Couple of tuner device questions

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  1. whalesalad

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    Thinking that now is as good a time as ever to get a flex fuel E85/93 octane tune.

    I've been searching around and there seem to be a lot of great tuner companies ... but my question is around devices.

    • What devices work with a Mac? I don't mind running a VM to do software updates to the device but would prefer to be able to drag-n-drop tune files to the device without windows being required. I know the nGauge works with an SD card here.
    • What tuning devices will allow me to see the quality of the E85 fuel I am running?
    • How is the E85 quality represented in various tuners? An octane level? Or do y'all look at knock and use that as a proxy for fuel grade/quality?

    Sounds like the nGauge checks my boxes but want to make sure that the SCT X4 isn't also capable of this as well.
     
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    I could be wrong but doesn't the bdx load updates and tunes over WiFi? I'm not sure how this works with different tuning companies though.


     
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    you have to get an e85 test kit to check the the ethanol level. yes the ngauge should would with an OS as you just drop files.
     
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    I've heard people on the forum mention that they can see some kind of stat/number somewhere that will suggest the octane level of your fuel mixture?
     
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    Alch% PID on the nGuage.
     
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    The ease of use of the nGauge is hard to beat. I love the ability to easily log the car while being able to monitor a bunch of engine perameters in a nice clean setup. I do believe it has the ability read ethanol concentration as well.
     
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