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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    We had a few extra minutes today so we threw the car on the dyno for 5 runs, before Dzenno had to leave work. We are battling serious misfire and correction issues only in cylinders 1 & 4 which are usually the quiet ones :think:, even with those issues, causing ugly graphs, the car made decent numbers, and managed to break our N54 WTQ record which was 654WTQ in 5th, our previous 4th gear record was 629WTQ so we put almost 30 on it. So far we cannot seem to get the misfires squared away, all plugs look good, fuel pressure is good. I have to give my brothers car back, as I have held it hostage too long already so this is prob the last time we will put it on the dyno. We should have the shop car back up and running soon, and will continue testing. Not being able to achieve a clean pull to redline is really hurting power output, as you can see in the graph, it really wants to go from about 3800, but the misfires end the party early. For these few runs we decided to go flash only, and I told Dzenno to Wedge me, crank WGDC way up in the midrange, drop it at redline to keep boost in check, you can see he had to quickly drop it up top to keep boost at a manageable level up there. At redline the gauge was showing 22-24 psi or so, and we are just above 50 WGDC. The wedge map was showing just under 50 for a little less boost up top. Either way the car has to go back to its owner (happens to be my brother, which is why he lets me beat on it. Thanks Dave..:)), and he will try to find the misfire issues. He of course will never run the maps we dynoed on, that is as usual for our R&D, his car will be delivered back to him with a safe flash, and most likely a JB for boost control. Full Disclosure as always. Boost according to the gauge was about 30 psi midrange to 22-24 up top 100% E85 VTT intakes VTT prototype CP Shotgun Double Barrel Fuel-it Stage 3 4th gear pull (if we did one in 5th on this map, it most likely would have made 670-675 or so.) We look forward to getting the shop car back up and running, with a fresh motor, and testing some more! Stage 2+ with these intakes, and some serious boost should open up a few eyes...:)
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  • 135pats's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    About 3 months ago I decided to go single turbo with my second N54 powered car. Like many of those who have done the same, I got bored with what a stock turbo car could do, and didnít feel comfortable with the reliability inherent to ďhybridĒ options. I wasnít sure on what kit to go with but ultimately decided on Motivís kit for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being build quality and Jake being local to me. I called him up, placed the order, paid a few days later, and here I am today. It was a simple process to order so I donít have much to say on that front. Updates were frequent and the fact that I know Jake personally probably aided in that process. My job has me on the road frequently during the fall and winter, so the wait wasnít a big deal at all. The Kit: Motiv 750 FP HTA 3586r .82ar Tial MVR (re-circulated) The Install: I had all parts installed at Sonic Tuning. I canít begin to say enough good things about them and the work they did. The folks who worked on my car were in touch with me on a daily basis, and were always available to answer the umpteen questions I had. Anyone in my neck of the woods would be well served to give them a visit. I was able to pick up the car on time and without any hassle. The car was kept indoors and away from snow for the duration of itsí stay, which I appreciated. Itís the little things, ya know? Iím going to note the installation closely for my and others future reference. Apologies in advance as I donít have any structure planned for these observations. - Motor has 64xxx miles on it right now. Has always been well cared for and has always run and logged wonderfully. If the blackstone reports mean anything, itís in very nice shape and should be a good candidate to run a single turbo for an extended period of time. - Stock turbos were puking oil. Boosted fine and no rattle but tons of shaft play, they were on their last legs. - One of the downpipe gaskets was pretty fried up, exact cause unknown. Both were replaced when the new downpipe went on, of course. - While the turbos were out I replaced all 4 o2 sensors, coolant, oil (Motul 5W40), coils, and plugs. The coils and plugs were redundant as they had about 8K miles on them, but I figured ďwhy notĒ. - Several of the clamps on assorted hoses looked to be getting tired. They were replaced. - All plugs came out fine except CYL. 1, which had what appeared