I LOVE IT! And congratulations on the 12's my friend!pace said:There's no Subaru ECU to protect you. I can walk outside to my car right now, hook up my laptop, enter some bogus fuel and timing values, remove the knock threshold, and cause my motor to immediately grenade itself. You gotta love that kinda control.
The TurboXS Unichip comes with a plug-n-pray harness that requires no splicing of wires. Since the stock ECU is still in place to manage the mundane stuff, you lose nothing.l.i.wrx said:will i lose use of the thing's the stock ecu control's in the car? or have to splice in 135 wires?
You gathered that i am the "Unichip poster child" from what little i said ?? Dont you think that is akin to a quantum leap on your part? And quite frankly i am not a big fan of dastek/the unichip.pace said:
The TurboXS Unichip comes with a plug-n-pray harness that requires no splicing of wires. Since the stock ECU is still in place to manage the mundane stuff, you lose nothing.
The Link is a complete replacement for the OEM ECU. It also plugs in and requires no splicing of wires. The Link however requires a certain amount of time dedicated to setting up the tedious stuff such as; idle, cold start fuel compensation, hot start fuel compensation, AC volts and fuel compensation, and many other housekeeping tasks that most WRX owners take for granted.
It sounds to me as though you are the Unichip poster child. If you wait around a month or so, there will be a bunch of Unichips being sold off for cheap as people ditch them in favor of the new UTEC solution.
Well, I haven't been fortunate enough to have my hands on the UTEC. From what I know, I would be willing to make the following comments:is2scooby said:
I LOVE IT! And congratulations on the 12's my friend!
P.S. Any thoughts on the Utec vs. the Link?
EXACTLY. Link and Unichip are in different leagues. Link and UTEC are on par, and I'd give the nod to the UTEC simply because it is newer technology designed with the WRX in mind.pace said:Ahem. The question should probably be 'Link or UTEC?' Depending upon your needs, the PossumLink could be regarded as a vastly superior solution to the Unichip or as a dangerous piece of electronics. There is a reason why it costs exactly twice as much as the Unichip.
The Unichip is a very sophisticated piggyback computer and must be mapped by a tuning shop with specialized equipment. It is constantly battling with the ECU to maintain your timing curves.
You know you hear "poster child" and you think"jerry's kids" no matter though no blood no foul. Actually i only have a rudimentary grasp of the engine control options for the wrx(as if you couldnt tell). I guess i should have stated that i was a neophyte off the bat (oops) . Now with that out of the way what exactly is UTEC??pace said:l.i.wrx: The poster-child comment was not intended as an insult. I ran one myself for 6 months. The basic questions that you asked lead me to believe that you had either done little research of your own volition, or that you are not a wrench-head type. Asking which of the Link or Unichip is superior is analogous to a woman asking whether a vibrator or a man is 'better'. They satisfy different needs.
If that sounds patronizing then give us more information regarding your buildup experience and your goals for the car, and then we can attempt to relate our knowledge of these products to your specific application.
WizardBlack gave a pretty good generalized rundown of the pros & cons of the most popular solution. Another is the Greddy E-Manage. I would slot it in between the UTEC and S-AFC, although I believe it is actually a standalone computer.