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Hey All,

I was wondering what sort of chip goes good with a AU Falcon?

Powerchip
Chiptorque
SSV Chip
UniChip

Any help would be appreciated, as well as power and pricing for the Chips
 

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Hi Black,

I asked this same question a few months ago, and everyone highly
recommended the UniChip.

The UniChip is a bit more expensive, as it is fully reprogrammable. The
price is $1155 including fitting, Dyno and GST. If you get it done at
Croydon Autosport's (who are in Silverwater) speak to Jim - he is giving
me a discount on mine for being in the Tickford club. (I am getting mine
done in March)
It will take up to 6 hours to install this.
check out - www.airpowersystems.com.au

The Powerchip is not reprogrammable - They come in 3 different
'flavours' (gold, silver and bronze) and range from $715 to $935. I dont
think these prices include the fitting.
check out - www.powerchip.com.au

The New Chiptorque chips are reprogrammable. But there are a lot less
parameters to adjust compared to the UniChip. The cost is $595 (not
including the Dyno). I spoke to David and Silverwater Automotive about
them 2 weeks ago, and he says it will take up to 4 days to install.
check out - www.chiptorque.com.au

As for the SSV chip, when I asked them at the end of last year, they
told me they only did Chips for Commodores. (?!?!)

If you are planning on doing any other modifications in the future, the
UniChip would be a good investement, plus you can always take it with
you to your next car.

:)
Kelli S

P.S - The guys at Croydon Autosports are Ford nuts. There work ute is an
AU XR8 stroked out to a 347, Unichiped, and about a million other mods.
that thing really goes.!!!
 
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Thanks for the info buddy.Been hard to find that sort of info.Like ssv I'v been told to buy a Commodore.Yea right!
 

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Thanks for the info Kelli.

Yeah I called Croydon Autosports, and asked about the best chip for the Falcon. He recommoned the Unichip. He never said that they were Ford Nuts down there.. heheheh

But what he did tell me was that they just done a XR6 and its power gain was 13 KW's at the Wheels.

Hmm any chance of you getting Dnyo CHarts and posting them on the web site or email them to me?? If you have a scanner..

[email protected]

I guess I better start saving.. casue I would like a CAM for it too.. Whats there to do at Silverwater while i'm waiting??

I've got a Local Place on the Northern Beaches, but they never rang me back with a Quote.. So I guess they have lost my business now..

Will
 

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Hi,

I will definatly put the dyno charts up on the web, after it is done.

It will probably be mid march, as I am getting the clutch and flywheel done next monday. (The clutch has been dying for the last 2 months)So there goes another $800.

:)
Kelli S
 

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Hi

Ouch that would hurt the budget. Especially with the Christmas credit card bills coming in and all the other bills.

Wow a manual.. We don't get to see too many XR8's around the place.. I'm a little by the fact that people are buying an XR8 sports car in an Auto. Sure we are in the city, but if you want the extra performance.. You must buy Manual. hehhehe

At the moment.. My car is putting out 160BHP which is about 119KWs at the wheels. Not bad after a Full Sports Exhaust

:O)

Will
 

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Hi XR8Chic
You seem to have researched "Chipping" very well. In your manouvers did Croydon Autosports or other tuning houses mention issues about fuel in general? eg PULP or Shell Optimax as opposed to standard ULP? Is it better to tune with PULP or ULP? after the mods.
Do you see any advantage in running on just PULP or Optimax instead of ULP?
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Hi Jaffa,

When I was talking to Croydon Autosports and Silverwater Automotive, they both said they would need to know what fuel I use, as they need to factor that into the programming of the Chip to suit the car.

I have run only PULP for the last 2.5 years, mainly for the slight increase in performance, and the extra 40 km's extra per tank.
When Shell Optimax came out, I started using it and got an extra 30km's per tank on top of what I was normally getting with other brand PULP.

So I guess it's probably best to get the car tuned in with the fuel that you normally use.

:)
Kelli S

P.S - Will, There isnt really much to do in Silverwater, unless you know someone to visit someone in the silverwater correctional facility. (hehe)
 

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LOL Thanks Kelli..

hmmm Well then I might have to do a Gaol tour then.. hehehhehe.. Nah. I think that I would have to be dropped off and then pick up the car at a later time..

