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ADV ProductsADV Bike AccessoriesUnleashing Your Motor’s Potential with a Power Commander V

Unleashing Your Motor’s Potential with a Power Commander V

 Get improved throttle response, more power and switchable fuel maps.

Published on 09.15.2016

 
For all of its endearing traits, the KTM 690 Enduro R has room for improvement coming strait off the showroom floor. One of its issues is a common problem with many fuel-injected motorcycles. The stock fuel map is good enough for the EPA regulations but truly leaves something to be desired when it comes to actual engine performance.

A rough idle and surging throttle are commonly reported problems by 690 owners, ours was no exception. To squelch these problems and to get the most out of a new air intake and exhaust system we added to our KTM 690 Enduro project bike, we turned to the DynoJet Power Commander V Fuel Injection Module.

DynoJet Power Commander Fuel Injection Module
Courtesy Tim Burke
The Power Commander V is a fuel injection controller that allows adjustment of your motorcycle’s fuel map up 250% or down 100% from stock settings. In its most basic form, the unit can take a bone stock motorcycle and make it run better simply by optimizing the fuel map for performance rather than emissions. The unit will also allow you to correct fueling problems caused by the increase in airflow adding an aftermarket exhaust or air intake system.

dynojet power commander 5 install
The DynoJet Power Commander V unit remains attached to the bike and fits perfectly between the battery box and relays on the KTM 690 Enduro R.

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It’s a tool that can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. DynoJet offers add-on components like a Quick Shift Module, Dual Map Switch and Auto Tune kit. You also have the ability to create your own custom maps that are unique to specific rpm ranges and individual cylinders. Or keep it simple and just download one of the preexisting fuel maps, free of charge, from the DynoJet website. There are also several websites and forums online where people share custom fuel maps they’ve created.

The Power Commander V piggybacks on the motorcycles electronic control unit (ECU) using OEM style connectors making installation incredibly easy. Here are the steps that we went through to install the Power Commander V on our 2015 KTM 690 Enduro R:

Installation Steps:

  • Uninstall bodywork side panels and remove air box.
  • Run ground wire from the Power Commander to the negative battery terminal.
  • Disconnect throttle position sensor (TPS) and the crank position sensor (CPS) then connect Power Commander inline with the stock sensors.
  • Disconnect fuel injector harness and then connect the Power Commander inline with stock harness.
  • Disconnect both inner and outer ignition coil sticks and install the Power Commander connectors inline with the stock connections.
  • Locate stock O2 sensor and plug in the provided O2 optimizer.
  • Reinstall air box and bodywork on the bike.

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Installation from start to finish took less than 30 minutes, including clean wire routing and pausing to take photos. It is a job that can be completed by anyone with basic mechanical skills.

DynoJet Power Commander Dual Map Switch
We also installed the optional DynoJet Dual Map Switch on our KTM 690 Enduro R. It plugs into the Power Commander and allows you to switch between economy and performance fuel maps on-the-fly.

Adding a Fuel Map to the Power Commander V

Once the Power Commander is installed, you’ll need to add a new fuel map. If no fuel map is added, nothing will change because the Power Commander will just pass on the standard fuel map information from the ECU to your fuel injection. The video below outlines the process of adding a fuel map to your Power Commander module:


Video produced by Jesse Felker

After setting up the Power Commander V on our KTM 690 Enduro R, the throttle response is greatly improved. We love having the ability to switch into performance mode when we get to the trail or use economy mode for better fuel mileage on the highway. The Power Commander is a useful device for variety of different fuel-injected motorcycles and it really is a tool that anyone can setup from the average Joe Rider to the professional racer. The Power Commander V for the KTM 690 Enduro R sells for $419.99 MSRP and the Dual Map Switch is $49.95 MSRP.

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DynoJet Power Commander V

Rocky Mountain ATV/MCDynoJet

 
DynoJet Dual Map Switch

RevzillaDynoJet

Author: Spencer Hill

“The Gear Dude” has been fueling his motorcycle addiction with adventure since first swinging his leg over a bike in 2010. Whether he’s exploring his own backyard in the Pacific Northwest or crisscrossing the United States, Spencer is always in search of scenic off-road routes, epic camping locations and the best gear possible. He began writing shortly after taking up two-wheel travel to share his experiences and offer insight with his extensive backpacking, camping and overland background.

Author: Spencer Hill
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