Anybody "chipped" their car?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by cogitate, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    This seems too good to be true.

    Anybody know?

    http://www.gfchips.com/

    Supposed to give a ton more hp and better gas mileage.
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  2. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Here is their location according to the contact section of their website. What do you think?
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  3. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    They sound like professional Corndogs!

    60HP with a chip :lol3

    A chip may help, more if you have a turbo, but it's not miracle!
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  4. HighAlpineDrifter

    HighAlpineDrifter Long timer

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    A chipped turbo! Where do I call? :lol3
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  5. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    :scratch the ecu controls the boost, so you may get a little advantage with it.... But there are limits ...

    http://www.dansdata.com/hotchips.htm
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  6. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Bitch called me a feminist.

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    Wow.....IAT chip eh?

    Yeah, all that thing does is "trick" the ECU into thinking that there is more air than there actually is so that it will enrichen the mixture.

    How well that works with adaptive ECUs is going to be debatable. If you want to "chip" anything anymore you need a tuner, there aren't many OBDII compliant ECUs that actually have a "chip" anymore. I used to make those chips for 3rd gen Camaros and Firebirds, made a fair bit of money at it as well.

    Personally I'd wager that thing is a waste of money, eventually the ECU is going to tune out any gain you get by tricking your MAF system into thinking that there is more air by the closed loop adaptives.
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  7. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Long timer

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    I got 50 hp on a Subaru with a new exhaust and ecu "tune" - I most certainly did not get better gas mileage
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  8. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    that says it all!!!!!!!!


    Not that I was going to do it, mind you, I just was curious. Those are some fantastic claims they make. :eek1


    I will just put a coffee can muffler and lower my car and be done with it. That should get me a bunch more horses.
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  9. BLU HWY

    BLU HWY Maverick Lemming

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  10. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Cause you had the right foot planted in it all the time! :rofl
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  11. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I will say that when I was trouble shooting my 1985 535i Dinan, I removed the Dinan chip and stuck in a stock 535is chip and the car was a slug! It felt like a stock 535is, and I put the Dinan chip back in, it felt like at least 40 more hp and more tq. I have never chipped a stock car but un chipping did show me the Dinan chip works!
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  12. Fleksta

    Fleksta Been here awhile

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    If you are seriously considering a chip or tune, look for a company that specializes in your specific car. These generic "one chip" companies are all BS.

    I went with a Mark D'sylva chip for my '87 325, it made a huge difference in drive-ability (i.e. throttle feel, smoother power band) but no noticeable increase in power. Mark specializes in this era of BMW and is highly recommended within the community.

    http://www.dsylva-tech.ca/

    Don't waste your money on ebay wonder chips or generic/shady companies making ludicrous claims to sell their "tunes".
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  13. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    If I didn't have a Dinan E28, I would buy a D Silva chip...they are great for BMWs and designed specifically for the model and add ons.
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  14. C Squared

    C Squared Now with TURBO!

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    Both of our VW TDI's are tuned, chipped by KermaTDI.

    Also exhaust and injector nozzle upgrades.

    The wifes Golf is milder and faster and gets better MPG if you don't use the power.

    Mine has a new $900 clutch and flywheel waiting to go in as the latest tune overpowers the stock clutch.
    The clutch was fine until way more torque and HP was added.
    My MPG must be better, cuz it isn't really worse and I am still driving the car:lol3
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  15. DanMac

    DanMac Adventurer

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    The chips are 99% BS. The 1% left basically applies to turbo diesel's where they can just increase boost(thus air) and increase injection rate(thus fuel) to generate(shockingly enough) more power.

    The rest of the time.. your engine is still restricted by the same basic issues. X amount of air, Y amount of fuel, Z amount of power. Where these chips CAN make a difference is in torque curves and very mild power increases. A lot of places will produce a vehicle/bike that is tuned to pass emissions(Whether its euro-3 or just USA emissions). They then don't bother to retune these bikes for places that lack emission restrictions.

    In that particular case, a chip can correct the tune to make it more friendly to power. Even that though is a mild mild power increase.

    The one time a 'chip' is actually needed is when you do extensive work to the flow of your engine. Better intake, full header exhaust, new cams, then you get a new ECU tune and see a big increase in power.

    The rest of the time its a rip off.
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  16. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    I put a chip and opened the airbox in the 968 and would say the difference was "significant." 40hp? :dunno

    IIRC, the well documented gains (dyno'ed by several SoCal members of the 968 forum between several manufactures) were along the order of 15-20 hp/10 ft/lb of torque. The best news was most of that torque gain was really advantageous in city driving, where I use the car the most.
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  17. oj may

    oj may Have bike, will travel.

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    I tried to chip mine, but the blades dulled very quickly and I had to stop.
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  18. azcycle

    azcycle Chihuahua Wrangler

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    I chipped the windshield once.
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