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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 04-14-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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AA or shark tune?

I know this has been discussed a hundred million times before but I have a different situation...
I'm still waiting on my dream m3/z4mc to come available so in the mean time I want to continue with my little 325i. I know this car isn't the fastest but I use it for track days and have built it into a car that can still scare the **** out of you and be fun. I want to get some kinda tune whether it be a dyno tune or a chip. But I don't want to spend all that much because I know it won't have that much of an effect. I'm not looking for an evolve tune, or the best if the best, just something to occupy me while I wait for my new car. So should I go with the $450 aa tune that you send your Ecu in or a shark over the counter?
Also, do either of these tunes do the throttle enhancement response time that a sprint booster does?

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Old 04-14-2013, 10:37 PM   #2
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People have asked for aa tune dynos but I've yet to see anything conclusive come back to suggest its any better or worse than the shark. I own the shark and yes I feel it did improve the throttle curve and pedal response. I have an intake and exhaust and the shark tune is a pretty subtle improvement. I seem to remember thinking I could tell a difference after installing it but a few weeks or months later you're still going to be wondering how to get more hp

I've never experienced the sprint booster but I think the shark is a better bang for the buck overall.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:48 AM   #3
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:50 AM   #4
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Or.. Save your money for the M3!!!
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Iggy27 View Post
Or.. Save your money for the M3!!!
Nah that's no fun! I'm gunna keep my track beast anyway and I already have the headers sitting in my garage. Just waiting for the weather before I go at it

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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Shark is the only tune for the non-m that has a credible reputation. (Correct me if I'm wrong) I've heard nothin but power gains and positive feedback about the shark tune so your best bet is to go with it. The AA tune has shown little to nothing to the many people who have bought it.

Next time though choose your wording a bit more precisely haha! You said you wanna get a dyno tune or shark or AA tune.. but in the same breath you say you don't want the best of the best/want to spend that much since you're going to be buying a M. The dyno tune will be your 100% best bet. (Pending you put every bolt on available for your car on) Dyno tunes are the most specific and most power yielding tune you can get..but it's obviously not cheap. I know you said you don't wanna get the "best of the best" but if you're going to have your car for a while, and want to get the most out of it and have fun, I would do it RIGHT the first time and get some real power gains. You'll probably spend about $300~ more for a dyno tune than the shark so why not just do it right and spend the money? Just my $0.02. But to answer your question.....shark tune is your best bet in comparison to the AA tune! (But ill always push for the dyno tune!)

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