From digest.v7.n1304 Fri Mar 13 21:50:34 1998
From: rich_at_beebecomm.com (Richard Beebe)
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 20:49:46 -0500
Subject: E30 bitten by shark
I was set to pull my Conforti chip from my E30 M3 tonight, I know,
but listen. The National Capitol Chapter is running an autox
championship series this year and my only mod was my chip. I
often ran good times, but got killed in my class. I mean, what's 15hp
when I'm running against 240hp E36 M3s? Anyway, I decided, since my
track car is soaking up all my money, that I would pull the chip
and run in stock class and try to win the stock class series. Hope
none of you other 'stock' guys are running chips ;-)
Well, since I was opening up one ECU, why not make it two. I had bought
a TMS/Conforti chip from Turner Motorsport some weeks/months ago, but
never found the time to put it in. To make a long story short, I just
got back from my first drive with the chip in my 87 325 (note: base model).
Wow, what a difference. Now, I knew the car would be quicker, actually,
Will told me this chip has one of the best increase figures for all
the chips. The numbers are something like 28/23 for hp/torque. For the
eta motor, that's a huge increase. I'd have to say, I agree. The car is
much quicker and now redlines at 5300. Hell, the tach only goes to 5000
and I buried it more than a few times.
Here's the surprising thing, though. The car has run kind of rough since
I got it and I had planned on swapping out the 02 sensor for a few weeks,
but again haven't gotten to it. Can you see how much of a priority this car
is to me ;-) I'm sure you have realized by now, the car runs a smooth
as my 325is. It runs beautifully. No hesitation, no surging, it just pulls
all the way to 5000. I was hopeful the chip might have some impact, but it
eliminated it completely.
I know we've all heard stories on this topic before, but I was so pleased,
and surprised, with the car's overall improvement, I had to post to the list.
Now if you will excuse me, I have to go pull a chip from my M3 :-(
Looking forward to seeing everyone at tomorrow's autox and at Summit Point
next week! Man, that was a long winter, and I ran a FATT _at_ Summit in Dec.
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88 M5 - TMS chip on order, 251hp/239torque at the rear wheels. Thanks Will.
88 M3 - back to stock chip for this season.
87 325is - JC chip + long list of track upgrades.
87 325 - TMS chipped and FOR SALE!