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Old 12-11-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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STS Turbo Reliability? Better options?

I am planning on getting the STS Rear Mount turbo on my 2LT after the spring. IS this the best option for power on a v6? Is it reliable and will I have any problems since it is rear mounted? Will there be more turbo lag? I live in Kansas and there is a shop really close that is an authorized sts dealer and can tune it so are there any better options that wouldnt require me to ship my car somewhere?
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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turbo lag shouldnt be an issue with proper sized turbos. Flow through the piping is instant in a compressed environment.
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get a shop that can dyno tune it for you dont trust the sts flash tune that comes with the kit.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:13 PM   #4
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So what is a good tune I should get?
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:28 PM   #5
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Agreed. Custom tune it. Any stock flash FI tune is not good enough. Tunes need to be specific for your altitude etc.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:45 PM   #6
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do you guys have any specific tunes I should get? and how much that will cost?
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Any trusted speed shop that had the ability to tuned trifecta
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You will have to use Trifecta tuning....which basically means you will datalog the car either on the road or on the dyno. Send Trifecta the logs and they will then make the tweaks and you retune. Do this back and forth until perfect.
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That's not 100% true. Yes your going to have to use the trifecta tuner but thier is shops out their with the software to dyno tune. without sending to Trifecta at all
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:32 PM   #10
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Dobbins,

The STS turbo is a great option, if you want a turbo. There is also a twin turbo option and a soon to be released supercharger. It all depends on want you want spend and how much horse power (RWHP) that you plan to achieve. Trifecta is a repuatable company and if you call them they can put you in touch with the closest dyno tuner to your location. If there is no dealer close then you can do it via e-mail with data logging although you will not be able to maximize the tune unless you have access to a dyno that supports the Trifecta software. The rear mount is not a problem. Tubing size has a lot to do with lag as well if you get the ceramic ball bearing upgrade as it will spool about 2-300 RPM's faster. Also adding a 25% under drive pulley can add faster spool rates (love my SLP 25% under drive pulley btw). Under hood turbos do have less lag but also produce alot more heat, remote turbos do not have heat issues that the underhood turbos do.

The STS turbo with a base safe Trifecta tune will yield you about 325-345 RWHP...safely. If you add other options such as meth injection, yata yata yata, you will yield about 415 RWHP. There is also nitrous that can give you a bit more and cost alot less than the turbo option. Adding Gears 3.73:1, one piece driveshaft, Racing suspension (Pfadt baby!!!), Meth, Rotars, Brakes and reducing vehicle weight (sprung and unsprung) can have a huge effect on how your vehicle will perform.

I have a butt ton of aftermarket parts and will post the final numbers in a few months (my garage). I'm shooting for 460-480 RWHP... which will yeid that same RWHP as a ZL1 but it will cost me. If you do the right research and get with your regional speed shops they can map out a hp plan and will be able to tell you how much it will cost to get you there. You can get these kind of numbers without paying as much for a 2SS or ZL1 if you plan it all out correctly (Base models with hardly any mods). The V8's will always be able to make more RWHP as the aftermarket for them is so much broader reguardless of how may parts you put on you V6.

There is a 2SS locally that is putting down 645 RWHP with a fair amount of mods (maggie, CAI and a dyno tune). To get a V6 to do that is will take about $25-30K in parts and labor... at a minimum. So again it all comes down to how much you can/want to spend. Hope this helps you in some way.

