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Old 01-27-2004, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Advice: AccessPort or ECUTEK?

So I need some advice on what to do here's my mods and my situation

(2002 WRX)

Stock IC/Turbo
APS turboback w/ hiflow cat
Vishnu Underdrive Pulley and catless Uppipe
UTEC (dynotuned at pruven ... made like 239 whp)

and that's about all I need right now...
I've already been down the turbo route (tried it very briefly before changing my mind) and I (not related yet still important) blew the tranny out of my old WRX....
don't want to do that again.....

I don't feel like having to change stuff and then go get it retuned and etc etc....

Here's what I don't like about the UTEC

If something goes wrong I will not know how to fix it, don't know/want to learn/don't care to learn how to add/remove fuel pull timing etc.... not for me....

I like the idea of the remote switch yet, I don't have a powerful enough setup to take advantage of it.. and if I did I'd need to get it retuned (i.e tune it for different boosts and on different map settings...)

I love the knock sensor (CEL) and like that feature but it can go if need be......

I've heard and talked to people about BOTH the AccessPort and the ECUTEK

I like the AccessPort cause of it's portability and tuneability...
I like the ECUTEK cause of it's reliablilty and seemingly easy to use/setup idea....

The downside of the ECUTEK is I have to send my ECU out to do a reflash (which I could get for free, yet still the hassle of shipping) but the upside is I get a complete customized solution.

The downside of the Accessport is it isn't out yet and the fact that I don't know if it's gonna have all the features/customizable options to suit my car....

So what do you guys think?
Advice appreciated, flaming/criticism not needed
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Old 01-28-2004, 01:06 AM   #2
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comparing apples to apples.

with accessport you can switch between 10 maps of your choice(ie: various octane maps, valet mode, blah...blah...blah), and of course re-flash your own ecu.

or, like you said, get a more "custom" flash from kingpin. i doubt there would be anymore then a 10 whp difference though.

my thoughts.....if you plan on moding your car more over a long period of time, id go with cobb; they will be coming out with many more maps for the access, and i like the fact that i can switch maps(stock map is good for when the parents are driving).

or if you cant stand the thought that there are a few untapped ponnies under the hood, kingpin is the way. i havent heard of any reliability issues with either company.
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Old 01-28-2004, 09:26 PM   #3
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Id go the Cobb route also. The UTEC dosent seem to suit you if you dont want/need/care to learn to fiddle with it on your own.

The Accessport, plug it in, and go.

Plus if you still have that craving for a larger turbo you can get their V34 map which will probaly quench your thirst for speed.


PS: Sorry I never got back to you on the car, work/family has eaten up a bunch of my time lately
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Old 01-28-2004, 10:10 PM   #4
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Cobb vote here too...

I like the ECUTEK cause of it's reliablilty and seemingly easy to use/setup idea....
I dont see how the ecutek would be more reliabile or easy then the cobb set up... Cobb did the work in house so they know the ecu better then the people who are just doing reflashes. Also they are just as good if not better at tuning then anyone else, they have been doing it longer then most others...
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Old 01-28-2004, 10:29 PM   #5
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Another Cobb Vote here. I too don't want to fiddle with all the more advanced settings of a UTEC that's why a Cobb reflash is the best for me. But since you're comparing the ecutek and the accessport, I'd recommend the Cobb Accessport. I plan to also get the accessport which should be out next month which gives even more customization if you wish without the "fiddling."

Good luck!

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