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Discussion thread if anyone has any queries or chat.

Regards, Simon.


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Originally Posted by Golfpro
The Guys have also been investigating the fuelling issue at idle.

My initial thought was that it was overfuelling, but the have tested the AFR and it is actually substantially underfuelled shocked

So we are planning to fit a piggyback ECU and doing a complete adjustment of the fuelling on their dyno.


I wouldn't get a piggyback ECU fitted. There will be a reason for the issue, otherwise you are just masking over the problem by going piggyback, plus piggyback ECU's are so 90's laugh It might be worth speaking to FC Performance to see if they can advise as I believe they mapped the car


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The Guys have also been investigating the fuelling issue at idle.

My initial thought was that it was overfuelling, but the have tested the AFR and it is actually substantially underfuelled shocked

So we are planning to fit a piggyback ECU and doing a complete adjustment of the fuelling on their dyno.


I wouldn't get a piggyback ECU fitted. There will be a reason for the issue, otherwise you are just masking over the problem by going piggyback, plus piggyback ECU's are so 90's laugh It might be worth speaking to FC Performance to see if they can advise as I believe they mapped the car


My Mapper has already spoken to FC about the car.

It would appear that the issue is probably the lack of mapping points on the original ECU. Because the rev limit was raised it has used up more of the mapping points and has not left enough to fully map the idle and cold start. Also the oversized AFM doesnt help!

Piggyback ECUs have improved hugely in recent years and are now probably more powerful than some of the top end standalone ECUs used in years past cool

Hopefully he will have everything done this week and I will report on the results.


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Any chance of a clearer / closer shot of the dyno print out? I can't see rpm points or identify the lines on the graph.


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Originally Posted by Trappy
Any chance of a clearer / closer shot of the dyno print out? I can't see rpm points or identify the lines on the graph.


I think his printer was low on black ink rolleyes

The RPM numbers shown on the graph are 4500, 5000, 5500 & 6000. And the rumbers on the MAP and AF are 1000 RPM increments starting with 2000 on the far left.

The car will be going shortly to the Painter for the respray, but once it is finished I will be dropping it back to the garage to get the interior finished off, and I'll get them to do another power run (hopefully when the air temperature is a bit lower).


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Originally Posted by Golfpro
Originally Posted by Trappy
Any chance of a clearer / closer shot of the dyno print out? I can't see rpm points or identify the lines on the graph.


I think his printer was low on black ink rolleyes

The RPM numbers shown on the graph are 4500, 5000, 5500 & 6000.


Does that mean we're looking at the following?

200bhp @4,000rpm
255bhp @4,500rpm
370bhp @5,000rpm
455bhp @5,500rpm
508bhp @6,000rpm
515bhp @6,500rpm


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Putting a straight edge on the dyno printout I would say:

280bhp @ 4500
375bhp @ 5000
460bhp @ 5500
500bhp @ 6000
510bhp @ 6500

I will get a better printout when we do the final power run after the car has been resprayed.


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One of my biggest worries when selling my Coupe was that it would go to someone who didn't have the money or desire to carry on from where I'd left off. Seems I shouldn't have worried - it would appear it's in good hands and is recieving the attention it deserves (and needs....)

Couple of questions for Simon....

1) Given that a piggyback ECU will only "adapt" parameters of the OE ECU, what is the point of adding another ECU if the problem is not enough mapping points on the OE ECU? Surely the correct solution is to correct the mapping issues by 'fixing' the fuelling.

2) Did your dyno run stop at 6,500rpm for any reason? The engine is built for 7,500rpm (but I think we played safe and put the limiter at 7,300). Surely there's even more power to be had by allowing the engine to rev out more - the turbo is certainly capable of providing boost at those revs

Apologies for the oil cooler - I knew there was a very small oil seep from somewhere, but I thought it was the camcover gasket or the dipstick tube seal

Can't wait to see what it looks like in its new colour.


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Originally Posted by Nigel
One of my biggest worries when selling my Coupe was that it would go to someone who didn't have the money or desire to carry on from where I'd left off. Seems I shouldn't have worried - it would appear it's in good hands and is recieving the attention it deserves (and needs....)

Couple of questions for Simon....

1) Given that a piggyback ECU will only "adapt" parameters of the OE ECU, what is the point of adding another ECU if the problem is not enough mapping points on the OE ECU? Surely the correct solution is to correct the mapping issues by 'fixing' the fuelling.

