“After having my car road tuned by “the home of the worlds fastest turbo cars” I starting speaking with Tony from Tunehouse and we soon worked out a direction and some parts for my car. It started by me and my girlfriend making the trip down to Marrickville to meet the people I’d spoken too and also heard so much about, as soon as we pulled up at Tunehouse we were greeted with a warm welcome from Tony and Jim, after having a little chinwag Jim simply had to show off his dyno room too me where all the magic would be worked much like a giant acoustic couldron.
So that day leaving Tunehouse with a great coffee, a smile ear to ear from the friendly staff and not to mention a boot full of parts the next stage of my cars life had begun! I fitted all the components listed below myself to save costs on labour (yes im a tightass lol) but of course being a mechanic myself helped.
After a long wait on some of the parts I finally got it all together, so next was to trailer the big purple beast down to Tunehouse where it would finally get the tuning it deserved. It was a very testing week for me not having a car and not knowing what to expect (the best I hoped), finally after numerous phone calls (sorry Jess and Tony) I was anxious when the phone rang at 9o’clock friday night. Jim had just finished the tuning my car and the results below speak for themselves. I cannot commend Jim, the guys from Tunehouse and of course Jess enough for the great tune that they have achieved for my car!”
“After Jim and the team at Tunehouse tuned the car, it was making a 40% gain which is impressive. So take it from me – an ecstatic customer, these guys know what they are doing and I won’t go anywhere else from now on. The Tunehouse staff are also really well mannered and extremely helpful. I’d like to thank Jim and all the staff at Tunehouse for their incredible effort. I’m very grateful.”
“My car has been tuned by tune house after my recent experience with a different place. I couldn’t be happier with the service and result of my car and their attention to detail and pride of workmanship is second to none. This place is spotless, the guys are very well presented and greet you with a smile every time. Tune house is a place to be experienced by all who want the best! Thanks Jim, Tony and all the boys at Tunehouse.”
“Well in a rare feat of me getting time to do anything, I took my car down to Jim and the boys at Tunehouse yesterday for the ‘treatment’. I’ve gotta say, even though their reputation precedes them, that all the stories, legends and fables are true. They are a top bunch of blokes, the workshop is hospital clean and their work is spot on. You know your car is good hands when you covertly notice the guy who is going to have the life of your pride and and joy in his hands pause during his exit from the front office to straighten two chairs that would have been out of alignment by about a degree each! This attention to detail obviously transfers directly to Jim’s work, but you can also see how it has become the priority of his other staff as well. Mainly I dealt with Tony and George who are great their jobs and top blokes too. Tony went over my car for me and found the diff oil level from the factory to be low, and rectified it like a true gentleman.
What’s more, there was no shortage of kick ass grade coffee from Jim and Tony through out the day! They make sure they look after you and would have no hesitation in recommending a trip to Tunehouse to anyone.
So how did we go? Best figures were 350 something maybe 357 and 910nm but there was valve float occurring and Jim reeled her in until I invest in a set of springs. We ended up with 341.9 rwkw and 881nm of torque. It’s like I just went and bought a new car, nothing like the old.
Thanks again Tunehouse! I’ll be back…”
“Hi guys just want to say thanks for installing my gauges today! Looks fantastic! Special thanks to Tony for installing them and Tim for running through a few things for me. Its true the workshop is immaculate! Thanks again will come back for my service and few mods down the track!”
“Just thought I’d post a quick update on my recent tune. I spoke with Jim a few weeks ago about possibly getting my car back on the dyno to do a quick check and tidy up. Jim said he’d learnt lots since my last tune and had a few ideas about getting a little more out of it and reducing fuel consumption.
So down I went and Jim chucked my car on and started weaving his magic tuning and flashing, tuning and flashing. Anyway car was on the dyno from about 10am till 3pm and came off with 340rwkw and 884nm. Not too much more power but the mid range is such an improvement. Now time for it’s usual test drive around the dodgy streets of Marrickville. What can I say, geez it’s hold on tight stuff now. Quite amazing how much better the car is and how much harder it goes. Loads more mid range and you can really feel the extra torque. We even flashed the old tune back in and took it for a squirt to see the difference, it was like night and day.
Now I’ve had the car for about 2 weeks and the fuel economy figures are really impressing me. On my last tune I was struggling to keep my economy below 14L/100 with the short trips I do to and from work. Now I’m easily managing 13L/100 with short trips and a number of squirts to stretch the legs. Could easily baby it along and keep it in the mid 12′s
Anyway all in all a great result which has impressed me quite a bit. Well done to Jim, Tony and George for all their efforts. This will keep me coming back time and time again.”
“Well guys, I had this amazing piece of literature typed up about my journey up and down the east coast which led to my turbo shatting itself. Unfortunately the photo uploader didn’t, and when I went to the basic uploader I lost all the amazing text, so now you’ll get the abridged version.
The turbo shat itself, but still ran for around 1000km in it’s death roll. It seems the culprit was again the pissant oil filter supplied by Fraud instead of something decent.
