Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Near Idyllwild, California
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Finally The Skpel is running
As most know I started a project in middle January to upgrade the performance of my Sky. I ordered a turbo upgrade and it took months and months months for it to finnaly arrive. Then after several/many calls to the vendor we got information on it and instructions on what to do to make it run. Near the middle of June we finally got the car to run, but Robotech was afraid of the car blowing up with too much knock. It was terrible. At the National I met Dave of Performance Auto Works, who was actually able to tune the car so it would run, but continued to throw codes, but was at least able to drive it at the National one day. Brought it home and put it away. Too much drama for too many months. Was tired of it.
Towards the end of August got it back out and worked with Dave and Robotech to get the car to run properly. Several small changes were made, but not really any improvement in what I would call regular performance. Car was running too rich in one area, too lean in another. Car popped and backfired continously, idle would change from 2000 to 800 to 1400. Engine light would come on after it had been driven and hour or so. It was terrible. This went on for a few weeks with different tunes being supplied by Dave. I am sure it was frustrating for him as well as Robo and myself.
But Thursday we replaced one of the MAP sensors and the car started to run much better. Still throwing a code, P1106 I think it is. But the car was driveable, seemed to have a vibration and was extremely loud. Idle was close to 1000. It was worlds better, but not right.
This morning Robo drove up to my place and we down loaded another tune from Dave at PAW. The car instantly started running smoother, no backfires, and very little if any vibration. It was truly what I had expected when I started this. There is still a code, but Robo feels that Dave can fix that.
I want to thank Dave and Robo for all their efforts on this. I am not sure it is what I want from my car, and there is a very good chance I will return it to stock with a Trifecta tune. I will make that decision after the next tune, and then driving it on 243 to see how it performs in the twisties. It does have more lag than the stock turbo, not a lot, but not sure how that will translate under pressure.
It has been a long drawn out process. If you are considering doing some thing similar, I welcome you to PM me for complete details and things I have learned thru this process.
Again Thanks to Performance Auto Werks, and of course Robotech.