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by Rune

MapTun Stage 1 for the 9-3 1.9 TTiD — a quick review

February 3, 2013 in MapTun

Life starts with a turbo

Life starts with a turbo

Last October I was approached by Fredrik Åberg and asked to write a review of MapTun’s Stage 1 tuning kit for the diesel 9-3. Given the rumors last year of future NEVS 9-3s fitted with the diesel engine I thought it was an excellent idea to explore further.

There are three versions of the 1.9 TTiD engine: 130, 160 and 180 bhp. MapTun takes all of them all the way to 210 bhp.

The upgrade was easy enough. I hit a rough spot at first, but after Fredrik pointed me to an updated 64-bit device driver for MapTun’s USB device I was able to upload their engine map to Anna’s 9-3. We were finally all set.

My first impression was that it drove more like a Saab should. The difference between 130 bhp and MapTun’s 210 bhp is of course noticeable. The tendency to eat tyres in roundabouts and faster overtaking is most welcome. Sadly I only got one test run in before it became necessary to mount the studded winter tyres, so more detailed testing of acceleration will just have to wait. There is also the question of the engine’s running-in phase that might skew the results at this point. Read the rest of this entry →

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by Red J

400+hp 9-3 trackdays

March 12, 2011 in Saabology

In mid February Swade posted about a 9-3 tuned by Maptun performance to 415hp.

Last weekend the car was tested at the trackdays at the Snetterton circuit(GB).

The test went quite well, as the biggest incident took place in Holland, where the driver behind the Maptun 9-3 was too interested in the car and rear ended the car.

The guys from Maptun(white car) where invited by NeoBrothers(yellow-black livery).

You can get more details of the whole story at the new Maptun blog.

RedJ

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by Swade

Maptun crack 400hp for T8 tuning

February 15, 2011 in Saabology

Here’s one for the hi-po buffs.

Maptun have broken the 400hp barrier on a T8 tuned Saab 9-3 2.0T. The car is actually a 2005 Saab 9-3 but it’s been updated with 2010 panels and lights for the front and rear.

I love the carbonfibre detail work on the front there, too.

Enough about how it looks, though.

From the Maptun website…..

MapTun Performance is proud to claim the performance crown in T8 tuning – The magical 400 hp limit has now been broken.

The test car, a 2005 9-3 Aero equipped with our Quaife gearbox, reached an impressive 415 bhp and 450 nm of torque in our Rototest facility. A lot of time and effort has been spent fine tuning the software to limit the torque to a level that is suitable for the setup.

The car will be driven to England to participate in a trackday on the redesigned Snetterton Cirquit the first weekend of March. There it will face strong competition from Porsches, Ferraris and other supercars. In other words, a great opportunity to put much more expensive cars to shame. You will be able to follow the whole endeavour on the upcoming Maptun Blog.

It’s good to see Maptun planning for a blog to keep people up to date on the their latest products and achievements. But that aside…..

Performance like this doesn’t come easy. The list of engine changes is considerable….

  • Maptun Individual software
  • GT2871R
  • Tubular exhaust manifold
  • 630cc injectors
  • Maptun IC
  • Maptun inlet pipe
  • Ferrita downpipe
  • JT 3″ catback twinpipe
  • Wössner pistons
  • Maptun 450 Nm clutch
  • Quiafe 6-speed gearkit

And that’s before you get to the cosmetic/aero changes. There are still more changes to come, with upgraded brakes and interior being added to the car soon.

Keep an eye out for that track day video. I think it’s going to be a cracker!

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by Swade

Cyber Monday at Saabs United

November 29, 2010 in sponsors

RE-POSTED and UPDATED

Please note the following from Fredrik at Maptun (there were some early problems with the code being accepted).

The coupon code is now fixed. It’s valid until 23:59 Tuesday November 30th Swedish time.

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The internet has few real traditions, but one of the recent ones is Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday is the Monday after the US Thanksgiving holiday and over the last five years, it’s become a day for online shoppers receiving discounts and special deals.

