Q. How can I upgrade Smarty?

A. The upgrade operation is possible only on Windows based computer.
First at all when you connect Smarty to the computer you don't need to press any key on Smarty, you will use only the computer keyboard or mouse.

Only the first time you have to download and install:

  • 7-zip program  (download it from 7-zip web site:  www.7-zip.org)
  • software driver  CMD_2.04.16.zip for Windows XP or D30104.zip for older Windows versions Windows Vista and Windows 7 find automatically the correct driver if an internet connection is available
  • SmartyUSB program or SmartyUSBL, for older Windows version.  This program doesn't need any installation, just run it
Every time, you have to:
  • download the preferred Smarty update file (which has the extension ".7z" )    
  • extract the update file opening it with 7zip program (it will have the extension ".Smt" )
  • hook up Smarty to the USB port and run SmartyUSB program clicking on its icon, press the "Send" button and select the extracted update file
If this fails because of no FTD2xx driver available, then you must go back to the CDM 2.00 folder and click on the ftdibus.cat file, which will prompt extracting the .inf driver file (actually all files - click okay). After that, unplug and plug in Smarty again, follow the USB driver instructions and point to the CDM 2.00 folder. The installation utility will find the driver .inf files and complete the driver installation. Now you can click on the SmartyUSB icon.

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Q. Why the upgrade files have so complex names?

A.  Smarty memory contains 2 different softwares: Program and Data.
Program is the software running inside Smarty.  Data is the software for the ECM truck.
Each software is identified by a Version composed by 2 numbers and one character.
For example, Ver. 1.02A means: Version 1, release 2, edition A.
Program and Data versions are shown on Smarty display at power on, for example: "V:1.22A  D:1.07A" where, 1.22A is the Program version, 1.07A is the Data version.
The file names are composed by the version numbers:

For example:

S06V411BD211A
S06                             Smarty model: S06
V411B                   Program version: 4.11B
D211A         Data version: 2.11A

Q. Can I upgrade Smarty with an Apple computer?

A. Unfortunately the download software tool for MAC is not yet ready.  For the moment the upgrade operation is possibile using a Windows emulator for MAC.  Please contact your Apple distributor for more details.

Q. What are 7z files?

A. Smarty upgrade files are huge.  In order to reduce the time needed by the download operation from internet we have compressed Smarty files with a very powerful utility program: 7zip. To unzip the files you can install in your computer the 7zip program for free. You can download 7zip program from here.

Q. What does " CaTCHER " stand for?

A.  CaTCHER stands for Clutch and Traction Challenger.
    Pretty self explaining...

Q. What is so special about the CaTCHER?

A. The CaTCHER software is a unique animal.  It improves throttle response of the engine greatly.  It spools up the turbo sooner.  ( On average 200 RPM sooner.) It deals with the injection timing.  It alters the torque management. Just to mention a few... Customers report that the engine now "hangs" on the throttle.

Q. What has Smarty to do with the CaTCHER software?

A. Our Smarty is the tool  you need to update your ECM with any level of the CaTCHER software(s). There are ten different softwares in Smarty you can choose from.

Q. What's the difference in the CaTCHER softwares?

A. Mainly the throttle response, or maybe better the aggressiveness of the engine response.  Since the full blown CaTCHER develops torque instantly it can become a pain to drive it on slippery roads.  Thus the need  to reduce the response some. Further more, there are CaTCHER versions with and without added timing stored in the Smarty. The softwares without added timing are useful if you want to use a timing box stacked with the CaTCHER.

Q. Has Smarty only CaTCHER softwares on board.

A. No,  Smarty offers SW# 0 that provides about HALF the power of a stock software. Emissions....Ehm... SW# 1 of Smarty S-03 is a Fuel Saver software.  With todays fuel prices... Testing is still in progress but so far it looks VERY promising.  MPG gains are almost too good to be true. We will report about the MPG gains as soon as more hard test data flows in. SW# 2 of Smarty S-03 deals only with fuel and boost.  SW # 3 of Smarty S-03 is fuel, boost, and timing.  The remaining levels can be considered at full title CaTCHERs.

Q. Does Smarty do the boost fooling function?

A. Yes, all the the softwares in Smarty have modified boost tables in order to allow higher boost without defuelling. (Except ;SW # 0 and of course Stock) No external boost fooler is required!
 