What do you all think about the Caltex Vortex? I have been told that it isn't that good and it can casue your care to ping. Shell Optimax is great. The 98 Octane. I have heard that BP has brought out 98 Octane PULP too.. Still have yet to try it out.

Jaffa if you do get the car Chipped it is always better to get it tuned for PULP 95. That way if you get a Unichip it can use all the fuel fields and you will get the extra power and performance. If you opt for Optimax and have it tuned for that you might run into trouble where you won't be able to get the 98 Octane. Unless you use a Octane boost. Which I don't really know much about.

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G'day Black S,
I've just come back from a driving holiday over the xmas break and have covered approx 5000k's in three weeks. With all the places I went I filled up with a variety of fuels and kept a log. I used ULP and PULP as well as Optimax from all suppliers and my EL2 XR8 pinged severely on only the Caltex/Ampol Premium (Same fuel), but never pinged on Shell or B.P. ULP or PULP. I just got home from towing my boat about 600ks this weekend and it ran on Optimax fine but on the way home I had to use Caltex Vortex and straight away it started pinging again !!!

Anyone had this problem?

BTW, my car is standard with standard ignition timing.

Go figure.
 
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yes I have noticed the severe pinging on that vortex crap.....car has always seemed to ping a little on normal ULP, so I normally run optimax. it also pings a little on this as well. but never have i heard it ping as bad as it did on the vortex. i have had the car into power ford at castle hill to be checked. they said there is nothing wrong with the timing. they suggested that the motor might need a carbon clean (they can do this on car now). i will make more enquiries about this and let everyone know.
 
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Interesting stuff Dave! I took a trip down to Vic over Christmas, about 4500km round trip, and I too kept a log (mental though!) of the fuel & conditions. I didn't experience any pinging on this trip, but my best results came from the Optimax again. I couldn't pick any difference between the Shell ULP and BP PULP that I also filled with. The only pinging I've experienced was from a tankful of ULP from one of the dodgier "no-name" servos out west near Timbo's place :)
 

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G'day Mike,

I probably past you somewhere along the highways. I ended up in Adelaide after zig zagging across Victoria and along the Great Ocean Rd!

I was starting to worry about my engine after all the detonation problems and thought that a) the timing was advanced or b) that the engine was coked up on a couple of cylinders. Perhaps it's just the hot weather playing havoc. Hmm, maybe I should do a compression test on it to see if the detonation caused piston rings or ring lands to fail. Although I don't think I'd like the results. :(
 

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Apparently BP Ultimate and Shell Optimax are exactly the same.
 

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Hi,

My Parents own a Caltex servo in the city. I have the option of filling up there for free, but I choose to pay to fill up on Shell Optimax.

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Kelli S
 

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The only difference I am aware of with Shell Optimax and BP Ultimate is that where Shell claim to have an octane rating of 98, BP claim a minimum octane rating of 98

Not a big difference I know, but some of the turbo boys claim they can run marginally higer boost with the BP fuel
 

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What free fuel Kelli,

Hmmm if I had the choice I too would choose Shell Optimax Over Caltex Petrol anytime..

Hey have any of you people with an AU Falcon used the Caltex Energy Motor Oil Yet.. I'm thinking about having that put in my car for her 20,000 service?? or should i request the Shell 5-30W or the shit that ford uses??

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hey there guys

I have been reading this line on chips. I've been looking at chipping my AU1 XR8........I thought I'd made my decision on the Unichip. I spoke to a ford auto accessories dealer about geting one..........his response was."dont be fooled by chip suppilers dont dont work in the AU XR8's" he said something about the standard ECU self learning and that it was already allowing the engine to work at its max. He suggested a full exhaust system and some intake work...this should produce the extra 20 to 25kw that i want (although really thats not enough either).
 

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The only difference I am aware of with Shell Optimax and BP Ultimate is that where Shell claim to have an octane rating of 98, BP claim a minimum octane rating of 98

Not a big difference I know, but some of the turbo boys claim they can run marginally higer boost with the BP fuel

do Bps in melbourne have the 98 octane fuel? Cause i didnt know i only knew of mobil and shell having the fuel, i thought that BP only have 95 premium unleaded, how do you know if the BP fuel is 98 or not?

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Alrighty BP's new super juice is called Ultimate 98...
The way to tell at a BP station would be that the nozzle is a gold colour.. BP over here seem to have phased out some bowsers containing Premium & replaced it with "Ultimate 98" It sure works for me!!!
 
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