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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-16-2017, 08:44 PM
    Posting for Rob as he said he is away from the computer until Monday sometime: "All, There are some "new casted" offerings floating amuck with promise of "better flow, better materials, brand new, and best cost". Now it is always great to have new options especially for a better price, but understand that these items are 100% cheap chinese produced "core" offerings. We have considered their usage as well as this platform is evolving into a more competitive environment (cheaper cars, etc etc); but when we already have a "dialed-in" product we wonder if it is worth the potential risks of making a SUBSTANTIAL change to a lower quality oriented direction? All for the end result of selling a product for the same cost, or maybe a couple hundred less, at best. Being a vendor who is ultimately responsible for product quality these are thoughts that are very critical. Additionally even though the warranty is "only" a year we still would like products to last many MANY years. We especially would like to not have product fail due to poor metallurgical or casting quality, and this type of problem is EPIDEMIC. As you may understand we have had these units in hand for a while now as they have been readily available for close to a year. Despite what some vendors may say, such as "we own the design" or "custom made only for us" comments rest assured these exact same units they are utilizing. There is nothing special about them and whoever may obtain them (especially with a large bulk order) and the ONLY customization that maybe setting apart Vendor to Vendor is the differences of the internal wheel machining specifications. These wheel specs however have nothing to do with the overall housing design and quality. Our immediate initial impressions are that they are a certain downgrade- and here are a few reasons why: 1) Highly Magnetic to show a larger Iron content (ie. in lieu of the OE style MHI High Quality High Heat Austenitic Stainless steel)(we have metallurgical analysis underway) 2) Similar to smaller ID manifold/turbine housing dimensions (we have cross sections underway) and certain poorer flow paths per borescope views NOTE: We CERTAINLY are NOT seeing these as larger ID specs!!! 3) Lack of OE style Double wall insulated air gapped (made by Boysen) manifolds for worse heat retention 4) Much thicker casting walls (large OD specs from thicker materials so "looks" a bit larger) and each housing at over 10lbs vs. under 7lbs for OEM Good things we see (with using them): 1) Very cheap to purchase 2) Being new there is no refurbishment 3) Come pre-equipped with "new" wastegates (albeit the worst aftermarket design we have found) Good things we see from their availability (while others use them): 1) Will free up a ton of higher quality OEM cores to use as the base builds Few good links to educate oneself: 1) http://www.mhi.co.jp/technology/review/pdf/e453/e453001.pdf 2) http://www.fev.com/fileadmin/user_upload/Media/TechnicalPublications/Design/ExhaustManifoldDesign.pdf 3) We are very curious to see how the competition has came up with some of their "conclusions" on these new "core" units being superior. They've come to the conclusion that these are higher flowing and better quality manifolds/housings, but we are unsure how that can be whatsoever on our initial findings. They'd be welcome to post up any data they've found in this thread, whether they do or don't it is not of great concern as we will soon- good or bad. Obviously our perception (vs. that of some of competitors) have come to some very different conclusions here, and of course everything is up for debate but our thoughts are this is a rather risky maneuver to use as a core product for a base build/upgrade... at least NOT without much further due diligence. Even then it will take an awful lot more perks, that we are not even remotely seeing at this moment, to warrant the slight savings of making this change. Rob"
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-01-2017, 03:17 PM
    Getting close to needing some testing of the new app. Who would like to volunteer?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-02-2017, 03:27 PM
    For some reason Yahoo auto-renewed the league and teams. That's ok, priority will go to those who played last year. Ok gentlemen please Paypal $100 to admin@boostaddict.com after which you will be PM'd the league link. Payout is: 1st place: $800 2nd place: $300 3rd place: $100 Reserved from past years: 1. @Sticky 2. @135pats 3. @chrisisnapping 4. @Terry@BMS 5. @Group.america 6. @zeenon53 7. @cadillacgrills 8. @Acegp1 9. @BLKROKT 10. @Daily Three 11. @Dave@Fuel-It! Alternates: @Fr3nch @Njz @Toxic 335
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-08-2017, 07:01 PM
    I want to make something clear to some of you. Many vendors, and I'm not calling anyone specific out, make exaggerated claims. There are dynos posted that are inflated and not a representation of what you can realistically expect with their product. Why? To sell things. There are turbo failures swept under the rug. Why? The answer is obvious, isn't it? EVERYONE has turbo failures. EVERYONE. There are even a few I won't name using nitrous to bolster their numbers. The point is, question everything. There are many who know what is going on but who do not want to get into a vendor/flame war. We're here to learn and BS must be called out. Don't be afraid. I'll stand up for you. Just an N54 public service announcement and it is happening on the other engine platforms as well.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-09-2017, 08:22 PM
    This was sent to me as BimmerBoost was tagged by someone named JTswole on IG. Not sure what his username is but it's cool to note that more people are getting the Schrick cams installed and going for big numbers. He ported his head as well. Apparently he wants this to be the baddest N54 around.
