Dinantronics Elite a scam? - Page 4 - North American Motoring

Go Back  North American Motoring > 3rd Generation MINIs > JCW Garage
Dinantronics Elite a scam? >

Dinantronics Elite a scam?

Dinantronics Elite a scam?

Reply

 
 
 
  #76  
Old 05-26-2018, 04:52 PM
Whine not Walnuts's Avatar
Whine not Walnuts
Whine not Walnuts is offline
OVERDRIVE
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Fuquay Varina, NC
Posts: 5,525
Thanked 595 Times in 538 Posts
My old boss had a good saying; one ah shucks cancels out ten attaboys.

Appears you have more than one . . . . .
 
Reply With Quote
  #77  
Old 05-28-2018, 06:56 PM
Scottkenny
Scottkenny is offline
2nd Gear
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 82
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Goodbye Dinan. Hello bytetronik
 
Reply With Quote
  #78  
Old 05-29-2018, 05:53 AM
Mini_Vinnie's Avatar
Mini_Vinnie
Mini_Vinnie is offline
Moderator
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,127
Thanked 132 Times in 117 Posts
Originally Posted by Scottkenny View Post
Goodbye Dinan. Hello bytetronik

GDamn right!
 
Reply With Quote
  #79  
Old 05-29-2018, 06:58 AM
Minnie.the.Moocher's Avatar
Minnie.the.Moocher
Minnie.the.Moocher is offline
6th Gear
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: earth PNW
Posts: 4,003
Thanked 235 Times in 214 Posts
Sounds like you got your $$$ back. Congrats if so!

Still amazed by this total screw up. How they can allow a thread titled "Dinantronics Elite a scam?" to exist without having fixed it for you immediately is beyond belief.

Hopefully mine doesn't go kaput or I'll be in trouble.
 
Reply With Quote
  #80  
Old 05-29-2018, 07:06 AM
Scottkenny
Scottkenny is offline
2nd Gear
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 82
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by Minnie.the.Moocher View Post
Sounds like you got your $$$ back. Congrats if so!

Still amazed by this total screw up. How they can allow a thread titled "Dinantronics Elite a scam?" to exist without having fixed it for you immediately is beyond belief.

Hopefully mine doesn't go kaput or I'll be in trouble.
Well the money isn't back in my account yet so I cant call it a complete success. Yes you would think that it would have been a higher priority since it was on a site with over 100K members. The funny thing was on Friday when I talked to them they were still using the move as an excuse.
 
Reply With Quote
  #81  
Old 05-29-2018, 07:56 AM
Mini_Vinnie's Avatar
Mini_Vinnie
Mini_Vinnie is offline
Moderator
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,127
Thanked 132 Times in 117 Posts
Originally Posted by Scottkenny View Post
The funny thing was on Friday when I talked to them they were still using the move as an excuse.
Maybe they were walking things over from California to Alabama. That might explain the delay.
 
Reply With Quote
  #82  
Old 05-29-2018, 03:20 PM
2017All4's Avatar
2017All4
2017All4 is offline
Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: California Native still livin' in LaLa Land
Posts: 1,392
Thanked 111 Times in 106 Posts
After 10,000 trouble-free miles and the annual trip to the dealer for scheduled maintenance with the Dinan remaining in place through the software update and the annual service, I'm still lovin' my el cheapo Dinan Sport with 3 psi extra boost. Now that my hand has healed up from the installation.

But I'm old and slow.
 
Reply With Quote
  #83  
Old 05-29-2018, 03:27 PM
charrigan's Avatar
charrigan
charrigan is offline
2nd Gear
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Scottkenny View Post
The funny thing was on Friday when I talked to them they were still using the move as an excuse.
they have been operating out of the APR HQ since the end of March.

it's a matter of time before APR absorbs all engineering and operations.
 
Reply With Quote
  #84  
Old 05-29-2018, 05:00 PM
thirdraildesignlab's Avatar
thirdraildesignlab
thirdraildesignlab is offline
6th Gear
iTrader: (5)
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 1,842
Thanked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by 2017All4 View Post
After 10,000 trouble-free miles and the annual trip to the dealer for scheduled maintenance with the Dinan remaining in place through the software update and the annual service, I'm still lovin' my el cheapo Dinan Sport with 3 psi extra boost. Now that my hand has healed up from the installation.

But I'm old and slow.
I just put in that Dinan Sport this weekend. It is a PITA to squeeze into place. Comparing this experience to my previous NM Module... I mean, it should be so easy. But the way the sensor is angled at least on my JCW hardtop (2019) I had to clip in backwards and upside down with little hand clearance...
 
