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AMAZING! I recently had the BSR PPC for my 04 S60R GT and I am sure you read the comments from me on that product in the past. But to recap.....After the install of the BSR it was great for 1 day. I really liked the pull in 3rd gear on up. 1st and second gears were about the same as stock. Then 1 day later the idle was really rough after spirited driving and sometimes it would kill. The rpm's were very inconsistant in all gears (never the same shift pattern) Anyways, back to the Stage 2 ecu upgrade from IPD! This product is AMAZING. The pull in ALL gears is simply scary at times. I have a 3" custom Magnaflow from the cat on back. Paired with the OIA from Eurospottuning.com I sent the computer out on tuesday and had it back on thursday. Minus almost 200.00 in shipping (paid by me) for next day parcel. I popped the Ecu in (1 minute install) started the car and all was well. Running better than ever at idle (even compared to stock) I took it for a romp and WOW the pull in all gears is just like the pull in 3rd on up with the BSR. I even broke the tires loose going around a corner (I had never done that in the past. And I have tried!) I had my 0-60 times recorder yesterday (sorry I am at work and cannot post them) I ran high 5's every time. We did not have enogh time for 1/4 mile times. This product shaved OVER 1 second 0-60 (that is three car lengths) The shifting flares I have had going from 2nd to 3rd is GONE! The shifting is much smoother, the power delivery is simply strong and smooth in all gears. I have drifted a bit from IPD in the past (because I am new to the Volvo world) as records indicate from the BSR and my H5's from Evolve. The fit and finish of the Volutions is perfect. And the Ecu upgrade FAR exceeds my expectations. So to all of you GT owners that are sick of feeling like the car is choking in the first couple of gears and not very impressive in the upper gears, get this product. I have owned many a BMW with the Dinan goodies and a couple Mercedes AMG's and I have NEVER felt a difference with an Ecu upgrade like the one in my car today. Thanks Cameron,(sales) and Ken (Ecu programmer) and Marco (Ecu designer) And of course IPD. I promise I will never stray from them again because of the experiences I have had to date! Cheers and have a great weekend! Rick <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: IPD's Stage 2 Ecu upgrade for the GT's is simply........................ (Mash)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mash</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I have owned many a BMW with the Dinan goodies and a couple Mercedes AMG's and I have NEVER felt a difference with an Ecu upgrade like the one in my car today.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Unless they were turbo, that's not surprising. A NA engine can't do much with an ECU upgrade.
 

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Re: IPD's Stage 2 Ecu upgrade for the GT's is simply........................ (Mash)

Told you so.
 

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Re: IPD's Stage 2 Ecu upgrade for the GT's is simply........................ (Our R)

You sure did. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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That sounds like a nice upgrade. What did you do with your BSR, were you able to return it? I have Heico Volutions coming soon from Eurosport, and am glad to hear another positive review of the wheels. What were wrong with the H5s?
 

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Re: (GuelphVolvo)

The BSR went back because of the idle problems and inconsistant rpm rev's. Normally they DO NOT take returns. In my case they made an exception. About the H5's, the clear coat was bad and they were flaking after 1 week. The Volutions are a great addition to the R! Good luck w/everything. Anybody that wants MAD PULL in ALL gears, get this upgrade. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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so what's the deal with these ECU upgrades and warranty issues? are anybody having any problems with their dealerships when going in for service?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dhltal</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">so what's the deal with these ECU upgrades and warranty issues? are anybody having any problems with their dealerships when going in for service?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you chose to mod, you are gambling with the warranty....plain and simple. You can choose a "softloader" that allows you to flash back to stock when going in for service. However, the event is recorded and Volvo can find out that the ECU was altered <B>IF</B> they choose to dig.<p>Volvo cannot simply deny the warranty because you performed a mod but they can refuse coverage if a failure is caused by the mod. It is in your best interest to have a good relationship with the local service manager and determine if they are mod friendly or not.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If you chose to mod, you are gambling with the warranty....plain and simple. You can choose a "softloader" that allows you to flash back to stock when going in for service. However, the event is recorded and Volvo can find out that the ECU was altered <B>IF</B> they choose to dig.<p>Volvo cannot simply deny the warranty because you performed a mod but they can refuse coverage if a failure is caused by the mod. It is in your best interest to have a good relationship with the local service manager and determine if they are mod friendly or not.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>And even if the current manager is mod friendly, that is cold comfort given the turnover rate in just about any business. So bottom line is still: you are gambling. It may be well worth it though!!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mike_c70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Where's the pic of your car with the Volutions? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yeah <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> !
 

