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      12-19-2009, 05:59 PM   #1
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I originally got this tune at the end of november. I took out my ECU and shipped it to Mike, I got it back real quick and wanted to test it out right away. So at first I couldnt really feel anything, expect that the idle was different and the throttle response was alot smoother. I decided to really test her out on the freeway, so i punch it and as it reached ~7000RPM I was hit with "reduced power". I called Mike right away, he told me a flash tool would be sent out to me and my file would be retuned. I think it was due to the low temperature and torque was being cut off. So I just got everything done yesterday and got a chance to drive the car today. This time around the car felt alot different, much faster and smoother. A couple key points...low end torque can really be felt and as the RPM's increase you can feel the added power...ill be getting a dyno hopefully soon, but I have to drive to Chitown....bottom line this tune really made this car perfect IMO and with the mods I have done.

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      12-19-2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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Congrats! Thinking about getting the Powerchip tune myself. I have Gintani catback exhaust, MS filter...and thats about it. Can I expect a significant increase with just these mods??

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I originally got this tune at the end of november. I took out my ECU and shipped it to Mike, I got it back real quick and wanted to test it out right away. So at first I couldnt really feel anything, expect that the idle was different and the throttle response was alot smoother. I decided to really test her out on the freeway, so i punch it and as it reached ~7000RPM I was hit with "reduced power". I called Mike right away, he told me a flash tool would be sent out to me and my file would be retuned. I think it was due to the low temperature and torque was being cut off. So I just got everything done yesterday and got a chance to drive the car today. This time around the car felt alot different, much faster and smoother. A couple key points...low end torque can really be felt and as the RPM's increase you can feel the added power...ill be getting a dyno hopefully soon, but I have to drive to Chitown....bottom line this tune really made this car perfect IMO and with the mods I have done.

Special Thanks to Mike and Jeremy at Powerchip,
If your looking for a tune hit up Mike, excellent customer service!mbenvo@powerchipgroup.com
This is too funny. I think I sent you the Powerchip cables/software, etc directly from my house after I was done with it earlier this week. The guys sent me a different label to forward package to WI instead of CA. Did you catch the return address? Did it come from NY?

Anyway, the flash is fantastic and I am looking forward to being able to give the M a good shakedown if the weather cooperates any time soon. Best of luck to you.
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Congrats! Thinking about getting the Powerchip tune myself. I have Gintani catback exhaust, MS filter...and thats about it. Can I expect a significant increase with just these mods??

Thanks!

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Getting the full x-pipe, either replacing the cats or giong catless and then getting a tune will yield you the greatest results.
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      12-19-2009, 11:53 PM   #5
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This is too funny. I think I sent you the Powerchip cables/software, etc directly from my house after I was done with it earlier this week. The guys sent me a different label to forward package to WI instead of CA. Did you catch the return address? Did it come from NY?

Anyway, the flash is fantastic and I am looking forward to being able to give the M a good shakedown if the weather cooperates any time soon. Best of luck to you.
haha yeah i noticed it came from new york, they sent me another label also its going to new jersey I think

yeah the weather over here was decent today so i had some real fun driving...but then it started snowing i hate winter lol

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Congrats! Thinking about getting the Powerchip tune myself. I have Gintani catback exhaust, MS filter...and thats about it. Can I expect a significant increase with just these mods??

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as Mr Harris suggested you should look into an x-pipe with high flow cats or if you want your car to be extremely loud like me then go catless and then get the tune....you will definitely feel the power
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Haha, I might be getting it next. Located in Philadelphia - hopefully is coming in. Yea, the tune has been amazing - got it early October and worked perfectly until the last 3 weeks or so when I occasionally get an engine malfunction reduced power message on my I-Drive because of cold weather.

Hopefully this flash would solve the problem. Mike over at Powerchip replied within hours to my e-mail. Good customer service, very happy with them. That's how you run a business, good to know that they value their customers. Will definitely get their stage 2 tunes when I remove my primary cats.

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My Gintani catback is the perfect tone/growl for me. My fear with getting an xpipe was it being too loud. So xpipe with high flow cats won't change or increase the sound that much?!

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Haha, I might be getting it next. Located in Philadelphia - hopefully is coming in. Yea, the tune has been amazing - got it early October and worked perfectly until the last 3 weeks or so when I occasionally get an engine malfunction reduced power message on my I-Drive because of cold weather.

Hopefully this flash would solve the problem. Mike over at Powerchip replied within hours to my e-mail. Good customer service, very happy with them. That's how you run a business, good to know that they value their customers. Will definitely get their stage 2 tunes when I remove my primary cats.

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my bad it is going to you lol, Philly...yeah the flash will fix the problem a few people had the same exact problem due to the cold weather change...i agree very good customer service....i should have it shipped out to you later today


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My Gintani catback is the perfect tone/growl for me. My fear with getting an xpipe was it being too loud. So xpipe with high flow cats won't change or increase the sound that much?!

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look up some vids on youtube, it will def be alot louder but nothing like catless
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I just got the Powerchip stage 2 installed my M3 as well.
The car is really crazy whenever you put your foot down the car goes sideways. it feels like a different car now.
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haha good to hear, considering to go for the stage 2 tune soon..

gonna remove my primary cats and put some sort of valve exhaust... so that I can actually daily drive my car.
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