Good Morning Campers,
So this will be my long look at the RaceChip GTS Black. For those of you that know, this is a plug and play "boost box" if you will, that gives up to 79HP and 69 ft/lbs of torque. Now, of course, there are caveats to all this stuff (type of fuel, age of the car, tuning, differences in manufacturers underwear type when building the car that day).
The installation was very neat and simple. I received the box last week and it came with 4 zip ties, 4 braces for the ECU box, and a set of bypass cables that actually fit the locations where it plugs in. Attached to the wiring harness was the defeat by pass when the ecu box is removed (you know, when you take it to the dealer and they wanna TD1 your butt).
Install took about 30 minutes but only because the initial lay of the cable harness was going to get it sucked into the radiator fan. I managed to move the cables around a bit, until I felt a little safer with the install. I had enough cable to make it look "neat" but will go back in a little later and make some further adjustments (because, I don't want it to look like crap).
Followed the directions (leave it for 10 minutes, door locks on, FOB in the house). Turned on the car and sure enough, the little box came to life, with map 5 set
The maps are as follows
0: ECU off
1. ECU on but with factory conditions (I think?)
2. Eco Mode
3. Eco +
4. Sport mode
5. Sport mode +
6. Race mode
7. Race Mode +
Now starting the system initially puts you in Sport +. This is required to run 91 octane at least. I have 93 in it right now (thanks WaWa!) so I can run up to the map 7.
I took it for a quick test drive after the installation. The pull through the gears was very intoxicating. I have a small back road (I got a lot of looks) which is perfect and has a small bend and U-turn at the in. 4th Gear and 100+mph was reached very quickly and I was starting to run out of road...and gears...Further high speed testing will be done later. Normal boost in the GLI MkVII should be around 18 at max boost...I was getting 26 PSI (and that was at a quick glance).
So the initial response is positive so far. I know that I have seen some significant hate against RaceChip and I'm not going to lie, some of the stuff people are mad at is their own fault. Not putting the correct gas, ordering the wrong chip; whatever, do your home work.
Is it worth $600? I don't know yet. I'm definitely going to run an eco test and see how much I can squeeze out of the 2.0L T. 395 miles of travel? Really?
Anyway, I'm looking forward to your comments, I'll try to get some pics up later. More news to follow.