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Old 07-28-2020, 02:04 PM   #1
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Default Need your opinion on Antspec tune

I'm starting this thread without knowing if this even allowed on Nasioc so I will take the hint if MOD delete the thread down the road.

I want to hear your opinion and/or experience with Antspec tuning in Socal. Do you have your subie tuned by Antspec? How do you feel? etc.

My story: I have some good experiences with Antspec this past year for installing some stage 2 bolt-ons, bushing and shifting parts. And I will probably keep coming back. Now for custom tuning, I prefer Phatbotti for the up-coming E85 tune but his Dyno doesn't seem to be fixed anytime soon. Ron offers E-tune on his website but I don't want to go through the hassle of logging/revisions due to my tight schedule, and mostly because I want to see my car strapped on the Dyno.

I want to clarify that Antspec and their employees are cool, this post only meant to gather other's input/review on their custom tuning. Please keep it civil and no bashing, please.

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Old 07-28-2020, 02:35 PM   #2
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Each person will have their own tuning strategies, and thus each tune will be a little unique to its tuner. If you are using Cobb, check to see what their rating is on Cobb's website and if you already know and trust the crew, then go for it! I've had tunes from about 6 different places (a few that were very highly rated, I hated dealing with) and others were a pleasure. This is no black magic, its just a little math and adjusting that math via realtime on the dyno or flashing via road tuning based on the readings from either. If they know their math and can read the tunes, next is how aggressive are they and how much time they dedicate to the tune.

Worst Dyno tune I had lasted like 1 hour on the dyno.. was that even time to get a base map from.. anyway they should put forth some effort to making your tune safe and reliable (chasing numbers is secondary!) and also should listen to suggestions on how you wish to drive / use your vehicle, temperatures and fuels available.
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I have a buddy who had his STi tuned at AntSpec, although keep in mind that's an EJ motor and not an FA. He had nothing but good things to say about them. For full disclosure, he did have to rebuild the motor due to ringland failure, but it was pushing 450whp on stock internals and he attributes the failure more to the faults of the EJ motor itself rather than on the tuning.

Similar to you, I've had parts installed at AntSpec, but I haven't been tuned by them so I can't comment on that. I am dyno tuned by Ron and I can tell you without a doubt that he lives up to his reputation and then some. Unless you are in a huge rush to get tuned, I would wait til Ron gets his dyno up and running if you can. And think of it this way: the longer you wait, the more time you have to save $$$ for other parts
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Thank you for the inputs. I tent to be extra skeptical on the first time of doing anything. I have most parts and basically a tune is the only thing left to do. I'm not confident running OTS any longer.

@YungBoba: Did your STI friend get the tune before or after the rebuilt? If before, did he still have Antspec retune it?

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Thank you for the inputs. I tent to be extra skeptical on the first time of doing anything. I have most parts and basically a tune is the only thing left to do. I'm not confident running OTS any longer.

@YungBoba: Did your STI friend get the tune before or after the rebuilt? If before, did he still have Antspec retune it?

Nhat
He was tuned by them before and actually had them do the motor build too, and then tune it after of course. Again, this is someone else's experience and not mine (and also an EJ vs. FA), but he seems to have a great deal of trust in them. The car puts out 400WHP+ now after the new build and tune.

Whoever you do go with, hope things turn out well and be sure to report back with dyno numbers!
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