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  • Xearom3's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 02:21 PM
    So I figured I would share my experience with the community. Was out making a couple of pulls @ 25/26psi on my PTE 6466 twin scroll setup when cylinder 1 decided to give up on me. Not surprised a stock engine let go at mid to upper 600's, but I am impressed how long it hung in there. Put up a hell of a fight! Pics at the very bottom of my spare engine that apparently is now gonna get built. Log is from earlier in the evening: Also happened to have my GoPro watching the cluster:
    201 replies | 3786 view(s)
  • 4doorbmwpower's Avatar
    04-24-2015, 08:59 PM
    Can someone tell me more than just... its really hard? so is hacking into the pentagon and people still do it. WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON! can we please find a company that can give us custom TCU flashing? I have emailed a company that does TCU flashing for Ferrari and Porsche, maybe they know a guy.
    124 replies | 3610 view(s)
  • Fishayyy's Avatar
    05-09-2015, 08:02 PM
    So I met up with Payam (@fastgti69) and his friend Jr. today to get my clutch installed along with a few other things. So to start here is a list of all the parts that went in: -Motiv Twin Disc Clutch (Two 6 puck discs with one sprung disc) w/ SMFW -Rogue Tranny Mounts -Redline MTL Transmission Fluid -Bronze Clutch Fork Pivot Pin from Ireland Engineering -Steel Transmission bolts Some specs on my car: -2008 E92 335i -47.8k Miles -Charge Pipe w/ BOV -JB4 G5 First Impressions: Compared to the stock clutch I would say the peddle pressure is about 25%-30% heavier and for reference Payam's clutch (which I believe is a Spec 2+, could be wrong) was about 50% heavier compared to stock. Both were very manageable weights. Now this was probably the most controversial decision of the day but we chose to install the TOB at the low setting. This worried me because it seemed everyone else was using the high setting, but it turns out that it worked just fine. The engagement point of the stock clutch is pretty high up (I'd say roughly 2 inches of travel to disengage), while the Motiv Clutch on the low setting is about 1-2 inches away from the floor. With break in this will raise higher up and I will chime in from time to time to comment on that. Luckily, on my first try I didn't stall my car, but the clutch definitely has a pretty rough engagement compared to stock, albeit it's obviously still breaking in and it has 6-puck discs. With the stock clutch you could easily keep the throttle steady and slowly release the clutch to get the car to inch forward whereas with this clutch you need to pretty much just release the clutch quickly and let it pop and jerk into place otherwise it will shudder and fight you. This eases up and gets smoother as the gears get higher, but I do expect all of this to calm down with time and miles. Lastly, while the clutch is engaged it is definitely smoother in acceleration and deceleration. Previously, I was having "accordion" issues where I would let off the gas, at almost any given speed, in gears 1-2 and my car would jerk back and forth more so than in other manual cars I have driven. With the SMFW when I let off the gas the car will slow down as expected without jerking back and forth violently which is a huuuge plus in my book. P.S. I'm not experiencing any notable clutch rattle, although it is there, you just have to really listen for it. Here's a few simple pictures of the disc and car: Other Impressions: I'm going to elaborate on these more as time goes on, namely because I haven't had a chance to drive the car hard in the turns, but as for the Rogue tranny mounts, they don't seem to add very much NVH; shifter vibrates a little bit more, but that's no big deal/could be caused by the clutch. I am also noticing a slightly more pleasant shift with the Redline MTL in there. It's not a whole new world type of difference, but it did get rid of pretty much all the annoying and unwanted resistance and notchiness from my shifts that used to be there previously. Payam should be chiming in later on some of the install details and decisions, but for now let me know if you have any questions. Here's to another Motiv clutch! :awesome:
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  • Newguy123's Avatar
    05-05-2015, 05:31 PM
    was a good time and a verrrrry hot day. ran 20-21 psi had slight misfire issues throughout the day. https://youtu.be/QGvdW3mexLo
    74 replies | 869 view(s)
  • The Convert's Avatar
    05-12-2015, 10:06 AM
    The Convert started a thread Beware of Frankenturbo in N54
    I recently saw some people posting about 335 stock inlet flow testing results from an Audi company on the other site....Then that company ended up chiming in. It seems like they might start looking into our platform at some point. So, I want to bring to everyone's attention that they are not exactly an upstanding company within the VAG community. See below for reference.
