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  • MJ335's Avatar
    08-04-2017, 08:13 AM
    hey guys just wanna put my story here on the table, to prevent others to make the same errors. Im not going to write this post to the respective sales threads as im not looking to get a shitstorm on me. This is just my story of suffer to get some bhp more out of my car. Im do not also like to get involved my dealer/ installations shop on this, as those guys are very nice and make all the installations form the first unit for free. So for sure im not going to put them in the same boat as Hexon, Marshall, CHSC and NOZ. The story did start back in early 2016, where i bought with my money put aside a Hexon600 turbo upgrade incl. installation service and some hardware parts. After long time of waiting 4 months i got finally my set. So happy as i got the installation imidetally done! But this feeling did not last for long, as after break-in (300km), by using just a stock turbo stg2+ mapping, the rear turbo flow apart. I think this experiance is well known. And next also Hexon closed down, perfect! lucky me the installers had still contact to an employee (Wayne) from Hexon, which continue the business with the Brand Marshall (co-op CHSC) and came up with a free replacement. Even the turbo was smaller as the Hexon600 i was happy to get a replacement full free of charge incl. installation. Better smaller and reliable my toughts on this. After break-in of 300km, making some pulls with stg2+ stock turbo mapping and all went good. Then made a 20psi straight to redline mapping and all stillgood, so happy!!!! But unfortunatelly this feeling last just for 4000km and blue smoke starts to came out from the exhaust :( It was Nov 2016 and again i had to visit the shop. What now? I got informed those units wont be sold any longer, what the heck! what now?? From the shop i got the offer to go for a BB stg2 Turbo replacement. It looks promising as i got to see professional CHAR pictures branded NOZ Turbo Engineering. The shop received one of the very first units of these turbos, together with an Australian dealer. The turbo run already for 2000km and absolutely no problems. I saw the logs and the spool ability were just great, stg2 turbos and spool like stocker, perfect! As the supplier was still the same (Hexon, Marshall, etc) i got again a free replacement. So lets go and all good things come in threes. After long time of wait and postponing the ETA, again and again, my stomach feeling start to get worst, it somehow remind me to the Hexon story. But then finally i got my unit... Wow, they looked so nice like absolutely new units! It was March and i go for the next installation. This time the installation should be done from a partner of the initial shop, as this shop its just sitting near from me. After a while just got a bad notice from the shop, by installing the turbos, they notice that the comp. housing spins on the char. Shit! Luckily me the shop had more of those NOZ bb units and we took the way of 250km a picked the replacement up. So happy that installation can be finalized and i got my car back. So again brake-in, then put the the 20psi straight mapping on it and lets go. i was impressed, the spool behaviour and also the nice bb sound of the turbos. You can imagine what happens now after 1500 km :( No smoke, but the turbos starts to howl pretty loudly... so it would just be a question of time, that also this turbos will fly apart. After taking down the downpipe, it was visible that the turbine wheel was touching the housing. So again take the rear turbo down and take the way to pick a replacement shop to get the next installation done. Uff, suffer again! I was almost to going to sell the car after all this. So again i went for break-in. I run the car for approx 1500km and i got a more or less good feeling. Perfect i run the turbos for some couple of thousand km more without howling issues or any smoke. I just realize if i pull the car for long on the German autobahn, the car suddenly has no power. I did initially not allocate the issue to the turbso. Went back to the shop for further investigation, to see what the problem could be and i got informed "the BB gets to hot and will block". They had the same issue also on the N55 Turbo. My thoughts "What the fuck, i run not even 20psi redline and the turbo blocks if i pull the car to long!!!". You can imagine now what happens, it took a couple of thousand km more and also the third BB set flow start to smoke and after 5000km they fly apart. After all this i almost fight the local shop owner, even i never fight somebody in my life. I was so f**** frustrated after having a car for more as one year not running properly. After all this, he show me all email, whatsapp and facebook conversations and i saw plenty of messages going to this Wayne and that the local shop is in even the bigger s*** as me. Finally that Wayne also stop to replay and made a typical made in Taiwan phase out. I finally got a TTE550 from the local shop, even i had to pay for it, im finally happy to run a reliable car again. And this turbos are pushing so much more as those shitty bb turbos, where no company stand behind. My advice to you guys going for upgrade turbos: Use turbos from registered, well known and long existing companies. TTE, Vargas, Pure, etc. Think about what will happen, if after 6 months of sales, turbos starts to make problems and this companies have to make huge replacements (like Hexon). Taiwan and China is well known just to close down and reopen the same company with other name at the same address. Look deeper what the selling company is. nozturbo.com for example, there is no contact address, no FAQ, no anything, its a risk. Hope i could help you by adding my story, to preventing you from the same suffer as i did. my turbo story from Hexon to NOZ on datazap :angry-banghead: datazap.me/u/jakupi5388/pureboost-v2-4gang-log2?log=0&data=3-15-24 Some pics and vids
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  • Brule's Avatar
    08-11-2017, 03:59 PM
