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Re: Explaining Chip mods

> >         That is where I believe it is important to deal with somebody you 
> > trust.
> I agree wholeheartedly ... however, there is a difference between refusing
> to divulge a trade secret and refusing to divulge anything.  In this case,
> what I wanted to know was WHAT Ned was doing -- adjusting boost, timing or
> fueling, etc. and under what conditions -- and NOT the specs for where and
> how he was doing it.  For him to have answered my questions satisfactorily
> would have required him to simply tell me what he's trying to achieve, his
> rationale behind making these changes and an explanation of the methods by
> which he does so ... this he didn't/wouldn't do.  Maybe he was busy or had
> someplace to go since others seem to make a point of how free with info he
> can be at times but this wasn't the case when I talked with him.  No trust
> (because he did nothing to earn mine) equals no sale in my book...
> Am I the only one to have experienced with him?  Should I give him another
> chance?
... that is up to you.  My experience with Ned is identical to yours ... and 
I asked for no more than you did.  I also know of others who have gotten the
same response.  

When I went up to Seattle last summer I was hoping to get a chance to meet 
Ned face to face.  He was out of town at the time so I got his message 
system.  When I got to the part that said something to the effect that if 
you need technical assistance and have a credit card number he'll get back 
to you I decided that it wasn't so bad that he was out of town.  I must say 
that my first impressions of Ned were much better ... he did offer me free 
assistance with a 4k RPM shutdown problem on the urQ many years ago.  My 
opinion is that today, if you were looking for an upgrade for your 200Q it 
is still worthwhile talking to Ned ... it seems that he may continue to offer 
updates once you've spent the bucks, but if you are looking for an upgrade 
for the urQ you'll probably get the exact same mod for cheaper going with 
Superchips or TAP ... I've got a Schrappnel Knobben from Paul Timmerman 
which does basically the same as all of them do for much cheaper.  

Steve Buchholz
San Jose, CA (USA)
With a '88 5kCSQW waiting to join the quattro list chip club soon!  ;-)