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Old 05-04-2012, 01:28 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

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Just beware that the maximum torque input capacity of the transmission is only rated to 580Nm.

However I'd love to do this too. I'm looking at a milder chipping such as this one ... http://www.dpchip.com/home/australia-list/aus-jeep/
That's a very good point. However, I notice that with the STR8, they are mating the 6.4L Hemi with the W5A580 box. The 6.4L puts out 630Nm of torque. Maybe they think there is a bit of fat in the 580Nm rating of the box.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:05 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

The SRT8 has a different transfer case/center diff and I believe this is the weak point.
The trusty Merc 5sp seems like an indestructible box, but the transfer case/centre diff is not. There are a few people running the racechip box and they reported it was a good product that gave a noticeable bumometer increase in performance. From what I can see they are just a piggyback box that intercepts the signals so the ECU does not know the motor is working harder. Spending $250 on it is a good deal, but not $1500. I will keep mine stock.
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:38 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

Am I correct in saying this may affect warranty if the computer gets wind of it? Would Jeep need to "ok" its use?
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Old 05-04-2012, 02:46 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

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Am I correct in saying this may affect warranty if the computer gets wind of it? Would Jeep need to "ok" its use?
Yes. If Jeep got wind of it, you could void warranty. However, they would need to prove that the changes you made effected the broken part.

The setup of that particular device is that it sits between the computer and the engine. Therefore, technically you are not changing the program in the computer, so theoretically, it should not be detected.
However, there is no way of knowing whether Jeep have hidden some sort of detection in their software to look for such devices. Unlikely, but possible.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:19 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

I can just see it now......

Someone will "set and forget it" and then forget to remove it before a service or warranty inspection. PING!

I'll give this a pass.

Having said that I had a then new 1999 Calais with a Gen 3 engine that had the option of being chipped up by GM (at least I think that was the case).

Surely Jeep and other manufactures would offer this option today???
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:30 AM
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

Off the subject...sorry Guys. Anybody got Jeep finance and if so, what rate. My dealer wont advise me for some reason, but I'm still intrigued before I make other arrangements.
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

My dealer used St George. I got a CHP @7.99%, but I have several vehicles with them.
You cannot compare rates though, as it is very deceptive. Monthly payments and final balloon is what you should be using to compare different finance companies. You also need to work out the type of finance. CHP, Lease or Personal loan, each will be different in repayments and tax advantages.
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

Jeep don't do finance. It will be the finance company the dealer has a relationship with. You will generally do better elsewhere. Rates should be in the high 7's. But don't be fooled by the rate. They can build commissions and other expenses into the repayments. Just compare repayments with like for like terms

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Old 05-04-2012, 06:50 AM
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Cheers Fella's. I'll talk to a broker Monday, (National Car Brokers has been recomended).
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Re: WK2 DownUnder

You might try looking at a Novated Lease, if your company allows that. It has some decent tax advantages, and you should be able to negotiate a Fleet discount.
I did that and saved close to $10k
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My accountant mentioned a Chattel Mortgage might suit as I can depreciate the car with it being my own asset rather than the finance company's. Either way, my dealer is not interested, so I am not interested in taking my son back there tomorrow. He can spend the $35k he's got at another dealership.
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I arranged business lease finance as my work doesn't do novated lease etc. They offer a tool of trade vehicle or vehicle allowance. Anyway, I took the allowance this time and 'Bought a Jeep'!
My dealer finances with St George and I managed to negotiate 7.5% through the dealer. Remember here that the dealer makes money on the finance package, possibly more than for selling the car.
Anyway, something I didn't realise until I picked the car up was that the finance is only for the purchase price less GST. Or in other words, I financed for around $5k less than the purchase price because St George claim the GST back.
The shame is had I known this earlier I would have optioned up a bit more as my budget was for the higher price.
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