    Brule started a thread AD Engineering Review in N54
    This is my review after dealing with Andy Divers on two different occasions one in 2016 and one current. December 2015 I ordered a 1000hp intercooler. I was told 2-3 week turn around. I asked if he could make 3 inch Inlet and outlet pipes. I paid for it straight away and got confirmation he could make 3 inch inlet and outlet. That reply was on the 31.12.2015 I sent several emails asking if it had been made yet and has it been shipped. I did not receive a response back until the 30.01.2016. I finally got a response that he's busy and it has been shipped. I received the intercooler 2 weeks later which is normal shipping to Australia. It wasn't made with 3 inch inlet and outlets like I asked. That was the first purchase. Next purchase was this year. I snapped an axle at the drags and wanted a decent setup. Only strong setup is the 8.8 diff, DSS axles and the custom drive shaft he makes. I PMd on a forum then called Andy the next day. Was told a 3-4 week turnaround for the axles but had 2 diffs still available. This was on 26.04.2017 I paid half on 27.04.2017 Paid in full 17.05.2017 Sent axles as cores 03.06.2017 (had trouble getting them out) Andy sent an email saying he will ship them on the 9th June. I requested if he could send tracking and asked it had shipped via email and by calling his workshop and leaving msgs. 07.07.2017 I got a reply saying sorry drive shaft shop made incorrect length. He said he would ship the diff and drive shaft straight away and get drive shaft shop to ship the axles straight to me. After not recieving any email replies or getting back to after leaving msgs on his phone again I asked for a refund on the 25.07.2017 Then I got an email straight back saying he sent an email last week why would I want a refund, Andy sent me a draft but did not send it from a few days earlier, it stated that he would ship it on Tuesday written on the 17th July, so I expected it all to ship the next day. I never received a tracking number or any response. 02.08.2017 Andy sends an email saying "your 8.8 has shipped" and some else who I don't know will send me tracking. Yet again I don't get a response or tracking. This is after emailing a few times just asking if it was everything as it didn't mention what parts were sent. Saying "8.8 has shipped" isn't much information. I called the workshop on Andys line and someone from Horsepower Barn answered and said Andy will be in tomorrow and he'll let him know I called. My msg was Its Brendan from Australia and I'm pissed off and I want my parts. I made it clear in phone msgs and emails that I'm pissed off and I'm sick of excuses. Still no response. Basically Andy does not do what he promises. He tells you your stuff has shipped then he does not reply to you. Longest wait was around 4 weeks. On average I have been waiting 2-3 weeks for any response. Then he just emails and says he will ship it today and you don't hear from him for weeks. I paid Andy for this in full over 13 weeks ago. Even paid deposit 2 weeks earlier and asked how long it would take, quoted 3-4 weeks. This cost around $7500au and my car has been sitting there waiting for this 8.8 diff, axles and driveshaft since then. More importantly I have missed most of the drag racing season. There is 3 meets left, one tomorrow. Biggest car event in my town is next week. I really thought I would of had this kit much earlier and payed for a few events after Andy said he had shipped the kit. I paid for a drag meet on June 30th as I was told the kit was shipped, which obviously it hadn't. Ive also paid for an event next week which is the largest street roll racing event here for the year. I purchased early bird rates as I never thought it would ever take this long. I have purchased around 30-40k of parts for this car and have never dealt with someone like this. A blatant disregard for their customers, this had been shown over and over. He has been the worst person I have dealt with. He wil reply frequently until you pay him then he doesn't care. I'm yet to receive anything and have been waiting over 3 months. Highly recommend staying away From AD Engineering.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-02-2017, 01:23 PM
    Sticky started a thread Motiv 172.4 1/2 mile in N54
    Was pm'd the info as it was posted on Facebook. I'll have more shortly:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-13-2017, 09:46 AM
    At this point everyone knows there was a large failure rate with these turbos. This was brought to BimmerBoost's attention by several vendors. Additionally, now you know why this thread was created: http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthread.php?83800-Exagerrated-N54-dynos-and-vendor-claims-plus-turbo-failures and why a certain someone jumped in beating their chest. The house of cards came crashing down. Now, there are certain issues that need to be addressed and probably they will be. Who knows. Not really BimmerBoost's problem at this point but having the best info in the tuning business is what we are about. Let's go over certain details: Pics: Now, you can look over those details and make up your own mind regarding what you see. To me, the allegation of inflated dyno runs or dyno cheating is much more serious. I don't know if it is true but I can say several very smart people pointed out to me based on the specs some of the numbers floating around don't add up. It's not like people will be allowed in to inspect so make of it what you will but also temper power/torque expectations and realize dynos sell things. There you have it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 05:31 PM
