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Old 07-18-2006, 03:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Goin' to buy a chip to increase fuel economy and better towing performance as my warranty is about to expire. Considered the Van Aaken as easy to install, just plug'n'play and good results on the performance report here on TDS. Furthermore, it's significantly cheaper than the Edge. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] Does it come with the switch? Is there anything to be concerned about?

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I believe Mark Craig sells these, and will be able to properly comment on these modules. I believe in regarding to the last round up, it faired real well for the dollars involved. Good luck. Jeff
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We'll await his comments. Can you switch between off, 50% and 100% while driving?

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Old 07-19-2006, 03:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have the Van Aken module - and love it. Had the Edge Juice with Attitude before. Also have a pre-turbo EGT, 4" cat back exhaust and AFE pro guard 7 intake.

To answer your question - yes - you can switch on the fly between HP levels in the cab. ( 0HP, ~+70HP, ~+100HP )
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Just ordered it. darth_intel, do you see any MPG increase when driving "normally"?

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I get 24 MPG highway in the +70HP mode

Towing 5,000 LBS I get 18 MPG

Towing 14,000 LBS toy hauler I get 10 MPG.

I experienced 2-3 MPG with all the changes I made.
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darth_intel,
what were your figures befre the mod?

Get 17 MPG average, no towing. Highway is about 21 MPG. Should receive the Aaken any day from now. Hope to se at least +1 MPG. Hope for +2.

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I have the Van Aken module - and love it. Had the Edge Juice with Attitude before. Also have a pre-turbo EGT, 4" cat back exhaust and AFE pro guard 7 intake.

To answer your question - yes - you can switch on the fly between HP levels in the cab. ( 0HP, ~+70HP, ~+100HP )

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Do you notce a difference when switching from 70 to 100. Can you feel it by the seat of your pants. Do you have any 1/4 miles runs just for the heck of it. Thanks Jeff.
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To answer your question - yes - you can switch on the fly between HP levels in the cab. ( 0HP, ~+70HP, ~+100HP )

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You are absolutely sure? I do not want to risk my engine on this. Thanks.

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JimJoe,

Yes it is switchable on the fly. Just don't ever have an engine all the way to the floor and make any switching changes. If you have any questions let us know.

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Yep, there is one thing I asken in another thread. The wire for the switch runs through a section of strange metal wires just after the battery. I wonder whether these wires get hot or may otherwise damage the cable.

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Not exactly sure what you are asking about but you can route the switch wire thru the firewall anywhere you'd like to if you want to avoid that area to be sure.

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Look at here. I marked the strange wires in red. You see the cable running straight through them.

Another one: What are the wires here marked in yellow?

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The ones in yellow look like the customer option wires. ust some wire pre-run through the firewall to use. You'll find the other end of them on the other side of the firewall.
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Correct me if I am wrong, however, those steel lines you see are the brake lines [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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