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post #16 of 20 Old 01-06-2017, 01:57 PM
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I think I might try something with the O2 sensor ,so it'll stop throwing codes, until I'm able to have my car ready for a good tune. Air filter, plugs, fluid changes(I haven't done them all yet), I'm thinking about going back to a stock intercooler because I have some yellow one where the bolt holes don't line up right so its just the connections keeping it in place, I'm just not sure about it staying in place all the time. I can use my friends he'll give me for $20. Also probably going to take the car in today and get my codes read to make sure there is nothing unexpected, and it has been a few days sense I reset the ECU.

And just so everyone knows I bought the car with a cat less system because I thought it would be better. Which I'm not complaining about. I would be more worried about catalytic converters with 201,000 miles on them. I've just fixed vacuum leaks and few other things so far.

So just curious about the whole tuning thing...
So I mod my car for a good tune for now. I communicate with someone mentioned above, or anyone is local about what mods I have and what kind of tune I need. So does someone just make a tune for my car and I can use my computer and the required equipment to flash my ecu with the tune that was made? Of course saving my stock tune to a couple locations before I flash it. This is kinda what I'm looking for. I don't want to shell out a ton of money for dyno runs or have people tune my car on the streets but it doesn't seem that I'll have to if I'm correct. Just some clarification on that would be helpful.

I'm also planning Coilovers soon because I'm not to keen on lowering springs, not bad just want something better. Would that effect my tune at all? I don't think it would but I don't think it hurts to ask.

BTW finally getting to play around in the snow!!! Subaru for life haha
OK, I'll try to answer all this as best I can. Just so you know I have never tuned a car in the modern sense of the word. (with a computer) The last time I tuned a car was with a SUN machine and a strobe light. When it came time to tune my car I took it to a well known tuner ,a 2 hour drive!(P&L Motorsports open source pro-tune from Junior Barrios on a Dyno-jet)

Don't spend a lot of money getting your codes read. Autozone will do it for next to nothing. If not nothing.

{Q}Does someone just make a tune for my car and I can use my computer and the required equipment to flash my ecu with the tune that was made? {A} Rom Raider...This is best left to trained and experienced people. If you are one of these people than you wouldn't have to ask.

The cost of a pro-tune is no more than you would pay for an AP and if they screw it up the shop should cover it, Cobb will not!.
Junior Barrios is a well known tuner that pimps himself out to shops all over the east coast. The farthest west he goes is Chicago. Check him out at JR Tuned. I know JR. Is probably too far away for you but he is a good example of what you should be looking for in a tuner. Don't just let Joe blow tune it.

All right, where is the distributor cap? I need to find the #1 plug wire to hook up my SUN machine.

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OK, I'll try to answer all this as best I can. Just so you know I have never tuned a car in the modern sense of the word. (with a computer) The last time I tuned a car was with a SUN machine and a strobe light. When it came time to tune my car I took it to a well known tuner ,a 2 hour drive!(P&L Motorsports open source pro-tune from Junior Barrios on a Dyno-jet)

Don't spend a lot of money getting your codes read. Autozone will do it for next to nothing. If not nothing.

{Q}Does someone just make a tune for my car and I can use my computer and the required equipment to flash my ecu with the tune that was made? {A} Rom Raider...This is best left to trained and experienced people. If you are one of these people than you wouldn't have to ask.

The cost of a pro-tune is no more than you would pay for an AP and if they screw it up the shop should cover it, Cobb will not!.
Junior Barrios is a well known tuner that pimps himself out to shops all over the east coast. The farthest west he goes is Chicago. Check him out at JR Tuned. I know JR. Is probably too far away for you but he is a good example of what you should be looking for in a tuner. Don't just let Joe blow tune it.
Yes you can do that. I'm really glad you're on a Tactrix cable because I can actually help you lol.

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read this if you havent already.

RomRaider ? View topic - How-To: Bad Noodle's Beginner's Tuning Guide

then after read this if you havent already.

RomRaider - Open Source ECU Tools | Documentation / RomRaider FAQ

then sign up for HP academy's *FREE* introduction to tuning lessons (you can sign up for more like i did. but at bare minimum watch the free tuning lessons)

https://www.hpacademy.com/

then go grab your base map form romraider and start tuning.

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its all completely free. all you have to do is read and learn! tuning is not magic. its a science, and you can learn it.

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I did a spark plug change to NKGs Iridium (NOT one step colder) and my check engine light stayed off for the longest time before coming back on again. I guess I could say everything is a little better though. The idle is a lot smoother and not as cranky and the response and boost levels are more consistent. My friend helped me out on the change and we found that whoever had the car before the people I bought it from tried to do a exhaust sensor mod. Not O2 sensor, it was the temp sensor. He had a resister going into that sensor port. I almost think whoever did this thought it was the O2 sensor they modded. I'm not really sure why he would do this otherwise. Sometime soon I'm going to make my way to a Subaru dealer and get my codes read. The car is running fine and is getting me back and forth to work for now so I'm not super worried about it right now. Just hoping its only the codes I'm expecting. Once I have that squared away I'll probably put the O2 sensor mod on the car to see if that helps. In the meantime I'm going to learn all I can about tuning before I actually try it. Suffering from Asperger Syndrome makes stuff like this fun though haha. I'm pretty sure I can learn to be a pretty good tuner,at least for my needs. But if anyone has anymore recommendations on learning how to tune I'm open to all suggestions.
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You can get your codes read at most parts stores like Autozone or O'reilly's. They will even do it for free! And if you did go ahead and get a tuning platform, it would also allow you to read the codes.

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