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Old 06-21-2002, 01:57 PM   #1
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Default Link ECU Tuning help

Alrighty. I've got the link ECU from Vivid Racing. I was thinking about installing this today as well as a bunch of other parts. I also have the serial link for it, and i have a laptop, so i can tune it if i must. Question one- Does this ECU come with some sort of a base map for the WRX so I don't have to tune it? Question two - I already have my HKS Titanium exhaust/PDE Downpipe on, today I'm putting on my HKS Headers, PDE Uppipe, Injen intake, GFB Pullies, STI Injectors, and Supra Fuel Pump. Should I tune it at all? Anyone got any suggestions on what I should tune, if anything, and what I should tune it to? Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-21-2002, 06:43 PM   #2
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It does come with a basemap, but it is for a completely stock car and is JUST A STARTING POINT.

If you install STI injectors, you are going to have to tune it. The Link is PNP as far as wiring goes, but not as far as tuning. You can download some maps from I-club users who have tuned for various mods. I like Jeff Sponaugles map as a starting point, but its for an upgraded turbo.

If you don't know how to use the Link, you need to play around with the software and get comfortable with it. If you don't know the effects that timing, fuel, and boost have on a motor (i mean technically here, not just knowing what they are), you need to learn or send your Link back and get a Unichip.

It definatley isn't rocket science, but you've got to know your stuff to use it.

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Old 06-21-2002, 06:49 PM   #3
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The baseline map made my moded WRX run like crap. You will want to find a map related to your mods over the net that someone else has done until you become proficient with the software.
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Old 06-21-2002, 07:00 PM   #4
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dont for get to do a reload before you start the car.
Turn the key to power...hit reload...then start the car. you only need to do this once.

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Old 06-22-2002, 06:38 AM   #5
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Other then sponaugle, who else has links to maps on the web for the WRX?

Perhaps one or all of us can start a web page containing the files. I think I can give up a few megs of space(up to 3MB or so depending on my other files on the site)
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Old 06-22-2002, 09:23 AM   #6
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Grim - have you tuned such an ecu before? From your post it seems like your a novice to it, but you can never tell for sure just from the posts. If so, you may want to seriously consider having a shop (preferabbly a LINK dealer near you) tune it for you, but then give you an hour or two lesson afterwards on how the ecu does what it does, and how to adjust it. The LINK is an excellent value but like any tuning product where the end user can set his/her own paramters, it can also be a self destruct box

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