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Old 12-27-2011, 10:16 PM   #11
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That's not 100% true. Yes your going to have to use the trifecta tuner but thier is shops out their with the software to dyno tune. without sending to Trifecta at all
Can you name them??? I haven't found one shop that claims they can dyno tune the V6.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:08 PM   #12
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Trifecta has a complete list of authorized tuners to include dyno and remote tuners. Rev Extreme is one of the tuners in Florida.
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Your.best bet is to call them like the person said above me they can tell you who had the ability
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:33 PM   #15
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Agree, call them to find out or visit their website, a list is compiled and easliy accessable. Either way Trifecta can help you out.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:59 PM   #16
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The shop that is installing the turbo is an authorized dealer of the STS turbo so they dyno tune it there and have already done one on a 370z. The guy made it sound like a real good plan, and I brought up the trifecta tune with him but he said it would be better to do theirs (which is no extra charge to installation) where they do the tune and add their own tweaks with their dyno system there. Also, if I am not satisfied there is a trifecta tuner very close to me. But you are saying that it will only get 315-325 rwhp? Im aiming for 400 and I thought that that should have been what it was supposed to do. Is 315-325 actually realistic to what it may do? The guy at the shop told me it should have no problem getting 400 at the wheels..
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:09 AM   #17
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If they don't use the base tune. With 6 psi don't expect 400. Make them provide the dyno sheet.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:37 AM   #18
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The shop that is installing the turbo is an authorized dealer of the STS turbo so they dyno tune it there and have already done one on a 370z. The guy made it sound like a real good plan, and I brought up the trifecta tune with him but he said it would be better to do theirs (which is no extra charge to installation) where they do the tune and add their own tweaks with their dyno system there. Also, if I am not satisfied there is a trifecta tuner very close to me. But you are saying that it will only get 315-325 rwhp? Im aiming for 400 and I thought that that should have been what it was supposed to do. Is 315-325 actually realistic to what it may do? The guy at the shop told me it should have no problem getting 400 at the wheels..
Ok... bit confused... Whose tuning system are they using? Are they telling you they can tune it with something other than the Trifecta system? I would double check with them and find out exactly how they plan on tuning your car? Do they have any experience with a V6 Camaro?
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Ok... bit confused... Whose tuning system are they using? Are they telling you they can tune it with something other than the Trifecta system? I would double check with them and find out exactly how they plan on tuning your car? Do they have any experience with a V6 Camaro?
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Trifecta is the only forced induction tuner for the V6 this community has seen.
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Ok they said that they take the tune STS gets them and take it a step further using their dyno to get maximum performance out of it. He said they should have no problem getting that. I will ask for the dyno sheet and if I am unhappy with it there is a trifecta tuner that I have talked to that I will see. The shop hasnt done a camaro yet but they got a 170 rwhp gain on the 370z with their tuning so it seems legit.
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Ok they said that they take the tune STS gets them and take it a step further using their dyno to get maximum performance out of it. He said they should have no problem getting that. I will ask for the dyno sheet and if I am unhappy with it there is a trifecta tuner that I have talked to that I will see. The shop hasnt done a camaro yet but they got a 170 rwhp gain on the 370z with their tuning so it seems legit.
Ok... and what is he going to use to manipulate the STS base tune?
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they have a dyno and tune it with that to its peak performance is what they said.
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You may want to ask them some detailed questions. STS provides the Trifecta tune with their kit. You have to have the Trifecta Dealer software to change that tune. That is about $2,500, so unless they specialize in cars that can only be tuned with the Trifecta software (V6 Camaros, Cobalts,etc...), they are unlikely to have it. They could do an email tune with Vince or a Trifecta reseller, but it probably best that you confirm exactly how they will be doing the tune first. If you don't you may find you have your car sitting on a Dyno without a way to modify the tune.
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You may want to ask them some detailed questions. STS provides the Trifecta tune with their kit. You have to have the Trifecta Dealer software to change that tune. That is about $2,500, so unless they specialize in cars that can only be tuned with the Trifecta software (V6 Camaros, Cobalts,etc...), they are unlikely to have it. They could do an email tune with Vince or a Trifecta reseller, but it probably best that you confirm exactly how they will be doing the tune first. If you don't you may find you have your car sitting on a Dyno without a way to modify the tune.
Exactly!

To sum it up.. ask the "What software are you going to use to tweak/modify the base STS tune?"

My wild guess.. they've never touched a V6 Camaro and are ASSUMING they can just use HP Tuners, SCT, Diablo, etc...
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