Cobb AP - DIY vs professional tuning
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5

This is a discussion on Cobb AP - DIY vs professional tuning within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; New to the club and to the modding scene. Subaru Impreza WRX '07, never modded/tuned. After reading for a few ...

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    3

    Cobb AP - DIY vs professional tuning

    New to the club and to the modding scene. Subaru Impreza WRX '07, never modded/tuned. After reading for a few hours it seems that stage 1 tuning is a no-brainer. Question is, should I buy Cobb AP and do it myself (and re-tune as I get to stage 2) or do I go to a professional tuner with Dyno equipment (I happened to have one really close). Does professional tuning do anything other than loading a profile from Cobb AP?

  2. Remove Advertisements
    ClubWRX.net
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Resident meany-rator 06wrx4me's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Nor Cal
    Posts
    11,487
    I Support ClubWRX
    On the 07 stage 1 makes a difference, but stage 2 is where you want to be. I wouldn't waste the money personally on a dyno tune for stage 1. I'd wait and have a protune map made for stage 2.

    There are many threads on here detailing out the difference between an open source tune and an AP map flash.

    I have a Cobb AP with a custom map made by a dyno tuner. The AP was used to load the map.

    Professional tuning custom tailors a map to your car. While the OTS maps that ship on the AP are decent you will pick up all kinds of gains with a custom made map. I picked up +38 whp and +66 ft-lbs tq over the stage 2 base map with a custom tune. The AP is just the vehicle used to flash it and gives you the flexibility to flash it yourself or unflash it once the map is made.
    2014 Ford Fiesta ST

    06 WRX, HAWKEYE # 001 <T-boned and sold>

    COILOVER TABLE
    TURBO TABLE

  4. #3
    Registered User Heide264's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    4,226
    I Support ClubWRX
    Quote Originally Posted by Gwoben View Post
    Does professional tuning do anything other than loading a profile from Cobb AP?
    Sure. The difference won't be nearly as noticeable as if you had some additional mods on the car, however.

    Keep in mind, many professional tuners require a Cobb AP anyhow. I would recommend just getting a Cobb AP and flashing a stage 1 map. Down the road if you have some money sitting around, throw a down pipe, intake, ebcs, and whatever ya feel like on and get a pro tune.

    I would use the terminology "Off The Shelf" (OTS) tune from now on. It is a better way of describing a preloaded Cobb AP tune that you flashed as compared to "tuning it yourself" which normally infers a personalized tune that was made by yourself or a "pro tune". Just a small FYI.
    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex
    He was throwing balloons filled with sulfuric acid and shrapnel at the swat team. They finally had to take him down with rubber bullets.
    2011 STi Build Log
    -Part 1 - Reading, Data Logging, and Analyzing Data
    -Part 2 - Turbocharger 101 & Basic Boost Control
    -Part 3 - EcuFlash, Experimental Defintions, and a Drive By Wire Intro

  5. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    3
    Thanks for the replies, just ordered the Cobb AP, will do some stage 2 mods and professional tuning in a few weeks when it gets warmer and I read more about stage 2 mods available.

  6. #5
    Registered User Heide264's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    4,226
    I Support ClubWRX
    Quote Originally Posted by Gwoben View Post
    Thanks for the replies, just ordered the Cobb AP, will do some stage 2 mods and professional tuning in a few weeks when it gets warmer and I read more about stage 2 mods available.
    I'd recommend just flashing stage 1 as soon as you get it. No need to wait for stage 2 mods if you already have the Cobb AP in your hands =)
    Quote Originally Posted by Trainrex
    He was throwing balloons filled with sulfuric acid and shrapnel at the swat team. They finally had to take him down with rubber bullets.
    2011 STi Build Log
    -Part 1 - Reading, Data Logging, and Analyzing Data
    -Part 2 - Turbocharger 101 & Basic Boost Control
    -Part 3 - EcuFlash, Experimental Defintions, and a Drive By Wire Intro

+ Reply to Thread

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself. We strongly suggest that you stay away from using aol, yahoo, msn, and hotmail accounts. Sometimes the mail server blocks the emails from our server. As a result you will not receive any notifications including the confirmation email.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •