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    What's involved in getting the car 'chipped'? I've been looking for info but haven't got a clue what these things do............

    I know this is where to ask though!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T4M View Post
    What's involved in getting the car 'chipped'? I've been looking for info but haven't got a clue what these things do............

    I know this is where to ask though!!!
    same here t4m im looking for somewhere to re-map mine, so far only had a price from regal 350 to 400 quid

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    BSR have a look at this:- http://www.bsruk.co.uk/

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    BSR don't do the 2.2DTi

    You have to wire in the VP44 tuning box on that engine m8

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but I think 'chipped' originally meant the upgrading or the replacement of a chip or chips in the ECU, but these days more often means the re-programming of the main ECU software without hardware changes, like the BSR remap.
    Or have I just dreamt this up?

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    [quote=john_k_sri;512321]Correct me if I'm wrong but I think 'chipped' originally meant the upgrading or the replacement of a chip or chips in the ECU, but these days more often means the re-programming of the main ECU software without hardware changes, like the BSR remap.
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    No, you are totally correct.
    I remember when a mate of mine got a "Chip" for his series 1 Escort RS turbo when they fist came out and it cost him about £150.
    He later found out he could get the very same thing for about 75p from Tandy !!!!! Just had to get it programmed (probably cost about £149.25)!


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    i had my vectra super chipped.don't know whats super about it,cost me £300 and 12 bhp they take the ecu out and what i gained from it i didn't really notice

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    Quote Originally Posted by fil 4822 View Post
    No, you are totally correct.
    I remember when a mate of mine got a "Chip" for his series 1 Escort RS turbo when they fist came out and it cost him about £150.
    He later found out he could get the very same thing for about 75p from Tandy !!!!! Just had to get it programmed (probably cost about £149.25)!
    Thanks for that.

    What is clear is that turbocharged Vectras are more straightforwardly tunable than naturally aspirated ones.

    For example, the engine in the 2.0T has sufficient headroom already built-in to take it to what BSR offers with Stage 1, and what Saab offer as a production model in their 210ps Aero 2.0T 9-3 (from the same engine), without either overstressing the engine or its components or the gearbox.

    It would appear to be the same thing with the 1.9CDTI's if feedback from those who have "BSR'd" their diesels is anything to go by.

    BSR gave me exactly what I wanted - more power and torque without needing to change anything else on the car, just plugging in a box which reprogrammed the ECU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectrac20tsri View Post
    i had my vectra super chipped.don't know whats super about it,cost me £300 and 12 bhp they take the ecu out and what i gained from it i didn't really notice
    Just compare your extra 12bhp for £300 with iro 40bhp from BSR for £550. It's a no-brainer.

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    As said, when you 'chip' a car, the existing management chip is removed and replaced with a new one to increased the performance of a car.

    Re-mapping is the same but done differently, your car will have a standard programme code, This programme is extracted from the ECU via the OBD port and opened in a computer file.

    Certian parameters are then altered, turbo boost, timing, ignition etc, and on diesels, fuel pressure, injector timing and boost pressure. This same programme is then downloaded back into the ECU. This is why Tech 2 cannot see any change in the ECU after a re-map is done.

    The only way to detect that a re-map has been done is if the programme is extracted and sent to Vauxhall/Opel for investigation. But I have not heard of this being done.

    If you go for a decent simple re-map and don't go over the top and treat the car well, there is no reason why reliability should ever be in doubt.

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