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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 05:43 PM
    There is a lot of intake manifold talk on the BimmerBoost forums as of late but there is little in the way of concrete results showing an increase in flow with aftermarket manifolds. EOS (Evolution of Speed) has some results to share with their V2 N54 manifold on a single turbo car. It is important to note that this car makes over 500 horsepower to the wheels with the factory manifold. For N54 owners to see gains they will have to be making a bit of power as the factory manifold is not a huge restriction. At 22 psi of boost the baseline shows 524 wheel horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. You will note the factory baseline (red) produces substantially more torque from 3000 to 4500 rpm. With the EOS manifold you see a gain in peak horsepower but a drop in peak torque. The EOS manifold is showing an advantage from 5500 rpm until redline which is what produces a gain of 25 peak horsepower. The torque figure drops to 486 at the wheels however. Is it worth giving up some mid-range for top end pull? That depends on the application and goals. More testing is definitely needed on various N54 applications before reaching any definitive conclusions just yet.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 05:51 PM
    There is a lot of intake manifold talk on the BimmerBoost forums as of late but there is little in the way of concrete results showing an increase in flow with aftermarket manifolds. EOS (Evolution of Speed) has some results to share with their V2 N54 manifold on a single turbo car. It is important to note that this car makes over 500 horsepower to the wheels with the factory manifold. For N54 owners to see gains they will have to be making a bit of power as the factory manifold is not a huge restriction. At 22 psi of boost the baseline shows 524 wheel horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. You will note the factory baseline (red) produces substantially more torque from 3000 to 4500 rpm. With the EOS manifold you see a gain in peak horsepower but a drop in peak torque. The EOS manifold is showing an advantage from 5500 rpm until redline which is what produces a gain of 25 peak horsepower. The torque figure drops to 486 at the wheels however. Is it worth giving up some mid-range for top end pull? That depends on the application and goals. More testing is definitely needed on various N54 applications before reaching any definitive conclusions just yet.
    63 replies | 694 view(s)
  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 11:09 AM
    Hey guys, As you saw in another thread, we will be doing testing on all the current intake manifolds on our own dyno, with our E90 6MT GC N54. The car has a built bottom end, ported head with stock valve train, and stock cams. We will be testing various manifolds with the same criteria for each. Once we get this done, we will post all the results here. :handgestures-thumb:
    51 replies | 2061 view(s)
  • idratherbesurfing's Avatar
    01-16-2017, 06:47 PM
    So i have the Bms CC and the Rb CC setup (high&low) Is it possible to buy a Catch can with multiple bungs so i can just have 1 can to empty rather then two? Like a Moroso with a breather filter on top. I have little knowledge of this pcv system, not sure if that's a good or bad idea or if it's even possible to do. Any input would be great as im looking to purchase asap.
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  • iminhell1's Avatar
    01-15-2017, 05:14 AM
    I'm half the country away but need to know where to go for fuel. And, does anyone down there sell E98? How much per gallon?
