Plug-N-Play Standalone Engine Management System

MegaSquirt PNP Gen2 Documentation

Model/Vehicle Specific information for model MSPNP2-T8590 on a '85-'90 Toyota pickup or 4Runner with 22RE

Please read all documentation before installing your MegaSquirtPNP EMS, and verify you've followed all steps before starting your engine for the first time.

Physical Installation

These trucks have the ECU behind the right hand kick panel. Unbolt the panel and you are then able to unbolt the ECU. The connectors will slide right out if you grab the tab at the top side of the plug.  Fasten the MSPNP to the sheet metal in the footwell area and plug in the factory ECU harness connector.

Truck ECU location

To connect the MSPNP's built in MAP sensor, cut the vacuum line at the fuel pressure regulator and insert the included tee fitting.  Run the vacuum line from this tee through a grommet in the firewall and to the barb on the back of the MSPNP.

Vacuum tee

We also recommend routing the tuning cable from the ECU to a location on the console of the passenger compartment, somewhere where you can easily tuck it away when not in use.

At this point, it is safe to power the ECU up, but please make sure you load the appropriate startup map for your specific engine before attempting to start the vehicle.  Using the wrong startup map may result in a no-start condition, or even engine damage if the engine is driven hard before the correct map is loaded.

Verifying and Adjusting Base Timing

Once the MSPNP is installed, it is mandatory to check timing on your truck. First, put the MSPNP in fixed timing mode by going toIgnition Settings -> Ignition Options/Decoder Wheel (For v1.2 MSPNP2s, go to Basic Setup -> More Ignition Settings). Set Fixed Advance to "Fixed Timing", set Timing for Fixed Advance to 10 degrees, and click the Burn button.  

While you can adjust the timing in the same manner as a stock ECU, by adjusting the distributor angle, MSPNP gives you another option: adjust the trigger angle with TunerStudio under the spark settings. Increase the trigger angle to retard the spark, or decrease it to advance the spark. Adjust the number until the timing is at 10 degrees.  MSPNP requires a trigger angle of 0 to 20 degrees on this unit to obtain full spark advance.


If you adjust the distributor for adjusting the timing advance, set the trigger angle to 10 degrees in TunerStudio and turn the distributor until the timing is at a steady 10 degrees BTDC, then lock the cam angle sensor back down there and check the timing with the light to make sure the distributor didn't slip. If you run out of adjustment, use the trigger angle setting in TunerStudio to get the correct timing.

22RE timing marks

The timing marks are on the front of the engine. The timing mark on the crank pulley may be hard to see; a dab of white paint down inside the mark (wipe off the excess) can help here. Once you have adjusted the trigger angle and/or cam angle sensor to get 10 degrees BTDC, turn off the fixed timing mode by changing the Fixed Timing setting to "Use Table." 

Removing the Vane Air Flow Meter

This is completely optional of course... but if you'd like to rid yourself of that pesky and restrictive Air Flow Meter you need to concern yourself with two things.  One, the stock IAT sensor is inside that housing.  Two, the stock AFM controls the Fuel Pump, as in the fuel pump will only run with the AFM flapper door is open (when the engine is starting or running and air is flowing through the flapper).  This allows the AFM to stop the fuel pump from running in the event then engine stops running, such as if you have an accident.  When you remove the AFM, you need to put the MSPNP in charge of the fuel pump.

IAT Sensor:

Simply wire a GM Open Element IAT Sensor into your factory wiring harness at the AFM connector.  You can poke wires into the AFM connector, or you can cut and splice.  Wire one lead of the GM Sensor to the Brown Wire at the AFM Connector, and the other lead of the GM Sensor to the Yellow wire at the AFM Connector.  Finally, you'll need to recalibrate it now back to the GM IAT Sensor settings.  Go back to 'Tools > Calibrate Thermistor Tables'.  Choose Intake Air Temp Sensor.  Choose 'GM' under 'Common Sensor Defaults'.  Click Write to Controller and then click Close. 

Fuel Pump Control:

To control the fuel pump, you need to do two things.  You need to run a jumper wire between two wires at the AFM first.  The GRN/RED wire and the BLUE/RED Wire.  Connect these together.

Next, you need to set the MSPNP so that it sends the fuel pump output to the AFM. You will need to unscrew the lid from the MSPNP. There is a switch on the lowest circuit board marked S1. Place this switch in the down position. If for some reason you need to re-install the AFM, this switch needs to be in the up position.

Note: If you are using the MSPNP with a turbo or supercharger:

You will definitely want to delete the AFM and put an IAT sensor in the location pictured above which is just before the throttle body inlet.  The IAT needs to measure the air temperature as it's entering the engine, not the ambient air temperature in the engine bay as would be measured by the AFM.  Only by placing the IAT just before the throttle body can an accurate air temperature measurement be taken AFTER the compressor has heated the air, and the intercooler has cooled it.  Accurate air temps are needed for proper fueling and ignition advance calculations.

Sensor Calibration

If you need to recalibrate your temperature sensors, such as after loading firmware, here are the values to use for the stock sensors. These work for both factory CLT and IAT sensors.  GM IAT sensors can use the defaults in TunerStudio

  Temperature (degrees F) Temperature (degrees C) Resistance (Ohms)  
  -4 -20 15000  
  68 20 2500  
  140 60 550  


The MegaSquirtPNP, as with any programmable engine management system, may not
be legal for use on pollution controlled vehicles and is therefore produced and sold for off road/race use only. Check federal/local laws.

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