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Default BSR PPC tuning?

hey i have a quick question here, ive been reading the forums on tuning for a while and couldnt really find any clear cut answers on this one.

In the near future, i would like to do a bit of tuning on my aero 9-5 5spd. The ECU upg ive really been considering is the BSR PPC.

Judging from partsforsaabs.com it looks extremely easy to get this done, im pretty handy when need be, and they honestly make it sound like its a plug-and-play type deal. Plug it in, set your preferences, and BAM theres 44 BHP! (that would be cool if this were the case)

Does anyone have firsthand experience with this? is it really a simple process that makes for an easy DIY?
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Its that simple.
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If you can run to a FMIC or an uprated one in the OE position all the better.
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Yes, it's that simple.. And their technical support is awsome! Free 2 years updates included.
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wow i wouldve never thought. to see the 44 BHP i assume you need some form of open air filter as well?
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No need for an open air filter.
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For some reason this still sounds too good to be true. Are there any downfalls of going with the BSR PPC? any at all? (maybe the downside is the 700$ pricetag? lol)
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It's gone down nearly $300 in price since I got mine a year ago. The process takes about 20 minutes and BSR isn't flexible about custom tunes or providing tunes above stage 3.
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so provided you wanted to go higher in the future (stage 4-5) thats not really an option, and i guess you would basically be out the money for the PPC because you would need an independent custom tune?

I guess im not really worried about that, this car is a bit too hard of a car to use as a project car for now so give me another 50 hp, (maybe an exhaust with less restriction/a little more throat) and im all set

is 740 a good price for something like this? I mean the ability to plug in-and go and see 44 more HP and torque to boot?
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Maptun also have programmer for saab. It is called maptuner. I even think it can store several different softwares for the ecu. Meaning mabye standard, stg1 and stg3 on the same device.

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Its a good way of getting some extra horses but I dont think the 44bhp quoted is spot on. I have had one for years now and it makes a fair difference to the stock aero. As mentioned before though the intercooler isnt up to handling any more tune. In hot weather heat soak is bad and you would never know you had a tuned set up. So definitely a better intercooler a must.
It really is plug and play and very simple. I think its worth the cash if you aint going to go mad on tuning the car. Watch out for gremlins though with the extra power. Any dodgy or suspect valves etc will be found out.
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thanks david, i think thats the answer i was looking for. Will any intercooler with a higher CFM (or whatever units its rated in) do just fine? I guess the question here is all i need is something thats going to allow for more flow?
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If it was me, anything for simplicity, I would get the uprated intercooler that just directly replaces the stock one. No messing about with new fixings and pipework issues. I,m pretty sure you can get them that side of the pond but it must be easier than going through the hassle of getting a Front Mounted jobby done.
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