I made the rookie mistake of NOT changing the SL and TP from 30/10, to 300/100 because I was using a 5 digit broker. Now the account doesn't blow out in backtests. I also get better results with a lotexponent of 3. It brings the average price down lower to the recent PA, so a higher chance of a small retrace closing the positions.
It handles well in the sideways chop, of course if its so sideways that it never moves more than the pipstep, well, no EA makes money on a horizontal line.
If it really takes off on a trend, I'll will do what TKBoris had said, to switch to hourly, so that it opens at the next H1 candle, thereby skipping a few pipsteps. Majority of the time, Ilan only needs 4 pipsteps to get the retrace that's needed. (using the settings that I have played with and optimized, and chosen the DD level im comfortable with, which everyone should do, and stop asking other people to tell "what settings are best")
Also, as a hedge, I have set AUDUSD to be 'short only', and EURUSD to be "long only". Since these pretty much move in tandem, one will be averaging down, while the other will be snapping up some pips.
But, it needs babysitting, because sometimes there won't be a TP, it will be 0, (apparently due to the requoting of the broker) OR, instead of multiplying the lot exponent, it will just repeat the same lot size. I'm still using 1.4SL because 1.6x, although seems safer, I like 1.4SL more aggressiveness, and purity to the PA.
next week I'll go live with my tax refund stash. The parameters I've chosen to go with produced about $70 / day, with the DD I can handle, plus doubling that amount for deposit in the account.
that's my 2 cents on it.......