Updated: May 6th, 2013
All testimonials below are
untouched and 100% the customers exact words. Testimonials
may come from multiple shop names I tune for and are
i wanted to share my experience with the evo community so
here it is. i stumbled on some threads that tom remote tuned
so i figured id give him a shot. im very glad i did. this is
my 2nd evo and i have delt with a couple of tuners in the
past that jerked me around before. this is definitely NOT
the case with tom. he took his time with my car and had to
make some drastic changes b/c my previous tuner configured
my SD wrong. i am extremely happy how it turned out and
would highly recommend him to anyone! its great how smooth
the car feels now too. car pulls hard till redline and the
response is really quick. what a blast to drive on the
now for the mods and graph:
stock block/ head
slowboy hta3076 turbo kit
short route piping with tial vta bov
ets 3.5" fmic
omni 4 bar
fic 1250cc inj
aeromotive fpr + rail
4" sd intake + perrin filter
hks 272 /w gsc springs
e85 @ 31-32psi
exedy twin disc with pitch fork stop
tephra v7 speed density
thanks again Tom.
ive been helping the OP and Tom communicate and log since
this build started and i gotta say, not only is Tom
thorough, but the car just keeps getting faster and pulling
harder, he has 100% swung my opinion on E85, and since more
pumps are showing up around me and the OP all the time ive
decided to go the same route (SD Conversion and E85) come
spring, lots of tuners especially in the evo community talk
a big game, im a realist...and the butt dyno doesn't lie
this car pulls like a freight train and it seems like it
never runs out of RPM thing keeps pulling all the way up,
and its got a silly flat boost curve its awesome, holds
31lbs all the way to 8k!
I will definitely be contacting tom, his attention to detail
and focus on even the small things and all around
driveability is exactly the kind of pampering i like for my
CJ nice results dude, Tom nice work watched it start to
finish, very impressive
Tom @ VR speed factory Review: I
just wanted to share my experience with Tom at vr speed
factory. This is the my 2nd evo He has tuned. When I brought
the car to
tom it had alot of tuning issues. Injectors weren't scaled
properly, It had false knock every where. Timing map was a
mess, You name it had it. But as I knew from previous
experiences with Tom, Is that he Is a very dedicated Tuner
and will put in the time to get the car running properly and
make his customers satisfied. It took us 10-11 hours to get
all the issues straightened out. Car is now running properly
and making good power. I just wanted to give a big thanks to
tom at vr speed for putting time in, on his day off to get
my car running right
Vr-speed ftmfw!: Just
thought i should write a quick review on my boy Tom at VR-speed.
I never thought my car could
feel this way on 93 octane, but Tom found a way. We just
gone done with the 93 and ecu boost tune and wow! 504hp and
397tq on vdr. He is very thorough and really knows his sh*t!
Cant wait to do the e85 tune and some better cams. Anyone
thinking of having VR-SPEED tune their car, dont think
twice, do it.
Wanted to share my experience with the community on my
2006 Evo IX GSR 5 speed
Stock Block / Head (unported)
FP Black w/ 25psi wga
27psi on 93 Oct
ARP head studs
Works 65mm tb
AMS intercooler + upper/lower piping
Tial QR bov
Magnus heatshield barrier gasket
Buschur ported intake manifold
Buschur ported exhaust manifold
Buschur o2 housing
Perrin exhaust and downpipe
Car previously tuned by Derek @
Coral Springs, FL which yielded 433hp, 348 tq.
Over the prior months, I picked up ECU Flash, EvoScan and a
Tactrix because I was unsatisfied with how the car was
running, I wanted to learn more and monitor what was going
on inside my Evo. After I purchased the hardware/software
combo I found the car was seeing regular and consistent
knock of up to 6 counts. My first suggestion for anyone
reading this that wants to protect their investment and do
any significant modifications to their sports car…
is to pick up the equipment and have the knowledge to “see”
what is happening, you don’t need to know everything…just
get familiar enough to MONITOR the car and its condition!