    57 replies | 1630 view(s)
  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-14-2015, 02:03 PM
    One of our valued customers in the land down under, has posted a review on our facebook page showing off his RHD 135i picking up an astounding 30WHP with ONLY the installation of our VTT silicone inlets, no tuning changes. Add a little conservative tuning to the mix, and that power jumps up almost 60 WHP! This is what he had to say about his experience "VTT silicone inlets made Massive power gains for me taking my N54 135i to 397rwKw with RB's. It's a beast since I installed the inlets. 353 to 375 was inlets only, 397 was new backend and some tuning and a little more boost. The sound is just intoxicating." Awesome work Greg! Glad you are enjoying your new inlets! For us WHP guys that is 474WHP, up to 503WHP with inlets only, up to 532 with some tuning! $499 for 30WHP, requiring absolutely nothing to be touched in your engine, 100% plug and play! Works with EVERY brand of intake box, or DCI on the market. No need to buy what you already have again! No other inlet offers this versatility, plain and simple. This explains why we have sold 55 sets in such a short time...:) If anyone is wondering when we will have more. We ordered 30 more sets, they will arrive in the next 7 days or so. We have 5 pre-ordered leaving 25 sets ready for purchase! Feel free to email us with any questions! Find the review here: https://www.facebook.com/VargasTurbo?sk=reviews
    55 replies | 1701 view(s)
  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    04-27-2015, 05:46 PM
    Had a chance to meet up with Payam today to tune his new PTE 6466 G2 twin scroll turbocharger. He's running our port injection and a full fuel-it kit (regulator & return line). 100% E85. Per usual I have a limited amount of time so I'll just share the highlights. 1) The 6466 G2 in a twin scroll works really well. Great boost potential and very good HP per PSI. 2) We found Payam's car wanted a lot less timing than I'm used to giving E85 cars. Around 7.5 degrees up top. 3) I tried a few VANOS curves and found the basic Cobb curves worked better than what we have in our ST back end flash files. Better spool and more power. Sigh. I think I'll just change those all back. 4) He ran in to timing drops around 30psi that we couldn't fix by lowering advance further so decided to call it a day for now. Hopefully it runs well at NFZ this weekend!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-14-2015, 02:20 PM
    I have to buy a TV today so it gets delivered in time before the Direct TV specials they have going expire. I can't really fit anything bigger than 70 inches. Maybe I could push 75. Suggestions?
    68 replies | 804 view(s)
  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    05-20-2015, 05:00 PM
    Ok here is an Open forum for discussion between Members and Vendors. Lets keep all posts data driven. I would also like to focus on options that will work with stock compressor housing inlets as there are very few turbo options available that would require a larger one. EDIT: Tony@VargasTurboTech could you please send me contact info for the flow tester. I would like to commission a true independent report with the data he has collected from various vendor options.
    49 replies | 1061 view(s)
  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    04-30-2015, 06:30 PM
    Hey guys, Met up with a local enthusiast Ash today to tune his new VT2 turbos and inlets. He's also running 100% E85 using a full Fuel-IT system & port injection. He has our canned E85 back end flash. The turbos and fuel kit performed flawlessly with only minor tuning changes needed to dial in boost and the port injection. We decided 600whp was a good stopping point which was around 25psi. I have no doubt there is another 30-40whp in there when he wants it.
    34 replies | 1811 view(s)
  • Modded335i's Avatar
    05-12-2015, 08:52 PM
    Modded335i started a thread Using MHD to flash in N54
    Hey guys....I just got the MHD app and want to do a flash...which flash is best to work with the jb4 map 7 Mods are... VRSF 7" FMIC JB4 Stage 2 fuel it upgrade LPFP RBs with all options MMP Inlets M2 exhaust VRSF Chargepipe with HKS BOV Mfactory LSD N20 Tmap 3.5 bar sensor Ideally I want to be able to hit 23 psi on E60....even E50 would be fine....could someone put me in the right direction...as stated I will be using the MHD app with my android... Thanks!
    43 replies | 1284 view(s)
  • JerryT's Avatar
    05-20-2015, 07:42 PM
    I normally build manifolds for local evos and supras, but one of my close friends came to me with his 135i so I thought I would take a shot at it. After viewing several manifolds online for the car I decided on an idea. Space was very limited, so there not really much you can do. I did not think it would be possible for a ts top mount on these cars. Anyways enjoy the pictures. Let me know what you guys think as I am now interested in picking up a 135 myself someday. Jerry
    39 replies | 759 view(s)
  • MFactory's Avatar
    04-28-2015, 09:54 AM
    Hey guys, we've just finished our new batch of Solid Diff Bushings: - Made from Thermoplastic Vulcanizate, not cheap polyurethane - Offers the hardness of plastic for a more solid mount - Offers the elasticity of rubber for unsurpassed durability - Self-Lubricating and resistant to oil and the elements - Will not crack or deform like polyurethane or rubber These replace all 3 of the Differential Carrier Bushings (2 x Front, 1 x Rear), effectively locking the Differential Carrier in place and removing any sloppiness associated with worn bushings. The result is a much more stable rear-end, increasing traction and reducing wheel-hop. Please Note: Due to the Differential Carrier having a more solid mount to the subframe, there may be a slight increase in NVH MSRP: $149.95 + Shipping Introductory Special (first 10 sets sold): $100 inc Shipping within North America/Europe/Australia Please let me know if you have any questions :)
    29 replies | 857 view(s)
  • djpaulie's Avatar
    05-11-2015, 11:39 PM
