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Old 07-29-2014, 04:15 PM   #1
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I have a 1990 with a 1.8 from a 95, and a 1991 with a worn out 1.6. I recently came into a 2005 vvt and want to drop it into the '91. My eventual goal is to turbo the car and would like to get 200-255 rwhp. That is a ways off though and i only mention it as it has bearing on my decision for my ECU. I have been researching for a few days and there is just too much info out there. LOTS of opinions both for and against any given product. I have narrowed it down to either the Hydra or the MS3. I read another similar post here on this forum, but it mainly dealt with the ms3 vs the ms2 + vvt control. I have a good working knowledge of engines and electronics. I have done several engine swaps and rebuilds, but I am in no way an expert. In fact, this will be my first actual tune. I live in the DFW area so there are some good shops that can bail me out if I get too lost. I am asking for advice on which ECU would fit my application best.

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MS3x or slow painful horrible death.
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MS3x or AEM are the only 2 EMS I can recommend, but MS3x is my personal preference over the two.
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That bad huh? I was hoping that the tech support on the Hydra from fm was going to be worth the extra $. At least it puts the turbo in financial reach again. I can put the savings towards that goal.
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MS3-Basic from MSLabs. I <3 my MS3
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That bad huh? I was hoping that the tech support on the Hydra from fm was going to be worth the extra $. At least it puts the turbo in financial reach again. I can put the savings towards that goal.
unless said support includes FM flying to you and setting up your car start to finish, its really not all that awesome
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Thanks for the quick responses. Looks like it is unanimous. MS3 it is.
Thank you!

I will have more questions...Lots more. I will try to do my due diligence and research first before I ask though.
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Ok, I have finally ordered my ECU. I went with the ms3 as it was the overwhelming favorite amongst other users. I will keep everyone posted as to how my project is going. I have the VVT motor on the stand and ready to drop in. Thanks for the info.
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