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Old 04-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #14
IA Performance
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Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Boulder, CO
2008 Forester XT 5mt
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Wow, it sounds like you have Pandora's box for a car! Your money will be best spent trouble shooting and correcting problems first and then having it tuned. If a tune is done with the current state then the problems will most likely hinder the results and possibly damage the motor through time. As for the Utec, you can see if Clark Turner still does tuning with those. He was a wiz with them back in the day, but I believe he too has moved on to more technologically advanced tuning methods (OS, Cobb, etc).

Keep in mind, the AccessPORT may cost more up front when compared to an OS tune, but you are getting a tool, not just a tune It works as a gauge, trouble code reader, holds tons of maps, has customer support in the event something goes wrong.There is a huge dealer network, whereas OS you are left making a post on a forum and hope someone comes to your rescue. Also, it does not require the use of a laptop and tactrix cable. The final plus is, when you no longer need the AP you can resell the unit and recover money, whereas with OS there is no recovery other than selling off a cord.

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