Originally Posted by Syndr78
Where a protune may come down the road--Is there really no benefit, or even a waste to upgrade the tmic just to improve reliability as opposed to upgrading to "push the car to the limits"?
Would the improved function of the PW TMIC not provide (hypothetically, at least) more longevity for the motor?
Your reasoning is very sound, except for one detail - Stage 1 (and OTS tunes in general) can be dangerous. If it is safety you are after, you should get it tuned by a tuner, utilizing wideband 02 and perhaps even EGT sensors.
I suspect that the TMIC with an OTS stage 1 map could possibly throw something off by enough to either cause damage or unwanted behavior. Less pressure drop also means higher than expected boost, or boost sooner than expected.