Reply With Quote
  #85  
Old 05-29-2018, 05:17 PM
2017All4's Avatar
2017All4
2017All4 is offline
Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: California Native still livin' in LaLa Land
Posts: 1,392
Thanked 111 Times in 106 Posts
Originally Posted by thirdraildesignlab View Post
I just put in that Dinan Sport this weekend. It is a PITA to squeeze into place. Comparing this experience to my previous NM Module... I mean, it should be so easy. But the way the sensor is angled at least on my JCW hardtop (2019) I had to clip in backwards and upside down with little hand clearance...
You're gonna love it. But it only works right if you bled while installing the sensor plug. And you get 5 extra horsepower if you lost one of the grey clips during the installation.

Try Sport+ with premium gas, with the car in Sport Mode and, starting a bit below 1500RPM, you'll feel it pulling hard. Race mode is fun but not well balanced in my experience and, the only time I got a little knock, was when it was hot, in stop and go, with the IC fully heat soaked and the Dinan in Race. So I dialed back to Sport+ and have been more than satisfied ever since. Dinan told me Sport+ is the best balance between performance and smooth integration with the car's internal programming.

The Bluetooth smartphone boost gauge is iffy, but with patience you can get occasional good readings. Bluetooth is mostly good just to toggle among the boost options.
 
Reply With Quote
  #86  
Old 05-29-2018, 07:39 PM
mattkosem
mattkosem is offline
5th Gear
iTrader: (2)
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 847
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 15 Posts
I've got 1k on my elite, and it's still working great. I'm not sure how they didn't get Scottkenny sorted out, but mine came in the middle of his ordeal and is working properly.

Now if only they'd have that app ready...

--Matt
 
Reply With Quote
  #87  
Old 05-31-2018, 12:42 PM
Scottkenny
Scottkenny is offline
2nd Gear
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 82
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Now I have a dilemma. Bytetronik comes today but for some reason Dinan who is giving me a refund decided to ship a new Elite kit next day air after the sales rep told them not to ship it. Which arrived today. .... Do I try the new unit or just wait a fire hours for the Bytetronik to show up.
 
Reply With Quote
  #88  
Old 05-31-2018, 12:50 PM
nclorax's Avatar
nclorax
nclorax is offline
1st Gear
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Scottkenny View Post
Now I have a dilemma. .
Try it if you still have all the wires hooked up...because I have a dilemma. I am scheduled to get the Elite hooked up to my 2018 F56 JCW but this thread has had me questioning that decision. So if you try it and it works then I probably will go through with it. If it does not work then....
 
Reply With Quote
  #89  
Old 05-31-2018, 01:03 PM
Minnie.the.Moocher's Avatar
Minnie.the.Moocher
Minnie.the.Moocher is offline
6th Gear
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: earth PNW
Posts: 4,003
Thanked 235 Times in 214 Posts
Curiosity would make me want to try it. I'd also want to know how different the two systems are.

Ultimately it seems Dinan vs. Scottkenny are not meant to be a team.

Best of luck with whatever you do.
 
Reply With Quote
  #90  
Old 05-31-2018, 01:53 PM
Scottkenny
Scottkenny is offline
2nd Gear
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 82
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by nclorax View Post
Try it if you still have all the wires hooked up...because I have a dilemma. I am scheduled to get the Elite hooked up to my 2018 F56 JCW but this thread has had me questioning that decision. So if you try it and it works then I probably will go through with it. If it does not work then....
I don’t have the wires hooked up anymore because after the second I it failed they had me send everything back. I just sent my ECU data to Bytetronik.
 
Reply With Quote
  #91  
Old 05-31-2018, 03:52 PM
2017All4's Avatar
2017All4
2017All4 is offline
Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: California Native still livin' in LaLa Land
Posts: 1,392
Thanked 111 Times in 106 Posts
Originally Posted by Scottkenny View Post
Now I have a dilemma. Bytetronik comes today but for some reason Dinan who is giving me a refund decided to ship a new Elite kit next day air after the sales rep told them not to ship it. Which arrived today. .... Do I try the new unit or just wait a fire hours for the Bytetronik to show up.
If your agreement with Dinan is that you will receive full credit, then before opening the unit you just received (in error, obviously), I would advise contacting Dinan, yet again, and ask them what they want to do.

Then the question is, what do you want? An ECU tune or a plug in box?

Just because Dinan customer service fumbled many times and badly so with you doesn't mean you can't act honorably, IMHO.

But I sure wouldn't return the unit they just sent you until you see the credit come through that has been promised. And I would insist, if they want their unit back, that they send you a pre-paid shipping label so if it goes back to Dinan, it does so on their dime.

FWIW, your experience with Dinan is truly odd and distressing. Very different from the way they responded and did business just a short year ago. Sad.
 
