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My first post on these forums but after spending a week reading various forums this one seemed like the best one to join first!
I was reading about the tactrix cable and open ecu software and it sounds like the perfect solution for me - I do not have the money to buy the accessport.
In fact, my car is totally stock except for the SPT Short Shifter (dealer purchased and installed). It is an 03 wagon.
Here's what I was thinking:
Install COBB v2.0 Map
"Stage 1 91 oct Stage 1 for Stock Vehicles. 91 octane fuel. 255HP (+12%) / 255lb-ft (+18%)" from their website.
Is this safe to do on a bone stock car? As in no decrease in reliability? Do I need to own gauges now? Or could I put off that purchase for if/when I become more interested in tuning/upgrades - I would be leaving the map exactly as Cobb has it.
Also, would I be able to unmarry the map to the ecu and return to stock? Would this mean saving the stock map as a backup on my harddrive? I read somewhere that someone had trouble overwriting the cobb map with the stock one.
Well, thanks to anyone who can answer these questions!
Hey KHoff, you have an 04 wrx so the free map for 03 could be totally different? Are you stock?
Does anyone know if this is the correct map for my car: http://www.xpttuning.com/osecuroms/v...6c224e62f28900
As far as gauges go, so far I am interested in the Blitz DC IV Dual Turbo Timer/Boost Gauge, although its a little out of my price range. Are there any standalone boost gauges that are reliable (at least at lower boost numbers) and affordable?
Looking up wideband O2 sensors...whao, 500$!
Thanks again, all.
Sigh, theres no easy or cheap routes apparently, besides the faster spool up of an uppipe.
I guess I will see if any of my car enthusiast friends know about EM - I don't know almost anything about mapping, and I'm not sure I feel comfortable teaching myself and trusting my engine to it. I really need to find a cheaper hobby I guess I can just race autocross bone stock!
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