So be it. Please pay attention to the applicable dates as they vary from offer to offer.

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State of Nine invite you to take advantage of a free shipping offer. All purchases over $25 in the US will receive free shipping and any international buyers will receive the same for purchases over $550.

State of Nine sell all manner of Saab accessories, including accessories from Hirsch Performance. While you’re visiting, complete their winter survey and you’ll automatically go into their weekly prize draw.

The offer is open right now and continues through until 12:01am on Tuesday, November 30.

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Maptun are offering 15% off all Maptuner software upgrades. Maptuner is a plug-n-play upgrade solution that can boost the power and torque of your Saab (T7 and up).

This is a Monday-only offer, and it’s available as long as it’s Monday 29th November somewhere in the world.

Please use the code CM2010 when you place your order.

If you haven’t seen it already, I shot some video earlier this year of my friend John tuning his Saab 9-3 using a maptuner, in less than four minutes!

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SaabUSA Parts have a number of different parts on sale from (Black) Friday 26th November through to Cyber Monday. All of these will be available at special prices for the full four days.

Click here for all the details.

Specials included cover roofracks, smartslot items, cargo nets, jumper cables, genuine Saab car care products, plate covers, rear spoilers, car covers and MORE!

Check the specials page for appropriate model details.

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UPDATE

The Saabs United T-Shirt Shop also has a Cyber Monday discount happening. Note that this is for the US-based shop only (links below).

Shoppers can get a 25% discount on all orders over $40 from now until November 30th.

To claim the discount, US shoppers should use the code CYBER2010 during checkout. Canadian shoppers should use CADCYBER2010.

Click to visit….

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by Swade

MapTun – Quaife High Performance gear kit

November 2, 2010 in sponsors

Maptun are total performance Saab nuts who are 100% dedicated to Saab tuning. They’re a company that I’m very proud to have as supporters of Saabs United.

Those of you who are practiced gearheads know that Saabs can be vulnerable in the gearing department when you put the power down. To cater to those who seek higher performance, Maptun have teamed up with Quaife.

I’ll let them explain:

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Throughout the years, we have tuned a large number of Saabs, some of which have left our shop with extreme levels of power. A recurring question has been how long the gearbox is going to last. That it will not last forever both we and the owner have been well aware of, the only question has been how long. Those times are finally over!

Together with well renowned Quaife in the UK, MapTun Performance have developed a gearkit adapted to the extreme demands of a high performance Saab. The kit has now been tested rigorously for over two years in cars with 485-540 hp and 600-700 (!) Nm.

Neither of the cars have noted any problems whatsoever with the gearbox, despite drivers being instructed to push the cars to the limit in a variety of driving conditions, grip conditions and tire choices. Unlike previous straight cut gearkits from Quaife, this one is adapted to street use and not pure racing applications.

The kit therefore features helical cut gears, which give a much better noise level, and a gearing which actually gives slightly higher top gears. Everyday functionality is thereby preserved.

Gear ratios:

  • 1st 12,21
  • 2nd 7,87
  • 3rd 5,57
  • 4th 4,25
  • 5th 3,39
  • 6th 2,85

The gearkits are manufactured by Quaife. The complete kit including a number of custom fabricated parts, such as bearings and input shaft. The kit also includes the output shaft and crown wheel, so it is a true 6 speed kit rather than a bolt on 6th gear.

The kit is only available from MapTun Performance!

We recommend a complete overhaul of the gearbox while installing the gearkit and that a Limited Slip Differential is installed.

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The gearkits are available to replace the 5-speed gears in the following vehicles:

  • Saab 900/9-3 94-03,
  • Saab 9000 94-98,
  • Saab 9-5 98-10
  • Saab 9-3 SS
  • Get in touch with Maptun for more information and pricing.

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    by Swade

    LIVE from the Maptun 10th birthday celebrations

    August 21, 2010 in Saabology, sponsors

    It looks like a rainy day in Örebro, but that doesn’t seem to have dampened the enthusiasm of a crowd of Saab owners as they descend on Maptun’s HQ to celebrate their 10th birthday.