    This is a messy story. It starts with a report that five BMW's were street racing in North Carolina and their cars were impounded. In this type of situation a judge could potentially decide that the owners lose their vehicles to the state. A giant penalty. That is where things get interesting. The trooper that pulled them over and impounded the cars was caught on camera going the against traffic at high speeds to catch up to them. Once he got there only those involved know what happened but it seems maybe he went overboard. Especially considering he was suspended and now resigned. You can watch the initial report below: Here is the trooper speeding against traffic: As for the charges facing the BMW owners: Brennan T. Rowe, 22, of Wayne, N.J., charged with impeding traffic & exceeding posted speed limit Anthony W. Obrien, 20, of Havre de Grace, Maryland, charged with impeding traffic & prearranged racing Hoang T. Nguyen, 44, of Allen, Texas, charged with impeding traffic & prearranged racing Tran Hai Phi, 26, of Jacksonville, Florida, charged with impeding traffic & prearranged racing Haroon Masood, 27, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania charged with impeding traffic & prearranged racing Tamer Arslanouk, 24, of Waynesville, New Jersey, charged with impeding traffic Saad Ahmed Gil, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, charged with impeding traffic & prearranged racing. Were these guys messing around on the road? Most likely considering the 911 calls. Did the trooper go overboard in going against traffic and potentially causing a head on collision himself? Absolutely. Was impounding the cars without evidence overboard? Yes. The bottomline? Don't be stupid and don't street race in a large group that will get attention. Source
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  • Traf's Avatar
    08-02-2017, 10:34 AM
    I was browsing ebay, then i found that. Anybody heard of Arcwerkz ? http://www.ebay.fr/itm/bmw-335i-n54-n55-single-turbo-header-and-water-line/201998904672?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D0545b64772af42eaaa8ca98ebdcb663b%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D122586909996&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%253A2cbc3586-778f-11e7-8b46-74dbd180d85c%257Cparentrq%253Aa35b2aac15d0aa11ad38afb6fffed2f3%257Ciid%253A1
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  • martymil's Avatar
    08-12-2017, 12:57 PM
    martymil started a thread VTT Shotgun Review in N54
    So a lot of you guys are asking or cant find a review so here goes. I'm highly critical of products that don't measure up and got into many heated debates and been locked out of threads because I step on a few to many toes. But I know also to give credit where its due. So a some came to me with a white box and upon opening it up I sighed, behold a shotgun kit which he wanted me to install and do a review on. Install was a breeze and it took a few hrs but I was really taking my time to make sure it fit properly. Looking at the fuel line kit and associated fittings I laughed and they where tossed in the bin promptly. I installed one of my upgraded lines and extended the lpfp sensor harness as it was too short. The water lines where tossed as well as I had made a much simpler better quality setup, but really there was nothing wrong with it just that it wasn't up to my standard. So really the only thing I kept is the bracket, bolts, drive kit and the parker fuel line. Investigating the fuel line as i known for these to fail in the past, I found that the line is only rated fair for e85 and not rated for unleaded at all by parker them selves. So with a bit more investigation there is no better hose on the market available as of yet rated at 6000 psi working pressure but also a massive overkill for our cars but no such thing in my book. Since he only wants to run 98 I was a little hesitant to install this line, but he said he will indemnify me of any responsibility if it fails and it will be all on him. Fine so we fire up the beast using the relocated original pump and we start hearing grinding and ticking noises. WTF. I quickly shut the car down and begin to investigate. Everything looks good nothing is rubbing, WTF ? We restart the car and we get a ticking whiring noise and occasional grind. Get the stethoscope out and start poking around, Viola the HPFP pump is ready for the parts bin in the sky. Fuck this is no good. All off a sudden it stops making noise and its all good. We go for a relaxed drive around the block and it all seems good but we know the pump is not long for this earth. Retune the car on the dyno and all seems good. In less than a week I get a call the noise is back, not wanting to drive the car I tow it back to my shed and in mean time I already ordered a new pump just in case the old one failed which it did. Not a good sign. I install the new pump and she runs like a purring kitten. We retune the car and things are looking even better from a HPFP pressure side of things. So his pump wasn't good in the first place. Now the pump has been running for over 3 months with no issues and the only thing that has worried me seems to be holding up fine. I'll give credit to Tony it seems he got it right now and things are looking good. I would post some pics but there is much to see as its all under the car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-26-2017, 01:57 AM
    I want to write an article on this but need more details. Pretty f'ing strong though right? Sucks to not have the full graph or rpm or correction factor (why?) but this is the upper end of the N54 spectrum. Cam tuning is a big part but I don't know if it's for the stock cams or Schrick:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-02-2017, 05:22 PM
    Dear lord that is a ton of power from a completely stock car! 698 wheel horsepower to be accurate so not exactly 700 to the tires but close enough. This level of power certainly explains the test numbers we are seeing as well as the real world performance. The torque curve drops a bit in the higher rpm range. Peak power comes at roughly 6500 rpm. The previous generation McLaren M838T sure revved out a bit more and made its peak power further up in the rpm band. If you would like to compare this graph to stock and tuned McLaren 570S, 650S, and 675LT M838T models check out this article from last year. What else is there to say? The 720S is significantly stronger than a tuned 675LT. The car is an absolute beast.
