C7 General Discussion General C7 Corvette Discussion not covered in Tech
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

I just ordered my Range AFM disabler!

 
Old 03-11-2019, 01:50 PM
  #1  
DGA3
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Dec 2017
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 372
Thanked 46 Times in 42 Posts
Default I just ordered my Range AFM disabler!

Spring is slowly coming here in central Ohio, and the temps are beginning to stay at 40+ degrees, so I'll be getting my 2017 Z06 out from under its cover soon, unplugging the battery tender, and starting another year of awesome Corvette driving!

I'm always looking to make improvements on my vehicle and have read a lot on this forum about the Range AFM disabler and how well it works, so I ordered one today. I have absolutely no desire for my "Z" to run in 4-cylinder mode, and the Range should take car of that for good.

One question - is it necessary to see the small power light (or whatever the light indicates)? I ordered the blue, thinking it would be the least noticeable, but I was also thinking that I could cover the lighted strip with a piece of electrical tape (or something similar).

What do you think? Does the light serve a purpose? Would it hurt anything to cover it up?

Regardless, I'm sure my unit will be here in a few days (I purchased it directly from Range). At that time, I will plug it in and begin to enjoy my "fulltime" V8!
DGA3 is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 02:09 PM
  #2  
bjones7131
CF Senior Member
 
bjones7131's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2014
Location: Walhalla South Carolina
Posts: 3,218
Thanked 501 Times in 335 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by DGA3 View Post
Spring is slowly coming here in central Ohio, and the temps are beginning to stay at 40+ degrees, so I'll be getting my 2017 Z06 out from under its cover soon, unplugging the battery tender, and starting another year of awesome Corvette driving!

I'm always looking to make improvements on my vehicle and have read a lot on this forum about the Range AFM disabler and how well it works, so I ordered one today. I have absolutely no desire for my "Z" to run in 4-cylinder mode, and the Range should take car of that for good.

One question - is it necessary to see the small power light (or whatever the light indicates)? I ordered the blue, thinking it would be the least noticeable, but I was also thinking that I could cover the lighted strip with a piece of electrical tape (or something similar).

What do you think? Does the light serve a purpose? Would it hurt anything to cover it up?


Regardless, I'm sure my unit will be here in a few days (I purchased it directly from Range). At that time, I will plug it in and begin to enjoy my "fulltime" V8!


You want notice it or at least I don't but I seldom drive at night. I think it goes into sleep mode after car is turned off and light goes out. I think light comes on just to show its powered up.
bjones7131 is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 02:14 PM
  #3  
Michael T*
CF Member
 
Michael T*'s Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2018
Location: Houston Texas
Posts: 80
Thanked 32 Times in 22 Posts
Default

I have the blue LED and is not very noticeable at night.
Michael T* is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 02:23 PM
  #4  
NashvilleGrandSport
CF Senior Member
 
NashvilleGrandSport's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2015
Location: Nashville TN
Posts: 1,221
Thanked 266 Times in 205 Posts
Default

Mines red. Not really noticeable.

I can't see (pun intended) where it would "hurt" to cover it if you wanted.
NashvilleGrandSport is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 02:24 PM
  #5  
Roastum1
CF Member
 
Roastum1's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2018
Posts: 79
Thanks: 0
Thanked 11 Times in 9 Posts
Default

I have the red light on mine. Not hardly noticable the light faces down so it may give you a little footwell lighting.
Roastum1 is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 02:25 PM
  #6  
joemessman
CF Senior Member
 
joemessman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2015
Location: Lake Havasu City Arizona
Posts: 4,390
Thanked 1,391 Times in 933 Posts
Default

I can't see my blue light unless I hold my hand under it to see the reflection.
joemessman is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 02:28 PM
  #7  
DTOM
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Sep 2017
Posts: 120
Thanks: 0
Thanked 20 Times in 18 Posts
Default

Congrats - you're going to love it and wish you would have purchased it sooner.

I also have the red version to match the other red colors in the Z06.

While very, very unnoticeable, I did put a piece of electrical tape over it.

You won't need to see the light for anything. Just plug it in and forget about it.
DTOM is online now  
Old 03-11-2019, 04:04 PM
  #8  
Rebel Yell
CF Senior Member
 
Rebel Yell's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2006
Location: Down south in Dixie
Posts: 6,103
Thanked 2,142 Times in 1,459 Posts
Default

Mines red, and like Joe I have to hold my hand over it to make sure it's on. Also, you and your car will be happy that you bought the Range unit.
Rebel Yell is online now  
Old 03-11-2019, 04:12 PM
  #9  
vader86
CF Senior Member
 
vader86's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2001
Location: Athens AL
Posts: 50,513
Thanked 231 Times in 204 Posts
Default

Mine is red and is not at all noticeable.

Hopefully yours will work correctly, as mine does not and they haven't gotten back to me on the issue.
vader86 is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 06:34 PM
  #10  
dyoung
CF Senior Member
 
dyoung's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2017
Location: Sidney, Vancouver Island
Posts: 248
Thanked 77 Times in 59 Posts
Default

Just got mine in the mail. Only 5 working days for shipping to Canada.

Went out for a test ride. It might shift a bit more solidly.

I didn't have a problem before so time will tell.

It doesn't go in to V4 mode even in eco.