2) Did your dyno run stop at 6,500rpm for any reason? The engine is built for 7,500rpm (but I think we played safe and put the limiter at 7,300). Surely there's even more power to be had by allowing the engine to rev out more - the turbo is certainly capable of providing boost at those revs

Apologies for the oil cooler - I knew there was a very small oil seep from somewhere, but I thought it was the camcover gasket or the dipstick tube seal

Can't wait to see what it looks like in its new colour.


Hi Nigel,
I'm certainly not an expert in engine mapping so I cant really answer you question regarding how the piggyback solves the issues. All I know is my guys were confident that it would work, and they have been able to solve the cold start issues smile

The changes they have made to your original tune seems generally to be leaning out the fuelling a bit on boost. I remember you saying that your 502HP run had been close to the limit and that fuel had been added back in for safety. My guys have been able to lean it back out to maximise the top end. They are using a hub dyno for mapping which I believe is a huge advantage over a roller dyno (which I assume the car was tuned on for your mapping back in 2012?).

They still have some more adjustments to do. I think they still have to work on the low down torque as their mapping to date has mainly been the top end.

I think the rpm on the printout wasnt configured correctly as they did rev it above 6500. I will get a new graph done when they have the mapping 100% completed.

Im really looking forward to getting the car back from the painter to see how it turns out cool


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Piggyback ECUs were always a 'sticking plaster' solution when the Coupe community first played with them and TBH, they weren't very successful - I spent a lot of money working with a well-known mapper trying to get a Unichip to work properly with the 20VT ECU, but it never ran right.

I'm also not an expert in mapping, so I'm reliant on what I'm told, and the experiences of others. FC Performance disabled some of the safeguards to get the 502bhp figure, which was great for boasting on the forum, but not a great idea for everyday use. Leighton (of FC Performance) always knew that my car was a daily driver and needed to be utterly reliable by making safe power, so we agreed to back it off to a figure that wouldn't be pushing the limits. Yes, it was a roller dyno, so the figures aren't as accurate as a hub dyno.

Regardless - if you've managed to get into the low 500s AND you've sorted some of the mapping issues without having to use an aftermarket ECU, then well done. That said, the cold start issue was never an issue in the summer months, but could occasionally be a pain in the depth of winter.

I'm really chuffed that you're taking the car to the next stage and I'm watching with a lot of interest (and a fair bit of regret from selling it....)


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Originally Posted by Golfpro


I think the rpm on the printout wasnt configured correctly as they did rev it above 6500. I will get a new graph done when they have the mapping 100% completed.



I really hope they do get the dyno calibrated properly when it goes back on with finished mapping as, at the moment, it doesn't bare any resemblence to a dyno print I've ever seen for a 2.0 litre 20vT (even if it is a 2.047cc :P), and I have collated ALL of the FC Performance dynos I can get my hands on, on one spreadsheet nerd In fact it more or less mirrors DLT's non E85 results and that was a 2.5...

As said above, the rpm is off making any results dubious at best and the torque appears to bare no relationship what-so-ever to the power curve.

Get it all calibrated correctly (and the ink filled) and it should prove interesting to see thumb


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Originally Posted by Trappy
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I think the rpm on the printout wasnt configured correctly as they did rev it above 6500. I will get a new graph done when they have the mapping 100% completed.



I really hope they do get the dyno calibrated properly when it goes back on with finished mapping as, at the moment, it doesn't bare any resemblence to a dyno print I've ever seen for a 2.0 litre 20vT (even if it is a 2.047cc :P), and I have collated ALL of the FC Performance dynos I can get my hands on, on one spreadsheet nerd In fact it more or less mirrors DLT's non E85 results and that was a 2.5...

As said above, the rpm is off making any results dubious at best and the torque appears to bare no relationship what-so-ever to the power curve.

Get it all calibrated correctly (and the ink filled) and it should prove interesting to see thumb

Yes they will do a proper dyno graph when the mapping is 100% finished.

The printout was really only to show the differences between the before and after.


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Originally Posted by Nigel
Piggyback ECUs were always a 'sticking plaster' solution when the Coupe community first played with them and TBH, they weren't very successful - I spent a lot of money working with a well-known mapper trying to get a Unichip to work properly with the 20VT ECU, but it never ran right.

I'm also not an expert in mapping, so I'm reliant on what I'm told, and the experiences of others. FC Performance disabled some of the safeguards to get the 502bhp figure, which was great for boasting on the forum, but not a great idea for everyday use. Leighton (of FC Performance) always knew that my car was a daily driver and needed to be utterly reliable by making safe power, so we agreed to back it off to a figure that wouldn't be pushing the limits. Yes, it was a roller dyno, so the figures aren't as accurate as a hub dyno.

