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This is a discussion on Cobb AP vs OpenECU (Tactrix/Romraider/ECUFlash) within the Tuning: Electronic Engine Management forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have the Tactrix 2.0 and used it to reflash my ECU about 4 ish years ago. I am going ...

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    I have the Tactrix 2.0 and used it to reflash my ECU about 4 ish years ago.
    I am going to flash a buddies of mine in about an hour.
    I have had no issues what so ever with it and have flashed a few peoples and also diagnosed quite a few issues with other wrx'es.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1987
    The original Tactrix cable takes $169 in official web, and the clone one costs $60, how the clone one works
    The description says it's genuine, but that site worries me (on first look). I have removed the link from your post as a precaution.
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    Why go for a probably scam clone when you're doing something that if it goes awry can brick your ecu
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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitus View Post
    Why go for a probably scam clone when you're doing something that if it goes awry can brick your ecu
    Because people were able to flash the 2.5L cars with a $20 generic VAG-COM cable and you don't think Tactrix actually builds/produces their own cable do you? Pretty sure the work is outsourced to China like everything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Because people were able to flash the 2.5L cars with a $20 generic VAG-COM cable and you don't think Tactrix actually builds/produces their own cable do you? Pretty sure the work is outsourced to China like everything else.
    You bet your ass.
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    With all the times I've seen people on here say you've gotta pay to play, and telling people to avoid knockoff parts for their cars, I felt like going with the branded option so I wouldn't have to worry about it.
    Edit: also more importantly a tactrix cable comes with a sticker which is approximately +5 to the wheels if you have an intake I read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crepitus View Post
    With all the times I've seen people on here say you've gotta pay to play, and telling people to avoid knockoff parts for their cars, I felt like going with the branded option so I wouldn't have to worry about it.
    Edit: also more importantly a tactrix cable comes with a sticker which is approximately +5 to the wheels if you have an intake I read.
    I wouldn't tell someone to not buy a Tactrix as it is supporting a company that is producing free software to tune our vehicles. But there is a difference between fashion and function. The hard part is differentiating between the two. Megan DP vs Invidia Dp? Sure. $300 Godspeed big 16G vs $900 Blouch? Eh....I will pay the money for the Blouch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Because people were able to flash the 2.5L cars with a $20 generic VAG-COM cable and you don't think Tactrix actually builds/produces their own cable do you? Pretty sure the work is outsourced to China like everything else.
    Tactrix are made in the USA. 100% sure.

    The hardware is produced outside of Seattle, WA and then assembly and testing is done in Norcal.

    There was a thread about it on Nasioc the other day.

    One of the creators brought the clone and talked about their teardown process.

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    That's cool I didn't know I was buying local.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    ...you don't think Tactrix actually builds/produces their own cable do you? Pretty sure the work is outsourced to China like everything else.
    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    You bet your ass.
    Not quite. We've always been made here in the USA since the first day, with the earliest designs hand built by the owner. Pretty quickly we employed the services of a circuit board assembler and the one we use now use to be close to our old office in Washington. When Tactrix moved from Washington to San Francisco (owner's wife took a position with the veteran's hospital here) we decided to continue using them even though 'local pickup' was no longer an option. The remainder of the assembly happens in our building, with most of it happening on my desk. This includes final assembly, programming, two rounds of testing, and order fulfillment. Hopefully we'll be moving to a point of having another company do the shipping because that would allow me to spend more time on software development, but we don't have any plans to outsource our production to China. So to those who continue to support our two person company, we greatly appreciate it and as long as we can fund our work on our freely distributed EcuFlash software by selling our hardware we'll continue to add new features and vehicle compatibility in addition to providing lifetime support even if you weren't the original purchaser of your OpenPort.


    Quote Originally Posted by lookylookitzadam View Post
    Tactrix are made in the USA. 100% sure.
    The hardware is produced outside of Seattle, WA and then assembly and testing is done in Norcal.
    There was a thread about it on Nasioc the other day.
    One of the creators brought the clone and talked about their teardown process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyPSF View Post
    Not quite. We've always been made here in the USA since the first day, with the earliest designs hand built by the owner. Pretty quickly we employed the services of a circuit board assembler and the one we use now use to be close to our old office in Washington. When Tactrix moved from Washington to San Francisco (owner's wife took a position with the veteran's hospital here) we decided to continue using them even though 'local pickup' was no longer an option. The remainder of the assembly happens in our building, with most of it happening on my desk. This includes final assembly, programming, two rounds of testing, and order fulfillment. Hopefully we'll be moving to a point of having another company do the shipping because that would allow me to spend more time on software development, but we don't have any plans to outsource our production to China. So to those who continue to support our two person company, we greatly appreciate it and as long as we can fund our work on our freely distributed EcuFlash software by selling our hardware we'll continue to add new features and vehicle compatibility in addition to providing lifetime support even if you weren't the original purchaser of your OpenPort.




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    That's fantastic and quite rare in this day and age. I'd prefer to support American companies and glad I have supported Tactrix with my business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey View Post
    Are the 1.3 open port cables that Evoscan sells geniune licensed Tactrix cables?
    Yes, that's the only current legitimate source for the older 1.3 design since we haven't sold those since 2008.


    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    That's fantastic and quite rare in this day and age. I'd prefer to support American companies and glad I have supported Tactrix with my business.
    And we thank you for your support!

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