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It's been a while since I've updated this, been driving the turbo mk2, it's now winter and newly repainted MK1 is sat on the drive getting wet, all because I can't find anyone to simply tune it. It's really laughable.
If you have a Motorsport Electronics ECU find Alex Hickson in the facebook groups, he did mine and it runs a treat

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Discussion Starter · #23 · (Edited)
If you have a Motorsport Electronics ECU find Alex Hickson in the facebook groups, he did mine and it runs a treat

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Used Alex for years, unfortunately this has an MS3 in it which wasn't my first choice but as they say, go with your tuners choice. I was told it could be tuned after being build but have been let down and now struggling to find anyone else who will touch it.

I have an ME221 in my turbo mk2 and it's been flawless. In hindsight I would have had someone do the conversion for me.

I have spoken to Alex about swapping the MS3 for an ME221 but it's a lot of work and a little out of my depths. I managed the turbo bolt on and wiring for the turbo mk2 easily enough, but a VVT engine swap and harness change is a different beast.

EDIT: actually just fired him another message to ask if he would help me with the actual swap itself.
 

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After feeling pretty miserable for the last 8 months, I've finally some progress to update on

  • Exhaust is finally sorted, flexi welded in and no cracks
  • @Shadowraven found someone that knows how to tune and is happy to accept monies, that's now underway and expecting my first map in a few days
  • I've got about 5 chips in my paint, all my mistakes but the paint is far too soft and probably shouldn't have chipped really
  • I installed some bonnet lifters because I was fed up of propping the bonnet up with various objects

Once the map is sorted, I will probably get a dyno print in a few months time, just for fun, provided the car drives OK then I will be pretty happy.

Current to-do list in the immediate future:
  • order a proper rollbar and install
  • check coolant leaks again, not seen any recently but might be out of coolant :D
  • sort out surface rust in boot
  • fill in paint chips
  • wrap new hard top
  • source and wrap wing mirrors
 

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Some feedback about my map so far:
  • Outputs for fans are assigned to multiple things
  • Whole VE table was autotuned, where I had paid for road tuning
  • VE table so lumpy that the car is permanently stuck in correction
  • Cold settings undrivable
  • Wideband is set up on CANBUS already which is a positive

Looking forward to trying out the first iteration of the new map when it's ready :)
 

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So many tuners are just plain shit. Chaps will sort you out though
 

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Update: Tuning session started yesterday, no AFR reading on Tuner Studio, despite literally doing my own sanity checks a few days ago and the fact I've been driving the car for over a year on the road. Went back through my log files from Virtual Dyno and can see at WOT my wideband sensor died.


Had a quick look at the sensor wiring to see if it had got burnt out somewhere and it all looks fine. Need to pull carpet up and check the wiring by the ECU. As I use an AEM UEGO wideband without a gauge, I can't tell if there's power without getting to the controller box under the carpet.

Of course when I started looking into this yesterday, the heavens opened and we had awful British summer rain for 2 hours. Fingers crossed I can get under the carpets today and have a quick look.
 
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