    Just wanted to start a build thread and throw in some VM install suggestions for those running slightly different set ups some ways to accommodate different fitment. No, these are not all end product pics. I work long days and worked as I could each night with no sleep on the car, so my brain didn't always remember to snap pictures as I completed various stages of install and repairs. I am happy to send pictures of anything and help with any questions that people may have about install, related repairs, ect. Payam was extremely helpful both before during and after the purchase and install of my kit. Lots of updates and and help, anything I needed or questions I had were taken care of. Big thank you to fastgti69!!!!! Enough cannot be said for this but again huge thank you, I wouldn't buy any other kit IMHO! In terms of the install I ran into a couple small snags that hopefully my pictures and write up can help future VM kit installs to avoid and/or stream line. These are not problems they are just note worthy for saving time to me, may not be so for everyone or even obvious to some but just things I recognized. Installing oil return (just keep playing with it till it fits but on the turbo the fitting is mounted on the motor side at an angle facing down and toward the front of the car, the hard line runs on the block side of the manifold not the opposing When placing coupler from turbo to FMIC pipe... YES it is supposed to be close it is like this on all top mount ST cars there is not a ton of room in our engine bay on that side top accommodate a large single just wasn't developed that way. Don't worry it will work The 90* fitting on the turbo to the mac is in the way of the intake going on, best way I found to do this is install the fitting and line to the mac facing downward, attach the intake tight. Once in rotate the fitting to face toward the wheel parallel to the ground (seems to be where it was most comfortable) Coolant 90* elbow seems to want to kink at the angle you put it on at due to closeness to avoid the kinking i cut the water pump end at an angle to seat it more comfortable and at full flow Run the coolant line before bolting many of the kit items, this will save you time and working with a limited amount of space, you can save the last fitting to the coolant res till later but get the straight fitting on as there is much more room. I suggest a plastic puddy knife for scraping out the exhaust gaskets as they come apart and stick to the motor like glue. If you have sneaking suspisions your oil an gasket will leak any time soon or is seeping, NOW is the time to do it, if you do they sell you the aluminum bolts with it (don't panic when there is 5 long bolts left over, I found no place for them and believe it is for the oil pump as if not full removing the sub frame you may need to remove it due to space restrictions. Make sure you have enough room to work under the car, I did not run into this issue but I can see how it may be one if you are working on jack stands, just be aware more space makes things easier. If you are running a dual 25mm BOV setup this can work the PS bracket will still be used for the coolant res. Mount in the suggested place and get a nylon spacer to get an exact fit without needing to stack washers. Once done a mark off and cutting of the rear bolt hole with make everything fit well. I used the alternator as a mounting point for a bracket made by my good friend TT-Tom Thank you for the help! (also took care of wiring items while I worked!) The bracket was made out of an inexpensive slice of weldable metal and some bending and inner corner welded after being molded to proper angle. Mods/ repairs done at VM install are: Oil filter housing gasket Oil cooler housing gasket Oil pan gasket VM top mount Comp 6467 1.0AR (screamers) Oil and filter change Plugs NGK (gapped to .19) Valve cleaning Forge VTA BOVs BMS PI and AIC controller JB4 w/NLS and 2 Step and MHD flasher (from Procede REV 3) 3.5 bar sensor Below are the pictures that I took, if you read through my hangups you'll see they are simply to offer insight into how it all works out/fits and may help prioritize the install though the install videos posting in the install thread on here are extremely helpful along with pictures as well. I also threw in some of various mods I remembered to photograph haha, not a lot here but it's a start. P.S. Sorry for out of order frustrated from continuously changing it with BB so this will have to do.
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  • Cpt_Rum-bo's Avatar
    04-30-2015, 05:10 PM
    Hey, Has anyone ever tried running a mix of E85 and 100 oct race gas? Specifically a mixture that results in 30% E85 and 100 oct race gas. Example a mix of 3 gallons E85 and 5.5 gallons 100 oct?
    35 replies | 697 view(s)
  • VegasJD's Avatar
    04-27-2015, 10:02 PM
    I wanted to share my recent outrageous interaction with MFactory. I wanted to get an lsd for my 135 dct. About 10 weeks ago they were offering specials for chinese new year and thought i would put my order in and get one since it was $300 off the normal price. So on February 22nd i paypal my $2000 to them. They contacted told me it might be a few weeks to get cores and i was fine with that. Then it became a month...nothing no pms from them at all ever...i pm them and response was this: Re: deal on dct lsd?Hey there, I can confirm we have 4 cores coming in just now, and should be arriving in a few days time. once we receive them, we can get the machine work done on them, and then starting building the units with the LSD. I'll update you on the progress next week when I get more news. Thanks and sorry for the delay! Originally Posted by VegasJD So its been 2 weeks since I sent you payment for the LSD, Whats the progress and when might it ship to me? Thanks, James Originally Posted by MFactory We've had some difficulty sourcing good low mileage cores, but have a couple of them coming in soon. Will keep you updated. Thanks and sorry for the delay. Originally Posted by VegasJD ok so its almost been a month...any update? so I wait another week pm them and get this: Re: deal on dct lsd?1 of the DCT cores arrived today, and the others should be arriving next Mon/Tues. It will take around a week for the machine shop to finish their work on the ring gears, then we can start rebuilding the cores which only takes us 1 day. So i