    58 replies | 4829 view(s)
  • 1hunglow's Avatar
    07-02-2017, 06:31 PM
    1hunglow started a thread MMP issues? Anyone else in N54
    Saw this on IG- anyone else have problem? 3 sets???
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-14-2017, 08:26 PM
    So this guy claims but I'm waiting on the slip:
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  • TheAllOriginal's Avatar
    07-04-2017, 03:01 PM
    So apparently Tony has installed the Precision Raceworks coil kit and decided to do a dyno run and gained more power all around. Crazy to see this improvement on a coil upgrade, wonder how the BL coil kit will do ? Good to finally start seeing data on these.
    41 replies | 4624 view(s)
  • ///MPOSTER's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 12:42 PM
    5 BMWs seized in Catawba Co. street racing bust, citations issued Watch out and be careful for other people while making videos. http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/5-bmws-seized-in-catawba-co-street-racing-ring/457214535
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    06-30-2017, 05:52 PM
    A lot of talk about aftermarket N54 camshafts in the forums but little posted in the way of results. VTT tested out Schrick's high lift option and showed an efficiency gain. More tuning will take place but topping 900 lb-ft of torque at the wheels is great to see. Full details from VTT below: Hey guys. Had the car on the dyno again today, with the new cams, manifold, besides everything the same as before. 100% E85, 85% DI, a little PI mixed in, GC turbos, etc Cams are WORKING! The car made 750WHP on about 18-19 psi of boost. It took closer to 22-23 lbs to do that previously. We wanted to push a little bit so put the high map back in, and this is the first time we cannot hook up on the dyno in 4th. Dumped VHT on the tires, and roller. No dice, in 4th gear as soon as it comes on boost, redline instantly. This means we had no choice but to run 5th gear, 1st run in 5th with the higher map it hooked up, misfired at 5500, and I was astounded to see 822WHP/862WTQ. :o Fixed the misfire (plug related) and turned boost up a little, and it put down this run you see 830WHP/902WTQ by far the most TQ ever made by an N54, and honestly pretty unreal. Power was a little less than before, I think this is related to the 5th gear pull. The graph is also not near as pretty because of the slow nature of a higher gear pull. Interesting to note car makes 500WTQ at 2600, and 650 at 3K, it also holds 750WHP to redline. These motors are the real deal! On to the bad news, these turbos are tapped out, they have no business making this power, and they cannot breath up top to feed these cams. If we truly want to test the cams UP TOP, we need to put some bigger turbos on the car. Stage 3 will be back on it in the near future so we have more properly suited turbos for this kind of power. Either way, its fun to see what the N54 can do when its moving some air...:naughty: Highest run was done on 28.8 peak boost, and 20.8 at redline, poor turbos, just can't keep up. 100% WGDC by 6000RPM. MHD read slightly higher as usual, but our AEM sensor confirms actual manifold boost. Quick Break down: Closed deck short block Ported head Stock valve sizes Shrick High Lift cams Fab Factory intake manifold VTT GC Turbos VTT custom intakes VTT Silicone charge pipe ADE Catch can, with custom lines ATi super damper (No Misfires) VTT Crank Bolt Capture Spec Twin disc clutch 100% E85 VTT Double Barrel Shotgun LPS Alpha-Loc Throttle body connection More things I am sure I am forgetting MHD log is here: http://www.datazap.me/u/vargasturbotech/vtt-gc-830whp902wtq?log=0&data=3-23-30&zoom=20-91
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  • LessIsMore's Avatar
    07-14-2017, 02:11 AM
    This morning was able to hit 22 PSI as normal and car was performing fine. After leaving work this evening, it drove fine for a few minutes but then I noticed a loud whining/ moaning sound like a boost leak when the car would try to build boost, and could not make over 3 PSI or so.* I have a known fouled O2 sensor i know I need to replace but been putting off for a couple months. I've been having intermittent O2 sensor faults (2C7B lambda probe behind *** con 2, signal ; 29E0 fuel mixture control ; 29E1 fuel mixture control 2) but that has not caused any low boost or other issues except I will sometimes get a Safety 5 from the bad O2 signal variance. When I first experienced the low boost this evening, i got new O2 sensor codes ( 2C9D Lambda probe heating in front of *** con 2, signal ; 2CA7 Lambda probe heating in front of *** con 2, function ; 2CAB Lambda probe before ***, temperature). When i got home I performed a boost leak test to 12 psi and no leaks. Inspected all vac lines, etc. Drove it after and still only get 2-3 psi boost and whine/ moaning is still there when attempting to build boost. Logs here show a short WOT hit (17_58_58) to show boost rising as normal right after leaving work. Then I got the codes above a few mins later. Then second log (18_05_28) a few mins after that, showing boost only 2-3 psi at WOT. Then a couple from tonight after boost leak test, showing low boost. (21_25_34) shows reduced boost target, and (21_25_49) shows boost target back up.* I am at a loss. Could a failed O2 sensor cause reduced boost? Ive read of clogged cats causing low, no boost, but this was so sudden.* Thanks in advance.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    06-29-2017, 01:29 PM
