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      09-16-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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ECU Tuning Software or piggyback ?

Hello everybody,

I have not participated on this forum recently.

What I find after approx. 1 year ist that more ECU-flashes are available, no serious Turbo Upgrade exists and ECU-flashes seem to be more stable than piggybacks ( virtually no limp modes ). Mr. 5 did a lot of testing, me too. The result has been flashing the ECU unit in both cases.

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There's a LOT happening in the tune market right now, GIAC is close to releasing their Stage 2 flash. The piggybacks are making some new discoveries on their own as well.

Stage 2 info will be posted as soon as development is completed.
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Personally I would lean towards a piggy back as it can be removed if the car needs to see the dealer. The flashes look like a great option (power, smoothness), but they can't be.
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First off... this is a flame war waiting to happen... lol Hopefully it can stay on track.

Everyone has their opinion, but the FACT is that the flashes have yet to reach the power levels of the piggies, or match them in terms of features... of course, the key word is YET...

There are several new flashes on the market, but I have yet to see a single one of these flashes beat out a piggy in a head to head match on power, features, or the ability to install and remove your tune AT HOME.

My 2c... Yes I sell and run the PROcede, but not because of any kind of tuner loyalty, but rather because of the reasons I listed above.

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Eh... ASR's 500+whp bolt-on turbo upgrade not serious enough?
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Piggys have come a LONG way since last year. They arent many limp modes reported, power is smoother, more consistent, and just overall more fined tuned than they use to be. Flashes are trying, but like mentioned there power isnt up to piggys yet.
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Hi Shiv, my old friend

I have not been aware about this option. I run my tune since the last Procede Version I owned. Without ANY issues. I'd love to review your most current product since I am back to stock since a few days, my turbos are replaced currently because of wastegate wrattling ( warranty ) , which has nothing to do with any tune.

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Hello everybody,

I have not participated on this forum recently.

What I find after approx. 1 year ist that more ECU-flashes are available, no serious Turbo Upgrade exists and ECU-flashes seem to be more stable than piggybacks ( virtually no limp modes ). Mr. 5 did a lot of testing, me too. The result has been flashing the ECU unit in both cases.

Any thoughts ?

Cheers,
Eugen
Yes though piggies are not that unstable either. How long have you had your flash tune? Happy with it?

There is only one decent road going N54 with upgraded turbos in the whole US... Hopefully at least one more next year
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Yes though piggies are not that unstable either. How long have you had your flash tune? Happy with it?

There is only one decent road going N54 with upgraded turbos in the whole US... Hopefully at least one more next year
Yeah, I'm happy with it. I put out 403 HP and 560 NM ( crank ) which seem to be a fair push without stressing any components. Tomorrow I'll get my car back. I can reinstall my upgraded version of the ECU-flash without any costs, however I have the possibility to get an impression about current 335i piggyback technology.

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Definitely pick up a rev2 canbus procede. I think you're mind will be blown compared to when you last had a procede. There have been huge developments since then
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Patience, there is a lot going on and the N54 is a new platform so it's just a matter of time.. we got the ASR upgrade already, HPF working on a single turbo upgrade + manifold, GTPRO upgrade, RD Sports upgrade, numerous flashes other than Dinan like LET and GIAC, RPI working on a flash too...
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schools of thought ..

from all that ive read and researched this is the whole point distilled in few words as possible. (I am no expert in this area so please -- take it or leave it as you will)

the guy that will purchase a piggy will do so for the feature set (datalogging, map switching, code clearing). and a good lot of those guys like to tinker with their cars and want to be involved the "process" -- this is not a bad thing or a good thing -- just preference

the guy that gets a flash is a set it and forget it guy -- a good level of performance is adequate and he not looking the have the fastest car on the block - (or maybe not) .. but the comfort of not having to worry about is there something loose under the hood.. everything is in the ECU -- it works -- leave it alone... this too, is not a bad thing or a good thing -- just preference..

as for the power levels -- piggys have had a lot more exposure in the market, making reliable power and sometimes way more .. since flashes rely on the ECU as an "native" environment, building other features that interface to a secondary processor are not a option -- currently -- who knows what the future holds ? So to say will flashes make more or less horsepower than piggys -- or will the piggys beat out the flashes with integrated features -- why dont we wait awhile and see what really goes on ...

