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Old 09-13-2012, 08:30 PM   #1
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Default Cobb AccessPort vs Dyno ProTune

Hey guys,
I just bought an 02 wrx with several mods such as :
AEM cold air
Hks turboback 3" full exhaust
Hks bov (yes I know its not good for a wrx)
Bigger intercooler
Aluminum radiator

Now I would like to assume the guy who spent the money to drop the mods also had the brains for a protune but I just dont know. I already need a new tranny 2 weeks later so im assuming not...

Anyways as the question will prove im a noob at tuning. Especially turbo cars.
My question is do I spend $300+ on a protune at the dyno track which is 90 miles away, or do I buy an accessport for $200 more and get maps online or from someone who knows what they are doing? It basically a single time tune vs the ability to tune any second of any drive I want. Right?
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #2
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Get an Accessport.
Download the maps you need.
Download Cobb's map editor software.

If you don't like the car off the accessport online maps learn to use the Cobb software or get a dyno tune.

(best of all possible worlds.. unless you learn to tune yourself. Then you wasted money on the cobb setup instead of just getting a a tactrix or similar)
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Dyno tuning will result in higher horsepower and better driveability.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:29 PM   #4
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Thanks so far.

One to one!


does anybody else want to chime in with their opinion? Break the tie maybe add some more detail as why one may ne better than the other?
Full disclosure to help I do NOT know how to operate cobb software.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:00 AM   #5
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Cars get tuned for mods. The Cobb tunes are very broad and safe... There is no discussion, there is no opinion. If you want the most power out of your mods, get a dyno tune. If you want to be like every other chucklehead out there that says "I'm running Cobb Stage X" then go for it, just know that you will not be taking full advantage of the parts you are paying for.
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:29 AM   #6
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I thought that the cobb allows you to essentially dyno it anywhere anytime.. Based on ecu readings, etc. Plus you would then have access to clear codes and check settings on the go.

Whereas if you get a protune its always going to run in one setting you cant change and you also wont have the ability to read codes etc.

Also, if I got accessport couldnt I set several dyno maps and even get several protunes down the road I can interchange depending on driving conditions?

I feel like there are a lot of pros and cons to each. Or I just dont understand what the cobb accessport really is.
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:45 AM   #7
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Yea, you really don't have a clue.

I never said NOT to buy an accessport. I just said that a dyno tune will provide better results.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:00 AM   #8
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Nope but ill openly admit it and I am very open to learning. I saw the cobb accessport for the first time ever yesterday and read up on their site a bit. But I must not understand something. Thats why I asked and clearly addressed im a noob to ecu hoping someone with the knowledge would take a min to try and explain the real differences
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:50 AM   #9
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By the way,the term "Protune" is a custom tune done with Cobb's professional Protuner software. It's splitting hairs but maybe use the term "custom tune".

http://www.cobbtuning.com/Domestic-P...rs-s/70754.htm
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:15 PM   #10
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I think you would do well to read this:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2339845
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:32 AM   #11
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Great article!
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:41 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Black94Snake
Dyno tuning will result in higher horsepower and better driveability.
^this

A good tuner can give u a few maps to keep on your Accessport to play with.
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