This alone is worth every penny, not to mention its fun.
Tom at VR Speed sent me a PM and offered to help with my
tuning needs. The pricing for the tuning service was
fantastic…$150 bucks vs. $400 I paid at AWD. After giving it
some thought I made payment and he starting working with me
promptly. It was great to work with a tuner that is willing
to share the knowledge and provide insight into the changes
each step of the way. This was a conversion from the AWD
tune to TephraV7 and all my questions were answered; he
worked late nights and weekends to accommodate my busy
schedule, and each time I made a pull, he returned my log
with an updated rom and a quick summary of the changes…very
helpful when you’re interested in the details. We ran into
several bugs that needed working out along the way and he
never rushed the job.
I have absolutely no new mods since my last tune. The car now
runs better, has zero knock, spools sooner and is making
significantly more hp & tq. I was impressed how much
smoother my timing & fuel maps are. Below are a couple
before/after comparisons and the final results. The car is
making great power for my mods/93 pump and is a blast to
Tuning via VR Speed/TSCOMPUSA: Well
I had a tune done localy and it was just not feeling right.
I was throwing codes and the power was sparatic at best but
I lost to a bolt on Evo X. I only made 389 and 328 tq on the
inital tune. Once I got done with the Remote tuneing from VR
Speed I made 442 hp and 423 ft/lbs tq on 93oct running 26
psi with a 27psi spike but holding 26 out through redline.
The experiance was that of great quality,
I was nervous on Evo Scan and how to use the ecu flash and
all this stuff but TSCOMP walked me through it and also
remote connected to my Laptop and set everything up at no
charge and also got my 4 bar map sensor to read as well. The
time taken to get it right was just great we worked together
for over 5 hours with Rom after Rom and Tweak after Tweak
until it did not give 1 count of knock and held timing where
it was needed and made the best power.
Retuned Evo IX by Tom at VR-Speed: I
was tuned about a year back and was pretty happy with the
way my car as
driving but lately i was having some drivability issues
which let me to find a huge boost leak and some other random
issues. I decided to shop around for a retune and I made the
I have been having some knocking problems for almost a year
now and I havent been able to track down what has been
causing it. I contacted a few different tuners and while
that all had great input I just got a certain feeling about
the quality of
service from VR-Speed. They were responsive and very
First they told me what to look for in my engine bay,
anything that can cause a knocking sound. I found that my
bov was hitting my fan shroud as well as a bolt lodged
between my oil pan and transfer case. This alleviated some
of the false knock i was getting and we determined the rest
of it was from the Kelford 272 cams. In my previous posts I
had pictures of my old spark plugs that were shot.. this was
most likely due to the excessive fuel as well as the low
timing causing some detonation. Before i found my boost leak
my stock injectors were running at 120% IDC and flooding the
cylinders with gas.
I turned my boost pressure down about 2 or 3 psi while
trying to diagnose my issues...The car was running pig rich
and only 6* timing at red line due to it knocking.
VR-speed pulled my timing in the mid range, increased it
from mid to red line and leveled my AFRs to target 11.5 . We
also increased the boost from 24psi to 27psi spike tapering
to 20 on a hallman MBC. The V7 BIG fuel and timing maps we
remade from scratch and the car drives smoother then ever.
The knock multiplier was modified slightly to take into
account the kelford cams and now i get minimal if any knock.
VR-speed was constantly at my service, always available when
i had to give them logs, got me an updated tune within a few
hours and got the full tune dialed in in under a week but i
was stil having a random knocking issue. I kept tell Tom the
i was going to get springs and retainers done and i wanted
to see if my noisy valvetrain was the issue because of the
kelfords but he STILL kept give me different tunes to try.
He gave me one final to the did WONDERS to my car. It
eliminated about 99% of the knock with the knock sensor
still set to factory levels.
The car never drove so smooth, it spools sooner then it ever
did and the power hits harder then ever.
