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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-23-2017, 10:21 PM
    This is going to be ready to go in about a week but the video posted claims 'DCT like' shifting. Based on what though? Because they think it shifts faster? There is literally no measurement of any kind provided to corroborate that and it just seems to be hype: Ok, so the shifts are firmed up a bit (nowhere near a DCT from that vid) but what else? Where is the full control? Programmable shift points and so forth? You can see at the end of the video the car revving out slightly higher. What's the big deal here?
    18 replies | 3196 view(s)
  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Today, 09:54 AM
    So everyone is always saying you can't compare dyno graphs because of variables, etc, etc, etc. How about this for a comparison. Same Day, Same Dyno, Same tuner, same fuel, two N54's. One car VTT GC, the other X brand Single kit with a 6465BB Twin Scroll single. The Single is running 1 degree more timing up top, boost is almost identical between the two. Both running what AZ passes for E85 which is about E54. 1000 RPM better spool, more power throughout the entire rev band, and the same power up top... Which power curve would you choose, VTT GC's FTMFW? :D
    37 replies | 721 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 04:11 AM
    BimmerBoost and the BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network as a whole takes pride in having great vendors who are enthusiasts at their core. The automotive world is riddled with scammers and this website has turned away and reported on a fair share. Unfortunately, JPWorkz is one that got on this board and never should have been allowed here in the first place. Call me naive but I believe people are ultimately good natured and in this because they love cars. I can not imagine taking in orders and then just blatantly ripping people off for thousands of dollars. How do you live with yourself? Well, perhaps if you have been doing it for over a decade you become numb to it. JPWorks or @JerryT introduced himself to me and pretended to offer a complete N54 turbo upgrade kit for a very low price. If something is priced too good to be true, it usually is. I would periodically receive messages telling me this Jerry fellow was a scammer known as Shaudfab. My initial thought was that maybe other vendors did not like someone coming in and pricing a turbo upgrade so low that it undercut them. I gave the guy a chance to prove himself but it soon became apparent a person named Jerry Trance was not reputable and likely did not even exist. The red flags were there after a few months. There is a 48 page thread you can go over and read for yourself but let's summarize things for those of you who don't have buckets of popcorn and hours to spare. I'll start with my personal experience that this guy always had an excuse. He never was able to pay his vendor tab on time. Literally, he never did. When he finally did the payments would come from someone named Anika Briton as he said he had no Paypal account. Huh, what? No Paypal account? Oh, I get it now, he didn't want a payment trail tied to him: Notice the payments cancel frequently as the account never was able to maintain payments. Also notice the dates constantly vary as it was like pulling teeth to get this person to maintain their account. Basically, all he wanted was to pay some money, put up a thread, collect orders, and run away with as much money as possible. Eventually JerryT told me he would pay for a block of time in advance. I took him at his word. Guess what happened? He did not honor his word. Suddenly things got very weird with this Shaudfab involvement: His 'girl' is somehow involved with Shaudfab who is well known as a scammer: http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?71356-JP-WORKS-SHAUDFAB Things get very dirty the deeper you look: http://www.srtforums.com/forums/f110/fraud-alert-guy-keikei-aka-04srt405-aka-amanda-mabalot-aka-kashif-casteel-141225/index9.html#/forumsite/21161/topics/141225?page=1 He doesn't just scam auto parts but everything: https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/ton-4-sale-4850-q6600-4gbram-28-monitor-hd-bluray-cases-mothe-rboard-and-more-look.72296/page-32 Those posts are dated as far back as 2005 meaning this person has been scamming on forums for well over a decade. Not to mention, getting away with it. He has it down to a science it seems. This information is actually common knowledge. People have messaged me confirming all of it but are afraid to take it to the police or have their name attached to it. Just look at this guy: Tracking down information on this guy is actually quite difficult as he has perfected his scamming technique to make sure he can't be found. Well, maybe perfected gives him too much credit: Now we're starting to get somewhere. These fake names keep popping up but they are tied to Bakersfield and a certain address. At the very least there is an address tied to the names. Two fakes names for shipping, but the same address. A place for the FBI to start, right? There are those who defend him saying this is all hate because his 'kit' is priced so cheaply but there sure is a long trail of people saying they got scammed: We could go on, and on, and on, and on... but it's time for this to come to an end. There is simply a constant pattern of missing parts, kits not being shipped, missed dates, broken promises, stolen money, etc. I am not a detective and neither are car enthusiasts on this forum. There is more than enough here for the FBI to do a proper investigation. This forum will gladly provide all the PM's, IP addresses, and e-mails from the JerryT account if asked. What I can say is that no vendor providing so little information about who they are will ever be allowed here again. Those who were scammed, provide the FBI with the information at the following link: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Let's finally make sure justice is served and that law enforcement properly investigates. It's the least we can do.
