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LinkECU Users?

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I havent seen anyone using / recommending Linkecu for the Vr4, anyone have good experiences with it? I saw Speed Academy used it for their EVO VI build on youtube and was curious because it seems beginner friendly(ish?) as far as DIY tuning goes. Let me know!
 

Stevenoly

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Mukilteo, WA
Interested in this as well as I’m looking for a solution for me as I have an ‘88 which I believe means I have a dual board ecu and ECMTuning isn’t an easy solution.
 

MX4

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Apr 9, 2001
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New Zealand
Yes I use one though I didn't tune it myself. I had a local company complete that for me on the dyno.

I've had a good experience with the Link. Cold start is perfect, idle is great, all-round driveability is great too. Let me know any specific questions and I'll do my best to help.
 

MX4

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Interested in this as well as I’m looking for a solution for me as I have an ‘88 which I believe means I have a dual board ecu and ECMTuning isn’t an easy solution.
I have a MD165808 ECU if you are interested. Its the facelift single board EPROM ECU from the Evolution/Evo 0 VR4. It is chippable obviously and I believe can work with the ECMLink system (though best to verify that).
 

Stevenoly

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Are you using the plug and play VR4 specific link ECU I see around posted for about a grand? I appreciate the offer of the other ecu, but if I go down the road it may be similar money to get the stand alone setup And of the functionality is better. I’m completely stock at the moment, but trying to think long term with the car. I would probably have to have a shop set up the ecu either way, unless you say it’s super easy.
 

GotInsulin

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Philly burbs
Most people will probably not outgrow ECMLink to a point where they would need the LinkECU, BUT the amount of additional inputs etc makes it an attractive option, but may not be necessary depending on plans for the car.
 

Stevenoly

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Most people will probably not outgrow ECMLink to a point where they would need the LinkECU, BUT the amount of additional inputs etc makes it an attractive option, but may not be necessary depending on plans for the car.
Would you say ECMLink would still be an easier/more cost effective option for those of us with dual bord JDM ecus?
 
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Sacramrnto, Ca
Would you say ECMLink would still be an easier/more cost effective option for those of us with dual bord JDM ecus?
ECMlink is a much more user friendly option to a newbie than using LinkECU G4+. Like @GotInsulin said most people wont outgrow the ECMLink ecu for what they need. The nice thing about the LinkECU G4+ is more Inputs/Outputs options and CAN system. I currently run a LinkECU G4 because of my setup. I learned the system from the High Performance Academy and its not too bad to setup. Im currently working on a write up on DSMTuners just haven't had time to finish it. @Stevenoly if you have any question on the LinkECU G4 ask away.
 

Stevenoly

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ECMlink is a much more user friendly option to a newbie than using LinkECU G4+. Like @GotInsulin said most people wont outgrow the ECMLink ecu for what they need. The nice thing about the LinkECU G4+ is more Inputs/Outputs options and CAN system. I currently run a LinkECU G4 because of my setup. I learned the system from the High Performance Academy and its not too bad to setup. Im currently working on a write up on DSMTuners just haven't had time to finish it. @Stevenoly if you have any question on the LinkECU G4 ask away.
I very much appreciate that. With initial setup of LinkECU G4+ is it worth it to pay and have a shop set it up initially (possibly on a dyno) and just hope I can make friends enough to have them walk me thru it. This is all a bit premature as my car is completely stock as it sits, but I don’t want to start modifying and just hoping the motor stays together on its own…🙂
 
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