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BSR PPC or RICA Softloader?

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Old Nov 8th, 2010, 20:14   #1
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Default BSR PPC or RICA Softloader?

For a Volvo D5 163 2003MY Manual... Can anybody please advise me as to what they have had or heard about these remaps and the tools associated with them... Or should I just take it to somebody professional instead of DIY with tools etc... Toying with the idea of a remap!!
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Old Nov 9th, 2010, 13:21   #2
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For a Volvo D5 163 2003MY Manual... Can anybody please advise me as to what they have had or heard about these remaps and the tools associated with them... Or should I just take it to somebody professional instead of DIY with tools etc... Toying with the idea of a remap!!
Have a look here http://forums.t5d5.org/forum/52-d5-engine-tuning/
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Old Nov 10th, 2010, 08:09   #3
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Default MTE software.

Hopefully, if you have now spent some time in your research at www.t5d5.org and elswhere you will have read some fair comment on the Swedish written MTE software that I sell here in the UK and their unique Softloader system.

For the earlier D5s MTE software will gain you outputs of 195bhp and 410nm of torque. The later, more powerfull diesels in D5 and lower output forms all give 220bhp and 475nm.

The peak horse power claimed with rewritten software is a bit of a blind alley for you when judging what you get for your money, the most important figures are those of torque as it is a given that you make the most progress with any diesel engine by liberal applications of the generous mid range torque. With MTE that is where you get peerless results as all their software, both petrol and diesel, is written to give the highest safe, sensible torque outputs across a wide rev range.

I presently charge 435 including VAT for this software. You do also have to pay a returnable deposit of 155 for their unique Softloader Device that allows you to install it yourself when it acts as an interface between your car's OBD port and an XP equipped laptop.

If you keep the Softloader Device after the installation you can use it, with the laptop, to swap between standard Volvo and MTE software. With the Softloader Device you can also buy MTE's data logging and diagnostics packages for 135.

If you check www.ipdusa.com you will find some comprehensive further information on various videos....IPD are the MTE distributor in the US.

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Old Nov 10th, 2010, 12:26   #4
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For a Volvo D5 163 2003MY Manual... Can anybody please advise me as to what they have had or heard about these remaps and the tools associated with them... Or should I just take it to somebody professional instead of DIY with tools etc... Toying with the idea of a remap!!
With RICA you have both options available! The RICA upgrade itself gives you 198 hp and a generous 435 Nm, with the torque available over a wide rev range resulting in superb performance and overtaking grunt, plus the added benefit of a noticable improvement in fuel economy.

For installation of the RICA upgrade, you can either go for the RICA iSoftloader and do it yourself, or you can go to your nearest RICA agent and have them install it for you. In your case, the nearest agent is in Buckie.

If you opt for the RICA iSoftloader, you get a hand-held programmer that does not require a laptop to program the car. You can use any PC computer connected to the internet to download the RICA software to the RICA iSoftloader, then you simply take the RICA iSoftloader to the car, plug it into the OBD2 diagnostics port and program the car with a press of a button. You can switch between standard and RICA software at your leisure!

The price of the RICA ECU upgrade is 440.63 inc VAT and the optional RICA iSoftloader is 99.88 inc VAT. Full details are available here -

http://www.rica-uk.com/viewcar.aspx?vehicle=149

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Default MTE Software.

One important advantage that you have over all other offerings with the MTE software is that it is written individually for each vehicle based on the initial read out that you make with the unique softloader device.

You can take further advantage of this fact by getting a dealer to reflash your vehicle to install all Volvo's latest software revisions prior to your initiating an MTE rewrite which is then retained and incorporated by MTE when they prepare your bespoke software package for you to install.

MTE is not a 'catch all' reflash available at and downloaded from a website regardless of the provenance of your existing software.

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One important advantage that you have over many other offerings with the RICA software is that it is written individually for each vehicle based on the actual software version in your car, as read by the RICA iSoftloader.

You can take further advantage of this fact by getting a Volvo dealer or independent Volvo specialist to reflash your vehicle and install all Volvo's latest software revisions (eg service updates or recall updates), then have RICA incorporate these updates using the RICA iSoftloader. The same also applies if you opt to have your RICA upgrade installed at your RICA agent, without the RICA iSoftloader.
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Old Nov 11th, 2010, 23:52   #7
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Don't get BSR

Their map is OK - but the throttle settings are a bit Odd and customer service is pisch poor.

Go for RICA or MTE

personally, If I had my money from the BSR back, I'd get MTE
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Old Nov 12th, 2010, 15:22   #8
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Can one of the mods please add the words: RICA, BSR, MTE, chipping & mapping to the swear filter please
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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 00:07   #9
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Adam you know that what you are saying are lies, when one of your customers only recently returned his car after several failed attempts by Rica to increase the fueling to a safe point which YOU admitted it should be at Rica could not do this at all. I know you are aware of this as you were yourself there and took live readouts of that very customer's car and YOU agreed that it was not right. When up-to-date Volvo Software was loaded on to the same car by the customer's Volvo dealer, Rica were unable to incorporate those updates into their software, nor could they increase the fueling even to the point that you claim other cars in the same state of tune run. A good indication that Rica cannot make the simplest of required adjustments is that you wanted to raise the fuel pressure to increase the fueling when all it needed was correctly written software calibrations in the first place. The whole thing has been a sorry episode from start to finish leaving the customer several hundred pounds out of pocket, and having wasted a lot of his time which he spent in good faith that Rica could actually resolve the issue, which they couldn't and didn't. I find it extraordinary that you're so willing to lie about Rica's abilities when you have yourself been involved in this recent fiasco and know full well the facts surrounding it.
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Old Nov 13th, 2010, 00:12   #10
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i am happy with my cheaper option. no smoke and no probs!
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