All of this was on a stock turbo
FIC 850cc injectors
ETS Black 3in intercool
Kelford 272 Cams
O2 Dump and full 3in exhaust with a test pipe
ACT HDSS Clutch
I went from 300hp and 292tq to 378hp and 366tq all while
getting better gas mileage and
more comfortable cruising.
After all of this he still answers my questions if i have
any..he doesnt leave me high and dry after he does his
job..the customer service is GREAT.
VR speed tuned HKS 7460GTII 94oct 416/383: the
car had been previously tuned but was never tuned to its
full potential because the clutch had been slipping during
the pulls. also, it had a problem with false knock from the
day i bought it, and putting in the QM twin only made
what impressed me the most is that Tom @ VR-speed spent 15
revisions fine tuning the knock sensor alone. knowing that i
road race the car for various lapping days and time attacks,
he made sure i got a 100% safe and reliable tune, so he
didn't push it for max numbers. needless to say though, the
car rips hard consistently with
no knock sums across the board. it spools incredibly fast
(300lb/ft by 3,300rpm in 3rd ),
hits hard and pulls all the way to the top. keep in mind
too, this is at 2,200ft above sealevel and i'm sure that
robs a bit of power as well. the outside temp during the
runs was around 60 degrees and there was actually a run that
made close to 430, not bad for a turbo that spools as fast
as the 9 turbo (if not faster) and has noticeably better
Tune by Tom @ VRSF: I
recently had my car tuned
via email by Tom @ VR Speed Factory and have been completely
blown away by the result and level of service provided.
Particularly considering the cost - $150 and
still same price on their website.
I was learning to self tune my car and made some progress,
but in October last year my daughter was born, so I became
very time poor Once
I saw the price on the VRSF website, I contacted them and in
early November Tom and I started work on the car. After
about 3 months with a bit of a break over Xmas, I now have a
completely transformed car which has been upgraded to Tephra
v7 as well. It's less laggy, has heaps more power/tq, a
great boost curve, drives smoother and 0 knock!
Tom explained everything he was doing along the way and made
incremental changes to ensure everything was safe and
within the limits of my setup. He fitted his work in with my
schedule, not to mention I am in Australia and he was
available to tune and check logs when I needed him to (I
don't think he sleeps!). I just checked and I have nearly
700 emails and about 50 different ROMs that we tried getting
the car to where it is now. The attention to detail and
value for money is unbelievable.
Just before Xmas we'd pretty much finished the tune and I
was very happy with the results, then Tom emailed me a week
or so later and said he'd been reviewing my logs again and
there was probably more to be had if I wanted. So we had
another look in January and took the tune to another level
by adding a 3 port added and more tweaks to the tune!
If anyone is considering a flash tune, you can't go wrong
with Tom at VRSF
My results thread is here if
you want a look.
No Thread title: I
will say Tom has spent alot of time on my car and it isn't
100% done. Being I am an idiot half the time, and he has
great patience for people like me, this is what makes him a
good tuner. I have had my car retuned 3 times and I haven't
been happy with really any of the tunes. Tom has taken the
time to make sure the car is the way I want it. Right now we
are still workin on the idle and I think we have it licked.
So today I am gonna take it for a drive and get the mid all
set up and hopefully I can get some more numbers.
No Thread title: Tom
is an amazing tuner and he will be the only person in the
future that makes major tuning adjustments on this car.
Unique tuning experience (remote) and it flat out works!
Best customer service I've ever had by far
before/during/after the tune.
Yet again Tom does a great job tuning a car...My car is no
where near this build but he did the best out of three
tuners I have tried.
Good Job Tom keep it up!!
First I would like to let everyone in on the history of my
car. I have owned it for three years and it came with some
bolt on some good some bad. The first year I owned my car I
switched out alot of the bad parts for
better ones. The second year I attempted to get the car tuned.
I did alot of research on tuning and also on the vendors. I
ended up with a vendor out of florida. He tried to tune my
car for about a year and kept telling me I need to fix this
or buy this blah blah blah.
