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Are there any chips out there that will give a little more performance? How about Turbo's. And whats the deal with the 5 gallon muffler outback? Any exhuaust upgrades available?
 

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There's only the Jet V chip officially available out there though you could probably try piggyback control modules like the Unichip and have a shop dyno tune your engine. No turbo kits were ever done for the Rav 4.2s though some members have custom built their own. There's a TRD 2.4L supercharger available for the Scion TC that "might" fit into the newer 2004+ models. The only bolt on exhaust made for the Rav 4.2s were the Tanabe Hyper Medallion exhausts which were long discontinued.
 
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Marcutio said:
Are there any chips out there that will give a little more performance? How about Turbo's. And whats the deal with the 5 gallon muffler outback? Any exhuaust upgrades available?
I don't know whether they are worth the cost or not, but Toyota dealers in Canada install Borla performance exhaust kits for most Toyota models, including the RAV4. It costs a little over $800 CAD. I considered getting it when I bought my RAV4 last year, but I'm not sure whether it is worth the cost.

I'd be curious to know what performance parts are available for the RAV4. I'm not a gung-ho high-performance souped-up-car kinda guy, but I wouldn't mind seeing what's available. Unfortunately, those performance parts people are more concerned with mid- and full-size SUVs and import compacts. :?

I used to drive a 1995 Tercel. Here in Vancouver, I couldn't find any place that sells custom parts for the Tercel, but it seems like every other store in Richmond sells parts for the Honda Civic! :x

I just have a tough time finding parts for the RAV4, even though I'm not in the market for custom parts. They sell everything under the sun for the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape, but nothing for the RAV4! :roll:

(Pardon my rant... :oops:)
 

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You can also get Powerchip brand of power chips. One of the forum members on RAV4OZ.com has these in his 4.1 and it has made a difference for him. Powerchip used to also make a chip for the 4.2 but they don't list them anymore.
 

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There are tons of chips out there for the diesel models but for gas engines I've only been able to find shops that will custom make them. This costs MEGA cake and from what I've been told will not only ONLY give a hardly noticable change, but could very likely be a great way to blow gaskets or even burn out valves and other engine parts if the rest of the engine isn't upgraded at the same time...... and that gets realy expensive! For gas engines, IMHO, the best bet is a direct cold air intake, and a good exhaust system. The diesel models have a factory turbo and I've been told the chips work well in them. Just my .02cts
 

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Are there any chips out there that will give a little more performance? How about Turbo's. And whats the deal with the 5 gallon muffler outback? Any exhuaust upgrades available?
Can't speak for post-95 non-US spec RAV4's (or any post-95 non-US spec cars!) but with OBDII - it became real expensive for the aftermarket to try and build "work arounds" to the factory ECU.
For other brands I had heard of "send us your ECU and we'll re-build it". No thanks.

IMHO, in other car circles the good 'ol Dynoflow mufflers have always been known for best bang for the money.

I'd have to think a quality, mandrel-bent, free-flow Y-pipe would be the best place to start.
 

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After seeing UNICHIP on tv, i thought i'd do some research. Here are my findings. Hope it helps y'all:

Review from some WRX guys:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-109626.html

Some other forums:
http://www.northamericanmotoring.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=2&cat=10

Magazine:
http://www.airpowersystems.com.au/unichip/articles/overlanded/to_chip_or_not_to_chip.html

Clearly biased:
http://www.streetunit.com/product_p/1320011.htm
http://www.autoanything.com/performance-chips/61A2776A-1A1.aspx

Contact the people at www.unichip.us and urge them to make a plug and play version. Here's how. Basically when you look up the part for our car, it will say it's not available and ask if you want to be informed if/when they produce a plug and play version. Just say yes by filling in your info: http://www.unichip.us/vehicle_search.asp

Any thoughts?
 

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Wow! This is a blast from the past Zoomie.

Thanks for the info. I'm sure there are still people out there very interested.

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instead of focusing on vehicle specific chips
there are also many universal alternatives
there's greddy e-manage, or you could get crazier and get a megasquirt ecu
i dunno bout jetchip tho, or those ebay alternatives
RAV4's never get any love :(
 

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This seems to be working, look at the scion forum, few gys did it.

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Ah the wonders of TRANSLATION... I forgot JAPLISH my teachings school at yes..... :lol: :lol: :lol:

What I found there... (And able to reasonably understand) was that the item on offer was some sort of plugin ECU modifier for raising the VVTi cut in point....
 
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