Went to ChippedUk in Bromsgrove today to finally get my Z18XE engine remapped. They used the new live data emulation equipment and as promised I've come on to let other Astra owners know how it performs.
Firstly ChippedUK is easy to find, the premises are clean and everything looks like they take a lot of pride in what they do, no oily tools etc lying around. The rolling road is simply stunning, makes the one at Courtenays look very poor, it contracts to fit both sets of wheels in place and then the plates sink into the floor leaving the car on the rollers. Very impressive I must say.
They dipped the oil to make sure the car had enough in and also I suppose to check it's condition. They spotted a slight fault straight away as my brand new dipstick had some of the wire braid sticking out and loose which wasn't good so they filed it flat, nice of them
A quick run later and the car pushed out almost exactly what Courtenays had recorded, 135.5bhp and 123.3lbsft, Courtenays was 134.6 and 121lbs/ft so very close.
They then downloaded the original file from the ECU, well I think they did it all got a bit confusing as they were in and out of the car with laptops etc quite a few times. Nothing seemed to happen for a while but I presume the new map was uploading.
After around 1hr the car was again run on the rollers, this time it recorded 145.9bhp and 135.6lbs/ft.
The car was then removed from the rollers and I was asked to take it for a spin for my first impressions. The map was apparent from the first minute, it took off smoother, took up when in motion faster and just generally felt much better. On the way back the difference was even more apparent on the motorway, pick up from around 80mph was much quicker, the car revved higher as well as the rev limiter had been moved to around 6850 IIRC.
Cost was £150 which for what I got was extremely reasonable, Jason was very helpful and friendly even though he was also doing lots of other things at the same time.
Only thing that I can say in criticism was that I'd have liked to have been kept informed on the process more but that's just me, I'm kinda paranoid about rolling roads as the Courtenay one was a disaster as the very first thing they said was that both my front wheels were buckled which didn't go down well, so everytime Jason said things like Oh dear or don't understand that I kinda freaked out expecting the worst.
On the plus side, both my front wheels were still straight and not flat spotted which was nice to see.