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  • martymil's Avatar
    08-07-2017, 03:21 PM
    A SPEC-TACULAR Clutch Failure Excuse the pun but I couldn’t resist. I just wanted to let everyone know the problems I am having with SPEC, their SPEC-tacular lack of customer service and the dud clutch I was sold. The clutch failed after 2000 miles of use following a 600-mile run in period, no hard launches, no power runs. I bought the clutch from JD75 via Motiv in March 2016. I was getting misfires on the dyno because of the DMF and standard clutch so I thought, after doing a bit of research and seeing the bad reviews of SPEC clutches to buy the Motiv full face clutch as I only heard good things about them from my local supplier. So 3.5k AUD inc shipping was transferred and the clutch arrived promptly then installed. 2-3 weeks later we put the car on the dyno and behold no more misfires car runs awesome. We tickle the boost curve and tune a little then I'm off to do a few more kms before the next weekend’s track day. Track day comes and goes car is running awesome. The next step, car meets drag strip for the first time since installing the Motiv clutch (now I know SPEC) clutch and the car lays down 11.4 @ 127mph. At the time, its the twin turbo manual record and follows up with 11.8 @ 130mph with a bad take-off. Fast forward a few weeks and winter time was approaching as well as a few hundred more kms, I decided to put the car back on the dyno and adjust the duty bias a little as I was getting a couple of boost spikes here and there. This is where the trouble began, everything was fine till the last run and around 5500rpm the car misfired. We reset the ecu and the car ran normal again and then the tuner noticed the clutch take up went from being near floor level to almost being at the top of the pedal before you release it. Something wasn't right so the car came off thinking the slave cylinder let go. After replacing that, still the same thing. We re bled the system and still the same. We immediately put the car up on the hoist and begin to pull the gearbox out. We inspected every part that came off to make sure nothing was broken. Everything looked OK except fo the pressure plate. I’ve heard of clutch pressure plate bolts backing out but everything looked good till we saw the pressure plate and all the springs where all at different heights. It looked like the pressure plate had collapsed. The supplier took the clutch and sent it of to Motiv for inspection and repair. My shop took full measurements and photos of the clutch for my reference. Motiv was awesome from the start and they told us that it will be sent off to SPEC for inspection and warranty work, but this is where the alarm bells started ringing. I thought this was a Motiv clutch? Anyway, I gave all concerned the benefit of the doubt and followed the waiting game and process asked of me. I wait yet another couple of months and with multiple emails and conversations with Motiv and SPEC, they tell me the clutch is heavily worn and its going to cost $1250 US to rebuild plus freight. BULL TURDUCKEN CRAP! Warranty, nope!! I call them out and ask for the measurements of the clutch they have that has been returned and it doesn't match up with the measurements I have. Something is not right here. Do they even have the right clutch or just BS. The measurements quoted by SPEC were not correct and didn’t match my records. And this is where the correspondence got very limited and I was given excuses. The supplier in Australia was generously going to pay for the refurbishment as his hands were tied by Motiv and SPEC. Australian law says he is liable and has to pay to get me a replacement and pay for the repairs. This is not fair and I decided to do a bit more investigation. After doing a quick search I found SPEC has a bad reputation and poor customer service. So, basically this is where we are at now, I decided to tell my story to you guys here and basically avoid the SPEC brand all together. In mean time Ive been running a 550i clutch and a DMF flywheel and done 6000 miles, a skid pan day, 3 track days and over 50 passes at the drags and over 100 dyno runs with absolutely no issues. What do you guys think I should do?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-27-2017, 08:21 PM
    The Schrick N54 cams should seem to be a good match in high output N54's. You may recall that early this month VTT (Vargas Turbo Tech) made over 900 lb-ft of torque at the wheels along with 830 wheel horsepower utilizing these Schrick camshafts. Cam tuning is still evolving. As is the tuning in general on this E90 335i. Strong numbers though, right? No torque figures are shared and neither is the full graph but it gives you an idea of what is going on at 30 psi. The graph is said to be in STD correction. Motiv teased they could take it up to 40 psi. BimmerBoost would love to see it! This is flash only tuning too. The significance of course is that it is done on the factory DME. BimmerBoost e-mailed and messaged @CKI@Motiv for further details but they seem to be keeping specifications quiet for now. The car is being prepped for an event and more details will come. So, are we going to see that 9XX N54 this year? The odds are pretty good.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-15-2017, 11:43 AM
