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Old 09-09-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Default 2008 WRX different ECU & plug n play?

I am told by a couple different programmer suppliers that the 08 WRX has a different ECU than the 07 back and the 09 up. One was HyperTech, they have there Max energy programmer for all except the 08. Their tech department said they don't intend on supporting the one model only. Another who offers a plug and play gave me same story. I am left now with the Cobb or giving my setup (slightly below Stage 2) to one of the programmers who offer a plug n play with a custom map based on equipment and personal desires and will modify later if desired. It is hard for me to justify the expense of the Cobb when the latter can be had more economically. Does anyone have experience with the latter?
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:42 AM   #2
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open source is easier on your wallet
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Old 09-09-2016, 01:37 PM   #3
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The 07+ USDM STI and 06+ USDM WRX ECUs are all VERY similar in terms of pin-out. 08+ models added the CANBUS into the equation.

What PnP system are you looking into installing? If you don't have a PnP option, Boomslang can manufacture a patch loom of your own design for approximately $400-500.
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:42 PM   #4
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I am in shopping stage, all my prior experience is with Vintage US Muscle cars where things are not necessarily simpler but no computers to deal with. My stock WRX started trashing its lower end. Tear down revealed crank, rod and piston damage. I've been wanting to upgrade the cars performance last 7 or 8 years but just never got around to it, so now is the time. I purchased a new OEM late model STI short block, Perrin SS 3" cat back exhaust, SS catless down pipe with 3" outlet, Knock off Borla headers and up pipe. I'm using the stock 08 WRX heads with a little flow tweaking/porting. Also the turbo is Original but may upgrade later if I find it to play out. I don't know where to start with the programming to bring all the above into harmony. I've talked with a couple of programmers who can provide me with a piggy back to plug into the access port that will control boost, timing, fuel etc. to my specs. Somehow I feel that route will have limitations. I have to let my finances recover from all of the above before considering a turbo upgrade and can't justify the cost of a Cobb tuner.
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Old 09-10-2016, 08:51 AM   #5
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I have a 08 WRX also.

It's ecu is different than the 09 and above. It's missing some of the tables, like per gear ignition adjustment.

BUT, with the recent " COBB custom features" aka flexfuel, they added a whole bunch of new tables in there.

Problem is you can't access it unless you are a protuner.

I'm using it for a bunch of it's features(mainly real time map switching(boost/timing/fuel), per gear boost, & wideband logging) but I have to go through my tuner now, I can't do any of it myself, which sucks.

The good part of it. The guy I work with E-tunes, and has been fantastic.

I tell him what I'm wanting to do, what I think should be adjusted/set. He sometimes sets what I ask, and sometimes goes a completely different direction to accomplish what I'm asking.

It's actually worked out really really well.

Previously to the release of the COBB software, I was considering a stand alone solution, as I needed map switching for a few projects I'm working on.

But I'm good to go now.

I believe he does open source tunning also, that might be another option to look at.

http://www.torquedperformance.com/2008-WRX_c3.htm

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Old 09-10-2016, 11:01 AM   #6
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open source/tactrix or a used unmarried v2 cobb. or if you wanna be even cheaper than that find someone local you will lend you a tactrix cable so you dont have to front any hardware costs.
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:58 PM   #7
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Based on your modifications, I would either stick with open source or jump right into a lower cost standalone. The choice is really yours here, depending on what features you are looking for and what tuning resources you have in your area.
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Old 09-10-2016, 10:11 PM   #8
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Thanks all, I am looking into all, I have about a week before reassembly and hope to have it ironed out by then.
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