    Want a little extra security your N54 crank bolt wont back out leaving you with 24 bent valves? Here is an easy, and cost effective way to do that. The VTT N54 crank bolt capture. It slips over the head of the crank bolt, fully encapsulates it, and locks it to the crank hub, meaning it cannot back out no matter what. The VTT-CBC is 100% Billet Aircraft Grade Aluminum, Anodized black to protect it from the elements, and give it a stealth look. While this is not a full fix for all crank hub spinning issues, we have found most of our issues have stemmed from the bolt itself backing out, and this is a great way to keep that from happening. Extremely light weight at only 1.3 Oz's it adds virtually no weight to the crank which is important for balance, and vibration. These are in stock, and on the VTT Website for immediate sale. Price is $99 for hub capture, and all 12.9 hardware needed for install. We suggest using blue loc-tite on your crank hub bolts. http://performance.vargasturbo.com/products/ As always email any questions to Sales@vargasturbo.com
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    06-30-2017, 05:05 PM
    Edit: Made 910WTQ after a brief cool down..:) Hey guys. Had the car on the dyno again today, with the new cams, manifold, besides everything the same as before. 100% E85, 85% DI, a little PI mixed in, GC turbos, etc Cams are WORKING! The car made 750WHP on about 18-19 psi of boost. It took closer to 22-23 lbs to do that previously. We wanted to push a little bit so put the high map back in, and this is the first time we cannot hook up on the dyno in 4th. Dumped VHT on the tires, and roller. No dice, in 4th gear as soon as it comes on boost, redline instantly. This means we had no choice but to run 5th gear, 1st run in 5th with the higher map it hooked up, misfired at 5500, and I was astounded to see 822WHP/862WTQ. :o Fixed the misfire (plug related) and turned boost up a little, and it put down this run you see 830WHP/902WTQ by far the most TQ ever made by an N54, and honestly pretty unreal. Power was a little less than before, I think this is related to the 5th gear pull. The graph is also not near as pretty because of the slow nature of a higher gear pull. Interesting to note car makes 500WTQ at 2600, and 650 at 3K, it also holds 750WHP to redline. These motors are the real deal! On to the bad news, these turbos are tapped out, they have no business making this power, and they cannot breath up top to feed these cams. If we truly want to test the cams UP TOP, we need to put some bigger turbos on the car. Stage 3 will be back on it in the near future so we have more properly suited turbos for this kind of power. Either way, its fun to see what the N54 can do when its moving some air...:naughty: Highest run was done on 28.8 peak boost, and 20.8 at redline, poor turbos, just can't keep up. 100% WGDC by 6000RPM. MHD read slightly higher as usual, but our AEM sensor confirms actual manifold boost. Quick Break down: Closed deck short block Ported head Stock valve sizes Shrick High Lift cams Fab Factory intake manifold VTT GC Turbos VTT custom intakes VTT Silicone charge pipe ADE Catch can, with custom lines ATi super damper (No Misfires) VTT Crank Bolt Capture Spec Twin disc clutch 100% E85 VTT Double Barrel Shotgun LPS Alpha-Loc Throttle body connection More things I am sure I am forgetting MHD log is here: http://www.datazap.me/u/vargasturbotech/vtt-gc-830whp902wtq?log=0&data=3-23-30&zoom=20-91
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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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-14-2017, 11:37 PM
    This is disappointing considering Nizpro's work was so promising. Just over a year ago Nizpro showed their upgrade cutting 1.5X short times on the dragstrip. Their N54 automatic transmission upgrades were supposed to be out by holiday time in 2016 but that date came and went with no release. Unfortunately, for multiple reasons, they are getting out of the platform: They do not state what the reasons are but their N54 development 335i was put up for sale. That leaves automatic N54 owners seeking big power in a bit of a pickle. Propulsive Dynamics claims to have upgrades but for owners making big torque the minimal torque capacity increase offered that still has yet to be proven on the dragstrip is likely a waste of time and money. There is always the option of swapping in another automatic transmission which is what some BimmerBoost members are doing with the AD-E 4L80 swap. As of right now the most cost effective solution capable of handling the power N54's are making in 2017 is a manual swap. A DCT swap is also possible and becoming more popular although it is more expensive than a manual swap. It does offer quicker shifts and more consistent performance though.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-13-2017, 02:52 AM
    The more I've talked about this the more people have told me coil upgrades have existed essentially forever. Guys have been running R8 coils for 6+ years. Especially European members. My question then is, why are these coil upgrades coming out now? Are the aftermarket coils superior to the R8 coils? I'm just wondering how they differ.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-14-2017, 11:40 PM
    This is disappointing considering Nizpro's work was so promising. Just over a year ago Nizpro showed their upgrade cutting 1.5X short times on the dragstrip. Their N54 automatic transmission upgrades were supposed to be out by holiday time in 2016 but that date came and went with no release. Unfortunately, for multiple reasons, they are getting out of the platform: They do not state what the reasons are but their N54 development 335i was put up for sale. That leaves automatic N54 owners seeking big power in a bit of a pickle. Propulsive Dynamics claims to have upgrades but for owners making big torque the minimal torque capacity increase offered that still has yet to be proven on the dragstrip is likely a waste of time and money. There is always the option of swapping in another automatic transmission which is what some BimmerBoost members are doing with the AD-E 4L80 swap. As of right now the most cost effective solution capable of handling the power N54's are making in 2017 is a manual swap. A DCT swap is also possible and becoming more popular although it is more expensive than a manual swap. It does offer quicker shifts and more consistent performance though.
