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Old 12-07-2006, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Will this really work? $100 reflash setup.

http://www.tactrix.com/product_info.php?products_id=36


I saw this thing today and was wondering if it would really work. It claims you can reflash your ecu with it, and it's only $100. If that is really the case, and it works... byebye UTEC...
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:43 PM   #2
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That seems a little sketchy
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:05 PM   #3
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I know... but if it's real... that would re-define engine management in our world. :-D I'm half tempted to buy one just to see if it works or now.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:17 PM   #4
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it works
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:40 PM   #5
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Yep....it works I know a few people who have used already with no problems.......
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:42 PM   #6
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www.openecu.org
www.osecuroms.org once you register for the site, you'll see a lot more threads and subforums.

note: I'm not doing this myself. I'm hoping to have it done soon on my car.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:55 PM   #7
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There are a bunch of people using this, including me. I'd suggest you check out enginuity.org as well. Once you download the map you can tune it yourself and reflash it onto the car.
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:56 PM   #8
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Is this as good as an accessport?
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:06 PM   #9
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Yes it works. Search around for "openecu" or visit openecu.org . People have been using it for over a year now, though it is starting to hit critical mass now.

Compared to Cobb AP, there is no "realtime" tuning (you need to reflash for every change), there is less availability of "off the shelf" maps, there is less formal support available, and you need a laptop. But it is giving you the essential same ability as a Cobb AP with their Protuner software. If you can figure out how to hook up a cable, follow some instructions, and want to tune yourself or have a tuner willing to use the tools, you can save yourself $700.

There are some advantages. If you are so skilled (i.e. programming experience) and so inclined, you could further research the ECU functionality or change it. Openecu deals in raw format dumps of the ECU code, not just maps, so there are no artificial limits to what you could do given the time and energy.
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:12 PM   #10
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I guess the OP is just 'slightly' behind the times.

Yes, OpenECU tools are being used with much success.
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:38 PM   #11
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Compared to Cobb AP, there is no "real-time" tuning (you need to re-flash for every change),
Question, and it's off topic...
Does Ecutek support real time tuning? Or are they too limited like open source tuning?


Back to your regularly scheduled n00b post.
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:42 PM   #12
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Compared to Cobb AP, there is no "realtime" tuning (you need to reflash for every change),
You're correct for the time being. But in about another month or so...
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:10 PM   #13
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Even if you don't plan to do any or any major tuning yourself, getting this cable and downloading the software will allow you to look at the maps in your ECU and log your cars performance. I think this is critical to understanding how the Subies work.

BTW, my wife calls me a nerd for doing it.
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:16 AM   #14
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You do realize that about %15 of the posts in the engine management forum are about this product, right? Anything with "Open Source" and openecu in the title. It works...
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:24 AM   #15
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Even if you don't plan to do any or any major tuning yourself, getting this cable and downloading the software will allow you to look at the maps in your ECU and log your cars performance. I think this is critical to understanding how the Subies work.

BTW, my wife calls me a nerd for doing it.
This is not entirely true, it depends on what the other package being used is. If you get your ECU reflashed with the current Ecutek package, you may get locked out of your own ECU, as they modify the handshaking protocols.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...1027462&page=6

The address this, but it's in the hand of your tuner, talk to them
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:55 AM   #16
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im using it, works amazing and its user friendly
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:08 AM   #17
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Dont buy it. It's a scam.

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Old 12-08-2006, 03:31 AM   #18
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I hear those cables add 50+ horsepower. :P
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:38 AM   #19
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in my case, around 60WHP in fact.
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:04 AM   #20
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If it came with a sticker that could be applied, maybe 80-100WHP
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:34 AM   #21
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That seems a little sketchy

Mine is wrapped under the tree as we speak
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Old 12-08-2006, 08:46 AM   #22
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Even if you don't plan to do any or any major tuning yourself, getting this cable and downloading the software will allow you to look at the maps in your ECU and log your cars performance. I think this is critical to understanding how the Subies work.

BTW, my wife calls me a nerd for doing it.

I have a Cobb AP - which says ProTuner on the box. I assume to make logs etc I need to buy software from Cobb - or get this cable and use the openECU shareware. Any thoughts on which is a better route to go?
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Old 12-08-2006, 09:34 AM   #23
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I have a Cobb AP - which says ProTuner on the box. I assume to make logs etc I need to buy software from Cobb - or get this cable and use the openECU shareware. Any thoughts on which is a better route to go?

since you have the ap already, your cost is $200 vs $100... or you could sell the AP, and come out money ahead for other mods.
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That's what I thought

$200 for Cobb's prettier software....

Or $100 for a cable - but I better be sure I can 'handle' it -
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^^^^^^^^

Dosen't get prettier than this http://forums.openecu.org/viewtopic.php?t=190
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