    23 replies | 1897 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 04:07 AM
    BimmerBoost and the BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network as a whole takes pride in having great vendors who are enthusiasts at their core. The automotive world is riddled with scammers and this website has turned away and reported on a fair share. Unfortunately, JPWorkz is one that got on this board and never should have been allowed here in the first place. Call me naive but I believe people are ultimately good natured and in this because they love cars. I can not imagine taking in orders and then just blatantly ripping people off for thousands of dollars. How do you live with yourself? Well, perhaps if you have been doing it for over a decade you become numb to it. JPWorks or JerryT introduced himself to me and pretended to offer a complete N54 turbo upgrade kit for a very low price. If something is priced too good to be true, it usually is. I would periodically receive messages telling me this Jerry fellow was a scammer known as Shaudfab. My initial thought was that maybe other vendors did not like someone coming in and pricing a turbo upgrade so low that it undercut them. I gave the guy a chance to prove himself but it soon became apparent a person named Jerry Trance was not reputable and likely did not even exist. The red flags were there after a few months. There is a 48 page thread you can go over and read for yourself but let's summarize things for those of you who don't have buckets of popcorn and hours to spare. I'll start with my personal experience that this guy always had an excuse. He never was able to pay his vendor tab on time. Literally, he never did. When he finally did the payments would come from someone named Anika Briton as he said he had no Paypal account. Huh, what? No Paypal account? Oh, I get it now, he didn't want a payment trail tied to him: Notice the payments cancel frequently as the account never was able to maintain payments. Also notice the dates constantly vary as it was like pulling teeth to get this person to maintain their account. Basically, all he wanted was to pay some money, put up a thread, collect orders, and run away with as much money as possible. Eventually JerryT told me he would pay for a block of time in advance. I took him at his word. Guess what happened? He did not honor his word. Suddenly things got very weird with this Shaudfab involvement: His 'girl' is somehow involved with Shaudfab who is well known as a scammer: http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?71356-JP-WORKS-SHAUDFAB Things get very dirty the deeper you look: http://www.srtforums.com/forums/f110/fraud-alert-guy-keikei-aka-04srt405-aka-amanda-mabalot-aka-kashif-casteel-141225/index9.html#/forumsite/21161/topics/141225?page=1 He doesn't just scam auto parts but everything: https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/ton-4-sale-4850-q6600-4gbram-28-monitor-hd-bluray-cases-mothe-rboard-and-more-look.72296/page-32 Those posts are dated as far back as 2005 meaning this person has been scamming on forums for well over a decade. Not to mention, getting away with it. He has it down to a science it seems. This information is actually common knowledge. People have messaged me confirming all of it but are afraid to take it to the police or have their name attached to it. Just look at this guy: Tracking down information on this guy is actually quite difficult as he has perfected his scamming technique to make sure he can't be found. Well, maybe perfected gives him too much credit: Now we're starting to get somewhere. These fake names keep popping up but they are tied to Bakersfield and a certain address. At the very least there is an address tied to the names. Two fakes names for shipping, but the same address. A place for the FBI to start, right? There are those who defend him saying this is all hate because his 'kit' is priced so cheaply but there sure is a long trail of people saying they got scammed: We could go on, and on, and on, and on... but it's time for this to come to an end. There is simply a constant pattern of missing parts, kits not being shipped, missed dates, broken promises, stolen money, etc. I am not a detective and neither are car enthusiasts on this forum. There is more than enough here for the FBI to do a proper investigation. This forum will gladly provide all the PM's, IP addresses, and e-mails from the JerryT account if asked. What I can say is that no vendor providing so little information about who they are will ever be allowed here again. Those who were scammed, provide the FBI with the information at the following link: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Let's finally make sure justice is served and that law enforcement properly investigates. It's the least we can do.
    23 replies | 1639 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 03:16 AM
    A recent article about a Mustang dyno run for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio exposed a large flaw in traditional dyno thinking. On this website most readers know that you can not just grab a graph from one type of dyno and compare it to another dyno and expect the numbers to be uniform. Unfortunately, the average person does not understand this which is what led to someone putting out an article stating the Giulia Quadrifoglio is not making its stated output which sets understanding of dyno runs back instead of helping educate. Let's start with the idea that cars suffer from 15% drivetrain losses. Where did this idea start? Why is it 15%? It originated with the Dynojet and became a rule of thumb on automotive forums for manual transmission cars. The percentage changes based on if the car is automatic (20%) or even all wheel drive and automatic (25%). The problem here is that while the conversion factor works well to extrapolate crank horsepower from peak Dynojet figures at the wheels that is not the way drivetrain losses work. First of all, losses are not static. There is no one set figure for losses. What does this mean? It means that your losses in 5th gear at 8000 rpm will be different from 2nd gear at 2000 rpm. The loss figure will change based on rpm, load, and even what accessories are running. Stating all manual cars suffer from a single set figure is flawed