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Old 09-25-2004, 12:52 AM   #1
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First Post! Not exactly a great starter post but its a post non-the-less.

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I need a good idea how to get a few more horses out of a 2005 Baja Turbo. Without voiding a warranty. A.K.A New Chip, reflash, or something i dont know about. I would really like the ability to switch between performance, stock, and econo ECU maps.

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My good friend's dad bought a 2005 Baja Turbo. A very conservative fellow that gets his kicks from his Honda Shadow on the weekends. Since washington has variable weather paterns the Honda Shadow will not be able to fill this mans void. I suggested a ECU reflash or any kind of chip. At first he was not taking to the idea (it might hurt the car or warranty). After yelling at him for having small cahones, he finally opened his mind to the idea. Now after describing to him the possiblities that a new chip from perhaps Vishnu could bring his baja to another level, his brow perked up and was ready for the performance now in technology lecture which included remapping of the ECU for better Performance and even better for his conservative side FUEL ECONOMY! I told him how cool would it be if you push the gas pedal all the way down and hit the defrost button MAP 1 (ECONO ), agian MAP 2 (STOCK ), and once more MAP 3 (PERFORMANCE! ) Being a Programer for Verizon Wireless hew as intrigued by the technology and now was excited about it. Now he is asking for the price and where to buy.
My QUESTION is...... WHICH IS THE BEST ONE!!!
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Old 09-25-2004, 08:29 AM   #2
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Hee, hee. You should have done some research before you started making recommendations! There is only one chip that I've been able to find and that's the Dastek Unichip. Vishnu doesn't offer a reflash for the Baja Turbo--not yet any way.

The Unichip goes for $1000 to $1300 online. You could probably find it for less if you worked through a local tuner.
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Old 09-25-2004, 01:59 PM   #3
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there will be a baja reflash soon as there needs to be more testing done since the turbo models are brand new. by new years there should be some type of reflash comming out in the market.
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Old 09-25-2004, 04:53 PM   #4
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There is a the Unichip from Rallitek which is problly the one that you found mjalex007: http://www.rallitek.com/products.asp...Y&HB=&ACC=&SP=. It is going for $930.

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Old 09-25-2004, 06:35 PM   #5
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I exchanged e-mails with Vishnu. First they told me they would have a reflash for the Baja by the end of August. Now they say they are still testing and need to try out the reflash on a few more Bajas. I (and they probably) do not have any idea when it will be ready. Whether it's this year, I have no idea.

I ordered the Dastek Unichip last week with maps for my particular set up from a tuner in Connecticut. They apparently sent it to some place calledd IPD (I think they are in California) to get the maps done.

I've been told by Perrin that Rallitek really knows the Baja because they have one to try stuff on. My guess is that you can't go wrong with them. Xcceleration also has it but they're asking for a lot more dough than Rallitek.
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Old 09-25-2004, 09:13 PM   #6
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There's rumors that mechanics will check for reflash to void warranty. I've heard both sides, from Subaru mechanics. They can definitely do it, but not all of them bother. It seems to depend on how cool the dealership is. Just a heads up.
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Old 09-26-2004, 12:15 AM   #7
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no dealership will check for reflashes without a reason besides just checking to void the warranty for you. if they do, you wont be doing any business with them anyway.
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Old 09-26-2004, 07:47 PM   #8
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The context I've heard it discovered is when they're downloading engine codes to diagnose a problem. The reflash will show up in the code history. Again, it's never happened to me but it's a pretty constant topic among WRX owners around here.
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Old 09-27-2004, 08:16 AM   #9
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Well, the question of whether a reflash will or won't void your warranty is moot, at least for now. That is, assuming I'm correct in that no one is doing it just yet. The Unichip is a piggyback set up so you could always remove it (a 10-minute) job without anyone ever being the wiser.
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:12 PM   #10
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How much HP will a reflash give you?
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:51 PM   #11
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a dynoe'd reflash will give you 30hp that you will seriously feel. my wrx has a reflash and i felt the difference. without a dyno session though, you should expect a good 20hp.
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Old 09-28-2004, 06:38 PM   #12
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Great...now I have to get one..!!!
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Old 09-29-2004, 11:23 AM   #13
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I installed my Unichip this morning, in fact. It's been raining and there are spots with leaves on the road (I can't believe it's that time already) so I haven't had a chance to wring it out.

My initial impression is that the power is very linear. It comes on smooth and aggressively. Before the chip, I really felt the car kick me in the seat of the pants in second gear, more so than first, in fact. Now, first and second are the same--it pulls enough that you have to pay attention to keeping the wheels on the ground. The car also pulls harder in third gear. But like I said, that's about all I was able to discern on my 10 mile commute to work.

My chip was mapped for cat-back exhaust, short ram air intake, and uppipe (without cat). I also have a lighter crankshaft pulley and a manual boost controller on the car. I think the MBC has to come off--I have a querry into the people who did the mapping.

I bought the GP Moto short ram air intake on the recommendation of dealer (not the one I actually bought the Unichip from). Evidently, the chip is mapped for that intake. Previously, I had a K&N air filter in there.

You have two map options--one for regular and the other for premium gas. I threw a CEL on the regular gas map, which apparently happens in 30% of cars that are sensitive to detonation. Nothing seems amiss with the alternate map. In addition to a switch to choose between maps, there's a power-cut switch that is used to reset the ECU and to clear a CEL.

Installation takes about 30 minutes, give or take. You have to pull back part of the carpet on the passenger side and take of the ECU protective cover (four screws). Unplug four plugs from the ECU, plug those into the harness and plug the harness into the ECU. You also plug the harness into the Unichip along with a driver's module (the wires for the two switches also go into this module). Takes really it.

The kit comes with velcro strips to hold everything in place. I haven't buttoned up everything yet because I wanted to make sure all was copacetic.

So, I've got some more driving to do before I announce my verdict. The place where I bought the Unichip doesn't have a four-wheel Dyno, so getting it tuned there wasn't an option. I'm not sure what's available in my area just yet.
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