The Flashtech CMD OBD tool is the perfect match for tuning VAG vehicles over the other common tuning tools such as the Alientech Kess V2.
Standard procedure for tuning later VAG ECUs such as EDC17 / MED17 has always been on the bench with an appropriate boot loader tool. While boot loading is a good method, as the full ECU can be backed up in case of a problem, this method involves risk and takes up time.
Boot loading would also be more suited to a workshop based outfit and not something that the lesser experienced mobile tuner would take on.
Most OBD flash tools on the market can offer the flashing of these later ECUs but none can offer the same functionality of the CMD.
CMD vs KESS V2
CMD can identify all VAG controllers including DSG (on CAN) and READ 99% of the ECUs via the OBD port or download a VIRTUAL read from CMDs server in less than 30 seconds without any ECU intervention (Bench unlock).
KESS can identify these controllers but is unable to provide the user with a file. The user must either request an original file from Alientech or ask their tune provider for an original file to work with. If no original file available, the user must remove the ECU from the vehicle and carry out necessary bench work. This method takes time, involves risk to the vehicle removing anti-tamper bolts and also risk of ECU damage if care is not taken.
The CMD also has a few other features the Kess does not have.
100% BACK TO STOCK is now on both master and slave CMDs.
This button is available on the new VAG UDS protocols; it restores the ECU Back to 100% stock. The UDS protocols are VAG vehicles 2008+ starting with the B8 chassis. These are for ECUs that are unable to be read out via the OBD port but can be flashed OBD.
This function can literally save hours of time messing around with a previously tuned ECU that requires a rework.
NO DEALER VISIT FOR ODIS FLASH,
NO RETURNING TO THE ORIGINAL TUNER FOR ORIGINAL FILE,
NO SEARCHING DATABASES FOR AN ORIGINAL FILE,
FULL CORRECTION OF RSA AND ORIGINAL CHECKSUMS,
FULL ORIGINAL FLASH THE SAME AS ODIS,
CLEAN ORIGINAL FOR TUNER TO WORK WITH.
CMD MASTER users also benefit from being able to flash VAS software updates via OBD direct from VAS DVD.
The CMD is able to read / virtual read / flash 99% of VAG group ECUs.
EDC15 – ALL read/write/chk
EDC16 – ALL read/write/chk
EDC17 – ALL read/Vread/write/chk
ME7 – ALL read/write/chk
ME9/MED9 – ALL read/write/chk except rs3 MED9.1.5 reqs BDM
ME17/MED17 – ALL read/Vread/write/chk
SIEMENS – ALL read/Vread/write/chk
except pcr2.1 and Simos 8.2/8.3. These require eeprom unlock on bench to allow OBD read/write/chk
So, with the exception of 4 ECUs, 2 Simos, of which are old cars, Audi RS3 aren’t that common and that leaves PCR2.1 to unlock.
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