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I've been planning on adding the DBW for a while now, and after reading and re-reading all the threads on the impact of it and how the installation works I took the plunge. Jeff was reassuring when I spoke to him pre-purchase, and the DBW and the braided brake lines I wanted came through as expected.

I did the installation myself this afternoon, and armed with what I needed, it took under 2hrs all in.

Installation observations: If I could have got the carpet out completely it would have taken some time off the job and certainly increased my confidence. What a pain. Also, despite being confident with a soldering iron, having installed car stereos, happy to build computers, comfortable with technology in general and with a PhD in engineering, cutting ANYTHING on a Maserati made me break out in a sweat.

I used the combination of Jeff's excellent instructions and Vincenzo's document (MUCH clearer for working out pin and wire positions), labeled everything and got all the harnesses back looking stock.

My only lingering frustration is that for the life of me I can't see a place under the glove compartment that's big enough to hold the DBW box itself and the breakout harness. What am I missing? It's tucked under there now, but I'm not convinced that over the coming days something won't become visible.

As for the difference it makes, well others have described it better than I can. However, why on earth Maserati never shipped the car like this from factory I'll never understand. The car is more smooth, more dynamic, more controllable and more predictable in every way. Even if pickup, responsiveness and assertiveness are not considerations, it's still better suited with the DBW. Go figure....

I know many think the QP is heavy and slow. On, no it isn't.....

Thanks Jeff, and the FD team.
 

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Do you have the Automatica? I do and I was amazed how the pick up is improved. I drive it in sport all the time, and it is darn smooth and fast. I don't know why Maserati dumbed it down so much? Even when not in sport, it is much more responsive with the DBW.

Its so much noticeable in the QP with the DBW, I don't think I can drive it without it now, I don't even have an on/off switch, its just in the most aggressive mode and tucked away.

Congrats on the new install, let us know how it goes as the days go on by, you will realize when you car "learns" the new DBW better after a couple hundred miles, it will be even better, it did on mine.
 

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Thanks Dave, glad it worked out well for you... it's amazing how much these cars have left in them. I'm happy we were able to help your QP realize it's true potential!

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-- Jeff
 

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I believe there is a switch to choose between aggressive/sport mode and normal/soft setting for the DBW from Formula Dynamics. Is the normal setting very close to stock, or is it still very sporty and spirited? I ask only because I might do a stealth install on my wife's car, so I might enjoy the QP when I do drive it. I would prefer that the normal setting be as close to stock, only as to not have too much car for her. She goes back and forth between driving the S class and the QP, and already she feels the QP is a lot of car. Maybe Jeff from FD would chime in.

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Both settings are quite similar, and both noticeably different from stock.

The car is so much more predictable in response and progressiveness that I expect my wife will greatly prefer it. It drives like you imagine it should if it were an auto - analog rather than binary if that makes sense. The change in response releases the beast in the car, but doesn't compel it.
 

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Dave

I did buy the newer auto for my wife, a sport GT, and at normal setting there is a lag between pressing the gas pedal and acceleration. Sport mode improves this slightly but nothing like a true sports car. As long as acceleration is linear with the DBW and not a build up of speed followed by a sudden burst of acceleration, then this might be predictable for her.

Any members in the Bay area have the DBW that might be interested in a Maserati Cars and coffee?
 

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Tanman,

We can also offer a stock mode in one of the positions if you'd like that. Just let us know when you place the order and we can build the program as you'd like. I know that you will not be dissappointed with the upgrade.

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Yes, we have a few there depending on just where you're located.

Shoot me an email or give me a quick call when you have a chance and I'll see who's the best suited or help you find another shop if you're on the outskirts.

Best Regards,
-- Jeff
 
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