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I looked at fitting on to my v2 sti asked Andy f about them and he didn’t recamend it says he has had lots of problems with them don’t no if it was just the ones for the v1and v2 models or all
Agreed, also using ESL here and your summary is just about right. Mine is v2 though.I too have an ESL Daughterboard, V3/4, on an MY98 V4 Type R.
I have been running mine now for about 2 years.
I fitted the daughterboard to the stock ECU and have since mapped it myself.
I have a PLX AFR wideband that I sync with my ESL logs.
I then use MegaLogViewerHD to analyse the data and make changes to the map.
I also have the Motorsport Pack (which required me sending the ECU to ESL for - what I can only imagine is a firmware upgrade - and once returned I was able to rewrite my previous tuning progress back to the ECU).
The progress you make before the motorsport pack upgrade, should be saved to your laptop and holds all your mapped values for your ECU, once the motorsport pack is added you have several other parameters now available to play with (map) which are the extra motorsport features.
Your previous settings(map) will need to be written back to the ECU, as ESL will write the standard ECU code(StockMap) when upgrading it to the motorsport pack; well this is how it was prepared for me.
Seeing as your pre-MSPack map has no idea of these new parameters it will only write the parameters it knows of, leaving any of the new features untouched (they stay as delivered by ESL), then you can re-save your entire ECU again but now containing all of your previous map settings AND the new MS parameters, from then on, you’re working with the entire array of parameters from basic to motorsport features.
I have also wired the A/L activation to my dash, on a discrete - but easy to access - button (latched, not momentary), and have also fitted the clutch switch so ‘FlatFootShifting‘ is now active all the time - as when do you ever not take your foot off the throttle pedal when changing gear - in normal driving scenarios(?), yet, when you want to FFS, it’s already waiting to assist!
Launch control is brilliant, there are settings to tweak for this too, so you can set it to your liking.
Yeah, it’s a great system, and the retained stock features like closed-loop lambda control and Subaru’s knock control strategy make it the perfect option for anyone wanting to start from a stock base and slowly tweak their way up to some big power!
All systems have - what can only be described as “characteristics”, and even my daily job has systems that come with “known issues” at each update, and yet you find a way to work with them, it’s what makes it a skill you acquire over time, from frequent use, and once you find a way to harness the functionality, you can achieve some very impressive goals!