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  • xShadows's Avatar
    07-01-2017, 10:36 PM
    Not many people worry about pump gas and just want to go huge numbers on e85. I'm almost an hour away from the closest e85 pump and it would be just a hassle to have to deal with it. Plenty of people are curious about pump gas results and you don't see them to often. Mod list: JB4 + MHD - Tuned by EMP Ethanol free 93 octane Tuned on 20PSI (graph shows 21.5 but that was a boost spike) DocRace 6266 AD-E 650HP intercooler Fuel-it stage 2 550i clutch MMP Port Injection with JB4 controller Made right at 560whp - It was 92 degrees and 48% humidity out today so I'm sure it could have been better. Datazap link for logs: http://www.datazap.me/u/xshadows/log-1498930016?log=0&data=1-4
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-02-2017, 04:57 PM
    Everyone gets so caught up in peak numbers on ethanol or race gas they forget N54 owners spend most of their time on pump gas. Making power that is repeatable daily on pump fuel without methanol band-aids or ethanol blends is a far more realistic goal for most. Look at what BimmerBoost member @xShadows was able to do: Mod list: JB4 + MHD - Tuned by EMP Ethanol free 93 octane Tuned on 20PSI (graph shows 21.5 but that was a boost spike) DocRace 6266 AD-E 650HP intercooler Fuel-it stage 2 550i clutch MMP Port Injection with JB4 controller A very nice result and not everyone is chasing 8XX whp on race gas.
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  • mfish's Avatar
    07-03-2017, 10:15 AM
    I just recently starting running E60 in my car. I have brand new Bosch spark pugs torqued to proper specs, Bosch pre-cat O2 sensors about 2 months old, fuel-it stage 2 pump that's maybe 2 years old and has less than 20K miles on it, latest version Eldor coils that are about 1 year old with about 10K miles on them, OEM BMW fuel injectors replaced about 1 year ago with about 10K miles on them so they're probably index 11 or 12. They should be coded correctly as the dealer installed them. All vaccum lines replaced about 6 months ago and every hose clamp on the intake tract is nice and snug. HPFP was replaced by previous owner under warranty maybe 6 or 7 years ago. So hardware should be tip top unless something failed prematurely. I've also tried swapping coils around with no luck either. We've been through several revised custom maps with no success either. I get heavy timing corrections mostly on cylinders 1 and cylinders 5 but sometimes other cylinders too and occasionally at the top of the pull. Then about 2 weeks ago I started getting misfires on cylinders 1 and 2. Shortly thereafter I started getting superknock codes on cylinders 2 and 3. I've also noticed since running Ethanol (but this wasn't the case on 93 octane) that bank 1 is always a hair (0.1 - 0.3) richer than bank 2. And sometimes my bank 1 AFR goes ridiculously lean and the pump pressures sky rocket when this happens. Has anyone had similar experiences and fixed it. I'm just perplexed that with all new hardware this is happening and I'd rather not just start wasting money and randomly throwing parts at it. Logs below. Please help!! 3 upshifts with corrections - http://www.datazap.me/u/mfish123/3-upshifts-33 super lean AFR during pull - http://www.datazap.me/u/mfish123/vibrating-pump-log?log=0&data=5-14-17-18-22-23 super lean after upshift 1 - http://www.datazap.me/u/mfish123/upshift-44?log=0&data=5-17-18-23 super lean after upshift 2 - http://www.datazap.me/u/mfish123/lean-upshift-2?log=0&data=14-17-18-22-23 3 previous 93 octane logs - http://www.datazap.me/u/mfish123/2-upshifts-1-3rd-gear-0?log=0&data=18-19-24
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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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