Diesel chip

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Has anyone fitted a diesel chip to improve power/fuel economy on a 200 LC, do they realy work,what can one expect
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Reply By: ReisH - Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 02:36

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 02:36
I fitted a Steinbauer chip 3 months ago.
Torque & power amazing ,wasnt bad before the chip.
Fuel economy has not improved.
Have just run side by side with an unchipped 200 & fuel was just about the same.
Towing the van , most of the time you cant feel it behind you.
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Reply By: Gone Bush - Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 23:02

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 23:02
There are quite a few threads about chipping a 200, on LCOOL.

I had a chip on mine and took it off. The reason was that another LCOOL member fitted exhaust gas temp monitors to his chipped 200 and was shocked at the temperatures. They were highest under load, ie, towing. He only towed a camper/caravan thingy like the Kimberley Karavan, not a 3500kg pendulum hanging off his butt.

High EGTs will eventually mean damage to a piston. No warranty either.

I'm very happy with the standard power towing our van and, fwiw, I wouldn't bother chipping.

Just my thoughts....

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Reply By: Spydor - Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 23:57

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 at 23:57
A friend of ours fitted a"dp chip" to his 200 series. Huge change in power. but do you really need it?? No real change to economy. He also noted that the exhaust temperature rose dramatically. We tow close to 3.5 tonne with the standard 200 and still have plenty of power to overtake. I think i would opt for engine longevity, over a bit more power.
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Reply By: surfy53 - Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 18:18

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 18:18
Yes and Yes.....really, the 200 TT Diesel has heaps of power, more than I will ever need. At one stage I did consider chipping, but kept on coming back to the enormous amount of power the car hin standard fitout.
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Reply By: Nordave - Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 03:19

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 03:19
As a mater of interest, did the people who experienced the exhaust temp increase have a larger exhaust fitted as well.
Has anybody fitted larger exhausts with or without the chip. Did it make any difference.
Just considering if better exhaust flow would be beneficial.
I am picking my new GXL up tomorrow so don't yet have anything to base this on.
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Follow Up By: surfy53 - Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 18:08

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 18:08
Your'e buying the best.
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Follow Up By: Nordave - Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 18:40

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 18:40
It was a difficult desision to sell my fully outfitted 100 series but I think this is a good move.
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Reply By: Pat 'n Roger - Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 09:20

Monday, Aug 27, 2012 at 09:20
Hallo Everyone,

Interesting discussion. I don't have a 200 but I have fitted a Steinbaur chip and Mantis 3" exhaust to my 2007 V8 troopie.

We tow a 21' BT at 3,500kg and a GCVM of 6,700kg. The results were impressive, like having another gear and reduced the fuel consumption by an average of 2 l/100k.

Here are three thoughts;
a) As far as I am aware the Steinbaur is the only chip (I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong), that manages the fuel flow to suit engine demand, rather than 'conning' the fuel pump into thinking the rail pressure is low.

b) If you put more fuel into the system you increase the volume of gas. If you don't get rid of this gas, the engine efficiency is degraded and the EGT will increase. This is exacerbated by the turbo (x2 on the 200).

c) I had to change my driving to maximise the benefit of the additions.

Hope this helps.

Roger
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 04:38

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 04:38
G'day Roger,

So are you saying that I would have to fit a big exhaust system ? (sorry, I am mechanically challenged)

Willie
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Reply By: Maximus - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 06:07

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 06:07
If your vehicle is under warranty I would not go near a chip. Check out the LCOOL site and see what problems can occur with a warranty claim.
Order fish and chips ..without the chips.

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Reply By: Pat 'n Roger - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:18

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:18
Hallo Again,

I'm sure Maximus is correct.

However, the question concerned the fitting of an upgraded exhaust system in combination with a 'power chip'.

The answer is yes, if you want to maximise the benefits from fitting a chip.

Cheers,

Roger
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:55

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:55
Thanks Neil,

I was more concerned about avoiding the heat build-up that was talked about earlier in the thread, than I was about maximising the benefite of the chip. Does the big flow exhaust stop the danger of overheating ?

As an old boy racer, I must say I love the exhaust note from some of the 200s with the 3" exhausts and sporty mufflers. The noise might get a bit wearing on long trips though I guess.

Willie
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