Bourbon powered V8
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Canberra, Australia.
Re: The unichip debate...lets get I6 specific
Casper, I have no facts or figures to help you out here - but i do have seat of the pants meter. i drove an NC Fairlane Sportsman that was Unichipped - it also had extractors and a bit of port work done to the head. The owner of the car had PowerChip, but he was very unhappy with it - in fact so unhappy that he took them to court and won and got a full refund! Anyway, I am digressing a bit, so back to UniChip. When he got the Unichip fitted, the dyno showed around 12rwkw improvement. The last dyno he got was around the 135rwkw mark. I drove this car to the FPV day 2 years ago. On the higway, the thing was as smooth as....the proverbial. Accelaration was as good as, if not better than, my XR6. Throttle response was instant, either when flooring it, or when just increasing the thottle a little bit. That driving experience actually sold me UniChip as aproduct - but the 'Boss' (sorry to mention bosses when you specifically said not to, lol) wouldn't let me spend the $1300-odd to get one fitted and tuned. One day, i will get one of these chips - probably with the turbo package for the wagon.
Anyway, as I said, no objective facts or figures for you, just subjective measurement - but I swear, that Fairlane was great to drive. How much of that driveabaility was due to the ported head/extractors and how much was due to the unichip i don't know, but the unichip was certainly not detrimental to performance. The only 'downside' was that it had to run on premium unleaded - though you can use normal, but it will ping at WOT.
AU1 XR8 Auto 147.9 rwkw (approx 215 fwkw)
AU2 Wagon HAD Auto
17s, Pacemakers, 3" Intake & Pod filter (The Family Hack)
FPV-XR Club ACT