give them another 10 days before i send a pm and i get this back im thinking well it should be shipping any day right???:confused: Re: deal on dct lsd?Hey Jim, just checked with the machine shop there, and it is due back within the next few days. Thanks and sorry for the delay. SO i wait another 15 days...in that time NO response or update from them at all. Any response from the initial came in response to MY Pm's nothing from them EVER!! Next few days is not another 2 WEEKS!!!:angry-banghead: SO its been 2 months since i paypaled $2000 so the following day i sent a dispute to paypal saying its been 2 months since i paid for goods and i have nothing. WOW you should have seen how quick they responded to paypal...record time lol 15 minutes...here is what i sent paypal and here is the response i got from Mfactory... I paid 2 months ago, i have to constantly bother the seller as to an update when product coming in and when it might be shipped. Before this last time it was 15 days since we spoke and at that time he said it would be a few days now its been over 2 weeks. I am tired of waiting they keep pushing it out and telling me to wait im tired of waiting. I shouldnt have to bother them to get an update when its done. From Seller - MFactory Competition Products 4/23/2015 00:42 PDT Instead of submitting a dispute, why not just contact/PM me? If you wanted a refund, I would have happily gave you one. You did not have to submit a dispute, thus putting our account balance in PayPal into the negative, thus locking our account and not allowing us to receive website transactions (yup, locked paypal account = can't use = can't refund you). Your core is being built just now (there were other people before you, just so you know), but I will just sell it to next in line. You're going to have to wait for the refund now though until I get a direct paypal payment (as I said, you made it so that we can't process orders through our website anymore. Thank you so much for that btw). If only you had waited a few more days (or contacted me)... So instead of contacting me and shipping out my lsd if it was "ready" like they said it was they cancelled my order. They are so happy to sell it to the next person in line...WOW that floors me. This is the angry pm i get from him complaining he had to fund paypal with his personal credit card as no funds were in the account...kinda weird that you have to fund a business with a personal cc instead of something business...sounds really shady to me!:think: Re: deal on dct lsd?You could have at least given me a chance to reply to you first before submitting a dispute. Not only did you put our PayPal account into negative, you also locked our account preventing us from processing more website orders/payments. I had to manually fund my PayPal account with my creditcard just to refund you and unlock our PayPal account. At $1500 + $500 refundable core fee, that was already heavily discounted. No where will you ever see that kind of deal ever again. If only you had given me time to reply to your PM, none of this would have happened as your core is currently being rebuilt and would have been ready to ship out today to you. As it stands, I've refunded your payment and have cancelled your order. If you do wish to reorder in future, price is $2199.95 + $500 core fee. We no longer have them on special as we have a very large list of pre-orders for these, and you would have to line up again (currently 8 people on the list). So they refund my money well im waiting on it... instead of shipping out my lsd which was supposedly "ready"...how is that a good way to do business...so i guess the deal i was getting was never really going to happen EVER!!...to me it seems i was made to wait till i got fed up and they wouldnt have to give me a deal on it. I am confused why they tell me what it costs to reorder one from them now...like i want to give them my money again to hold it for how many months they feel like it LOL NOT!!! I will give my money to a business that treats its customers right and does the right thing. this is the next pm trying to some how explain why they cancelled the order instead of shipping it out.. Re: deal on dct lsd? As mentioned, your dispute put our account into negative, which effectively locked our account, preventing us from doing further business transactions on our website. As we are a global business, and the timezone that you are in, that would mean we would have lost 5 figures in sales by the time you woke up and responded. Obviously we couldn't ship your core out to you before we received payment (which we didn't have, as PayPal removed it from our account). They had my payment for 2 months...how do they not have payment? WHAT i dont have what i paid for is the problem. The funny thing is they responded in 15 minutes to just cancel it no trying to work things out...a really GREAT way to do business. I was sent this the day after i complained to paypal as well. Re: deal on dct lsd?As mentioned, because of the timezone, you would not have (and did not) replied within an acceptable timeframe. Our business does not just cover the US, but is global. We cannot afford to have our PayPal account locked at any time, as we process orders via our website 24/7. And yes, I have a business creditcard, not that that has to do with anything. Again, I apologise for the inconvenience. I sincerely understand your frustration, but please understand why I had to cancel your order in the manner that I did. I love how he assumed i would not have responded in time...i wasnt given any time to respond it was cancelled out right lol. I understand why my order was cancelled...waiting 2 months wasnt long enough to wait...CANCELLING a discounted order is easier than filling it...WHY keep the customer happy? the goal is to make money and provide no customer service what so ever....right? So i assumed this company was in California as it says on their profile but im guessing its in china somewhere. If anyone else has had similar experiences please chime in...I wouldnt do business with a company like this ever!....i run 2 businesses and would never treat a customer like that! I wanted to share what happened to me so it doesnt happen to anyone else on the forum.
