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Old 05-31-2011, 11:49 AM   #1
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Thumbs up 2011 STI Review of COBB AccessPORT on Stage 1

**I found time to post some of my review threads over here... see below**

This is a Review of the COBB AccessPort Stage 1 map on my 2011 STI Limited.

Its amazing that Subaru came out with a Stock Tune that is as bad as the one on the 2011 STI. I have read thread after thread from normal enthusiasts to performance tuner shops saying how bad this is.

I ordered an AccessPORT from COBBtuning.com to correct this situation and it arrived with fast shipping via UPS. The AccessPORT came a nice blue colored box surrounded in foam. Installing this to your car is as easy as charging your cell phone every night. The quality of the AP is great! The screen is very bright and clear. It is very easy to navigate, basically very user friendly. I plugged it in, and installed it the same night I received it. Here's what I thought before and after install.....








When I first got in my STI I was amazed at the car. It was fast and sounded great. One thing I noticed was between 3500 and 4000 rpm's the car seems to trip on a stick or fall over on its face for a second. It caught me off guard the first time I went WOT that I thought A) I had slipped off the pedal, B) Something was wrong with my brand new STI, or C) This cant be normal for all STI's.... Well the answer was C!! After researching on IWSTI I saw a number of dyno's that showed the HP and TQ drop. There was nothing smooth at all with the stock curve.

COBB AccessPORT for my 2011 Sedan ordered here @
http://cobbtuning.com/products/?id=5240


My last Access Port I had was for my G37 and I immediately noticed the added features from a year and a half ago. Not to mention the added features that COBB just released in a new update last week.

I plugged in the AP to my OBD plug and went inside for a minute to get a drink, came back out a few minutes later and it was ready to roll. I looked over all the menus the AP had, watched it monitor the many different things it monitors then I went for a brief drive.

My First Impression:

In first gear it accelerates faster and I am ready to shift to 2nd faster than stock. It actually shocked me so much I bounced it off the limiter once. After I went through first gear I felt like I was in a different car. I have never felt such a difference in the same car when doing some type of performance mod. I drove for about 3 minutes and parked and went to bed.

Impression:

The next morning on the way to work I got to test it out more extensively. I wasn't dreaming last night, it is truly a different car. The power band is extremely smooth. Say goodbye to the hiccup between 3500 and 4000k because now its butter all the way to the top. The power that COBB's Stage 1 gives is great. I am through the gears a lot faster, the engine sounds smoother, and of course the exhaust sound is smooth as well.

A good buddy of mine who was present for a Stock WOT run previously, got in the car and his first words were "damn what did you do" and this comes from a guy who is into looks and not speed. He felt the difference even with his rarely used "butt dyno"

Another great thing about the AP is you can log your runs and see exactly what your engine is doing. This is something that can help you tremendously when adding other mods to your car or even just to check up on the way your STI is running.

Overall:

I feel a lot better knowing that my STI is running safer now than it was when it came from the factory. IMO every 2011 STI owner should invest in a Cobb AP just to protect their engine and be that much more safe when running there car at WOT. This is the type of modification that anyone can do, even if you have trouble pumping your own gas, you can get an AP, flash your car and even monitor it.

Another thing that I love is my dealer sells COBB products and they actually encourage the AccessPORT as the first thing you do.


I hope this helps some of you guys that are asking about ECU Tunes and getting that nasty stock tune taken care of. This is something that transforms your car into a new beast... You will LOVE IT!!!

Any Questions, just ask.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Your dealer sells the ap?? Who is it?
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:33 AM   #3
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Amazing, I'm looking to get one one day. Sadly graduate school has sucked up most of my money. I live off of ramen and eggs 24/7. =(
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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Your dealer sells the ap?? Who is it?
+1 That's awesome!
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:17 AM   #5
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I have been looking into getting an accessport for my 2011 sti. When you order it you just tell cobb you have a stock car, and they send you a 93 octane map? Explain to me how this works?
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:41 PM   #6
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I have been looking into getting an accessport for my 2011 sti. When you order it you just tell cobb you have a stock car, and they send you a 93 octane map? Explain to me how this works?
You tell them what car you have and they send you an AP loaded with several maps. Stage 1 maps are for stock vehicles, stage 2 for cars with an aftermarket down pipe, etc. There are stage 1 maps for different octane levels. You can also download maps for stage 1 or 2 that work with CAI from AEM and someone else (maybe Cobb?). It's pretty straightforward, so much so that if you can't figure it out it'd probably be best for you to not modify your car at all.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:15 PM   #7
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You tell them what car you have and they send you an AP loaded with several maps. Stage 1 maps are for stock vehicles, stage 2 for cars with an aftermarket down pipe, etc. There are stage 1 maps for different octane levels. You can also download maps for stage 1 or 2 that work with CAI from AEM and someone else (maybe Cobb?). It's pretty straightforward, so much so that if you can't figure it out it'd probably be best for you to not modify your car at all.
I agree, it's very easy.

I bought the AP for my 2011 WRX and the Cobb SF intake. First, I connected the AP and flashed the ECU with the preloaded Stage 1 93 map. Total time was about 5 mins. The nice thing is that it stores your factory map onto the AP (in case you need it in the future for any reason). Note this AP is now connected to your car and you cannot use it to flash another car). The performance enhancement was instantly noticible ... I think this is primarily due to raising the boost from stock (~ 14 psi) to ~ 16 (it's recorded in the notes of the map in the AP) ... Because when the boost kicks in ... The car pulls a lot harder than stock.

