Will Unichip void my warranty?
If you read your vehicle's warranty information, ANY MODIFICATION to the vehicle is grounds for warranty denial. Since most likely 99% of you have some form of modification done already, be it wheels, lights, muffler, sound setup etc etc, consider your warranty voided. Truth be told, We have done over one thousand Unichip installs in the past 10 years and there has been no case that the Unichip has caused an engine to blow up or stop working. In any case, the install is easily reversible.
What exactly does Unichip do? I've read the above but still can't understand it?
An engine needs 3 things to make power: Air, Fuel and Spark. The amount of air going into the engine is pretty much set (ie 2.0L) but the amount if fuel that the engine is given and when the sparkplug is fired can be controlled. Unichip enables us to manipulate these two factors, the amount of fuel the engine gets (add or subtract fuel as needed) and when the sparkplug fires known as ignition timing, which is usually advanced) By doing so, we optimize the amount of energy released from every drop of fuel by ensuring a more complete burn.
Whats the difference between HP and WHP?
HP means Rated Horsepower, as printed on the brochure of the car and other marketing materials, also known as Rated Horsepower. WHP means Wheel Horsepower and is the figure measured from a dyno. Numerically, there is no difference as 1 HP = 1 WHP.
Why is WHP lower than Rated HP?
Rated HP is the power of the engine alone as measured directly from the crankshaft. When the transmission, drivetrain, axles, driveshaft, air conditioning, oil pump, etc gets added to the final car, all these components will eat up some of the power of the engine, thus lowering the actual power that gets transmitted to the wheel.
Will my throttle response improve?
Yes it definitely will! You will notice faster pick up when you step on the gas pedal. For cars equipped with electronic throttles, we recommend getting the Unichip Q4.
What happens to my fuel economy?
In 99% of the cases you will see a marked improvement in fuel economy on street cars driven normally by 9%-12%. Majority of the tuning we do for daily driven vehicles is to subtract fuel from the engine, which leads to less consumption. Also by making more power available at a lower rpm, you don't have to step on the gas pedal as much to get the power you need, also resulting in better mileage. The tuning the results in the best power will also result in the best economy.
What are the wires that are tapped/cut when installing the Unichip?
The Unichip needs only 7-8 wires on a typical install to interface with the vehicle, these are: Power, Ground, TPS, Crank, Ignition In & Out, Fuel In & Out.
Can Unichip be used for gas or diesel engines?
Both. Hence the name Unichip because it is the ONLY truly Universal computer that works for almost any type of vehicle, gas or diesel, Japanese or American or European, Korean, Chinese, Russian, Swedish, etc.
Can you control boost with the Unichip?
Most turbocharged cars have an electronic boost solenoid valve which the Unichip can control to achieve more boost. For after market forced induction setups, we recommend getting the Unichip 2.5 Bar Map Sensor to be able to accurately read boost.
Does Unichip have plug n play units?
Yes they do for selected vehicle makes from Honda, Toyota, Mazda.
I'm in the province and I really want a Unichip, how can I get one?
If you know how to read and understand a wiring diagram, like the one below and have some skill in soldering, you can very well install it yourself or have a competent electrician do it for you. As for the map, we have a huge database of cars in which we can send you a pre-tuned map based on the mods you already have on your car.
What do I have to do to revert my vehicle back to stock?
Each Unichip install gets a Bypass plug where in you simply unplug the Unichip and plug the Bypass. For a complete removal of the harness, you can come back to the shop to have it removed.
How long does an installation take?
Typical install can be done in half a day, which includes the wiring in of the Unichip and tuning on the dyno. There will be a few exceptions where in vehicle has a different ECU than what Unichip has a diagram for or if the vehicle is a new release, in which case we will need a few days to determine the correct pinout, but rest assured that it can be done.
Is dyno tuning really needed?
Yes it is, the dyno is a crucial part of the tuning process. The dyno is used to establish a baseline power level, and the consequent power increase that comes from proper tuning. Without a dyno, there is no way to determine if the adjustments being made are enough or too much.
What are the adjustments being done with the Unichip and how do you do it?
What's the warranty of the Unichip?
One year against factory defects. We have actually had customers that bought a Unichip from our initial batch 10 years ago and want transferred to their new vehicle, still in perfect working order.