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Old 02-10-2006, 07:28 PM   #1
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Question Is there any point in running a J&S Safeguard with a UTEC?

I hope this is the right forum to be posting this in, because it seems like it.

I currently have a hybrid sti/wrx (ej257 block, wrx heads) setup in my gc8 with a 16g turbo and the corresponding supporting mods. I've had a huge problem with detonation in my last 2 motors... one of them shredded/melted a piston during the break-in period before i could go get it tuned (running 14psi, go figure), while the first one was shot when i first bought it (used... low compression in 1 cylinder, not my fault at all).

but besides the point, i'm already using a txs utec to control everything. it is my understanding that the utec has a timing-retard feature which i believe i'm currently using (i can feel the ecu pull timing when the cel comes on indicating knock).

i trust my tuner that i go to (ktr). the first motor they tried to tune i had bought used and it was knocking because it had 75 compression in cyl 1 . this second motor blew up for i-have-no-idea-what-reason (it was the same as the first motor, just with a BRAND NEW sti shortblock purchased from the dealer and fully built to spec yada yada yada). it definately wasn't the tune though (i think the block was defective, and i think they're covering it). the car basically is still untuned because they couldn't tune it past 210whp because it was just... shot.

anyway, i found a j&s ultrasafeguard for a really good price, and i'm wondering if there would be any benefit in picking this up. i really hate the idea of my car blowing up or having another bad motor, so i'm trying to cover my bases. is there any point in buying one? i plan on dumping a lot more money into this car (hopefully not having it blow up this time)

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