After a year I was very frustrated and finally just said
nevermind I will find someone else. I posted on EvoM about
my issues and Tscompusa messaged me and offered to help. He
looked at my rom and logs and gave me a few pointers. At
this time I was attempting to tune the car myself. Tom
helped me with a few issues and then I came to a point og
ignition timing and was too nervouse to do it myself. So,
I was looking for another tuner again. Tscompusa said he
could tune my car for a really decent price and of course
after getting burnt once I was iffy about it. Finally I said
screw it lets see what he can do and I told him I wanted him
to tune my car. Well before we were able to start my IX
Turbo died. So I told tscompusa that I will need a little
time to get a new turbo.
Eventually I bought a FP Black and installed it. Right after
I finished it a well known tuner from CT was coming to my
area to tune a few cars.
All of my friends talked me into having him tune my car. I
rode in a few cars he tuned and they felt pretty good. Well
I had him tune my car and no exaggeration my car felt slower
than it did with a partial tune with a IX turbo. The
day after the tuner finished I went back to him and told him
this feels weak I mean really weak. He blamed it on me
shifting too slow. I know how to drive.
I pulled 12.4 multiple times consistantly out of my stock
turbo and injectors. So I told the guy I wanted a partial
refund. He pretty much blew me off so I was out $300.00.
That same day I contacted tscompusa and I told him my story.
That I was screwed again by another tuner and im getting
really annoyed. So,
tscompusa started on my car that same day. Unfortuantly it
started raing so we had to wait a couple days due to traction issues.
Finally one night I fixed everything up did a boost leak
test and contacted tscompusa and it was around 10-11 pm and
he was like alright lets get her done lol. So we tuned until
about 3:30 in the morning and made 444whp and 385tq about
80tq 50whp more than that other Shop from CT. So
all I can say is that Tom (tscompusa) ahs very good customer
service. Has been very patient, knows what the hell he is
doing, and makes alot of safe power tuning cars. It
took me three years to straiten my car out and over $1500 in
tuning. Toms prices are lower than others but the quality of
his work is the highest you can get. I
would recommend him over anyone I have tried to use and I
would like to thank him for helping me out being so patient
and the quality work he has done with my car.
I think some of the tuners out there need to learn from Tom
if they want to be a succesful bussines.
Thanks alot Tom I look forward to seeing what kind of power
we make when I get my built block and a couple other mods.
well as many of you seen on the forums already tom has done
some great work tunning and he did not dissapoint .Tom is
easy to get in contact too and walks you through what you
need to do. would recommend getting tuned by tom to
Hey Tom, it is actually idling great. Let continue on. I just
wanted to know what you think before I give my opinion.
I just wanna let you know that MY CAR HAS NEVER IDLE SO
GOOD! I wanted to wait to see how the idl'ing car would
turn out to tell you this but I have to say I'm very glad
that I choose you to tune my car. Your probably thinking ,
what's wrong with me...we haven't even started to drive the
car! Not trying to bash on anyone but I've gotten this car
tuned 1.5 years ago by (two very popular shops - out of
respect both shop and remote tuner is censored by
told me that somethng was wrong with my car cause they could
never get the idle trims correct and just continued to tune
for power. The car never drove goood, made power but didn't
feeel great! The car would idle like crap, the trims would
be alll over thedamn place. I'm very happy with your
JUST FLASHED IN MY BASE MAP FROM(tscompusa) HOLY $HIT! LET
ME JUST SAY... AMAZING. WITH JUST A BASE MAP IDLE AND CRUISE
IS A NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE.SWITCHED FROM THE MAF
TRANSLATOR(JUNK) TO SPEED DENSITY. CANT WAIT FOR WOT TUNING.
I HAVE NOT 1 BAD THING TO SAY. SO FAR SO GREAT
STAY TUNED FOR MY BIG MODS (FF 6766)AND DYNO SHEET
Just wanted to show you this vid of my evo in Z06 rape
This race was a 45+ MPH roll. I started in 3rd, brake
boosting like 10psi.
