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Dog Dad Wagon

Autocross Champion
Location
Innnnn West Philadelphia...
Car(s)
19 Alltrack 6MT
I had a cat as a young kid that would come running when you whistled, and played fetch a little.

A local guy's cat Gary is Reddit famous, because he takes him skiing, kayaking, hiking, etc. The cat seems to like it, and even has a ski pass with his picture on it; the guy doesn't seem to realize that a dog is better for all those things LOL.

No judgement as to people loving their pets and familiars though. Hell, some people even keep birds as pets, if you can believe that.
My coworker brings his parrot Clyde to the office quite frequently
 

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Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
Rhode Island
Car(s)
2016 GTI SE
I guess I was a little hasty in my expectation to install the Vortex this weekend. I'll have everything hardware wise, but apparently it can take 1 - 3 weeks to receive the base map for the custom e-tune from EQT. Which doesn't make sense to me, but hey, it is what it is. I'd think the starting base map is just like their canned OTS tunes; they have a large library based on what options you check off while purchasing to use as a starting point. Without any data logs, how is my car any different (to them, at least) than anybody else who checked off "Intake, HPFP upgrade, downpipe, intercooler, exhaust, Vortex"? Obviously, once they start getting logs for revisions, it gets custom tailored. But they've probably tuned over a hundred cars with the same base set of mods, and I'd think they'd already have that base starting map ready to go?

This isn't a complaint or anything, just really thinking out loud about how it seems like it would work to me. Which is probably completely incorrect, since I don't know what goes on in the backend over there.
 

GTIfan99

Autocross Champion
Location
FL
Not all cats and unfortunately, you won't know when you get one, can be trained like a dog. My last cat was and rode in the car etc just like a dog. Came when I whistled for her. Getting a kitten is obviously best.

Yep, we have 2 feral cats we took in as kittens. One of them actually barks, or as close as a cat can get to barking, when someone comes to the door. They grew up with our now deceased Doberman as a mother.
 

Daks

Autocross Champion
Location
Toronto
Car(s)
GTI PP
I guess I was a little hasty in my expectation to install the Vortex this weekend. I'll have everything hardware wise, but apparently it can take 1 - 3 weeks to receive the base map for the custom e-tune from EQT. Which doesn't make sense to me, but hey, it is what it is. I'd think the starting base map is just like their canned OTS tunes; they have a large library based on what options you check off while purchasing to use as a starting point. Without any data logs, how is my car any different (to them, at least) than anybody else who checked off "Intake, HPFP upgrade, downpipe, intercooler, exhaust, Vortex"? Obviously, once they start getting logs for revisions, it gets custom tailored. But they've probably tuned over a hundred cars with the same base set of mods, and I'd think they'd already have that base starting map ready to go?

This isn't a complaint or anything, just really thinking out loud about how it seems like it would work to me. Which is probably completely incorrect, since I don't know what goes on in the backend over there.
That's what I would have thought as well.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
Sounds to me like you're correct and could expedite the final tune by starting with one of the ready maps as you said.
 

CaptainRatty

Autocross Champion
Location
Winston-Salem, NC
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
I guess I was a little hasty in my expectation to install the Vortex this weekend. I'll have everything hardware wise, but apparently it can take 1 - 3 weeks to receive the base map for the custom e-tune from EQT. Which doesn't make sense to me, but hey, it is what it is. I'd think the starting base map is just like their canned OTS tunes; they have a large library based on what options you check off while purchasing to use as a starting point. Without any data logs, how is my car any different (to them, at least) than anybody else who checked off "Intake, HPFP upgrade, downpipe, intercooler, exhaust, Vortex"? Obviously, once they start getting logs for revisions, it gets custom tailored. But they've probably tuned over a hundred cars with the same base set of mods, and I'd think they'd already have that base starting map ready to go?

