Originally Posted by Lneenyo
@curly- sorry I'm unfamiliar with a lot of the acronyms on the site, MS? Same as FMU or a piggy back comp? You said "built for". Would it be best to have one built and not go with something like the voodoo box?
MS stands for MegaSquirt. It is a complete stand alone ECU that will replace your stock computer completely. It controls your fuel, spark, timing, fans, boost, traction control, etc. Those first three features are a must, after that it depends on which version of MS you have (the newer they are the more inputs and outputs they have) and how many things you want to actually hook up. For instance a manual boost controller can be made for about $10, or bought for about $15 from ebay, and many on this site will say it works more reliably than electric boost control, and it's much cheaper and easier to install.
It is completely programmable from your laptop. You plug in, tell it "I want a 7199rpm rev limiter, not 7200", click "burn .msq", and in 2-3 seconds you will now have a 7199rpm rev limit. Once everything is tuned properly to your liking, disconnect your laptop and go have fun. BTW the program is incredibly simple (and free) so you don't need a state of the art computer to run it. Many of us buy brand new $250 laptops to run it, if you don't already have one.
P.S. you need the WB with the MS.
I say "built for" because unless you spend $500 on a pre-built unit, you get (for $187) a bare circuit board with a bunch of stuff you have to solder on. There are a few people on the site that will build it for you, for roughly $300-400, which includes the price of parts. Braineack is the real popular one, although I know Wayne_Curr has built a few, among others. Ask around.
We will ALL suggest that you do nothing but focus on buying and building a MegaSquirt and to get it installed, running, and tuned before touching ANYTHING else on the car.
All the information on the MS can be found here:
SUPER Important Megasquirt Threads
P.P.S. the whole "@ curly" thing when you reply is INCREDIBLY ******* gay. Keep that **** on twitter. Use multi quotes here.