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    Established Member Two Rings JonnyThrice's Avatar
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    Question Time for a tune? Nothing too crazy

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    Two things...

    1. I've been bust the past year or so so I haven't been around here very much, so I'm sure things have changed

    2. YES, I did a search but most topics are for specific tunes. But I'm sure I'm beating a dead horse here, so I accept your flames.


    I've had my '12 B8 Avant for about 4 years now...completely stock, other than a few Carista mods and LED interior lights. I did have the oil consumption issue, and the pistons/rings were replaced along with the turbo a few years ago. Car has 65K miles on it now.

    I daily drive it, not looking to go crazy but damn, I do feel the need for more power. My wifes '15 A3 feels MUCH faster than car.

    So I've been looking at APR STG1 which is pretty much the de-facto around here, but now I see like 5 or 6 other ones popping up. Also this Neuspeed piggyback thing that seems interesting. I'd be perfectly happy with +20-30 HP, I'll most likely never do any other mods, so whats the easiest, most reliable and daily driver friendly tune?

    Thanks guys!
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    Active Member One Ring colorado.a4's Avatar
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    Time for a tune? Nothing too crazy

    **From personal opinion, APR stg1 is going to be the best bang for the buck when it comes to price per gain, and piggyback tuners are nearly the same $ but don’t offer as much gains with the exception of saving your car from the dreaded void warranty TD1... when I got my car it had a piggy back on it and although it is the smallest bit extra power it is not worth it at all when it comes to a good ECU tune. However noting your millage I would be cautious, I got my car tuned @ 69k miles and 20 minutes after the tune was flashed car pulled a P0299 or underboost code and had to go through a ~$4k turbo replacement out of warranty (TD1)... however after all that, running my 14 A4 on APR’s stg1 91 tune (50/50 91 and e85, flex fuel) I have to say I smile with every pull, it’s the “smallest bit quicker” than a stock s4 and with good tires will hang amazing till 70mph. hope this helps!
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    Senior Member Three Rings keiffr's Avatar
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    I preferred an at-home tune, so I went with the Integrated Engineering Stage 1 tune. Great tune for a Daily Driver and great customer service!


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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado.a4 View Post
    **From personal opinion, APR stg1 is going to be the best bang for the buck when it comes to price per gain, and piggyback tuners are nearly the same $ but don’t offer as much gains with the exception of saving your car from the dreaded void warranty TD1... when I got my car it had a piggy back on it and although it is the smallest bit extra power it is not worth it at all when it comes to a good ECU tune. However noting your millage I would be cautious, I got my car tuned @ 69k miles and 20 minutes after the tune was flashed car pulled a P0299 or underboost code and had to go through a ~$4k turbo replacement out of warranty (TD1)... however after all that, running my 14 A4 on APR’s stg1 91 tune (50/50 91 and e85, flex fuel) I have to say I smile with every pull, it’s the “smallest bit quicker” than a stock s4 and with good tires will hang amazing till 70mph. hope this helps!

    with my mods, running 375 crank hp and 475 crank torque.
    How does a stg1 tune give you 375 hp? Are you out of your mind?
    Is that a dyno-run or one of those apps that "estimate" horsepower for you?

    Cause to get close to 375hp you'll need a K04, and even with that 375 isn't all that easy to reach ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riccird1 View Post
    How does a stg1 tune give you 375 hp? Are you out of your mind?
    Is that a dyno-run or one of those apps that "estimate" horsepower for you?

    Cause to get close to 375hp you'll need a K04, and even with that 375 isn't all that easy to reach ...
    Haha I was thinking the same thing, even if he upgraded the turbo to the K04 for $4k. Looks like one of those 'dyno' apps based on the accelerometer in the phone.

    On a side note, the Integrated Engineering seems to be a favorite around here. Keep in mind doing a tune will accelerate the wear and tear on your car so if you're going for longevity that's a consideration. You might also consider upgrading the intake and exhaust of the car for a bit more throttle response.

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    Established Member Two Rings JonnyThrice's Avatar
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    Hmmm yes the IE one seems interesting. Probably going to go with that or maybe just the Neuspeed.
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    Senior Member Three Rings keiffr's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyThrice View Post
    Hmmm yes the IE one seems interesting. Probably going to go with that or maybe just the Neuspeed.
    Yes, the at home tunes are they way to go. IE has been great! You could get them on the phone and/or email and they respond quick! I've Unitronic is also a good at-home tune.
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