Dyno Testing At Karl Kustoms

At Karl Kustoms, we have a dyno room. The dyno is the most valuable tool you can use when it comes to tuning an engine. If you’re curious about how we dyno and tune engines in house, check out the videos we put together:

How We Set Up Our Dyno Equipment

If you’ve ever wondered how we connect and set up our in-house engine dyno, today’s your lucky day. We put together a video of the process:

The steps are as follows:

  1. Add coolant to the engine
  2. Hook it up with a thermostat to a radiator on the dyno
  3. Mount the carburetor on the engine, connect to air supply
  4. Connect the valve cover breather to an external vent
  5. Link the ignition and throttle
  6. Connect the exhaust headers to the engine, connect to exhaust vent
  7. Hook up the temperature sensors
  8. Get dialed in!

This process allows us to accurately tune and configure engines for our racing and hot rod customers.

How The Tuning Process Goes At Karl Kustoms

We work on many different cars, including:

  • Classic carbureted cars
  • Late model performance cars
  • Classic and brand new cars with fuel injected engines

In the video, Robbie explains the science behind a tuning a car. The process is necessary when you make any modification to your vehicle that affects the airflow through the engine. Tuning a car brings many different benefits, including:

  • More horsepower (depending on the modifications you made to your vehicle)
  • Better throttle response
  • Improved fuel economy

At Karl Kustoms, we offer two different types of tunes:

  1. Street tune: for street driving
  2. Dyno tune: for performance driving

Dyno tuning is an intensive process that enhances the efficiency and performance of a vehicle. Our tuner Robbie Massey took some time to show us how the tuning process goes:

Want To See One Of Our Dyno Tests In Action?

We always hear exciting sounds in our dyno room. Take this Camaro ZL1, for instance:

Sounds pretty throaty, doesn’t it? In April 2020, this Camaro came in with an engine that produced under 500 HP. At Karl Kustoms, we gave the engine more power by:

  • Installing Lingenfelter ported heads
  • Installing a cam
  • Installing a throttle body
  • Installing a new fuel pump
  • Converting the engine to run on E85

The result? An absolute beast that can produce 744 HP and 664 lb-ft of torque!