I am new to owning a Subaru. Had a chance to buy the new Launch STI so here I am! Currently I run only a stage 1 mods package with Perrin CBE with a Cobb V3 port. I will be doing more work soon that will best be handled by custom tuning. Unfortunately living in Scranton PA doea not place me in a good location.
My questions are,
1. What are the differences regarding the Cobb Pro Access tuner and the Race model? (The first is apparently available for authorized Cobb dealers. The Cobb access tuner Race software is available to anyone. )
The price listed on the site for that said free?
2. What is the difference between them as far as what can be accomplished, and is it worth getting? (I am a Surgeon by trade. I am not a computer wiz and i am not an amatuer mechanic nor a programer. )
3. What is the learning curve for attempting custom tunes? ( I will be installing an aftermarket DP with HFCBE. 1000cc FI and new pump. Otherwise stock engine and turbo. May replace the intercooler. Intake is done and I have preloaded map. A/F 0 to -2.5 thru all RPM/boost 20.1. )
4. Would removing my ECU and sending it out be worthwhile? (Since I already have V3 port that seems counterintuitive to me.).
5. Is there any alternative for completing a quality custom tune without having the car physically hooked to a dyno? i.e send out ECU?
6. And lastly, how would buying the access race softwear be advantagous without physical dyno. I have learned that readings are poor at best when using simple plug in and go dyno mapping. For example I read from 250 to 500 hp in 1st gear using my handheld.
I have a great Porche mechanic that knows his way around a boxer engine. Would he be able to purchase what I need to do a good job. I am not looking for the best tune in the world. I want to reach a happy medium between performance and not throwing a rod or melting pistons. If so what kind of money are we talking about to get the bare bones equipment to get the job done?
Sorry for all of the dumb questions. I am a rookie cookie. Thanks in advance. I look forward to any imput.