Regardless - if you've managed to get into the low 500s AND you've sorted some of the mapping issues without having to use an aftermarket ECU, then well done. That said, the cold start issue was never an issue in the summer months, but could occasionally be a pain in the depth of winter.

I'm really chuffed that you're taking the car to the next stage and I'm watching with a lot of interest (and a fair bit of regret from selling it....)

It isn't so much that the hub dyno is more accurate (although it should give slightly higher HP figures due to there being no wheelspin power losses and no rotational mass of the wheels), it is the ability to hold the engine at any rpm or load.

So rather than doing multiple 3000 to 7500 rpm pulls, the mapper holds the engine rpm at each rpm/load point and can take his time adding and adjusting fuelling etc to assess the results at each point.


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You're not skimping, are you?

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Originally Posted by Nigel
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You're not skimping, are you?


As the song goes "if you're going to do it, do it right" smile


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The colour looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing the finished car


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Originally Posted by Theparrottbros
The colour looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing the finished car

i reaaly dont know how it is going to end up confused

Each photo looks different from the last, but I think it really depends on the light and the angle of the camera.

The base coat is a sparkling metallic silver and the pupleish blue candy has a tiny amount of sparklescent blue pearl in it, so it should look dark purple/blue in the shaded parts, then silvery blue on the flanks where the sun hits it cool


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Looking good cool


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Originally Posted by Begbie
Looking good cool

I havent seen the new paint in person yet, but I suspect that the photos dont really do it justice.

The Painter sent me a couple of photos of the car sitting out in the morning sunshine and you can see the effect where the metallic silver bsecoat glimmers through the blue candy cool

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Now that the respray is complete I need to decide on the wheel colour.

I'm undecided on whether to keep them them anthracite or go to a metallic silver (given that the paintwork changes from blue to silvery blue in the sunlight).

Any thoughts would be appreciated thumb

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I always thought that the anthracite colour worked well with the Moon Grey paintwork, but I agree it doesn’t work quite so well with the blue. I’d say a few shades lighter, but not pure silver.

I also think that 17” looks slightly too small now - amazing what a colour change can do to the overall proportions of a car.

Epic transformation, by the way. I’m so chuffed that ‘my’ car ended up with someone willing to spend the time and money to keep it going.


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Originally Posted by Nigel
I always thought that the anthracite colour worked well with the Moon Grey paintwork, but I agree it doesn’t work quite so well with the blue. I’d say a few shades lighter, but not pure silver.

I also think that 17” looks slightly too small now - amazing what a colour change can do to the overall proportions of a car.

Epic transformation, by the way. I’m so chuffed that ‘my’ car ended up with someone willing to spend the time and money to keep it going.


Maybe silver metallic slightly tinted with blue?


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Originally Posted by Golfpro
Maybe silver metallic slightly tinted with blue?


Each to their own, and all that, but I think any hint of colour on a wheel looks all wrong. I just can’t see it working. Do a Google search for “wheel colour on metallic blue cars” for some inspiration - I still think a “light anthracite” would be best - essentially a lighter shade of the existing wheels.

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Originally Posted by Golfpro
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I always thought that the anthracite colour worked well with the Moon Grey paintwork, but I agree it doesn’t work quite so well with the blue. I’d say a few shades lighter, but not pure silver.

I also think that 17” looks slightly too small now - amazing what a colour change can do to the overall proportions of a car.

Epic transformation, by the way. I’m so chuffed that ‘my’ car ended up with someone willing to spend the time and money to keep it going.


Maybe silver metallic slightly tinted with blue?



Forgive my two-penn'orth - don't over-egg the cake smile

Colour like sound tends to work better when it's contrasted; your complex blue will stand out better when it's set against something plainer. What Nigel suggests is connected to blue but more neutral.


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I always thought that the anthracite colour worked well with the Moon Grey paintwork, but I agree it doesn’t work quite so well with the blue. I’d say a few shades lighter, but not pure silver.

I also think that 17” looks slightly too small now - amazing what a colour change can do to the overall proportions of a car.

Epic transformation, by the way. I’m so chuffed that ‘my’ car ended up with someone willing to spend the time and money to keep it going.


Maybe silver metallic slightly tinted with blue?



