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Old 09-18-2018, 12:16 AM
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:23 PM
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And I get downvoted for having an FM221 and liking it? This place sometimes, man, and me a "Proud Supporter" and everything.
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And I get downvoted for having an FM221 and liking it? This place sometimes, man, and me a "Proud Supporter" and everything.
That is a little harsh. It is okay for people to like things that I do not like. I would not want everyone to be trying to stand in line for the same things I want.
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:57 PM
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Why is the ME221 even an option over a adaptronic or AEM or Haltech or others? We all know MS is top choice as it is great and well educated. It's hilarious you would even consider a ME221 over any other option.
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Originally Posted by Savington View Post
ME221 is a trash product sold by trash people. It's not even a contest.
Not cool dude. I was very impressed by the service provided by everyone @ Trackspeed. Guess what, I also I'm very impressed by the service provided by FM. I have owned Miatas since 2001, and made my first FM parts purchase in 2002. I'm still a satisfied FM customer, same as I'm a satisfied Trackspeed customer.

I do not agree that FM should have vested themselves in the FM221, but it's not like they ask me if they should. On that one, I voted with my wallet and got an MS3.

The Cardells and the rest of the FM peeps are not trash. Frankly, that's a below the belt punch, in my book.
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Fairly certain he was aiming that at ME, not FM. Context matters.

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Old 09-26-2018, 12:03 AM
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Here's something I posted back in 2013 about MS and other choices for a Miata, it could give the OP an idea about what I feel about engine management comparisons...
(Bold edits are what I added this time around)

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I found a great deal on an almost new supercharger setup when I decided to boost my car back in late 2008.
(For the record, I had always wanted a supercharger back then - it's a personal preference, not because one form of FI is better than the other)

Well, the whole setup arrived, and it had a powercard system for engine management.
I proceeded to tune the powercards to the best of my ability, and made some horrendous mistakes along the way. Trial and error gave me fairly decent running car eventually.

Yes, the powercard system was adequate, even fine - at pretty low boost settings. One disclaimer to this end is this: I installed a pretty extensive port water injection system as a precaution.

Later, in my quest for more boost and power, I started looking into a standalone engine management solution, meaning, the stock ECU would be taken out of the car, and a new, "customizable" ECU would be installed and tuned correctly.

Let me emphasize one thing here: my engine did not blow up. Not even once, not even a tiny bit.
But, there comes a time when you just know you have outgrown an entry level system with inherent limitations.
God knows what EGTs I was running for instance. Or, how much I was wasting in terms of power, or gas mileage...
And, I was no longer running 6 psi of boost. I went up to 8, then 10, then 12 , all the way up to 16.5 eventually.

I pulled the trigger for an MSII right around the time I was at 10 psi.

Just shot an email to Reverant, and asked for help. A Paypal payment accompanied my email.
Reverant is an amazing source, a very unerstanding guy, a great vendor, and an overall electronics god. Praise be with Rev... Really.

Meanwhile, I was absolutely terrified with the idea of installing a standalone in my car. That thing could send my engine to outer space if I got it wrong. I had no idea whatsoever about anything related to MS and tuning an engine from scratch.

So, the box arrived at my doorstep, and I promptly placed it on the top shelf of my bookcase, and left it there for the next month or so. I looked at it everyday, and tried to muster the guts to actually install it in my beloved car.

After tons of reading and begging for help on this forum, I went out to my car and just installed the thing.
I turned the key, and Booom.. The car fired up and settled into a nice idle. That was a great moment.
Rev sends you a form, you fill it out, and then he loads/sets all the basics in the MS for you.
The rest was an incredibly steep learning curve. I just kept playing around with ALL the settings. I would first save the tune to my PC inside the house (to keep it safe) and then just have at it whenever I found some time.
That led to some incredible discoveries. With the MS, you have TOTAL control over how your car behaves. It can be a sweet kitty cat, a hound dog, or a fierce beast, or a combination of all those. I achieved a very sweet balance where I get great MPG on steady cruise, and a shrieking monster that lunges at anything that could be ahead of it coming out of turn 14 on the F1 track in Istanbul.
The whole learning bit took maybe a year. I took my time.
Rev ran to my rescue when I had problems.
The coolest thing about MS is Autotune. It's not a cure for cancer, or stupidity, but it really does wonders to your ability to understand and actually accomplish the magic that is called tuning.

So, your budget may dictate brand X at this very moment. Does not matter. Just know that you will drive a better car that responds better to your inputs with a proper standalone. And that, you will eventually end up with an MS sometime down the line. Deciding when that "sometime" is going to be is up to you.
But, I would make that real soon if I were you.
Don't turn your driving into a struggle. Get an MS, and just enjoy the hell out of it.

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For the record, my opinion has not changed at all since I posted this 5 years ago.
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Originally Posted by The Driver View Post
Not cool dude. I was very impressed by the service provided by everyone @ Trackspeed. Guess what, I also I'm very impressed by the service provided by FM. I have owned Miatas since 2001, and made my first FM parts purchase in 2002. I'm still a satisfied FM customer, same as I'm a satisfied Trackspeed customer.

I do not agree that FM should have vested themselves in the FM221, but it's not like they ask me if they should. On that one, I voted with my wallet and got an MS3.

The Cardells and the rest of the FM peeps are not trash. Frankly, that's a below the belt punch, in my book.
It would be, if I had punched FM at all, which I didn't.

FM announced via email that they were ceasing sales of the FM221 on May 3rd. I made my comment on August 5th. I also specifically stated ME221, not FM221.

IOW, when I made my statement, FM didn't sell ME221 boxes.

I stand by the statement on the date I made it. Specifically, the individuals at Motorsport Electronics and M-Tech have proven themselves to be unscrupulous, lying shitheels, undeserving of a single dime of this community's money. As someone who has had his product designs ripped off on multiple occasions, I have a deep-seeded hatred towards people who do that, and as such, I wouldn't **** on ME if they were on fire.
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Originally Posted by The Driver View Post
Not cool dude. I was very impressed by the service provided by everyone @ Trackspeed. Guess what, I also I'm very impressed by the service provided by FM. I have owned Miatas since 2001, and made my first FM parts purchase in 2002. I'm still a satisfied FM customer, same as I'm a satisfied Trackspeed customer.

I do not agree that FM should have vested themselves in the FM221, but it's not like they ask me if they should. On that one, I voted with my wallet and got an MS3.

The Cardells and the rest of the FM peeps are not trash. Frankly, that's a below the belt punch, in my book.
ME sells ME221.

FM sold FM221.

ME sold ME221 very slightly tweaked to FM to be sold as FM221.

Everyone who sells/sold ME221 is trash.
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Old 09-26-2018, 01:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Savington View Post
It would be, if I had punched FM at all, which I didn't.

FM announced via email that they were ceasing sales of the FM221 on May 3rd. I made my comment on August 5th. I also specifically stated ME221, not FM221.

IOW, when I made my statement, FM didn't sell ME221 boxes.

I stand by the statement on the date I made it. Specifically, the individuals at Motorsport Electronics and M-Tech have proven themselves to be unscrupulous, lying shitheels, undeserving of a single dime of this community's money. As someone who has had his product designs ripped off on multiple occasions, I have a deep-seated hatred towards people who do that, and as such, I wouldn't **** on ME if they were on fire.
My apologies for the misunderstading. Carry on!
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ME sells ME221.

FM sold FM221.

ME sold ME221 very slightly tweaked to FM to be sold as FM221.

Everyone who sells/sold ME221 is trash.
Understood. I honestly thought that it was simply a marketing change, I wasn't aware that the products were actually different.

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