for this reason. Not to mention that figure only works on the Dynojet which is inertia based. BMW M cars used to follow the number exactly back when they were naturally aspirated: E46 M3 S54 Displacement: 3.2 liter Horsepower: 343 Torque: 269 lb-ft Wheel Horsepower: 280 Wheel Torque: 235 E92 M4 S65 Displacement: 4.0 liter Horsepower: 414 Torque: 300 lb-ft Wheel Horsepower: 350 Wheel Torque: 254 lb-ft 85% of 414 horsepower is 351.9. Notice the E92 M3 is almost exactly at 15%. DCT models would actually dyno slightly less than manual examples due to the wet clutch dual clutch having higher losses. For the E46 M3 85% of 333 horsepower is 283.05. Again, the E46 M3 is almost perfectly at 15% losses on the Dynojet. It's almost scary how consistently close BMW was to this figure. Now, in comes the turbo era. Let's see what happens when we get to the F80 M3. F80 M3 S55 Horsepower: 425 Torque: 406 lb-ft Wheel horsepower: 427 Wheel torque: 429 How is the S55 engine producing more horsepower at the wheels than it is rated at the crank by BMW? Does the F80 M3 have a magical transmission with negative losses that somehow adds power? Of course not. The DCT transmission in the F80 M3 works the same way as the DCT transmission in the E92 M3. What happened was the 15% Dynojet loss rule went out the window when the turbo power war started. BMW is able to claim a lower number to not push an output war on paper yet delivers far more where it matters, to the tires. The drivetrain losses are still about the same for the transmission and rear wheel drive layout as the previous generation despite it no longer lining up with the crank horsepower figure which is practically meaningless. How does this all look on a Mustang load bearing or eddy current variant? Well, very different. While the Dynojet is spinning a drum of a set weight and calculating the result based on how quickly that weight is spun the Mustang dyno creates load. Why is this important? Because it simulates real world conditions which is great for tuning. A tuner can provide all kinds of different scenarios. The spool on the Mustang for a turbo motor will look different than on a Dynojet. Often time real world spool is much quicker than what is shown on a Dynojet graph due to load which generates exhaust gases more quickly for the turbochargers. Note: Dynojet operators can optionally eddy current load control as well which muddies comparisons further. The other day BimmerBoost posted an article on VF-Engineering's F87 M2 ECU flash software and provided Dynojet runs. Let's take a look at the same M2 running the same Stage I software on a Mustang: Now the Dynojet: 269 rear wheel horsepower for the Mustang and 331 rear wheel horsepower for the Dynojet on the baseline figure. That is a difference of 62 horsepower at the wheels or 18.7 %. If you take that 18.7% difference and apply it to the tuned run on the Mustang which shows 287 to the wheels you get 354 horsepower. Almost exactly what the Dynojet tuned run shows. This is not an exact science as you can see. However, if you were to dyno cars all day on the Dynojet and on this Mustang you would see the runs follow very closely to the ~18% difference between the two. So is that it? Just convert Mustang runs by 18.7% to get a Dynojet number? No. Things actually get very muddied due to the games tuners play. Here is an example. The new Porsche 991.2 Carrera S on a Dynojet: 380 horsepower to the wheels. Now here is a 991.2 Carrera S on a Mustang from AWE-Tuning: Why does the Mustang dyno show more power now? Because it is being corrected to read higher. People do not like low numbers and high numbers are better for marketing. BoostAddict asked AWE-Tuning what their correction factor is but they would not share it with us. You can see it is reading VERY high and higher than a Dynojet though. In this instance it is better to focus on the delta which you will often hear tuners say. That means the difference between the two runs as comparing the peak figures to other runs on other dynos is pointless due to the unknown correction factor. Good for marketing, bad for those who want relevant figures to compare with. It can also be very bad for consumers. Why is that you ask? Because some people will dyno without a correction factor and then change the correction factor to show larger gains. A good example of someone who plays with the numbers is Vivid Racing: http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php?4252-Inflated-numbers-Vivid-Racing-claims-407-wheel-horsepower-for-exhaust-and-VR-ECU-tuned-E9X-M3-S65-on-a-Mustang-dyno They claim 407 wheel horsepower for an exhaust and canned tune on a Mustang dyno for the E92 M3. Anyone who has an E92 M3 (like me) and has had these modifications and dyno'd the car knows this is impossible. It looks good for someone who doesn't know that though and wants to buy parts thinking they make a ton of power, right? Always keep in mind when you see figures from a company or tuner you should question them. Independent runs are the best to go by as the person usually isn't trying to sell you anything but just share their results. Also remember the Mustang can be configured like most dynamometers to read whatever the operator wants it to read. If vendors and tuners did not play with dyno runs for sales we would have a great resource to work with for comparisons and so forth. You can not trust all tuners to do so. Fortunately, VF-Engineering has no dog in the fight and provided us with a variety of runs showing the difference between their Mustang and their Dynojet. Yes, they have both. That is the proper way to do it. One dyno for tuning and one for marketing. Rather than correcting figures with whatever percentage generates the most sales they show the uncorrected runs on both machines so people can learn from and reference the pulls. BMW 335i (N55) Stage TWO Dynojet: Mustang: An 18.2% difference between the peak horsepower on the tuned figures. There will be variance from run to run, day to day, fuel to fuel, gear to gear, etc. Ultimately, remember, while dyno runs can tell you a lot about a motor or modifications they can also mislead people. Even worse, people can read them incorrectly and spread misinformation or manipulate them to sell parts. A dyno is just one, albeit important, piece of the performance puzzle.
