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  • Stucks's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 AM
    Stucks started a thread Nizpro cracked N54 6AT tcu? in N54
    Apparently it has been officially stated that Nizpro in Australia has finally cracked the 6AT tcu and will be able to flash them. If this is in fact true, i wonder what the future holds for us 6AT guys. I also wonder if the flashing will work with those of us who already have level 10 valve bodies and converters. Interesting and fun times ahead.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 06:13 AM
    In the N54 world there are three transmissions mated to the motor as sold by BMW. There is a manual 6-speed, dual clutch transmission, and an automatic from ZF (ZF Friedrichshafen AG) which has six speeds and has the model name 6HP21. High power N54's have thus far been relegated to the manual transmission as the clutch can easily be upgraded. The dual clutch transmission is in far less N54 powered cars and although upgrades are available the amount of DCT guys pushing big power with a huge single turbo for example is relatively small at least as it pertains to N54 motors. The odd man out has been the automatic yet it is numerically the option with the most cars on the road. Why? Why has the automatic been so tough to upgrade? Well, there are a few reasons. For one, nobody has (until now) cracked the TCU or transmission control unit. Additionally, even if you have software control of the transmission there really are not any serious material upgrades that can hold big torque from say a big turbo kit. Oh, sure, people will point to Level 10 transmission upgrades but the reality is Level 10 is only an option to replace factory parts and get a broken transmission working again. They have never demonstrated an ability to hold the kind of power the manuals hold. That is where Propulsive Dynamics comes in. Their proprietary G3 material works in concert with Kolene Steels, a proprietary patent-pend bi-metallic bushing alloy and increased surface area in the holding clutches, to result in an increase in holding capacity of 30.4%. This friction increase is not some number pulled out of thin air but a result of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) testing. Pretty awesome stuff, right? There is much more information to come but for now rest assured automatic N54 fans that a serious upgrade that can handle whatever you throw at it is on the horizon. That means we will finally see N54's take that next step forward especially when it comes to times on the drag strip. Is 2016 the year of the N54 automatic? It sure is shaping up that way.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    Here is the scenario. You work overseas and have a Porsche 996 Turbo. You see a classified ad go up from Vivid Racing for a 4.0 liter stroker short block advertised with a new crank, new pistons, new rings, new Darton sleeves, new gaskets, etc. Sounds good right? Especially considering the advertised $10k price is less than doing this all yourself and assembling all the parts and having the block sleeved. So what is the problem? The customer did not get what was advertised: Basically, what was advertised as new and in great condition simply was not true. Not to mention the scuffed and rusted liners with marks in the flange which he asks Vivid to replace. Vivid says Darton is responsible and Darton says they sold this to Vivid over 2 years ago and who knows what happened since then. Darton is right in this instance, they can not be expected to replace parts Vivid messed with or did not store properly. The solution here is very simple. Vivid should replace the parts, right? Well, they didn't. Rather than replacing the damaged sleeves Vivid is willing to sell more at cost since Darton won't be suckered into paying for Vivid's mistakes and should not be expected to. Vivid knew they were selling something that was not brand new and perfect as advertised and they just wanted to pass this onto a sucker who would have to shell out more out of pocket to get it working. That line about exceeding customer expectations and satisfactions is just a load of horse shit or a sick joke. This is honestly nothing new with Vivid. They will exaggerate or misrepresent things to make sales. We have seen it before such as when they claimed 407 wheel horsepower from a BMW S65 V8 with their tune on a Mustang dyno which is impossible unless one messes with the correction factor which they clearly did to exaggerate the capability of the tune they were selling. Vivid is all about making money and they do not seem to care how they get it. They basically just ship a lot of parts to a lot of people. It's why they acquired the HPF (Horsepower Freaks) name to simply utilize another brand to ship more and more parts from their warehouse. The bottom line is they don't give a crap about their customers and won't do the right thing if it means money out of their pockets. Think this is an isolated incident? Read this 60 page thread on Vivid's business practices which goes from praise to horro stories in a hurry: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337726 Why do people keep going to them? Caveat Emptor.