Reply With Quote
  #92  
Old 05-31-2018, 03:58 PM
Scottkenny
Scottkenny is offline
2nd Gear
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 82
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
It wasn’t an ethical dilemma it was which I wanted to use or if I wanted to test the Dinan first. I ended up starting the Bytetronik install.
 
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Scottkenny For This Useful Post:
2017All4 (06-01-2018)
  #93  
Old 05-31-2018, 06:39 PM
phantasms's Avatar
phantasms
phantasms is offline
5th Gear
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bedford, NY
Posts: 707
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Thanks to Way it looks like I'm going to finally get a refund for my Elite. I'm probably going to uninstall it tonight or tomorrow. Let me know how it goes with Byte. I wanted to stay warranty friendly but that didn't work out and I sure as sh it am not driving a turbo car at stock boost levels. lol

Best,
Gene
 
Reply With Quote
  #94  
Old 05-31-2018, 07:02 PM
Scottkenny
Scottkenny is offline
2nd Gear
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 82
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by phantasms View Post
Thanks to Way it looks like I'm going to finally get a refund for my Elite. I'm probably going to uninstall it tonight or tomorrow. Let me know how it goes with Byte. I wanted to stay warranty friendly but that didn't work out and I sure as sh it am not driving a turbo car at stock boost levels. lol

Best,
Gene
Gene,
Glad you are getting a refund. I installed the step colder plugs in about 20 minutes. I did go have to by the right star socket though. I sent them my ECU data and in 2 hours they sent me the map. It took 20 minutes to reprogram and recode Ecu. I will test it tomorrow and let you know.

Scott
 
Reply With Quote
  #95  
Old 05-31-2018, 07:09 PM
phantasms's Avatar
phantasms
phantasms is offline
5th Gear
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bedford, NY
Posts: 707
Thanked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Originally Posted by Scottkenny View Post


Gene,
Glad you are getting a refund. I installed the step colder plugs in about 20 minutes. I did go have to by the right star socket though. I sent them my ECU data and in 2 hours they sent me the map. It took 20 minutes to reprogram and recode Ecu. I will test it tomorrow and let you know.

Scott
Scott,

Glad to hear it was that easy. May you have way more success tomorrow. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Best,
Gene
 
Reply With Quote
  #96  
Old 06-01-2018, 05:52 AM
charrigan's Avatar
charrigan
charrigan is offline
2nd Gear
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by Scottkenny View Post
I installed the step colder plugs in about 20 minutes.
Just an FYI there is not a 1 step colder plug made for the b46, b48, or b58 engines. I have a friend who works for NGK and has researched this for me. I would be interested to see what part number NGK plugs were sold to you as an "upgrade".
 
Reply With Quote
  #97  
Old 06-01-2018, 06:27 AM
Mini_Vinnie's Avatar
Mini_Vinnie
Mini_Vinnie is offline
Moderator
iTrader: (1)
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 1,127
Thanked 132 Times in 117 Posts
Mine had H588 stamped on them
 
Reply With Quote
  #98  
Old 06-01-2018, 06:31 AM
vetsvette's Avatar
vetsvette
vetsvette is offline
Moderator
iTrader: (5)
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: South Central Virginia
Posts: 3,418
Thanked 264 Times in 215 Posts
Originally Posted by charrigan View Post
Just an FYI there is not a 1 step colder plug made for the b46, b48, or b58 engines. I have a friend who works for NGK and has researched this for me. I would be interested to see what part number NGK plugs were sold to you as an "upgrade".
SILZKGR8C8S

BMW Part# 12 12 0 046 646
 
Reply With Quote
  #99  
Old 06-01-2018, 07:20 AM
charrigan's Avatar
charrigan
charrigan is offline
2nd Gear
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by vetsvette View Post
SILZKGR8C8S

BMW Part# 12 12 0 046 646
That's what I thought they were. Just wanted confirmation. I am creating a PSA thread regarding spark plugs for the b46 and b48 Mini's

These plugs are not an upgrade and IMO they are a downgrade.
 
Reply With Quote
  #100  
Old 06-01-2018, 07:31 AM
Scottkenny
Scottkenny is offline
2nd Gear
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 82
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
The OEM champion plugs are better?
 
Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
devilmotorsports
MINI Parts for Sale
5
03-23-2017 06:46 AM
ECSTuning
Vendor Classifieds
0
09-27-2016 09:03 AM
ECSTuning
Tires, Wheels & Brakes
0
09-27-2016 09:02 AM
ECSTuning
Vendor Announcements
0
09-27-2016 08:50 AM
audio131
Drivetrain (Cooper S)
18
03-15-2016 02:47 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Dinantronics Elite a scam?


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: