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Idle fix

Hi all. I have a '11 Equator. I have the annoying idle vibration while sitting at a stop light. I read that the Frontiers can get this fixed by bumping the idle speed by 50/100rpm. Problem is I've also read that the tuners made for the Frontiers don't work with the Equator due to the software being slightly different on the ECU from Suzuki. (this is correct, right?)

I also read that the Frontiers can have this rpm bump done at the dealer using the dealer programmer. Since I don't have a dealer to go to as they have all closed, does anybody know if this is possible using the Suzuki dealer programmer? Does anybody know what the name of this programmer is? I imagine it is something similar to the TechII that GM uses for their cars.

My other idea is to get a Frontier ECU and swap it for the Equator one. While not knowing for sure, I'd imagine it would plug and play, the difference being the firmware is Nissan instead of Suzuki. I'd love to tune this truck for upcoming mods, and unless this idea isn't possible, I may end up going this route. Has anybody done this?
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The ONLY difference between your truck and a Frontier is the badging and a few other cosmetic things. Under the skin it's a Frontier. Take it to the Nissan dealer of your choice.

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Interesting. This is one of the threads that I found that says the computer is different;

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+1 for what yesterdaysradios said.

I had my Infiniti dealer hook up to my Equators computer with CONSULT and make some minor changes successfully. Its 100% Nissan computer wise.

Heck, even the Suzuki parts are made by/for Nissan (grille, headlights, etc)
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The only annoying vibration I have had at idle came from the heat shroud on the exhaust under the driver's seat. I used a large hose clamp to fix the problem.

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Hi, I recently purchased a 2012 Equator and I've noticed the idle issues, especially when the AC is on. Has anyone had any luck getting the idle bumped up? My local Suzuki and Nissan dealers told me they could not. Bullydog told me their tuner couldn't either. I'm seeing some information, like the post from Suzokie above, that suggests that the Nissan Consult should be able to raise the RPM. Just wanted to see if anyone could confirm success. thanks!
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Any Nissan dealer can do this. If the service writer tells you otherwise ask to speak to someone else, even a tech. The people that meet you and take your information are not technicians and most will spew any nonsense they believe to be true.

P.S. the Bully Dog tuner can adjust idle.
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Kode3,

thanks for the fast reply. can you confirm that this was for an Equator, and not a Frontier? Like others, i'm getting conflicting info that the Equator ECM may be different from a Frontier, and therefore, may not be accessible by Nissan tools. Just a bit confused!
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Kode3,

thanks for the fast reply. can you confirm that this was for an Equator, and not a Frontier? Like others, i'm getting conflicting info that the Equator ECM may be different from a Frontier, and therefore, may not be accessible by Nissan tools. Just a bit confused!
This was on my Frontier, however it begs the question why would they change the computer when an Equator is just a Frontier mechanically. Same drivetrain should = same ECU. Try calling another dealership and see what they say about it. Changing idle parameters is not some crazy out of the question thing to do, it's common practice on many vehicles.

Before I had my Bully Dog my local dealer set the idle +50 and it solved the problem, I can now confirm the change through the BD and change it at will.
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Hi, I recently purchased a 2012 Equator and I've noticed the idle issues, especially when the AC is on. Has anyone had any luck getting the idle bumped up? My local Suzuki and Nissan dealers told me they could not. Bullydog told me their tuner couldn't either. I'm seeing some information, like the post from Suzokie above, that suggests that the Nissan Consult should be able to raise the RPM. Just wanted to see if anyone could confirm success. thanks!

Does anybody near this guy or near central NC have a bully dog programmer that either of us could try? Or a place that you can order a bully dog from to test and be able to return if it doesn't work? I'm getting tempted to just buy a frontier computer and put it in. If Equator owners went this route, is there a way of flashing the new computer with the Equator VIN so you wouldn't have to swap computers when inspection time comes each year?
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