This isn't a complaint or anything, just really thinking out loud about how it seems like it would work to me. Which is probably completely incorrect, since I don't know what goes on in the backend over there.
I don't really understand the lengthy delay either. As you indicated, they have a library of files for different setups to serve as base maps at this point. It is a manual process to set up each file for your AP serial number, but it still results in a long wait to just get started with the base map. FWIW I just went through the process over the last 4 weeks and once you have the base map, Nick was spot on with responses within 7 days.
 

jimlloyd40

Autocross Champion
Location
Phoenix
Car(s)
2018 SE DSG
I don't really understand the lengthy delay either. As you indicated, they have a library of files for different setups to serve as base maps at this point. It is a manual process to set up each file for your AP serial number, but it still results in a long wait to just get started with the base map. FWIW I just went through the process over the last 4 weeks and once you have the base map, Nick was spot on with responses within 7 days.
So much easier to pay the extra cost and just get the remote dyno tune and be done in less than 3 hours.
 

CaptainRatty

Autocross Champion
Location
Winston-Salem, NC
Car(s)
MK7 GTI
So much easier to pay the extra cost and just get the remote dyno tune and be done in less than 3 hours.
Easier yes, but at a much greater expense. +$200 on top of whatever your custom tune costs to live tune with Ed + whatever the dyno operator charges for the time so it could be in upwards of an additional $500 to dyno tune.

I was lucky to have a new bypass open up near me that's still under construction but available for use for a 6 mile stretch so I was really the only car on the road when I did my runs in the early morning hours.
 

Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
Rhode Island
Car(s)
2016 GTI SE
That's what I would have thought as well.

I don't really understand the lengthy delay either. As you indicated, they have a library of files for different setups to serve as base maps at this point. It is a manual process to set up each file for your AP serial number, but it still results in a long wait to just get started with the base map. FWIW I just went through the process over the last 4 weeks and once you have the base map, Nick was spot on with responses within 7 days.

The only thing that makes sense to me, is they don't want too many "in progress" tunes going on at once. The more base files that are out there, the more revisions that are flying back in, and can cause Nick to get overloaded. Personally, I'd rather get the base file and be told "Ok, here's the base file. But your tuning slot won't be up until ___ date, so don't send in any logs before that.". That way I could at least get the hardware installed. But I can understand why they wouldn't want to do that.

So much easier to pay the extra cost and just get the remote dyno tune and be done in less than 3 hours.

You don't even need to get a dyno, you can do a live tuning session with Ed on the road, as long as you have a way to communicate back and forth. It's still just scheduling with him and paying for it. Even going that route though, it'd still be waiting weeks to get it done.
 

Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
Rhode Island
Car(s)
2016 GTI SE
Man, I wish I had seen this before putting in my IS38. I broke mine and barely made it to the VW dealership before they closed for the weekend.

Also, just to reiterate the need for these, the m8 Triple Squares need to be SHORT and NARROW!
I recommend these, even though they're a hair expensive. I ended up borrowing one from a friend after several HOURS of trying to get my normal sized 3/8" triple squares to work.

https://amz.run/4yEg

The oil return line M8 triple square needs to be NARROW and/or SUPER LONG to get past the wastegate rod. A 3/8" ratchet triple square won't work.

The coolant line M8 triple square on the front of the turbo needs to be SHORT to fit between the turbo and the exhaust inlet manifold.

The ones I got in are definitely short and narrow lol. Here's the M8 triple square and T20 torx that I got in, compared to what I already had lol

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GTIfan99

Autocross Champion
Location
FL
Easier yes, but at a much greater expense. +$200 on top of whatever your custom tune costs to live tune with Ed + whatever the dyno operator charges for the time so it could be in upwards of an additional $500 to dyno tune.

I was lucky to have a new bypass open up near me that's still under construction but available for use for a 6 mile stretch so I was really the only car on the road when I did my runs in the early morning hours.

Finding roads to get good logs was the hardest part of the remote tune when I built my STR Miata.

The next hardest part was realizing the car was still painfully slow even after intake, header, race exhaust, tune, and now it was unbearable on the street. 🤣
 

Acadia18

Autocross Champion
Location
Rhode Island
Car(s)
2016 GTI SE
Finding roads to get good logs was the hardest part of the remote tune when I built my STR Miata.

The next hardest part was realizing the car was still painfully slow even after intake, header, race exhaust, tune, and now it was unbearable on the street. 🤣

There's a mostly unused highway connector not to far from me that's good for that. I knew where it was, but I didn't even think of using it for pulls until Hoon mentioned it was a placed he used for his logging and tuning.
 
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