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Old 12-25-2012, 04:29 PM
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So im thinking of putting a chip in. done some research and im lookin at either techtonics, neuspeed, or bahnbrenner's chips. My question is does anyone have any experience with any/all of these and which one you guys would recommend. I just have a CAI and im going to have a 2.5" catback with magnaflow in by the time i get the chip. Also im not planning on putting in a new cam or anything because im not planning on keeping this car forever. just a daily driver. Your thoughts? Other chip ideas are welcomed.
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A sticker will add more horsepower, be cheaper, and be better for your car.

Seriously, though, pretty much every "chip" ever sold is simply a single 50 cent resistor wrapped in a fancy box and marked up. Don't do it.
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To get the most out of a chip you should cam, chip, exhaust - however if you want to put in a more radical cam you need to upgrade your valve springs etc - you're better off spending the money on a set of raceland coils. The car will feel way faster than it ever will with just a chip.
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I have the tectonic chip and its good, definitely noticeable. No one here commenting has a chip so how can they know? You also get much better gas mileage. Kduclimer has no idea what he is talking about.
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KD: thank you for you valuable input. Ill be sure to put a lot more stickers on my car. Let me know if it worked on your saturn.
96: While i agree with you that coilovers will improve a car overall better than a chip, they are also $400 min. So yes, most likely if i buy something more expensive it will make my car better than a less expensive part (in general) hence why it is more expensive. However, i do not have $400+ laying around and so i decided to do a chip instead for $100. And yes i will get more out of a chip tune if a cam the car...however that also can get close to $400 by the time you buy the cam worth buying plus everything else you will need to do it such as lifters and springs.
mcrow: thank you for actually answering the question at hand. i think the tectonic is probably top of my list right now. since this is a daily driver and i am a poor college student at the moment i will always welcome better gas mileage as an added bonus. Do you know anything about any of the other ones? have you heard anything about them good or bad?
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Well it remaps your fuel system so when you step on it, it uses more gas but when your easy on the gas it uses less. I have a chip with intake and exhaust, its noticeable but not crazy performance.

Tectonics is good because it can be reprogrammed for any future modifications. I had an autotech one before and it was pretty much the same feeling as the tectonics one. Just autotech isn't programmable.
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oh ok that sounds good. and yea im not expecting all that much out of it. but if its reprogramable that's good in case i want that later down the road. thanks
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KD: thank you for you valuable input. Ill be sure to put a lot more stickers on my car. Let me know if it worked on your saturn.
Are there a few chips on the market which actually do what they claim? Yes. Are the great majority of the chips on the market a waste of money? Yes. If you've found one of the genuine ones, more power to you. Pun intended. However, a heavy amount of skepticism when it comes to chips is healthy.
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I have the Nuespeed chip. I swear it made a difference in response, and definitely lifted the RPM limiter.

Don't buy an ebay chip... go with techtronics or nuespeed.
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However, a heavy amount of skepticism when it comes to chips is healthy.
Not if the skepticism is really just generalizations about the entire market.
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Don't you have to run a higher octane fuel to run the techtonics chip? I know that you have to for the neuspeed chip 91+ if I remember.
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Nuespeed that is correct. I would assume the same about Techtronics but unsure.
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Every chip, your going to have to run 91+ octane.
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