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    Whos the daddy of TDI tuning ?

    Just picking up a Fabia RS, which will be handed down to her in doors. I however will drive it for a while as I decide what to buy and if my commision is upto anything [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    Going to need to more power to scare those hot hatches. From what I can see, Jabba have the ability to do my car using serial programming at a good price. Where are people such as AMD with regards to this. Power is the main thing for me, but I also want serial programming if possible.

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    Re: Whos the daddy of TDI tuning ?

    I would say Van Aaken ( www.vanaaken.com ) for any TDI, as they've been tuning TDI's longer than most from what I know, but that doesn't mean they can provide the best, another solution is the TDI Tuningbox ( www.tuningbox.com ), both of which are plug in tuning box solutions, so no permanent modification required. For VAG cars then all of the normal VAG tuners can offer something, but if it's serial programing then the choices are limited to APR, Revo, AmD to come soon as I understand, and Jabbasport based on what you say. From what I know of TDI tuning the chip/software change is the best option as all the plug in boxes do is alter fueling, and do not alter turbo boost pressures, so no more air is added to the equation, which equals more black smoke. Power gains are close but slighly less on the plug in boxes.

    Most of the below can offer solutions I believe, so you'll just have to take your time and browse their sites...

    Just to save you a bit of time ploughing through the search engines I've put my updated choice of top/recognised tuners for Audi's (VAG), and although originally was aimed at chip tuning encompasses general tuning as well;

    Most recognised within the UK:
    APR - www.goapr.co.uk/dealer/index.html - Good maps and well respected, especially in the US. Just released OBD* tuning. Switchable options using cruise control.
    REVO- www.revotechnik.com/uk/ukrevo.html - Good maps, first tuner to do OBD* tuning in UK. Switchable options using switch (Dongle).
    AmD - www.auto-amd.com - More than just a chip tuner, they are a complete tuner unlike many others. Respect.
    Jabbasport - www.jabbasport.com/Audi/Jabbachips/Contact/contact.html - For those that want to take their tuning that little bit further. Well respected.
    Forge Motorsport - www.forgemotorsport.co.uk - No chip tuning of their own but they do offer a number of great tuning products for VAG cars.

    * - OBD = On Board Diagnostic. Tuning which is done via the diagnostic serial port located on the vehicle, so no chip replacement is required.

    Great German tuners:
    Oettinger - www.oettinger.de or www.roadandsport.co.uk (UK dealer) - One of the longest running tuners for Audi's. A great tuner with a great range of products.
    ABT- www.abtsportsline.co.uk/location.php3 - Again a long running tuner with good products. Official Audi chip tuning for The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium amongst other countries.
    MTM- www.mtm-online.de or www.qstuning.com (UK dealer) - Well known for good maps with solid performance.
    SKN- www.skn-tuning.com or contact SKN (UK) Ltd. on www.scottsmototune.co.uk - Not so well known but good products nonetheless

    Other recognised tuners for chips mainly;
    Superchips - www.superchips.co.uk - Regarded as a general tuner offering nothing special, but map on 1.8T does produce good results!
    Wetterauer - www.wetterauer.de - Not so well known german tuner, but still heard of. Used in both the US and Europe.
    DBM - www.dbmengineering.nl - Similar to Jabbasport but in Holland. Nice product range with carbon air boxes. Produced a 420bhp S3 for the road!!
    Bullpower - www.bullpower.nl - Very little known about this tuner.
    Sportec- www.sportec.ch (Even though covered by AmD) - Relatively new to the UK scene. Good torque figures produced with the maps and satisfied customers.
    Powerchips- www.powerchipgroup.com - Hardly ever mentioned on the forums, like Superchips, but look to provide good results. The website is extremely good, and the detailed datasheets provided within minutes of an enquiry are full of info. Available through www.mongooseexhausts.com or www.motorsportworld.co.uk

    All have their merits, and really it's a personal choice, and you have to check around before choosing in my opinion. There are many other smaller tuners who offer chips etc. but are not widely recognised, but can offer options cheaper than above. There are other big tuners such as GIAC ( www.giacusa.com ) that I have not mentioned because within Europe I do not know of a dealer and don't know of anyone running these chips other than Americans and Australians.
    Do not think for one moment that the above is comprehensive, it is only my opinion and based on my knowledge of tuning, the products offered and comments I have picked up on my travels and is intended to be unbiased, but I do have a weak spot for Oettinger these days.

    Gambba

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    Re: Whos the daddy of TDI tuning ?

    Gambba

    Thanks for that. In the end the choice came down to AMD or Jabba. All the Skoda boys seems to love Jabba, so Ive gone AMD. I made a different car choice, therefore why follow the crowd.

    AMD are going to do a custom remap using the OBD. Looking forward to seeing how well the Fabia will cope. Feels great ragging a car and still seeing fuel consumption above 40mpg

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    Re: Whos the daddy of TDI tuning ?

    No probs, let us know the results, and don't forget to get the plot for the RR posted. Jabba does seem to be the favorite for the Seat and Skoda boys, which I can see why as they do push the envelope that little bit further.

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    Re: Whos the daddy of TDI tuning ?

    We had our fabia vRS tuned using DPT serial port tuning and its feckin rapid 180 odd bhp and 304lb ft lovely although it's for my wife I still enjoy the odd shot!!!!

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    Re: Whos the daddy of TDI tuning ?

    Good choice on the vRS it is a very nice car, and it is quick even in 130BHP form, I bet 180BHP goes like a rocket.
    How much did you spend on tuning?

 

 

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