There is enough tentative interest to start to put the pieces in place for an ongoing tuning schedule at Extreme Motorsports over in Odenton, MD.
Their facility address is:
1360 Blair Drive
Odenton, Maryland 21113
What will be tunable:
-Subaru and Mitsubishi Accessport via Cobb Tuning ProTuner software
-OpenECU Mitsubishi applications
-Opensource NA Subaru applications (as currently supported as of this writing)
-Opensource JDM Subaru applications if you have a functioning basemap that I can use to tune with.
-Hydra Nemesis EMS
-Others on a case by case basis, please email me directly to inquire (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Over the last several years, these trips have happened with the coordination of locals, and local MAIC vendors. With my schedule becoming a bit more compounded this year, a more structured approach needs to be taken to properly prioritize time.
This year, the structure will be a 3 car "day trip". They've seemed to be the most convenient, cost effective, ideal for everyone involved.
Costs are fair, and compared to local vendors are actually at a discounted rate for the same services.
I charge a flat rate of $200 per car for up to 2 hours of dyno usage. There is no discounted rate if all 2 hours are not used, so plan to take full advantage of the two hours with any sort of race gas, SCCA maps, etc.
For a 3 car day, Extreme Motorsports charges $150 per car, flat rate. The 3 individuals are responsible for splitting all travel charges.
That can go two ways. A: I book a flight and a rental car and just drive myself from BWI to Odenton (about a 10-15 minute drive). B: I book a flight (and as happens more often) and someone simply picks me up and drops me off when we're done.
Over the years, the average air fare has been ~$250 for the round trip, and if you figure a basic $40 car rental that puts the trip total at $290.
$600 tuning fee for 3 cars
$290 in travel
$450 in dyno fees
Split amongst 3 individuals:
$447 for up to a 2 hours tune session.
If we use something like Agile Auto (the closest local tuner to Extreme) as a comparison, they charge $250/hr. so that's almost a $60 saving for a tune.
I've already spoken with Sean Glazer over at Extreme Motorsports, and 02/16/2008 and 03/08/2008 are both currently available.
These will be the only two dates I can schedule in for a trip until at least early summer (have a daughter coming at the end of March).
How to make this happen:
-Once the first three individuals agree on one of the dates, then a non-refundable deposit will be placed for $300 by each individual. An alternate can be kept in queue in case there is more time or one cancels. Alternates will be responsible to have their funding available and paid in full prior to being put on the dyno.
-Once the deposits are received for the day, I book the ticket and time with Extreme. The remaining balance is due 10 days prior to the event. The remaining balance may be slightly changed based on if I'm getting a rental car, or not; and based on the final amount of the ticket to fly out. But again, that's historically been $250 +-$20 when booked with 2+ weeks notice.
-Payment can be sent as a courier based, tracking enabled delivery (FedEX or UPS) via money order, or Paypal +3% for their fees to email@example.com
Check payments are made payable to:
and shipped via insured traceable courier to:
3847 Carnation St.
Franklin Park, IL. 60131
-In the event of a cancellation on my part, or extreme, refunds will be issued in full, or the funds can simply be used for a later tune session (your choice).
-Once you commit to a spot it's now up to you to make SURE that your vehicle is ready to be tuned. While Extreme has been GREAT in assisting people last minute, that is something that shouldn't be relied on. I'll touch more on this in a minute, but the simple point is that if your vehicle cannot be tuned due to an issue outside of our control (motor comes in low on compression, clutch is slipping, mods put on wrong, etc), you are still responsible for the full tuning package rate.
Things to do prior to your tune.
<-- in our frequently asked questions is a PDF that covers the basics of modifying the car, as well as an entire chapter dedicated to prepping the car for your tune session. Please read it through and plan/prep accordingly. Again, 95% of cars that have issues are due to simple things from induction leaks, torn inlet hoses, blown off FPR lines, up-pipe leaks, slipping clutches, etc.
There is an old computer saying: Garbage in, garbage out. If your car has pre-existing issues, the BEST CASE scenario is that I, or any tuner for that matter, puts a band-aid on it. But, if you spend the time doing your part, it makes my part easier, safer, and ultimately delivers a car that is smooth, consistent, and predictable. Which leads to the single best piece of knowledge you'll learn from me. Know how it drives. By making the car predictable and smooth, you'll be able to notice a minor variation later on. That will allow you to identify any issues down the road, and repair them right away.
If the car drives like ass from the beginning you'll have nothing to compare against when you really need to.
2: Remember to bring everything that has to do with your EMS software/hardware. Wouldn't be the first time someone left their AP at home....
3: If in doubt, email and ask. Call me (847-678-4311), or email me 24/7 (firstname.lastname@example.org). That has to do with mods, proper installation, prep work, etc. The dumbest question is the one not asked.
4: Do NOT wait until the last day to do your installs. Especially since your payment was paid in full 9 days before. Remember, if it's not ready, sorry! You're still responsible for the tune slot.
5: Did I mention to ask if there were any questions?
6: If you need a temporary map, etc. let me know right away.
7: Email me off a mod list once your deposit is in so I can plan appropriately.
10:00 AM: jjunior
12:00 PM: Lunch
01:00 PM: IAG Performance
03:00 PM: IAG Performance
Let me know if there's anything I can answer.