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  • spxxx's Avatar
    04-24-2015, 07:20 PM
    spxxx started a thread Bye Bye TunerPro ;) in N54
    Hey guys, Posting on behalf of a buddy who will chime in with more info... Hey guys. I've been very busy with a few projects I'm working on, but they are all coming together. I kind of pushed this one to the front because I don't like TunerPro very much. It is slow, a bit clunky, cell shading isn't the best, comparing bins is limited, and most of all, you need to define separate "tables" for axis breakpoints. Well, NO MORE! This took a large amount of "up front" manual work, but going forward it will be much easier adding new tables defs thanks to the different XML format. The de facto standard for editing bins going forward is going to be EcuFlash. If any of you come from the Evo / Subaru world, this will be very familiar to you. If not, there is basically no learning curve coming from TunerPro either. Just benefits. Added benefits: - you can edit table axis breakpoints right on the main table - no need to "load XDF" (correct def is loaded automatically when you pick your bin) - better performance 3D view - can have table windows on two different monitors easily - nicer colors - etc. I expect to have an XML ready for release by sometime next week. I've attached a screenshot below for reference. See if you can spot one of the new tables
    24 replies | 1135 view(s)
  • bertinoj's Avatar
    05-08-2015, 06:04 PM
    bertinoj started a thread Vtt inlet logs in N54
    Here my logs I really don't see a difference tony said my wgdc should drop . he thinks I have a boost leak or vacuum leak. my boost guage reads vac at -21 is that normal ? http://datazap.me/u/bertinoj/no-inlets-vs-inlets?log=1&data=1-8-22 stock turbos btw
    27 replies | 1048 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-11-2015, 08:46 PM
    The BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network sees a lot of tuning from a variety of sources. Yes, some tuners are better than others. Yes, some tuners live primarily off their image and name, not their ability. Our goal is to inform the people of the choices they have and hopefully they spend their hard earned money wisely. The choices below BoostAddict believes are some of the industries most overrated tuners and that there are better options out there in the aftermarket especially for the money. That said, these 'tuners' somehow remain very popular (although a few eventually reached their inevitable demise). You may agree or disagree and that is the beauty of discussion and opinion. 10. Dinan This one hurts a bit to say as Dinan has done great things in the BMW world. However, this company has quickly gone in the BMW turbo era from one of the most sought after BMW tuners to the most overrated. BMW's have changed. Dinan has not been able to keep up with this change effectively. Just look at their 'Dinantronics' tune for the S55 turbo motor in the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Gains of 20 wheel horsepower for $2499. Are there better options out there? Yes. For less money? Yes. From multiple sources? Yes. That are not piggyback tuned? Yes. This piggyback point really highlights how Dinan has fallen behind. Piggyback tuning indeed dominates the BMW turbo market but Dinan is priced higher than basically every other tuning box option out there. Not to mention Dinan came off as hypocrites when they talked down on piggyback tuning only to do it themselves. The reasons given are nonsense as the actuality of why they went to piggyback tuning is they did not have access to the F-Series BMW ECU's to develop a proper flash tune. With the ECU's now cracked Dinan might as well take their box off the market. Too little and way too late. That might be why Dinan himself saw the writing on the wall and cashed out leaving his own company. 9. Gemballa What is Gemballa good for other than adding 'Lambo' doors to your 911? Not much. Well, they are good at living off the Gemballa name and providing overpriced body kits and wheels. The company originally was founded by Uwe Gemballa who was murdered in 2010 and this murder remains unsolved. Something bad went down in South Africa. The company went into a freefall after this and the rights to the name were purchased by those who wanted to continue to exploit the Gemballa name. Gemballa back in 2001 actually did some hardcore tuning and challenged for Nurburgring records with their cars. Since then they have become a status symbol for people with more money than brains. If you want a body kit and wheels, go ahead and check them out. If you want serious Porsche tuning go elsewhere. 8. Techart This is yet another German tuner offering more style than substance. Does Techart have some nice upgrades? Kind of, they offer overpriced bolt on packages consisting of exhaust systems and ECU tunes. The majority of the stuff they offer is said to come from various other German sources. Their primary source of revenue is bodykits and wheels. They offer suspension modules, exhaust tips, spoilers, things of that sort. Yes, these parts generally look good. If you consider serious tuning of Porsches body kits, lowering kits, and wheels, then Techart may just be for you. There is also the infamous story of how in 2007 Techart supposedly somehow ended up with some Porsche development motors for upcoming models that were stolen from a Porsche facility. Porsche brought a lawsuit against them and some people ended up in jail. How good does Techart look now? 7. ECU Tuning Group This is by far the least recognizable name on this list thus far and it should stay that way. This is the tuner that advertises by claiming to be the world's number 1 tuner. If you have to tell people you are number 1 you probably aren't number 1. This 'Group' has undergone several name changes. It originally was known as Singh Autosport and owned by a man named Jags Gill. Feel free to decide for yourself if this sounds like something the 'Number 1 ECU tuner' in the world would be up to: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/local-news/feds-seek-forfeiture-of-package "A FedEx package passing through Memphis from England two years ago raised the curiosity of security agents who noticed the sender had spent more than $400 to ship stereo speakers he valued at $281. Now federal prosecutors in Memphis, suspecting a money-smuggling operation, have filed a forfeiture petition seeking to seize the $274,912 in dollars and British pounds they found hidden inside the two Sony speakers. The money and speakers sent from a "Mr. J. Gill" of Middlesex, England, was headed for Singh Autosport, a company in Fremont, Calif., that does not exist, according to state business records there. Also, although the contents were marked as "Sony accoustic speakers Ebay buyer," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and eBay investigators determined that no one had purchased the speakers through the online shopping Web site. A man identifying himself as "Jags Gill" began calling for the package, but could not provide serial numbers for the speakers. He later provided model numbers and dimensions for the speaker. Meanwhile, a month later in November 2006, authorities in Louisville, Ky., seized $231,891 in British pounds hidden in a table top at the UPS International Air Hub. The money was connected to a "Jaspal Gill" in London and is the object of a separate forfeiture action." Perhaps they mean number one in money laundering? Either way, there are better options out there than somebody that is just reselling tunes from European sources anyway. 