OK. I finally oredered my Cobb TBE today. I also have the Cobb intake (with box) I received as a gift, and have yet to install. I'm going to install the intake first, then the exhaust. How long is it safe to run the TBE before getting a pro-tune? I have the AP and will download the 93 octane stage 2 map, but I don't want to cause damage. I will get the tune within a month of install, assuming it's safe to run like that. Also, I don't have a boost gauge but will get one after all is done.
Any tune that is made just for your car (be it dyno, road, etune) will be better tan any AP or tatrix OTS map. For some tho its just not that easy and an OTS map is all they want/need.
It may be all in my head but "eTuning" seems riskier. I've seen lots of complaints about blown motors and bad tunes from people who get their car eTuned but I don't see a lot of complaints about OTS maps blowing engines. Sometimes 10 more HP isn't worth the risk. I think I would only consider an eTune if I lived in alaska and wanted to use a nonstandard configuration.
I agree with you Ryan. I guess thats where doing your research comes in handy also. As I have seen and met some guys that having nothing but high remarks from their etunes and tuners, but have also seen the exact opposite.
You have to check out your tuner and trust that he can do a good job. Here's where doing your homework comes in handy. Personally...I would only feel comfortable get a pro-tune in person, but that's just me. It doesn't make it any better, its just a mental thing, that I can see it being done in person.
378awhp/373wtq Custom Dom 3 & CBRD tuned 2006 STI.
"When in doubt...flat out" - Colin McRae
Update: After installing the TBE and intake, I took it to a "local" tuner that a friend of mine recomended. My WRX is now putting 237 whp and 290 ft.lbs down. It feels plenty peppy now! I love driving my WRX more than ever! The Cobb TBE is the perfect sound (IMO). It's deep and noticable, but it does not drone and is easy to listen to during long drives.