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The pics of my car are a little behind. I have a newborn and he has taken priority with me. I will have all of the fresh pics shortly. On a side note. Last night I noticed that when I MASH the gas I get full boost from a stop in 1st and 2nd. Then when the car goes into 3rd it seems like it is a "STOCK" boost that is present. If I let off of the gas for a quick secong and then "mash" the gas again the boost is back above the stock feel. I can only seem to get the MAD boost for 2 gears. Then the boost goes to a "stock" feel. The other thing I have noticed is the WOOOOOOSH after letting off of the gas is sputtering a bit. Before the "tune" I would bring the rpm's up to mid 5000rpm range and let off of the gass( keeping it in the same gear) and then there would be a WOOOOOOOOSH. Now after the "tune" doing that same thing with the rpm's in 1st (or any gear for that matter above 5000 rpm's) and letting off of the gas I get a WHOOSH..WHOOSH..WHOOSh. It has a sputtering sound(same as before but now the WHOOSHING is broke up into little sputtering whooshes. I am wondering if the blow off valve is torched. I know we don't have a blow off valve, but I forget the name of the piece we have. Anyone know the name of that piece? It seems like it is letting the pressure in that piece out prematurly because of the high boost. Maybe this is a safety thing that the computer is doing. The sound is really cool. I even have the high pitched chirp that a BOV has. I am just wondering if the PULL in only a couple of consecutive gears is normal? Or should the pull be hard in all gears untill I let off of the gas? I would think the latter would be the case. Even if you don't have a GT but have this program, PLEASE chime in. The car is running great except for the "down boosting" it is doing after 2 gears. Thanks in advance for the input, Rick
 

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Re: (Mash)

You're rambing here a bit.<br>Please be a bit more specific (CLEARER, really!)<br>I have no idea exactly what you're trying to say but I will ask the obvious. Have you had the Volvo ECU upgrade flash that came out for 04's about a year and a half ago? If not you need it and send back the ECU for another flash.<br>That ECU upgrade eliminates all the bucking and weirdness<br>Jim
 

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I have had that ecu update. There is no "bucking" at all. When I step on the gas (hard) I get the full 19-21psi boost (I do have a boost gauge) through 1st and 2nd. Then with the gas still to the floor it goes into 3rd and the boost drops to 12-14psi. When I first got the ecu "tune" the boost was constantly at 17 or higher at least intill 4th gear hit. The pull was hard in all of those gears. Now the above drop in 3rd happens every time. It also will have full boost in 3rd when I kick it down on the highway going 60-70mph. Then the same "boost drop" happens in 4th (from 17-19psi in third then 4th it goes to 12-14psi) I hope this clears my rambling up a bit.
 

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As I recall there is some 3 sec limit that occurs over a certain RPM. The amount of time you spend at that higher RPM is less in lower gears than upper. <p>So I wonder if in 3-high that limit is what's going on....<p>
 

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We have installed a few ipd ECU upgrades here, GT models included. We have experienced nothing but good outcomes with ipd's ECU upgrade. <p>The customers we have that have the GT's have not mentioned/noticed a boost reduction after 2nd gear. <p>First thing I would look at would be the boost control valve/selonoid. It's about 30 bucks, and doesn't take long at all to replace. Since your vehicle is slightly older, this could very well be worn out (and the improved performance of the ECU upgrade will only exacerbate that). Do a search and you'll find some threads on this topic.<p>Second thing to consider would be the accuracy of your boost guage. Is it possible that it loses accuracy under long periods of boost? Is it possible that you may have a break in the vacuum line feeding your boost guage? <p>Aside from those possible issues, I'd recommend you contact someone at ipd to see what their thoughts are. I know that they will take good care of you, regardless of where the problem may lie.<p>Best wishes! Keep us informed.
 

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Well, something I noticed on my last drive is quite interesting. My boost gauge is not reading ANY boost at all. Negative or positive. I wonder if the T in the turbo line that installer put in has come loose? If so I would imagine that is the reason for the drop in boost. But if that was the case I would think that I would get a "bucking" feel to the get up and go of the car. Not that it cuts down the boost after a gear is engaged. I have looked under the hood and I cannot find where he put the T. Any comments?
 

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Well that is a vacuum line <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>You would think it wouldn't but anything's possible so get it back to stage 0, (everything in working order and go from there)<br>I also wonder since you knew this wasn't working properly why you would post this, get everyone speculating, BEFORE you fixed it, since it's directly related to the boost area? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>These cars have to be PERFECT, with everything working <B>properly.</B>
 

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Re: (Mash)

If you tapped in on the line between the manifold and CBV and that came apart..... the CBV may be in a wrong state... that line goes from a vacuum to 20 psi and needs clamps.
 

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JRL, the reason I posted this is because all was great for the first few days. Then whammo the differences about the above were explained. It was working perfect untill yesterday. I use this forum for HELP as much as I do trying to SUPPORT the newbies and others. That is why I posted this. FOR THE HELP! But thanks for your very JRL answer! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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