    14 replies | 2995 view(s)
  • Grand_hustle17's Avatar
    01-16-2017, 01:11 AM
    Grand_hustle17 started a thread Wastegate Springs in N54
    This is for all the single turbo guys... quick question. Well a few questions and kinda looking for a bit od specifics on Single turbo setups and how you guys went about it... so i quess my question is. What Single Turbo Kit: What turbo: What Wastegate Spring: Did you originally started with that size wastegate spring?: what are your boost targets:
    26 replies | 1502 view(s)
  • idratherbesurfing's Avatar
    01-15-2017, 06:30 PM
    So who remembers Helix fmic’s?? Well, as some of you know, Helix IC’s were created by the previous owners of the company called ATM (Ambient Thermal Management) who had been selling a variety of fmic’s for different platforms, obviously including BMW. But then they eventually tapered off and ceased production. Moving on months later, a good friend of mine recently had the opportunity to buy out ATM and he did! So why am I sharing this with you? Well, ATM is back and gearing up for production again. This means another reliable company will be producing parts in the BMW Community! And they have several products in store for the “e-series” cars as well as other BMW’s! So be aware and be on the look out for updates and a brand new website as well. ATM is back under new management with some surprises in store!:awesome:
    20 replies | 1471 view(s)
  • d21spike's Avatar
    01-13-2017, 08:29 PM
    Alright this one will be more informative than progress, but hopefully someone doesn't end up where I did. Evan Patak came across this when he was doing his rebuild, but it doesn't seem like he investigated it any further. This is his thread: It seems from the early versions of the N54 to the later versions (335is in Evan's case) BMW decided to redesign the crank hub as well as the sprocket for the Oil/Vac Pumps. As such, I was in a situation where I had an old style hub with a new style sprocket. In my last update, I touched on the revision of the sprocket where the grip discs are now attached to it. Turns out there's more to it than that....(please note these measurements are not 100% accurate as I was trying to take a picture and hold the caliper) Old design (11237570107) on the left and new design (11237593701) on the right. If you notice, the new design takes a stepped approach to the shaft. When I had a new style sprocket and an old style hub, I faced fitment issues. The following images will show this. This is both Oil/Vac sprockets side by side. New design (11417589309) on the left and old design (11417558909) on the right. The following will be some measurements showing the differences... This is the new style hub measurement where the sprocket would sit This is the new style sprocket measurement This is the old style hub measurement where the sprocket(s) would sit This is the old style sprocket measurement Lastly, to complete it a timing sprocket measurement which hasn't changed So I had an old hub on which a new style sprocket would not fit. This was largely caused by RealOem since it listed the new style sprocket but old style hub on the result pages. Thankfully, FCPEuro came through and helped rectify this issue so I had my new hub in a day (today.) Hopefully this weekend I can proceed with more reassembly. For general reference this is what you should get... If staying with old style... 1x Crank Hub - 11237570107 1x Washer - 11237557561 2x Grip Disc - 11417563246 1x Timing Sprocket - 11317502180 1x Oil/Vac Sprocket - 11417558909 If going new style... 1x Crank Hub - 11237593701 1x Washer - 11237557561 1x Timing Sprocket - 11317502180 1x Oil/Vac Sprocket - 11417589309 I do not know if there are any advantages between old and new, but I have decided to go with the new style. It seems like there is less room for error, but this is just my uneducated opinion.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-14-2017, 03:53 PM
    The Hellcat V8 is an absolute beast as we all know with its 707 horsepower twin screw supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi V8. Making big power and torque is not the problem. Putting that power and torque to the ground is the problem. It does not help that the Challenger Hellcat is a big fat 4500+ pound pig. A powerful pig, but a pig. Owners struggle with traction and the problem becomes worse when the car is tuned as Hellcat V8's are approaching 1000 whp with bolt on modifications. The Dodge Demon is teased as being all about traction and the 1/4 mile. The most logical conclusion is that this means all wheel drive. Dodge is investing a lot of money in an all wheel drive Hellcat drivetrain for the upcoming Jeep Hellcat model and the Durango is rumored to get a variant of this drivetrain as well. Maybe they will adapt it to the Challenger as well? If they do, watch out. The Challenger Hellcat will be a stoplight beast and one of the best performance values in the world. Well, if you are into going straight in a line that is.
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  • threetirtyfive's Avatar
    01-15-2017, 08:14 AM
    Hi guys I went back down the dyno following my dyno last may where I made 375bhp on a custom tune. Since then I've fixed the cel caused by lambda sensors, fitted my Chinese Wagner fmic and lsd. This time it reached 398bhp- flywheel estimate from standard transmission loss. With Ron 97 fuel. I see some of you guys with similar tunes claiming this or over 400 at the wheels. In fact it seems standard now to quote whp. What sort of numbers are you guys getting on stage 2? I'm OK with this current power delivery but can't see it besting this without going with meth (or of course aftermarket turbos). Decat as far as I'm concerned will help spool by increasing exhaust gas flow and slightly lowering egt, but not do much else if I'm hitting boost target. Some of the figures I've seen on this forum seem perhaps.... Exaggerated. Maybe dyno dynamics just reads lower than the dynos you guys use.