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Today, 02:53 AM
    Hey Everyone, Itís about time for some exciting announcements from VTT. This has been a long time coming! As most of you know, I've taken over online representation for Vargas -but that's not the only thing I do for fun. The overarching announcement is that VTT is now one piece of a bigger group; Vargas Performance Group, or VPG. There are 3 major parts of VPG: 1: VTT (Vargas Turbocharger Technologies): Turbocharger Manufacture/Repair/Upgrades/Sales 2: VPP (Vargas Performance Products): Performance Parts Manufacture/Sales 3: VHP (Vargas Hi Performance): Turbocharger & Performance Parts Installation/Service Iíll quickly go over some announcements as they pertain to each category: VTT NEWS GC's: This is the one many of you have been waiting for. You know the ones -the stock location twin turbo setup that made 736 whp. Just look at the power under the curve! Street spool will be even better! The VTT GCís have started arriving and the first sets have shipped. We expect a second shipment shortly and the remainder of them by the first week in June. The plan is to quickly get caught up on all existing orders and soon after be in a position such that they are available for same day shipping. Note for those who got the ceramic coating; as of this week, itís adding around a week to the ship date. Bundles: GCís can now be bundled with installation ($1000 for inst. labor at VHP, more on that later) and/or a PTF tune ($249 for a MHD tune, $499 for a MHD tune with PI) 93 Octane Testing: I know there are some unfortunate souls out there who don't have access to E85 and for whatever reason don't want to use methanol. For them, we WILL be doing some pump gas testing. Expect this late 2nd quarter/very early 3rd quarter (read that: around July).I don't even want to speculate on dyno numbers -we'll find out while testing and post those results. VPP NEWS Vargas Performance Products. These are all teasers -think of this post as a quick look into the VPP crystal ball looking forward. Here are a few things in the works for VPP and one thing we're just too excited about not to share: Line Lock Kit: Here are a couple development pics -not final config by any means. This will fit all E9X and E8X, not sure about 535's or Z4's -we'll be looking for testers there down the road. Port Injection Plate with Top Mount Injectors: Anyone say they wanted an N54 port injection kit with top mount injectors? We heard you, and we agree -if you can fit them, top mounts are worth doing. We can and we are. ~3rd quarter 2016. S55 Love: We're not just playing with N54's here... the S55 gets some love too -how about some port injection (bottom mount -no room up top)? Oh, and GC's for the S55 are already in process -very late 2016/early 2017 release on those. Transmission Fun: By now everyone and their grandmother has heard the awesome news about Nizpro and the magic they're doing with transmissions. We're working directly with them and will have one the first fully built and flashed transmissions from them. While this (obviously) isn't a VPP product, we're very excited about this and have some high hopes for this really being a huge jump forward for the platform. VHP NEWS Wouldn't you rather have your turbos installed by the same guys who made them? A shop that understands turbos and has 100+ installs under their belts? If you're within driving distance of Hayward, CA, you can buy turbos, schedule an install, and have VHP install them for $1000 labor. Of course you still need to buy your gaskets (we have an installation kit for $230) and do an oil change while you're there, but it makes for a pretty good deal -especially after the GC's are in stock and available same-day. OTHER STUFF Expect more updates with more products, more accurate ship-by dates and more options for everyone. And I'm just getting started... Chris
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    Today, 12:41 AM
    PDU started a thread For Sale: F Series N55 Part out. in Buy/Sell - Parts
    F Series JB4/EWG (one wire was damaged during uninstall), Flex Fuel, OBD II connect, USB Data cable + OTG wire for tablet connect. + AIC Split Sec PI controller w/ JB4 integration. PI Integration FW is loaded. If you want to buy together but don't have PI yet you can disconnect , switch up FW. Just reconnect + FW when your PI ready. The JB4 is an EWG board but was purchased before they started shipping as complete sets, so everything was added on that comes standard now. Not as pretty as a brand new one but gets the job done nonetheless, brand new weather proof case. JB4 only =350.00 Split Sec only = 250.00 Package deal = 550.00 3.5 Bar N20 tmap sensor - 65.00 BMS Intake = 125.00 REV 9 FMIC =225.00 Fuel it STG 2 LPFP = 500 (Keep your core, still in car will remove tomorrow 25 May) Shipping is included via USPS 2-3 Day Priority. or I'll be at BimmerFest if anyone wants to pick up in person.