    18 replies | 1525 view(s)
  • 123ersan's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 12:56 PM
    123ersan started a thread Spec stage3+ & steel SMFW in N54
    My 1 year old oem clutch and flywheel has started slipping at 20psi on pure stage 2 and just ordered stage3+ and SMFW. After much research I've found out that the metal TOB is supposed to be a POS and a new oem clutch fork and TOB is the better option? Is this still the case or do I take the risk and put the TOB that spec supplied and reccomends? Any feedback from long term users regarding the stage3+ with the metal TOB or the oem piece? Any info would be great.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 03:33 AM
    A recent article about a Mustang dyno run for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio exposed a large flaw in traditional dyno thinking. On this website most readers know that you can not just grab a graph from one type of dyno and compare it to another dyno and expect the numbers to be uniform. Unfortunately, the average person does not understand this which is what led to someone putting out an article stating the Giulia Quadrifoglio is not making its stated output which sets understanding of dyno runs back instead of helping educate. Let's start with the idea that cars suffer from 15% drivetrain losses. Where did this idea start? Why is it 15%? It originated with the Dynojet and became a rule of thumb on automotive forums for manual transmission cars. The percentage changes based on if the car is automatic (20%) or even all wheel drive and automatic (25%). The problem here is that while the conversion factor works well to extrapolate crank horsepower from peak Dynojet figures at the wheels that is not the way drivetrain losses work. First of all, losses are not static. There is no one set figure for losses. What does this mean? It means that your losses in 5th gear at 8000 rpm will be different from 2nd gear at 2000 rpm. The loss figure will change based on rpm, load, and even what accessories are running. Stating all manual cars suffer from a single set figure is flawed for this reason. Not to mention that figure only works on the Dynojet which is inertia based. BMW M cars used to follow the number exactly back when they were naturally aspirated: E46 M3 S54 Displacement: 3.2 liter Horsepower: 343 Torque: 269 lb-ft Wheel Horsepower: 280 Wheel Torque: 235 E92 M4 S65 Displacement: 4.0 liter Horsepower: 414 Torque: 300 lb-ft Wheel Horsepower: 350 Wheel Torque: 254 lb-ft 85% of 414 horsepower is 351.9. Notice the E92 M3 is almost exactly at 15%. DCT models would actually dyno slightly less than manual examples due to the wet clutch dual clutch having higher losses. For the E46 M3 85% of 333 horsepower is 283.05. Again, the E46 M3 is almost perfectly at 15% losses on the Dynojet. It's almost scary how consistently close BMW was to this figure. Now, in comes the turbo era. Let's see what happens when we get to the F80 M3. F80 M3 S55 Horsepower: 425 Torque: 406 lb-ft Wheel horsepower: 427 Wheel torque: 429 How is the S55 engine producing more horsepower at the wheels than it is rated at the crank by BMW? Does the F80 M3 have a magical transmission with negative losses that somehow adds power? Of course not. The DCT transmission in the F80 M3 works the same way as the DCT transmission in the E92 M3. What happened was the 15% Dynojet loss rule went out the window when the turbo power war started. BMW is able to claim a lower number to not push an output war on paper yet delivers far more where it matters, to the tires. The drivetrain losses are still about the same for the transmission and rear wheel drive layout as the previous generation despite it no longer lining up with the crank horsepower figure which is practically meaningless. How does this all look on a Mustang load bearing or eddy current variant? Well, very different. While the Dynojet is spinning a drum of a set weight and calculating the result based on how quickly that weight is spun the Mustang dyno creates load. Why is this important? Because it simulates real world conditions which is great for tuning. A tuner can provide all kinds of different scenarios. The spool on the Mustang for a turbo motor will look different than on a Dynojet. Often time real world spool is much quicker than what is shown on a Dynojet graph due to load which generates exhaust gases more quickly for the turbochargers. Note: Dynojet operators can optionally eddy current load control as well which muddies comparisons further. The other day BimmerBoost posted an article on VF-Engineering's F87 M2 ECU flash software and provided Dynojet runs. Let's take a look at the same M2 running the same Stage I software on a Mustang: Now the Dynojet: 269 rear wheel horsepower for the Mustang and 331 rear wheel horsepower for the Dynojet on the baseline figure. That is a difference of 62 horsepower at the wheels or 18.7 %. If you take that 18.7% difference and apply it to the tuned run on the Mustang which shows 287 to the wheels you get 354 horsepower. Almost exactly what the Dynojet tuned run shows. This is not an exact science as you can see. However, if you were to dyno cars all day on the Dynojet and on this Mustang you would see the runs follow very closely to the ~18% difference between the two. So is that it? Just convert Mustang runs by 18.7% to get a Dynojet number? No. Things actually get very muddied due to the games tuners play. Here is an example. The new Porsche 991.2 Carrera S on a Dynojet: 380 horsepower to the wheels. Now here is a 991.2 Carrera S on a Mustang from AWE-Tuning: Why does the Mustang dyno show more power now? Because it is being corrected to read higher. People do not like low numbers and high numbers are better for marketing. BoostAddict asked AWE-Tuning what their correction factor is but they would not share it with us. You can see it is reading VERY high and higher than a Dynojet though. In this instance it is better to focus on the delta which you will often hear tuners say. That means the difference between the two runs as comparing the peak figures to other runs on other dynos is pointless due to the unknown correction factor. Good for marketing, bad for those who want relevant figures to compare with. It can also be very bad for consumers. Why is that you ask? Because some people will dyno without a correction factor and then change the correction factor to show larger gains. A good example of someone who plays with the numbers is Vivid Racing: http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php?4252-Inflated-numbers-Vivid-Racing-claims-407-wheel-horsepower-for-exhaust-and-VR-ECU-tuned-E9X-M3-S65-on-a-Mustang-dyno They claim 407 wheel horsepower for an exhaust and canned tune on a Mustang dyno for the E92 M3. Anyone who has an E92 M3 (like me) and has had these modifications and dyno'd the car knows this is impossible. It looks good for someone who doesn't know that though and wants to buy parts thinking they make a ton of power, right? Always keep in mind when you see figures from a company or tuner you should question them. Independent runs are the best to go by as the person usually isn't trying to sell you anything but just share their results. Also remember the Mustang can be configured like most dynamometers to read whatever the operator wants it to read. If vendors and tuners did not play with dyno runs for sales we would have a great resource to work with for comparisons and so forth. You can not trust all tuners to do so. Fortunately, VF-Engineering has no dog in the fight and provided us with a variety of runs showing the difference between their Mustang and their Dynojet. Yes, they have both. That is the proper way to do it. One dyno for tuning and one for marketing. Rather than correcting figures with whatever percentage generates the most sales they show the uncorrected runs on both machines so people can learn from and reference the pulls. BMW 335i (N55) Stage TWO Dynojet: Mustang: An 18.2% difference between the peak horsepower on the tuned figures. There will be variance from run to run, day to day, fuel to fuel, gear to gear, etc. Ultimately, remember, while dyno runs can tell you a lot about a motor or modifications they can also mislead people. Even worse, people can read them incorrectly and spread misinformation or manipulate them to sell parts. A dyno is just one, albeit important, piece of the performance puzzle.