    BoostAddict reported what was going on behind the scenes with Dime Racing. It seems people have not been paying attention or simply dismissed the reports. Remember when Dime Racing was taken to court by Weistec? BoostAddict posted the entire complaint with further details. The court case was not the only warning sign. Dime was caught on social media calling Weistec performance results their own. Furthermore, they used a Weistec dynograph on a Mercedes forum to promote their products. Those involved with Dime used to be involved with Weistec. This is exactly what was posted to inform people: 1. Steve Atneyel is no longer with Weistec Engineering. 2. Murad Shuqom/Rod Shegem is not involved with Weistec Engineering. 3. Steve Atneyel is a convicted felon. 4. The two individuals named above are involved with Dime Consulting. 5. Dime Consulting has contacted various BenzBoost vendors and attempted to sell products (likely Weistec products) and get money through backchannels. 6. Steve Atneyel and Murad Shuqom allegedly funneled large sums of money from Weistec. 7. Parts were ordered outside the normal Weistec accounting channels. 8. The full complaint against these individuals and Dime Consulting is outlined below. Why would you bring your car to a convicted felon in the first place? Why wouldn't you do a simple google search to see the evidence and allegations against Rod Shegem: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B8gxEQ3-8LagSFRmMEJpdTM3ekk How about a quick search revealing http://rod-shegem.com ? Furthermore, BoostAddict can say that before all of this went south Rod made a request to scrub his name from this website. It was odd, but at the time there were no red flags so his name was edited out of early Weistec articles. Hey, BoostAddict reported what nobody else did and did its job. So what you see in the video below should not surprise you. Long story short, Dime Racing made promises to this Huracan owner they could not deliver. Originally, the owner wanted go with VF-Engineering and in hindsight he should have. Things started to unravel quickly: It's your classic delay strategy. Take the money stall, and hope someone else comes in with more money to keep funding operations. Feels like a Ponzi scheme, doesn't it? The problem is Dime has people on social media and on forums (a certain Mercedes forum is complicit in deleting complaints and having moderators help cover up issues which could have warned people) constantly pushing their products. Notice they stay away from this forum though? Maybe that's because I have met all of these people since before this all started and know what happened throughout the saga? This guy learned a lesson the hard way. It sucks. At least he owned up to it and posted his story. BoostAddict does not believe Dime Racing will be able to continue to fund operations for all that much longer if what we hear behind the scenes is true. Then again, Rod Shegem isn't in jail for all his money laundering so who knows if they will continue to weasel their way through keeping the lights on. BoostAddict.com in an odd way is thrilled its reporting is confirmed as 100% accurate. Some people in this industry still care about their credibility.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 05:44 PM
    Many European BimmerBoost members feel slighted as they do not have as many turbocharger options as US members. Well, in comes Lynx to the rescue as they are a European based N54 turbo option operating out of Switzerland. The Lynx turbochargers are available in two options: RT-650 and RT-750. As implied in the name, the 650 supports up to 650 horsepower and 750 up to 750 horsepower. Simple, right? Let's look at the design. The turbochargers feature cast manifolds and housings. The manifold diameter is larger than the hybrid options on the market as is the A/R of the turbine housing. High performance bearings are utilized. So what are the compressor wheels? RT-650 utilizes the TD04L-16T and the RT-750 the TD04HL-19T. The air intake is 2.0 inches in diameter compared to 1.75 inche for stock. You will need to upgrade pipes to accommodate the larger diameter. The turbine features 9 blades. Lynx states this makes it lighter than 11 blade setups as well as offering higher theoretical flow. Ok, so what is the pricing? Here you go: To order, go here: http://www.lynx-turbochargers.com/#order Further questions can be answered by @Donvittorio on the forum. BimmerBoost looks forward to seeing results from members trying out this option.
