[FoRK] ECU Upgrades

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at endeavors.com
Sun Mar 21 07:17:28 PST 2004

Oh wait.  This is my 2004 XC90 we're talking about.  It has the
most amazing AWD that can easily gobble a few extra HP.  One of
the key features of it's active safety system and dynamic traction and
steering control is that you can take you friends in the car, speed up
to about 80mph and slam on the brakes and stop on a dime.  Everyone
who's ridden is amazed at how radically it grabs your center of gravity
and pulls you straight down into your seat instead of out the front
window.   I don't know the stopping distance, but I can put it on
a dime from almost any speed.    I haven't even thought about suspension
yet at it's electronically controlled too and it's by far the best I've
ever had on all 3 Jeeps, two Dodge trucks, and a couple of highsport
I think I really need a sports car at this point....:-)

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: fork-bounces at xent.com on behalf of Elias Sinderson 
	Sent: Sat 3/20/2004 4:37 PM 
	Cc: fork at xent.com 
	Subject: Re: [FoRK] ECU Upgrades

	Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
	>50 Extra horsepower for $1000 just by changing the performance settings--no
	>chip changes at all! [...]
	Go Greg! Actually, I fully recommend chipping the beast, outright
	replacing the exhaust system, either getting a bigger turbocharger or
	adding a supercharger (depending on the engine), swapping out the
	factory suspension in exchange for something quite a bit stiffer (not
	full on racing suspension, but...), upgrading the intercooler to one
	with about twice the capacity, fitting it with 17" or 18" rims, grippy
	tires and, last but not least, investing in a really high quality set of
	brakes that will take you from 60 mph to a dead standstill in under 120
	feet... Lastly, may I suggest you call me up so we can arrange for a day
	at the track together.
	FYI, my late 2000 model Audi A4 Quattro 1.8T is pushing 310 HP (stock
	from the factory with 170), depending on what grade of fuel I put in it.
	So, she weighs in at about 3000 lbs, all told, yielding a power to
	weight ratio of ~1:10. Just for comparison, that's similar to (actually
	a little better than) a 2000 Porshe Carrera, but for about half the
	price and twice the elegance. Not to say that the power to weight rtio
	of a car is the end of the story, but with ~300 ft lbs of torque
	compared with the Carreras' ~260... Well, you get the point.  :-)
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