Thanks again for the awesome tune!
Well Tom, I'm impressed. I can honestly say this is the
first time... Ever... After driving my car, that I don't
have an overwhelming urge to punch a small child in the
It's very smooth, and even more so for being on pump. I'm
happy as shit right now.
Wow....can't really say much more. Car feels extremely
Torque feels good, top end feels good, drivability is great.
Can't really ask for much more.
There's tons of positive feedback for Toms tuning and
service so I don't need to say much about it. I would like
to point out that we started tuning back in May...I'm busy
so I sometimes couldn't get out to log but once a week or
even less. Tom spent countless hours on this car and dealt
with my slowness in responding. This is by far the best
anyone can get for tuning, you won't get service or more
time spent on ur car anywhere else unless u tune yourself.
About the power, yea weather is playing a big part.
made about 410 back in summer weather before we fine tuned
timing and boost up top. It made around 430-440 when temp
This setup made 390/357 dynojet at 28psi with forge mbc as
boost control last summer with another tuner. Only mods
changed from then was a Spoolinup and grimmspeed added,
running 29psi now. When I say boost holds solid...it is
solid. Wish I had a map sensor to show, but I was being
Not much else to say. I'm very satisfied with power and
Gotta upgrade some more things like clutch and headstuds...I
did things a little backwards, but was never really
satisfied with that initial tune I got when I switched to
the green...had no idea I would end up with this power, I
thought I'd pick up like 10 hp with Tom lol. I'll have to
load another graph when I can run it in normal weather.
Thanks again Tom!
Flashed the rom and reconfigured evoscan to your spec,
let me know what the next step is. Initial thoughts
about the base tune is it feel much smoother, mivec
intake advance mirrors the jdm evo ix map, idle quality
is better. Now I know why everyone come to you :-)
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Im extremely happy withg your service. Ill bring my
business to you from now on.
thanks for the excellent service !!
Swapped over to E85 this weekend. The car drives very
well compared to my previous tunes.
i am happy with the tune.. best tune.!!!!! thanks Tom
car feels amazing!!
Hey guys just to let you know I just finish a remote
tune with Tom and I have to say the guy is a genius
tuning. The car runs so smooth with
Speed Density is unbelievable I had no issues
whatsoever with Tom the guy knows what he's doing so if
you are thinking on getting a tune with him stop
thinking and do it trust me you won't regret it!
Hi guys my car got tune by Tom and this guys knows how
to tune. I took the car to the track this past Friday
and my best time was 11.7@127mph
i recently put ALOT of money into my car and decided to
switch to SD. I was impatient and decided to try a
different tuner which was one of the biggest mistakes I
could have made. Car was very jittery on starts and I
had to keep it running on cold starts. I then switched
back to Tom and to be honest, it feels like the car is
brand new. Idle is beyond perfect, and the driveability
is insane. Shifts r smooth, car doesnt dip down in rpm
at stop signs/traffic lights. If i had to recommend any
tuner in the entire evo community, i really think Tom is
one of if not the best tuners out there. O and a side
note....Tom can literally get you almost ne
part..fast(as long as its not a manufacturers delay) I
ordered my mbc from him last week and got it 2 days
later..so yea..great parts vendor as
Hey guys, this is my car and all I gotta say is WOW! Tom
tuned my car last yr and we finished up in Oct with
390/395 on stock 8 turbo and stock cams. The power was
amazing and the driveability was absolutely insane. I
love every minute of it. Well a couple months after that
the "power bug" hit me again and I wanted more. So, I
came up with some funds to take the car to another
level. I had Tom order everything for me and I even
bought a few things off him like he stated above. Hands
down, some of the fastest shipping possible. If parts
were ordered as late as Wednesday I would get them that
Friday. It was great. Well after all my parts were
delivered and put onto the car I got impatient with
tuning and decide to try someone else who I won't name.
