September 22, 2013
Great intake, chip needs to be redesigned
The intake looks great, and although it is a bit tight, the fitment is right on (even on an 1988 with a MAF conversion). Overall, intake is fantastic and I couldn't ask for more. The chip is the real issue, and I don't think I would recommend it without a serious redesign.
First, the rotary switch is crazy small. This is great, because its easy to hide, but its also incredibly hard to see without glasses and in anything less than full sunlight. To give you some scale, the whole switch is only about 1/4" wide.
The biggest problem with the switch is that the number are engraved on the housing itself, instead of on a removable shim. This makes custom mounting a bit more of a choir because you need to be able to see the numbers and create a very tiny but square hole (which is hard, very hard).
The chips silicon is another problem. I tried to take a photograph, but basically the PCB (the board) needs more clearance vertically to clear the capacitors and resistors that are in the way on the stock ECU. Bending anything attached to a PCB is not a good idea, but a requirement for the chip. Bad design.
The ECU case is large enough, so this can easily be addressed.
Finally, the stock bracket does not allow the cable to exit out the back slot as designed. It would be much better to redesign the chip so the cable exits out the side and have the installer drill a small hole in the aluminum ECU cover to allow this. This way, the stock ECU bracket could be used and re-installation would be easy.
Overall, this isn't a terrible product, but the chip is terribly designed and I'm not sure the improved "seat of the pants feel" is worth the hassle and cost.