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Old 02-20-2017, 01:45 AM   #323
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If I didn't initially go with GIAC, I would have went with Unitronic. Their products are amazing as I have used quite a bit of them now and have their intercooler. After fixing my leak issue the car pulls hard and is a beast. Their intercooler does a killer job on IATs.

Now that Cobb is in the ring for our cars, they have put a lot of potential out there for what you can squeeze out of your car. You can get a protune and get some pretty awesome numbers while also having the car be very drivable on the street from what people have said. My top three picks would be Unitronic, GIAC and Cobb.
Uni doesn't make the power your giac tune does either though.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:42 AM   #324
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Uni doesn't make the power your giac tune does either though.
Power isnt everything.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:47 AM   #325
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Power isnt everything.
No, you're right there. I like John, and I REALLY like the Uni connect, and wish more big tuners offered a similar option. Uni makes power, I'm not insinuating it doesn't, I'm simply saying that for those who enjoy the 1/4 that the traps aren't as high (at least on k04)
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:35 PM   #326
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No, you're right there. I like John, and I REALLY like the Uni connect, and wish more big tuners offered a similar option. Uni makes power, I'm not insinuating it doesn't, I'm simply saying that for those who enjoy the 1/4 that the traps aren't as high (at least on k04)
Unitronic is a great company and John stands by the software and products they make. I have their intercooler anencephaly it works great! GIAC was just there when I decided to get tuned. I was getting an AWE-Tuning TBE installed at what happened to be a GIAC dealer and it happened to be during their spring sale. So I got an awesome deal especially for the power and smoothness their tune offers. They've been tuning VWs for a long time and i don't regret it. I was on the fence when it came to tunes and if it wasn't for GIAC I would have went with Unitronic because I hear nothing but good things about their software and customer service. I like the E40 race file as it really wakes up the car and feels even more refined especially once you hit 4th gear. I'm most likely going to get their DSG tune so then I can flash to their 204 "clutchbuster" file. Honestly I'm more excited for the DSG tune than getting extra power. Both will be fun but I'm more interested in the smoother operation of the DSG to coincide with the tune.

I agree that more companies need to give the ability to flash from home as there are some great software tuners that all can offer something great to the VW community. I also like the GIAC flashloader because I can switch between stock, pump, and race mode very quickly and easily. Their power isn't all in your face if you don't want it to be either. It's very linear. My car is a mutt and has all sorts of different companies products in it, so I do t play favoritism by any means. I'm in it for quality and performance and learning what works better for my needs.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:04 AM   #327
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+1 for DSG tune-- it makes a huge difference and cures roughness that gets wrongly attributed to engine tunes.

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Old 03-20-2017, 03:55 PM   #328
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+1 for DSG tune-- it makes a huge difference and cures roughness that gets wrongly attributed to engine tunes.

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Old 08-02-2017, 03:02 PM   #329
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:06 PM   #330
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I'll go on record here and say a DSG tune is all but required if you do the ECU.

(I have APR v2.4, btw)
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:25 AM   #331
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I'll go on record here and say a DSG tune is all but required if you do the ECU.

(I have APR v2.4, btw)
i will disagree with you.
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Old 10-20-2017, 12:29 PM   #332
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I have APR Stage 2+ v2.4, apr intake, APR testpipe

I can vouch for APR. i drive a 2013 GTI bought used at 30k miles

this car is sweet. loud enough. My 50 yr old dad says its too loud (def not too loud, hes old)

If speed is your thing..DO IT because I'm quicker then stock 335i's and for me thats good enough )))))
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Old 05-23-2018, 03:40 PM   #333
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With GIAC Software for stage 1 or 2, you do not need to remove the ECU. The software flash is done thru the OBDII Port and takes anywhere from 20 minutes - 1 hour. I am currently running Stage 2 software from GIAC on my 2012 VW GTI and cannot say enough good things about it. After driving GTIs with Cobb, APR, and other software supplied by other companies, I decided to go with GIAC. Garrett and the guys at GIAC specialize in VW, Audi, and Porsche, and they know their stuff. I have a carbonio carbon intake, APR downpipe, high flow cat, and cat back exhaust. The amount of power I got from the stage 2 software is unbelievable, it doesn't even feel like the same car. The torque is just under 300 ft/lbs, and the HP is high 200's. In my opinion, GIAC is the only choice when it comes to your VW, Audi, or Porsche. I can't wait to get it out on the track this season. If you want to talk about bang for your buck, don't pass on the GIAC. Their customer service is top notch, and I couldn't be happier! If anyone has any questions about GIAC software or installs don't hesitate to shoot me a message. Also, if you are in the Columbus Ohio area and want to go for a ride along if you are on the fence about it, let me know. Id be more than happy to make the decision a little easier for you! Huge shout out to all the guys at GIAC! Thanks for helping me turn my GTI into a little rocketship!

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