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Autotap only for "mechanics"

stixx

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I've been thinking about getting an Autotap but I am by no means a mechanic or weekend mechanic for that matter. Do you need in depth knowledge to get the benefits from the info the Autotap provides. Can a casual user such as myself benefit?
 
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Well, between knowing what to look for when tuning, and the price of the unit, compared to how often you'll actually use it; it may be better to just have some scans done at a mod day or something. I do a lot of playing with the car, and I hardly use it but every couple of weeks. If you were going to fork out the dough to get one, you might as well get a tuning package from DHP or HPtuners that scans, and lets you make changes. In the long haul it's a better investment if you plan on going farther with the car.
 

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it will take some research on what everything means, and what is considered acceptable, and what is considered safe. Having a scan tool would be great if you plan on a lot of tuning, but otherwise the money is better spent else where like ron said. If you plan on tuning and scanning you should just fork up the cash for the dhp or hp tuner software. It scans faster than an atap (better resolution on all parameters. instead of seeing what is happening every 50 rpms for instance, you can see every 30. those numbers arent real, just an example), and you can change parameters on your own. Honestly though, i wouldnt get into tuning your own car until you understand what you are doing. You could do some very expensive damage if you arent careful


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for everyday people, I would say an atap is overkill. If you are racing/tuning mods for performance, an atap or tuner package (DHP) is indespensible.
If you just want to pull codes and reset them then you are bettor off going to autozone and buying one of the low cost code pullers.
 

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Originally posted by 12secGTP@Aug 25 2004, 09:58 PM
for everyday people, I would say an atap is overkill. If you are racing/tuning mods for performance, an atap or tuner package (DHP) is indespensible.
If you just want to pull codes and reset them then you are bettor off going to autozone and buying one of the low cost code pullers.
I agree. It is a user friendly divice but it takes a little automotive knowlegde to interpret. There are a few people in the club that can probably help you out.
 

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