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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:47 PM
    Happy Holidays everyone! It's time for the next VTT giveaway and this one is a solid one that I think everyone will like. The Prizes: First place is a set of our GC's. Fully cast high flowing manifold for low back pressure, quick spool, low lag, and we've made 770+ whp with them. What's not to like? There is nothing in their class on the market. Second place is an inlet/charge pipe bundle. Let your turbos breath easy and save yourself a few hundred bucks while you're at it. Third place is $100 in store credit. Get a discount on a turbo system, help out with inlets, buy a bunch of T-shirts... knock yourself out, it's $100! The Details: Enter by posting here; enter only once. We're pushing this across multiple forums; enter only once on ONE forum or we reserve to throw your name out if we draw it. Yes, we'll find out, no it's not worth trying to cheat the system. Same goes for multiple accounts, you guys know the drill. Guys who just registered as new users on the forum are ineligible. Guys who simultaneously wear both a belt and suspenders are ineligible. (this means we reserve the right to d-q anyone for whatever reason we deem... well, reasonable) Winners have to post a product review on all the forums they're active on. Previous winners are ineligible (Sered!!!! you won enough!). We'll do the drawing for the winners on Monday, December 26 and post the results sometime during that day.
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  • d21spike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    d21spike started a thread My N54 Top-end Rebuild in N54
    I tend to mostly acquire information rather than post a whole lot but I figured I'd share my little adventure. My car is a 2007 BMW 335i with roughly 116k on the clock, purchased with 85k on it. Maintenance records were provided and pretty detailed at that. I try to be pretty thorough with my maintenance so in my ownership I've done the following: 6x Index 12 injectors around 90k 335is clutch around 90k Rear main seal (preventative) around 90k Walnut blasting around 90k OE plugs around 90k Waterpump/Thermostat around 90k Both primary O2 sensors around 90k Valve cover gasket around 100k Oil Filter Housing gasket around 100k Oil Cooler Housing gasket around 100k Oil Pan gasket around 100k Waterpump/Thermostat around 110k (Cracked housing) Performance parts: JB4 G5 BMS/MHD Pump BEF BMS DCI N54Tuning Downpipes Synapse BOV With that out of the way, about 2 month's ago at 4300rpm my main timing bolt decided to let loose on me. I was able to just pull it out after I was towed a few blocks home. I've never touched it prior to this happening. So I proceeded to dismantle the engine so I could see how bad things really were. Discovered the exhaust side rockers either knocked off completely or partially. Looking through the intake ports, it was evident valves were bent. One rocker bearing also got snapped in this ordeal. Pulling the camshafts, revealed some pretty extensive scarring to the exhaust cam lobes. After removing timing components, the end of the crank hub showed some damage. Finally, removing the cylinder head revealed the true extent of my damage. Visibly, I could confirm at least 20 of the 24 valves to be bent. With valves around $50 a piece and potential guide damage, I ended up sourcing a replacement head. First look at the block looked promising, gave a quick scrub to cylinder 1. Yanked the turbos out, boy they really are tiny in person. Anyways, the wastegates were really worn so those were replaced. The residue on the wheels is from my hands. More block cleaning, crosshatch visible, overall looked pretty good. The replacement head came back from the machine shop. Overall I wasn't entirely satisfied as looked like they barely cleaned anything and the decking wasn't very good. I ended up doing some cleaning on my own, still might do some more. New seals were installed and the head was pressure tested a-ok. Also pulled the non-return valves further showing evidence that they weren't very thorough. On a side note, these little guys probably should be checked periodically. Supposedly, this head had only 67k on it but it looks like it never had an oil change. Got a whole collection of parts going, I'll have a list below. Mainly the goal was to stick with OEM with vital and/or difficult to replace parts. Aftermarket was used for things that