Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Near Idyllwild, California
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I really don't know Chop. I am convinced and I think Robotech is too, that the Custom Tune did a number on the engine the first pass. I have had many cars, and drag raced quite a bit in the late 60's thru the mid 70's. I have blown up a few big blocks, both ford and chevy. I never heard the noise that came from my car before. I was certain it was toast instantly, but it still ran but babied it back to the shop. Robo looked at the tune and he said it was a ticking time bomb. This was in May, when we were getting ready for the National. It was never driven after the initial drive. Dave asked me to bring it to Denver, and he was not able to access the tune. The car was in perfect condition, we had replaced the water pump while doing the turbo upgrade.
I have used Trifecta on two cars and never had a problem with them. Still would use their canned tune. I think there was something wrong with it, but I purchased it thru DDM specifically for what was done to my car. To be fair, DDM did refund my money for the Tune when he was unable to access it. I really like Dave, and have supported him since being involved with the Sky's. But this has been a nightmare for all involved.
I talked with CBM, who builds high dollar sandrails with 2.4 and LS engines. He told me not to even touch the 2.0. He would not even touch it. What that means to others, no idea, but a guy who builds 300K sand rails has to know something. I know that what I bought is no longer offered by DDM. And in honesty Dave said it would be lot of work. Unfortunately we never got to work on it without all the problems. We have tuned and changed everything possible to make it work. It does the same thing it did after we left Denver. Run good and then run like crap, backfiring, throwing an occasional code for cylinder 2. Once the Turbo and current tune was removed the code was constant. My only question has been, why does it run so well and then total crap the next. With the piston gone I would think it would have ran like crap at all times. But that is not what happened by a long shot. I can tell you it was a damned fast 3 cylinder when it wanted to be!!!! lol. I know Dave at PAW and Robotech worked their butts off to make it work.
I really can't answer the question sir.