    18 replies | 1054 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 09:51 PM
    Great news for BMW F87 M2 owners looking for quite a bit more power and torque out of their M2. The chassis of the car is capable of handling much more power than BMW gives it but we all know it can not be allowed to encroach on the mighty M3/M4. Well, in comes VF-Engineering to the rescue with Stage I and II Hex Tuning software. Let's start with taking a look at Stage I on a Dynojet in STD and uncorrected plots: You see a big torque gain before 3000 rpm and gains throughout the curve which level off toward redline. The N55B30T0 is not exactly a classic M top end design but it sees over 400 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with just the Stage I tune. Now let's look at Stage II: The Stage II software picks up 52 peak wheel horsepower but the torque gain is a massive 78 lb-ft at the wheels. The peak torque figure is an incredible 442 lb-ft on the Dynojet. That is something you are going to feel. I can say that with certainty as I went for a ride in VF-Engineering's Hex Tuned M2 and it is very stout down low. It pushes you into your seat right away. Does it pull like a freight train up top? No, but that is the nature of the N55B30T0 engine. The software complements the factory curve and just gives you more of everything including more power in the upper rev range where it is desperately needed. The software is not just about power and torque gains but offers additional features such as a limiter delete, throttle overrun (exhaust burble), start up roar, and an increased power level on the Sport Display. It all felt very OEM and worked perfectly. You wouldn't want a stock M2 after trying it out, let's put it that way.
    20 replies | 714 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 09:01 PM
    So close to the 10's you can just feel it. You can also bet this car will be in the 10's soon as these runs were made at full weight and 1275 feet of density altitude. What makes this impressive is the S4 is still using the factory 1.32 liter Eaton blower. That is where the APR dual pulley system and Ultracharger throttle body upgrade come into play in order to squeeze every ounce of performance from the SC unit. You may be asking, how did APR almost cut a half second in elapsed time from the 2014 S4 that ran 11.5 @ 121 with these upgrades? Well, this car utilized their race gas tune as well as a more aggressive pulley setup among other things: 2012 Audi S4 (B8) 3.0 TFSI S Tronic APR ECU Upgrade - Stage 2+ Ultracharger APR TCU Upgrade APR Ultracharger Throttle Body Upgrade APR Supercharger Drive Pulley APR Supercharger Crank Pulley APR Coolant Performance System APR Intake System 2.5 Exhaust System with Testpipes Street Tires Full Interior Sunoco GT260 Plus To think they are about to get 10's out of the car on the factory blower using boost only and no nitrous is incredible. APR has literally pushed it to the maximum.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 09:46 PM
    Great news for BMW F87 M2 owners looking for quite a bit more power and torque out of their M2. The chassis of the car is capable of handling much more power than BMW gives it but we all know it can not be allowed to encroach on the mighty M3/M4. Well, in comes VF-Engineering to the rescue with Stage I and II Hex Tuning software. Let's start with taking a look at Stage I on a Dynojet in STD and uncorrected plots: You see a big torque gain before 3000 rpm and gains throughout the curve which level off toward redline. The N55B30T0 is not exactly a classic M top end design but it sees over 400 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with just the Stage I tune. Now let's look at Stage II: The Stage II software picks up 52 peak wheel horsepower but the torque gain is a massive 78 lb-ft at the wheels. The peak torque figure is an incredible 442 lb-ft on the Dynojet. That is something you are going to feel. I can say that with certainty as I went for a ride in VF-Engineering's Hex Tuned M2 and it is very stout down low. It pushes you into your seat right away. Does it pull like a freight train up top? No, but that is the nature of the N55B30T0 engine. The software complements the factory curve and just gives you more of everything including more power in the upper rev range where it is desperately needed. The software is not just about power and torque gains but offers additional features such as a limiter delete, throttle overrun (exhaust burble), start up roar, and an increased power level on the Sport Display. It all felt very OEM and worked perfectly. You wouldn't want a stock M2 after trying it out, let's put it that way.
    20 replies | 247 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 11:26 PM
    GAD Motors produces some incredible Mercedes-AMG builds and products. Unfortunately, documentation is not their strong suit and dyno runs as well as information on their builds are hard to come by. This particular C207 E-Class coupe gets an M157 swap. Mercedes-AMG regrets not building an E63 AMG Coupe for the C207 generation. GAD Motors steps in to fix that. The M157 gets forged internals and a displacement bump from 5.5 liters to 5.8. As far as further details, GAD Motors doesn't provide any. They refer to this as their 'Stage VIP' level which is another way of saying you better have a ton of money. They certainly provide a good amount of power for whatever it is the build costs. They hit 1049 horsepower and 1050 lb-ft of torque at the crank: You can see an acceleration video of the car below although it is not on the race gas tune in the above dyno run: Certainly quick although it doesn't quite look like 900+ horsepower. It would be great to see what it runs in kill mode in the 1/4 mile although the owner probably isn't one of those people who cares about providing data. An impressive engine swap and build regardless.