would be easy to service. Overall I think if I were to do this again, I would buy a replacement engine for less than what this is costing me. Then I would proceed to rebuild mine on a more relaxed schedule (winters here can be pretty brutal.) My hope is to have this car running better than before, definitely surprised me when this happened. Initally I was looking to refresh just the turbos this winter, intead a whole lot more happened. Anyways, the parts list.... 1 x OEM BMW Engine Cylinder Head Gasket Set - 11127572758 - $162.99 1 x Victor Reinz BMW Water Pipe Gasket - 11537545302 - $9.99 2 x Elring BMW Catalytic Converter Gasket - 18307553601 - $9.99 2 x OEM BMW Turbo Oil Line Gasket - 11422246091 - $0.99 2 x OEM BMW Turbo Oil Line O-Ring - 11427563453 - $5.39 12 x Elring BMW Turbo Line O-Ring - 11427558936 - $0.79 1 x OEM BMW Turbo Wastegate Actuator - 11657585745 - $25.99 1 x OEM BMW Turbo Wastegate Actuator - 11657585746 - $25.99 1 x OEM BMW Cylinder Head Bolt Set - 11127574303 - $54.99 1 x OEM BMW Cylinder Head Gasket - 11127557265 - $118.99 4 x OEM BMW Camshaft Rectaring - 11317587757 - $5.59 1 x OEM BMW Oil Filter Housing Bolt - 11427540759 - $1.39 1 x OEM BMW Oil Filter Housing Bolt - 11427540763 - $2.69 1 x OEM BMW Oil Filter Housing Bolt - 11427540758 - $3.19 1 x OEM BMW Head-Thermostat Coolant Hose - 11537541992 - $42.29 1 x OEM BMW Timing Chain - 11318618317 - $74.99 1 x OEM BMW Timing Chain Guide - 11317542837 - $63.99 1 x OEM BMW Timing Chain Slide Rail - 11317516093 - $35.99 1 x OEM BMW Timing Sprocket - 11317502180 - $19.99 1 x OEM BMW Timing Chain Tensioner - 11317584723 - $70.99 2 x OEM BMW VANOS Collar Screw - 11367524954 - $4.39 1 x OEM BMW Crank Hub - 11237570107 - $82.99 1 x OEM BMW Crank Hub Bolt - 11211439395 - $11.99 1 x OEM BMW Crank Hub Washer - 11237557561 - $17.99 1 x OEM BMW Oil/Vac Sprocket - 11417589309 - $26.99 1 x OEM BMW Crankshaft Seal - 11117547842 - $30.99 1 x INA BMW Rocker Arm - 11337559797 - $15.99 1 x INA BMW Belt Tensioner Aseembly - 11287563927 - $55.99 1 x INA BMW Belt Idler Pulley - 11287557851 - $23.37 1 x INA BMW Belt Idler Pulley - 11287556251 - $23.26 1 x Contitech BMW Serpentine Belt - 7PK1855 - $23.16 1 x OEM BMW Intercooler Pipe Seal - 11617791469 - $9.39 1 x OEM BMW Intercooler Pipe Seal - 11617791470 - $8.49 2 x OEM BMW Intercooler Pipe O-Ring - 13717568030 - $5.56 I was posting much of this in my support thread (tuning help) on N54Tech, but I figured I'd share here. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. Criticism, well just try to be constructive but I always have an open ear. Aside from that, the car is nearing reassembly just waiting on the crank seal removal tool.
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    Yesterday, 07:49 PM
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:24 AM
    Welcome rmstig29, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • ///MPOSTER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    Via WYFF news 4: A train carrying close to 100 BMW vehicles from the Greer plant derailed in Fairfield County on Sunday, according to officials. In a release Monday from Norfolk Southern, officials said the wreck happened just before 3 p.m. Sunday near the Newberry/Fairfield county line at the town of Blair. The train was on its way to Charleston when it derailed near Highway 213 and Alston Road, according to officials. The area is adjacent to the Broad River and also near the town of Peak. Two locomotives, 10 of 96 train cars and 97 BMW cars were damaged, officials said. WYFF News 4 BMWs inside of wrecked train car Officials said there were no injuries and the derailment did not cause any traffic issues. Barkley Ramsey with the Lebanon Fire Department said the incident happened because of a malfunction. He said there was no hazardous material found so there is no harm to the community. Crews were on scene early Monday morning. WYFF News 4's Aubrey Jackson said she could see people in hard hats at the scene. Norfolk Southern officials aid crews were able to re-rail both of the locomotives and four of the rail cars. They said crews will work through the day to move the damaged cars away from the tracks and make track repairs so service on the line can resume. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, officials said. The Newberry County Sheriff's Office said traffic delays are expected as crews move in heavy equipment. The sheriff's office said a road closure is expected at some part of the operation.
