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Old 03-07-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Chip vs programmer

I have a 96 GT. It is my weekend driver. Should I put in a chip or spend more money for a programmer?
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Programmer, that way u can change tunes easier
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:01 AM   #3
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Programmer, that way u can change tunes easier
Actually you can changes tunes on the fly with the SCT 4 bank. Can't do that with a hand held. You can receive tunes via email with programmer but you have to mail the chip in to update or visit a dyno update.
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Id rather just send it n, I dont like the idea of tuning threw email
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Re: Chip vs programmer

I am going to say chip is the best way. I pretty much know the direction of how I want to tune my car. I am not gonna do a hole lot. Just a cold air intake, Headers, Mid pipe and exhaust. I have already done the CAI, Mid pipe and exhaust. So all i need to do is install my headers and buy the chip.

Chips cost less then the programmers. they do the same thing. the down side is if you do add more upgrades then you'll have to send the chip back to the warehouse for another tune.
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Re: Chip vs programmer

Id say tuner. I have heard nothing but great things from the email tunes. Ill know soon. Just bought one and its what? 150 dollars more? that money is worth the taking computer out and putting it back in. Its not exactly hard but it in kind of a hard area to get it back in its holding bracket right. and your going to go sct either way right??
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Idk how much it happens but I've heard the chip has made people's cars act funny and randomly shut off while driving
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Random thing I have a problem with... People who call a handheld tuner a programmer! No offense to you, I just hear every dumb hick talk about how he got a "programmer" and now his gas v8 picked up 80hp and 10mpgs...

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Idk how much it happens but I've heard the chip has made people's cars act funny and randomly shut off while driving
I've had two diff kinds of SCT chips in two diff 95 GT's. The first wasn't even tuned for my car, I had an issue with the ECU not the chip. When I bought my car I didn't run quite right, previous owner had the timing turned up via the dist plus the chip, the chip has a selector and can hold 7 tunes, it uses position 1-3, when I bought it it was running on 5,6,7. I reinstalled it with the dist set right and batt disconnected and now it will not start or run on 4-7. Point is a lot of issues we hear or read about are usually due to human error during use or install.

Edit: just for clarity I had ECU woes way before the chip in the first car.
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Id say tuner. I have heard nothing but great things from the email tunes. Ill know soon. Just bought one and its what? 150 dollars more? that money is worth the taking computer out and putting it back in. Its not exactly hard but it in kind of a hard area to get it back in its holding bracket right. and your going to go sct either way right??
The computer can be R/R in about 15-20 mins easily with basic hand tools, preferably nut drivers. That said I've done several times on several cars.
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Re: Chip vs programmer

I had the SCT eliminator chip in my 04 GT..... That thing SUCKED! It randomly made my car shut off while going down the road. I emailed them about it and all they said was to make sure the connection was clean which it was very clean. I sent it back and got the tuner and I think it is so much better! My car shifts harder, I have way more power, it is just awesome.
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