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    Staged build - new to standalone ECU

    So after some peer pressure from Nando (didn’t take much lol) I ordered RHD ITB’s for the M20. I have no idea what I”m doing beyond this so guess its good to learn. I plan to do a turbo/ITB setup and would like to keep the car at a manageable power level and fun to drive through the city and highway - no track days for this vert.

    Doing it a little backward but it looks like my next thing to make the RHD ITB’s to work is a standalone ECU. Rama recommends ECUM classic, there are others running MS2, and Haltecs. So if we are talking a staged build that would be ITB then boost and other internal stuff with a novice/very new person to tuning. What’s the recommendation? Money isn’t an issue its ease of use and I will pay more for less frustration with setup, install, and continued maintenance.

    School me on things I may not be thinking about...hoping I didn’t get myself into a rats nest of complexity and bullshit but we’ll have fun while learning.

    Also, does anyone make a complete (all you need) turbo kit that’ll get me on the road? Ive checked out KAmotors and TCD. Or better to try and piece together?
    Last edited by Mastrcruse; 10-13-2019, 10:12 AM.

    #2
    Heres what I see scattered across the board for recommendations - Haltec (with multiple add ons and wiring needs), MS2PNP (easiest but lacks some things), ECUMaster Classic (low usage but recommended by EU/AU guys), VEMS ECU (again not many threads but EU/AU guys use it).

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      #3
      Might be smart to find a tuner first and then use something they are comfortable with. It can be tough if you do the opposite.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Digitalwave View Post
        Might be smart to find a tuner first and then use something they are comfortable with. It can be tough if you do the opposite.
        Ahh..that makes sense. I was wondering that yesterday when I saw a thread about local tuners liking XX tuner.

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          #5
          Decided to cancel the order for the ITB’s. Looking to go boost and working with Blunt on a turbo setup.

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            #6
            Probably a good call, economically speaking for sure. For moderate power levels I think you'll find your perfectly happy with a mild turbo setup and likely miss out on a lot of headaches without the ITBs.

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