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Ok so this thread is to tell us about yourself. Your mods. Your tune. What you do with the car (Auto-X, Drag, Hella Flush hard park)
And most importantly, your overall experience with BrenTuning. Any questions about your setup and further improvement, I will be glad to answer!
Bren's the man.
05 BSM LGT
Cobb AP V2
Stock Turbo, Fuel Pump, and Injectors
Turbo inlet en route
Hope to go stage III soon, but I'm only doing DD. I've only AutoX once and held off since she's got 152K on her.
Hearing great things about you guys so I'll keep you in mind for tuning needs!
Ripe, We keep posting back-to-back. I need to get off this forum:lol:
Stage 2 plus Grimmspeed EBCS and Process West TMIC. BrenTuned 278awhp/334awtq. Daily driver wagon. :) Midsummer to fall timeframe, I may do turbo and headers and Bren retune.
Participated in the Legacy BrenTuning day set up by Nrw and had an awesome time. It was like a a little LGT.com mini-meet, but with all day dyno pulls along with all the awesomeness that goes along with that. Some very nice numbers by some very nice stage 2 and 3 cars. Beyond that, I am loving my tune. Car is way way faster than stock. Pulls hard. OEM stumble/stutter is gone. No downshifting necessary for passing in 5th gear. ;)
Would love to do another LGT Brentuning day when I'm ready with turbo and supporting mods!
anyway, I have mods and have been tuned by Bren in the past. Great customer service and always puts the needs of the customer at the forefront in terms of catering a tune specifically towards the wants of the customer.
We may be working on another lgt.com tune day :)
I will be getting dynotuned by Bren on Jan 5 and really look forward to it. So far, my experience has been great. They have been very insightful and quick to respond to all my questions. I just finished my mods and Bren sent me a map to hold me over until my dynotune on the fifth. I have an 05 (5 speed) LGT. Here is my mod list:
VF52 port & polished w/ptp blanket and GS heatshield
DW850 sidefeed injectors
DW65 fuel pump
Perrin turbo inlet
Cobb SF intake w/box
Invidia catless dowpipe w/ Autospeed catless back
Exedy stage 1 clutch w/ WRX flywheel
Plus suspension mods: coils, swaybars, lca bushings, PFF7's...
My LGT has 106,000 miles on it and I just did major maintenance/service on it over the past few months (timing belt, spark plugs, wheel bearings, clutch...). Also did the compression test and the engine still looks strong. I hope to keep it for another hundred thousand. I am meticulous with oil changes and service. The car has been stage 2 for the past 80,000 miles. It's a daily driver.
Dyno'd by Bren this past spring. I was previosuly dyno'd by another reptuable shop a few weeks before, but it wasnt what i was personally looking for. Bren was professional and maintained great communication. I recommend people to him left and right based on my experience and my overall result.
This isnt my daily driver (i admit, its a garage queen), and it does not get tracked, dragged, or auto x'd.
Bren got me to 347 whp, and 376 wtq.
BNR 18g Turbo with Upgraded Actuator Arm and wastegate
IP&T Filtered Oil Lines
DW 750cc top feed injectors
DW 65c High Flow Fuel Pump
Perrin TM Intercooler
NGK Iridium One Step Colder Plugs
Perrin turbo inlet hose
KsTech Cold Air Intake
Grimmspeed Boost Control Solenoid
TurboSmart Kompact Blow Off Valve
Bren Dyno Tune via Cobb Accesport
SPT 1.5 Cat Back Exhaust
Cobb high flow catted down pipe
Tranny / Suspension / Handling Mods:
SPT 6MT short throw shifter
Kartboy Shifter Bushings
Whiteline front adjustable sway bar
Whiteline rear adjustable sway bar
KartBoy Solid front & rear endlinks
AVO rear reinforcements
JDM STi Pinks on Bilsteins
3/8" rear suspension spacers (for perfect rake)
Conti DWS on Motegi MR118 wheels (Winter Setup)
Oem Wheels and Summer tires (tires to be replaced next year!)
My build thread: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...-b-194664.html
I was retuned by Bren from a previous tune and I couldnt be happier. I went to Bren with stage 2 and my previous tune was 249/302 in April of 2009. With no new power mods my baseline at Bren was 242/298. When I left Bren I was at an impressive 281/331 again with NO NEW power mods.
Here is my pics/build thread (2008 LGT Spec.B)
SPT V2 cat back exhaust
Cobb SF Intake w/ Cobb Airbox
Invidia catted DP
Cobb AP V2 Protuned Bren Tuning
Cobb springs on Bilsteins
Cobb 25mm Front Sway Bar
Cobb Rear Sway Bar
Cusco front strut bar
04 STI BBS wheels powder coated (Harley Davidson Black Pearl)
Rotora 4 piston BBK
McGard black spline lugs
Perrin Stout Mounts
Perrin Adjustable Rear lower lateral links
Grimm Speed MCB
Kartboy F&R endlinks
Lightwerkz painted Headlights w/ 6k HID's
9012 Philips HIR2 fog bulbs
Laminx rear tail overlays by (zag300zx)
HKC speed stanza wing
Hella's w/ Subimods bracket
Cobb short throw shifter
Grimm Speed Heat Shield
Grimm Speed oil cap
Latthe Werks knob & SI drive dial
and the Dynotune video thanks to Nrw (Bren's lacky)
Great meeting you this weekend. Very impressive car, thanks for the business! We should have your video up soon.
