I was able to get the full refund after all (just got an email from paypal - that was fast). I dont expect to find another ECU as cheaply as the one i had though .Definitely lesson learned. I'm going to write a review on BBB in hopes that it deters someone else from going though it.I still hang around Dodge Neon groups (we have a 1998 Neon ACR in a shed), and Kevin Sykes burned his reputation there too. He's caused a lot of drama and seems to hold the impression that we should be grateful that he bestows his services upon us plebs. See: Is Kevin @ syked ecu losing his mind? - neons.org.
He's getting sued by HPTuners too, for unlocking their devices (ironic that Brooks was named here too, as an employee of HPTuners): Docket for HP Tuners, LLC v. Sykes-Bonnett, 3:17-cv-05760 - CourtListener.com But yeah, avoid him. Tons of promises but doesn't deliver.