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  • langsbr's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 07:48 PM
    I think you need to separate the cast offerings into 2 groups - The "chinaframe" stock replacement style as Frankenturbo calls them, and a "high performance" 2 piece. Currently the Chinaframes are available from: Frankenturbo VTT Stage 2/2+ (new models) There can be varying differences in the manufacturing tolerances and quality but that is not to be debated here. In both cases, they can be considered a stock+ style manifold. Stock/OEM replacement with different machining for different wheels. The only "high performance 2 piece" currently available is: VTT GC VTT GC Lites MMP is coming out with their own "high performance 2 piece" manifolds sometime "soon". They've not released a date yet, but I would think this year, maybe within a few months. Mauricio said he expects improved spool and 850WHP potential from them. While there are a few sets of GCs around now, and we're seeing them trickle in, the MMP Group Buy got them into a LOT of people's hands. I think once the new manifolds are available, I'm sure a number of people will grab them and swap them over, and we'll start to see even more power. The only thing I saw from Pure was the thread from a year ago, and they claimed to never have announced anything. The picture looked quite a bit like the chinaframes though. I think that NOZ ball bearing stuff has a stage 2.5 now (at least they said they did). It has a 19T compressor, but I didn't see the details on the CHRA (TD03 or 4?) or the turbines? I am presuming it's chinaframe or stockframe based on the pricing and stage rating. Vendors - please correct anything I have wrong. I tried not to post assumptions, only what has been publicly disclosed.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-24-2017, 05:50 PM
    Many European BimmerBoost members feel slighted as they do not have as many turbocharger options as US members. Well, in comes Lynx to the rescue as they are a European based N54 turbo option operating out of Switzerland. The Lynx turbochargers are available in two options: RT-650 and RT-750. As implied in the name, the 650 supports up to 650 horsepower and 750 up to 750 horsepower. Simple, right? Let's look at the design. The turbochargers feature cast manifolds and housings. The manifold diameter is larger than the hybrid options on the market as is the A/R of the turbine housing. High performance bearings are utilized. So what are the compressor wheels? RT-650 utilizes the TD04L-16T and the RT-750 the TD04HL-19T. The air intake is 2.0 inches in diameter compared to 1.75 inche for stock. You will need to upgrade pipes to accommodate the larger diameter. The turbine features 9 blades. Lynx states this makes it lighter than 11 blade setups as well as offering higher theoretical flow. Ok, so what is the pricing? Here you go: To order, go here: http://www.lynx-turbochargers.com/#order Further questions can be answered by @Donvittorio on the forum. BimmerBoost looks forward to seeing results from members trying out this option.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-15-2017, 11:38 AM
    BoostAddict reported what was going on behind the scenes with Dime Racing. It seems people have not been paying attention or simply dismissed the reports. Remember when Dime Racing was taken to court by Weistec? BoostAddict posted the entire complaint with further details. The court case was not the only warning sign. Dime was caught on social media calling Weistec performance results their own. Furthermore, they used a Weistec dynograph on a Mercedes forum to promote their products. Those involved with Dime used to be involved with Weistec. This is exactly what was posted to inform people: 1. Steve Atneyel is no longer with Weistec Engineering. 2. Murad Shuqom/Rod Shegem is not involved with Weistec Engineering. 3. Steve Atneyel is a convicted felon. 4. The two individuals named above are involved with Dime Consulting. 5. Dime Consulting has contacted various BenzBoost vendors and attempted to sell products (likely Weistec products) and get money through backchannels. 6. Steve Atneyel and Murad Shuqom allegedly funneled large sums of money from Weistec. 7. Parts were ordered outside the normal Weistec accounting channels. 8. The full complaint against these individuals and Dime Consulting is outlined below. Why would you bring your car to a convicted felon in the first place? Why wouldn't you do a simple google search to see the evidence and allegations against Rod Shegem: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B8gxEQ3-8LagSFRmMEJpdTM3ekk How about a quick search revealing http://rod-shegem.com ? Furthermore, BoostAddict can say that before all of this went south Rod made a request to scrub his name from this website. It was odd, but at the time there were no red flags so his name was edited out of early Weistec articles. Hey, BoostAddict reported what nobody else did and did its job. So what you see in the video below should not surprise you. Long story short, Dime Racing made promises to this Huracan owner they could not deliver. Originally, the owner wanted go with VF-Engineering and in hindsight he should have. Things started to unravel quickly: It's your classic delay strategy. Take the money stall, and hope someone else comes in with more money to keep funding operations. Feels like a Ponzi scheme, doesn't it? The problem is Dime has people on social media and on forums (a certain Mercedes forum is complicit in deleting complaints and having moderators help cover up issues which could have warned people) constantly pushing their products. Notice they stay away from this forum though? Maybe that's because I have met all of these people since before this all started and know what happened throughout the saga? This guy learned a lesson the hard way. It sucks. At least he owned up to it and posted his story. BoostAddict does not believe Dime Racing will be able to continue to fund operations for all that much longer if what we hear behind the scenes is true. Then again, Rod Shegem isn't in jail for all his money laundering so who knows if they will continue to weasel their way through keeping the lights on. BoostAddict.com in an odd way is thrilled its reporting is confirmed as 100% accurate. Some people in this industry still care about their credibility.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-11-2017, 02:09 PM
    Sticky started a thread Frankenturbo summed up in N54
    Credit to this goes to @fredcase I just thought it was succinct. Well, he left out the Play-Doh which is my personal favorite Frankenturbo story:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-09-2017, 09:12 AM
    BimmerBoost wishes this was an isolated incident but it isn't. As a matter of fact, years ago Spec Clutch was a vendor on BimmerBoost. What happened? Well, horror stories about trying to get Spec to honor their warranty as well as poor customer service kept popping up. Nothing seems to have changed. Australian BimmerBoost member @martymil has this story to share: Well, what is he supposed to do? Spec is ignoring him. Some customer service, eh? The Australian vendor involved will reimburse him but it isn't that vendors fault. Spec should be handling their warranty claim. Why does Spec keep getting business when these stories keep popping up? This is nothing new. Feel free to search the forum for plenty of Spec issues. It's beyond time they were held accountable.
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  • Newguy123's Avatar
    07-23-2017, 01:57 AM
    Hey guys I decided to pull the trigger on some 2 peice light weight rotors and pads from racing brake. To give you some background I do a lot of 1/2 mile racing and have warped multiple sets of rotors and cracked pads from the high speed stops. Wanted to give some initial testing feedback on the RB OE replacement rotors and high temp XT910 street pads. I did a few consecutive 130mph down to about 40mph hard stops back to back after I bead them in. On the stock 135i rotors this would have warped the rotors and cracked the pads. The RB rotors and pads took it like a champ! No pedal fade no vibrations just a crisp bite at the pedal as I expected. These rotors performed flawlessly through my stress tests and I am confident they will not warp after the next 1/2 mile event.Since the high speed stops I have done 3 separate canyon runs with the new setup, they have performed flawlessly with no squeak and much less brake dust over the oem stuff. the pedal feel is different then stock, you really have to push harder on the pedal when coming in hot which is a little weird to get used to cus the stock pads bite so hard with such little input.... Prob why they warp so easy ha! These rotors are 2 peice so when it's time for replacement you can order the rotor rings by them selves and re use the aluminum hat to cut down on replacement costs. Also these rotors shave 10-12 lbs of rotational weight in the front and another 10lbs if you choose to buy the rears also. To me that is worth it in itself. I purchased a front set first cus I didn't see a ton of independent reviews on the full kit. After about a week with the front rotors and pads I knew I had to have the rears. The look and unsprung weight savings alone is well worth the cost in my book. The front pads retain the OEM brake sensor while the rear pads do not. As far as I know Racing Brake is the ONLY company out there that makes a 2 PC light weight OE replaceable rear rotor for the 135i. You can really feel the difference with these things on all 4 corners! the car feels really light on its feet and feels like it turns in quicker. If you purchase the front and rear rotors/pads together you save also to save some additional money at check out use code GS-10. :music-rockout: Here are some pictures....
