRONIC BOOST CONTROLLER (EBC) IS NOT A TRIVIAL TASK. Next. you will need to reduce the WGA preload. To do this.

select “2. This is available on our website as well at: http://www. The TPS voltage should now read about 2. After you have selected the correct MAP sensor. Once the software upgrade is complete. select the appropriate setting to match the sensor. For cars with AEM EMS.     19  . 11. If not. click “Read” again. 7. Close the software. There are two MAP sensor values. Their values should roughly agree and they should read approximately 0 psi with the engine not running. Contact support@n2mb.TUNING THE BOOST BOX 5. Click write.com for more information. The TIP sensor value should also read approximately 0 psi. If either sensor reads -14. you will need to upgrade to that software. 16. press the gas pedal to the floor. 12.com/wotboxsoftware 6. 14. you may need to install the Microsoft . select the appropriate setting to match the sensor. It may not be connected. If the software does not start. Release the gas and start the engine. Click “Reset Firmware” under the options menu. 8. you may need to add a connection in your AEM harness between the TPS sensor and the stock PCM or disable the TPS input. With the engine still off. Open the software and select the new COM port from the list. If you have MOPAR Stage 2 or Stage 3. start the boost box software without the USB to serial adapter connected to the computer. the first setup step is to select the MAP sensor you are using. click the “Write” button. Similarly. the RPM and MPH should read 0 with the engine not running.7 V. Note the values in the “Vehicle Snapshot” box in the lower left corner of the program.NET framework. Configure the MAP Sensor Type: If your car is stock. The LED should illuminate on the Boost Box.0 Bar”. Now that you are connected to the Boost Box.25 Bar” under the “TIP Sensor” menu. select “3. Configure the TIP Sensor Type: If your car is stock. If you have an aftermarket pressure sensor. select “3. 10. 13. Click “Read” on the software again. stop and check your MAP and TIP sensor configuration. Plug in the USB to serial adapter to the Boost Box and the computer and turn the key on in the car. Next.7 psi. After the settings are programmed.n2mb. another read will occur. You will not need to start the engine. 15. If not. the TPS voltage should read about 0 V with the gas pedal up. check the OBD connection. then check the wire connection for that sensor. select “2. If you have an aftermarket pressure sensor. The proper port will not be any of these.0 Bar”. Lastly. 9. If the software on the Boost Box is older than the software you are using.25 Bar” under the “MAP Sensor” menu. Click the “Read” button. Note the COM ports listed under the pull down menu. If you have MOPAR Stage 2 or Stage 3.

AIM HIGH. That is OK. the learning will be enabled. The RPM box should show the engine idle RPM. If you don't know this you can follow the instructions in step 1 of this section to learn it or you can take a guess. Proceed to the next step. The boost will be reset when you lift your foot off the gas. 21. click “Read” again.e.TUNING THE BOOST BOX 17. but now their values should read about -10 PSI.     20  . When your boost is within this number of psi of the target pressure. lower spring pressure = higher boost. Lower it to start making boost at a lower TPS threshold. Increase this range to allow more learning over a wider range. I recommend setting the TPS Threshold about 0. The TIP sensor box should still read approximately 0 psi. TIP and OBD connections correctly. the Boost Box will cut the output to 0%. but has too much overshoot. the pressure your car makes on spring control alone. This is normal. then you have connected the MAP. decrease this range to decrease overshoot. resulting in minimum boost.0. Set this value to the maximum safe boost your car is capable of. Start the engine. Note: The highest boost you will be able to hold with the 2. If set properly. Increasing this value will increase boost overshoot. adjust this accordingly until the boost is close. Set the Spring pressure (PSI): This is your spring pressure. click read with the engine not running and the throttle floored.25 bar sensor. 24. For example. i. Raise this if you are still getting PTB. the learning is enabled. Note: The highest this value can be is about 19 psi when using the 2. With the engine idling.5 . Set the Overboost Pressure: If the boost reaches this level. To confirm that the threshold is right for your car. This will make small adjustments to the boost and spring pressure to learn and stabilize the boost. once the manifold pressure reaches 12 psi. because it will be learned for you. Click write. If all of these values read correctly. If you are way off on the boost. 18. Once you have configured all your desired settings. Example: If you are 4 psi too low on your first pull. 3 psi is probably a good value here.9V or so. Reduce this value if your boost is correct. click the “Write” button. if the boost is set to 15 psi. 22.3 volts. It should be about 2 psi higher than the highest boost you want to hold to account for quick spikes. it can eliminate part throttle boost! Note that the TPS value is lower than you might expect. 19.25 bar sensor is about 18 psi. Higher spring pressure = lower boost. The vehicle snapshot will display about 2. 20. – This is the point at which your boost control starts. (Optional) Configure the Learning Range (PSI): Default value: 3 PSI. But. decrease this number by 4 psi and try again. The spring pressure may end up 2-3 psi lower than your actual spring pressure. The two MAP sensor boxes should roughly agree again.6 volts lower than this to make sure that you are in WOT. (Optional) Adjust the TPS Threshold (V): Default value: 2. Set the Boost Setpoints for each gear: The Boost Box will attempt to reach these targets when in the selected gear. You are done with the required settings! Enjoy! 23.

