Confirmed! There is a way to use IDS software to reprogram the Ford PCM using different calibration files. Just make sure you have the correct one – mainly from a van/vin that has same turbo & injectors.
This is how to remap using Ford IDS cracked software.
This is based on my experience (Ford Transit Custom 2.2 125ps), UK based vehicle mapped from 125 to 155ps.
YOU DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE YOURSELF FOR ANY HARM OR DAMAGE THAT YOU SUFFER AS A RESULT. INCLUDING LOSS OF WARRANTY. I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO ASSIST IN CASE OF ISSUES.
– basic IDS knowledge (a lot of guides can be found here: http://blog.obdexpress.co.uk/ use the Search button)
– IDS with programming capability (VCM2 SP177-C1, VXDIAG Nano or similar) – cracked will do
– Your own VIN and PCM Calibration number to revert back in case of issues
– Reference vehicle details – (the hard bit – but can be found online) – needed to get the calibration numbers to use; in my case this was Ford Transit Custom 2.2, 155ps
The basic process is:
VERY IMPORTANT!!! – MAKE SURE YOU CAN RE-PROGRAM YOUR VEHICLE WITH YOUR OWN CALIBRATION NUMBERS (BEFORE TRYING ANY OTHER ONES). FOLLOW THIS PROCEDURE USING YOUR OWN VIN AND PCM NUMBER – THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO IF THINGS DONT WORK!!!!
1) get VIN and PCM calibration number from your reference vehicle
2) run IDS software without physically connected to Vehicle
3) run Vehicle identification which will obviously fail and continue to manual vehicle identification
4) in manual vehicle identification enter the PCM calibration number – read on below about it
5) when asked enter the reference VIN and odometer value (any)
6) now you can navigate to Module Programming (PM not PMI) and program PCM but DONT PLUG IT TO YOUR VEHICLE YET
7) you should be asked to re-enter the VIN (enter the one from the reference vehicle)
8) you will get an warning of a low voltage
9) connect the cable to your vehicle and follow the instructions on the screen
10) after the programming is finished (takes around 10 min on mine) – you will need to reset all adaptation values as the current ones will be invalid (this is very important)!! – MAF, Injectors, Turbo
11) go for a drive – if it has any issues (no turbo, complete lack of power, or no start) – run the same procedure with your own VIN and PCM numbers.
Now, the reference vehicle should be of similar spec to yours. To minimise any issues I made sure the following components are the same before trying to program its calibrations to mine:
– pcm HW
All of the part numbers can be checked in ECAT for your vehicle and the referenced one. You will need VIN to do so.
You can search google images for vehicle registration numbers and get the VIN using ETIS Online. You need the VIN to get part numbers in ECAT (injectors, turbo, pcm). If the numbers match (dot to dot) run both the VINs through ETIS Online and check modules HW numbers. Make sure the HW number of PCM is the same and other modules are not far off.
The alternative way of finding reference VIN is just using ETIS Online – just experiment entering VIN that is next to yours (serial number). My reference vehicle was 1 serial number below my VIN
Once you happy with your reference vehicle – we can move on and find the calibration numbers for it.
Go back to ETIS Online and write down the SW number for PCM (calibration numbers). It will be in the following format: BK21-14C204-BNU. The last character is the revision of the calibration – BK21-14C204-BNP was before BK21-14C204-BNU and BK21-14C204-BNU was before BK21-14C204-BNV.
When entering the calibration in IDS you will need to use any but the latest (otherwise IDS won’t let you upgrade).
You can check the calibration revisions here: https://www.fordtechservice.dealerconnec…roduct=IDS
just enter the SW parts and try changing the revision number. You will quickly figure out what revisions are available.
Big thanks to gregd72002