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I went to my local tuner shop. They are selling the Diablo chip for $260. That includes the labor and the program I need for my car. I just wonder is that a reasonable price? How much does it cost to re-program a chip usually?

Is it better if I buy it from someone in Focaljet.com (as seen on the selling ads) and then get it reprogram by the tuner shop?
 

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Well that price is great if you are getting a true custom burn. If they are just matching up your ECU code and giving you a standard program then price is about average since it includes installation. I installed mine myself and it's very easy to do.
 

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So $260 for custom programmed chip is a very reasonable price huh. How bout the fuel octane. They said that 91 octane fuel is recommended.

At my town, they have 92 octane one, but that's way more expensive than the 89 octane one. I usually use the 89. I wonder if it is OK to use 89 for the Diablo chip.
 

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I am not rich by any means, but I always use Amoco 93 octane. First off, as someone who runs their car hard consistently, I see it as a small price to pay for optimal performance.

Also, as one of the many on here who spends a ****load of money on my car, I don't think .10 more a gallon is really that much to lose sleep over.

As far as the chip is concerned, either run 91+ or don't get it. Detonation is no cool.

For those of you who smoke: quit and spend your money on the good gas!

Edit: Removing the filter bypass.

[ 11-20-2002, 04:31 PM: Message edited by: Blis ]
 

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Custom burn means that they ask what your mods are and you can tell them to adjust things like timing, rev and speed limiter and such to your liking, not some pre-set general settings. Custom burns are not needed for most common application and mild mods (i/e/h...).

Clemson, about the fuel you are running, please check out the following threads:
http://www.focaljet.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=008889
http://www.focaljet.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=008071
http://www.focaljet.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=005732
 

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Blis,
While I understand where you are coming from, I also have my own reasons.

First off, I plan on upgrading to a chip in the near future.
Second, I am used to a 10.2:1 Honda that required 91+. (The fool that posted in that second link is so very wrong about Integras dying due to high octane. He obviously has no sense, nor has he ever seen all of the 'tegs rocking 150k+ miles.)
Third, the car simply runs better with Amoco Ultimate. Not just fooling myself, but in reality it just does. 93 does burn slower, but its ability to fight off detonation is much better than regular.
Lastly, almost all, if not all gas is extremely diluted. Therefore, as a precaution, I am simply spending a little more to protect my engine. You may not agree, but you don't have to... its mine.
 

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$260 is not likely to be a custom tuned chip. More likely they are getting the full retail price. Typically you can find the online for $229.50. I have them on sale this month, sale ends soon, for $210.00.

See the Sponsor Deals section of this site for the Nov. Specials.

Installation is pretty straight forward, see this How-To article, http://www.myfordfocus.com/how-to/pcm.htm

[ 11-20-2002, 11:02 PM: Message edited by: myFordPerformance.com ]
 
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