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Old 02-20-2012, 11:30 AM
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Tuner Review Thread

For years this site has had individual tuners with no issues. Lately it seems people have a problem with this.

This thread is to discuss the tuning you recieved from someone and whether or not you recommend them. That way we do not have 500 threads about people getting tuned.

Since I made this thread I will be obviously reading through it. So those who want to fight and argue will be dealt with accordingly.

If you want to keep this thread open, please report those who are causing problems.........
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:36 AM
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:38 AM
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In for this thread. Learning how to tune and may contact people for question as reading goes on.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:41 AM
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this is so there wont be 1000000 threads of ppl talking about james tunes lol.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:43 AM
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Well I'll start it off. I traveled from Chicago to Vine Grove, KY to meet with CCSS3 (James). It was very much worth my time. He's a good guy and is willing to work with you with whatever you need. I would reccommend him to anyone.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:33 PM
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this is so there wont be 1000000 threads of ppl talking about james tunes lol.
He is not the only one.
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Originally Posted by Terminator2 View Post
He is not the only one.
i know hes not but normaly when he tunes some1 they go off and make a new thread.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:42 PM
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Got tuned by Bika when I had my TC. I was very happy with my tuning experience. He's a great guy to work with, price was very fair, and in the end made a new friend out of it. Idk how much tuning he actually does or wants to do anymore, but he does a great job for anybody in the NE Ohio area. Also, car made 300 whp /360 tq.
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I drove from Cincinnati to vine grove,ky to have James, ccss3 tune my cobalt. And i feel he did a great job. He did everything I asked and explained it all to me to understand what was going on because I knew very little. Really nice guy and will not let you do things to your car if he feels it is unsafe unless u absolutely insist. On a very conservative tune my cobalt with intake and catted downpipe made 304whp and 354 torque. Very reliable tuner. I will be going to him to get my car refined for my new mods. And he doesn't charge much at all for the tune either, which is awesome. Good guy for the community. I ignore all the bs arguing between the tuners.

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if anyone lives around KC area47 is the best tuner in the area. i shall be seeing him again in a couple weeks to get another tune.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:26 PM
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if anyone lives around KC area47 is the best tuner in the area. i shall be seeing him again in a couple weeks to get another tune.
I thought area stopped tuning Cobalts. Last I heard anyway.
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Area tunes but isn't on this site anymore.
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Originally Posted by Chevycobaltss3 View Post
Area tunes but isn't on this site anymore.
Oh ok just heard wrong I guess LOL.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:44 PM
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james is a great tuner id recommend him to anybody

subd to see were this thread turns out haha
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Oh ok just heard wrong I guess LOL.
he's kinda more in the hobby tuning for friends or unique builds. like right now he's working on a boosted fbody. unless someone on here said "hey, i've got $800, can you tune me" he probably won't.
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Trifecta guyz aloud on this? I think thoe who choose vinces tunes should have a word one this as well.
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Trifecta guyz aloud on this?
Anyone who tunes.........
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nope just hp tuners lmao jk
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M-Dub tuned. Really great guy and was more than willing to explain to me what he was doing. We installed my TVS and had it tuned and running awesome the same afternoon. He's in Raleigh so I would definitely recommend anyone within a reasonable distance contact him.
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I tuned a few LNF's here, maybe they will post up someday. lol.
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I tuned a few LNF's here, maybe they will post up someday. lol.
Maybe. No one knows it but you are one of the best LNF tuners I know.

Pretty sure you have the LS1 down now too with all the time you spent on your trans am.

If anyone needs a tune near Indiana I would highly recommend Iam Broke (Tom). He knows about as much as I do about tuning LNFs.
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Maybe. No one knows it but you are one of the best LNF tuners I know.
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Awww that was cute

Tuned by James (CCSS3). He is very willing to help no matter what the time was. I think he was more motivated to get my car running right than i was haha. Very fast responding and a great tuner. Highly recommend!

