In Reply to: Similar Situation posted by Newbie-M3 on April 24, 2000 at 15:44:31:
: I had a similar dilema last week. I bought a Dinan Intake (CAI) used and was made paranoid by the Dinan catalog wording (as well as the Jim C).
: Basically, it's buy our intake, but you have to use our software too.
: After an extremely helpful email from a web vendor (won't name names yet), he stated that a simple intake swap will gain power with or without some guys software. And more so, they've seen the mix and match with power gains (and no check engine light issues).
: From what I gather, you want to Dinan Software upgrade but use the ECIS intake set-up. If Dinan is so reluctant to help, why not hold off and buy the "Shark Injector?" You can reprogram and unprogram at your leisure.
: Anyway, that's what I plan to do for CA SMOG.
The first mod I got to my new '99 after it was only a couple months old was the ECIS intake kit, which I was very pleased with...I then wanted Software...But, I learned Jim C did now want to sell me his regular OBDII flash since I had a 3rd party intake...And, he didnt want to sell me his intake software, cause I didnt have his intake...Regardless, with the ECIS kit and stock software, I threw no CE lights, and it ran very well. Then, I called my local Dinan dealer, and told them I had an intake which wasnt theres, but was effective, and which software download would they sell me? They looked at their specs, and told me that, since I had a CAI, they would sell me their stage II software...There was no 3rd degree, no hassles, just a straight forward sale and installation. I guess, it depends on whom you approach, and how you approach them. Which, I guess, is true for most things in life.