Ok, this is long overdue. Not long ago I became the proud owner of a 2005 Ex. Several weeks later, and poof, blown heads, which led to a new motor. I then discovered this site, and Through your many suggestions, I am now a very happy EX owner. Thank you!! One addition that I've been very happy with is the Dash-DAQ programmed by the good folks at DP-Tuner. I researched several tuners/monitors. For me I wanted one that would allow me to have the freedoms to do as I wanted, I.e. turn off a egr, or other such programs. I wanted it to monitor the engine, and be upgradeable. The only item that came close was the SCT and some other monitor...I wanted one package. Thus far the 60-hp tow tune locks 3-5, and produces noticeable difference when going up steep, long grades. Economy is in the 12-14MPG. Around town I chose the 80-hp econo tune. It's interesting, in a good way. Not much pedal use to keep up with traffic, but when I need to move, the EX is like a rocket.
My only gripe is that the documentation to understand PID's etc, is limited, as in non existent. It took email, and many phone calls until I got a basic understanding. Granted, for me I need things in pop-up picture books
The common parameters were easy, EGT, oil temp, etc. were all available. Figuring out boost...not straight forward. And then there is no FICM monitoring, even though there is a PID. This is not on DP-Tuner folks, it's the limitation of the DashDaq. The DP-folks have been great and customer service is the leading reason for purchase. The other weirdness is the OT vs. CT. There is a custom option to display a number (for people like me who can't do quick simple math) that displays the delta between oil and coolant. Here is what's odd, the number may show 3 degrees delta, but the OT is 180 and CT is at 168...12 degree delta.??? Odd
So, one true gripe, better documentation. Otherwise, for me this does it all in one package with the options to grow. I have played around with customizing the skins, gauge arrangements. The power is sweet, and saves my stock programming.
Thanks again for the many suggestions. Exhaust, coolant filer, tuner...not sure what's next. Suspension or higher and cooler flow from turbo to intake...
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