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  1. Crankshaft

    Crankshaft New Member

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    Looking to get a couple of our r53's tuned.

    Talked to Detroit tuned and they said have Jan do it at the dragon.
    I was hoping to find a dyno tune shop that knows mini's.

    What has everyone done for a tune?

    Thank you
     
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    Jan knows MINI's....best there is for the R53.
     
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    Me > Stock tune, 15% pulley, JCW ehaust & JCW air intake. That is all I need for happiness. At the mileage my MINI has a tune seems foolish to me. Wish I'd done one years ago. If doing one it would be a Jan RMW tune. Hindsight is 20-20.

    Jan has been doing these for so long & knows these cars so well that not having a dyno should be no problem.
     
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    I know Nick and Jason both had their R53's done at the Dragon last year. For some reason I want to say that there is a point in mileage where Jan won't do the tune, so you might want to reach out to him before planning on getting it done.
     
  5. Dave.0

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    Jan RMW tune all day long. :Thumbsup: He has all the maps for every mod combo you could possible do and you will only have to do a few pulls between the lower gas station and the top entrance of Fontana.

    If you car needs something mechanical corrected (O2, MAP, T-MAP, Plugs) corrected you have many vendors to choose from.
     
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    I know jan knows the cars but each car can differ.
    For $350 it's a good deal. I may just install a jcw 210 tune myself and wait until I build the mountain motor to find a dyno.
     
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    Jan knows each car can be different that's why he does an few runs / pulls with your car to make sure everything is fine tuned and you are satisfied.

    He should be at Fontana all week if you have any tune issues or just have questions and need advice even if he does not tune your car at the Dragon.
     
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    I am very happy with the tune Jan did. More power and better mileage.
     
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    Have Jan do it. The pre set maps he has worked out over tuning hundreds or thousands of MINI's are pretty close from the start, then with the logs pulled from doing the street pulls the tune is as good if not better than tuning on a dyno. Street tuning often leaves better overall results than ones done on a dyno anyhow.
     
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    I agree with Dick to a point--if it's just a street driven car, a street tune is fine, but if you're planning on tracking the car, you really need it tuned on a dyno. Any good dyno will work; Jan does remote tunes (My car was on a dyno in WI, he tuned it remotely from California), and it works out great, if the dragon isn't an option for you.
     
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    We do full custom dyno tuning here in Atlanta if you want a dyno tune. We also offer the JCW tune, and basic tunes if you decide to go that direction.
     
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    How many miles on that motor? If it is worth tuning a Jan tune is the way to go since you're going to the Dragon.
     
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    If a motor is high mileage squeezing it hard with a tune could get costly.
     
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    RMW tune.
     
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    Mileage is not a factor to me, if it runs well then it can run better. If it blows up I'll rebuild it or replace it.
    I've decided to wait for a tune until I build a new short lock and a big valve head.
    I have the jcw tune on my laptop. I'm going to use that for now and dyno the new engine.
    Jan sounds like the way to go for a non dynontune.

    Thank you everyone.
     
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    ^^^ Very wise choice. :Thumbsup:
     
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    A good quality tune should not stress the engine any more than normal. All the tune will do is to maximize the potential of the engine and ECU. Now YOU may be stressing the engine a bit more simply cause it is more fun to drive it...!
     
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    #18 Dave.0, Mar 17, 2014
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    ^^^Ummm kind of, because I can take my car up to 7800 + on the Dyno and that is stressing the car more than normal. Also a car on a dyno does not get any air moving through the rad except for a box fans or little blowers that are set up in front of the car. I don't think they are pushing air at 90 + into my rad to keep things cool on full pulls.

    Dynos tunes are more stressful on a car being tuned and if done correctly they can very beneficial over a street tune. Don't get me wrong a custom street tune is still a great tune if done by a person that knows what they are doing.
     
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    ^^^ This says it all. I still stand by what I said. A high mileage worn out engine should not be squeezed hard with a tune. If one wants to it is their call.

    I'm pretty sure reputable tuners do not want to tune them for the simple reason when the engine does go blammo the tuner will be blamed even though they surely are not.

    Back on topic Tuna shopping.....
     
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    A great tuner like Jan at RMW should and will take into account the mileage and overall health of the motor when tuning... Tis part of the pie.
     

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