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Old 01-25-2016, 06:25 PM   #1
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Traded my '01 NB in on an '04 VR MSM. Current plans include FM LE, cooling / ducting mods and handling. Goals are to split time daily driving with my truck and autocross. I have already found a lot of good info.
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Yeah, I know. I am going to get it cleaned up this weekend and put some pics up after that.
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Your VR red looks VERY RED.

Clean car nonetheless You'll be set with the FM LE & stock everything else. Maybe a new radiator & M-tuned coolant reroute (Skip mishimoto as their quality varies per unit )

We'll have to meet up sometime if you're ever in the ATX area
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Your VR red looks VERY RED.

Clean car nonetheless
Forgot I had camera on my phone set to HDR mode... Thanks!

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You'll be set with the FM LE & stock everything else. Maybe a new radiator & M-tuned coolant reroute (Skip mishimoto as their quality varies per unit )
Already have a crossflow and fan kit on its way. I'll do suspension, wheels / tires, etc., too.

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Sure thing. I want to go hit the Three Sisters area someday...
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Get a new ECU in that thing ASAP. ESPECIALLY after putting the LE on there. I owned a Ti '04 MSM with the LE and sold it less than a year later because the stock tune drove me insane. Don't be dumb like me and just get it tuned!
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Get a new ECU in that thing ASAP. ESPECIALLY after putting the LE on there. I owned a Ti '04 MSM with the LE and sold it less than a year later because the stock tune drove me insane. Don't be dumb like me and just get it tuned!
Based on everything I have been hearing, that is going to be added to my plan. I just need to get educated on what my options are and how to go about it. I will have to swap back to stock ECU for emissions.
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Based on everything I have been hearing, that is going to be added to my plan. I just need to get educated on what my options are and how to go about it. I will have to swap back to stock ECU for emissions.
As long as you keep your injectors stock. You can wire in a megasquirt, remove the MAF and run off of MAP on your motor. When inspection time comes around you hookup the MAF again and stock ecu. Drive around, no codes and you're good. Swap back to the MS afterwards
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As long as you keep your injectors stock. You can wire in a megasquirt, remove the MAF and run off of MAP on your motor. When inspection time comes around you hookup the MAF again and stock ecu. Drive around, no codes and you're good. Swap back to the MS afterwards
I will likely pursue something along those lines. MS doesn't use MAF?
What would I need to do for base maps? I know very little about tuning and having to do that myself sounds daunting.
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It can use MAF I believe but not recommended. Using the MAF you're relying on that unit to be precise as possible where map is what the intake manifold sees.

If you're looking for tuning + obdII friendly... there's always the XEDE. Uses MAF

BEGi in Spring Branch, TX sells & tunes them. Not as good as a megasquirt though.

With the megasquirt, you'll have this community to assist as it's widely used. You can swap back in the stock ecu inbetween. Possibly even find a tuner that can tune for power, however all the cold start, idle and misc things your car does will be up to you to configure.

I have the XEDE, and I want a megasquirt asap.
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