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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:05 pm 
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I'm looking for something that will give my engine a good tune and support an upgraded cam. I'm not looking to spend $1000 just yet, I'm only want something for a year or 2 year will ensure my engine is running as best it can with an upgraded cam.

I dont know a hell of alot about chips and the like but I'm keen to learn and just need some advice on some of the best chips for the job.

Also, are the 'cheaper' chips tunable by me? and are they fairly easy to understand (like understanding the tuning)?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:16 pm 
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Wade 997b cam..............$135 plus shims....new $60 or $5 from wreckers
Crow XR6 springs............$120
4.11 LSD diff...................$1200
Used ChipTorque Chip.......<$300 or $600 new
Custom Tune...................$400 or $100 base tune

Assuming the motor is healthy & has good compression, and have already upgraded the Intake & exhaust....... these mods should see nice results for under $2300

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I'm not looking to spend $1000 just yet...


but there lies your first problem :lol:
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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:20 pm 
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s**t, thanks for that ay - lotsa helpful info.

lol so me tuning the chip is out of the question since I have no undersatnding?

is Chiptorque like the ford chip at the moment?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:22 pm 
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ahh was hoping not to spend that much at the moment cause wanna save for a turbo setup but want some extra push just for now. i surpose i can recupe most of the $ i spend on stuff now ay?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:24 pm 
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unless u own your own dyno i think u can forget tuning yourself

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:25 pm 
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is a base tune just the standard falcon tune so the car will run?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:26 pm 
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If you can make it to the gold coast headoffice, they do good work. Ive had a tune done there twice, and both times left there happy. for me they fixed idle problems, fixed AFR's, and rev hang issues, plus increased the torque.

For people in other states, the "eliminator" chip seems to be popular with tuners, but its all the same s**t, different smell.

The J3 plug in chips are at the cheap end of the scale and are sufficient for what they do.
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unless u own your own dyno i think u can forget tuning yourself


lol got ya

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:28 pm 
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If you can make it to the gold coast headoffice, they do good work. Ive had a tune done there twice, and both times left there happy. for me they fixed idle problems, fixed AFR's, and rev hang issues, plus increased the torque.

For people in other states, the "eliminator" chip seems to be popular with tuners, but its all the same s**t, different smell.

The J3 plug in chips are at the cheap end of the scale and are sufficient for what they do.


so i guess it really comes down to the ability of the tuner with the specific type of chip you have?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:30 pm 
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kstevo wrote:
is a base tune just the standard falcon tune so the car will run?


base tune is info they get from you on the cam type, gearbox, any mods etc. and they find a custom tune that theyve done for someone else with similar mods and flash it onto your chip.

Easy for them, and will make your cam work with your combo, but nothing beats having your car rolling on their dyno and tuning it with trial & error.
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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:36 pm 
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how do the 4.11 diffs fair out? they pretty rare or you can stumble across them easily at say a ford wrecker? what they like on the highway? they absolutly not a highway diff? like i might do a few highway trips a few times a year, what type of milage ya rerckon you'd get? apparently with the current diff the EF gets the brissy (like 400km from here) is about 1/4 - 1/3 of a tank? (serious highway warrior atm, prob a 3.08)

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:40 pm 
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2500rpm's @ 100kph

Mileage hardly affected..... ive got 3.7's behind my manual, which results in similar gearing to an auto with 4.11's and i still get 9L per 100km's on the highway
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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:51 pm 
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2500rpm's @ 100kph

Mileage hardly affected..... ive got 3.7's behind my manual, which results in similar gearing to an auto with 4.11's and i still get 9L per 100km's on the highway


sweeet, they hard to find?

Thanks for all ya help BTW

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:21 pm 
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Can anyone give me any info on MegaSquirt 2?

How do they compare to ChipTorque?
Is the assembly hard?

Anything else yous can think of off the top of your head?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:45 pm 
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Just found these on ebay, they are used but could be what your after.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/COMMODORE-FORD-4 ... dZViewItem

 

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