Which Chip?

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Which Chip?
We're going on an extended trip to W.A. towing our camper trailer and want to give my 2005 Prado TD [which has done 50,000K] a boost and I think that using an aftermarket chip is probably the easiest way to go. There are quite a few of these type of chips around now and so I'm looking for thoughts as to which chip is best.

Cheers in advance
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Reply By: Glenn WA - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 11:41

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 11:41
Sailor,
I have the D-tronic fitted to my LC 100 TD and am very impressed with its performance.
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:19

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:19
Yep, happy with mine :)
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Reply By: Olcoolone (SA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:54

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:54
We have a DP chip fitted to our Hilux and it made abig differance.

We went with the DP over the Dtronics because the DP is a quick plug in and the Dtronics was a hard wire.

Both chip are good, the main thing you want to find out is who offers the best suports and dealer coverage.

DP comes with a 5 year warranty and can be adjusted by your self or by a computer.

Tunit are back in Australia now....the people who market DP chip used to be Tunit Australia until they had a lovers tif.

Not to sure who makes what, the DP chip looks exactly like a Tunit chip.

I know the Dtronics chips are sold throughout the world under differant brands, The are made by a South African company.....but speak to the distributor here and they are happy to tell you it is there own design.

DP do the same and so do Tunit, so it is hard to belive anything they say.

Tunit are hugh in Europe but I have had nothing to do with them.

They all work much the same (you will always get people who likes one and not the other for some unknown reason) and are value for money.

I would go the Dtronics or the DP.

Regards Richard

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 14:46

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 14:46
The DTronic is a plug in job also not hard wired and developed by Safari Melb. as far as I know.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 17:17

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 17:17
Yep, Took me 15 mins.
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Reply By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 13:46

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 13:46
Hi,

I think everyone that has installed a chip in their car are happy with the improvement.

What is the difference between each type of chip?? - I have no idea.

I installed a Steinbauer chip in my Patrol, and I am very happy with the improved perfomance.

Link to the web site for the chip

Steinbauer Web Site

Which ever type you choose, I am sure you will be happy with the improvement

TonyG
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Reply By: Member - Peter A (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 14:37

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 14:37
I have a 2003 Prado Duel Fuel Auto to which I fitted a Unichip C series and I also had a set of extractors made up and fitted at Newcastle.It has made a big difference to the lugging ability and general performance.I mainly run on LGP and pull a Jayco Heritage 19 ft Caravan and consumption is averaging 4.3 LIT per KLM or 23lit per 100Klm.It also gives better consumption when Not driven in overdrive.
Regards,
Peter.A
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 15:05

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 15:05
Just a thought....but have you considered fitting LPG injention onto your diesel? It will cost a bit more, but after your government rebate, the difference in initial cost will be neglible when compared to the potential power increase AND benefits to fuel economy.

I'm not sure about the Prado, but a mate of mine has just had his 4.2TD Patrol done and is blown-away by the economy and power increase!

On my 6.5 V8 Chev Patrol, the LPG makes it more economical to run than my previous 4.2TD Patrol.
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Follow Up By: Member - peter C (WA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 16:13

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 16:13
I'm also inclined to think adding LPG is worth considering. Has the advantage of acting like an extra fuel tank but disadvantages waiting to get it done and some installations hang lower to reduce ground clearance.
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 18:36

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 18:36
Scuse me inland sailor & all who replied to your question!!

I tow a van with a petrol sedan but Iam thinking about changing to a turbo diesel, maybe a rodeo or mazda BT50, both the current models have a common rail fuel injection system which according to a report in current copy of overlander are supposed to be pretty good.

What the heck is this chip you refer to & in simple terms what does it do? Sorry for my ignorance & "ta"in advance for any info that enlightens me.
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Follow Up By: Inland Sailor - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:57

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:57
The "chips" refered to here are aftermarket ecu's which retune your EFI diesels and give them a power and torque boost, genereally in the 10 - 15% range above the factory specs. However, they dont seem to give any better fuel consumption.
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