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Old 12-19-2005, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default Dilemma in deciding which EM to use

Hi guys.. I'm not sure which EM I should go with..

Here are the parts I have sitting in my garage right now..

- FP Green (EWG setup, oil cooled)
- UP, 3" TBE
- 816cc injectors
- FMIC
- Walbro GSS342 Fuel Pump

which EM should I go with?

- ECUtek reflash
- Cobb AP Pro tuned
- UTEC
- ECUtek with UTEC
- Hydra
- Motec

etc..

Your opinions will be greatly appreciated.. btw, mine's a USDM EJ205.. I'd be doing a JDM swap or built motor in the near future..

Thanks.
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Old 12-19-2005, 06:59 PM   #2
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Will you be tuning this?
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Old 12-19-2005, 07:09 PM   #3
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If you don't know much about tuning and don't want to learn, EcuTek or Cobb Protune. I'd likely go for Cobb since the product base is a bit more extensive and you can get the street tuner software if you want to end up tuning it at some point.

If you do want to tune it and get interactive the UTEC and Hydra are good solutions. Hydra is a bit more involved and more expensive. I wouldn't go EcuTek & UTEC since if you just want to flash a base ROM image there are free tools to do that.

Motec is a full standalone and you will run into issues with OBD and others (like passing inspection).
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:47 AM   #4
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Will you be tuning this?
No, but I'd be interested in learning how to tune on my own.
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Old 12-20-2005, 10:47 AM   #5
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in that case i would get the Cobb street tuner, and learn all you can about it, then have it professionally tuned. You can then run features like live tracing and live dashboard and learn more about tuning and your cars stock ECU logic. Then you can start tweaking the maps yourself. ..
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:01 AM   #6
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Another thing to think about is what the tuners arround you are using. If you get EM that's not supported by these tuners then you're stuck.
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:05 PM   #7
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I have the red and vote EcuTEK with UTEC combo - get the best of both worlds.
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Old 12-22-2005, 02:28 PM   #8
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I have the red and vote EcuTEK with UTEC combo - get the best of both worlds.
Can you further elaborate on generally how EcuTek works with UTEC? Generally the purpose is to smooth out the transition point from OL/CL? Would EcuTek reflash + UTEC adapt to temperature, elevation changes just like the stock ECU?

It seems like most 400+whp cars are using UTEC, that's why I'm leaning towards using UTEC even though it's a piggyback..
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Old 12-22-2005, 02:43 PM   #9
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Can you further elaborate on generally how EcuTek works with UTEC? Generally the purpose is to smooth out the transition point from OL/CL? Would EcuTek reflash + UTEC adapt to temperature, elevation changes just like the stock ECU?

It seems like most 400+whp cars are using UTEC, that's why I'm leaning towards using UTEC even though it's a piggyback..
The only reason I would recommend mixing the two technologies is if you wanted to control a solenoid for water injection or something like that.

If you aren't going that route, I'd just go with StreetTuner (assuming you want to be able to tune yourself). Else, ProTune or an EcuTek reflash would probably work fine.

Keep it simple

Mike

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Old 12-22-2005, 02:53 PM   #10
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I agree with the last few posts, if you go all out with the swap then an EcuTek/Utec combo may be the answer, but for now I would recommend the Utec on a custom stage 4. Even as you continue to modify your setup the Utec can follow. Only one problem: the built motor will work fine with the Utec, but if you go the JDM route you'll need a different Utec (EDM type). So decide which you want and then get yourself a Utec.
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