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Posted by Stan on October 26, 2001 at 16:17:23:

In Reply to: Re: DTAfast P8Pro posted by KevinS on October 26, 2001 at 15:29:20:

..there are likely to be a few dealers/mfgs/tuners handling engine mgt boxes.
They don't even need ANY s-14 experience per se!!! That is pretty much irrelevant IMO. You can track them down via some web and magazine searches. Most folks tend to copy what someone else did.

Some Brits have used the DTA box on s14s in M3s successfully. Think about it. They bought a box that is made and supported locally to them!!! People to answer your questions, give tips, ideas and sell you extra odds and ends that help the effort. Lots of rolling roads over there too..(chassis dynos). If you can buy a DTA at a fair price AND get known good programming for your car go for it. But you'll still have to retune!!

Suppose you find 3-4 different boxes being sold and tuned locally. One of those might be your best bet. There are about 12-15 different firms making this sort of generic box. Basically the Brits, Aussies and North Americans.

A Canadian company makes a decent, cheap starter rig. SDS. You can read all sorts of cool things about engine mgt at that site. Heck they even have 1-2 s14 projects listed in there!!

Aftermarket engine mgt and the novice are kinda like kit cars - most never get completed. Very important point not to be underestimated. My Link piggyback was such a case - I got it cheap on ebay cuz the first guy gave up and he was no slouch. At least half dozen places have partially self-tuning rigs. Remember that is just a starting point and will not extract every last drop.

If you find someone very local..that would probably be your best bet..even if you plan on doing nearly everything yourself.

Call up Dick Chiang at dynospot - he loves M3s and is a good guy. He worked on a chip and MAF conversion for the S14. Various reasons why it's not a product right now though.


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