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Clutch Cut Wire Install - 1990 DSM
This video was shot as an illustration of the steps that I took to install a clutch cut wire onto a 1990 DSM. I received a request on this particular project, so I shot the video to clear up any confusion that still may be lurking about. When installing the clutch cut wire, the goal is always the same, make the ECU see a ground when the clutch pedal is depressed. For 91+ models, a clutch cut wire was produced by ECMlink. This wire allows users to install it and maintain the functionality of the cruise control switch while gaining the added benefit of No Lift To Shift (NLTS). If you own a 90 model DSM this wire will not work for you. Just like the ECU, Tach, and other parts of a 90, the cruise control switch is wired differently than 91+ models. The cruise control switch on a 90 is switched to a 12v line while 91+ models are switched to a ground. The programming inside link wants to see a ground, so simply installing the supplied orange and violet ECMlink wire will not do the trick. Another drawback to doing this mod on a 90 is that you will loose the functionality of the cruise control switch. It will no longer disengage the cruise control when the pedal is depressed!!!! This is not an issue for some people because they have already deleted the cruise control but for those of you looking to retain that functionality there is hope. The process of retaining the function of the switch will not be covered here and is a lot more involved. You can find those instructions in the 2nd link below. Setting up NLTS in ECMlink is exciting, but there are a few things that you should know. When setting up the limiter, you can not just blindly guess. You must make a pass (on the drag strip of course) without the mod, banging through the gears as you normally would. Review the log and see where the RPM's drop back to during each shift. You want to choose an RPM very close to this number. For instance. If you rev the car to 7500 and your shift from 1 to 2 dropped to 5400 2 to 3 dropped to 5500 and 3 to 4 dropped to 5500 you would want to set the limiter to 5500 or so. This will closely match the revs between the flywheel and clutch disk when re-engaging the gears. Ironically, you will find that the revs drop to about the same spot IF you rev the car to the same RPM in each gear. Of course, revving the car higher or lower will result in a different reading. Learning to use this new feature can be a real learning curve. If you do not lift your foot completely off the clutch you effectively lower your redline to your clutch cut limit. If you do not keep your foot 100% on the throttle NLTS will not work. On the other hand, if you use this mod as it is intended and you spend the time setting it up the reward will be well worth the effort. I hope that this helps you understand the difference between the 90 and 91+ model clutch cut wires. This page contains a PDF on how to install the clutch cut wire on a 91+ model. http://www.ecmtuning.com/downloads.php This page contains the methods of installing the wire onto a 90 model. http://www.ecmtuning.com/wiki/90clutchcut?s=clutch%20cut





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