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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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Trifecta Tune, Yes or No?

So, I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt LS, 2.2L. So far, the only aftermarket parts I have on it is the K&N Typhoon cold air intake, and a free flow exhaust (with the cat still on). I looked at some stand-alone programmers but it's almost near impossible to find one for the 2006 model and even if I did it doesn't seem to do anything for the car. So, I found Trifecta through numerous searches but I'm still skeptical about it. Before I fork out the $300 for the tune, is it worth the money with the mods I have? I plan on getting headers sometime but the guys at WOT tuning said they didn't need to send a new tune to work with the headers, the current one would work. What I'm really looking for is a better throttle response and a little pull into my seat. So, before I buy, I wanted to get other peoples opinion, preferably from people who have used Trifecta and with the similar model Cobalt as mine.

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It made a pretty good difference with my 09 L's (cold air intake header zzp catted down pipe 2.25 cat back) I'm impressed and I am waiting on my retune from my data log.

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Your only option ia trifecta or efi

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I keep up with SC'd cars till 4th gear if that helps your decision. Definately helps if you keep the cable for retunes or upgrades down the road.


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Thanks for the opinions guys. I have a 5 speed so shift timing wont be an issue for me. It's pretty cool you can keep up with a SC (I'm assuming that means supercharged) cobalt. I live in Alaska where %75 of tuner cars here are WRX's and STI's so it would be nice if I could keep up from them if they're stock.
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Keep in mind they are AWD so they might beat you because of lauching and yes, SC means super charged.


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I would wait til you get your header/downpipe setup before the tune, otherwise, youll have to order a re-tune and spend more $$. Trifecta is good for just a basic tune for all climate conditions and altitudes. If you get one around your tri-state area, it will benefit far as Horsepower goes, but I would say Trifecta is decent enough.

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OP is a 06. No tuner other than Trifecta and EFI support the base 2.2 because it used a unique PCM. I agree with waiting to be fully bolted if you do not plan on keeping the cable, but you do not pay for additional tunes if you are just adding a TB or an intake. Only if you get cams, FI, or something similar.

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Agreed. Unfortunately I don't think there is any local shop in my area that does tuning, so Trifecta is really the only option for me. When I talked to someone at WOT tuning, they told me that as long as I keep the cable, if I add another bold-on such as a header, I would simply have to plug it in and modify the tune I originally purchased. From what they said, the only thing that would give reason for buying a whole new tune is if I put a supercharger or turbocharger on there. Do you think this is true?

--And of course a WRX is going to win hands down, but it would be nice to at least keep up rather than be a mile behind XP

--Never mind I didn't realize you already answered my question in the previous post lol yes I do plan on keeping the cable for that very reason.
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I am hoping you did not read my post right before you decided to pose this question, lol. That is exactly what I said.

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