The 4eat losses even more power through the drivetrain than the 5 or 6spd. What type of dyno was it, the temps? There are many factors that can affect your results. I dont have much experience with tuning other than the AP, pricey, but I love it. There is also opensource tuning. You need to tak to who is going to tune your car and see what they are msot comfortable with also.
dynojet dyno, 68 degrees out, the tuner said he's most familiar with the UTEC but as stated the utec has issues with the 4eat. also, isnt an 85 hp drop from the advertised 227 a bit steep? Thanks in advance!
It is steep, but do remember or realize that the rated HP is at the crank. And the drivetrain loss on a 5spd is roughly 30 or so percent. And the 4EAT is a bit more. Im familiar with how "slow" the 4EAT can feel. I have a stage 2 05 4EAT and an 07 5spd pushing 326AWHP. Another thing to do is ask the tuner what cars similiar to yours produce on that exact dyno. If the tuner is familiar with the Utec that can be difficult, but see if he can tune with the AP, if so you should be able to find a used one for a decent price.
On a side note what are your goals for the car; i.e. power or mods you plan to do?
power goals are to run a 12.9 in the 1/4. The tuner doesnt have the cobb protuner software so he deals with utec for wrx's mostly. He told me he doesnt like to mess with opensource due to lack of support when needed (which is very understandable). The nearest cobb protuner is ~150 miles away which I dont want to do unless nothing else is compatable with the 4eat.
I was looking into a megan racing catless DP, gutted stock UP, sti Pinks, walbro FP, vf34/16g/18g (undecided), full synthetic fluids, 1 step colder plugs and a possible Front mount. Ive had my WRX for a month now and its time for upgrades :-)
These are the Cobb maps that are pre-programmed into the AP when you buy it cobb . wrx accessport . map listing You can get a protune ontop of it to gain more power as these maps are "safe". For these maps you need to stick to exactly whats in the notes. With the 34/39 you could possibly hit that mark with good r/t and all.