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A guy I work with is thunking about a superchip for his 1.8T, has anyone tried these, are they any good?

I've heard bad things so I recomended APR, REVO and Jabba.
 

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I am on my second car with a Superchip (both diesels). I have nothing but praise for the results and the service I have received. I deal directly with the Head Office in Buckingham.

www.superchips.co.uk

The work is backed by a warranty. I am not aware of any recent issues with stories circulating about problems. Historically, I am aware of dissatisfaction with individual dealers, and I think the development of software code being flashed into the ECU rather than having to open the unit and solder a new chip has eliminated "physical" risks. The company has been at the forefront of its industry since the infancy of ECU's.

Other companies may claim to achieve higher power gains. Maybe they do? Having been in a variety of tuned cars now I am still sticking with Superchips and have read over 2 years worth of threads on this forum about the relative merits of each tuner's offerings.

When over there, I have invariably seen a VW Racing UK car being worked on, such as the Rcaing R32 and MkV diesel.

I would say to him don't rule them out. If he's local to you, he is not so far away that he can't pop over to Buckingham and ask questions. He would also be near to REVO (Northants?) and a return trip via Jabba in Peterborough for a comparison.[:)]
 

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I was told that with the new 2.0 TDI units, that they still have to open the ecu and program the chip directly? Still, the 1.8T should be ok.
 

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I had mine done 8 months ago and its fine! and there in lies the problem its FINE! doesnt set the world on fire but it does make the car so much better. i am now looking around at other re maps and finding you can get more jabber sports quote up to 202BHP for mine which is an AGU and revo is about 195BHP superchips is 180 so for the same money you can get between 15-20BHP more (at the wheels) pound for pound thats good value, if i could turn back time(i would be rich [:D]) no i would go with REVO! only because jabba are bloody miles away from me..
 

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Quote: posted by daz on 07/09/2004 22:54:41

I had mine done 8 months ago and its fine! and there in lies the problem its FINE! doesnt set the world on fire but it does make the car so much better. i am now looking around at other re maps and finding you can get more jabber sports quote up to 202BHP for mine which is an AGU and revo is about 195BHP superchips is 180 so for the same money you can get between 15-20BHP more (at the wheels) pound for pound thats good value, if i could turn back time(i would be rich [:D]) no i would go with REVO! only because jabba are bloody miles away from me..

Before you spunk a load more money I would recommend you get your car dynoed to ensure it is "only" 180bhp, which is what the company conservatively quote on their website. Mine should be 185bhp and has been dynoed at up to 10bhp more. Plus, on the road, I think you may find you are splitting hairs.
 

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Yer guess you are right but it does struggle i raced a 53 plate 1.8t the other week and from about 70mph he was pulling away by about 2 car lenghts on each gear ghange. we stop later and all he has done is bolt on a miltek turbo back pipe! so all things being equal i think mine would be about 180bhp. I have also spoken to jabba and they say they have had a few people in to re chip after superchips and have had good performance increases.
 

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well they aren't going to say 'Sorry we can't improve on Superchips' are they?
 

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Quote: posted by Wilko on 08/09/2004 23:35:08

well they aren't going to say 'Sorry we can't improve on Superchips' are they?

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Quote: posted by Reflex TDI on 06/09/2004 22:06:42

I think the development of software code being flashed into the ECU rather than having to open the unit and solder a new chip has eliminated "physical" risks.

James, is this now possible [?]. There is nothing on the website with regard to this (yet).

I am thinking of superchips for my TDI 130 when I have the money.

They also come highly recommended by my mechanic, who has a TT quattro & A6 avant 2.7T both given the superchips treatment (Buckingham).
 

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Yes, I confirm definitely flashed though SPS for PD130 and PD150 and most other applications. TBH I don't know about the MkV 2.0PD but I have asked and will post when I get a reply. I have had two cars mapped this way. The bonnet is not lifted, all programming is uploaded through the SPS port just above the ashtray. Fill yer boots.
 

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cheers James. If / when I go with a remap, i really didn't want a soldered jobby !!

Superchips is number one on my list, i'm not after the highest obtainable figures out, i want want better on the road performance. At the end of the day, figures don't mean much (not to me anyway).

I knew you had the Reflex superchipped and the Anni, and I appreciate your advice as always. I just wish i had the money to follow suit on the rest of your choice of mods [:(].
 

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BTW, have/did you experience clutch slip on either car [?], or does the Anni have an aftermarket one, i can't remember [?]. This is the only other thing that worries me, i wouldn't have the funds to replace the stock clutch.
 

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Quote: posted by 02 Bora on 09/09/2004 12:04:15

BTW, have/did you experience clutch slip on either car [?], or does the Anni have an aftermarket one, i can't remember [?]. This is the only other thing that worries me, i wouldn't have the funds to replace the stock clutch.

With the PD130 which ran a maximum of 177bhp 275lb/ft I did very occasionally get clutch slip when accelerating from low revs in 5th and 6th on very cold days. The problem went away and I drove the car for 54k in that state.

The PD150 (195bhp/283lb/ft) does have a standard clutch and uprated dogbone bush. I was prepared to budget for an uprated clutch (ECS 240mm probably) but do not see the need at present. I had one day recently when the wife, baby and a load of gear was in the car and it slipped often. It only happened on that trip and has not reoccurred since. I have covered about 6k in the new car and like Avid says "I f- lurve her!"

In each circumstance the clutch only slipped when the car was being driven slowly like you have your granny as a passenger; when you rag it clutch slip is never an issue.
 

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Right - I asked Superchips about the 2.0PD and as jasew says, this is indeed programmed differently to the MkIV PD engines.

The ECU is opened up, but the OEM chip is left in place. The software is uploaded serially through a plug on the ECU. The ECU box is then re-sealed.
 

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James if you go for a better clutch there may be a problem. So far we haven't found one that really copes with the torque going well over 300lb/ft. I'm experiencing no clutch slip yet with the standard clutch running 325lb/ft and 215bhp.
 

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Quote: posted by NikB on 09/09/2004 14:42:10

"running 325lb/ft and 215bhp"

Seriously?

Are your injectors uprated then Nik?

How are you managing over 200bhp without SERIOUS mods?
 
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