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Old 03-17-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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Alright, so i have got all my mods together and am ready to tune after I find the time to install. My problem is choosing a tuner. My current mods are catless tbe, and cobb ap. I am currently tuned via e-tune from pdx tuning. I am not very happy with my tune right now. I am no expert and truth be told know very little about what im looking at in my datalogs but, something just feels off about my current tune. My goals are first and foremost a safe dd tune! After that more power, and a fun to drive car for the occasional honduh spanking, dragon run, or just some spirited driving. Mods to be added this go around are tgv deletes, air pump delete, pnp sti intake manifold, phenolic spacers, wideband afr gauge, k&n short ram intake, perrin turbo inlet, grimmspeed 3 port ebcs, and grimmspeed coated v-band uppipe with tial 38 mm wastegate.

There is a shop in town with a dyno that tunes subarus but, I cant find anything out about their reputation. I will include a link to their website. I'm not crazy about trusting my engine to someone with no reputation. Is there anyone out there with experience with these guys? My other option is another e-tune. This time I am considering torqued performance because I have saw nothing but good reviews about them. What do you guys think is the best way to go?
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:03 AM   #2
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i prefer dyno tune and then road check to make sure the tune
is correct for the road.

yes etunes can get close..
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
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update: I just called fastech (local shop) and they charge a flat rate of 500 for a dyno tune and the guy told me after I install my mods there is no need for them to send me a map to safely make it to their shop to get tuned. He said "just dont get on it". From my research and understanding I will at least need a limp map to make it there. Am I wrong?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:00 AM   #4
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I prefer Dyno tunes.

How far of a drive are you talking about? Couple miles? Since you're not changing injectors, You could get away with driving it nice and easy.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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Probably about 15-20 miles
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:48 PM   #6
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The car will be In limp mode due to the inevitable CEL you will have so yes you should be fine driving it very easily to a shop to tune it. However, if they are simply going to bring the car in with no pre-tune inspection and just throw it on the dyno, id definitely question their credibility. Find out how many subarus they have tuned. Do some research and ask them questions you know the answers too and see how they answer. Easy way to filter if someone knows what they are talking about or if they are just bsing. Check with other shops to see what their procedures are. Find someone reputable and experienced. The ones who think that "tuning is tuning" and they can tune anything are the ones that are idiots and will likely not have the correct knowledge to make your car perform the right way.

Also, a dyno is merely an expensive diagnostic and tuning tool for an automotive business. no two dynos will ever read the exact same numbers every time unless its calibrated by the same person in the same location. Best results come from real driving conditions.

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