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  • suspenceful's Avatar
    07-31-2017, 12:48 PM
    I ordered a VRSF 7.5" Race intercooler to help cool things down a bit. At high boost, these MMP Stage 3 turbos really heat things up and I was starting to see some really bad heat soak. It came with new couplers, t-bolt clamps, and the lower hard pipe upgrade. Luckily, I already had my hard pipe upgrade installed with couplers from my previous VRSF intercooler. I left them all in place to save time and was able to just swap out intercoolers after trimming plastic to fit the larger intercooler. I kept the new supplied hardware to sell with my previous intercooler. Let's first compare intercoolers. Stock vs. standard VRSF 7" vs. VRSF 7.5" Race intercooler. Definitely larger and definitely heavier. Let's take a closer look at the fin density and cooling bar size. Standard VRSF 7" intercooler: New VRSF 7.5" Race intercooler: Much better :awesome: now let's get this thing in the car! It required A LOT of cutting and trimming. Seriously. I thought this would be enough, but I was wrong. I had to cut even more before I could stuff this intercooler up in there. At least I was combating the weight of the heavier intercooler by removing tons of plastic, right? Now that it's in, does it work? My previous intercooler saw a 54 rise in intake temperature during a 28psi 60-130mph pull. The new intercooler only rose 5 during a similar pull with similar ambient temp. See light blue line on my logs. Before: After: Overall, very happy with the results! I'd highly recommend the VRSF 7.5" Race intercooler to anyone looking to cool things down a bit. Aside from the trimming, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't choose this intercooler over their other options.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-29-2017, 07:11 PM
    889 rear wheel horsepower definitely is a ton of power. It also puts the N54 on the verge of breaking into that 9XX range people are eagerly anticipating. It likely also is no coincidence this pull comes hot on the heels of Motiv posting an 869 wheel run saying they have much more left in it. Now, the graph here is not the prettiest. The Motiv power curve is much cleaner (although they did not show a torque curve): As for the specs EMP Tuning has yet to respond (forgivable as it is the weekend) but it is a Doc Race single turbo kit. Boost is around 38 psi and the car is on the factory cams. Motiv's built motor setup with Schrick cams is definitely more efficient. More info to come but clearly there are a few N54's vying for that top spot at the moment. 9XX and more will come shortly.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-03-2017, 07:11 PM
    You may have heard of BPM Sport and the owner Mike Benvo. For those unfamiliar, BPM is a BMW coding company. While they sell tunes Mike Benvo is not a tuner. This became glaringly obvious in a recent discussion (since deleted) where he attempted to warn people about unsafe tuning practices. We will not delve too far into BPM's or Mike Benvo's background but suffice it so say there are those who believe he simply reads out files from other tuners (some would call this theft) and flashes factory BMW software at a premium. For example, BMW E92 M3 GTS DCT software which you can get for free right in the BimmerBoost file section. Character issues and reputation aside you do not go from coding BMW's to being a tuner overnight, if ever. That is the problem here. Benvo goes on the forums to 'warn' people about another tuner and their unsafe tuning practices. Read here: On the surface or to the untrained eye, this seems reasonable. How is your average forum reader supposed to know anything is off there? Most users browsing aren't tuners or experts on the platform and the various tables that can be modified. Benvo claims the 'minimum timing map' is set incredibly unsafe and this well respected yet unnamed tuner is putting people's motors at risk. Your average reader will not think about the issue beyond what is presented and accept what is written as the truth because there is no way for them to know otherwise. This tactic is used by people who will then leak the name of the supposed other tuning company and someone will post that name in the thread. The damage is then done. BPM comes off looking like a hero and the well respected tuner is no longer well respected. Fanboys will then parrot this disinformation for all eternity. Things did not go as planned, however. Experienced tuners immediately saw that Benvo did not even know what table he was modifying or referencing: So after that all that spiel from BPM about unsafe tuning practices they do not even know the table they are modifying is actually the ignition offset for combustion pressure limitation. Obviously, not the minimum ignition table. You would think a tuner would know where, how, and why to modify the ignition. Multiple tuners e-mailed BimmerBoost these screenshots because anyone who knows anything on the platform saw right through it. Benvo doesn't even try to defend it. He knows instantly he looks like a fool. You can not 'agree to disagree' about what table is what. Tables are not open to interpretation: Here is what Benvo thought he was modifying and how it actually looks: This was all quickly deleted and rumor has it BPM sent some not so nice text messages about the topic. It is all here for you to see for yourself as coders masquerading as tuners should not be protected. They should be exposed. It also shows the nastier side of the tuning business when businesses use threads as warfare against their competition. Would you want someone giving advice on tuning and unsafe tuning practices when they themselves have no idea what they are doing? Obviously not. Which is also why we need more discussions like this one and forums willing to host them.
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  • trevorlee02's Avatar
    07-29-2017, 06:23 PM
    trevorlee02 started a thread BBApp 2.0 GUIDE! in N54
    *** Check for updates at the bottom of this post! *** BB Flash Basics, Startup, and FAQ What is BB Flash? BB Flash is a free flash tuning program designed to supported by the community and offered for free for people to create their own tuning maps or use maps shared by others in the community to flash to their own cars for free. These maps are unlockable and are a much more "complete" flash to the DME. Multiple bin files are able to be flashed. If you need or would like to request a specific bin file to be flashed then you may request so from this link. Can I use BB Flash as a backend flash in conjunction with my JB4? Yes you can! In fact, Terry has a complete layout on how to do this on his forum n54tech.com The specific link is http://www.n54tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29236 How do I get BB Flash and where do I start? You can find the BB Flash software in the downloads section of this forum. Connection to vehicle You will need an interface to connect your laptop to your vehicle. Any of the cables listed below will work: 1. Standard INPA K+DCAN cable (Amazon or EBay – Cheap) 2. Bavarian Technic Cable – with or without a vin available. (burgertuning.com/scanner.html) Once you have the cable and have downloaded a map that someone shared with you, or you got from the download section located at the top of the forum, then you can proceed to the following: (WARNING: Although BB Flash has been successfully used on many vehicles this is not a commercially sold product and support is limited to the community, its users, and developer with any aftermarket OEM altering software or hardware there are risks involved in using it. If you do not understand what flash tuning is and this is your first aftermarket upgrade to your vehicle, chances are this might cause issues with your vehicle) Using the software 1) Install BB Flash Software on your computer by clicking the setup file you downloaded 2) Once installed then plug in your cable to your computer usb port. Make sure your computer recognizes the cable with either an audible sound notifying a new device detected or by the computer automatically installing required software drivers for the cable. 