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      04-06-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Got the Velos Designwerks tune.

So I found myself in Miami a couple of weeks ago. Drove the M3 down from Michigan. Being from a distinctly non-(german)automotive scene, I was determined to take advantage of my proximity to great vendors, and not come home empty-handed.

With the fiancé agreeable after some beach time and shopping , I placed a call to Omar at Velos with start-off mods like a filter and pulley in mind. Omar informed me that he did not have those items in stock, but he did have a soon to be introduced tune available. The tune came with a personal tuner, and he would include the stock tune, as well as a catless/hfc tune with cel delete (which I intend to utilize in the future), and of course the stock file. After discussing in some detail with Omar, recognizing the obvious experience and expertise and getting comfortable with the idea, I concluded that the filter and pulley could wait… The next day it was off to Velos.

Pics from my visit are below. It was great meeting Omar and becoming acquainted with his company, facility, and ambitious future plans. I suspect that we'll be hearing more from him and Velos. Wifey thought he was a good dude too, and she's usually right about such matters… though he was a gentleman and went out of his way to warm her soup, so that admittedly could be the primary reason why.

Some thoughts on the tune --

Very pleased overall. As with many mods, they're most noticeable when first installed, so I wanted to do my best to recognize the updated engine characteristics straightaway.

First thing I perceived was more urgency in the 3k-4k range, which is my typical daily driving shift point in the low gears. Difficult to describe, but whereas I felt that the engine would stay relatively flat during standard acceleration in this range before, the tune seems to push the engine through the range more aggressively... if that makes some sense.

That evening I was able to take the car out for some 1st thru 3rd gear blasts. Here again I perceived a greater urgency through the rev range, and perhaps a bit more at the top end.

No cel or issues to speak of. Went to a HPDE at Homestead a few days after the tune.

Loving the idea that I can install the Akra or Challenge HFC exhaust anytime and I've got the appropriate tune waiting.

Sorry I don't have any objective data fellas. The trusty butt dyno and first impressions will have to do.

Omar just followed up with me this week to make sure all was well, so I have little doubts about post-sale support if needed.

Let me know if any questions.

Arriving at Velos, getting hooked up to the tender for the ECU read, which took about 2 hours.



The quality Velos wait room. Wifey happy eating her warm soup, and watching junk tv.


The Velos "Personal Tuner".



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      04-06-2012, 09:57 PM   #2
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nice, Omar is a class act and def knows his stuff. Congrats on your tune Enjoy it
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All I have to say is... I sure love my TUNE... Great guys @ Velos... Enjoy your new Tune & I would go with the Akrapovic Evolution system...
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Had the chance to use Velos Designwerks sevices and have only good comments on them, Omar and his staff are top of the line!
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Thanks for sharing the review! It's nice to see another option out there for a tune.

It would be great to hear more details on the tune, what sets their tune apart from the rest, power figures, etc.

Although I've never worked with Omar, I have only heard great things about him and his work.

Keep us posted on updates!
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Omar and all the guys @ Velos are running a legit operation. Thanks for sharing!
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All I have to say is... I sure love my TUNE... Great guys @ Velos... Enjoy your new Tune & I would go with the Akrapovic Evolution system...
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All I have to say is... I sure love my TUNE... Great guys @ Velos... Enjoy your new Tune & I would go with the Akrapovic Evolution system...
Cool, thanks. Yeah, I think it will probably have to be the Akra.

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Thanks for sharing the review! It's nice to see another option out there for a tune.

It would be great to hear more details on the tune, what sets their tune apart from the rest, power figures, etc.

Although I've never worked with Omar, I have only heard great things about him and his work.

Keep us posted on updates!
Thanks and will do. My understanding is that he plans to formally introduce the product once the Velos site is complete. As far as details, I got a whirlwind education on everything from the adaptations of the M3 ECU to the tune methodology while on site. It was more than I could absorb at the time, and I have no chance of doing justice here, so I won't attempt..
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It's good to see that Velos is getting around. I for one had a tune from a specific performance shop on my car. After speaking to Omar for a bit, we decided to try the Velos tune. It's no joke. I picked up another ten horsepower over the other tune. They definitely know what they are doing over there. And you're also correct about the facility. That waiting room definitely doesn't look like a performance shop waiting room. It's really nice.