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  • Grand_hustle17's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 12:11 PM
    Grand_hustle17 started a thread Smoking at start up in N54
    I am getting a very annoying smoking on start up that I cannot seem to figure out... Here are some of the things I did that did not help what so ever lol Valve cover gasket Replaced all 6 injectors 24 spark plugs (they kept blowing out.. now using NGK 5992). 6 Coil pack with all of this the car still smokes at start up, did a compression and a leak down test (mechanic did) all of which came back within spec. I am thinking there is something small that I am overlooking or just don't know but this is driving me crazy. I've thought of valve seal but I thought leak down test would've reveal that issue. I am single turbo and have stock exhaust cats, I am wondering could they just have been bad??... the car only smokes after 3 minutes of start up then it goes away, but once its parked for 10minutes or more there will be a smoking on start up again. consumes oil extremely fast. I am at a lost outside of just replacing the whole darn engine:angry-banghead: lol. and if I see 1 smoke cloud I feed it with a lil bit of fire to help itself :laughing-rofl:
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    03-24-2017, 10:49 PM
    Twisted Tuning's N54 Direct port Meth Injection Conversion Kit is an affordable and most durable option on the market for your N54 (N55 coming soon) for those enthusiasts that already have a meth injection system (whether in the chargepipe or Throttle body) and want to convert their system over to the PROVEN best method of secondary fluid injection. Link To Purchase: http://www.twisted-visionz.com/_p/prd16/4595263651/product/bmw-n54-direct-port-meth-injection-conversion Made from CNC 6061 T6 Aluminum stock machined to spec with tight tolerances. Kit Includes: -Direct Port Plate -Lengthened mounting Studs and associated hardware -Gaskets -Tapped for 1/8th NPT Meth nozzles -6 Hypersonic Meth Nozzles w/holders and checkvalves -Fluid Distribution Block (main meth feed line connects to this to disperse fluid flow to 6 ports) -10 feet of 1/4" nylon hose -Anti-Siphon Solenoid Upgrade -Nine 1/4" push-lock fittings ***For other than 1/8th NPT port tapping please inquire ahead of time by emailing us at: twistedtuned@gmail.com so that we can discuss and try to accommodate your needs*** Direct Port injection is the best way for secondary injection of any fuel. Whether you are using the injection for cooling or for supplemental fueling to the Factory DI system. Direct port injection alleviates the worry for fluid distribution issues well known to the N54. **Nozzle mounting is located on the bottom side of the plate when mounted** **Plate is 25mm in thickness with thick runner bridges which prevents any warping from heat cycling and to promote a constant sealing surface to reduce chances of leaks**
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-23-2017, 10:15 PM
    We have several guys overseas so this might help them. I don't know this company or have any result to share but it may be worth looking into: Says a Stage 3 TDO4 option is in development as well.
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  • mj6234's Avatar
    03-25-2017, 08:34 PM
    mj6234 started a thread 29D1 - Cyl 5 Misfire in N54
    K, started getting this. Here is what I have done so far. New index 12 injectors 1500mi ago (coded as well). Car ran fine after install. until recently. New coils (all cylinders) New plugs Walnut blast 1500mi ago. Still getting this code. If I floor it in 3rd gear from 2000, the car misfires, struggles and eventually throws 29D1. Attached is a log. I see bank 2 is very rich, which I guess could be because of the misfire. I have no idea what it could possibly be. Bank 2 primary O2 sensor dying? Car idles fine. Cruise is fine. WOT seems better (i.e. smooth) after 3000 rpm. I haven't tried resetting adaptions and didnt reset them after I changed the injectors.
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  • TwistedTuning's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Twisted Tuning's N54 Direct port Meth Injection Conversion Kit is an affordable and most durable option on the market for your N54 (N55 coming soon) for those enthusiasts that already have a meth injection system (whether in the chargepipe or Throttle body) and want to convert their system over to the PROVEN best method of secondary fluid injection. Link To Purchase: http://www.twisted-visionz.com/_p/prd16/4595263651/product/bmw-n54-direct-port-meth-injection-conversion Made from CNC 6061 T6 Aluminum stock machined to spec with tight tolerances. Kit Includes: -Direct Port Plate -Lengthened mounting Studs and associated hardware -Gaskets -Tapped for 1/8th NPT Meth nozzles -6 Hypersonic Meth Nozzles w/holders and checkvalves -Fluid Distribution Block (main meth feed line connects to this to disperse fluid flow to 6 ports) -10 feet of 1/4" nylon hose -Anti-Siphon Solenoid Upgrade -Nine 1/4" push-lock fittings ***For other than 1/8th NPT port tapping please inquire ahead of time by emailing us at: twistedtuned@gmail.com so that we can discuss and try to accommodate your needs*** Direct Port injection is the best way for secondary injection of any fuel. Whether you are using the injection for cooling or for supplemental fueling to the Factory DI system. Direct port injection alleviates the worry for fluid distribution issues well known to the N54. **Nozzle mounting is located on the bottom side of the plate when mounted** **Plate is 25mm in thickness with thick runner bridges which prevents any warping from heat cycling and to promote a constant sealing surface to reduce chances of leaks**
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-25-2017, 10:54 PM