    15 replies | 1098 view(s)
  • Anders84's Avatar
    01-14-2017, 10:30 AM
    Im pretty new to the N54 platform and was wondering if you could check my log so i dont miss anything vital. The map started out as a spx e30 map, i then reworked the load target, fuel maps, timing maps and wgdc base to fit my car. I have not yet touched the PID part. The boost spike in the log has been taken care off. Also the post shift correction is this something that can be fixed? Should i try the keep the boost a bit higher in higher rpms? Dont feel the stockers like it. Many thanks
    14 replies | 1060 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 01:07 AM
    Some nice changes here for the 'new' 2018 Ford Mustang. Really, this amounts to a facelift but it's a good one. The naturally aspirated V6 is gone and nobody is going to miss it. The Ecoboost I4 is a better choice and it gets a torque bump for 2018. What else is new? A magnetic ride suspension system. Oh, and how about a 10-speed automatic? This was already reported by BoostAddict as coming in November, last year. GM and Ford developed this automatic transmission together and the Ford Raptor gets a variant as well as new GM models such as the Camaro ZL1. It only makes sense for the Mustang to get a version. Somewhat of a surprise is direct fuel injection for the 5.0 Coyote. It is a dual-injection system with both port and direct fuel injection. This allows a bump in compression to 12.0:1 from 11.0:1. This leads one to believe there will be power and torque gains but Ford has yet to provide the official figures. The interior and exterior also get minor revisions. The car looks great overall but what we really want to see is if the 10-speed auto carries over for the GT350. That would really elevate the performance of the car. Excellent work by Ford updating the Mustang. NEW FORD MUSTANG OFFERS SLEEKER DESIGN, MORE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE Sleeker design: New Mustang features a more athletic look, with new front and rear-end design that deliver a leaner and meaner look and refined aerodynamics More advanced technology: New Mustang technologies include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that you can customize your way, MyMode with memory function that remembers your driving preferences for the next time you drive, and new driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection for increased confidence behind the wheel Improved Performance: Powerful engine upgrades, plus an all-new available 10-speed automatic transmission give Mustang even more performance, while available MagneRide™ suspension offers optimum handling; optional active valve exhaust affords complete auditory control – let the engine roar, or not LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 17, 2017 – Today, Ford partnered with its ambassador of Service, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to introduce the new Mustang – the world’s best-selling sports coupe and the company’s most advanced Mustang ever. A host of improvements including new technology and design changes give owners ways to customize Mustang to their preferences, even better performance from more powerful engines and new MagneRide™ suspension technology. Customers have more ways than ever to personalize Mustang to make it their own, with three new paint colors, 12 distinct wheel choices and a customizable digital instrument cluster. “The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports car in America and now, the world,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas. “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.” Ford tapped Johnson to reveal the new Mustang to the world by giving one of the first models available to a deserving member of the military. A video of the debut was launched on Johnson’s social channels, including Youtube, Instagram and Facebook, where Mustang holds the title for the most-popular car with more than 8.4 million ‘likes.’ Technology for greater personalization Mustang makes available Ford’s first 12-inch all-digital LCD screen in the dashboard. This all-new customizable instrument cluster can be easily personalized, offering three separate views. Customers can personalize the displays for normal, sport and track mode. All-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences. The new Mustang is so customizable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is optional on Mustang GT, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. For the first time, Mustang benefits from a vast array of Ford driver-assist technology. Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System. Ford SYNC® Connect with FordPass™ is available on Mustang for the first time. When using the FordPass® app for smartphones, drivers can start, lock, unlock and locate their car for ultimate convenience. Ultimate performance Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars bring sharper response and handling. MagneRide damper technology is a new option with the Mustang Performance Package to optimize ride and handling in all situations. The proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine continues to offer outstanding performance advantages versus the outgoing 3.7-liter V6. Using Ford’s transient overboost technology uniquely calibrated for Mustang, torque is increased for wide-open throttle acceleration. Ford’s legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked. It is more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before. This power increase was achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation. A new 10-speed automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses. The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control. Energy in the design Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more athletic, with a lower, remodeled hood and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for hood vents. For the first time the entire Mustang line will feature all-LED front lights including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, efficient projector high-beams and available fog lamps. The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. Dual-tip exhaust is standard for EcoBoost® Mustang, while V8-powered Mustang GT gets a standard quad-tip exhaust. With a dozen available alloy wheel designs and fresh exterior color choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury – enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after. Improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel characterize the new cockpit. The center console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum. Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and color choices, the instrument panel sports an updated Mustang badge and there’s a new key fob design. A heated steering wheel is optional. Ford’s most advanced Mustang ever goes on sale in North America this fall.
