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Old 10-01-2009, 07:15 PM   #1
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Cost of a Tune?

I have everything I'm going to do to my Camaro now. I put the Borla's on and the Roto-fab CAI. I just got the American Racing Long Tubes with cats and X-Pipe. I just talked to a guy in Phoeinix that would install the headers for $350 and do a tune for $600. Does this sound in line? I was thinking about getting the Vector Motorsports PowerFlash Tuner or Diablosport Predator or Trinity Programmers. The Powerflash is $599 right now. The Predator is $369. The Trinity is $599.

I'm a novice at tuning and see that these look simple enough. Would I need another tune down the road just to make sure everthing is still tuned properly. If that's the case I guess buying one the units and doing it on my own would be better. Are the shop tunes any better than one of these units you can buy?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:27 PM   #2
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That seems high for a tune but good for the install.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
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That's funny because he said he was giving Camaro people a special on the tune.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:02 PM   #4
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Sounds like the Diablo Predator would be a better deal than the Vector tune since with the Diablo you get the handheld device plus a tune compared to Vector's tune with just a cable plus another $230. I'd like to understand the differences and which would be a better buy.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:04 PM   #5
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Sounds like the Diablo Predator would be a better deal than the Vector tune since with the Diablo you get the handheld device plus a tune compared to Vector's tune with just a cable plus another $230. I'd like to understand the differences and which would be a better buy.
IMO, You'll probably get more gains out of Vector's tune though.

$600 is a little high for a tune...maybe it includes thermostat install?
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:34 PM   #6
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IMO, You'll probably get more gains out of Vector's tune though.

$600 is a little high for a tune...maybe it includes thermostat install?
I do like the Vector myself. I'll call and ask if the local tune included a thermostat install. Why would you need a thermostat install? Thanks for the heads up!
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I do like the Vector myself. I'll call and ask if the local tune included a thermostat install. Why would you need a thermostat install? Thanks for the heads up!
not required, but lower temps means the tune can be a little more aggressive...it's probably a good idea since your in Arizona.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:52 PM   #8
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no handhelds! beware. find a good tuner/shop.my .02.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:03 AM   #9
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Does this tune include dyno time? or is it just a street tune? This is where i got my street tune. Just to give you an idea of cost.
http://www.fasterproms.net/services.html

I guess it is all in what the tuner is providing you.

I watched over Jeremey's sholder as he worked through the different sections of the Transmission and engine and new it was not a place a novice should be playing around in. Getting a custom tune by someone who knows what they are doing is only way to go on these cars IMO.
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please pass in the handhelds & get a custom tune. if it's something you're looking to learn to do yourself, get something like EFILive or HPTuners, but i would recommend having a pro work on your car at first. a dyno or street tune will be your most aggressive options
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I do like the Vector myself. I'll call and ask if the local tune included a thermostat install. Why would you need a thermostat install? Thanks for the heads up!
All of our tunes are developed in house for your specific combination. Handheld programmers don't offer specific tunes for every combo. If there were any problems we would be able to adjust it for you using our scanner that comes with the cable.

And as always updates are always free
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Old 10-02-2009, 08:42 AM   #12
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Take it to GM 2 Hours $90.00 a hour
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Take it to GM 2 Hours $90.00 a hour
your gonna have a dealer do a dyno tune?
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:21 AM   #14
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Take it to GM 2 Hours $90.00 a hour
Half the GM dealers up here in Alberta Canada don't even know what a dyno is.

They thought it was something a woman went to see a doctor for

Most likely going to be Vector motor sports for me, just waiting for the funds to pool up a little bit more.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:08 AM   #15
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Take it to GM 2 Hours $90.00 a hour
I think he probably meant this for the headers install.
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I think he probably meant this for the headers install.
I don't think too many dealers would install aftermarket LT's w/ hi-flow cats for you..."technically" it's illegal to replace them (cats) unless they are defective. And after installing them you may require a tune (if you get a check eng light) which "technically" will void your drive-train warranty. . If brought to a dealer, I'm positive they will try and talk you into buying the GMPP shorty headers.
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