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Old 11-17-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default tactrix alternative for 2002 wrx?

Hey I have a TBE on my car now and I want a tune. Only problem is that I spent most of my money on the TBE. I dont have $150 to spend on a tactrix cable new, plus the money to spend on a tune. And every time one pops up used its gone in a couple hours!!!! Is there some way I can get a cable that I can tune with for
less than $100??????
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:20 PM   #2
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busted finger motor sports supposedly has one that works for us 02-03 guys for around 54.99 i believe. if you had an 04+ you could use the e-bay vag-com but us 02-03 guys are s.o.l.
i haven't used this cable, so you would just have to trust them i guess.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:03 PM   #3
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I am going to order the BFM cable. I talked to the owner, Cody, and he said he would give me a full refund if it doesn't work properly. I will post up results when I get it.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:29 PM   #4
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If it doesn't work, you can always keep looking for a 1.2or 1.3 tactrix. Those are under 100 bucks, but yeah they go quick. You can always find a basic free stage 2 tune as well.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:49 PM   #5
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BMF FTW. Know Cody on a personal level, and he's a stand up guy.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:15 AM   #6
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I just bought a BFM cable last week. I've been using it to tune my 04 STi and its working great and have had no problems with low voltage or anything like everyone with the **** ebay vagina com cables have. For 02-03 WRXs I believe you just need to also purchase the reflash connector and you should be all set. I'm very satisfied so far!
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:46 AM   #7
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BMF FTW. Know Cody on a personal level, and he's a stand up guy.
haha thank you thank



as far as the cable goes with 02/03 models i have personally tested our cable with a 2002 and a 2003 USDM WRX.

The only issue is that the timing is very critical between when you select write/read/flash from ECUFlash and key your ignition. The trick is have ECUflash on the confirmation screen key your car and BEFORE the cooling fans cycle confirm ECUflash and it will link
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:47 AM   #8
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I just bought a BFM cable last week. I've been using it to tune my 04 STi and its working great and have had no problems with low voltage or anything like everyone with the **** ebay vagina com cables have. For 02-03 WRXs I believe you just need to also purchase the reflash connector and you should be all set. I'm very satisfied so far!
glad to hear a satisfied customer, thats the biggest reason i wanted to get something like this going is the regular tactrix 1.3 was just sky rocketing
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:50 PM   #9
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ya i have the flash block for the 02-03 and have connected it while trying to use the vag cable and no luck they just wont work for 02-03 wrx models.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:35 PM   #10
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So does this or does this not work with a 2002 WRX? Do you need to have the reflash adapter?

I'm always up for saving some cash but if it doesnt work its frustrating and a big time waster. Anyone actually try this without the reflash adapter? The BFM site mentions nothing of it.

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:53 PM   #11
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Just fixed that on the new site, some of the text was lost when i launched the new site. As stated its still under-going some updates and bug fixes.

Right now i haven't sourced a place for the connectors, the only spot to get them is directly from tactrix. Subaru offers a test block package which is similar but is a 3 cable pack. PN#24036AA010
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:58 PM   #12
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Cody,

I ordered a kit tonight from you - will i be amongst those that get shipped out tomorrow?

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Old 11-21-2010, 10:01 PM   #13
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Jeff actually just replied to your email
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Old 12-26-2010, 09:32 PM   #14
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FYI - I believe this is confirmed now by about 5 or 6 of us NASIOC members that Cody's cable DOES NOT work for 02/03 Bugeye's. Apparently it works beautifully on 04-07 vehicles but us 02/03 folks are out of luck. Hoping Cody has some additional tips but a couple of us have tried everything under the sun to make it work to no avail.

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Old 12-26-2010, 09:47 PM   #15
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someone willing to sell me their bfm cable for cheap?
if so, pm me
i'd like to test it myself.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:32 AM   #16
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FYI - I believe this is confirmed now by about 5 or 6 of us NASIOC members that Cody's cable DOES NOT work for 02/03 Bugeye's. Apparently it works beautifully on 04-07 vehicles but us 02/03 folks are out of luck. Hoping Cody has some additional tips but a couple of us have tried everything under the sun to make it work to no avail.

Jeff
I just got my cable yesterday for my 2002. I can confirm that it does work, as long as you get the timing right. You only have about a half second after key-on to get ECUflash linked.
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Old 12-30-2010, 11:40 AM   #17
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I just got my cable yesterday for my 2002. I can confirm that it does work, as long as you get the timing right. You only have about a half second after key-on to get ECUflash linked.
thank you! PM me or email me if your willing to do a tutorial on this for me i would offer some rewards

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Old 12-30-2010, 01:40 PM   #18
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I just got my cable yesterday for my 2002. I can confirm that it does work, as long as you get the timing right. You only have about a half second after key-on to get ECUflash linked.
So this works with everything else, but only has a problem with ECU flash?
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:55 AM   #19
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the cable works just like a tactrix with everything, but ECUFlash is where (from our testing, and other feedback) timing seems to be the major factor, but had some come up that just wouldn't sync no matter what, so thats why i wanted to pull support until i could investigate further.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:15 PM   #20
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I have a 1.3 tactrix cable. It says connecting to ECU but never does. Is this because I need the reflash connector? I have an 2002 bugeye

Thanks and appreciate your insight
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:55 PM   #21
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Has anyone sorted this problem out yet? I'd like to get this cable to see if I'm getting a knock, but I'm worried I'll be wasting $50 (which still seems like a hell of a lot of money for a simple adapter).
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:48 PM   #22
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You don't really need a reflash adapter. You can make your own in literally two seconds with two spade connectors and a wire.
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