Next up was to find someone selling Flashpro. My original idea was to just run with the group N map and then probably next year add some other mods and get it all mapped.
Anyway, I was having a browse on fleabay one evening and there was a Flashpro unit for sale from a Honda dealer. First thing to do was ask if it was unlocked; question posted on ebay. I decided then to give them a ring the following morning. Don't know what numpty I got on the phone but he obviously had no idea about Flashpro 'of course its locked' was the reponse! Put me on to someone else please. Spoke to one of the managers and explained how Flashpro worked and he gave me an assurance that it would be unlocked (they had the car on site). He then asked if I had seen the other bits they had for sale.............no but I will have a look.
To cut a long story short the car they had in had been part-ex'd with an RRC / CPL CAI / CPL Manifold / Hondata Gasket / CPL Fuel rail. The previous owner couldn't be bothered to take them off so the dealer had to do it. The Flashpro was listed on its own but the other items were grouped together as one listing. All I had to do was bid..........
Next issue was that I was away when the listings were due to end, so quick lesson for my old man on how to bid on ebay and most important - when to put your final bid in! My old mans bidding was successful
A couple of weeks later the goods arrived.........
Forgot to take pics of the other box of goodies!
My intentions were to hold on to all the bits until next year bar the manifold. I have said it all along, I want my car to be legal and am not prepared to throw away the cat, therefore I sold the manifold.
A few days after getting the Flashpro I loaded up the group N map. What a difference in the car. The car was so much more responsive than before with VTEC coming in earlier I was surprised at what a difference it made.
That then got me itching to get the other bits fitted. Only issue was I wanted an exhaust & FD2 throttle body to complement the RRC. Making sure I have the bits I want before paying for a remap to save having to go back again.
Speaking to a few members on the forum I explained that I wanted an exhaust that was quiet while pottering around everyone recommended the HKS. Luckily, Sumopower had an offer on and so one was ordered (delivered the following morning).
Only thing left was the throttle body. Dave (DPG87) had one for sale and I immediately bought it off him. His car was going to TDI on 4th Nov and it was agreed that we would complete the sale the following day at the rolling road event.
A couple of weeks later I was down at TDI to meet up with Colin (Pigdog) and a few others. Colin's car was having some new panels fitted and a mini meet was arranged to see the results. Unfortunately Colin's car wasn't ready but we had a laugh regardless. While there I mentioned to Paul @ TDI about what I had and about getting the bits fitted etc. He comes up with the idea of getting it all done on the rolling road day. Took all of 2 seconds to agree.
Fast forward 5th Nov..............
Arrival at TDI early as my car was 1st on the rollers to get stock values as shown in pic.
The car was then wheeled away for Neil & Ben to fit the new goodies..
Exhaust fitted (blurred pic but you get the idea)
Stripped ready for RRC etc
The new throttle body courtesy of Dave (DPG87)
The completed installation
The car was then taken back in for its remap.
I have detailed elsewhere that there were some problems getting it mapped. Paul tried to MAF tune the car however the injectors were maxing out at 6-6500rpm. Paul then decided to go for a MAP tune. The result is shown in the attached graph.
Everyone at TDI worked hard and it was a long day. We left about 20.00hrs having been there from 08.10hrs, I felt knackered and all I had been doing was walking round taking pics and chatting. God knows what the TDI lads must have felt like.
Stock 210.9bhp & 147lb/ft
Mapped 226.3bhp & 164lb/ft
The drive home was a whole new experience. The car pulls so well from low down the rev range. The gains from the work don't seem that much 15bhp & 17lb/ft of torque but the car drives so totally different. There is more torque available lower down the rev range and the car is transformed.
Sunday 6th Nov, did a write up for the forum and then thought I would go out for a spin. Quick check under the bonnet and to my dismay there was a fuel leak on the CPL fuel rail. There is a grub screw on the top of the rail and fuel was leaking from it. Spin out cancelled.
I wasn't going to have the fuel rail fitted originally as I was going to get an RRC cover; however I thought a bit of bling wouldn't hurt so decided on the day to get it fitted. So it was a little frustrating to have the problem. I had been thinking of selling it beforehand and am glad that I hadn't as someone else would have been disappointed. Joys of buying 2nd hand parts!
Following day after speaking to Paul @ TDI I wrapped a cloth around the rail and set off for Warrington hoping that I wasn't about to go up in smoke. Thankfully arrived there in one piece and Neil put the original rail back on at my request.
Big thanks to all @ TDI North for their hard work and assistance.
Drive back home I gave it the beans. Few things to note:
1. As soon as VTEC comes on the car sounds like it has the HKS RSK fitted, the CPL CAI sounds superb.
2. Exhaust has nice thrum around 2500-3000 revs when you put your foot down. I am expecting it to get a little louder when it cokes up a bit but it is definately the right choice if you don't want a loud exhaust.
3. The RRC is luke warm to touch immediately after a run, the Hondata gasket is really keeping temps in the intake down.
4. The extra power / torque is making the need for an lsd more noticeable.
One very very happy FN2 owner.