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Old 07-15-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Newbie help with Tactrix cable

Hey so i have an 04 Wrx. I have turbo back exhaust on it already and no other real mods. I want to make it stage 2 and i was hoping to use the Tactrix cable. So i dont want to have to use a pro tuner because of cost and i dont know one. So i have two questions. I have never really done any modding before so if i got the tactrix would i be able to safely make my WRX stage 2(i have a labtop). Question number two is i see all these things i would need to download onto my laptop for this, what wouldi actually need to download? I dont want all the extra stuff. Also if someone could point me to the right Tactrix cable for my 04 WRX on ebay that would be fantastic! Thank you
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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Ok before you destory your ecu or car or both you need to learn how to tune if your going to be doing this yourself and not use an ap or a pro tuner. I highly recomend either getting a professional tune to tune your car or buying an ap and downloading 1 of cobbs maps. Using a laptop and cable to tune is very tricky and if you dont know what your doing you will ruin something for sure. Check out the tunning section of this forum and read all the stickys and learn how to tune. Your nbot going to learn overnight it takes years to become good at it so if your looking to go to stage 2 anytime soon and not destory your car sell the cable you bought and put it towards an ap or some dyno and tunning time at a reputable shop in your area. I really think you are making a HUGE mistake trying to tune your own car without knowing anything about how to tune and being a new Subaru owner. This is something usually only seasoned Subaru opwners try to tackle.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:48 PM   #3
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Alright thank you. I havent bought the cable or anything yet. So i will probably just end up having a proffesional tune it for me to get to stage 2. Is there any other mods i should throw on before getting it tuned?
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #4
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Ok, I'm not sure where masta splint is coming from, but flashing a map with a tactrix is fking easy. Do you have to be careful? Yes. Same careful as using an AP. Don't want to bump the tactrix/AP odbii interface while flashing, making sure your battery isn't dead before flashing, etc. Installing the vehicle files for romraider is about as tough as it gets, and if you are moderately tech savvy you can figure it out.

When your tuner tunes your car watch how he works with his laptop and ask some questions. I have Phatron e tuning my car right now. He sends you instructions, a map, and you log the parameters he wants and send him the logs. 15 minutes later you have a revision and more instructions. The guys from Phatbotti have been great. The improvement over my tweaked ots map is crazy. So much smoother with an increase in power.

Stuff before a tune? Ebcs is not a bad idea over the OEM unit. Talk to your tuner and see what he recommends. He might even have one there to sell you.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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Ok, I'm not sure where masta splint is coming from, but flashing a map with a tactrix is fking easy. Do you have to be careful? Yes. Same careful as using an AP. Don't want to bump the tactrix/AP odbii interface while flashing, making sure your battery isn't dead before flashing, etc. Installing the vehicle files for romraider is about as tough as it gets, and if you are moderately tech savvy you can figure it out.

When your tuner tunes your car watch how he works with his laptop and ask some questions. I have Phatron e tuning my car right now. He sends you instructions, a map, and you log the parameters he wants and send him the logs. 15 minutes later you have a revision and more instructions. The guys from Phatbotti have been great. The improvement over my tweaked ots map is crazy. So much smoother with an increase in power.

Stuff before a tune? Ebcs is not a bad idea over the OEM unit. Talk to your tuner and see what he recommends. He might even have one there to sell you.
Thanks you, that was helpful! So i am assuming Phatbotti is an online thing. How much do they charge to help you with this?
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:07 PM   #6
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Many people that buy the Tactrix OpenPort have little tuning skill and instead work with tuners remotely. Phatbotti is an excellent choice. They give you a rundown of the process here:

http://www.phatbottituning.com/faq.html

The one additional item they suggest, whether you go Tactrix or Cobb, is a wideband O2 sensor.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:14 PM   #7
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The one additional item they suggest, whether you go Tactrix or Cobb, is a wideband O2 sensor.
This times a thousand. If you're going to be doing any tuning yourself you need a wideband. Another e tuner to check out and call is Eric at torque performance. He tunes tons of subies
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:30 PM   #8
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Wow. E-tuning ftw. that is a great idea
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