Forgive my two-penn'orth - don't over-egg the cake smile

Colour like sound tends to work better when it's contrasted; your complex blue will stand out better when it's set against something plainer. What Nigel suggests is connected to blue but more neutral.

Yes, I will probably run with metallic silver. Other colours go in and out of fashion, but I guess that silver is more timeless.


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Originally Posted by Golfpro
I'm now starting the next phase of the refurb project - changing the turbo.

The old turbo (GTX2971r Gen1) has performed well, but it is more suited to fast open road use and top speed runs. It starts to come onto boost about 3000 rpm and by the time it is on full boost in 3rd gear the car is doing stupid speeds judge

I drive more in the city and on roads which require low end punch coming out of corners. So I have decided to downsize the turbo to get quicker boost and more low down response.

Having researched the various options in depth for several months, studying compressor maps etc, I decided on the G25-550. It has the same size turbine and compressor wheels as the GT/GTX2860 but flows the same as a GTX2867. So hopefully it will spool 500rpm quicker but only loose 30-40hp from the old turbo cool

My guys have persuaded me to go with the Pulsar Turbos equivalent of the G25-550, the PSR4849G. Pulsar turbos are very high quality exact copies of the Garrett models, but are half the cost!



If you fancy selling the old turbo, providing it’s all good, drop me a little message

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Originally Posted by Gigli
Originally Posted by Golfpro
I'm now starting the next phase of the refurb project - changing the turbo.

The old turbo (GTX2971r Gen1) has performed well, but it is more suited to fast open road use and top speed runs. It starts to come onto boost about 3000 rpm and by the time it is on full boost in 3rd gear the car is doing stupid speeds judge

I drive more in the city and on roads which require low end punch coming out of corners. So I have decided to downsize the turbo to get quicker boost and more low down response.

Having researched the various options in depth for several months, studying compressor maps etc, I decided on the G25-550. It has the same size turbine and compressor wheels as the GT/GTX2860 but flows the same as a GTX2867. So hopefully it will spool 500rpm quicker but only loose 30-40hp from the old turbo cool

My guys have persuaded me to go with the Pulsar Turbos equivalent of the G25-550, the PSR4849G. Pulsar turbos are very high quality exact copies of the Garrett models, but are half the cost!



If you fancy selling the old turbo, providing it’s all good, drop me a little message


I'll ask the guys to check it out to see if it is still good. But judging by the photo they sent it may need a refurb.

You can have it free if you pay the P&P. Even if it needs a refurb it would probably still be cheaper than buying a new one.

Strangely there was no oil restrictor fitted to the old turbo confused

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Re: Project Cobalt Candy - Discussion [Re: Golfpro] #1670140
12/02/2024 21:57
12/02/2024 21:57
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Originally Posted by Golfpro
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Originally Posted by Gigli
Originally Posted by Golfpro
I'm now starting the next phase of the refurb project - changing the turbo.

The old turbo (GTX2971r Gen1) has performed well, but it is more suited to fast open road use and top speed runs. It starts to come onto boost about 3000 rpm and by the time it is on full boost in 3rd gear the car is doing stupid speeds judge

I drive more in the city and on roads which require low end punch coming out of corners. So I have decided to downsize the turbo to get quicker boost and more low down response.

Having researched the various options in depth for several months, studying compressor maps etc, I decided on the G25-550. It has the same size turbine and compressor wheels as the GT/GTX2860 but flows the same as a GTX2867. So hopefully it will spool 500rpm quicker but only loose 30-40hp from the old turbo cool

My guys have persuaded me to go with the Pulsar Turbos equivalent of the G25-550, the PSR4849G. Pulsar turbos are very high quality exact copies of the Garrett models, but are half the cost!



If you fancy selling the old turbo, providing it’s all good, drop me a little message


I'll ask the guys to check it out to see if it is still good. But judging by the photo they sent it may need a refurb.

You can have it free if you pay the P&P. Even if it needs a refurb it would probably still be cheaper than buying a new one.

Strangely there was no oil restrictor fitted to the old turbo confused



Sounds a plan to me. If you send me a direct message I’ll sort something out.

Re: Project Cobalt Candy - Discussion [Re: Golfpro] #1670150
13/02/2024 21:35
13/02/2024 21:35
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Originally Posted by Golfpro
Strangely there was no oil restrictor fitted to the old turbo confused


It has been many years, but I vaguely recall that there was a good reason for the lack of a restrictor. Haven’t the slightest idea what it was though - sorry….


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