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Guy on craigslist is selling hptuner . He said he bought it back in 06.
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Depends if he has credits or not. 250-350 would be fair

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Depends if he has credits or not. 250-350 would be fair
how would i find out?
and he said it came with a vcm suite?
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Make sure its hpt pro. You go to hpt website and check serial number for credits

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VCM Suite is the tuning software, which means it's pro. VCM Scanner is the non-pro version.

Cost of the Suite has gone up since I bought it back in 08. $250-300 is a good range for a Suite without credits. If it comes with credits it should be more (just keep in mind each credit is $50 and you need 2 of them to unlock a ECM). Also another thing to keep in mind, some people have unlocked year ranges for doing a certain amount of cars within the same year range. IF this is unlocked too, it should be worth a little more.

When you buy HP Tuners used, you don't just buy the product and go, you actually buy the ACCOUNT attatched to the software, which means this guy will NOT be able to use HP Tuners again until he either buys another suite, or you share the log in information with him (WOULD NOT DO UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AS THIS CAN HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE YOUR SUITE USELESS IF HE CHANGES ACCOUNT INFORMATION).

Also, really quick, do you know how to tune or are you just looking for HP Tuners for the availability? Because if you don't know how to tune, I'd HIGHLY recommend doing a LOT of reading and research on the subject before even attempting to plug it into your car.

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OK and I don't. the guy had an add on craigslist for cobalt headlights and others parts I messaged him asking what he had for cobalts he said he had a HP tuners with all this stuff.
Is there a post for tuning?
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There are tons of posts about tuning. I'd suggest reading up on it as it's not as easy as people make it out to be (unless they have countless hours of experience and know exactly what to do). I'd ask the guy a lot of questions about the HPTuners before purchasing too, but here is the way I see it. Even IF you don't know how to tune, it is much easier to have HP Tuners and have someone help you tune via e-mail and also teach you how to tune as well, so you can do the tunes and adjustments yourself as needed.

When I got HP Tuners, I'd never tuned a cobalt before, or any GM that is, but since then I've tuned a TON of guys, and now I tune all sorts of cars, but the DSM/Evo is still my strongest suit.

It's time consuming to learn how to tune as a lot of stuff will be trial and error for the LONGEST. But once you get past all that, then you're golden and won't have issues, but again, read a ton before using it, and I can't stress this enough. You have a couple values off in the tune and don't know what to look for while logging, you will blow up your stuff in a heartbeat.

---------- Post added at 12:27 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:26 PM ----------

Shoot, even when you know what you're doing you can still blow something up lol. I went through 4 DSM engines on the DSM I owned before my evo, but that was because I was literally pushing it as hard as I could past the breaking point or "safe" zone lol.

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Mods - Injen CAI, CIA MAF Relocate CP's, Dejon FMIC,
Custom 3" DP, 3" Exhaust, GT3076R, Pioneer AVH-4100DVD, Hurst STS, ZZP triple pod, Autometer Cobalt boost/DPIC/WB gauges, Nitto NT05 245/40/18's, H&R Springs, 80:20 Meth Spray
Future - KSport Kontrol Pro Coilovers, 10% Tint, FMIC spray
538whp/501wtq @38 psi on meth and 93 oct on stock ish motor


06 EVO IX MR/SE - Sold
Mods - *Updated 10/6/13* AEM TRUboost EBC, 4in custom TBE, SD dual 93/e85 tune, ETS 4in Race Core FMIC, Dual Aeromotive 400lph Fuel Pumps, T4 Tubular Manifold w/ dual WG's, FP Super99HTZ DBB Turbo, GSC 274 mivec cams, ARP headstuds/rod studs, FIC 2150cc Injectors, Aeromotive FPR, Aeromotive Fuel Rail, catch can, Mini Battery Kit, Slim Coolant Fan, Kiggly Racing high pressure valve Springs/Titanium Retainers, Supertech Stainless Steel Valves, Dual VTA Tial 44mm WG's, 4g64 Stroker Manley Pistons, 155mm 2.4 LR Manley Turbo Plus I Beam Rods with ARP 625 Studs, 100mm forged non-billet Manley Crankshaft, Full H/E PNP with Port Matching, Kiggly Racing Girdle, Dual Tial 50mm BOV's, Excedy Triple Disc Carbon HD Clutch, AEM EMS

'95 Ram 2500 Diesel
Mods - 5in TBE, Boost Elbow set to 28psi, Adjusted fuel pump, Open Turbo.

Future Mods- Super Street Clutch (rated @1400ftlbs tq), 67mm turbo, 160lb valve springs, added timing, tubular exhaust manifold, larger injectors, possible 6 spd swap.


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Gotcha thanks for the words of wisdom !
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Yea. As those guys covered. Make sure you know EVERYTHING you need to know about tuning before you even plug it in. One wrong button push and you can ruin your engine. It is fun to learn about and get the skills to do it.

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