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 02:06 PM
    Well, just got a rude awakening this morning. I was on the phone with my insurance company, getting my quote for car insurance for when I move to Italy. Because of my job, I'm moving to Italy in March. I'm shipping a 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum and my 2011 335is. I have an accident on my record in 2013 and my wife has a clean driving record. Currently I pay around $183/mo for both cars, with $100 deductibles on everything. Well, it is Italian law that everyone carries $5 million Euro bodily injury and $1 million Euro personal property coverage. That is fucking ridiculous. These coverages result in a 316% percent increase in insurance premiums. FML!!!!!! Those coverages are fucking ridiculous. Like everyone in Italy drives a fucking Ferrari Enzo or Bugatti Veyron or something? So my monthly payment goes from $183/mo to $580/mo. Fuck Italy..... Between that and $6.19/gal for gas, no wonder everyone there drives a Fiat Panda or some other econobox..... What do some of you other international people pay for car insurance?
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  • ///MPOSTER's Avatar
    01-15-2017, 01:50 PM
    2018 Kia Stinger: A RWD Sports Sedan Aimed at stealing BMW customers ~ 365 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. via DPCcars: “Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.” Instantly recognizable as a direct evolution of the concept that preceded it, the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger design was overseen by Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ chief design officer, and his talented team of designers in Frankfurt. Ride and handling development was looked after by Albert Biermann, head of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High Performance Development and his group of engineers in Korea and on the grueling Nurburgring racing circuit. "Peter Schreyer (born 1953) is a German automobile designer for Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, widely known for his design contributions to the Audi TT. He has been the chief design officer at Kia Motors since 2006 and on 28 December 2012, was named one of three presidents of the company. He is currently the chief designer at Hyundai-Kia and works with Luc Donckerwolke, former design director of Volkswagen Group - Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi from 2016. In 2006, Car Design News called the Audi TT one of "the most influential automotive design in recent time." But what makes a true gran turismo? This question was the foundation for a years-long journey that began when the GT concept was first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although every Kia design study has a purpose, the GT concept was something considered by many outside the company as little more than a dream for a brand known for producing mass-market transportation rooted in value. But the GT ignited embers of passion that sparked a fire within the organization and over the next five years that fire would grow beyond fantasy and morph into reality. Once the Stinger was green lighted, that gran turismo question became a mantra as development commenced. Coming from Kia, the design had to be bold. And it was. But it also had to be nimble and fast while also luxurious and quiet. It had to achieve the perfect balance of ride and handling and seat five comfortably with room for luggage. It had to be a lot of things, but most of all, it had to be an authentic gran turismo. And it is. The twin-turbocharged V-6 is Hyundai’s direct-injected aluminum Lambda II unit and is basically the same engine found in the Genesis G90, generating its peak 365 ponies at 6000 rpm and accompanying that with 376 lb-ft of torque that’s available from 1300 rpm. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is effectively a longitudinal version of the unit Hyundai and Kia use in their front-wheel-drive-based vehicles, but it’s also related to the engine fitted in the first-gen Hyundai Genesis coupe. The peak of 255 horsepower arrives at 6200 rpm, with 260 lb-ft of torque spread across a plateau from 1400 to 4000 rpm. The only transmission is a development of the K900’s automatic and uses a tuned-mass damper on the flywheel to help reduce torsional vibration through the drivetrain. The optional all-wheel-drive system features torque vectoring, while the rear-drive version has a standard limited-slip differential. Via caranddriver: We can’t say that we weren’t forewarned. Kia has been dropping broad hints about its plan to produce a rear-wheel-drive sedan for years. The original GT concept was shown at the Frankfurt auto show as long ago as 2011, with the Stinger GT4 building on it at the 2014 Detroit show. Now the wait is finally over as the company has unveiled the production version of its forthcoming sports sedan, which adopts the Stinger name. Don’t confuse it with the K900. The Stinger is a much sleeker and sportier proposition than its staid big sister, and it has a low, coupelike roofline. Power will come from two engines, with the range-topping 365-hp turbo 3.3-liter V-6 making that version the most powerful roadgoing Kia yet; a 255-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder will serve as the entry-level engine. The Stinger gets an eight-speed automatic transmission, with buyers able to choose between rear- and all-wheel drive. Kia says it is targeting a 5.1-second zero-to-62-mph time and a 167-mph top speed for the 3.3-liter. There also will be a diesel version for Europe, but there are no plans to bring it to the States.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-14-2017, 12:46 AM
    Pure Turbos is quite simply killing it across a variety of platform. Their turbo upgrades for AMG models in particular are really opening eyes. Pure Turbos announced their Stage I M133 turbo upgrade in October last year and now we have the results to share. How does 442 horsepower to all four wheels on 93 octane pump gas sound? Yes, the graph shows a peak of 435 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels but a subsequent run produced 442 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of all wheel torque. BenzBoost already asked @Pure Turbos for the updated dynograph. What is the price of the upgrade? $1394 plus core exchange. In other words, the best performance bargain on the platform. As for the tuning, it was done by DME Tuning. What else is there to say? Pure Turbos is on a roll.
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  • ///MPOSTER's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 10:45 PM
    Not sure if this is a member here.
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  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    01-14-2017, 09:57 PM
    A few months ago, my 2step screwed up and caused ignition issues. I was enrolled from one state to another and unfortunately, I had to leave my car with a shop for them to fix it because I was hours away from home and had to get back. So, we determined it was the 2step and so he removed it. However, instead of removing the green wires as well, they just cut the 2step unit off and left it like that. So I no longer have the ignition issues, but, I am have another issue which is zero boost. When I put the car in Map zero, it runs just like a normal n54 would in limp mode. When I put it in any other map, including map 4, and give it more than 30% throttle, the motor does a kind of fuel cut type of thing and the whole motor shakes etc etc. Also, zero boost. Anybody have any input for me? Boost leak maybe? No codes though...
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  • berns's Avatar
    01-13-2017, 02:23 PM
    Brand new Cobb Catback that's been sitting in my apartment for two months. Box opened for the photo. All parts untouched and brand new! Friend of mine bought this under my recommendation. He owed me money but was in a tight spot and just gave this to me to sell instead. I have this exhaust on my car and get compliments often. The welds are beautiful, great quality and an awesome sound. Video clips below. Sells for $1295 + shipping from COBB. My BimmerBoost buddy price is $950 + shipping, or local pickup in LA. The box is huge -- I put my 5'1" girlfriend on it for reference.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 12:33 AM
    Automatic TCU flash tuning for E9X BMW's including diesel N57's and gasoline N54/N55's is almost here. xHP is working diligently and as this demo shows their product is working. This software is not complete but you can already see the shifts are firmed up a bit. They state the following: This is an Android based TCU flashing tool. You go into the app store can flash OTS (off the shelf) maps provided by xHP. The launch for the N57/M57 diesel models is expected next month with the N54 and then N55 motors following in March.