to be some oil on the thread. There wasnít any on the business end, so I would guess it came from the numerous top offs I had to do with the stock turbos pissing oil all over the place. Itís worth noting in case future issues arise. Initial Observations: Drove the car this afternoon for the first time, running wastegate boost. Ridiculous. Honestly just a shit eating grin the entire ride home. No CELs, no Check Engines, no codesÖItís cold out so I havenít been able to give it WOT, but right away I can tell you that spool isnít an issue in the least. This was my biggest concern going to a larger single turbo, and I can tell you that itís just flat out not a worry at this point. We havenít done any serious tuning and the turbo is spooling very quickly. I was able to do several passes on the highway in 5th and 6th without any feeling of ďwhere is the boost?Ē. It doesnít jump at 3K revs the way a stock turbo car does, but it spools far faster than a 64mm top mount car I had previously driven. Iím confident this manifold outspools any and all other singles out there. Logs and videos will be up early next week when hopefully thereís no snow on the ground. This isnít a winter car and itís really not safe to drive in the ice and all that jazz. Donít expect world records and trips to the dragstrip, itís not what Iím interested in. Hopefully I can get down to tuning in the next couple weeks and we can all see what this thing can really do with the boost turned up. Where itíll end up: Good question. Wherever the transmission gets pissed minus about 50WTQ. Iím going to guess that I run out of fuel at 500-550WHP or so. In light of that Iíll be addressing fuel this Spring so long as the 6AT continues to play nice. If I have to call it a day at 530WHP or whatever, thatís fine by me. The goal isnít to build a rocket ship, itís just to have fun (novel concept). A huge thanks to Jake and Allen @ Motiv, Wei and everyone @ Sonic Tuning, and several dozen members on these forums who have inspired me to continue pushing my car. Iíd list you all but then Iíd forget one person and look like an ass. When I bought it a few years ago I was planning to have a bone stock convertible. Here it stands today as a totally different machine. Rad! PS GO PATS.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Transmission control unit tuning is becoming just as important engine control unit tuning these days. Especially with dual clutch transmissions in applications with increased torque. Fortunately AMR Performance has TCU software for VW/Audi applications in three stages of tune. The breakdown is as follows: Stage 1 TCU Upgrade: - Designed for daily driving. Firmer shifting patterns. Smoother driving shift points and responsive full throttle. Stage 2 TCU Upgrade: - Designed for daily driving weekend warrior. More aggressive full throttle shift points and firmer daily driven shift patterns. Stage 3 TCU Upgrade: - Designed for the "race" / "aggressive" driver. Severe aggressive and extreme shifting patterns. What Stage someone needs is up to their application. The AMR TCU software is a very reasonable $599.99. We will have to see if their software can accommodate upgraded clutch discs as well. Further details: http://shop.amrperformance.com/AMR-DSG-S-Tronic-TCU-Upgrade_p_508.html
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    AMS Performance offers their M157 tune for both the 4Matic and RWD M157 AMG models. The W212 generation E63 AMG launched with a rear wheel drive M157 drivetrain as most readers know. The facelift of the model changed the styling slightly and added the most notable difference between the two which is 4Matic all wheel drive. The difference in power and torque between the two M157 drivetrains when tuned is negligible. Take a look at this M157 4Matic and rear wheel drive dyno comparison to see for yourself. The traction difference however makes all the difference on the dragstrip. This is not a perfect apples to apples comparison as the cars were run on different days on different dragstrips with different modifications but the AMS tune only RWD E63 went 11.29 @ 126.48. Their 4Matic tuned W212 E63 AMG with AMS downpipes and cat-back exhaust went 10.879 @ 129.21. If the rear wheel drive car received the AMS downpipes and cat-back exhaust (along with some drag rubber) what do you think would happen? In the opinion of BenzBoost it would be very close with it coming down to the launch which of course favors the 4Matic car. From a roll though the ~250 pounds lighter RWD E63 AMG would be favored. Great results here regardless. Owner impressions: ďI just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with tune in my 2012 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG. It has been nearly six months since