A week later, when I had more free time, I installed the Cobb SF intake with box and reflashed my ECU with the specific Stage 1 93 + SF map. This was a little tricker because you have to download the AP Manager software onto your computer (Mac for me) then download the specific map for your car and the SF intake (which is easily found on their web site), then hook the AP up to your computer and upload the specific map to the AP via the manager. Finally reflash your ECU as above.

The Cobb SF and new map combination is incredible. It raises your boost to a little over 17 psi and it spools quicker. I was amazed at how hard it pulled. I was showing my wife and when I hit boost in first gear the tires broke loose (well the traction control light came on, I didn't otherwise notice it). Also, at full throttle it sounds amazing The only issue I have with the SF intake is the noise it creates in normal daily driving. When every your turbo starts to spool (no matter how much throttle your giving it, even quarter to half throttle) it makes a very LOUD air "sucking noise" (for lack of a better term). This happens when you take off from a light normally or just trying to speed up a little on the highway. Some people like it, but I find it annoying in the daily drive. I just mention it because the loudness of it surprised me and if you listen to people's videos on YouTube, etc you can't hear it.

All in all, I definitely agree that the Cobb Access Port should be any new WRX owner's purchase.

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Old 01-03-2012, 09:42 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input guys
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:54 PM   #9
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Very nice review, I'm now looking more forward to receiving my AP :-)
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:33 PM   #10
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Mine should be here Friday! Nice review
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:34 AM   #11
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I just went stage 2 here from stage 1 and it is noticeable as well . Just a thought
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:17 AM   #12
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I'm looking at a 2011 base model 4 door that has a Cobb Accessport, is it a good idea to buy a used car with one already installed, or should I hold off for a stock car and do my own mods?
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:07 PM   #13
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great review! I just got a 2011 sti and this will be my first mod after rallyarmor mudflaps.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:34 AM   #14
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Great review, again.

I just received my AP and flashed to Stage 1 93 Octane Boost Select

I'm not sure if I should have selected the HWG or not, but I'll leave it as is for now.

I've just received my COBB SF Intake, COBB Down Pipe, and COBB Up Pipe. I can not WAIT to get at LEAST the Intake installed by the weekend and reflash with the Stage 1 93 + SF Intake. More so, I can't wait to get the down and uppipe on and reflash to Stage 2!!
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:27 AM   #15
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I also just bought a Cobb AP and flashed my 11 WRX to a 93 stage 1. Please post how you like your Cobb intake that is where I was planning on going next. So far loving the AP.
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Thank you for all the good information. I've been looking at getting the Cobb Accessport and I was wondering what you guys thought of it. I've seen them at www.steamspeed.com. Anyone have any feedback on how these perform with the EJ20 engines? I'm just wondering what kind of power I could potentially get for my dollar from one of these.
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I have a stock 2013 WRX limited, when I get my access port do I have to download a specific map or what do I have to do? Can I just plug it in and go, or what?
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I have a stock 2013 WRX limited, when I get my access port do I have to download a specific map or what do I have to do? Can I just plug it in and go, or what?
There are good instructions on Cobb's website, lots of good information on this forum and elsewhere. Or you can call Cobb, they have good people working their phones that seem to know their stuff. It's not too complicated, an hour's worth of research and reading should get you up to speed.

DO NOT post up the kind of questions you just did. People will come out of the woodwork to insult you for not doing any research.
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Another thing that I love is my dealer sells COBB products and they actually encourage the AccessPORT as the first thing you do.

I hope this helps some of you guys that are asking about ECU Tunes and getting that nasty stock tune taken care of. This is something that transforms your car into a new beast... You will LOVE IT!!!

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You stated any questions just ask, ...well a few folks have asked but you never answered the question, ...who and where is this dealer that sells and actually encourages customers to install the Cobb AP? ...I sure would like to know,...thanks.
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You stated any questions just ask, ...well a few folks have asked but you never answered the question, ...who and where is this dealer that sells and actually encourages customers to install the Cobb AP? ...I sure would like to know,...thanks.

Me, too. And yes, I also find it strange that you offered to answer questions, and yet, you never answered anybody in this thread
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I have a 2011 STI, and was just wondering if you guys with the similar years (2008-2103) drive in S or S# more? Just curious. I have a stage 1 setup with the air box and intake, and wanted to see what other people do. I find myself driving in S mode more often, because its fast enough. Anyways, ramble over....
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My friend got a stage 1 for his WRX and he said his Gas consumption got really bad. Is that true or is there something wrong with his AP?
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My friend got a stage 1 for his WRX and he said his Gas consumption got really bad. Is that true or is there something wrong with his AP?
My mpg got better when driving nicely, but a whole lot worse the rest of the time. Tell your friend to make up his mind: Drive like his grandma or like a real man..
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My mpg got better when driving nicely, but a whole lot worse the rest of the time. Tell your friend to make up his mind: Drive like his grandma or like a real man..
Is it possible he has a map that would consume more fuel?
because he hardly drives it now because how bad his gas consumption is
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Is it possible he has a map that would consume more fuel?
because he hardly drives it now because how bad his gas consumption is
His WRX may not like the OTS map and need a custom one. My car with a stage 1 OTS map is now getting a consistent 21 mpg where as before it would fluctuate whether I'm driving fast (as low as 19 mpg) or conservatively (22-23 mpg). It's staying at 21 whether I drive fast or slow. And I think it's because it smoothed out the power band quite a bit; it's very noticeable that it has done so.
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