HIGHER NUMBERS PRODUCE MORE GAIN AND LOWER NUMBERS PRODUCE LESS GAIN.5th gear: 25 psi     21  . Tuning high boost setups If you are not able to dial in the boost you want because you are aiming for a very high boost level (> ~25-30 psi) in the upper gears with a low boost level (~10 psi) in the lower gears. setup gears 2-5. For the example setup above. The gain controls the rate at which steady boost errors are eliminated.TUNING THE BOOST BOX 25. if you have a 10 psi spring. try the manual tuning method below. Next. Gain: 0 Spring pressure: 0 1st Gear: 0 As shown below: This will give you spring pressure only in 1st gear. Set this value to 0 to completely disable learning for troubleshooting. The boost setting you put in will be ADDED to your spring pressure. Email support@n2mb. Decrease this value to reduce boost overshoot and oscillations.com for more information about this option. Increase this value to speed up the rate at which boost errors are eliminated and to increase the boost held to redline. you would get the following boost: 1st gear: 10 psi 2nd gear: 17 psi 3rd . (Optional) Adjust the gain: Default value: 2.

you can manually adjust the spring pressure until it is within the range. However. It may need to be raised. then you should increase 4th gear to 17 psi so that you will get 25 psi. If the boost is too low. The boost will not go low enough. The boost is higher than the spring pressure. especially at high settings. if after setting the above screenshot. Also. Verify all the settings in the software as detailed above.TUNING THE BOOST BOX The boost may be slightly lower than you expect. The spring pressure may end up 23 psi lower than your actual spring pressure.     22  . For example. If the boost is too high. This is normal. Check your minimum spring pressure as described above in Step 1. You may need to adjust your waste gate actuator to be able to make less boost. If the boost is outside of the learning range. I keep hitting the overboost and the boost shuts down. increase the spring pressure. just keep increasing the boost setpoint for that gear until you get the boost you want. Check the spring pressure. Example: If you are 4 psi too low on your first pull. decrease the spring pressure by an equal amount. decrease this number by 4 psi and try again. check your map and tip sensor readings and setup as described above. Troubleshooting What to do if: I have no boost or spring pressure only. Check your vacuum connections on the solenoid and recheck the power to the solenoid. If that happens. the spring pressure will automatically be raised for you so that on the next boost it will be closer to your target. each time you hit the overboost. but does not reach my targets after several pulls. you did a pull in 4th gear and only made 23 psi.

just as you would with any other electronic or manual boost controller. You can connect a vacuum line directly from the TIP sensor to the WGA. Otherwise. The PCM uses the tip solenoid to occasionally make measurements of barometric pressure. If you remove that solenoid and directly connect the WGA line to the TIP sensor. Therefore don't make it too much lower than the minimum boost you need. 4 bar or 5 bar sensor from our website. See the vacuum diagrams in chapter 2. If you want to boost above 18 psi. Q. but only by so much.25 bar since that will only measure gate pressure. the PCM will not be able to make measurements of barometric pressure.     23  . It can go higher. Do I need to upgrade the TIP sensor as well? A. No. Q. Q. You are reading them. The red line goes from the TIP solenoid to the intake. The white line goes from the TIP sensor to the TIP solenoid. you will need a 3 bar MAP sensor or higher. Do I need to adjust my waste gate back to stock or leave it where it is? A. Do I need to get the Mopar 3 bar map sensor? A. We recommend using the red line from the solenoid to connect to the WGA. It is probably safer to leave the TIP solenoid connected. Q. Isn’t the TIP the white line? I don't have a red line. Most people will not need that much spring pressure. Does it come with instructions? Yes. You don't need to upgrade the TIP sensor unless you plan on running a spring pressure higher than 17 psi. You need to lower the WGA preload to the minimum boost you want to run. It won't be able to go lower than this. It will completely take away control of the boost from the PCM. Q. it can remain at 2. We believe that the PCM does use the barometric pressure measurement for some of the fueling tables. the Boost Box is an electronic boost controller. You can get a GM 3 bar or a generic 3.TUNING THE BOOST BOX FAQ Q. Keep adjusting it down until it makes the minimum boost you want at any point. Does the car need to be on PCM controlled boost? Will the PCM learn the boost and pull the boost back? A. It does not need to be the Mopar sensor. but if you do that. A.5 bar. See Step 1 in Chapter 3. You will be able to set any boost that you want. the PCM will lose that ability.