|Quote, originally posted by Tim Birney »|
So less assistance at speed would be "1" and more assistance at speed would be "5".
Low speeds will be transparent to any changes.
This makes sense to me as I see the assist as the graph of a reference curve with the speed across the horizontol axis and the amount of assist across the verticle axis. The VW engineers have told the ECU to match this curve as closely as possible at all times but they built in some configurablility by using a multipler, the assist value, which would change the correlation of speed to assist consistently unless turned off, i.e. set to 0. So it makes sense to me that the higher the value the greater the assist at any given speed.
Just to clarify hopefully, if at 10MPH the reference graph says that the amount of assist should be 5lbs but we have our assist value set at 6 then the ecu tries to make the amount of assist 30lbs. If we change our value to 2 then the amount of assist changes to 10lbs. If we set it to 0 then the amount of assist would be 0 regardless of what the reference graph said.
I am not a VW engineer, thank goodness or else VW's stock would tank and complaints on vortex would sky rocket, but this makes sense to me based on what I saw in fiddling around with my settings. A side note that might verify this, we set the value to 7 for giggles and took a quick spin and found the assist to be erratic, it would be high, then low, then high again, back to low, ect. That could have been the ECU trying to compensate for values that were falling outside what it "expected" them to be.
Hopefully that'll make sense to somebody other than me. I'm not very good an explaining the things in my head, so I apologize if I just confused anyone further.