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HI ALL. got to share this one with you all. A while back my 110 with 2.8 isuzu was knicked. lovely engine. then i bought a very nice very late 300tdi 110 ht. very nice but very sluggish compared to isuzu. I read the tech archive from piston broke and sounded good. but I chickened out. read van aakens blurb on web site , but i'm a very sceptical person, but the service they perform is about the same as je engineering stage one tune i asume, but half the price its on special at the moment. thought about bigger intercooler but then still got to alter pump, and those strict emissions???? What van aaken do is re calibrate the pump. I was sceptical. But the drive back 70 miles was sooooo different. Try this one!!!! stuck behind lorry on M25 on gradual but noticeable incline, doing about 58, couldnt have pulled out to overtake before without flashing of lights. BUT, now cars overtaking me at about 75, wait for a small gap, floor the beast in fifth and bingo doing 75+ as i pull in infront of the lorry still on an incline. Try this one!!! when you are cruising at say 60 or what ever, press the accelorator by just moving your big toe in your boot. I can, instant throttle response, SLIGHTEST pressure and the turbo whistle goes up and you can feel some urgency. the elastic band between the pedal and the engine has gone for good. Worth £327 NOT ARF POPPICKERS!!!!!!!! all this with std intercooler. now just as quick as my ol 110. THATS ALL FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PS no its not an advert!!! :D

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Gents,

'Gawd!! This is my first post EVER on one of these things. Feels weird. Guess I'll get used to it.

Just read Yostumpy's post. I had Van Aaken's optimisation done to my 300Tdi 110 a few weeks ago. I did LOTS of research on this and took my time deciding what to do.

Couldn't decide between BIG intercooler or this. Spoke to Jeremy Fearn, amongst others, and weighed up the cost.

There seems to be a lot of emissions concerns over these fuel pump conversions, at least from the specialists I spoke to. The thread elsewhere on this forum was excellent, but I don't have the guts to do it myself.

My 110 already has a K&N and Hiclones, which I swear by.

The larger intercooler needs fuel pump mods (as we all know) and the additional gains of the larger intercooler PLUS the pump mods couldn't justify the extra cost.

The optimisation feels like someone has unstuck a binding brake. There's more flexibility and the speedo needle certainly seems to move quicker but, for me, it wasn't quite as much urge as I thought it would be.

Don't disagree with the performance though.

My 110 keeps up with most traffic now and can move away mid-range smartly. Quite fun watching 'normal' cars disappear in the rear-view.

Now, if I can find a scrapped Supra, or similar, with a big intercooler for £30 or so...

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hi bigsi 110. glad youve joined the flock. who did the work at VA, was it the South African guy? my emissions were 2.5 watsits when I went in and 2.65 when I came out, max allowed is 3, certainly is a hole lotta fun now!!

Don't know. I spoke with Sean and Alex in the office. I live less than a mile away, so went home while they did the work.

They found it hard to believe that a 12 year old 110 had only one tiny dent in the bodywork.

They're hot on emissions and said that they'd re-do things if there was any problem. To be honest, I ddin't check mine.

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Hows the pump tweek affected your MPG, because my 90 could do with a little more power, but I dont want to affect the fuel consumption to much.

Cheers

MPG? dont know yet only done 80 miles, but had to smile today chasing a boy racer round the lanes in third gear, CRISP CLEAN SHARP INSTANT acceleration. its no roket ship but it sure takes me to venus with a smile!!!!!!!! go for it have some fun!! and it wont break the bank and nothings visible. cheers. will let you know about mpg when i stop playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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MPG? dont know yet only done 80 miles, but had to smile today chasing a boy racer round the lanes in third gear, CRISP CLEAN SHARP INSTANT acceleration. its no roket ship but it sure takes me to venus with a smile!!!!!!!! go for it have some fun!! and it wont break the bank and nothings visible. cheers. will let you know about mpg when i stop playing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Cheers.

Sounds like fun, mine feels a little sluggish since I went up a tyre size.

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Alex at Van Aaken told me to expect payback through increased fuel economy, (as long as we don't exploit the full performamce...) if we drive normally, within one year.

I can't comment either. A week before the optimisation was done the 110's fuel tank started to leak, which meant a nice bill for a replacement tank as well!!

I've had a re-map done to my other car (Merc E240 Estate) which got me an extra 20bhp and there's been no extra fuel usage on that in nearly 2 years.

Going up a tyre size (height, not width) will increase your gearing slightly and, in theory, will improve your fuel economy.

Speak to Sean and Alex. They're very good. I gave both of them a bit of a hard time, but they've proven to me they know what they're talking about. There's loadsa magazine articles too. Ask them to dig some out for you. I was a right pest.

Mark Saville at Land Rover Owner International Magazine has had his done. Try emailing him as his 90 covers HUGE mileages.

There is the DIY route also, but you need knackers of steel to do it and be confident it'll be 100%. I take my hat off to those who've done it themselves. I just chickened out.

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you could have done it yourself for free.

they only adjust the pump settings.

there is a full "How To" in the tech section.

did they recommend a EGT gauge? if not then you are always gambling with the engine on long climbs.

A lot of ££ for a few adjustments #IMHO

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