Are safari dtronic's worth it.

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003 at 22:05
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Hi all, have a 3l turbo diesel hilux and as with my last hilux want more power. Have come across the dtronic for hilux http://www.safari4x4.com.au/dtronic/toyota/sd143.htm
20% more power 16% more torque. Does any one have experiance with the dtronic. Are they worth the $1400. Or is the moner better spent else where. Intercooler??
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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 10:40

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 10:40
Don't know about the Hilux, but I know of several guys that have them in their 3.0 Patrols. They recon best money ever spent.
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Reply By: bambi - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 14:17

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 14:17
G'day there,

depending on where you are located, there is a bloke up in Brisbane who retunes diesels and sets them up well. There was an article in 4x4 Monthly mag about him, John Whitacker (??) I think his name is. He runs Brisbane performance tuning. I've heard some good things from people that have been to him. The good news is that he appears to know the 1KZ-TE quite well. From what I'm told he will get similar figures to the chip option.

Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Goodsy - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 14:53

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 14:53
On mornington peninsula near melbourne. Brisbane a bit far to travel for a tune up. Do you know if he has to turn the boost up for these power gains?
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Follow Up By: Bambi - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 16:16

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 16:16
G'day,

yeah a tad too far to drive for that. From what I've heard he does a combination of new injectors, pump mod, a little increase in turbo boost and the fitting of a mandrel bent exhaust. Have talked to a guy who has had this done to a Toyota Surf and he said the increase was fantastic. Add to this there was no adverse affect to the economy of the car.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Robo - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 22:27

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2003 at 22:27
Have not tried Dtronic but have heard good things. Have had unichips before and usually get a good result.

Best option would be to combine the Dtronic with a 3" exhaust, Intercooler and boost controller, it will then be a real beast !! but will cost $$$$
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Reply By: Doc - Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 11:16

Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 11:16
These Dtronics systems look really good so I asked at the local ARB shop. They advised against it if the vehicle is still under warranty as this would be negated. At least they were honest! Has anyone installed one yet? How would it void warranty if they are only optimising injector timing?
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Follow Up By: Flappan - Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 11:24

Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 11:24
It certainly does void the warranty.

Its an aftermarket accessory performing a function on the motor. Nissan wont touch it.

Mind you its only a minute or so to remove it, before service.
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Reply By: goodsy - Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 21:43

Friday, Jan 17, 2003 at 21:43
I would like to here from someone who has paided the $1400 to get one fitted. Also people with unichips. Not going to spend the money with out some recomendations.
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Reply By: Truckster - Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 11:48

Sunday, Jan 19, 2003 at 11:48
Your on the Mornington Pen too?? Im in Langwarrin

You can call Safari in Bayswater and go there to install it, thats where they are sold from... :D
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Reply By: Robo - Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 17:37

Monday, Jan 20, 2003 at 17:37
Ask Safari if you can put one in then test drive it before you decide to buy, if they are confident in the product they should agree. It only takes 5-10 min to pull out and put back.
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