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OK folks, hype or proven?


According to an OBD II performance chip seller, "results do vary, but you can expect":


Faster Acceleration / 0-60 Times
Up to 2 mpg increase (Results do vary and are not guaranteed!)
Up to 40+ Horsepower increase (Results do vary and are not guaranteed!)
50% Better throttle response
Easy to install
Up to 33% added torque (Results do vary and are not guaranteed!)
Reduced emissions with 91+ Gas
Better 1/4 mile times
Prolongs engine life
Made in the USA
Smoother idle
Saves you money!
Better towing power & improved passing ability


Interesting how nothing seems to be guaranteed! Anyone have any luck with these gizmos, or is it a waste of time and money?
 

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is it a waste of time and money?
Of course it is.

If you need all those "improvements" in a car then you bought the wrong car.
 

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Tuning the ECU works great on engines with turbos.

Don't waste your money on NA engines.
 

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people tune subarus. not with chips. (and anyone that sells one for subarus is a crook).

if you want a faster subaru, buy one.

with a 6 cylinder engine, or a turbo.

the EJ25 N/A are maxed out from the factory. you can spend thousands and get 10hp. (and people have done such things).
 

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Its a cable driven throttle. Plug in "tuners" are a waste of time on any Subaru, but especially cable driven. If you want better anything out of your car, keep up basic maintenance, use good fuels and adjust your driving habits.

That said, there is also the option of having your ECM ROM adjusted, but it won't do a whole lot with an N/A engine. Change the fueling and the timing and you could get better MPGs, but as for power, like eagleeye posted, not much.

Talk with Ed at Xtreme Racing Tuning Viciously Tuned, Driven hard He does remote tuning on Subarus and is good at what he does. He worked with my car and it was a headache going in, but he remained patient. He's also on this forum: https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/48121-west_minist.html
 

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2005 XT, Mildly Modified...2006 XT Limited, Highly Modifed
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He worked with my car and it was a headache going in, but he remained patient.

I remember this work. He is a patient guy.

I have worked with Ed since since those days myself. I don't think there is another tuner who would have put up with me over my (3) build on the one car. He's also tuned the second car, I couldn't be happier.
 

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"Reduced emissions with 91+ octane gas"? Never heard such a thing about 91+ octane gas causing emission problems.

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