    Jörgen Trued from the Saabs United Historic Rally Team is there and he’s sent along a bunch of photos via email.

    Click. (Now with added bonus of Jörgen’s 9-3 at the end….. for Smithy)

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    by Swade

    Maptun birthday special offer

    August 20, 2010 in sponsors

    Maptun are having their open house, 10th birthday celebrations tomorrow.

    We invite you to a party in Örebro with car show, activities and lots of fun. Of course, we will have great deals throughout the day.

    The anniversary party will be on 21st of August from 10:00-15:00

    I can now pass on the good news about a special offer the Maptun guys are making to celebrate the occasion. If you can make it to Örebro tomorrow, you can pick up one of their fantastic Stage 1 Maptuner devices at around 30% off.

    A Stage 1 Maptuner normally sells for SEK 7,995. Tomorrow only, they’ll be on sale for SEK 5,595. That’s a 2,400 crown discount on the normal price.

    NOTE: This special price is only for people attending the Maptun anniversary in person. It’s not available as an international order whether by phone or via the website. It’ll only be sold at that price to visitors at the Maptun facility.

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    The stage 1 Maptuner is a simple way to boost the performance of your Saab with a tune specially written for your particular model. The software installs in just minutes and when it’s done, you’ll feel like you’re in a different car.

    See the video below for a demo of how easy it is….

    httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo2AKMlkULg

    Thanks to Gunnar for the tip and the Fredrik’s for being dudes!

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    by Swade

    Maptun 10th Birthday

    August 13, 2010 in sponsors

    This is one for you Swedes within reasonable driving distance of Örebro – which means almost everyone!

    Saab tuners, SU sponsors and all-round first class guys – Maptun – are celebrating their 10th birthday:

    We invites you to a party in Örebro with car show, activities and lots of fun. Of course, we will have great deals throughout the day.

    The anniversary party will be on 21st of August from 10:00-15:00

    Do you want to exhibit your Saab at our show? Contact us! All nice Saabs can be exhibited, not only Maptuned ones. Winners will be awarded with both a trophy and certificate from Maptun!

    Exhibitors are invited to come to the car show from 08:00. You can wash your car close to Maptun if needed. More Information about offers will be announced closer to the Anniversary , but we promise that you will not be disappointed!

    If you’re within proximity, then please make sure you get involved. These guys are bonkers about Saabs, do some fantastic work and I’d love to see some fantastic snapshots of a rockin’ car show there in Örebro.

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    by Swade

    Video: SUHRT gets a Maptun upgrade

    May 28, 2010 in sponsors

    This one came as a pleasant surprise in my inbox today.

    Jorgen from the Saabs United Historic Rally Team called in to Maptun and got a little work done to his summer car. Just like my mate John here in Hobart, he’s had his car tuned with the new Maptuner portable tuning device.

    Cue the videos:

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIRoqeMpDrY

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieZsPcC4fYI

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    The special discount offer they were talking about is fully outlined here.

    Short and sweet: Maptun are offering a 15% discount on all software upgrades and free shipping on your entire purchase (not just the software).

    To claim the discount:

    Head over to the Maptun website and check out the right tuning guide for your car. When you place an order, include the promotion code SU2010 in the order form. Your discount will be applied to the tuning software component of your order and your order will be placed.

    The offer closes at the end of this month, so get in quick.

    Note: I’m told there have been some difficulties processing some credit card orders. This was due to a setting on Maptun’s electronic processing system (it was set up as a fraud protection). That setting has been adjusted and those credit card transactions should now go through OK.

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    by Swade

    15% off Saab tuning software from Maptun – and free shipping!

    May 27, 2010 in sponsors

    RE-POSTED:

    Remember, this offer ends at the end of this month.

    And this was noted in comments:

    Just got Maptuner from the nice UPS man, ran the program and took it for a rip (15kms). Significant improvement all over. Car just runs better, power delivery is smoother and as many people have said the car just feels better. I look forward to putting some more miles on it…..

