Where to get tuned? The local tuners thread

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    Disclaimer: Tuning is a vital part of making your Subaru run well, especially with aftermarket parts. However, a bad tune can do more harm then good, and when increasing power, there is always increased risk of mechanical failure.

    As the owner, it is ultimately your responsibility to discuss any concerns you may have with your tuner. MNSubaru is not responsible for any damages caused by tuning.

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    Below is a list of local Subaru tuners.

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    RS Motors
    http://rsmotorsinc.com
    http://facebook.com/rs.motors.burnsville
    Username: ronnie@rsmotors
    Proprietors: Ron (Ronnie) Soliman
    Tuning Service: licensed Protuner for Cobb AccessPort, OpenSource (Ecuflash/romraider), Hydra, AEM,Link, Power FC, you name it.
    Dyno Information: Mustang AWD Dyno
    Best method of contacting: Call 952-707-0100, E-mail ron@rsmotorsinc.com, or Facebook.
    Hours: M-F 9:00-6:00
    Location: Burnsville

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    NF Performance
    http://nfperformance.com
    http://facebook.com/NFPerformance
    Username: NF Performance
    Proprietors:
    Nuke
    Fuji
    Tuning Service: licensed Protuner for Cobb AccessPort, and OpenSource
    Dyno Information: Road Tuning
    Best method of contacting: PM, or email nfperformance at gmail dot com
    Hours: By appointment
    Location: Falcon Heights
     
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    What should I do to prepare for the tune?

    **Adapted from the Nasioc Member "Unibomber"**

    1. Talk to your tuner PRIOR TO getting a tune. Ask for their tuning check list and follow it to the letter. P&L Motorsports has a great check list available via http://www.pandlmotorsports.com/downloads.htm under the title Caring for your Vehicle for those without an official checklist.

    2. Ask for their brand/type/size injector advice if upgrading them and use them.

    3. Ask for their brand/type/gap recommendation on plugs and use them.

    4. If you want an intake, ask for their brand/type recommendation. Be prepared for your tuner to talk you out of it though as many will depending on your goals.

    5. If you want an aftermarket boost control product such as a new boost control solenoid, external waste gate, manual boost controller, etc., talk to your tuner about this and use their recommendation.

    6. Perform your scheduled maintenance prior to showing up to your tune and make sure all your fluids are fresh and functional. Specifically, a fresh oil change is highly recommended. In addition, allow at least a few days for fluids to settle and get topped off as having an air pocket in your coolant will do wonders for throwing off your tune at $200/hour. Two items not on any maintenance schedule that won't hurt and may help are cleaning your IACV (if so equipped) and cleaning your MAF sensor.

    7. Double check everything you have done within the last 3 months or so. Vacuum leaks from fittings/hoses/pipes/couplings that move air and gaskets are the big killers. One of the unknown leaking spots is the BPV or BOV gasket as it is frequently removed and not replaced, so if there’s any doubt, replace it. Another common leak spot is the stock turbo inlet, ensure you visually check it front and back, top and bottom using an inspection mirror for holes or tears.

    8. Do not show up with crappy parts and/or crappy installed stuff. If your Cousin Jimmy did the wiring and you have live wires sparking against the pedals, that's not a good thing. Wiring should be neat and loomed or at least zip tied away from everything. Quality, correct parts should always be used...fuel safe lines, pressure lines...these aren't suggestions folks. Do you honestly expect Home Depot tubing of the incorrect diameter to work on your wastegate? Proper diameter and applicability is what you want to run even if it means delays as your tuner will be when your eBay intake collapses, you show up with three (not four) upgraded injectors, or your UTEC is a circuit board in a Tupperware container. And these are real life examples I've seen or heard of.

    9. Make sure your car is running correctly. They are there to tune, not fix your car. Don't waste their time trying to solve your check engine light which has been on for 2 months.
     
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