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Old 03-25-2017, 08:47 AM   #1
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best way to tune?

Hey folks - can someone explain the benefit of driving to someplace like RDP (4 hours each way) or Livernois Motorsports (hour and 20minutes each way) vs. buying a programmer and installing the tune myself. I have no idea what I'm doing... and no idea what is best/smartest.

If I go to one of those facilities, what's the process like?

2013 V6, CAI, axle back exhaust.

https://www.phastekperformance.com/2...ergy-32501.htm

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Old 03-25-2017, 09:00 AM   #2
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A tune on the Dyno will always be better than an email tune. Every car is a little different so if you want to get every last hp out of it, dyno is the way to go. Steve and RDP is a great guy to deal with. If you do decide on an email tune, talk to him.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:07 AM   #3
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A tune on the Dyno will always be better than an email tune. Every car is a little different so if you want to get every last hp out of it, dyno is the way to go. Steve and RDP is a great guy to deal with. If you do decide on an email tune, talk to him.
I spoke to Steve a couple times. He seems like a good guy. I've also contacted Livernois Motorsports but they aren't communicating with me very well. One of the few emails I got back from them said we could do the tune via mail. That's why I asked which route was best. Steve never mentioned doing anything by mail.

If I'm going to spend the money I definitely want to do the right thing, one time.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:09 AM   #4
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Just having a CAI and axle back I'd do a mail order tune from one of the venders on here. Most will provide free tune updates if you do any further modding. You will only see a few and I mean few horsepower difference than an actual dyno tune. A dyno tune will cost more and updated tunes usually are not free. These are facts as stated by a number of members on this site who have already been down this road. Knowledge of how to do it is minimal. Plug it in and follow the prompts. The unit will save your factory tune as well.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:16 AM   #5
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I'd prob just do an email tune too if its just a CAI and axleback. DynoSteve offers the SCT tuner with free tune updates, you will be impressed.

btw, that link you posted from phastek for that tuning device will not work for your LFX car
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I'd prob just do an email tune too if its just a CAI and axleback. DynoSteve offers the SCT tuner with free tune updates, you will be impressed.

btw, that link you posted from phastek for that tuning device will not work for your LFX car
Understood. My dilemma is an 8 hour road trip to Steve, a 3 hour road trip to Livernois Motorsports, or a remote tune that I install with myself. I've convinced myself, based on the overwhelming feed back, that Steve is the guy I want to work with if I go the remote route. I still have to think about the road trip to have him do it in person. But.... that would be a great reason to spend 4 hours driving it after making it as awesome as you all say he will.

Thanks for the heads up on the link. If I go with the remote option, I'll use whatever tune unit he suggests.
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:09 PM   #7
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Hey folks - can someone explain the benefit of driving to someplace like RDP (4 hours each way) or Livernois Motorsports (hour and 20minutes each way) vs. buying a programmer and installing the tune myself. I have no idea what I'm doing... and no idea what is best/smartest.

If I go to one of those facilities, what's the process like?

2013 V6, CAI, axle back exhaust.

https://www.phastekperformance.com/2...ergy-32501.htm

Thanks for your thoughts....
While we are always happy for people to stop in and check out our facility and see what we have going on here. It is all about what is practical for you the customer. We have only done a few v6 cars as they do not pick up very well bang for the dollar.Not something I would offer a remote tune on at this time. They do pick up and drive nice. I think we did a 13-14 car last year cold air, t-stat and cat back. It picked up 19rwhp and 14lbs on 93octane. The end customer was satisfied and loved the way it drove and sounded. He loved the trans shifting post tune and said his economy got better with his driving style.
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Old 03-25-2017, 02:31 PM   #8
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While we are always happy for people to stop in and check out our facility and see what we have going on here. It is all about what is practical for you the customer. We have only done a few v6 cars as they do not pick up very well bang for the dollar.Not something I would offer a remote tune on at this time. They do pick up and drive nice. I think we did a 13-14 car last year cold air, t-stat and cat back. It picked up 19rwhp and 14lbs on 93octane. The end customer was satisfied and loved the way it drove and sounded. He loved the trans shifting post tune and said his economy got better with his driving style.
So coming into your shop would be the best option? I was emailing with Dave and Steve at your place this week but haven't received any pricing. I've got numbers from DynoSteve but nothing to compare them to. I'm hopeful that I'll see something from LM's Steve soon.

Other than that, I'd enjoy visiting your shop to see what you guys do first hand. I'm thinking about dabbling into some suspension/handling upgrades this summer. Do you folks do much in that area?
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So coming into your shop would be the best option? I was emailing with Dave and Steve at your place this week but haven't received any pricing. I've got numbers from DynoSteve but nothing to compare them to. I'm hopeful that I'll see something from LM's Steve soon.

Other than that, I'd enjoy visiting your shop to see what you guys do first hand. I'm thinking about dabbling into some suspension/handling upgrades this summer. Do you folks do much in that area?
What area of Michigan do you live in?
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:44 PM   #10
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What area of Michigan do you live in?
I live in Dansville. About 30 minutes north of Chelsea. You?
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I live in Dansville. About 30 minutes north of Chelsea. You?
In the Brighton area. There's a garage near me that does dyno tuning that specializes in Chevy performance. I haven't used them but I've heard from one of my friends that they tuned his brothers car. It's called Vector Motor Sports. Their website is- The car guy's garage. Com. Just south of M-59 and US-23 on old US-23.
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