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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:13 pm 
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Where is a good place to get a custom tune and other mods done on my WRX? Is there anything in town? Thanks!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:29 pm 
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DS1 in Chicago last I knew. I believe the guys name is Jorge.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:18 pm 
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I checked with Chuck Hemmingson, but he said that Subaru did all of their tuning, and they were very tight lipped over it. His presentaiton this coming Tuesday night at Noah's on Ingersol Ave, during our club meeting wil ldeal with handling, tires, suspension, how they interact with each other, things that can help an autocrosser that they might not have thought about. He does not know of a tuner locally either, and cautioned that there is some that think they are tuners but are not, with bad results form the customer. The hard part is the computer work part.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:26 am 
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DS1 in chicago has now changed to Six Star Motorsports. I am unsure if they actually do any good tuning at this point. The owner/operator of DS1 fled with a bunch of cash and left some unfinished cars, its a pretty sour deal in the eyes of the midwest subaru community.

Jorge used to work at P&L motorsports in chicago, but has since moved on to other things. The tuner there now, "Junior" is well respected so far, although I have not seen any of his work up close.

As far as people around here, none that I know of right now, let alone an all wheel drive dyno in the area. Personally, knowing a few engines that have been blown up by a bad tune, or an Etune, I would suggest doing a lot of research and making some good plans for what you want out of your car.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:41 pm 
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Also, fwiw, you're safe* and get 90% of the power/performance just going Cobb Stg2 or STX map. The AP/AP2 used is about as much as a tune.

If you know anyone looking for an AP for an 02, invidia catted DP, or a Borla Hush... let me know... I need to get off my butt and sell them because I havn't owned the car they went on for 6 months.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:14 pm 
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Totally agree with Chip, Cobb AP is pretty safe, and is what most of the people I know use, including myself. Im saving my money for a full dyno tune when I install a new turbo/ etc.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:25 pm 
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P.S. Chip, I would reccomend posting those parts for sale in our forum : www.iowasubaruclub.com and on our new NASIOC thread page. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthr ... 53&page=18

We have several new members and I imagine they are looking for some parts come spring!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:16 am 
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I personally use the Cobb AP in the 2007 blue wrx. It works perfect takes about 3-4 min for a reflash, only problem ive seen is it takes a couple tries to start right after a reflash but after the initial it has no problems. I only run the stage one since I do not have a full system exhaust, but the gains are really good for no work. Plus the ability to reflash and stay in stock class is always nice.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:12 pm 
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^ Agree for ease of use with the COBB as well. The only reason it is tough to start the first time is the ECU relearning the fuel and air mixtures etc, just like the first time restarting after changing or unhooking a battery.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:16 pm 
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Thanks all! How hard is it to install the downpipe for Cobb stage 2? If too hard for a newbie like myself, any local shops that could do it for a reasonable price?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:18 pm 
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Im sure you can go to like a magic mufflers and they would do it for a reasonable price. But it should be relatively easy assuming you have the time. Just drive the car up on car ramps. Then you just need to remove the intercooler and heat shield and that should give you access to the turbo portion of the downpipe which is like 5 bolts. Remove the O2 sensor and the 2 bolts connecting it to the cat back portion and then it should be off.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:38 pm 
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If you've done it before, it will take an hour or two. If you haven't it might take an afternoon.

If you ever plan to do the uppipe, do them both at the same time, as the DP comes off for the UP install.

I had mine on/off 4-5 times over the years i had my subaru.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:00 pm 
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If you want to do the uppipe, put up a message on IowaSubaruClub.com or in our NASIOC thread. We have several people that have done it before and would be glad to help you out.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:44 am 
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yes! There are several of us fellow Subaru members more than willing to help you installing any parts. Exhaust, tunes, etc. You name it. You also have a fair chance of finding some used parts, or some people with results of new parts they have installed. If you haven't seen our thread on NASIOC or anything else, we are having a meet on Saturday at Bennigans around 1. Our Annual "April Spools Meet" We are also planning on having our regularly scheduled meet the first wednesday of ever month, this month at Fuddruckers near Jordan Creek around 6:30.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:22 am 
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I sure wish Cobb had an STU tune for the STI.

It is possible to do a downpipe without taking off the intercooler, at least it was on the '04 I just did. Of course, with the '10 you get the easier intercooler to remove anyway.

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