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  • AWSAWS's Avatar
    01-16-2017, 11:54 AM
    AWSAWS started a thread DIY progressive controller? in N54
    Hi Guys, I run meth injection with a JB4 and the FSB. I want to let the JB4 and FSB decide when meth should flow and when it should not. So that I keep the failsafes. I want to control the 12volt signal that is outputted to the pump. Can I use a MOSFET to do this? So that I can pulse the 12v signal depending on what voltage I read from the N20 3.5bar TMAP sensor? The on/off will be controlled by the JB4/FSB but the signal reaching the pump can be controlled by the mosfet. The duty cycle can be changed based on the TMAP signal. Does anyone even know how to make the JB4/FSB do the pulsing itself? Maybe there is no need for a MOSFET. I have asked this to Terry before. Didn't get told how to do it, but I was told it can be done. It might be a bit of a secret with fuel it trying to sell a port injection kit. (From what I understand, you have to be careful not to leech too much off the TMAP or you might end up lowering the voltage and giving false pressure\temp readings back to the car)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-13-2017, 02:42 PM
    Tuners using inflated peak figures to market with is nothing new. Often times on forums people just look at the peak figures on a dyno to determine which tune is 'bes' and this is a very flawed approach. Pushing an engine too hard just to get an impressive peak number may look nice on the graph but how nice will it feel when something let's go? There are many tricks tuners employ. One that is popular with a certain tuner is to get the car very hot and induce heak soak for a baseline run. Then the tuner waits until the car has fully cooled down and does a 'cool' tuned run to exaggerate the gain from the baseline. There are many ways to influence dyno numbers such as using different gears or playing with correction factors and VF-Engineering delves into why consistency is important below. Now that we're a forum sponsor, I just wanted to make it known that we're here to answer questions, offer feedback, respond to constructive criticism, etc... Keeping with the theme of the original post, independent 3rd party dyno results are right on par with our advertised gains by design. We've all been personally bothered when you see that the advertised gains for some companies products seem to always be just ever soo slightly out of reach. Understanding that a lot of this is marketing and companies trying to put their best foot forward, we've made it a point to remain slightly more conservative and let the product and customer reviews do more of the talking. Here's a excerpt from something we wrote recently to address how misleading dyno numbers can be within context. (hope you enjoy!) Aside from what people consider to be the more "marketable" numbers, we prefer to use our DynoJet for it's measuring capabilities as it gives us the best ability to overlay multiple runs and look for consistencies or inconsistencies as we push the car in back-to-back-to-back-to-back runs. The purpose of these multiple run-groups is to track the changes as temperatures increase, or as we make subtle calibration changes for fine tuning. As you can see below, the consistency of our HEX Tuning Stage TWO runs in the sequence below is quite impressive.(5 runs in a row with 30 seconds rest, then a 10 minute rest before runs 6-7.) Reading the results.While it's pretty common to see single run comparisons, the more run examples the better. The following plots will give you an idea of how a single run on it's own doesn't necessarily mean much without something to compare it to. Stage ONE - STD Correction | Smoothing 0 - 486HP 529TQ Stage ONE - STD Correction | Smoothing 5 - 482HP 521TQ Stage ONE - Uncorrected | Smoothing 5 - 472HP 510TQ Stage ONE - SAE Correction | Smoothing 5 - 471HP 509TQ As you can see from the 4 variations of the exact same run above, there is a deviation of as much as 15HP and 20TQ just by changing the correction factor and smoothing. When Uncorrected, the dyno is purely displaying the power at the wheels asthey are measured by the machine. SAE and STD Correction will adjust the values based on the the relative air temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, etc. at the test site. EXAMPLE: SAE is established at 77°F and 0% Humidity. STD is established at 60°F and 0% Humidity. On a 90°F day in July with 70% humidity, the Uncorrected horsepower and torque will likely read lower than on a cooler day with less humidity. SAE or SAE Correction will equalize the results as if they were measured at their respective temperature/humidity. Generally on a warmer day the correction factor will increase the final results, and on a cooler day the results will decrease. There are plenty of arguments to be made for or against the use of correction factors, but we'll save that conversation for another day. At VF Engineering we prefer to advertise Uncorrected numbers as we feel the results are more accurate when your before and after dyno results may not take place on the same day and under the same conditions.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 12:20 AM
    Automatic TCU flash tuning for E9X BMW's including diesel N57's and gasoline N54/N55's is almost here. xHP is working diligently and as this demo shows their product is working. This software is not complete but you can already see the shifts are firmed up a bit. They state the following: This is an Android based TCU flashing tool. You go into the app store can flash OTS (off the shelf) maps provided by xHP. The launch for the N57/M57 diesel models is expected next month with the N54 and then N55 motors following in March.
