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ST TDCi Bluefin Install with pictures & mini review
Posted 21 November 2006 - 01:28 PM
I contacted MotorSport Developments on the 21st October regarding what could be done to my ST TDCi in regards to chipping and what would happen in the event of a failure of the chip or warranty claim if the engine failed. It’s a long way to drive (6hrs drive from where I live) if my car needed to go back for tweaking.
2 months on I still haven’t received a reply from MSD, maybe they are too busy to reply to emails, who knows? But they lost me as a new customer.
Bluefin Handset BF05-FORD-T
The Superchip range of chips have had a lot of experience with flashing/tuning and what you are paying for is the software and research and development, the nifty looking handset is just a tool for uploading the Map and once programmed it will live in your drawer unless you have to use it for reading fault codes which is a bonus and could save you money. The RRP of the turbo diesel Bluefin at £511 is a bit steep and put me off buying one for quite some time.
Also the fact that Superchips have changed their policy on resetting the devices means that if I decide to sell my unit on “I can’t”. Superchips will only offer a 30% discount on a new handset.
I was very lucky to have found one on eBay that had already been reset for use with a new car at a cost of £141 to the seller. I paid £290 for the Bluefin and received it the following day by special delivery.
Installation took just over 10 minutes downloading the OEM Map and uploading the Bluefin Map.
Locating the diagnostic plug is very easy on the Mondeo ST, it’s just under the steering column and just pulls down to gain access (see picture)
I test drove the newly chipped ST and to my surprise didn’t really notice a difference in the normal driving manner whilst the engine was still cold.
It wasn’t until the car had warmed up that I decided to give her a little thrash and ‘phook me’, the difference was very noticeable. I was finding the traction control light coming on quite frequently, before the ESP light only ever came on in the wet under hard acceleration, but the conditions were dry when I tested the Bluefin and the ESP had trouble keeping me under control, wow wee the grin factor had returned and this unit had indeed given my oil burner a new lease of life (not that is was slow before the upgrade)
My next purchase will be an uprated induction kit, (panel filter in preference to the cone filter). Then maybe when the funds can stretch a more efficient intercooler.
Below are actual pictures of my complete installation with the Bluefin which took me about 10 minutes to complete
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My only complaint about the Bluefin install was I got "pin & needles" holding the damn camera whilst kneeling down.
My 5th Mondeo
Posted 21 November 2006 - 02:53 PM
What do you think of it now you have driven with it installed???
Some peeps say its has a negative effect on performance?
FOCUS ST170 5DR MAGNUM GREY 03 03
-Bluefin -K&N Filter- -Blue LED Interior Lighting-
-AP Racing Disk and Pads- Kumho Ecsta Sport Boots-Richbrook aerial & dust caps. ST Badges with 170 Chrome lettering.
Posted 21 November 2006 - 08:29 PM
The done list:
Bodywork now repaired
Alloys now refurbished
Bluetooth/Voice Control Fixed
Ford OEM Xenon Headlamps Retro-Fitted
The to do list:
Rear Window Tinting
For IDS work and/or Denso Sat Nav help seek out L11XXY on MEG or STDRIVERS
Posted 22 November 2006 - 07:56 AM
The engine is more than capable of producing a higher output ( fords have proved this regularly) i know as i see it every day at work.
Posted 22 November 2006 - 10:48 AM
You do get used to the extra power though, but just wait until you put the original map back for servicing etc. Drive around with it for a bit in original tune, them re map it again, and that grin will come back all over again!!!
not a great time of year to exploit that new power though wait and see how hard the traction control has to work on greasy roads!!!!
PS unless you can get a panel filter cheap I wouldn't bother, got a K&N panel filter with my Bluefin, and I cant say I can notice any performance difference with it in or with the standard filter. Although saying that I have not had it dyno'd so there may be very modest gains.
Posted 26 November 2006 - 08:41 PM
The diagnostic OBDII reader works well on the handset and my ST came up with zero faults.
The other noticeable differences are:
On hard acceleration at night occcasionally I get some black smoke when Im booting it.
Sorry about the speeling, blame Mr Fosters (x8)
Edit: Initial starting stutter completely disapeared after a few days driving
My 5th Mondeo
Posted 05 May 2009 - 05:56 PM
Roveron Synergy 1
IO Play Bluetooth
Twin dvd headrests
drilled and grooved discs all round
st gear knob
fitted rear sun blinds
Remote folding mirrors - mod.
Jag folding key
Posted 10 June 2009 - 08:19 AM
I also wanna leave it off for my MOT as I'm 'nervous' that all that smoke may result in an emissions fail.....
'Sports Taxi' is now my dad's wheels..I'm now in:-
11 Plate Octavia vRS in Candy white....
Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:17 AM
bet you will notice the difference without it :sad:
[color:orange]No boot release button thingy inside the car[/color]
[color:green]Original ST alloys in suprisingly good condition[/color] :grin: [color:blue][/color]
[color:red]Eibach lowering springs[/color]
[color:blue]Ripley custom map[/color]
[color:brown]189bhp & 360 lb torque[/color]
[color:blue]JP Full exhaust & decat[/color]
[color:purple]ASBOS and Goodridge braided hoses[/color]