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    Recommendations for a boost controller....2012 WRX

    I got a 2012 WRX with a few mods....Cobb intake, Invidia catted downpipe and catback exhaust, and a tune with the Cobb Accessport. The next step I wanna go is for a boost controller but don't know much about them and which ones work the best so does anyone have any recommendations. I'm guessing using an electronic controller is what is mostly used anymore or works the best.

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    A boost controller is a boost controller. Does the person tuning the car have a preference?
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    Electronic is going to probably be your best bet unless you have a really specific reason for wanting a manual one. There are several that are well-known to be quality parts -- Grimmspeed's 3 port EBCS is one of the most popular. I have it myself and have been quite happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk_Knight
    Electronic is going to probably be your best bet unless you have a really specific reason for wanting a manual one.
    Better performance? An electronic solenoid will not touch the response of a quality MBC.

    If you want a set/forget option, EBCS is the way to go (e.g., you can not have to worry about things like temperature/altitude changes, assuming the compensation tables have been properly calibrated). If you want the best performance, MBC (but you need to be willing to adjust based on the environment you're currently experiencing).

    What about both (hybrid method)? You get the benefits of the MBC control at high throttle angles, and you get the ability via EBCS to use the compensation tables to account for the changes to environment.

    Based on the question, the OP will not be doing the calibration for the new boost controller; the person calibrating the ECU should be asked this question, and our opinions honestly mean squat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    What about both (hybrid method)? You get the benefits of the MBC control at high throttle angles, and you get the ability via EBCS to use the compensation tables to account for the changes to environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax
    At the expense of a low-airmass vac leak...
    There are pros/cons to every setup
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    Thanks for the feedbacks guys....this is my first turbo car and still learning the basics of how to make it run its best w/o losing power or damaging anything. well i have heard of the hybrid method from some others on here but wasn't sure of how it all worked and how much more effective it was. I like the thought of just being able to run it without having to get out and open the hood to adjust the MBC whenever I want to get on it. In a few months I plan on taking it to a professional tuner and put it on the dyno but haven't talked to anyone yet. So I should ask tuners what route I should take then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    At the expense of a low-airmass vac leak...
    I'd be curious to learn a bit more about this scenario. (i.e. any particular ill affects caused by the vacuum leaks, etc...)


    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    What about both (hybrid method)? You get the benefits of the MBC control at high throttle angles, and you get the ability via EBCS to use the compensation tables to account for the changes to environment.
    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    There are pros/cons to every setup
    Considering I've seen the hybrid method recommended before, I take it the pros generally outweigh the cons in this case?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSonic12 View Post
    So I should ask tuners what route I should take then?
    Absolutely, ask the tuner that will be tuning your car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSonic12
    I like the thought of just being able to run it without having to get out and open the hood to adjust the MBC whenever I want to get on it.
    Some MBCs allow for a cabin dial so you can change it on the fly without getting out of the drivers seat.

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSonic12
    In a few months I plan on taking it to a professional tuner and put it on the dyno but haven't talked to anyone yet. So I should ask tuners what route I should take then?
    People have preferences. The tuner may have one.
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    If u got the cobb acces port try the cobb ebcs it easy to install u get all the hardware n the acces port has a map for it u have to down load it but it is well worth it just make sure u run the vac lines right I had switched my intake n wastegate it took it to 22 psi

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