My winter tune came out at 407hp/391trq
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Originally Posted by Terminator2 View Post
Maybe. No one knows it but you are one of the best LNF tuners I know.

Pretty sure you have the LS1 down now too with all the time you spent on your trans am.

If anyone needs a tune near Indiana I would highly recommend Iam Broke (Tom). He knows about as much as I do about tuning LNFs.
Awwwww shucks! Thanks! I've got the WS6 slug down under 6 sec 60 - 100 now, cam & springs on order. lol.
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Originally Posted by Terminator2 View Post
Maybe. No one knows it but you are one of the best LNF tuners I know.

Pretty sure you have the LS1 down now too with all the time you spent on your trans am.

If anyone needs a tune near Indiana I would highly recommend Iam Broke (Tom). He knows about as much as I do about tuning LNFs.
He certainly is. I've been on this site for a couple of years and always followed IamBroke (Tom), Terminator2 (David), Blueberry, and BYT's threads to see what they were up to. Tom always struck me as very knowledgeable and down-to-earth. I messaged him about a year ago about tuning, but didn't have HPT at the time.

I don't advertise on this site that my car is modified in any way because of the lurkers, trolls, and idiots with more opinions than intelligence, but I'll come out and admit to a tune done by Tom with just a ZZP IC and ZZP catted downpipe, on E47. I'm out of warranty now, anyway. I received my HPTuners from ZZP about a month or so ago and immediately contacted Tom to consider tuning for me. He was very quick with his response. In fact, he provided me with a free gas tune for the 3 bar sensors that I put in, just so I could drive until I saved up the money for him to get my E47 tune going. In fact, he ended up providing me with the E47 tune before I even came up with the money. Great guy. Anyway, he always responded to me right away after sending him logs. I don't know when he sleeps. He'll tell you anything you want to know about tuning. I still have to study up before I start asking him stuff.

First off, I'm coming from a Trifecta 20/24 PSI 93 octane tune and a 21 psi Trifecta E85 tune that would run out of fuel pressure in 4th gear.

Tom's base file scared me. My eyes bugged out my head and hit the steering wheel. I was convinced I was going to hear a BOOM! Tire spin everywhere and more power than I knew what to do with, so the first log went to Tom at about 10PM that night. The next day, he had me a modified tune which increased torque at part-throttle and decreased boost to a smoother ramp in 3rd gear. That tune was awesome, but my clutch just wouldn't hold it in 3rd. The increase in torque for 2nd gear part-throttle was awesome for driving around town, though. I sent that log and had another tune the same day that cut boost to 21-22 psi and went in slower in 3rd. That tune worked great. I wasn't spinning in 3rd and the clutch was holding, but 4th was burning the clutch up. That tune was sent to Tom and I had another the next day that worked perfectly with some corrections to the cam tables and other stuff I know nothing about. No knock, 22 or so degrees of timing, a smooth boost ramp, and what I feel like is not too far of a separation in horsepower and torque. I don't have a dyno because I hate them, but maybe I'll do one after I get a clutch in. The current tune puts me from 60-100, all third gear, in 4.8 seconds.

The jist of it is: Tom is the ****. I know that everyone loves their tuners, but Tom is very responsive and he is an older guy, like me, so I know he's not some flake. He's very courteous and professional, and his prices are very reasonable and comparable to the other tuners on this board. Of course, I considered David and James because of all their good press, but when I found out Tom was available, I jumped at it. Thank you, Tom, for the great tune. I, of course, will be in touch with any progress in the future. I wanna go back to that 2nd file with a good clutch. I just can't say enough good things about Tom.

I have completely demolished a modded N/A 350Z, a 2000 Camaro SS, my brother's modified LS1 Firebird, and some poor guy in a 2011 STI. I still lost to my Father's Grand National, but just barely. I think the clutch will get me there. My Father is 72 and getting a little slow on the reaction time. My wife used to hate my car, and now wants to drive it........as long as she doesn't have to mix the fuel.
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