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    Hey elwilly: :text-welcomewave:
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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Hey EmpiricalMS: :text-welcomewave:
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  • nikitino25's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 AM
    nikitino25 replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Count me in sirs!
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  • frontside0815's Avatar
    Today, 03:49 AM
    So again: Why you are doing BB? Cause you think it is more reliable? Earned so much criticism with my post, but I work in the procurement for spare parts (e.g. bearings) for a big international Company and i know that there maybe is a Price difference on BB vs. JB. But in reality if BB were such a good upgrade the OEM would use it! Since the car manufactures like BMW, VW, Audi buy the Turbos from Turbo manufactures they are doing the Turbos from an specification sheet- Reliability is the most important fact for the Turbos and thats why they use JB!! Nowadays the costs between a JB and a BB is not worth mentionable! A JB has almost no wear, cause there is no mechanical contact and the shaft is running in an oil film. So they react less to heat, e.g. expanding and constricting! I do not say that the BB has no benefits, but i do not see why we Need BB for a Twin Turbo Setup. BB are, like i stated, used when it Comes to big Turbos, cause they get used on Motorsport purpose and provide better transient Response. They dont Need to have the reliability a "normal" Turbo Needs to have. Who ever says that a BB holds as Long as a JB, is wrong! It is in the nature of how things are working, that a BB does not hold up that well and Long. Just look at the temperature Frames the OEM give for a BB Turbo and a JB Turbo, the JB has most of the almost 300 C more working room than a BB Turbo. That btw is also a reason why OEMs use JB! Cause they want more efficency no matter what, so the engines are running hotter and hotter, cause hot means efficient. And because a BB is more fragile to heat than a Jb they use JB! A Forum is there for discussion, so please stay objective. Calling my post moronic only because you think i am wrong is no objective.
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  • bmw335iguy's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 AM
    bmw335iguy replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
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  • frontside0815's Avatar
    Today, 03:16 AM
    frontside0815 replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Im in !
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  • 7plagues's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 AM
    7plagues replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
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  • LuisG's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 AM
    LuisG replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
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  • continue5's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 AM
    continue5 replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Count me in :)
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  • Mendo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    Mendo replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Have the suspension and fueling mods ready to go. This would be the icing. In.
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  • psychosinmylobby's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    psychosinmylobby replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Count me in too :cheers:
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  • BMWJunkie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    BMWJunkie replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    I already have the bro deal on these if I had the cash but my wife is prego and free is about the only way i could get these at this point. IM IN!
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  • euro92's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    euro92 replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Yes please :eusa-clap:
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  • foe516's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    foe516 replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    count me in. fingers crossed
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  • Ddang06's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Ddang06 replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    In. Help me make bad descions!
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  • daedoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    daedoe replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Add me in!
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  • ope92's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:14 PM
    ope92 replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    I'm in!
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  • TheAllOriginal's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    TheAllOriginal replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Count me in !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • d21spike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    d21spike replied to a thread My N54 Top-end Rebuild in N54
    Got them done while the head was at the machine shop and what a debacle that was. Initially they were pictured with the BMW Head Gasket Set, well turns out BMW changed that. So they were supposed to be ordered separately, the order got lost. Then they were ordered again, I only got 13 seals and they were Corteco brand. Once more they get reordered, I received the complete set this time but Corteco again. At this point I didn't care anymore as I've been set back about a month already so in they went. I can only assume they are the OE supplier or at least hope.
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  • danas's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    danas replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    I'm in !! Exciting
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  • ///MPOSTER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    ///MPOSTER replied to a thread n54 shifts at 7500 rpm, vid in N54
    I saw that yesterday when I was submerged in YouTube . I was thinking that I would try it today and see where my redline was. Well now that it's concluded that this isn't normal, I won't bother trying! Sounds really aggressive and I am sure it pulls like a freight train.
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  • 135pats's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    135pats replied to a thread n54 shifts at 7500 rpm, vid in N54
    Christ that sounds gnarly over 7,000.
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  • skier_du's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    skier_du replied to a thread VTT XMAS GIVEAWAY in N54
    Count me in!!! :music-rockout:
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