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#1 intdiamond

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 01:07 PM

Does anyone know of an ECU upgrade (chip, etc.) for my '02 SC ? I'm looking for performance upgrades.... Thanks!!

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#2 aquanuke

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 10:04 AM

Does anyone know of an ECU upgrade (chip, etc.) for my '02 SC ? I'm looking for performance upgrades.... Thanks!!


The only chip Im aware of is the Jet one

http://www.jetchip.c...model=1008#1008

But dont expect any real gains typically 10bhp from a non-turbo engine.

If you want real performance gains on the cheap then consider.

Intake + exhaust
S&S headers
Torque convertor
Supra LSD

If you want to spend more then consider FI, supercharged or turbo.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 01:40 PM

Does anyone know of an ECU upgrade (chip, etc.) for my '02 SC ? I'm looking for performance upgrades.... Thanks!!


The only chip Im aware of is the Jet one

http://www.jetchip.c...model=1008#1008

But dont expect any real gains typically 10bhp from a non-turbo engine.

If you want real performance gains on the cheap then consider.

Intake + exhaust
S&S headers
Torque convertor
Supra LSD

If you want to spend more then consider FI, supercharged or turbo.



THANKS! I already have the intake, exhaust and headers... what will a torque converter do for me, and can you recommend a brand for my car, and also, what is a Supra LSD? Thanks again, -Steve



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Posted 23 March 2008 - 02:01 PM

THANKS! I already have the intake, exhaust and headers... what will a torque converter do for me, and can you recommend a brand for my car, and also, what is a Supra LSD? Thanks again, -Steve



A torque convertor is what sends the power to the transmission in autos and a higher stall speed lets the engine rev higher with less rev drops between shifting.

Ive got the Lextreme TC which also does not put the CEL on (check engine light)

http://www.lextreme.com/tc.html

and theres also the Dragon PI one which is more expensive and supposedly gets more performance but will put the CEL on.

http://www.l-tunedpa...m/product/?id=3


The Supra limited Slip Diff will bolt straight onto an SC430 and will help you off the line and through the gears. Also Toms make an LSD.

http://www.l-tunedpa...roduct/?id=2257

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 05:22 PM

THANKS! I already have the intake, exhaust and headers... what will a torque converter do for me, and can you recommend a brand for my car, and also, what is a Supra LSD? Thanks again, -Steve



A torque convertor is what sends the power to the transmission in autos and a higher stall speed lets the engine rev higher with less rev drops between shifting.

Ive got the Lextreme TC which also does not put the CEL on (check engine light)

http://www.lextreme.com/tc.html

and theres also the Dragon PI one which is more expensive and supposedly gets more performance but will put the CEL on.

http://www.l-tunedpa...m/product/?id=3


The Supra limited Slip Diff will bolt straight onto an SC430 and will help you off the line and through the gears. Also Toms make an LSD.

http://www.l-tunedpa...roduct/?id=2257


THANK YOU!! I'm already investigating.... I really appreciate it. -Steve

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 08:14 PM

Theres a used but new supra lsd for sale here http://www.clublexus...ad.php?t=344335

I would buy it myself but im in the uk :(

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:12 PM

Theres a used but new supra lsd for sale here http://www.clublexus...ad.php?t=344335

I would buy it myself but im in the uk :(


Hi Auqanuke,
While investigating the torque converter/lsd subject, a few friends have commented about losing that Lexus silky-smooth shifting if I change them.... what's your feeling, since you've got both installed on your SC ? I don't mind giving up SOME of the smoothness, but I don't want to end up with a muscle-car-jolt type of gear-shifting :o ....
Also open to anyone else's opinion on the subject.
Thanks.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:23 PM

Ive only got the torque convertor at the moment but I recently found a dealer in the UK for a 3.76 lsd so I might get one maybe in the summer.

By adding both your going to get alot of grunt for very little, almost a second off the 0-60. That would make a very fast SC.

You are changing the gearing of the car so its not going to be as smooth as it is standard.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:51 PM

It maybe worth while asking Rod Millen how the LSD will effect the car

http://www.rodmillen...partID=RMMGS431

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 11:40 AM

It maybe worth while asking Rod Millen how the LSD will effect the car

http://www.rodmillen...partID=RMMGS431


Many thanks. I've already emailed Millen. Does the GS430 LSD and TC stuff bolt on to our SC's w/out mods needed?
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 12:49 PM

Yep they are just straight bolt ons, there are how to's posted by pearlpower on clublexus for both. The TC is more work as you need to drop the gear box but the LSD is very easy.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 06:11 PM

Does anyone know of an ECU upgrade (chip, etc.) for my '02 SC ? I'm looking for performance upgrades.... Thanks!!


I bought the VP12 Volo Performance Chip. My sc430 seems to have improved throttled response and is a bit more powerful. The low end torque is better. It is not much, but for $89 it was worth it. Brett

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 09:23 AM

Does anyone know of an ECU upgrade (chip, etc.) for my '02 SC ? I'm looking for performance upgrades.... Thanks!!


I bought the VP12 Volo Performance Chip. My sc430 seems to have improved throttled response and is a bit more powerful. The low end torque is better. It is not much, but for $89 it was worth it. Brett

Take a look at the dyno results I posted below. You're being fed a lot of the typical forum BS from people who don't know their butt from their elbow about what they're talking about. Here's some advise....save your money! The only significant power improvements that can be made to this car with "bolt ons" is with turbo/supercharger and/or nitrous ($1000 to $10,000). A limited slip differential only helps performance if you have the power to spin the rear wheels(and I don't mean in the snow). This car does not to any significant degree. A high stall torque converter is an ABSOLUTE waste of money unless it is used with a transmission shift kit and even then with only minimal drag race affects. It has nothing to do with "shifting". It only allows you to rev the engine from a stop to a higher RPM before engaging the trans. How high the RPM is determined by the "stall" built into the converter. Some all-out drag cars will use a 3 or 4000 RPM converter.....street racers usually in the neighborhood of 2000 RPM. They can be a pain in the ass for everyday driving. Your best move was with the headers...I'd be interested in seeing some dyno results. The base dyno on this car (300hp models) is around 210. On the 288s around 200. I'd suspect that you picked up maybe 10 or 15hp with the headers.........anyway, I don't want to rain on your parade but I really get annoyed with the "BLOW HARDS" in here with all of their BS power claims. ONE: 262.5rwhp! LOLOL.........Hope this helps

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 11:23 AM

Well, I am no expert but the chip instantly made a difference and the car is much more fun to drive. I cannot quantify the improvement in HP or torque, but all I know is the car is more fun and feels more responsive...

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:19 AM

Well, I am no expert but the chip instantly made a difference and the car is much more fun to drive. I cannot quantify the improvement in HP or torque, but all I know is the car is more fun and feels more responsive...

That's what is most important.....after all, we're not street racers. If we want that we need another car. Fun is what it's all about!!!

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