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Old 07-07-2020, 03:16 PM   #1
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ECU needed for ABS to function?

Iím working on an Audi 4.2l engine swap and am thinking about removing the Boxster engine harness and ecu. Does anyone know if the ABS will still function?

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Old 07-07-2020, 04:31 PM   #2
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Iím working on an Audi 4.2l engine swap and am thinking about removing the Boxster engine harness and ecu. Does anyone know if the ABS will still function?
Gee, you are a menace with all the extra time in your hands ...

I believe that this COVID19 pandemic will be pretty expensive for you, but I am following very close your activity... and would not be surprised at all that you will have a nice running 4.2 engine pretty soon, congratulations :-)
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Gee, you are a menace with all the extra time in your hands ...

I believe that this COVID19 pandemic will be pretty expensive for you, but I am following very close your activity... and would not be surprised at all that you will have a nice running 4.2 engine pretty soon, congratulations :-)
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Haha expensive indeed and I certainly have time on my hands. My wifeís pregnant so Iím on double super secret quarantine. I spent the first months doing what felt like rebuilding the house and Iíve since turned my time to the car. If I donít get it done in the next two months though then who knows when itíll be done.
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Old 07-07-2020, 06:13 PM   #4
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On the 1997, I see one connection directly between the DME and ABS 5.3, a wht/brn wire "Speed RL" (rear left?) it also connects to the instrument cluster.

DME, Pin 79----- X3/1, Pin 21 ----- ABS, Pin 23
|---Cluster, II 16

My guess is that it is a signal that goes FROM the ABS unit TO the DME. I guess that because the ABS unit has input from 4 wheel speed sensors. The (1997) DME does not get any speed input directly from the wheels, it would have to be through the ABS.
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Not sure if this would work, but maybe try towing the car with the dme unplugged and see if the abs kicks in when you hit the brakes?
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Haha expensive indeed and I certainly have time on my hands. My wifeís pregnant so Iím on double super secret quarantine.
Congratulations for the New Baby
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I couldn't get mine to work when I built my Audi 4.2 conversion. The durametric wouldn't even talk to the module to see what the problem was. BUT it could have been that the module was fried - it was a roller chassis I put the engine in, and did not know its providence. It was a CANBUS car though, which makes it harder. Maybe an earlier system will work.

I ended up putting a Teves MK60 ABS system in the car from an e46 M3 and have been very happy with the performance.

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