Hope you're enjoying the tune :)
I drove up to Auburn, MA from NJ for my dynotune with Bren this past Saturday. Bren was ready to go for my 10 am appointment. My mistake was not having my Grimmspeed EBCS installed prior to the dynotune. Bren took the time to properly install the EBCS. Additionally, my Cobb Accessport was not completely updated so Bren made sure the firmware was completely updated so he could utilize all the necessary diagnostic tools (anyone getting a tune needs to make sure to update your AP to the latest version). These two issues could have been a “big pain in the ass”, especially if the tuning site didn’t have good internet service. But Bren took care of AP and EBCS swiftly and professionally so we could begin the tuning process. Bren asked many questions to make sure I received a tune tailored to my personal driving style. As soon as he stepped into the vehicle and started the pulls it was obvious he is passionate about what he does. Bren was laser focused throughout the process. He stayed on the dyno until he was satisfied with the tune. It is not the type of place where you would be limited on the amount of pulls you take. Bren won’t stop until its right. My car was strong and cooperative. After the dyno pulls we took it on the road for Bren to put some final touches on it with a road tune.
My LGT was a totally different car afterwards. Brentuning went above and beyond my expectations. I put 300 miles on my car since the tune and now it is a totally different beast. I use to have a strong stage 2+ protune that I thought was fast, and others within LGT community that drove with me agreed. But now, the car is simply at another level. The car starts boost at around 2700 -2800 rpm and pulls HARD all the way to redline. When the car is at idle it is butter smooth. Believe it or not, it gets better mpg than my stage 2 tune as well. I am not a numbers guy and won’t mention specifics on my dyno #’s until Bren and Neil get the video and dyno charts up on the site. The powerband will speak for itself when you see the chart. Regardless of whp and torque, the driveability is unbelievable.
Overall, it was an incredible experience. I highly recommend Brentuning to anyone interested in a dynotune. I drove 4 hours from NJ and it was well worth the drive. Bren has a unique approach that prioritizes safety. Brentuning is setting a standard with his safe and powerful tunes.
Thanks NJD... Everytime I read posts like yours it makes me so excited to get my build done.
When I first got my 06 Spec b back in July, I had only plans to go downpipe, uppipe, and tune. I was not very experienced with this car being it my first turbocharged car. Suddenly my pride and joy started smoking and I took it to a family friends mechanic to take a look at it. He couldnt figure out what was wrong. I remembered at my first Subaru meet that Brentuning was near by, so I called up Bren and asked if he could take a look at it. He of course said yes.
I roll into his parking lot and he and his friend comes over. I pop the hood and he starts checking out the turbo. It was no more than 5 minutes before he determined that the turbo in the car was a cheap ebay turbo and its starting to go. He said I was probably only hitting 190whp. We went inside to his office to talk about where I could go with this. I told him my goals for the car and he took a post-it and started writing down parts. Because i was new to Subaru's, I was looking for someone to just give me a list of parts and get this problem fixed fast. And Bren did just that.
On the post-it:
Vf52 or BNR 16g Evo III
So over the next couple weeks I was collecting parts for the turbo build. He recommended Motive Auto Works in Woburn to do the build. So off I went, an hour away to get this pieced together. Once it was finished, it was the beginning of September. LGT dyno day was at the end of the month and I still didnt have the Forge BPV (was running GFB 50/50 BOV) and was still on stock fuel pump. Bren worked with me and said he would do a road tune for me that day so I could last till dyno day on the 29th.
I arrive a bit early and he was dyno tuning a BMW. I sat there for almost an hour waiting. I didnt mind at all because I knew the reward was worth the wait. I might be wrong but I believe Bren was going to the Cape that day and was trying to skip out early, but the BMW was giving him a tough time. But as you have already read, he takes his time to get things right and he finally got it squared away. I tried to tell him I could come back a different day, but he quickly shot that down and said I had waited long enough. My turn...
I said this was my first stick shift car and was still learning so I asked if he could drive during the road tune. So I sat in the passenger side holding his laptop on my lap while we were whipping around. He was explaining everything that he was adjusting and how I liked to drive. As we completed the tune, he was telling me to be careful. That this is nowhere near the car it was once I first got it. He doesnt like to give numbers on road tunes but estimated around 305whp. Thats quite a lot more than 190whp...
Just a quick comment on his attention to detail. He remembered that I was new to driving standard so he adjusted the idle so it was easier for me to drive. He didnt tell me this till the next time I went back... but I felt like a pro! :lol:
He was right about being careful with the car, as I ended up being pulled over 5 days later :spin: But the next couple weeks I acquired the Forge BPV and the DW65C fuel pump. Again had Motive Auto Works do the install, as well as fix the exhaust leak which ended up getting me out of the ticket. But I digress, the 29th was quickly approaching and I was getting more and more excited. I emailed Bren and told him I had work later that day so he told me to come at the beginning and that I would be one of the first ones on.
As my car gets set up on the dyno, Im taking photographs with my camera. When he finally gets in the car, there was a loud grinding sound and people were thinking center diff was bad. So no dyno for me, but he took me out on a road tune and brought me up to I believe 20psi and estimated around 315whp.
With much debate on the cause of the problem, I end up fixing my front left caliper and throw it on the dyno a month or so later. I get on the dyno, and again the grinding noise appeared and he couldnt get the rear wheels to move under load. At this point Im just trying to get concrete numbers for my car. And miraculously, he was able to dyno tune my car, but started later in the rpm range. I ended with an impressive 325whp/370wtq!
Here are my performance mods and my build thread:
Gimmick Turbo Inlet
CNT Catless Downpipe
Indivia Catless Up Pipe
Magnaflow Cat Back
Grimspeed 3 Port Boost Solenoid
Bren in action
I dont put stickers on my car, but I made an exception with Bren. I support him with Brentuning license plate covers and a Brentuning sticker on my rear windshield!
Just want to say thanks to Bren and everything that he has done for me. I appreciate every single thing you did!
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