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tuners for a 98 TA ls1

This is a discussion on tuners for a 98 TA ls1 within the Computer & Tuning forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; what is the best tuners for our cars ... i have a 98 with obd2.... not to worried bout prices ...

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    tuners for a 98 TA ls1

    what is the best tuners for our cars ... i have a 98 with obd2.... not to worried bout prices but cheeper would be nice... i want the one with the most functions.. i have a buddie with the superchips one and doesnt really like it...


    thanks

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    i found this one .. have any of you guys used it

    http://store.summitracing.com/partde...+400318+323798

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    If you're talking hand held tuners only there's only a couple out there for the '98. What are you wanting to do? Best thing would be full tuning software like HPT, EFI Live, etc.

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    what's your computer and auto knowledge like? A full editor is by far the best way to go but there's a steep learning curve there. Quite a bit of reading involved and some trial and error but you pretty much have full control over the PCM. On the handheld side I would look at either the Predator or the Vinci.

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    the better of the handhelds is the vinci tuner
    http://vincihighperformance.com/TUNE...FO%20PAGE.HTML

    i ued to use it on both of my cars. here' a webpage i made about it.
    http://www.stealthram.com/vhptuner.htm

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    ok thanks guys.. im calling tomorrow to get a local shop to price dyno tuning it for me.... so well see how much and what they can do....

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    ok narrowed it down to the ls1 edit and the hypertech max power...

    i need to fix my speedo because of the 3.73
    i have headers and full exhaust no cats
    slp mass air
    k&n open air intake
    stock throttle body
    stock intake manifold
    jet power shift firmness adjuster
    zex wet shot 75/100/125

    car is running 12.6 @109 on 75 shot now


    I do plan on 90/90 fast combo soon wich one of these tuners is gonna help me with what i got and what kinda power should i expect....

    Thanks

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    Consider a full tuning suite such as hptuners which you'll find has more licenses, more tables, etc then just about anything you can find on the market.

    I went the dynotune route at one point as well & ended up getting hptuners eventually & never looked back.

    Theres a bit of a learning curve but you find gobs more help on their forum then whats out there for edit.
    Support for HPTuners

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98_Ws6_scooter View Post
    ok narrowed it down to the ls1 edit and the hypertech max power...

    i need to fix my speedo because of the 3.73
    i have headers and full exhaust no cats
    slp mass air
    k&n open air intake
    stock throttle body
    stock intake manifold
    jet power shift firmness adjuster
    zex wet shot 75/100/125

    car is running 12.6 @109 on 75 shot now


    I do plan on 90/90 fast combo soon wich one of these tuners is gonna help me with what i got and what kinda power should i expect....

    Thanks
    I would steer clear of both of those.
    The hypertech isn't going to be able to do the things you need it to do and LS1edit is way outdated. I have an LS1 cable I'll sell you real cheap. Just to give you an idea. Their site still lists version 1.5 as the latest version. I got that update over 2 years ago. Their scanner is still listed as a beta which I downloaded 2 years ago. You have some more reading to do before making this decision.

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    ok what do u recommend???

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    I would look at these 4 and see which one you feel suites you best. The full editors are the way to go but they also require some learn time.

    Full editors
    HpTuners and EFILIVE
    handhelds
    Predator and Vinci

    I would read on those 4 tuners and see which one best fits what you're looking for. To me it really sounds like you're heading towards heads and cam. In that case I personally wouldn't even look at the hand helds. I would only consider those 2 editors I listed above.

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    ok .. Also i need something that i can retard my timing with...... the zex kit requires 2 degree timing retard between the three shots 0/2/4 degree retard,.....

    does the full tuners have this capability.. im decently knowledgeable on the aspect of tuning but it would take me learning how to....

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    ok found this its an IN-CAR LAPTOP TUNER.. from Jet

    http://www.jetchip.com/products.asp?pid=24300

    What u guys think has anyone used it.. i can get these for 450$$ with the avalability to tune 4 rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98_Ws6_scooter View Post
    ok found this its an IN-CAR LAPTOP TUNER.. from Jet

    http://www.jetchip.com/products.asp?pid=24300

    What u guys think has anyone used it.. i can get these for 450$$ with the avalability to tune 4 rides
    Thats the old tunercat software. It was sold to JET. I have and use the original tunercat. Its good stuff, but more difficult than HPT or EFIlive. Plus, it doesnt come with a scanner. Thats a big drawback. For the couple extra bucks it costs, go with one of the others, hpt or efilive.
    Also, one more advantage to the others over jet. The others only write the calibration (unless you are applying a custom OS, but thats another story) which is less of a hazard, and takes much less time. JET, or TC, writes the entire PCM every time which is more dangerous (no recovery in event of failure in the middle of the write), plus it takes over 2 minutes at least, where HPT and efilive take mere seconds.

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    thanks... there has been alot of people on here tell me EFILIVE and HPT so i guess ima be less hard headed and go that route ... hahaha thanks

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    ok here is a EFI-LIVE LINK ... But i cant find any real info about what i can do with it... mostly talkes about the hardware....

    any links to the HpT???

    http://www.mphparts.com/mm5/merchant..._Code=FBLS1CPU

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    www.efilive.com for EFILive

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    efilive v2 from summit $750 just picked up its a steep learning curve but works great

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