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    Today, 09:58 AM
    So, President Trump tweeted recently that “If you go down Fifth Avenue everyone has a Mercedes Benz in front of his house, isn’t that the case?” Trump said to the German paper. “How many Chevrolet’s do you see in Germany? Not very many, maybe none at all,” he continued. “It’s a one-way street.” He also said, "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax,". Needless to say, the Germans weren't very happy. The German Vice Chancellor, responded with "build better cars". The official German response was Germany’s Deputy Chancellor and Minister for the Economy Sigmar Gabriel warned that a tax on German imports would lead to a “bad awakening.” “The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35% tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive,” Gabriel said in a video interview with BILD. I’m a little perplexed by this. Does Trump not know that both BMW and Mercedes build cars in the U.S., and employ tens of thousands of Americans? Does he not know that GM sells Vauxhall and Opel cars in Europe? While I may have taken some economics classes in college, I’m certainly no expert. The tariff topic has been debated for decades. Does anyone on this forum think that cars imported from Mexico (put aside the fact that it would be a violation of NAFTA for the sake of the discussion), and China? Does anyone think that would push Americans to buy more American cars? Why is it that people of affluence buy Mercedes and BMW cars? Are they status symbols? Are they that much better than Cadillacs? Really Cadillac is all the Americans have to compete with the Germans for luxury. Does Trump know that Honda and Nissan both build cars here? I really laughed when I read the Germans response to Trump’s tweet, I think the topic is a serious one though. Do tariffs really help or is free trade better? Hmmmm
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    01-18-2017, 01:42 AM
    The wait is over as to who will take Nico Rosberg's seat. After Rosberg announced his surprise retirement, the search was on. Speculation ran rampant and Lewis Hamilton stated he did not want a big name to replace Rosberg which came off as insecure. Well, perhaps Hamilton will be fine with Valtteri Bottas. The 27 year old Finn formerly drove for Williams. Interestingly, Felipe Massa will come out of retirement to take Valterri's place at Williams. There are no details on the compensation or length of the contract but it seems to be a one year deal with team options. Bottas likely won't be paid anything like Hamilton meaning whether Mercedes-AMG admits it or not they have a driver hierarchy established. Bottas has yet to win a race. That likely will change in 2017.
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    01-18-2017, 06:52 PM
    You might be saying to yourself, only 110 awhp from a ETS (Extreme Turbo Systems) 5.2 liter LP560 Gallardo twin turbo kit? Keep in mind this is on a Mustang dynamometer which is conservative and that the boost is hardly even turned up at only 4.5 psi. A stock internal Gallardo V10 can make 900+ horsepower to the wheels with turbos. On a Dynojet, one put down 950 to the wheels at 10 psi of boost. At 4 psi, it made 651. Keep in mind that is with a rear wheel drive dyno on a Dynojet in SAE correction which is quite friendly for numbers. We need to see the boost on this car cranked up.
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    Yesterday, 05:12 PM
    The weight of the 6th generation Camaro has dropped compared to the 5th generation. It is not exactly a light car and in ZL1 trim hits 3926 pounds (with 54/46 front to back weight distribution) but the manual transmission Camaro SS comes in at 3589 pounds. This is an independent weight test and it shows almost 50/50 weight distribution. Not having a blower or all the additional cooling necessary sure makes a large difference in overall weight and the weight on the nose of the car. Now compare this to the 2015 Mustang GT 6-Speed: 3718 pounds. An advantage for the Camaro at least as far as SS vs. GT is concerned. It will be interesting to see how the upcoming GT500 stacks up against the ZL1.
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    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    The Dodge Challenger Demon Hellcat has everyone speculating. Dodge emphasizes the car is about elapsed time and 1/4 mile performance. BoostAddict hoped this meant all wheel drive from the upcoming Hellcat Jeep but it looks like the emphasis is weight reduction instead. That is exactly what the teaser video below shows with the Demon getting on the scales. What we gather from this is that Dodge will offer more rubber and less weight along with a factory cage. Is it cool? Sure. Not as cool as an all wheel drive option though.
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    Yesterday, 12:45 AM
    The replacement for the 650S/675LT is on the way and shaping up very well. The car will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March. Expect a revised twin turbo V8 along with a very low curb weight. The word on the street is the car will come in around 2800 pounds dry. That is in part thanks to this new carbon monocoque. In addition to being roughly 20 kilograms lighter than the previous design it will offer a lower center of gravity. Apparently, the P14 will have technological aspects to it that even exceed the P1. Geneva is going to be exciting.
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