NTPOG 5th Gen Air/Fuel Controller - Wiring the V-AFC

Author: Todd Marcucci
 


Adapter Harnesses
It is HIGHLY recommended that you use an adapter harness such as those sold by Boomslang Fabrication or Frog Engine Controls. This makes installation so easy that an installation guide is not needed. Simply remove your ECU and plug this extension between it and the factory wiring, plug in your VAFC and you're done. If you choose not to buy one, then...

WARNING!
Wiring an AFC controller requires you to hack your stock wiring! Generally, the connectors supplied with an AFC are not very reliable. For ANY car electronics installation you should eliminate connectors wherever possible and solder and heat shrink all connections. This installation will do just that. Keep in mind that returning your car to stock will require, at the least, cutting and re-splicing all the connections you make here. In other words, do your work well the first time!

What You Need
- Wire strippers/cutters
- Heat Shrink Tubing (available at Radio Shack)
- Soldering iron and solder
- Electrical tape
- 10mm socket, ratchet, and 6" (or more) extension
- Flathead screwdriver - Very small (jewelers) flathead screwdriver or AMP pin extraction tool (see below)

Getting to the ECU Wiring
To get to the ECU, you have to remove some trim. It's located under the passenger's feet, so start with the right side kick panel, pulling towards the inside of the car:

Then the small carpeted piece on the left side (by the console):

Now you can pull the carpet back to reveal the passenger's footrest (which has the ECU mounted under it). Remove the 10mm nuts as shown to free the footrest.

      

Once you unbolt it you can pull it straight out towards you. You won't be able to pull it out very far before you have to disconnect the 3 connectors for the ECU. If you have a Type SH, you'll also have 2 connectors to disconnect from the ATTS controller (not shown here):

Once you get it disconnected, you can remove the footrest/ECU and set it aside.

Connections

This is what you should be looking at now:

Now you're ready to start hacking! Get comfortable, this will take a while. You have a few options here. If you are very industrious, you can contact AMP (Tyco) who manufactures these connectors for Honda. I did and purchased the pin extraction tool and pins which will allow you to (non-destructively) remove the pins from the connector bodies (Multilock Series). You can then re-crimp new pins as needed. I'd suggest doing this if you can, if you ever go to remove the AFC to sell your car, you can simply cut the AFC off and re-pin your factory harness, truly setting it back to stock (without having to solder the factory wires back together).

First, the wiring diagrams. Use the first to determine which one you need for your car, then look up and print out the wiring chart:

  

This shows you exactly what wires you need to cut. Note that these diagrams are looking into the back of the connector where the wires are coming out.

Now, for those of you that are industrious, here's how to remove the pins. First, you need to "unlock" the pins by pushing up on the white plastic retainer. Pushing up from the bottom of the connector, you can unlock this piece "upwards" with a regular flathead screwdriver.

Once this piece is snapped "up" (about 1/16") you can then use the extractor tool or a small flathead screwdriver to release the pins:

You'll see a small slot by the connector pin "hole" where you insert the tool and then gently pry up while pulling the wire out from the back. This is a very delicate system. It does not take much force at all to remove these pins. You'll know when you have it right, as the pin and wire will slide right out. If there is any resistance, do not force it! You haven't unlatched the pin yet. With some practice it's not that bad.

For the rest of you, you will need to cut the factory wires. Try to leave as much slack as possible on both sides of the wire, you'll need room to work as well as make the connections. You may need to untape some of the factory wiring to get a little more slack. Pick a wire and start. Be sure (very sure) you have the right wire before you cut. I won't cover color codes here as they vary from model to model. Follow the A'pexi chart for your specific model.

For "parasitic" connections where you just need to monitor a signal, I suggest you still cut the factor wire, then splice the 3 together. Not only is stripping insulation off a wire (without cutting it) difficult, you usually end up cutting some of the strands anyhow. I suggest you cut the wire, strip both ends, then solder them back together with the sense wire from the AFC soldered on top. For intercepted signals, simply cut the wire, strip both ends, then solder to the new wires on the AFC. Be sure to solder and heat shrink all connections!!!

It's important that you use the power and ground wires going to the ECU. Do not pick another ground point or run power from another source. This is important not only for proper operation but also for accurate operation. Any change in potential in the supply voltage or ground may result in different detected/reported voltages by/from the AFC to the ECU. As an electronics engineer I don't put much stock in the AFC's requirement of one ground wire being closer to the ECU than another, but I followed their recommendation nonetheless.

Putting it back Together
Once you are done soldering and heat shrinking, try to tie the mass all back up the way it was stock. You do NOT want to leave any stray wires hanging out, they will likely get pinched by the footrest when bolting it back in. I've seen more than one failed installation this way. Tape it all back up- my finished product looked just like it did stock:

Reinstall the footrest as it came out, being careful to not pinch any wires when you put it back in place. Tighten the nuts down, then reassemble all the trim you took out. Now is a good time, too, to route the AFC cable where you need it (in my case to the dash).

Continue on with Programming your Air/Fuel Controller.



This page last updated 5/15/07.