6. Horsepower Freaks This one is technically dead. For those that know the story though this tuner went from being one of the biggest tuning names on the BMW forums to a story of a has-been that was completely mismanaged. At one point HPF dominated the BMW forum scene and was involved with BimmerBoost as far back as 2010. Having a giant like HPF on BimmerBoost elevated us and Chris Bergemann the owner always treated me personally with respect. HPF had all the E46 M3 horsepower records and was the king of the S54 platform. Then things quickly started to change. HPF started getting behind on paying its advertising tab to BimmerBoost and one would assume others. HPF still owes BimmerBoost $300 but it just goes to show you how bad things were if HPF could not pay that tiny tab. Chris Bergemann at HPF began to focus on young girls instead of building cars and running his business. He became about image and cheap promotion. There were reports of blown motors circulating as well as people leaving the company. There was a rumor of an employee stealing tons of money in parts and who knows what else. The company shut down with pretty much a whimper as Chris emptied out what he could from the HPF facility. He eventually sold the rights to the name to VividRacing who of course had no problem picking what they could off the bones. HPF is a tale of a spectacular failure and how forum image and fanboys can make you think you're a rockstar and the best in the business. Perception and reality are often very different things and that is true here. 5. RDSport / Racing Dynamics Back in the early BMW E46 days these guys had a following. That has since evaporated because they have done nothing of any merit. Their own website does not even feature the new BMW turbo 3-Series cars including the M3 and instead talks about yachting more than it does tuning. The company was founded in California by Federico Pavoncelli. Sometime in 2003 following a trademark issue Racing Dynamics became RDSport creating confusion as to what parts were the real deal and which parts were knock offs. The last thing they did of any merit was an S65 V8 stroker motor for the E92 M3 years ago but this gained little traction and RDsport was never able to tune it properly. BimmerBoost knows of an early RDSport stroker that received custom tuning and made substantially more power than on the default RDSport tune. Due to the owner being a complete asshat the tuner gave him back the stock RDSport tune and that owner does not even know this to this day. Regardless, RDSport's BMW tuning influence has evaporated and the company might as well not even exist. 4. Mansory This may be the ultimate example of style over substance. Mansory is all about the name and really not much else. How they manage to stay in business in frankly baffling. This network certainly can not explain it. Do they have nice body kits? Sure. For $38k+? Who is buying this stuff? Well, people in the Middle East mostly who think the Mansory name means something. It doesn't. The recipe is rather simple. Do some carbon fiber body kit, call it limited edition, and then get people to line up and pay for it. They claim to have high performance options for everything out there but you never see anything from them. For example, claims of 800+ horsepower twin turbo Huracans yet not a single dyno or 1/4 mile run is available. It is just one of those companies that will tell you they can twin turbocharge your Lamborghini and before you know it you're banging your head against the wall and wondering why you did not go to Underground Racing or Heffner for serious performance that actually exists. 3. Evosport Another tale of failure. This network has considerable experience with Evosport and was at one point threatened with legal action by them. Why? Because BenzBoost brought it to the attention of the Mercedes-AMG tuning world that Evosport was in debt and not delivering parts. As Evosport essentially started MBWorld this information was hidden from their user base with people being banned and posts on the topic were deleted. They could not do the same on BenzBoost. Evosport tried to solicit customers for money and BenzBoost happened to acquire proof. Suffice it to say there was no lawsuit and BenzBoost is still standing while Evosport has shut its doors. If a tuner starts asking you for more and more money and is not delivering, that is a red flag. Trying to punish websites for promoting awareness so nobody is taken advantage of is a pretty bad way to conduct business. That is why they are no longer in business. 2. ASR Engineering ASR Engineering is yet another tuner that doesn't deserve the free press it's getting here but people need to be aware of what they have done. The owner, Abid, may actually have no heart or soul. There are BimmerBoost members he still owes thousands of dollars to that he has failed to pay back for not delivering parts. That's known as stealing. We are just scratching the surface. ASR was allowed to take advantage of people on a certain BMW M5 board by the administrator (Gustav). Unlike that board, BimmerBoost threw ASR the hell out of here right away. So what happened? ASR would go on the mentioned M5 forum and claim big numbers by simply putting a nitrous kit on an E60 M5. The membership was blown away by this 'amazing' tuning for some reason. ASR then announced they wanted to build a twin turbo V10 and suddenly everyone started commenting on how awesome that would be and how ASR would dominate the BMW world with their M5's. Well, tuning a nitrous kit and a custom twin turbo S85 V10 are two very different things requiring two very different skill levels. You should not trust ASR to tune your radio let alone a car. Take a look at the state of one of the M5's sent in to ASR engineering was in when its owner finally was able to get it back. This happened to not one but two E60 M5's. Fortunately the owners could take the loss and move on but ASR and Abid did not even have the decency to put the cars back to stock. That is because many parts were missing (probably sold). Abid is trying once again to weasel his way into the BMW scene and find some people to take advantage of. Do not let him take advantage of you. 1. Hennessey Performance The tale of Hennessey's history is so long and such an epic clusterfuck that we do not know where to begin. It can only be said that Hennessey deserves his own article to detail just what a freaking mess he created and then tried to sweep up. If you want overpriced tuning and to satiate Hennessey's ego then maybe Hennessey is for you. Want a $300k Cadillac CTS-V with 1000 wheel horsepower? Despite the fact there are CTS-V's putting out more power for a fraction of this from other Domestic tuners building superior LSA's and LS9's? Want a stretched Lotus Elise with a turbo V8 for a million dollars? Call up Hennessey. We will delve into the history of selling parts off customer cars, lawsuits, and Hennessey threatening to fight people on forums (seriously) later this week.