That trip you made is amazing. That is a heck of a lot of driving. It's good that you were able to stretch out her legs. Next time you're in Miami with her, let us know. Maybe we will get a group together and hit the track.
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Good Deal - Competition from a solid vender is always welcomed.
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Nice review on the tune! I cant wait to get mine from them at the end of the month Omar and Velos are by the best guys I have ever has the pleasure of working with!!

I've been patiently waiting for about a month or so but I will be posting three separate dynos early next month: stock car with AA catback, stock car with AA HFC/catback, stock car AA pipes with velos hfc tune tune. Also getting a set of stoptech BBK from them too at the same time hehe
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It's good to see that Velos is getting around. I for one had the Active tune on my car. After speaking to Omar for a bit, we decided to try the Velos tune. It's no joke. I picked up another ten horsepower over the Active tune. They definitely know what they are doing over there. And you're also correct about the facility. That waiting room definitely doesn't look like a performance shop waiting room. It's really nice.

That trip you made is amazing. That is a heck of a lot of driving. It's good that you were able to stretch out her legs. Next time you're in Miami with her, let us know. Maybe we will get a group together and hit the track.
Hey, happy to hear you're enjoying the tune as well. Thanks, and definitely! I'll shoot you a PM next time I'm in the neighborhood. It'd be nice to run with some M3's.

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Good Deal - Competition from a solid vender is always welcomed.
Right on.. Lots of solid tune options for our cars -- Evolve, ESS, Velos. I respect all of their work. Truth be told I was planning on an Evolve tune this spring. I've exchanged emails with them on a couple of occasions and they're a first class operation. I got the same feeling from Omar after a discussion with him, and since they were just around the corner I decided to give Velos a try.

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Nice review on the tune! I cant wait to get mine from them at the end of the month Omar and Jean are by the best guys I have ever has the pleasure of working with!!

I've been patiently waiting for about a month or so but I will be posting three separate dynos early next month: stock car with AA catback, stock car with AA HFC/catback, stock car AA pipes with velos hfc tune tune. Also getting a set of stoptech BBK from them too at the same time hehe
Wow man.. Congrats on the forthcoming upgrades and I look forward to the results -- especially the Velos hfc tune. I've got that loaded up and ready to go on my personal tuner for when I make the jump.
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Does the Velos tune eliminate the cold start cycle? What is the price of the tune/tuner? I was looking at the Evolve tuner but you cannot beat having a local place and I am not interested in the AA tune.
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Does the Velos tune eliminate the cold start cycle? What is the price of the tune/tuner? I was looking at the Evolve tuner but you cannot beat having a local place and I am not interested in the AA tune.
Sorry, not certain on the cold start cycle. Suggest you give Velos a call..
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Much respect to you for driving you car that far.. I'm longing to do a road trip in a nice car.... just didn't have the balls to do it in mine..
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Much respect to you for driving you car that far.. I'm longing to do a road trip in a nice car.... just didn't have the balls to do it in mine..
Cool. My motivation is twofold -- I love driving, and I despise flying, so I always look to drive to a given destination if possible.

So after all of that, my car is really no worse for the wear. Took a few extra minutes to get all of the bug carnage off of the clear bra. That's about it. There's the increased mileage I suppose, but oh well.
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Cool. My motivation is twofold -- I love driving, and I despise flying, so I always look to drive to a given destination if possible.

So after all of that, my car is really no worse for the wear. Took a few extra minutes to get all of the bug carnage off of the clear bra. That's about it. There's the increased mileage I suppose, but oh well.
Do you have stock suspension? I just installed the Eibach springs with E36 M3 bumpstops and the ride is pretty busy, I am debating about keeping the springs because it would suck for a long roadtrip.
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Do you have stock suspension? I just installed the Eibach springs with E36 M3 bumpstops and the ride is pretty busy, I am debating about keeping the springs because it would suck for a long roadtrip.
Interesting. Yes, totally stock.

Because of my regular road trips I would be afraid to mess with the suspension. Even in stock form, the M3 is way busier than my E39 M5 with B&G springs. And now having been on track, the stock suspension is good enough for me (for now..). Tires and brakes are more a priority.
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Does the Velos tune eliminate the cold start cycle? What is the price of the tune/tuner? I was looking at the Evolve tuner but you cannot beat having a local place and I am not interested in the AA tune.
Does the Velos tune eliminate the cold start cycle? Yes it does...
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Just realized that my post is right above yours. lol
Great tune, glad we are enjoying it
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Can't believe I missed this. Thanks for coming by and it was great meeting you both.
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Welcome to about three weeks ago!!!!!!!!
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