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    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    markbimmer started a thread E65/E66: 06 750Li N62B48 in 7 Series
    Might have posted in the wrong section, technically I am N62TU. I am rebuilding my N62B48 that I am keeping progress on bimmerfest and I know there is not much resources on the web. I originally wanted to just keep this thing stock but considering prices are pretty close going with OE piston/rods or JE Pistons/Pauter Rods (custom made) I figure might as well not go with the aftermarket forged internals. Now I wanted to keep this car for a long time and since I am rebuilding to like new condition I want to hit at least 200k easy. I hear aftermarket forged internals dont last as long as OE so what do yall guys think on that? Another question was a port and polish job, I have the block and heads at a reputable machine shop right now and the heads are getting a valve job so the P&P was just another might as well. I am polishing the crank, making sure the block is in tip-top shape, and replacing all bearings, along with oil pump, gaskets, etc.
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    Yesterday, 01:34 PM
    Hey guys, first post here. I am rebuilding my N62B48 that I am keeping progress on bimmerfest and I know there is not much resources on the web. I originally wanted to just keep this thing stock but considering prices are pretty close going with OE piston/rods or JE Pistons/Pauter Rods (custom made) I figure might as well not go with the aftermarket forged internals. Now I wanted to keep this car for a long time and since I am rebuilding to like new condition I want to hit at least 200k easy. I hear aftermarket forged internals dont last as long as OE so what do yall guys think on that? Another question was a port and polish job, I have the block and heads at a reputable machine shop right now and the heads are getting a valve job so the P&P was just another might as well. I am polishing the crank, making sure the block is in tip-top shape, and replacing all bearings, along with oil pump, gaskets, etc.
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  • blisstik's Avatar
    Today, 10:53 AM
    blisstik replied to a thread Pro-tips - Engine mounts in N54
    Yeah, I have the Defiv lockdown kit as well (it has solid diff bushings) and M3 subframe bushings. It is stiff in the back so that could be adding to all the noise I hear.
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  • jyamona@motiv's Avatar
    Today, 10:51 AM
    jyamona@motiv replied to a thread Pro-tips - Engine mounts in N54
    Ahh, if you had this issue you would still notice it on decel even over your exhaust. This isn't quiet enough for an exhaust to mask it. Sounds like you have a different problem.
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  • blisstik's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 AM
    blisstik replied to a thread Pro-tips - Engine mounts in N54
    I notice it more on reverse or 1st gear. My exhaust is overpowering it on the freeway so I can't tell. I'll be swapping mounts in July 1st so I have a 4 day weekend. LOL Not sure when it started, maybe 6 months after the kit was installed. It's been a garage queen as well. Only 7K miles on the kit for over a year now.
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  • jyamona@motiv's Avatar
    Today, 10:40 AM
    jyamona@motiv replied to a thread Pro-tips - Engine mounts in N54
    Same thing here! Do you get it in 5th gear, decel around 3k rpms? I have the same trans mounts, and stock drivers / motiv pass engine mount as you. How soon will you be swapping to the IS mount? I wonder if all of our drivers side engine mounts are shot, or the Rogue trans mounts have busted? Do you remember when it started for you?
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  • LQQKOUT's Avatar
    Today, 10:38 AM
    That would have been my #1 guess from the noise. Spun rod bearings. :(
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