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Old 02-01-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Ok real quick, I have an 02 Wrx with a turbo back exhaust and I really don't want to spend money on an AP to tune it.I know open source is a little bit cheaper, but would a pro tune be cheaper? Like I know places charge about $200 , but an hour would definitely be enough to tune my low modded car.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Protunes from a good tuner are more in the $300-400 range. You could always grab a tactrix cable for ~$125 and get an e-tuner to make a custom map for you. Most protuners like using the AP, so you'll have to talk to whoever you plan on going to (assuming you go this route).
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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Protune's are no cheaper by any means. Even a "protune" for an AP or Open Source will run you 200 or more.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
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Quick noob question. What's an e-tuner? Lol I did a lil research on that tactix cable before but I thought you needed the cable and something else to make it work. Is there any super dumbified tutorial on open source tuning?
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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E tune is when you tell a tuner your mods, they make up a base map, and send it to you. You then are required to data log and report back so they can make changes.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:39 PM   #6
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Tactrix cable and protune using Romraider would be the cheapest.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:39 PM   #7
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Like super dumb lol like go to here to get cable, go here to get maps etc.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:41 PM   #8
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You just need a tactrix cable and a laptop. I'd say contact Eric at Torqued Performance, but he only does e-tunes for 08+ cars. I'm trying to think of who did e-tunes for your year...
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:43 PM   #9
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Look around in your local regional forum for guys who do road tunes. We have guys around here who give us the option of road tunes or tunes on a dyno. Dynos cost money to either rent or to pay for the cost to own a dyno.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:45 PM   #10
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Hmmm I might have to do an AP. I'm sure once getting a cable and have someone tuning it, it will be around the same price
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:46 PM   #11
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FYI with a road tune, you almost NEED a wideband gauge that can log data.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:23 PM   #12
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Hmmm I might have to do an AP. I'm sure once getting a cable and have someone tuning it, it will be around the same price

Most tuners that will do a road tune for you already have a tactrix cable and should have their own tail pipe wideband. In this case you'd just have to pay their fee for doing the tune (which is about $200 in my local area). In this case you'll get a far superior tune then any off the shelf map the accesport can offer.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #13
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Most tuners that will do a road tune for you already have a tactrix cable and should have their own tail pipe wideband. In this case you'd just have to pay their fee for doing the tune (which is about $200 in my local area). In this case you'll get a far superior tune then any off the shelf map the accesport can offer.
See that's the answer I was looking !!
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:38 PM   #14
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For! !!
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #15
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If all you have is a turboback I would give e-tunes a shot
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:43 PM   #16
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If all you have is a turboback I would give e-tunes a shot
How would I begin that process? Because I really don't want to buy anything except the service to tune my car
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:59 PM   #17
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Then find someone in your area that does it. You're really over thinking it. Or find a local Subaru tuning shop and call them. We can't hold your hand through it, we've told you the differences, it's up to you to find how to get it done for you.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:44 PM   #18
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How would I begin that process? Because I really don't want to buy anything except the service to tune my car
If you are so cheap why are you even modifying your car in the first place??
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Ok real quick, I have an 02 Wrx with a turbo back exhaust and I really don't want to spend money on an AP to tune it.I know open source is a little bit cheaper, but would a pro tune be cheaper? Like I know places charge about $200 , but an hour would definitely be enough to tune my low modded car.
How do you know?.. Some cars do not run correctly, as much as you think it should and require extra attention.

An AP might be your best and easiest choice. That or contact a local shop
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:10 PM   #20
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If you are so cheap why are you even modifying your car in the first place??
Cuz I have a life and have to spend money other places
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:21 PM   #21
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Cuz I have a life and have to spend money other places
Everyone here has a life and other bills they need to take care of.

You don't seem to understand that if you want to modify your car, trying to figure out the cheapest way to do anything will quickly turn your car into a pile of ****.

Sounds like you should leave your car stock, and find another hobby.
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:22 PM   #22
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romraider well tell you almost everything you need to know about the open source ecu scene. and second i would not go through with this if you don't have the money because issues will pop up big or small that your going to need to get fixed
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Cuz I have a life and have to spend money other places
As does everyone else. We all have bills, families, etc etc. You balance your priorities with your hobbies. Going cheap with your form of transportation is a great way to cost you MUCH MORE money later.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:28 PM   #24
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That's why I hate these threads cuz all people do is hate. I know what's bad or what's not, im just looking at all my opinions to get the best out of money. I didn't say I wanted something cheap either, once again trying to find options. It seems people got butt hurt that I said that I got money to spend in different areas. All you guys do on here is just newbie bash and hate. If all your gonna do here is say that I'm being dumb without even helping, seriously go somewhere else, I don't need your side comments because your not helping at all.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:29 PM   #25
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Thanks for all the people who did help tho
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