Monday, March 18, 2013

Oh what fun, it is to play, with an IQ Radio... (Radio Logos Part II)

Christmas Songs in March? Well it's festive, and I'm in a festive mood after hitting a major milestone! Let me explain:

So as you may remember I had decoded the Series 1 Radio images , as used on the Pontiac G8, a (long) while ago back in 2011 and even got to the point of injecting new images. However at that point I was doing a favor for someone else and they never took it anywhere. That frustrated me quite a bit a to be honest, so when I recently had the opportunity to work with some guys over on CarModder to pursue a similar project but with the IQ Radio System (found in the Holden VE E2/E3 cars)  I really wanted to make sure that it was something that would lead to a feasible end product. After a decent amount of testing it appeared that YES this could be done!

These IQ Radios are definitely different 'enough' from the original S1 radios we have here in the States. Higher resolution screen, more colors, better UI (Red or Blue depending on platform), Wallpaper, Touch screen, larger Boot Animation, different processor architecture etc. etc, So any of my previous work was basically useless and I had to start from scratch. (on a side note - I'm planning on doing a conversion to an IQ Unit in the near future...)

First off was finding what kind of graphics were in there.. It really didn't take me that long to find a bunch of interesting image data, but some of the encoding proved to a bit a stubborn. After quite a few baby steps though I was able to see all the graphics they had stored in there. Here are just a few of them.

Blue Wallpaper - Red one used in GTS

Partial graphic of Backup Sensor Screen

Oh look it's a Wagon!

Partial Frame of Chevy Boot Animation

Frame of Holden Boot Animation
So... now that I was able to read this stuff out, how about sticking something new back in? Well that proved to be a little bit harder since there were a few limitations on the data encoding that weren't obvious from the extraction. Attempt after attempt were made to write the data back, yet somehow the image would always come out looking weird or messed up. Finally this last weekend after attempt.. oh.. probably 30-something, I found the proverbial 'last piece of the puzzle' and we were able to successfully upload a custom wallpaper! And that is WITHOUT taking the radio out of the car :)


Tadaaaa!

A Million Thanks go out to the guys @ CarModder, especially Jezzab, for helping me test this stuff. This is naturally only 'Step A' in our diabolical ehmm i mean great plan. Hopefully more interesting things will soon follow .. Maybe now I'll finally be able to get back to implementing custom boot logo's on those S1 radios for the G8 folks... Just have to find the time!





Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Edelbrock E-Force Superchargers

As discussed in this old post, the Edelbrock E-Force superchargers, while being sold down-under , never were readily available for platforms like the G8. The issue was the pulley offset / placement between the then available Corvette or Camaro versions of their system.

Now they have several universal kits available that actually will fit the G8 as well. This is great news for those wanting a different offering than the usual ProCharger or MagnaCharger setups. I personally really like the sleek look of these superchargers...


As you can tell from the listed table, they have quite a few options available:

Applications With Tuner Without Tuner
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS2 Engine Swaps, LS2 Style Heads, Corvette Belt Offset - 15440*
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS2 Engine Swaps, LS2 Style Heads, Truck Belt Offset (88mm TB) - 15480*
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS2 Engine Swaps, LS2 Style Heads, Gen IV (1998-02) Camaro / GTO Belt Offset - 15470*
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS3 Engine Swaps with LS3/L92 Heads, Corvette Belt Offset 1540* 15400*
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS3 Engine Swaps with LS3/L92 Heads, Gen V (2010-12) Camaro Belt Offset - 15410*
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS3 Engine Swaps with LS3/L92 Heads, Gen IV (1998-02) Camaro / GTO Belt Offset - 15420*
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS3 Engine Swaps, LS3 Style Heads, Truck Belt Offset (88mm TB) - 15430*
Universal Supercharger System for GM LS7 Engine Swaps, LS7 Style Heads, Corvette Belt Offset - 15490*
Technical Note regarding #1540: Comes complete with a preprogrammed tuning module, configured specifically for stock LS3 engines, utilizing the GM Performance Parts LS3 controller kit, P/N: 19201861. Non stock LS3 configurations, such as upgraded camshafts, etc. will require custom tuning.

For more information see their site:

http://www.edelbrock.com/automotive_new/mc/superchargers/universal/