May 02, 2011
SCT Eliminator Chip
I've had my Eliminator chip installed for almost a week now, and the difference in the behavior of the car is like night and day. Prior to getting the chip, the car had serious idle and off-throttle issues. Coming off the gas and pushing in the clutch would cause the engine RPMs to drop below idle speed. Sometimes the car would catch itself and stay running, but sometimes it would stall. Even if it did catch itself, the idle would usually surge which also sometimes caused the car to stall. With the chip, the car idles beautifully, all day long. It's like a normal car now! Much less stressful and much more enjoyable to drive. If anyone is having similar issues with their car, I would recommend giving this chip a try. I tried all the other mechanical fixes - new idle air control valve, recalibrating the throttle position sensor, etc. This is the only thing that worked. In my opinion, it was well worth the money.
My car is also fairly heavily-modified, but the team at Bama was still able to write me a tune. My engine mods are as follows, in case it helps anyone out with their decision:
302 bored .030 over
Trick Flow Twisted Wedge Track Heat 170 heads
1.6 roller rockers
FRPP E-303 cam
Full MSD ignition
Edelbrock Performer RPM II upper and lower intake
Pro-Flow/Pro-M 75mm Bullet MAF
BBK cold air fender pipe
Edelbrock 70mm throttle body
Just trying to show that Bama can still tune heavily-modified cars with a mail-order tune. I'll confess that I had my doubts, but they did a great job and it cost me a fraction of what a custom dyno tune would cost. Would a custom tune squeeze out a few more horsepower? Maybe. But in my opinion, it's not worth it unless you have forced induction or an extremely complex set of modifications. If you're on the fence, go for it!