the tune was installed and the car has performed flawlessly. There have been zero CELís, and driving around town you would never know the kind of power lurking under the hood. The carís street manners are exactly the same as stock, but when I get in it, there is an impressive surge of power. Speed limits are exceeded almost instantly. A few weeks ago, I brought the car to Byron Dragway and was very satisfied with the results. The Benz laid down a best of 11.2@126 & 11.3@127, both with fairly gentle 1.8 sixty ft times. This was done on Bridgestone summer performance tires. With a harder launch, I think very low 11ís or even a high 10 is possible. Quite amazing for an otherwise completely stock car! Several people at the track, including the announcer, were really impressed. Combined with the fact I still get over 20mpg around town, the car is probably the best ďmuscle carĒ Iíve owned. I am very pleased with the whole AMS experience, and canít wait for some of your new Mercedes products to be released.Ē
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 PM
    The BMW E9 is one of the greatest BMW designs of all time if not arguably the best execution of the BMW design language. The car is a classic well known from the beautiful street cars to the infamous 'Batmobile' 3.0 CSL race car with its trademark aerodynamic package. This particular E9 received an S62 V8 swap from an E39 M5 replacing its inline-6 motor. The S62 actually looks comfortably at home under the hood. If anything is going to replace the venerable BMW M30 inline-6 it might as be BMW's S62 V8. What really makes this swap very clean is the use of the E39 M5 dash, transmission, and center console. The Germans at MKO-V8.DE did an amazing job. They managed to cleanly blend the E39 M5 motor and interior details with the classic E9 chassis. Simply excellent work. The only area to nitpick is that the quad exhaust mufflers could be tucked in a little more tightly and that the right side is not quite level. Other than that, this car is flawless and an incredibly blend of classic and modern BMW.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    The world's most powerful and fastest sedan? That would be the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat. Dodge obviously raised eyebrows with their 204 mile per hour top speed claim but they have absolutely no problem backing that claim up as you will see in the video below. In fact, they hit a radar verified 206.9 miles per hour although that is with some help from the wind. They go 202.2 miles per hour against the wind which clearly proves the car is capable of 200+ speeds and its 204 mile per hour claim. Simply astounding this level of performance can be delivered in a sedan for $60k with a warranty.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:14 PM
    Very nice numbers here for a 2008 WRX STI that is still on the stock heads and cams. The car does feature a built EJ motor and with an FP Black turbocharger shows 380.84 horsepower at all four wheels and 381.60 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels at 22.2 psi of boost. The STI also features an ETS FMIC (front mount intercooler) and 900cc injectors from Fuel Injector Clinic. The fuel used was not specified. Just a solid, safe build and tune.
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  • boosted-M's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:40 PM
    I'm putting my car back to stock and noticed my OEM rubber coupler has a small tear in it and is leaking. Unfortunately from the dealership, that coupler is not separately available from the metal pipe that leads to the turbos. Please let me know what you have. I will also have up for sale soon a full ETS FMIC with CP & Tial BOV, AR Design downpipes, DP's and more. Thank you!
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    Today, 01:41 PM
    Excellent stock internal numbers here from a 996 Turbo tuned by Undercover Performance. The car features the OEM K24 turbo housings but obviously with modified internals. Undercover states the turbos are upgraded with their own UC 20g wheels. In addition to the modified K24 turbos Undercover added 1400cc injectors, their own fuel system, intakes, manifolds, and exhaust system. All tuned by Undercover Performance on 70% ethanol and a ProEFI 128 ECU. The result is 776 rear wheel horsepower and 645 lb-ft of rear wheel torque on a Dynojet. On the Undercover 4WD Mustang dynamometer output is 674 horsepower to all four wheels and 629 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels showing how output measurements between RWD/AWD and different dynos varies on the exact same car. A ton of power and torque however you slice it from K24's.
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