    BoostAddict member @The Ghost took his C6 Z06 to TX2K17 and had a bit of fun. His Z06 has upgraded heads, an aftermarket cam, intake, and is tuned on E85 ethanol. The car is in the ~600 whp range and definitely is making efficient use of its power. The first video has the Z06 run a single turbo N54 said to have a GT35R turbocharger. The Z06 dispatches it rather easily. Up next is another Z06 with a cam and bolt ons plus a 150 shot. Surprisingly, this Z06 has trouble until the bottle pressure is up at which point there is a good run between the two. This nitrous setup needs to be dialed in a bit better. A bolt on ZL1 LSA tries its luck next. The driver is either asleep or that car is a waste of gas. The second video below has more runs. First up is a second generation CTS-V LSA with bolt ons on E85. Not much of a race. Next up is a Honda S2000 with a Precision 6766 turbocharger. This is a light package that should be strong on the highway. It isn't. Another 335i joins in and possibly is single turbo. If so, it's time for a bigger turbo or a better setup. A GT350 Mustang tries its luck next. Suffice it say, time for boost. The final run is a ZL1 LSA with bolt ons and it holds off the Z06 when given the hit. A follow up run has the Z06 pull pretty easily. Overall, this is a very stout C6 Z06 for the mods stated.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-25-2017, 10:41 PM
    BoostAddict member @The Ghost took his C6 Z06 to TX2K17 and had a bit of fun. His Z06 has upgraded heads, an aftermarket cam, intake, and is tuned on E85 ethanol. The car is in the ~600 whp range and definitely is making efficient use of its power. The first video has the Z06 run a single turbo N54 said to have a GT35R turbocharger. The Z06 dispatches it rather easily. Up next is another Z06 with a cam and bolt ons plus a 150 shot. Surprisingly, this Z06 has trouble until the bottle pressure is up at which point there is a good run between the two. This nitrous setup needs to be dialed in a bit better. A bolt on ZL1 LSA tries its luck next. The driver is either asleep or that car is a waste of gas. The second video below has more runs. First up is a second generation CTS-V LSA with bolt ons on E85. Not much of a race. Next up is a Honda S2000 with a Precision 6766 turbocharger. This is a light package that should be strong on the highway. It isn't. Another 335i joins in and possibly is single turbo. If so, it's time for a bigger turbo or a better setup. A GT350 Mustang tries its luck next. Suffice it say, time for boost. The final run is a ZL1 LSA with bolt ons and it holds off the Z06 when given the hit. A follow up run has the Z06 pull pretty easily. Overall, this is a very stout C6 Z06 for the mods stated.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 10:01 PM
    PTF (Pro Tuning Freaks) is really impressing with their Bootmod3 tuning software on a variety of BMW platforms. Look at these OTS (off the shelf) tuned S63TU results with just the Bootmod3 Stage 1 pump gas ECU flash. 609 rear wheel horsepower and 592 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Incredible numbers for just a flash. Now, in order to use the PTF Bootmod3 software and do OBD-II flash tuning (which also allows remote tuning like the F10 M5 in the article) the ECU must first be unlocked. After it is unlocked, you can then get custom dyno tunes, do OTS tunes, downpipe tunes, race gas tunes, etc. Whatever you want the car to be tuned for really. Then again, you can just set it forget it with an OTS map and enjoy an immensely powerful car. The Bootmod3 FAQ is here: https://www.protuningfreaks.com/pages/bootmod3-faq
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    03-23-2017, 10:45 PM
    camberadam started a thread WTF gas tank?! in N54
    After beating my head against a wall for 3 hours trying to get the top hat notch to line up, I think I discovered a factory Friday flaw... All pics online show the notch @ approx 1-2 oclock. Notice mine is more in the 10-11 range. I THINK this is what was causing all my issues (none of the internal plumbing fit). Makes sense if the pump is clocked almost 90* out... The "notch ring" appears to be separate from the tank itself (notches/tabs molded into tank 90*). I tried prying up on it a little to reclock it, but stopped before disaster. looking at diagrams, I can't buy it. And as far as the top hat that came off the car, it does look like the area above the notch has been rubbed harder by the retaining ring. This makes me think they just cranked down on the retainer ring a little harder. 1. Am I correct or just need sleep? If I decide to trim the top hat & make it work (I REALLY don't want to drop the tank to try & separate the ring from tank) I need to know how to orient the pump. 2. Are the 2 hoses in the top hat parallel to centerline of car (that makes the float arm run almost perfect L & R)? Or off slightly?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 AM
    It's time to recognize the S63TU as the king of the BMW turbo era motors. It may be a bit of a stump puller compared to previous generation M5 motors but all that torque sure makes for a package that moves especially with added boost. Which is good because it is moving 4300+ pound cars. It is a bit of a shame BMW does not put the engine in something lighter. Compared to the factory turbo BMW I6's the S63TU is more reliable and easier to hit higher horsepower levels with. We have yet to see what it is truly capable of with monster twins instead of hybrid turbo upgrades. This F10 M5 does not even have upgraded turbochargers but is running a JB4 with methanol injection and a backend flash tune. So how does it do? Incredibly well however the owner tends to do very quick honks and jump early. Whether it is cheating or not is up to you to decide. Run 1: An 800 hp C7 Z06. The M5 gets the lead due to a jump and holds it until letting off. Impressive. Run 2: What appears to be a stock 458 Italia. The Ferrari is demolished. Run 3: A turbo Coyote from On3 Performance. Sounds like it belongs to a girl which gives her bonus points except she gets smoked. Run 4: 5th gen Camaro. Nope. Just nope. Run 5: A Mclaren 570S although the McLaren doesn't seem to be ready. The car runs 135 stock, this race should look different. Run 6: 1100+ HP GT500. They say the GT500 is still looking for traction to this day. Run 7: A 900 hp turbo Coyote. This is the first car to really beat the M5 and pull a bit. They run twice and in the second run the M5 jumps early but the Coyote runs him down. Run 8: Some 1100+ hp 350Z with who knows what done to it. Sounds like an insane engine swap. It's fast. Very fast.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 08:56 PM
    We know the APR Stage III+ EA888 2.0 turbo upgrade kit is showing incredible performance on the strip. Not to mention on the dyno with cars clearing 500 horsepower to the wheels on race gas. So what does the in cabin acceleration of that kind of power actually look like? Well, like this: Holy crap that thing is fast.
