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    New old guy 2013 wrx first timer turbo question

    Newbe here. 58 and have never owned a sports car with a turbo, last one was 1982 with Z28 before that 1967 GTO.
    My question is if it is typical for the turbo not to kick in till about 4k (any gear) I will start out smoothly and quickly accelerate (pedal down) but no boost till about 4k then jumps out like crazy. If I am turning and it happens to kick in in the middle I have a fun ride holding on around the turn. Since I have no experience with turbo thought I would inquire. I have read about turbo lag etc but is that what it is and is it normal? Can get around by keeping rpm up initially and throughout but...

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    Yes, that is normal. Full boost is set to around 3.5k-3.8k RPMs I think.
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    Yep. It's normal. Boost begins to build around 2500rpm...and you won't see full boost til 3500 or so as Foxy above said. Driving a turbo powerband is a lot different than driving an NA power band. You will get used to it.

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    ok. Glad to hear it is normal. I was used to hitting the pedal and immediately feeling the acceleration but I just need to add a little rpm when I want/need to move right now.
    It si really amazing how fast it kicks when it engages. I did kick it pretty good during the break in period, found that it shuts down at about 7500 and found that also was normal. Of course I stay clear of there now that I understand it a little better. Some say to break in the way you will drive it others say not to exceed 4k till 1k mi. Got 1300 now so no matter now anyway. Anyway, thanks for the info, this is a great way to get some good input and I love the Blue WRX.

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    Yo..good to see more white hairs behind the wrx wheel!! ha (not referring to the pic)
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    with a small displacement low compression motor there isn't a ton of exhaust gas below 3000rpm even less with unequal length manifolds. Couple this with a medium duty single scroll turbo means not much oomph down low...

    A tune will shift more power to midrange and increase daily drivability and of course a lot more giggles... a protune will generate a bit more torque than canned or OTS tunes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anzioblack44 View Post
    with a small displacement low compression motor there isn't a ton of exhaust gas below 3000rpm even less with unequal length manifolds. Couple this with a medium duty single scroll turbo means not much oomph down low...

    A tune will shift more power to midrange and increase daily drivability and of course a lot more giggles... a protune will generate a bit more torque than canned or OTS tunes
    Thanks for the input. Do you get such tunes at dealer or specializing shop?

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    I have another question. After work car was sitting in lot all day after 45 minute commute. I start it up and have a strong ether or fuel like smell for about 30 second or so. Using 91 octane in Colo. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I do not smell this every time it starts but notice every day after work. Thanks for your help.

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    Canned or OTS refers to a "base" map from places like Cobb Tuning or Torque Performance. These are less effective.

    You can get a "pro tune" from a specialized shop in person or via email. These are more effective because the tune is tailored towards your personal vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckingball man View Post
    Canned or OTS refers to a "base" map from places like Cobb Tuning or Torque Performance. These are less effective.

    You can get a "pro tune" from a specialized shop in person or via email. These are more effective because the tune is tailored towards your personal vehicle.
    My wrx is new 2013. Do I assume a pro tune doesn't effect warranty etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Hobbit View Post
    My wrx is new 2013. Do I assume a pro tune doesn't effect warranty etc?
    Any tune (which requires flashing your ECU) absolutely affects your warranty claims. If you don't want SOA denying any claim against your powertrain, you may want to wait until your 5/60K powertrain warranty expires before pursuing any tune. You have to pay to play...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimboWRX View Post
    Any tune (which requires flashing your ECU) absolutely affects your warranty claims. If you don't want SOA denying any claim against your powertrain, you may want to wait until your 5/60K powertrain warranty expires before pursuing any tune. You have to pay to play...
    Thanks for heads up.will wait a while.

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