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I've got a 163bhp A4 1.8T Avant and thinking of doing the bog standard 40bhp upgrade (which is around £800 inc. vat). D'you think it's worth it and has anyone chipped their cars and been pleased with the result?

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I think you're question should be more like 'Is there anyone who isn't chipped and isn't happy with the performance?' The answer to which is no and no.

Ok so there are some that are not chipped, but the difference it makes to the car is imense to say the least, but do a search and you'll find lots of opinions, all of which are positive. A chip is well worth the money, and will give the car a new life...torque torque torque.

There are cheaper options to the 800 quid you've stated, with the cheaper chips starting at around the 400 mark.

Just to save you a bit of time ploughing through the search engines I've put my choice of top/recognised tuners for Audi's (VAG), and although originally was aimed at chip tuning encompasses general tuning as well, and does have a focus on the UK market;

Most recognised within the UK:

APR - www.goapr.co.uk/dealer/index.html - Good maps and well respected, especially in the US. Just released OBD* tuning. Switchable options using cruise control.

REVO- www.revotechnik.com/uk/ukrevo.html - Good maps, one of the first tuners to offer OBD* tuning in UK. Switchable options using switch (Dongle).

AmD - www.auto-amd.com - More than just a chip tuner, they are a complete tuner unlike many others. Respect. New one-click system offers another option on tuning.

Jabbasport - www.jabbasport.com/Audi/Jabbachips/Contact/contact.html - For those that want to take their tuning that little bit further. Well respected.

Forge Motorsport - www.forgemotorsport.co.uk - No chip tuning of their own but they do offer a number of great tuning products for VAG cars.

* - OBD = On Board Diagnostic. Tuning which is done via the diagnostic serial port located on the vehicle, so no chip replacement is required.

European VAG tuners:

Oettinger - www.oettinger.de or www.roadandsport.co.uk (UK dealer) - One of the longest running tuners for Audi's. A great tuner with a great range of products.

ABT- www.abtsportsline.co.uk/location.php3 - Again a long running tuner with good products. Official Audi chip tuning for The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium amongst other countries.

MTM- www.mtm-online.de or www.qstuning.com (UK dealer) - Well known for good maps with solid performance.

Projectzwo- www.projektzwo.de or www.roadandsport.co.uk (UK dealer) - Again a long runing tuner that's well respected.

SKN- www.skn-tuning.com or contact SKN (UK) Ltd. on www.scottsmototune.co.uk - Not so well known but good products nonetheless.

Upsolute - www.upsolute.com - Austrian tuner, well known worldwide.

Other recognised tuners for chips mainly;

Superchips - www.superchips.co.uk - Regarded as a general tuner offering nothing special, but map on 1.8T does produce good results!

Wetterauer - www.wetterauer.de - Not so well known german tuner, but still heard of. Used in both the US and Europe.

DBM - www.dbmengineering.nl - Similar to Jabbasport but in Holland. Nice product range with carbon air boxes. Produced a 420bhp S3 for the road!!

Bullpower - www.bullpower.nl - Very little known about this tuner, but show good figures.

Sportec- www.sportec.ch (Even though covered by AmD) - Relatively new to the UK scene. Good torque figures produced with the maps and satisfied customers.

Powerchips- www.powerchipgroup.com - Hardly ever mentioned on the forums, like Superchips, but look to provide good results. The website is extremely good, and the detailed datasheets provided within minutes of an enquiry are full of info. Available through www.mongooseexhausts.com or www.motorsportworld.co.uk <http://www.motorsportworld.co.uk>

The below tuners are mainly for the US guys, as some tuners are not quite so well known or even available within Europe or have different US websites to the above.

APR - www.goapr.com - Very well known both in Europe and the States and stage III tuning gives very good figures.

GIAC- www.giacusa.com - Again another well known tuner in the states.

Neuspeed - www.neuspeed.com - Well known in the states, but less so than the two above.

Greedspeed - www.greedspeed.com - I don't know much about these guys but the Yanks do from what it seems.

TAP (Total Audi Performance) - www.tap1.com - Again I know nothing about these guys but they do across the water

AmD - www.amdtechnikusa.com - Newbie to the States, but based on the European arm will provide good products.

Forge Motorsport - www.forgemotorsport.com - No chip tuning of their own but they do offer a number of great tuning products for VAG cars.

All have their merits, and really it's a personal choice, and you have to check around before choosing in my opinion. There are many other smaller tuners who offer chips etc. but are not widely recognised, but can offer options cheaper than above, so additonal research will pay off.

Do not think for one moment that the above is comprehensive, it is only my opinion and based on my knowledge of tuning, the products offered and comments I have picked up on my travels and is intended to be unbiased, but I do have a weak spot for Oettinger these days.

Gambba

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Good list - I do think that you should put a mention of RSD into the most recognised within the UK bit.

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The problem with RSD Chris, is that there site is totally uninspiring (just links to the manufacturers sites) and they do not show what they can do, and I'm not sure they are as recognised as AmD, Revo and the likes.

And I'm the last to say a bad thing about RSD as that's where I had my chip fitted. beerchug.gif

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Will consider doing a list dedicated to third party tuners, which is what Star are, as they offer none of their own products.

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Incorrect : as well as being an APR dealer Star Performance actually offer a range of their own Diesel Performance Tuning Solutions for all turbo diesel vehicles and also offer Direct Port tuning for Mercedes Benz, BMW etc too!

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Oh and there are few tuners that actually write their own software exclusively for their own use.... MTM, APR and Revo (I think).

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Will consider doing a list dedicated to third party tuners, which is what Star are, as they offer none of their own products.

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Incorrect : as well as being an APR dealer Star Performance actually offer a range of their own Diesel Performance Tuning Solutions for all turbo diesel vehicles and also offer Direct Port tuning for Mercedes Benz, BMW etc too!

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Oh and there are few tuners that actually write their own software exclusively for their own use.... MTM, APR and Revo (I think).

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Cheers Barry beerchug.gif

Will add them to the list then grin.gif

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How can I find out what remap I've had done?

I took the car (2.0 8v Mk3 Golf Cab) into AMD and they said it was already chipped, but they didn't know by who (no manufacturers code)... saved me £350 and with the induction and exhaust is now putting out [email protected] and 148lb/[email protected], but realy puzzling as to who might have done the upgrade....

Lostbok

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How can I find out what remap I've had done?

I took the car (2.0 8v Mk3 Golf Cab) into AMD and they said it was already chipped, but they didn't know by who (no manufacturers code)... saved me £350 and with the induction and exhaust is now putting out [email protected] and 148lb/[email protected], but realy puzzling as to who might have done the upgrade....

Lostbok

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Welcome to the site.

I would say take out the ECU and see if the chip or ECU has a sticker on it from the tuner, in some cases it will and in others not.....

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Digging out the old posts blush.gif Sorry - been in the wilderness for a while!

I had the car in at AMD for a remap and they couldn't see any sign on the ECU or in the software of who had done it...

Having said that it made a huge difference just getting the induction and Milltek exhaust in there... just tryign to find out about high-lift cams or some sort of replacement cams.... not goign farthing "wild" just want the old 8 vengine to reva shade further than 5500rpm!

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