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  • cloud9blue's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 AM
    Posted this on N54tech, but figure it would get more response here. Planning to upgrade the stock snails in the foreseeable future. But aside from the usual quality control issue with the CHRAs that gets vented on these forum all the time, the wear rate on the wastegate assembly (flapper valve and pivot bushings to be more specific) on these stockframe turbos is a bit of concern as well. From my understand, the excess wear and eventual play, which causes the awful rattle that high mileage N54 is known for, is mostly due to the actuator setup on these turbos. Instead of staying close at idle and low load scenarios, the wastegates on our turbo would stay open and only fully close during spool. This demands a lot of back and forth movement on the assembly over time and leads to the rapid wear on the stock assembly, and even on the so called upgraded ones on the aftermarket ones. I mean, come on, how come wastegate rattle and excessive play is so common with n54 turbos, but not nearly as much on other platforms's OEM turbos with internal wastagates that have been around even longer(VAG, Evo/STI, etc.) So why don't we just convert the stockframe wastegate to the usual setup, by using mac solenoid used for the single turbo setup, and an aftermarket wastegate actuators like one of these (http://www.turbosmartdirect.com/Product-Categories/Universal-Fit-Internal-Wastegate-Actuators/). Can imagine this would be a difficult thing to do, since one only need to modify the existing brackets for holding the stock actuator, and fabricate the pushrods connecting the actuator to the wastegate lever. So here are my questions - How can we set up the vacuum line for this to work? I suppose we can just bypass stock boost solenoid all together and hook up the MAC solenoid, the one that is being sold on BMS with the PnP adaptor, directly to the WG actuator and the vacuum pump. - The diagram on the N54tech thread (http://www.n54tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20406) shows that the vacuum source is the inlet port of the turbo compressor, which doesn't produce a constant vacuum pressure, instead of the vacuum pump, which does. Would that affect things? Please guys, don't convince me to go single turbo instead, lol. As much as I like having incredible top end and ridiculous amount of peak hp, I have plenty of reasons to stay with stockframe hybrid and below 500whp instead. Hell, I don't even plan on installing inlets, lol.
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    sudo4re started a thread Torqbyte Meth Controller in N54
    Has anyone used or have any experience with this meth controller? https://torqbyte.com/products/torqbyte-cm5-lt
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    Today, 02:18 AM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum Adriane92.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 PM
    The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is always interesting and the 2016 iteration certainly delivered. The race did not start in exciting fashion as rain was coming down and the safety car stayed out for the first seven laps of the race in the interest of driver safety. Finally the cars were allowed to go at it as the rain subsided and immediately Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who had the pole position started to build an impressive lead. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-AMG was in second place but consistently lost ground to Ricciardo while holding up teammate Lewis Hamilton. For whatever reason, Hamilton looked much faster and Rosberg looked slow. Rosberg was so slow that the commentators speculated something was wrong with his car. As Monaco is a tight course Hamilton struggled to get around Rosberg who finally was told to let Hamilton by. Immediately Hamilton started to make up ground while Rosberg fell further and further back. Because Rosberg held up Hamilton Ricciardo built himself a nice 10+ second lead. It would all evaporate (heh, get the pun?) after a Red Bull pitstop that went horribly wrong. Tire management was huge in this race as with the track conditions drying up and the sun coming out drivers began to switch to softer compounds. The only problem is that when Ricciardo came in to switch his tires his tires were not there. He literally sat there waiting for roughly ten seconds until the tires were brought out. Well, this gave Hamilton the lead. Ricciardo did not quit and kept at it but Hamilton fended him off. There was a questionable situation where Hamilton cut a corner and blocked Ricciardo which could have been the difference with the difficulty of passing in Monaco but the stewards dismissed the incident and did not penalize Hamilton. He would go on to win the race. The conditions claimed many victims. Max Verstappen (the much praised Red Bull driver who became the youngest to win an F1 race in the previous Grand Prix) crashed out. Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson did not finish the race. Lewis Hamilton would end up celebrating while Daniel Ricciardo said he got screwed. He was quite upset. Sergio Perez who finished in third and held Sebastian Vettel from the podium was quite pleased with himself. It was an interesting race to be sure and it drew out all kinds of celebrities including Justin Bieber who for some reason was celebrating with Hamilton which looked awkward to say the least. Next up is the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th.
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  • Aaron's Avatar
    Today, 07:49 PM
    It's not a very organized event, that's for sure. Problems of a low-budget track under new leadership who only cares about drags. I only take a car to the track to fuck around and have fun, not to seriously improve. That's gay. Real men cut two wheels off and drag knee. As for the music, my apologies. The plan was to video a couple laps later on, when the rain stopped, and I could turn DSC off and burn some tires. And the point-by, I guess it's a good thing it was only a Vette.
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  • Jeffman's Avatar
    Today, 07:36 PM
    +1!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 PM
    Sure, I get that, but is BBQ'ing really supposed to be difficult? The pellet stuff looks good to me.
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  • cloud9blue's Avatar
    Today, 06:17 PM
    lol, must be a pretty chill (maybe too chill) club to let you play music and have random stuffed toys in the cabin while on track. lots of no-no from that video though (no point bys? that's a receipt for disaster especially for newcomers with very little situational awareness). perhaps try driving with another club that actually spend some time teaching you the basics, if you want get more out of your money next time you spend it on track days.
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  • iminhell1's Avatar
    Today, 05:58 PM
    I think the CP blew because of Journey. No car should ever be subjected to such poor music.
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  • csl335i's Avatar
    Today, 05:03 PM
    We have installed the additional Setrab oil cooler. Oil cooler has a custom made air duct (cannot see on pictures).
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  • jt0407's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 PM
    Depending on where you live, heat breaks the oil down. I used it once and after 2k miles, the oil was a lot more thin than when I drain RP, after 3k miles.
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    Today, 03:32 PM
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    Today, 03:32 PM
    Bump for a Great Deal @ www.n54tuning.com and as always the LOWEST price Guaranteed!! Mike
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    Bump for a Great Deal @ www.n54tuning.com and as always the LOWEST price Guaranteed!! Mike
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