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E-tune or dyno tune?

Alright, so i have got all my mods together and am ready to tune after I find the time to install. My problem is choosing a tuner. My current mods are catless tbe, and cobb ap. I am currently tuned via e-tune from pdx tuning. I am not very happy with my tune right now. I am no expert and truth be told know very little about what im looking at in my datalogs but, something just feels off about my current tune. My goals are first and foremost a safe dd tune! After that more power, and a fun to drive car for the occasional honduh spanking, dragon run, or just some spirited driving. Mods to be added this go around are tgv deletes, air pump delete, pnp sti intake manifold, phenolic spacers, wideband afr gauge, k&n short ram intake, perrin turbo inlet, grimmspeed 3 port ebcs, and grimmspeed coated v-band uppipe with tial 38 mm wastegate.

There is a shop in town with a dyno that tunes subarus but, I cant find anything out about their reputation. I will include a link to their website. I'm not crazy about trusting my engine to someone with no reputation. My other option is another e-tune. This time I am considering torqued performance because I have saw nothing but good reviews about them. What do you guys think is the best way to go?

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In person turning is far better. Your car will get more attention as they are singularly focused on it right then and there as opposed to an e-tuner who may take time making changes and may be working on several e-tunes at once.

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E-tune or dyno tune?

Like mentioned, e-tuning can take multiple times to get right and also requires some computer skills unless thing can get frustrating. I have 2 friends that have tried e-tuning on non Subarus and stopped due to lack of quality, time needed, and overall brain damage aquired lol! I personally am a fan of a dyno/street pro tune (which can be done with your AP) as it's truly dialed in to YOUR car and YOUR mods. An off the shelf stage 2 from Cobb would be a "safe" way to go as well. If you do go pro tune just call Cobb and they'll hook you up with their closest reputable tuner.


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That is the thing. There is no closest reputable tuner in my area. Other than a etune this shop that I cant find anyone who has used is my only option in town. Driving a long distance for a tune is not an option for me. There is a subaru club in town and even they have never used this tuner (for reasons unknown). They drive to North Carolina for tuning. The lack of Reputation is the only thing that worries me about using them. Other than that I know that a dyno tune is always better than a tune not done in person.

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E-tune or dyno tune?

Then I'd say roll with an off the shelf map from Cobb. If everyone around you doesn't use em I'd say its for obvious reasons lol!


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So basically its either go with a dynotune from a non reputable tuner or etune from a reputable tuner. Which is the lesser of the two evils?

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Then I'd say roll with an off the shelf map from Cobb. If everyone around you doesn't use em I'd say its for obvious reasons lol!


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There is no off the shelf map from cobb that supports the mods I'm installing.

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update: I just called fastech (local shop) and they charge a flat rate of 500 for a dyno tune and the guy told me after I install my mods there is no need for them to send me a map to safely make it to their shop to get tuned. He said "just dont get on it". From my research and understanding I will at least need a limp map to make it there. Am I wrong?

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My understanding is that the ecu will put itself in limp mode if need be, or just adjust as much as it can until you get your tune. Just stay out of boost until you get there.

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There is no off the shelf map from cobb that supports the mods I'm installing.
That there is the problem with an AP lol! just go the e-tuning route then. About your only other option if trailering it to NC isn't an option at all.


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The TGV deletes will throw the car into limp mode. The bigger mods you're installing are boost dependent, which is why you're fine if you take it easy.
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So, is the $350difference worth it for a dyno tune?

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Do you trust the shop more?
Are you ok with getting the 1x1 time with your car?
You will at least get a readout.
Is it a reliable dyno?

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Just an update. Finally got to update my mod list on my profile Mods are installed I'm in the process of tuning now with phat ron of phatbotti tuning

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