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Subaru Outback, Honda Civic CRX, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Performance Mods
#1 of 16 Performance Modules and Chips
Nov 16, 2007 (12:43 pm)
So I've got a '07 Subaru Outback XT that I would like to spend a little money on. The thing is pretty quick off the lot with 245hp from a turbocharged 2.5L boxter engine. I was clicking around on Ebay and saw a great deal of posts for "Performanc Modules" and "Chips" that people are selling for around $10.
Now I'm not technical genius, but I know that it took a lot more than $10 to squeeze horsepower out of my '67 Mustang Fastback.
Has anyone ever tried any of these products? I'm curious on how well they work, or if they work at all.
Thoughts? Comments? Jokes?
#2 of 16 Re: Performance Modules and Chips [snowbrom21]
Nov 16, 2007 (5:09 pm)
They are bogus.
I have an 05 Legacy GT which essentially is the same car as you have.
Before I did/do any power upgrades, you will want to address upgrading your brakes, and suspension. These aren't $10 mods either.
#3 of 16 07 Subaru Outback XT mods
Nov 16, 2007 (6:37 pm)
That's what I figured. where would you recommend i start? any specific manufacturers you would recommend?
#4 of 16 Re: 07 Subaru Outback XT mods [snowbrom21]
Nov 16, 2007 (7:18 pm)
depends what you want to do with your car. Street? Track? Auto-x? Drag? etc.
From there we can really hone in on what items would be most beneficial.
What kind of tires do you have? Stock? All Season? etc.
That's a great place to start, cause tires will effect your handling and speed in a huge way.
#5 of 16 what about older BMW's?
May 07, 2008 (3:29 pm)
what about older cars? I have a 84 528e that could use a little bump just for fun. I cant find a chip (cheap or expensive) fro my ECU. can I switch out ecu? I have seen items that attach at oxygen sensor . Any opinion on those?
Jun 07, 2008 (10:47 am)
i have an 01 beetle sport with a 1.8t. i am looking for a web site to get it chiped asap i have a race in 3 weeks that i need to win
#7 of 16 Ford Explorer (MPG)
Jul 18, 2008 (8:01 pm)
I own a 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Edition, It has a 4.6 V8 engine with 6 Spd Auto, and has 18" tires on it. does anybody know how to squeak out any extra MPG out of it. With current gas prices it is really a burden. am getting approx.12 around town and approx 19 on the road. I have looked into Superchips and Hypertech chips but will they do the trick for me or not ????
I hate to put out that kind of cash and find out that it did not do anything for my investment????? I already had the air in my tires replaced with Nitrogen and it seems like it helped a little but it is to soon to tell just had it done the other day???
#8 of 16 Re: Ford Explorer (MPG) [azlee1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 20, 2008 (8:33 am)
No don't waste your money on gas-saving chips. If gas saving were so easily accomplished, every truck rolling out of Detroit would have had them installed by now. Automakers spend HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars trying to design more efficient engines and gain even 1 mpg edge over the competition. So would they pass on a $29.95 chip they could make for $5? Doubt it. Chips can add power by changing engine mapping, shift points and fuel delivery, but you can't get MORE power AND save gas at the same time without really sophisticated and drastic engineering.
You could switch to synthetic oil,which might get you 1-3% better mileage---not much but could possibly boost you to 13 mpg in the city. Driving habits can help a lot,which would include, for city driving, "keeping the truck moving", that is, coasting to stop lights rather than rushing up to them and then braking and then restarting. Every time you can keep those tires rolling, you are saving gas. You could pump up the tires another 5 lbs or so.
It's a heavy vehicle, and it needs to get moving from standstill, and the laws of physics are not easily defeated.
But try the synthetic. Your truck will like it.
#9 of 16 Ford Explorer (MPG)Azlee1
Jul 21, 2008 (4:15 pm)
What is the synthetic that you would recommend??? Also I am a little leary about running my tires up over 35 pounds, I live in Az. and it gets pretty hot and I would not care to have a blowout due to too much air after I have been driving on the hwy. ????
What are your thoughts on a K/N Low Restriction air cleaner system over the factory installed system????
Also I failed to mention that I have a 4x2.
Another possibility may be the exhaust system ????
#10 of 16 Re: Performance Modules and Chips [snowbrom21]
Jul 22, 2008 (9:14 am)
Hope you still have the 67 Fastback. Does it have the 390 or 289?