Q. Could you take  Smarty and install it on several different trucks ONE-AT-A-TIME"?


A.  Yes!  No problem, when you go back to stock Smarty unlocks from the VIN# and ECM. Now you're ready to go into another truck. As many times as you want.  The only limit: ONE AT A TIME!

Q. Can Smarty go from one program to another, or do you have to go back to stock,    then to a program?

A. You can go from any software # to any SW #. No need to go back to stock!

Q. Is Smarty ECM or VIN sensitive?"

A. YES! Smarty only works with one truck AND one ECM at one time. Please! Notice!!! 1 Smarty = One truck AND one ECM!

Q. Which version of "stock" will the Smarty come with.

A. Smarty does NOT download the complete original software from the ECM and does not store it into it's memory. That is for a simple reason. The protocol in the ECM does not allow to read the flash memory. How can Smarty then return to stock? Simple he has all the latest stock softwares already on board. When you chooseto return the truck back to stock, Smarty takes the stock software from it's memory and updates the ECM with thatsoftware.

Q. Is Smarty's  DTC reader also VIN# Locked?

A. No,the DTC reader works always in any truck. Even when Smarty is VIN# locked to your truck, you can still diagnose your buddy's truck. We did not want you to have the hassle to go back to stock only because you need to help someone.

Q. How long does it take to update the ECM with Smarty?

A. We've done some serious research in order to minimize the time needed for an update. We've developed special boot loaders which cut the required time for an update dramatically.  A typical update is done in 1'55'' with Smarty S-03 and 3'30" with Smarty S-04!  It depend on truck model: for 2007 the needed time could be up to 5 minutes. Furthermore, we've worked hard in order to have you press as little keys on Smarty as possible.  Once you get used to Smarty it takes a few minutes from the moment you plug in Smarty to finsh.  With the fastest competition it takes more than twice that time.

Q.  Does the Smarty Mount in the truck... or program and then unplug?

 
A. Smarty needs to be plugged into the OBD port of your truck, program the ECM, then unplugged.

Q. If the update is interrupted, how can I recover the ECM?

A. First of all DON'T PANIC! An interrupted update is a piece of cake for Smarty.
    Smarty will recover your truck automatically back to the STOCK software.  Unlike the competition, you don't have  to
    remove fuses or battery cables. Smarty will handle the situation on it's own.   You  just need to turn the key on, plug in
    Smarty and follow the on-screen instructions.  A special boot loader does that job. We've done our homework!

Q.  Can a dealer detect Smarty?

A. If you take your 5.9L truck back to stock software then the answer is NO! Smarty updates are NOT detectable by the dealer!  We've done our homework On 6.7L trucks instead no programmer is really undetectable

 
Q.  Does the CaTCHER raise the rev limiter?

A. About VP truck, I can tell you for now is that all the CaTCHER versions alter the high RPM settings in the ECM for fuel, timing, boost, torque limiter whatever... in order to allow the engine to rev.  Depending upon the mods done to the engine that shows up on a dyno graph or does not....

Q.  How much horsepower will the CaTCHER add to my 98.5-02 engine?

First of all, the power added by the CaTCHER depends upon the mods done to the engine. That makes this question even more difficult to answer. On a stock engine typically we see an hp increase at the rear wheels of about 60 hp.( Is there still such a thing, a STOCK truck??? )

With taller injectors the hp gain increases. How much? I don't know!  That depends upon the injectors, turbo, intake , exhaust...  You got the picture. The best mod combined with a CaTCHER is without doubt a good set of injectors.

Fuel pump wire tapping boxes WITHOUT added timing come next if you're after serious hp. In that kind of scenario the CaTCHER becomes very noticeable in the top hp range. I have customers that have gained over 75 hp with that kind of stack above all other stacks they had tried before.  If you have ears...

The most difficult stack with the CaTCHER is with boxes that add their own timing. For those cases we've stuffed the softwares without added timing into Smarty. Yet, I have to say, we're not taking the full advantage of the dynamic timing the ECM can provide. It has been proved many times by now.  The CaTCHER stacked with a fuel only box provide the highest hp gain.  More than what a timing&fuel box that can't be stacked with anything will provide.