TL/DR - Contact littlebo for a basic reflash (Acura TSX Forum - View Profile: littlebo
I am a new 08 TSX Auto owner and had it for about 2 months now. I was contemplating ECU tuning options...Now, keep in mind - this is my DD, it will never have a turbo kit, supercharger, Nitrous etc. I just wanted it to be more fun and responsive and will probably do basic bolt-on's like intake, header and maybe exhaust (if its not too loud, I am getting too old for a loud exhaust) and basic suspension.
As I kept researching tuning options, I realized that for my plans a standalone is totally pointless. I also realized that Flashpro and KTuner were just not worth the money. I settled that I would plan on getting a Hondata Reflash. I did not really want to ship my ECU and immobilizer to them. As I kept researching, I had received a post on my Intro thread from littlebo saying he provides a remote e-tune.
I cannot lie - was I skeptical? Yes. Serge said he would send me a OBD2 to USB cable and an USB flash drive. He would access my laptop remotely and flash it with an updated tune.
But, we talked via PM quite a bit and he answered all my questions as needed. I was at a little more at ease. Within a week, Serge had the cable and flash drive sent to me to my work address. I told him I received it and he said he would be ready when I was.
I brought the cable home with me. Did my evening routine with my kids. I installed teamviewer via the link Serge has provided while I did stuff.
After the kids were in bed, I told Serge I was ready, he was driving back home and told me he would message me when he got home. 20 minutes, later - he said it was "Go time!"
I provided him the username and password. He was on my machine within a minute and started doing his thing.
I plugged the cable and drive into my laptop and the other end into the USB and turned the ignition to the On position, as Serge said. He continued to do his thing. A few minutes later, he had me turn the key off and said he would have to start working on the upload file .
Within 5 minutes, he said he was ready to upload and had me to turn the key back to the On position. He started doing his thing again and within a few minutes, I heard the ECU clicking, clacking and making some noises like firing the fuel pump etc. He then said he was done!
I told him I could not test drive it etc ASAP as the kids were in bed. He said, no worries! Keep in mind, I had not paid him yet. No deposit etc. He said I could test drive the car the next day and pay him. I went to bed.
The next morning, I fired up the car as always to drop kids off and go to work. Started right up, no fuss, no mess. I let it warm up on the drive to school coz Serge said to let it warm up fully before going to town...LOL.
After dropping the kids off, I figured I would see what the car does and my oh my...I was impressed! Throttle response is very apparent. Right from the idle on through the RPM band, the torque is noticeably improved! My 5AT seems to shift a little bit faster, but I am unsure if he changed any parameters on it, honestly. I can tell VTEC engaged has been lowered to somewhere in the 4k-5k range as the car accelerates much more aggressively! Redline has been changed too, I think.
He even had updated my ECU with launch control with a 2000 RPM hold.....Very impressive. I tried it at a stoplight, I did not launch it. I don't know if I ever will, ha. That's not why I had the tune done, so really not a big deal to me. I gladly paid the man for his work!
Serge says this tune will work just fine with an icebox (which I need to install) and one of his headers I need to save up for!
Bottom line - The guy is legit, his communication and customer service is great. His tune had made my car feel completely different and much more enjoyable. I can tell that something has been done, I just don't know all the details, but I don't really care.
Anyways, I figured I would share this experience for what its worth. I am a happy customer! Hope this helps other!