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  • amr_e90's Avatar
    05-19-2015, 08:46 AM
    Alright let's just start this off with me telling you what I have and what have I done , first my car is a 07 6mt 335xI I have just installed Rb turbos/w billet wheel and Vtt inlets . I took it easy for the past 200 miles and slowly started to drive more aggressive on them . So last night I decided to do the first ever pull and out of nowhere the car hit a wall and felt like it popped out of gear . I have manually lowered my FF to 50 so it can't overboost btw I'm only in Map 2 . I have the 3.5 sensor and the latest firmware . Is this a sense of throttle closure cuz I know around 20/30% is normal during wot but mine completely closed . I couldn't do a log since my app has been acting up , just wondering if anyone has input on this or if anyone can give me the exact user adjustments that I would need to change in the interface . Thanks Alex :confused:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-29-2015, 01:36 AM
    Just thought this was an interesting photo:
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  • MM Performance's Avatar
    05-13-2015, 11:31 PM
    So this flow testing was posted on another forum http://www.myaudis4.com/2015/05/06/bmw-335i-n54-inlet-pipe-test/ When I saw this thread and was finally able to track down and communicate with the guy who owns the site, data, and machine that tests flow, I sent him the MMP inlets to test. They arrived at his place today and he so awesomely tested them today. This is awesome because it is independant 3rd party testing. So with no further ado, here is the plot of the results A couple things that should be noted. flyboys flow machine is limited by a digital manometer that will only read up to about 32" H2O (1.16 psi). Flow-wise the bench can go up to about 630 CFM @ 16" H20. Because of the pressure reading limitation, once a pressure drop of about 1psi is reach that is the last flow (CFM) data point recorded for that inlet. To get the flow curve out to 350CFM, a 2nd order polynomial least squares fit is used to extrapolate the curve and all the R^2 values for the extrapolated curves are very very close to 1 (like.995 or .999 etc) which means it is a VERY good prediction of the curve projected forward. So to put this plot into perspective and interpret the data into usable terms, let us assume a car is making 450whp, about the limit of proven dynos with stock inlets. If we assume about 10 whp/lbm air then 450 CFM = 45 lbm air moving through the twin turbos at 450 whp. divide by 2 to get airflow to each turbo = 22.5 lbm air. convert to CFM by multiplying by 14.47 = 325 CFM. So some cars make more than 450whp so for simplicity lets compare the inlet flow numbers at 350 CFM since the chart has a nice vertical line there that the curves cross and 350 CFM/turbo is about a car making 480whp or so. Some preliminary conclusions I draw from the data: 1) at 350 CFM MMP inlets are much better flow matched between front and rear inlet vs stock. MMP front inlet only flows about 7% more than MMP rear inlet whereas stock front inlet flows about 100% better than rear inlet 2) at 350 CFM MMP rear inlet flows 4x better than stock and MMP front inlet flows 2.8x better than stock This is alot better than what I had estimated for these inlets. flyboy is the aeronautical engineer that tested these and posts with that name on various Audi forums. ​Thank you flyboy for the great independent flow testing!! Thanks for reading, Mauricio
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-03-2015, 07:35 PM
    Anyone watching? In case you are wondering, go Ducks! Quack Quack!
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-19-2015, 03:30 PM
    Hey guys we went ahead, and had our inlets flow tested by the same indepent 3rd party as the other vendor. The results came as surprise to the tester but not to us. The results just confirm what we already knew, this inlets work, and they work WELL. On to the results. @1 psi pressure drop our rear inlet is flowing abut 355 CFM, stock flows about 150 CFM, and the MMP flows about 310 CFM. So yes out rear inlet not only more than doubles stock flow it flows 45 CFM more than the MMP inlet. Keep in mind out rear inlet tube is almost twice as long, allows you to run in the stock location, pulls cool air from the driver side, and fits to any air box. @1 PSI pressure drop our front inlet is flowing about 270CFM, stock flows about 180CFM, and the MMP inlet flows about 290CFM. So our front inlet flows about 100CFM more than stock, and about 20 CFM less than then the MMP. This inlet is about 3 times longer than the MMP, has compound bends, and also keeps everything nice and tidy in the stock location. So quick recap VTT Rear 355CFM @1psi pressure drop Stock Rear 150CFM @1psi pressure drop MMP Rear 310CFM @1psi pressure drop +205CFM over stock +45CFM over MMP VTT Front 270CFM @1psi pressure drop Stock Front 180CFM @1psi pressure drop MMP Front 290 @1psi pressure drop +90CFM over stock -20CFM less than MMP Jeff also went ahead and interpolated the results out to 650CFM, and 500 CFM. Our engines will never see 650 on stock inlets, thats basically 900HP worth of flow. 500CFM is about 700HP worth of flow and seemed like a good number. The SIMULATED (as he can not test out that far) results are below. Stock rear inlet at 500CFM has over 11 psi of pressure drop VTT rear inlet at 500 CFM has slightly less than 2 psi of pressure drop! MMP rear inlet at 500 CFM has right around 2.7 psi pressure drop Stock front inlet at 500 CFM has right around 5 psi pressure drop VTT front inlet at 500 CFM has right around 3.6 psi pressure drop MMP Front inlet at 500 CFM has right around 2.9 psi What this all boils down to is this. Both brands of inlets show gains over stock as expected. But with VTT inlets for $499 you get inlets that stay in the stock location, for that price a COMPLETE kit that will plug and play with ANY air box or DCI on the market. No moving coolant tanks, or vacuum canisters, no ingesting extremely hot air from directly above the turbos. None of that, they are simply inlets that work as advertised, at a great price. We knew they would out flow stock with no issues, but that one out flowed a competitors inlet that is half as long, and .5" greater in diameter is a testament to how well our design works. Even the tester was surprised: From an email with the tester: "Just looking at it I would not guess either of your pipes would be capable of flowing more, but one did." We have 30 more sets of these inlets coming in next week, and will be making a modified design for people who want to want recirc stock location DV's, so no one is left out. If you have any questions please email us sales@vargasturbo.com. You can order from the site right now, and they will ship as soon as they arrive! Also we are doing an EXTREME amount of inhouse flow testing out on our turbo test bench, this included inlets, and different turbo combos. Stayed tuned for those results extremely soon! Here is a little sneak peak..:)
