Sep 262011
Wife Drives STI....Oh No!

So my wife calls me at the gas station and says the car won’t start, it has a dead battery. So I rush out to help her jump star the car all the way I am think how could my new Optima battery be dead! I get there and the battery is good, but starter is stuck and not turning the crank….. Instantaneously my stomach sank. I ran back to the shop and grabbed some tools to fix the problem, […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on September 26, 2011 Misc. B.S. Tagged with: , ,
Sep 192011
Video Promo - PERRIN Stealth 2011 STI

Perrin Performance Promo from J. Christopher Miller on Vimeo.   A good friend of mine Chris Miller called me a few weekends back and said he had an opportunity to play with a really cool Sony F3 35mm HD video camera. This is one of those $20,000 cameras used in the film industry to make full length featured movies and commercials and what not.  He wanted to come by and shoot my STI (recently matte blacked) to do some testing […Continue Reading…]

Aug 292011
Customer Tune - Ethan Esterline

We have a customer/friend that works at Portland Mini that owns a 2011 WRX and he was asking to get his car tuned.  Normally we don’t do a lot of customer tunes, but in this case i didn’t have much planned one night, and i was dying to tune a Stage 3 2011 WRX. Ethans car is a 2011 WRX Sedan (My current favorite Subaru) that has been slowly upgraded over the last few months from a simple AccessPORT to […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on August 29, 2011 Dyno Test & Tune, ECU Tuning Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Aug 202011
Cone Tunes His Stage 3 STI - 328whp / 375ft-lbs

Chris finally got the his custom colored PERRIN FMIC installed just in time for the first annual Big North West Subaru Meet and we had some time to do some dyno testing and also have some fun retuning his STI. No i am tuning, I swear, I am not just looking at the desktop……. Since our last dyno session back in March (cold out as well) we had installed a PERRIN Header as well as the FMIC.  This is important […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on August 20, 2011 Dyno Test & Tune, ECU Tuning Tagged with: , , , , ,
Aug 112011
EFR6758.....Stock STI turbo killer

Can a turbo exist that is as responsive as the stock turbo, but make more power?  Can a turbo like this make 400WHP ore more? CRV/BOV Testing During my dyno time i spent about 15 runs testing the Bov. I tested the stock cap, all the springs, and our own BOV along with 1 run of no BOV. I spent a lot of time looking over the data and comparing my data channel i made called turbo rate of change. […Continue Reading…]

Aug 022011
Customer Tune - Thomas Powers

Thomas begged me for about a year to tune his car and I finally gave in a few weeks back, when I had some spare time. Thomas’s 07 WRX, as far as drivetrain and engine parts, is a typical Stage 3 car with a TMIC, but it has a gearbox with the JDM RA gear set installed. The gearing of RA gear sets makes it really fun to drive, lost of shifting, but super close ratios.  For sure a good […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on August 2, 2011 Dyno Test & Tune Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Jul 162011
3" Exhaust Too Big for your Turbo Mini?

There seems to be a cyclical debate about 3″ exhaust on the 1.6L Mini Turbo cars being too big, or too heavy, or not “Needed”.  My favorite argument is “its not needed so why do it?”  That could be said about any aftermarket part.  None of these things are needed so why do it at all!  Simple, people want to have more fun with their cars, which involves tinkering, customizing, making more HP and making the car handle better.  In a […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on July 16, 2011 Dyno Test & Tune, Forum Posts, MINI Only Tagged with: , , , , ,
May 112011
ALTA Billet 56 Turbo Upgrade

  Until now, there have have not been many options for upgraded turbos. The newest and best option for a turbo upgrade is the new ALTA Billet 56 MCS Turbo. This has the benefits of the stock turbo in that it bolts on with no additional parts or modifications to parts. It makes more HP than the JCW turbo (roughly 15% more), the responsiveness is very similar to the JCW turbo, while costing only slightly more. The question is “Is […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on May 11, 2011 Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only, Turbocharger Testing Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 222011
Borg Warner EFR7670 Turbo Exposed and Tuned Part 2

I know, its been a while since i posted, but there was tons to compile and just not enough time in the day to complete this. Anyway here you go! I will repsond to some of the customer posts in just a few! The Build and the Results Installing the EFR, or should i say building a turbo kit surrounding this turbo wasn’t too hard, it just took some time and planning. I spent alot of time placing the turbo […Continue Reading…]

Mar 012011
Cone Tunes For The First Time

When you email, or need help with an AccessPORT map, or ask for help with installing your PERRIN Radiator Shroud, you get Cone.  Chris Cone that is. Chris handles all the AccessPORT customers along with all the general tech stuff.  Chris is 100% a car, guy but never actually tuned a car on the dyno. Over the years he started to pick up on why we tune things a certain way, and started to understand some of the basics […Continue Reading…]