Stage 1 EPL engine tune and DSG tune has been successfully flashed today. EPL has awesome services, so I highly recommend them. The DSG feel so much snappier, as for the engine tune, the S4 is still going through the adaption phase so I'm not going to judge just get. As well EPL suggested I get some new plugs so I got those on order.
Next, I got my ECS Tuning Carbon Fiber Intake boot/pipe installed. This is connected to to my ported air box so it is not a true open air intake. I love the look of that carbon fiber in the engine bay. I had my daughter record this video so I apologize for the shake, I scared her a few times while revving it. From within the cabin the the supercharge whine is noticeable, but not over the top. I've heard that any new intake takes a few weeks for the sound to get louder so we will see how loud it gets.
First off, I bought this tune, with my own $$$, so take note this is not some hidden sponsored blog post. I ordered the Stage 1 tune, and had the software and first revision of the tune within a few days. They do ask for all your modifications so they can prepare the tune as the cable is getting shipped out. You log into their online portal, download their software and download your first tune. With the OBDII cable provided, you connected it to the OBDII port and your PC. Getting the PC and OBDII to connect can be a little fussy some times. If you are a computer nerd such as myself take note that using a USB over serial type connection like this cables can require a reboot of the PC when things to don't work. So for laptop users that just leave their computer in standby mode, reboot and then connect everything to reduce connection errors. That said, you first "Read the ECU" to save a copy of your current ECU setup. As I didn't know what I was running, I really didn't care about that, but did it anyway. After that, to Write to the ECU you locate your tune file that your previously download and get ready to write. You will get warning that it is best to have a charger connected to your battery. I risked it and didn't do that, but I turned off all lights, radio, AC/blower, etc so there was little to no draw. The writing process takes about 5-10 mins from start to finish. Once it was done I disconnected and then connected vcds to do a throttle body adaption. This was not requested by Motoza, but I did it anyway as many forum members recommended it after loading any kind of tune or resetting the ECU. After that I went for a drive for about 20-30 mins to get the S4 nice and warmed up. After it was warm you enable logging via their same software with your laptop and the supplied OBDII cable. They recommend to log for 15+ min to get a good sense of how the car is doing. Do a couple of WOT runs, cruise on the highway, and some city driving. After the logging, you upload the log files to the same online portal. 24-48hrs later they review the logs and provide a new tune revision if one is needed. When I got my second revision, I did the same thing write, log, and report my experience. Currently I'm waiting on my last revision as we are going to bump up the boost a little more. Currently we are peaking at 20psi at WOT so I'm interest to see what this 3rd tune will feel like. They have been very clear that doing this little extra with the boost is likely going to reduce the life of the turbos. If the k03 die, I guess I'm forced to upgrade. Oh darn.
How does this tune feel?
Simply great! I drove from Seattle to Leavenworth, WA and back and had a 27mpg average while doing 65+ mph pull most of the way. My S4 pulls hard for being on KO3... harder than it ever has. Keep in mind that I have APR tune and a MTM tune, all I can say is this Motoza tune is heads and tails better than any of the others. Which is not shocking as must S4 owners will say custom tunes are always going to be better than "tune templates" like what is offer by GIAC or APR. The simply fact that is custom to my setup is really bring my S4 back to life.
Well Motoza offers a Stage 1+ upgrade, but it requires using 550 CC injectors, but the tune itself is only $40 upgrade. I could do a E85 tune if I wanted, but there is little to no E85 stations around the Seattle area. So I'm out of luck with that. I think I'll get the 550 CC injectors later this summer and do the Stage 1+ upgrade. This should pump out another 20-40 more HP and 10-20 ft-lb of torque. Nothing huge, but it does prepare me for future K04 or other hybrid turbos.
In Summary, if you looking for a new tune, or maybe you were in my boat and didn't know what tune you were running, I can't recommend enough about Motoza Performance. The tune is impressive and the service and support and honestly the best I've ever experienced ever in my life. And best yet the price is hard to beat.
Price: $349 (as of June 2018)
Well I've come to the point that I don't like running mystery tune. Let me explain.... When I first got my car it came with a APR tune, but fast forward a few years that ECU died so I bought a ECU with a MTM tune. The seller had no idea what stage the tune was so I've been risking it for the last 4-5 years. Just recently I bought a ECU with a APR Stage 2 tune off of eBay, but after going to my local APR dealer no APR program was found, the ECU was tuned, but again we have no idea with what. The eBay seller which was a very cool guy said he bought the ECU from eBay and just assumed it was a APR tune. I trust the guy so I hold nothing against him. I have a spare ECU so I can't go wrong with that. I figure I would try something new and saw a great review of "Motoza". Nearly half the price of other tuners, is loaded remotely, and can but customized like coding our O2.
So I've been emailing them tons of question this week and so far they have been nothing but fast and extremely helpful. I purchased the Stage 1 tune to give them a try. They required me to list all my customization I've done to my S4 before they build the tune file which I find very cool. No longer will I be running a one size fits all tune but one that optimized to my S4. I should be getting a cable and software this week to load the tune. Once that is done we start collecting logs so that the tune can be optimized even more. It is nearly the same process of doing custom tune at your local tuner minus the dyno. They offer multi-tune option if I want to switch from 91 to 93 oct, which is similar to the APR. I'll properly upgrade to that if all goes well. What I'm most impressed with, is that I can upgrade to there next stage and it only cost $40, but I would need to upgrade my fuel injectors. All in all, I'm pretty excited about this and look forward to "feeling" the results. I'll post a full review later this month once everything is installed and optimized.
My wife is driving home from work in our S4 and is just about to get onto the highway on-ramp when the car dies. She tries and tries but the car would not start. It was acting as if it was out of gas but it had more then half a tank. As I'm on the phone I tell her to try and switch to the stock APR program to see if that help. If you have the APR software you know you can switch it with the cruise control and can pick the problem by the number of times the CEL flashes. Well after holding the cruise control button for 60 seconds the CEL was not flashing. First thing that comes to mind is that the ECU is dead. Long story short I get a ride out there and my friend Erik that owns I.P.M. Auto Service meet met out with no luck getting the car started. His Vag-com kept getting a message of "unable to communicate with ECU". At that point it was becoming clear that either a relay(s) that powers the ECU was not working or the ECU was completely dead itself.
I get the S4 towed to his shop and we check all of the fuses and relays to find all were good. Next day after talking with Achtuning I get to borrow a ECU to see if the car would start. Sure enough plug it in and the car fire right up. So I buy this ECU from them and the car is good to go.
With the ECU I got from Achtuning it came with MTM software vs. APR software. I'm actually liking the MTM software better since I'm boosting around 18-20psi vs. the APR software boosting around 15-16 psi.
Stopped by Achtuning to upgrade the ECU. After a hour of no success of re-flashing the ECU we found out my car had already be flashed with the APR software and was just in a "lock out" mode Finally got the APR software unlocked and it only cost $99 compared to $500.... thank you previous owner!
Changed the Oil and Oil Filter with Mobile 1 0w40
Installed PIAA Ion Yellow bulbs in the fog lamps.