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  • MM Performance's Avatar
    04-24-2015, 06:54 PM
    Ive been working on a project for the N54 community for a couple months but had not announced it since I wanted to be sure the concept was feasible. I have done enough now to know the concept is good so ready to share my R&D progress with the community. Description It is a TD04L-20T with true 20T native compressor housing. The 20T mistubishi profile compressor wheel is a forged billet wheel with extended tip technology from BorgWarner. The Turbo consist of a TD04 bearing housing modified to connect to stock oil lines, coolant lines and stock turbine housing. The turbine housing has been modified to accept the TD04L turbine and flange up to the TD04 bearing housing. The kit will include upgraded inlet pipe system and also charge pipe system optimized for the high flowing native 20T compressor housing which is over twice the size/flow of stock compressor housing. This will make sure the turbos are flowing to their maximum potential along with the upgraded plumbing for the turbo included. This turbo can push up to 35psi of boost and not sure what the actual WHP will be on the N54, but with proper fueling and meth cooling should be in the 750whp range theoretically at those boost levels near redline according to estimated compressor map and turbo HP calcs, only testing will prove if this is possible and I intend to test the prototypes to these levels with proper port injection and stage 3 LPFP. Schedule Current schedule is to finish development of the prototype set by the end of April/early May and install on my car and test and tune/dyno by the end of May. If all goes well I plan to get 10 beta test units out in June. If that goes well, start selling the kits to you all in July or August. I have completed my test fit on an N54 motor and finalized the designs for the wastegate actuator mounting and modifications and charge pipe (turbo to IC) design as well as making sure everything is going to fit on the engine. Everything went perfect on the fitup of the turbo to the engine so thats when I decided it was time to start sharing R&D progress with the N54 community. Pricing Dont have my final production pricing yet price point will be $3050 for both turbos, $450 for the basic inlet kit and $500 for the charge pipes from turbo to intercooler. If you already own my inlet pipe system, obviously no need to buy that. Only thing needed to adapt my inlet pipe system to the new turbos is two new elbows and everything else works Testing On my prototype system I plan to do dyno test and tune and push them to the maximum as I will have all the supporting fuel mods needed. I will be doing full logging of course. In addition, I will be doing custom turbo logging never before seen on the N54. Not only will I be logging EGT and backpressure (done before) to check health of the turbine but also I will log pressure and temperature at the turbo inlet and also at the turbo outlet which will tell me exactly what pressure ratios the turbo is working at and also at what efficiency. This compressor logging has never been done to my knowledge on the N54 but is the only real way to understand the compressor health during turbo operation. Quality The turbos are purchased from a large turbo supplier. I bought the CHRA from them to my specs which were basically TD04 bearing housing with 04L turbine and 20T billet 6x6 compressor wheel with extended tip technology from BorgWarner (for more boost). I also ordered the CHRA with upgraded thrust bearing, actually the highest upgrade possible, steel thrust bearing mitsubishi uses in the rally turbo cars where turbos REALLY get beat on and need bullet proof bearings. The compressor housing is the native 20T housing (over 2x more flow area) for TD04 and the entire CHRA is assembled and balanced by the manufacturer on a VSR machine they have in house and individual report provided for confirmation. I get the turbine housing machined at a CNC machine shop locally that deals with very high tolerance precision drilling tool parts and I assemble the CHRA to the turbine housing and wastegates "in my garage" and bench test wastegates on the turbos to ensure proper setting. Pics Now some pics to show you some progress :) Current Status update so quick update. We are doing a new manufacturing process for these hybrid turbos that has never been done before...well here is a sneak peak. The turbo manufacturer has designed a custom TD04 bearing housing that will flange up to the stock turbine manifold and bolt up to stock coolant and oil lines and will be investment cast to OEM (mitsubishi) specifications by a factory that also does casting for the OEM. To my knowledge this has never before been done on hybrid turbos for the N54. This will provide a true TD04 CHRA and will increase quality and reduce cost and be a MUCH cleaner solution in my opinion. This coupled with getting the right fittings designed and machined for the VSR machine is the reason I dont have my prototype turbos installed already but the delay is well worth it for the custom cast TD04 center section. I have partnered with the turbo manufacturer and he has made significant investments in the tooling required to manufacture the custom cast TD04 bearing housings but it will pay dividends in the long run in many respects. Also I am finalizing the charge pipes from turbos to intercooler and expect to complete those in a couple weeks and will have the turbo wastegate rod extensions complete also in a couple weeks as well as the wastegate mounting plate. Currently I expect to get the turbos delivered in early May and then in May I will be installing and working out the bugs and hopefully dyno tuning to max power by the end of May or early June. below is a sneak peak pic of the solid model design for the custom TD04 bearing housing design
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