Last edited by dyoung; 03-14-2019 at 02:28 PM.
dyoung is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 07:59 PM
  #11  
jversluis
CF Senior Member
 
jversluis's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2009
Posts: 732
Thanked 44 Times in 24 Posts
Default

I got mine late last year and drove with it quite a few times in the 40 plus weather. I have a 17 z51 and it shifts like a different car. No more searching, going in and out of V4. Just very smooth and crisp. Its made a huge diff. I was starting to experience some weird shift patterns and maybe some mild shudder at times. So I will get the fluid update in spring for piece of mind but still run with the range. Mine is yellow and don't notice the lights as they point down and alittle towards your feet. You will love it.
jversluis is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 10:40 PM
  #12  
KenHorse
AOC = All Out Communist
Support Corvetteforum!
 
KenHorse's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2007
Location: Aurora, OR by way of Maui, HI. I have the heart of a Progressive - I keep it in a jar on my desk
Posts: 102,875
Thanked 760 Times in 527 Posts
St. Jude Donor '11-'12-'13, '16-'17-'18
Default

I have an M7. No LED
KenHorse is offline  
Old 03-12-2019, 05:17 AM
  #13  
jbrickert
Junior Member
 
Member Since: May 2018
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Default

I have the yellow, unnoticeable during daylight, hardly noticeable at night.
jbrickert is offline  
Old 03-12-2019, 07:35 AM
  #14  
DGA3
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Dec 2017
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 372
Thanked 46 Times in 42 Posts
Default

This is all positive news - thank you so much!
DGA3 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to DGA3 For This Useful Post:
Rebel Yell (03-12-2019)
Old 03-12-2019, 08:04 AM
  #15  
jimmie jam
CF Senior Member
 
jimmie jam's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2005
Location: FORT LAUDERDALE FL
Posts: 5,815
Thanked 145 Times in 124 Posts
Default

Just ordered mine. there is a 10% discount with free shipping right now so take advantage of it if you are thinking about ordering one...FWIW. With 1,050 miles on the clock i'm hoping to start out right....
jimmie jam is offline  
Old 03-12-2019, 08:20 AM
  #16  
wrwillcox
CF Member
 
wrwillcox's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2014
Location: Savannah Georgia
Posts: 50
Thanked 14 Times in 10 Posts
Default

We have had the Range device for a little over a year now and have had no trouble. I also wondered about the lights, so I covered them with black tape and there is no noticeable difference in the operation of the device. After a while, though, you get used to the lights. I agree with the others, it eliminates that annoying V4 nonsense and it is worth the investment as far as I am concerned.
wrwillcox is offline  
Old 03-12-2019, 08:23 AM
  #17  
quickblue02
CF Member
 
quickblue02's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2006
Location: Montgomery TX
Posts: 54
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Mine is ordered and arriving on Wednesday. I ordered if from the Range site with the 10% discount and free shipping. Looking forward to no more V4 mode. Plan to put tape over the blue LED's.
quickblue02 is offline  
Old 03-12-2019, 08:40 AM
  #18  
Demnos
CF Senior Member
 
Demnos's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 185
Thanked 64 Times in 45 Posts
St. Jude Donor '19
Default

when you plug it in the lights will flash a sequence that tells you what version of firmware that it has which can be helpful if you don't have the box anymore and need to know what version you have. Other than that I am like others in that i need to put my hand over the device to make sure that the light is on, otherwise i don't notice it. One other thing I noticed is if you plug it in without starting the car the light will stay on continuously after it does the sequence. Once you start the car and then turn the car off the light will go off. So normal operation seems to be flashing sequence when you plug it in, light stays on while driving around (or just having the car running), shut the car off and the light goes off.
Demnos is offline  
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Demnos For This Useful Post:
dyoung (03-12-2019), Formula52 (03-13-2019), joemessman (03-12-2019)
Old 03-12-2019, 01:26 PM
  #19  
Rayland
Junior Member
 
Member Since: Jan 2019
Posts: 38
Thanked 14 Times in 12 Posts
Default

DGA3

The Range AFM disabler is a great supplement tool for inferior engineering.

Mine has red leds and I am not distracted by the lights at all. (V8.6R1-01/17/2019)

Caveat! As our cars age, we must subject them to emission controls performed by our State governments?

Our Forum members with the 2014 C7 are now beginning to require to pass state government emission regulations.

These members are complaining that the needed to remove their Range, for a short period of time in order to pass the test? (Cycling through several miles)
(Stating the obvious, you must remove in order to perform the emission test, LOL)

Moreover, others have reported Onstar indicating that the users has something plugged into their diagnostic port?

*Note, I have already pulled the Onstar fuse in my case.*


Many thanks,

Ray
Rayland is offline  
Old 03-12-2019, 01:32 PM
  #20  
Tool Hoarder
CF Senior Member
 
Tool Hoarder's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2013
Location: Virginia Beach Virginia
Posts: 4,809
Thanked 792 Times in 500 Posts
Default

Considering an A8 purchase for the wife. Is there a way to have V4 available in eco mode, but locked out in the other mods; how the M7 is from the factory? I would like to use eco mode for road trips, but not around town in tour/sport/track mode.
Tool Hoarder is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Sponsored Ads
Vendor Directory

Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: