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  • foxdie's Avatar
    Today, 09:02 AM
    Thanks for the link Bill, haven't had chance to properly digest the information yet (day job stress) but skim reading it is rather juicy. If that page is correct about disabling boot mode flashing then that's a real shame. I was hoping to try and coax those dead cells back to life by repeatedly hammering them with 0xFF and 0x00. Definitely not guaranteed to fix the issue but worth a shot just in case. Also tempted to write my own reflashing program and put it on Github or something for...
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    15-09-2021, 05:14 PM
    Definitely interested in those notes BCX - the more we all know the better :) I do not claim to be an expert as I know we're all just scratching the surface. I just dug out the FLASH1 and FLASH2 Z-TAT programmers I had and tried to write to the knackered 7202 chip; FLASH1 Z-TAT with its own software would attempt to program but fail at the negotiating baud phase, but at least lights up the Vpp activity LED so I know it's *trying*. FLASH1 Z-TAT with the FLASH2 software is initially...
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  • foxdie's Avatar
    15-09-2021, 02:34 PM
    Sadly no such luck, this was attempting to flash a factory 7202 ROM image to a known-bad MH7202F (flashing dash lights / not booting) with the memmodel set in EcuFlash Version 1.41.2483 to MH7202F (doesn't seem to be possible to set it to the MH7203FA admittedly). Reading the ECU is completely fine, although the ROM ID is garbage, opening it in a hex editor I can see the tables are there. It's just writing that fails... J2534 API Version: 04.04
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  • foxdie's Avatar
    15-09-2021, 01:31 PM
    Jeez, I blink and ALL THE POSTS! :D Lot to cover here, forgive all the quotes! Indeed - I too have been running the latest EcuFlash on Windows 10, but I have been running MMCFlash (for the 7201 / H8/539F variants) on a Windows XP Virtualbox VM. I may try shifting EcuFlash and EvoScan into that VM too and keep them there.
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  • foxdie's Avatar
    14-09-2021, 01:29 PM
    Fair enough, best of luck then :)
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  • foxdie's Avatar
    14-09-2021, 01:17 PM
    Yep, this is symptomatic of a bad flash - the ECU processor detects an invalid checksum on the EEPROM and doesn't boot up. When you flash the car, you're actually resetting the ECU and loading a custom program into it, hence why you can still start a flash process Sadly no, it needs to be the exact known-good flash that worked last time. Otherwise the checksum won't match. As Garry has said, we can support you with a ViPEC / Link ECU, between Garry and myself we've got 8 years...
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    14-09-2021, 12:43 PM
    Hi GregorEST - as Garry has asked, is the car running at this point? The symptoms you describe are akin to EEPROM failure - it plagues flashing most factory ECU's at this point (which is why I keep spares when I'm tuning!). There's 2 types of failure I've observed; * Flashing failure towards the start of the EEPROM addresses, this results in a totally dead ECU you cannot fix * Flashing failure towards the middle / end of the EEPROM addresses, can sometimes be recovered by flashing...
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    13-09-2021, 05:55 PM
    Hello! Definitely better advice on here than on failbook. We are good armchair shoppers, so if you find one you like the look of then post it up and we'll dissect it. Whereabouts in Worcestershire are you?
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    13-09-2021, 05:50 PM
    Nick Mann replied to a thread Broken turbo housing in Engine
    As Tim says, that bolt can't be too long. If it is it will hit the casting sprue below the bolt and force the bolt hole away from the sprue. I've seen that damage at least half a dozen times.
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    13-09-2021, 05:48 PM
    I heard a conversation in the distance at one point where someone said "not many people know what the MPS is" or something similar. It now makes sense! Sorry I didn't meet you properly, but I'm sure I will at some point. Welcome to the club!
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    05-09-2021, 10:52 PM
    Hello, congratulations on your purchase. I love a build thread, so would encourage you to take more photos!
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    27-08-2021, 08:20 AM
    Nick Mann replied to a thread Project Black. in General Chat
    Ah. Good to know. Are you familiar with the procedure? So for example at the strut tops where there is a triple layer of metal, how do you make sure the acid has not only done it's job, but also comes back out again? I'm under the impression that trapped acid would be detrimental to keeping the car rust free!
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    27-08-2021, 08:14 AM
    I think John was talking about going? Or maybe his son? Galant Night
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  • foxdie's Avatar
    26-08-2021, 07:38 PM
    Okay bud, have done.
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    26-08-2021, 10:15 AM
    Nick Mann replied to a thread Project Black. in General Chat
    It sounds like a great plan! I have zero knowledge or experience of acid dipping. It sounds professional though!!
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    26-08-2021, 10:13 AM
    I believe this to be correct too.
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    26-08-2021, 08:16 AM
    Spacers reduce the amount of thread that your wheel nut will thread onto. At 7mm I'd be researching the need for longer studs. Other than that as long as the wheel is sat in the right place I'm not sure there is any other issue? /edit: You'd also want to make sure that the spacer holds the wheel in the right place - the hub has a flange that holds the wheel concentrically to the hub, just the studs alone won't do that and the wheel will feel out of balance all the time.
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    26-08-2021, 08:03 AM
    Sounds like you talked yourself into the same position as the rest of us Dave! It would be good to know if it is actually the right one, I look forward to the outcome, Russ.
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    25-08-2021, 06:56 PM
    Nick Mann replied to a thread New, NZ in Newbies Area
    Hello! /Welcome I've no experience at all of that chip, there aren't many on here from NZ any more. If you are happy to tune then it is possible to tune the stock ECU, although a 97 is more limited unless you find a newer car to steal the ECU from. Parts wise there are lots of options in the UK - most things are able to be bought or have an alternative supply. I'd be surprised if it is significantly more difficult in NZ, although I guess import costs could be worse if you have to...
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    25-08-2021, 06:46 PM
    I'm very interested Dave. Let me know the procedure please!
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    25-08-2021, 06:33 PM
    Nick Mann replied to a thread Project Black. in General Chat
    I'm also going to be following with interest - following my major restore/protect in 2012 mine is now probably worse than it was 9 years ago. That is still better than most are, but I do need to be thinking about heavy duty work again! It will be great to see you making a return too, Mark.
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    25-08-2021, 05:39 PM
    That's my fault, sorry. I had a brain fart. I think it is actually Shoreham, but obviously talk to Mark rather than listen to my ramblings!
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    25-08-2021, 05:33 PM
    Fingers crossed it is right then!
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    25-08-2021, 05:32 PM
    The inner front joints are, yes, but not the shafts. You can swap the inner green cups one side to the other.
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  • Nick Mann's Avatar
    25-08-2021, 05:31 PM
    It looks suspiciously similar to the front inner joints to me.
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    24-08-2021, 11:15 AM
    Added :)
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  • foxdie's Avatar
    23-08-2021, 05:42 PM
    We are back!! This will be our 6th club tuning day (2017 2013 2014 2015 2016) at Area 52 Autosport :thumbsup: When The event will be on Saturday 11th September 2021, starting at roughly 9:30 AM (give or take 30 mins) and going on until mid-late afternoon (5ish) Where
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    Hello braindG
    I've renewed my membership and asked for vr4 pen, I've now lost my old one so was wondering if the new one was on its way.
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    Hi BraindG still cant pay for tickets, everytime I click checkout the screen just comes back to cart????
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    hey man...you know when you get quote notifications? shouldnt there be a way to click and go straight to the thread you quoted in?
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    Barry,still waiting for a reply regarding my membership renewal,now had an email warning me it's about to expire,as explained,i did send the £20 by Paypal direct,has it been received,please reply.
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    Hi Barry,renewed my membership but the red banner still keeps popping up with a warning that my membership is about to expire,help!!
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    Hiya Barry,just to confirm,i have just sent a payment of £20 for my membership renewal thru Paypal,many thanks,Bill Hardy
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    Hello Barry. I have just re-joined the site and am trying to post a for sale advert for my VR4, but appear to be struggling. Can you help please? Thanks Mike
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    Hi Barry,i am just trying to up date my last post in the for sale section,my daughter has just gone back to uni and i am a caveman when it comes to computers! Regards,Lee.
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    Hi,i,ve got problems posting on adds have i got any of my settings wrong?

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