Well, finally went and got me a Unichip fitted to my XR8 ute at APS in Croydon. After seeing the good results gained by Rod, Mark, Hamo and quite a few of the XR6T guys in auto's, I decided to get one thrown on the manual ute.
3 power runs on the dyno were done to find out the average for the before runs, and the figure ended up being 232rwkw, something i was pleased with considering it has only minor bolt-ons and the APS dyno shows a lower, more accurate figure than other dyno's which arent calibrated as regularly. The quality of the dyno room is second to none- fully enclosed with all equipment with a fan that's nearly as big as the car it blows at, which is needed to simulate 130km/hr wind speed that road-driving would encounter
The Unichip was "strapped-on" and i watched as Rob the tuner got to the tuning on the laptop at various revs under load to tune the whole rev range, and had a final dyno readout of 240.4rwkw. A gain of 8rwkw, but the real difference is out on the road. Goes to show that final kw number isnt the be all and end all, and that a good decent tuner and dyno facility is the key to a good tune. The whole process took only 2.5hrs from go to whoa
On the road the accelerator pedal seems completely different, with power coming more instantly at any revs and comes on harder after 4000rpm. From what i've driven it so far it's a lot better than before, now to give it a burl at calder this week, my only concern is the baldish tyres i have on now....traction will be the key!
Cheers to Peter at APS for hooking it up for me, those who are attending the APS Tech day this weekend will see how modern and up to scratch they are there, and that there is nothing wrong with the Unichip as some may suggest