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from all that ive read and researched this is the whole point distilled in few words as possible. (I am no expert in this area so please -- take it or leave it as you will)

the guy that will purchase a piggy will do so for the feature set (datalogging, map switching, code clearing). and a good lot of those guys like to tinker with their cars and want to be involved the "process" -- this is not a bad thing or a good thing -- just preference

the guy that gets a flash is a set it and forget it guy -- a good level of performance is adequate and he not looking the have the fastest car on the block - (or maybe not) .. but the comfort of not having to worry about is there something loose under the hood.. everything is in the ECU -- it works -- leave it alone... this too, is not a bad thing or a good thing -- just preference..

as for the power levels -- piggys have had a lot more exposure in the market, making reliable power and sometimes way more .. since flashes rely on the ECU as an "native" environment, building other features that interface to a secondary processor are not a option -- currently -- who knows what the future holds ? So to say will flashes make more or less horsepower than piggys -- or will the piggys beat out the flashes with integrated features -- why dont we wait awhile and see what really goes on ...

my $.02
Well put. I bet this guy was hanging on the forums at his piggie times, but after installing the flash he got a life and enjoyed it leaving the forum nerds to the never ending continuous map downloading hooked into the forum and spending more time with their computers than with their cars
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Everyone has their opinion, but the FACT is that the flashes have yet to reach the power levels of the piggies, or match them in terms of features... of course, the key word is YET...

There are several new flashes on the market, but I have yet to see a single one of these flashes beat out a piggy in a head to head match on power, features, or the ability to install and remove your tune AT HOME.

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I wonder if they have intentionally not wanted to increase power more than they already have, because of safety / longevity concerns, and not simply because they can't. I'd love to hear from GIAC on this.
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Eh... ASR's 500+whp bolt-on turbo upgrade not serious enough?
What is going on with ASR these days anyway - I haven't seen a track run posted since they ran a somewhat disappointing 12.7 at 119?

http://videos.streetfire.net/video/B...bos_686709.htm
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Hello Eugen, I was wondering where you had been.

I think you would find the current piggies have matured quite well.
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Hello Eugen, I was wondering where you had been.

I think you would find the current piggies have matured quite well.
Thanks, scalbert.

I appreciate your feedback .

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Try the new 1.4 jb3 eugen. It's a beast.
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has anyone outside of asr actually purchased this kit yet?
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Hello Eugen
We could meet once to compare the two (not powerwise). As you know I've the same idea as you about power/smoothyness.
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You sound like a neutral voice. Maybe you can get a RevII from Shiv and Jb1.4 from Terry and do a comparison like this thread.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=302248
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from all that ive read and researched this is the whole point distilled in few words as possible. (I am no expert in this area so please -- take it or leave it as you will)

the guy that will purchase a piggy will do so for the feature set (datalogging, map switching, code clearing). and a good lot of those guys like to tinker with their cars and want to be involved the "process" -- this is not a bad thing or a good thing -- just preference

the guy that gets a flash is a set it and forget it guy -- a good level of performance is adequate and he not looking the have the fastest car on the block - (or maybe not) .. but the comfort of not having to worry about is there something loose under the hood.. everything is in the ECU -- it works -- leave it alone... this too, is not a bad thing or a good thing -- just preference..

as for the power levels -- piggys have had a lot more exposure in the market, making reliable power and sometimes way more .. since flashes rely on the ECU as an "native" environment, building other features that interface to a secondary processor are not a option -- currently -- who knows what the future holds ? So to say will flashes make more or less horsepower than piggys -- or will the piggys beat out the flashes with integrated features -- why dont we wait awhile and see what really goes on ...

my $.02
+1

I think there is a customer for both products depending on what they want. I dont like having to mess with updates and pulling products in and out of my car and I also dont trust piggys so I went with a flash. On the other hand I have a good friend who thinks he is a tuner and likes to play with different maps all the time and he loves the flexibility of his piggy.
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