CVT etune and bolt ons estimate

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    TrippyPancakes Senior Member

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    #1 TrippyPancakes, Aug 25, 2019
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    Hey all,
    I am wondering rough guesses on what I could expect to get on my 1.5T CVT from an etune with the following few parts:
    PRL stage 1 intake
    PRL intercooler/depo racing intercooler

    I am currently running TSP Stage one tune for about 220hp and 250tq, would an etune net me much more than that?
     
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    #2 gtman, Aug 25, 2019
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    Your "bolt ons" are extremely minimal. I wouldn't even think about having to get a custom tune with just an intercooler and drop in filter.

    On the other hand, if you specifically want some changes to the feel of your tune, get an etune by all means. Just don't expect big gains over your TSP Stage 1 setup.
     
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    Alright, ethanol first it is. Thanks for the info!
     
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    well if you are going ethanol, even with a flex fuel kit, I'd still highly recommend a custom tune from @D-RobIMW
     
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    Yep that is my plan. It was either going to be intercooler + etune if there were any gains to be had from that or ethanol + etune
     
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    That recipe isn't good for a weak CVT. Just saying.
     
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    I've seen people all over the forum say if you go to a reputable tuner for it it's relatively safe. Won't see as big of power gains as a 6MT will since it will have to more conservative, but it is still doable in the hands of an experienced and knowledgeable tuner
     
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    The interesting thing is, with all the tuned CVT turbos, you really don't hear about issues with the CVT. You're much more likely to see posts from manual owners complaining about their slipping clutches. The Accord based CVT in our cars is pretty robust.
     
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    Weak CVT here. FBO and on e85 mix for 292whp/258wtq tuned by DRob at IMW.

    Right now best bang for buck will be between flex fuel and dp.

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    Now come to think about it, I can’t remember the last time I read about a tuned cvt problem on this forum.
     
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    The thing is that there arent many really tuned CVTs. Lots of base maps but few actual tuned ones.
     
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    When I said tune I was referring to base maps... that actually is a tune, albeit not a custom one. The TSP Stage 1 is damn good for a generic tune.
     
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    Wtf?
     
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    ??? Weak was a joke in case you didnt understand
     
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    Did you ever run flex fuel without the downpipe? If so how big of a difference did it make on it's it' with a tune?
     
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