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  • MHR1294
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    Originally posted by Robert View Post
    Dude I was wondering. Did you get the ECM sorted?
    Nope I don't think so, they never mentioned it to me. I think they've forgot.

    The car has left Japan and the boat is passing Singapore on the 14th August.

    Would have like a tuning box, simply because they are plug and play. No need to send the ECU away or anything. 80PS would make it a flying machine!

    I can only find one company that does a box, all the rest need (HKS, KC-Technica etc) the ECU for re-writing and boost up.

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  • Robert
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    Dude I was wondering. Did you get the ECM sorted?

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  • MHR1294
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    Update:

    My Car is on the boat!!!!! Arrival date is the 10th of September. Gonna feel like a long month and a half!

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  • MHR1294
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    I'm sure it'll be fine at 100hp!

    I received an email back from the UK tuning company saying they don't make them now... so I've emailed the Japanese tuner to see if they have them. If they do then WTF because it's the same company.

    Bet it was just a sales rep that responded to my original email...

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  • 83Cordia
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    Thanks! and this alto is gonna be my replacement daily for a while lol as its got really low miles and it drives like a noisy dream so lets see if they're reliable at all because heck you bet im gonna mod it up and my goal is one hundred face melting horsepower for the little AWD monster. ill update you in a couple of months on its reliability with the mods

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  • MHR1294
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    Woohoo! More Altos!

    I was too scared to buy an older one, I'm needing a reliable daily car. With an older one I would be too tempted to tune it and break it.

    P.S I deleted that post for you.

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  • 83Cordia
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    Yooooooo we could be Alto buddies ive got a 1989 Alto Works RS/R on the way!

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  • MHR1294
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    I will!

    As soon as I know anything, It'll be going in this thread.

    I have found a tuning box company - who I know are reliable and safe with other vehicles - in the UK who should be able to supply me a box for the Alto Works. That would lift the power output to around 80HP. This isn't ideal but the chances of anyone in the UK being able to remap the standard ECU will be nearly impossible unless I get an aftermarket ECU. I'm not willing to spend so much on it too soon.

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  • applegeek897
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    Epic mate. Keen the updates coming!

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  • MHR1294
    started a topic Martin's Kei to success (Suzuki Alto Works)

    Martin's Kei to success (Suzuki Alto Works)

    So I've been quiet on here for a while, my 1.5D turbo project is on hold. I've been busy.

    In January I was looking at importing a Kei car, my criteria for a new car was always going to be small and turbo. Nothing in Europe really excited me except from the VW Up! GTi. I placed an order for one of these cars as soon as the order books opened in February. 2 months ago I was informed the build week was going to be the last week in September. After initially being told it would arrive in June. A September build weeks means it would probably not arrive until nearly November.

    So, I've cancelled my order with VW a few days ago.

    For the same money I'm now importing a nearly new Suzuki Alto Works. Being a Kei it's only about 20cm shorter than the Up! So it's a similar size to what I was looking for and it's much better spec. If it wasn't for Shipping cost, VAT (20%), Customs and excise (5%) , converting from km/h to mph and IVA test, the car is a bargain. I won the car at Auction for just over 1.1M Yen which I think it about 7700GBP or 13500AUD.

    My friends think I'm nuts, but I compared the specifications carefully before deciding to buy.

    Alto Works as standard has:
    Xenon Lights
    Push button start
    Recaro Bucket seats
    Automatic Climate Control (Optional extra on the Up!)
    A radio with a large colour screen
    A turbo light that comes on when you're on boost
    TCS system that you can turn off

    to add to that, the car I've won at auction has the optional 4WD.

    The import company is keeping it at their Garage just now, the ship leaves in 4 weeks. So the chances are it'll still arrive before my Up! would have arrived hahahaha!

    The only downsides are the car is still 64hp and restricted to 140km/h, I plan to have these restrictions relieved shortly depending on the cost. My total cost should be about 15000GBP or nearly 28000AUD so it is a used car and costing a little more than the Up. A Brand new Works would have cost me 18000 in the UK.


    So this is going to turn into my blog for this car. Clearly going to be very quiet until it arrives!


    I've been asked loads what an IVA is. When you personally import a car into the UK the car must undergo an IVA test. (Individual Vehicle Approval) This is a test that makes sure the car you're importing conforms to minimum safety and emissions requirements. So I've bought a totally standard Alto Works because after converting the speedo the car should sail through the test with no other modifications being required.

    Feel free to have a read of all the requirements if you dare https://assets.publishing.service.go...r-vehicles.pdf
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