I made it as far as Tunehouse on the way back from Coolangatta, as the noises were becoming very nasty. Jim helped me decide on a combination that would meet my needs. As I didn’t want to mix good parts with bad / tired ones we decided to start at the front and finish at the back. Jim also said he would check the car out thoroughly and he wasn’t kidding. He found a number of issues that needed attention including:
1. Broken engine mount,
2. Broken rubber bushes supporting diff and centre bush,
3. Crimped wiring and hoses from original Nizpro II installation (no names no pack drill)
4. Unsecured ABS wiring at rear near diff, 5. Missing heat shielding around exhaust at rear
I ended up going with:
1. Atomic 698 built to Tunehouse specs,
2. Billlet flexplate and crank girdle,
3. Hybrid turbo,
4. Process West race cooler, plenum and cold air kit
5. Process West surge tank,
6. Tunehouse 4″ exhaust,
7. Nolathane centre and side diff bushes, new heat shielding etc
The service experience from Jim and the team at Tunehouse was excellent. They have certainly raised the bar and are setting a new standard in customer support. Not only did I get and comprehensive photo porfolio on CD of the buildup, but I also recieved a folder with an abundance of technical information, specifications and run-in procedures, and a certificate of authenticity for the engine build. The boys took the time to explain everything that went on, using the photos to highlight key aspects of the build, and show some of the issues that needed to be dealt with. This gave me alot of confidence that they were doing the job right, and took pride in what was being created. Jim then took me out for a coffee, as the Sydney traffic was a bit too feral for me to head south yet, and explained his phylosophy of providing the best possible service experience and workmanship: do it once – do it right. This is what I tell my kids, so it really struck a chord with me.
The drive home from Sydney was both amazing and frustrating. The car felt so different, so tightly connected and smooth. It never ran this well even when it was new!! The frustration came from having to keep the right foot under control, to load it up but not let the revs get above 4500rpm. Even so, she is a frisky one. Boost has been contained significantly, ranging from a baby 4lb at 2000rpm increasing linearly to around 11lb at 5000rpm. This provides around 337rwkw in what is still a very tight motor, so I think there are bigger and better things coming for this girl when she is run in.
In the mean time, I’ll say many thanks to Jim, Tony, Tim and the team at Tunehouse. Now I know why they get so many props from other forum members. ”
“I had a minor issue with my engine yesterday afternoon. I had just left for Canberra and the Malfunction Indicator Lamp came on after about 2 minutes. I basically called Tim and took the car in… Jim again worked his magic, played with the settings having a look at the error code in the SCT Flash Tuner and the car was fixed, no more issues. Yet again the care these guys show when looking after their customers. I can’t thank them enough for their work and for the on-going support.
Thanks again Jim, Tony, Tim and the rest of the guys.”
“Last week I booked my car in for a service with the guys at Tunehouse at Marrickville, I must admit there was a slight degree of uncertainty before going there, having worked in the immediate area for sometime, I had been on the receiving end of some pretty savage rumors about there business practices. I am going to say that anything bad that I have heard about Tunehouse is a load of SH!T, they are some of the most polite and professional mechanics I have dealt with in a long time and their workshop is kept meticulously clean, you could quite literally eat off the floor.
The service started with dropping the car off for the recommended option, this was referred to as the Tunehouse Plus service, everything is given a good once over, oil changed, other fluids topped up, battery checked, brakes examined etc.
A few times during the course of the day I received calls advising me of procedures that were recommended to be carried out over and above the Plus service, the recommendations for this particular service were to re-torque all the suspension components (with a real torque wrench, not just some idiot going crazy with a rattle gun) and to perform a decarb service on the intake, I was immediately advised of the additional costs involved with these items, and authorised the extra work. None of these shoddy hidden “extra” charges when you come and collect your car with these guys, everything is above board and the work will not proceed without customer authority.
At the time of collecting my car I received a full 3 page report explaining the procedures carried out as part of the Plus service, the additional service items were also clearly detailed, and there were a few items listed for me to keep an eye on between services, i.e brakes will need replacing soon.
I recommend that anyone in the Sydney area give these guys a go for your next service, even with my work relocating to the western Sydney area in the near future I will be making the effort to keep using Tunehouse for my future servicing.”
“Whilst researching the best tuning house to fit a turbo into my Subaru BRZ, I repeatedly came across the name Tunehouse in Sydney. They would not have been my first choice given I live 800km away in central Victoria, but I put in a call anyway and spoke with Tony. He was not only incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, but also he didn’t push me into anything and let me come to my decisions in my own time. This was most appreciated.
More research confirmed these guys definitely were who I was looking for, and several more conversations with Tony simply confirmed that. We were soon discussing tyres, wheels, and exhausts and Tony had some excellent ideas and suggestions.
At this point I should say that I am a very fussy buyer, but that fussiness has earned me two Emmy Awards for documentary films, so it can come in handy sometimes. Having an ABC archive trip in Sydney in late August meant I could drive up to Sydney in the BRZ and hopefully get Tony to squeeze me into his busy schedule. He did, another sign of their great customer service.
Upon arrival after nine hours of driving, I met Jim the owner of Tunehouse. Jim has owned the shop since 2001. He welcomed me into their very clean showroom area and gave me a good coffee. For any company to have a 17 year history is impressive nowadays, and to add to that, both Tony and David have being with Jim for 15 or more years of those years which says a lot about team spirit.
I could go on, but on the day of pickup they tirelessly worked on the dyno to get the right tune for me, and didn’t let up until Jim was 100% happy. I very much like that uncompromising attitude, even if I was leaving to drive back to Melbourne that same night!
In short, you could not go wrong with Tunehouse. They were brilliant right from the first phone call.”
I just wanted to let you know I am absolutely over the moon with the work you all did on my Focus RS recently. My RS is crazy now and so much fun to drive! I’d like to thank everyone at THR for the amazing service,workmanship and friendly attitude they displayed while my car was there. I will definitely recommend THR to my friends and family, and will not hesitate to bring my car back for more work in the future.
I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and have a safe and prosperous New Year. All the very best to the THR crew from myself, my wife Rhondda and my sons Jamie and Shannon. Here’s to an enduring friendship for many years to come.”