    ….I should also mention I ordered this Sunday night in Canada and got it at 2pm on Wednesday from Sweden.

    Booyeah!!

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    Today we have another outstanding offer from our site sponsors (and rally team sponsors) – Maptun.

    A few months ago we had a great discount offer on Maptun’s new plug-in Maptuner software. That offer was very popular and I’m pleased to say that we’re doing it again, though with a small difference this time.

    Until the end of May, Maptun are offering 15% off all tuning software, along with FREE SHIPPING on your entire order.

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    The discount, combined with free shipping, means you’ll have more spare cash to consider a bigger upgrade than just software.

    All tuning companies offer staged tuning kits for your Saab. These staged kits build on each other so as to offer a tuning solution that matches your budget. Initial stages typically involve software, exhaust systems and air filters. That’s just the beginning, though. With some companies you can go even further with bigger injectors, a bigger turbo, an uprated intercooler and various other parts making up further steps on the ladder to tuning Nirvana.

    What sort of difference can a complete tuning kit make?

    Read the rest of this entry →

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    by Swade

    Living with a Maptun tune in a Saab 9-5

    April 10, 2010 in Saabology

    A few months ago, Maptun offered a special deal on their tuning products for SU readers. I’ve just received an email from one of the guys who took up that offer and got a new Maptuner device for his Saab 9-5 Aero.
    I’m keeping his name out of this post, for reasons that will be obvious to those in similar circumstances.
    I hope you’ll find it interesting reading.

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    Swade,
    Greetings. Thanks to you and MapTun for the February S-U special. I have a different car now.
    My car is a 2009 9-5 SportCombi with the 2.3T “Aero” gasoline engine and automatic transmission. The stock engine is 260 hp and 258 lb. ft. (~349.8 Nm) torque. The MapTun is a Stage 1 done via the MapTuner. The Stage 1 is rather mild for horsepower but an important boost in torque. The MapTun Stage 1 added 10 HP and around 52 lb. ft. / 70 Nm torque for totals of 270 bhp and 420 Nm (~309.8 lb. ft.) torque. This is about a 20% torque increase. MapTun confirmed that the automatic transmission torque is capped at 420 Nm.
    I applied the tune 3 weeks ago. I have made regular highway and street commutes plus one long trip. I have observed a +2 MPG improvement in fuel economy in *both* highway and street driving. The highway fuel economy improvement is validated both by numbers in the SID and by calculating at-the-pump using miles driven divided by gallons put in the tank. The street driving fuel economy is validated primarily by numbers in the SID with some at-the-pump observations.
    With the tune, I am now getting around 29 MPG highway on the SID and between 24 – 26 MPG on the SID in the specific mixed street driving that I do. This street driving has a bit of highway in it. The at-the-pump numbers are 0.5 to 2 MPG lower than the SID depending on amount of street driving but are still +2 MPG better than before the tune. Before the tune, I used to get around 27 MPG highway and 22 – 24 MPG in my specific mixed street driving.
    My family and I recently had to take a significant highway trip in the vehicle. Six days and about 2000 miles round trip. My wife commented that she is no longer getting car sickness. The improved torque delivery at lower RPMs has removed an annoying forward to rear rocking motion the car would exhibit before tuning. I would often be running with cruise control. The stock engine tuning would allow the car to slow and then run the engine up to a higher RPM to gain speed. This would rock the car and set off my wife’s motion sickness.
    MapTun’s email support has been fast and attentive. The Stage 1 tune has not tripped ESP or the torque limiter. With the benefits to fuel economy and passenger comfort, I would recommend the tune and do not plan to remove the tune. I haven’t mentioned “sporty driving.” I’ve been cautious. To paraphrase a Jeremy Clarkson-ism “I have enough torque to tear a hole in time.” The car feels more solid. Engine and speed come up with less drama. I no longer have to thrash the accelerator as much or sweat passing situations, especially on hilly roads.
    Thank you and Happy Saab-ing,