Originally Posted by newtothegame
Just because you dont have EM does not mean you arent or cant be considered a certain stage, or therefore you wouldnt know what stage to choose if possible from the type of EM you are using. If you get a tune (be it road or dyno, but have no EM) you at whats consider a certain stage for mods.
Umm, last time I checked getting a tune and EM were basically one in the same. Now, the difference is what EM you are using. Is it a piggyback, stand alone, or OpenSource. You have to have a tune to be considered "Stage X" or else your car isn't going to like you.
As an example, say I install STi pinks and a VF34 but don't change the injector scaling from 420cc to 565cc and do absolutely nothing about the boost maps. My car isn't going to be very happy. Yeah, the parts are there but they aren't being used properly. It's kinda like those stick on hood scoops from Auto Zone.
What all this boils down to is YOU MUST BE TUNED. That's the only concrete rule I've found when it comes to working with these cars. Well, that and Lean = Boom = New motor.
Honestly, I don't typically refer to my car as Stage 4 unless I'm talking with someone who has no clue about bolt-on upgrades. On the other hand, if they do know a little I'll tell them turbo swap, injectors, I/C, etc. If they know Subarus, I'll tell them VF34, pinks, massive TMIC, etc.