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Old 12-02-2008, 02:01 PM   #1
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Which one would you recommend for 1.6L with target of > 340whp? Criterias to consider:
- Reliability
- Support for large (>= 750cc) low-z injectors
- Ease of installation
- Ease of tuning
- Cost
- Additional features (flat shift, traction control, WI control, etc)
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im personally trying to decide whether to dump $1600 into AEM, $1k into Haltech, or $400 into MS2. Problem with MS2 is lack of REAL support...
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If you're not very familiar with tuning, I'd go with a Hydra for a Miata. I think you'll get much better support; especially if you buy it from FM.

On the other hand, I'm quite pleased with the AEM so far myself but I have to rely on my tuner to use any of its features.
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im not going to tune it myself. a client of mine is doing tuning for me (DC Performance: Proven Performance)
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- Reliability
- Support for large (>= 750cc) low-z injectors
- Ease of installation
- Ease of tuning
- Cost
- Additional features (flat shift, traction control, WI control, etc)

looks like you can get all of these from a properly set up megasquirt. PNP would be a great choice for you
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MOTEC is 100% the best on that list, but something most here will never play with. I'd love to have a MOTEC unit on my Miata, but I don't want to spend the $$$$
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looks like you can get all of these from a properly set up megasquirt. PNP would be a great choice for you
mspnp does not have support for low-z injectors.
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yea i wasnt sure about that. you can easily put resistors in or do a DIY megasquirt setup.
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i would NEVER put a resistor box on low-z injectors. it kills the purpose! also... having spent WELL over $20k on this car so far... whats another $1500?
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Motec for sure. I have Mspnp now...
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mspnp does not have support for low-z injectors.
I thought that was only true for those of us running the hi-res firmware?
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Find someone to build you a custom MS2E setup w/ the injector driver board. And get a custom made 36-1 trigger wheel setup for ignition input. Then you'd have a badass setup. But it's finding someone that will make it for you that will be hard. But it would be cheaper.
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I thought that was only true for those of us running the hi-res firmware?


That is my understanding as well.
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My Motec didn't do much more than any of the other choices. Then again it was the M4 that has been replaced with the M400 I think.

For support, you'll probably be the best with the AEM or Hydra.

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I thought that was only true for those of us running the hi-res firmware?
yeah... but then again... would you want to run low resolution code on $20k+ car pushing way north of 300whp?


i would LOVE to run ms2 but i just cant find anyone who would build me a setup! i mean... id love to dump $600 on it if someone would make me one that i could just plug in, set timing, dwell, and tune my idle. from there i would have my tuner do the rest.
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yeah... but then again... would you want to run low resolution code on $20k+ car pushing way north of 300whp?
Point taken. I don't really understand what the disadvantage is of high-Z injectors so until I'm enlightened incompatibility with low-Zs seems a moot point.
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well if you have the money to do better than absolutely cross megasquirt off that list

motec!
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i have about $1500 to dump on proper engine management. less is better obviously.
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i have about $1500 to dump on proper engine management. less is better obviously.
I'd recommend a Haltech E8. If you can't find a cheap one in the states, ebay Australia usually has a couple dealers selling them cheap - and remember that the Aussie dollars are worth much less than the US dollars.

If you are very budget minded, skip the wiring harness and build one yourself.
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My Motec didn't do much more than any of the other choices. Then again it was the M4 that has been replaced with the M400 I think.

For support, you'll probably be the best with the AEM or Hydra.

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I'm not too happy with the AEM support but then again; I live overseas.
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