Anyways, after about 5 roms from this tuner I knew I had
made a big mistake, driveability was terrible, the car
was stalling on start ups and almost stalling coming to
redlight/stop signs. So I emailed Tom and asked him if
he would take me back LOL. Luckily he was able to get me
started almost instantly. Within the first 2-3 roms the
car idled and drove perfectly. Then we began power
pulls. Immediately, the car started to scare the ****
outta me. All on stock cams, which I'm absolutely
amazed. Also, the e85 around here right now is definetly
on winter blend which is stated above. I can only
imagine the power my car will make once the double
pumper and cams go in. I guess what I'd like people to
take from this post is Tom isnt just another remote
tuner out there, he's one of if not the best. I know
thats saying alot but, with the amount of dyno sheets
I've looked at on the forums and everywere else, Tom's
are more or less flawless. Plus he won't tell you were
done until your car is absolutely perfect, which is a
very rare quality in people. More results are to come,
once cams get put in, but for now all I can say is thank
Tom never siezes to amaze me. My car is now making more
HP safely on 93 oct alone than I thought possible. It
drives smooth and is very streetable. Starts up cold
better than before and is just a good mannered car to
drive on the street.......until you put your foot in it.
Once you hear the turbo spool it turns into a homicidal
maniac looking for any "race" car around to shred up in
pieces laughing the whole time lmao. Tom I would like to thank you once again for providing
me with the best tuning I have expierenced to date...Yes
I have been threw a few tuners, and keep up the amazing
tuning. My car is a maniac looking to kill any car that
gets in its way, but thats what I wanted ha ha. BTW
basket ball shorts rule. lol
This is my car and all I can say is wow. Tom really
outdid himself this time. He made sure I was happy and
went out of his way to take care of me. Needless to say
i was very happy with our results. I have owned this car
since new and it has not driven and started this good
since stock. SD is amazing with better driving then on
the MAF. I
mean on the street this thing is scary fast and so
smooth. I need to get my trans rebuilt asap as 4th gear
isnt happy we me right now so track times should come
soon. I just want to thank you once again Tom and it was
a pleasure working with you. You have help an evo owner
fall back in love with his baby. Lol
Car drives like stock.. Until you floor it and it puts
600cc bikes in their place! Tom dialed the tune in
perfect on this one. It's truly a monster on just 93oct
on e85 it's going to be crazy!
Man I love it! It drive so smooth! Thanks for doing
This for me today. I don't think someone could slap
The smile off my face.
Wow. Is all i have to say at this power level.
When i was at 350 going to 400 with those kelford cams..
It was an awesome jump in power and felt great but it
was still lacking what i really wanted. Top end.
To acheive that i got a good deal on
this turbo kit and wala.. i got my top end!
It pulls so hard when this thing spools i love it. Tom
does a very fantastic job on holding these stock blocks
together.. specially stock head studs. Also on another
important note, The SD conversion was a breeze and the
driveability is so legend... wait for it.. dary! hahah.
but seriously the throttle response is nice an crisp,
shifting through the gears is effortless without having
the car buck or just have a little harsh engagement, and
also the taking off from a stoplight is the easiest
thing to do now since i have a PUCK clutch, before you
had to either blip it quick or slip it wich chattered
and bucked really bad.. But now you barely need any
throttle and takes off like butter. THANK YOU TOM! (BTW
i need to give a few non-believers a ride in it just to
show them what Tom can do on SD with stock ECU).
All in all thanks to Tom for giving me the power i
wanted. It makes it easy when he can take over your
computer and tune the car.. But i still get to do the
is an awesome experience just because you get to feel
the power difference in each pull.
I've had a real good experience working with Tom over a
year or so. Even though you get those bad nights where
nothing works quite right, Tom will be patient. haha
But thanks again tom for supplying parts and great
And BTW tom, it saw close to 30+ pulls lastnight
considering i graduated from college.. (automotive tech)
i had to give some people rides ha. The car took a
beating.. just shows how toms tunes are just.. awesome.
i asked tom to try to fit me in before this weekend
because of graduation and such.. and HE DID! I honestly
really appreciate that!
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