3) Plug your cable into the OBD2 port of your car (located below dash on left hand side) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO CONNECT VEHICLE TO A CHARGER NOW Note: If you have a JB4, Cobb, MHD, or any other tuning devices on your vehicle then please place them in the OFF position or flash your vehicle back to stock with the original interface that was utilized before proceeding!!! 4) Click the button "Identify DME" check your DME code and be sure the file you downloaded is specifically for your DME type, ie: I8XXX DME requires an I8XXX bin file to be flashed 5) Click “Read ECU” This will be your stock "map" file and can be reloaded later if you incur other issues loading modified files. DO NOT PROCEED IF YOUR VOLTAGE IS AT 0 IN THE BB FLASH HOMESCREEN. If you have an 07 or older N54 it is recommended that you connect a charger to your vehicle as these DME's are known as "K-line" and are more sensitive to low voltage and can cause incomplete read/writing of the DME files. Note: The Read portion will sometimes take longer than normal to read out your current bin file. We are working diligently to overcome this situation. 6) Write your new file to the DME. Click “Write ECU” and select the .bin file you either modified or downloaded. The write should not take nearly as long as the read, however the initial write may still take some time. After the first write, additional writes are only about 10 minutes. 7) BB Flash software will notify you with a status bar when the flash is complete. (If you had an incomplete flash please see below in the troubleshooting section) You are now complete and may unplug the cable from your vehicle, turn off the ignition (2 seconds), turn on the ignition, start the car and check out your new flash! FAQ SECTION Where do I get maps for BB Flash? Lots of maps are available for the BB Flash via the downloads section here at bimmerboost.com Any map will work no matter the source that it came from. If you are in need of a specific map type then feel free to click here and request a map for your specific type be sent to you. Please include your vehicle year, model, DME type, upgrades you have, and what you would like or not like with the tune. How do I modify/create my own maps? You will need to make sure you have the .xdf file for your specific DME code. Once you have this you need to download tunerpro. You can get this from their website. http://www.tunerpro.net/ This is again, free software, but I believe they have a paid version that offers some more features. Troubleshooting: My voltage is 0 what should I do? You may need to click "read DME" multiple times for your voltage to show up. Sometimes this is caused by your computer software not communicating properly. Also it may not be a bad idea to have a charger hooked up to your car during your first read/write as they are lengthy. Usually not necessary for additional writes. Also make sure that your laptop is plugged in as this can cause an issue. I was writing a map and it stopped before completion? This is known as a partial write and may show up as an "authentication error". The write process happens in three stages, and if it fails during any of these stages the firmware on the DME is incomplete and will not operate the vehicle. This is probably caused by voltage. Make sure you have a charger on your car, and laptop/computer and try writing again. If this doesn't work the DME may have been left in a state where it will not receive a write and needs to be reset. Simply unplug the neg. terminal on the battery for a couple minutes to allow the DME to completely reset then reconnect and try again. If this fails you can also attempt a force write. I loaded a bin file and it completed fine, but now my car won't start/run correctly? It's probably just a bad bin i.e. poorly modified for one reason or another. This is where your stock bin comes in handy. Just reload it and start fresh, or try loading another bin that you know someone else has used successfully. When will there be updates to this application? Since the application is freeware, then the development typically happens when time is permitted for our current developer. Updates go out in a specific order though, major updates are released for known problems that keep occurring, then feature updates. The goal of this application is to allow everyone the opportunity to flash their vehicle for free! This leaves a significant amount of money on the table for you to spend on upgrades and items that will compliment your new flash. Items such as: JB4 COILS Twin Turbo Upgrades Inlets/Outlets Or various other upgrades. What about doing an Alpina Fash to enjoy with my newly tuned engine? Glad you asked this! The developer of this application gladly assists people with doing the Alpina, Sport, or custom transmission flashing by asking them here. This actually is a feature that we are eagerly attempting to place into the application due to the overwhelming requests. Flashing your vehicle with this software will very soon allow you to tune in launch modes, custom transmission shift points, as well as various other DME support. Special THANKS to those who have assisted in making this application what it is today! @Sticky :eusa-clap: @Terra :eusa-clap: @those who wish to remain nameless :eusa-clap: @BavarianTechnic for the ultimate interface connection :music-rockout: *Update 8/5/2017 -- We have temporarily removed the BB App 2.0 beta until I am able to release a quick updated revision to it. If anyone has a failed flash from using the application, then please send your logs (logfile.log) to trevorlee02@gmail.com. Since writing this guide I have assisted at least 15 people with flashing their vehicles from BMW Standard Tools or BB App. There are still a couple out there that will be receiving help this weekend, if time permits. I am repairing the protocol command structure that was causing the failure with a select few bins that it seems everyone utilized that caused the recovery issue to occur. Thank you everyone for your patience and testing of the application; however, please remember that flashing your only vehicle with a beta app to gain a few horsepower is not worth having to walk or huffy yourself to work until I am able to assist you. I am hoping to have this revised version of the beta app ready by Sunday afternoon for release again. The full release will not be out for at least another couple of weeks due to assisting people with their DME's that are in recovery mode and the faulty file write on the particular bin files. There are multiple changes, modifications, additions, and revisions that are being added in to the application. Thank you for everyone's support and I look forward to the next beta then release in a couple of weeks. Trevor
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