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    Today, 04:22 AM
    CARB (California Air Resources Board) is doing its darndest to ruin performance cars for everyone. What is the problem? CARB is adopting standards for 2025 that automakers believe are far too strict. Why is this a problem? First of all, automakers already stated they simply can not meet the previously proposed standards. Secondly, the rest of the states in the union would be forced to acknowledge CARB's decision. That means even if you do not live in California CARB would still be able to push your state around. Imagine for a moment a new car coming out with a lot of horsepower that is very efficient and meets EPA standards but does not meet CARB standards. Effectively, there would be two sets of emission standards in the USA but the CARB standards could force that automaker to abandon selling the car in the United States or even worse not bother producing it. Want to know what is truly troubling? Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia all decided to agree to CARB's standards. That means many of you are not exempt from California's eco-nazis even if you do not live in California. CARB gets away with setting federal standards as it pre-dates the EPA and a waiver under the Federal Clean Air Act means their emission standards must be recognized by other states. What will happen? Who knows. The Trump administration froze EPA grants to CARB hitting them where it hurts. The Trump administration also cut funding to the EPA. The Obama administration on their way out rushed approval of new EPA standards that align with CARB prior to Trump taking office. CARB blames the automakers: The White House believes California is going too far: As you can see, this is all pretty messy and will involve a lot of lawyers on taxpayer dime to sort out. The best case scenario is that CARB's waiver is revoked effectively neutralizing their power. The worst case scenario is two standards floating around which carmakers simply decide not to even bother with and stop producing performance cars altogether for the US market. Thanks a lot California.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2017, 09:53 PM
    PTF (Pro Tuning Freaks) is really impressing with their Bootmod3 tuning software on a variety of BMW platforms. Look at these OTS (off the shelf) tuned S63TU results with just the Bootmod3 Stage 1 pump gas ECU flash. 609 rear wheel horsepower and 592 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Incredible numbers for just a flash. Now, in order to use the PTF Bootmod3 software and do OBD-II flash tuning (which also allows remote tuning like the F10 M5 in the article) the ECU must first be unlocked. After it is unlocked, you can then get custom dyno tunes, do OTS tunes, downpipe tunes, race gas tunes, etc. Whatever you want the car to be tuned for really. Then again, you can just set it forget it with an OTS map and enjoy an immensely powerful car. The Bootmod3 FAQ is here: https://www.protuningfreaks.com/pages/bootmod3-faq
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-26-2017, 12:25 AM
    Last month BenzBoost reported that Pure Turbos was working on a turbocharger upgrade for the new 4.0 liter M177 and M178 motors under the hood of the W205 C63 and C190 AMG GT respectively. Well, now we have the results for the M177. How does 634 horsepower and 608 lb-ft of torque at the wheels sound? On pump fuel no less? No methanol, no E85, just what you can easily run every day. The other modifications are downpipes and an aftermarket exhaust. That's it. Considering the heft of the C63 the added torque will be appreciated. Plus, F80 M3's are showing strongly so an M177 turbo upgrade is a good idea for W205 C63 owners who want to easily dispatch tuned competition. As for the M178 under the hood of the AMG GT, results for that will have to wait for now until someone does the upgrade.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:11 AM
    CARB (California Air Resources Board) is doing its darndest to ruin performance cars for everyone. What is the problem? CARB is adopting standards for 2025 that automakers believe are far too strict. Why is this a problem? First of all, automakers already stated they simply can not meet the previously proposed standards. Secondly, the rest of the states in the union would be forced to acknowledge CARB's decision. That means even if you do not live in California CARB would still be able to push your state around. Imagine for a moment a new car coming out with a lot of horsepower that is very efficient and meets EPA standards but does not meet CARB standards. Effectively, there would be two sets of emission standards in the USA but the CARB standards could force that automaker to abandon selling the car in the United States or even worse not bother producing it. Want to know what is truly troubling? Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia all decided to agree to CARB's standards. That means many of you are not exempt from California's eco-nazis even if you do not live in California. CARB gets away with setting federal standards as it pre-dates the EPA and a waiver under the Federal Clean Air Act means their emission standards must be recognized by other states. What will happen? Who knows. The Trump administration froze EPA grants to CARB hitting them where it hurts. The Trump administration also cut funding to the EPA. The Obama administration on their way out rushed approval of new EPA standards that align with CARB prior to Trump taking office. CARB blames the automakers: The White House believes California is going too far: As you can see, this is all pretty messy and will involve a lot of lawyers on taxpayer dime to sort out. The best case scenario is that CARB's waiver is revoked effectively neutralizing their power. The worst case scenario is two standards floating around which carmakers simply decide not to even bother with and stop producing performance cars altogether for the US market. Thanks a lot California.
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