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Old 09-22-2016, 12:09 AM   #1
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Middle TN volkswagen tuning shop..

Hey guys, I'm looking to go k04 soon and I'm going to need a shop to tune the car since COBB hasn't put out any maps for it yet. Just wondering which shop would be my best bet. These are the ones COBB recommends:

CARMA PERFORMANCE
5TH GEAR AUTOMOTIVE
DBR HIGH PERFORMANCE
DEFT MOTION

Anyone have experience with these shops?

Granted I'm new to the area, but I definitely didn't expect there to be so many tuning shops for VWs.

If none of these shops are worth their weight, I may just head back to Chicago and have GRD do the tunes. That's how I'm leaning as of right now, anyway. I've had a lot of work done by them and they're some stand-up guys.

I appreciate any input you guys can give me.
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:12 PM   #2
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Hey guys, I'm looking to go k04 soon and I'm going to need a shop to tune the car since COBB hasn't put out any maps for it yet. Just wondering which shop would be my best bet. These are the ones COBB recommends:

CARMA PERFORMANCE
5TH GEAR AUTOMOTIVE
DBR HIGH PERFORMANCE
DEFT MOTION

Anyone have experience with these shops?

Granted I'm new to the area, but I definitely didn't expect there to be so many tuning shops for VWs.

If none of these shops are worth their weight, I may just head back to Chicago and have GRD do the tunes. That's how I'm leaning as of right now, anyway. I've had a lot of work done by them and they're some stand-up guys.

I appreciate any input you guys can give me.
Have you considered the FrankenTurbo F23T? I just went that route and went with Stratified for the Cobb pro tune.. He (Alex) will send you a base map and you just send him logs and he adjusts it accordingly.. No need to visit a shop for the tuning process- all done via email..

I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have..

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Old 09-22-2016, 07:10 PM   #3
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Erin at CARMA is one of the top tuners in the area.

5th Gear Automotive is a newer shop, so I'm not sure of their reputation or who their tuner is. They moved to a new location last month and have a new dyno, so they must be doing pretty well!

DBR is Chevy/Ford/Mopar, not sure how familiar they'd be with a turbo VW.

Deft Motion is a Honda shop. I'd go to them for serious on-track race prep, but I don't think they have a dyno.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:58 PM   #4
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Middle TN volkswagen tuning shop..

- DBR is mainly making high horsepower into crazy horsepower cars. If you want a 1,200 HP F350 they are who you call. They only have a RWD dyno.

- European Motorworks in Mt. Juliet does Unitronic - and he's my go-to mechanic. Does good work and relatively reasonable rates.

- Covert customs is closest the nearest APR (located in northern AL).

- Audi Nashville quit tuning and doing updates for tuned cars. Assholes didn't even tell me they planned this despite tuning my car weeks before.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:30 PM   #5
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Want to add that German Performance Options (GPO) is a good shop with solid VW factory certified techs who used to work at Hellmark VW.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:35 PM   #6
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+1 for European Motorworks. Been to GPO as well but they can be kind of pricey after upping their labor rates, but they're great people and know their stuff.
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:05 PM   #7
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Middle TN volkswagen tuning shop..

Anyone know much about Kayas Service Center Bellemeade? They usually have a bunch of older German cars out front.
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:28 PM   #8
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Have you considered the FrankenTurbo F23T? I just went that route and went with Stratified for the Cobb pro tune.. He (Alex) will send you a base map and you just send him logs and he adjusts it accordingly.. No need to visit a shop for the tuning process- all done via email..

I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have..

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I actually just found that kit. Dont know much about it. Care to shed some light? Quality, price, etc. Thats oretty awesome that theyll email the tunes to you.


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