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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 07:16 PM
    Hot on the heels of MotorTrend's 2017 Best Driver's Car competition comes their World's Greatest Drag Race where they have the contestants face off in a straightline contest. They did make one change though by replacing the Miata (which had no chance) with a Tesla Model S P100D. Racing from a stop is the Tesla's game. It shows as it gets a lead off the launch with the 911 Turbo S hot on its heels. Surprisingly, nobody is able to pass the Tesla in time. It runs a 10.5 @ 125 (GPS time) in the 1/4 mile. This is what happens when you do not have a prepped strip or drag rubber for powerful RWD cars. The rest of the times are below in order of trap speed but as stated believes the Ferrari is a ringer based on real world results from owners.
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  • drepai's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 07:53 PM
    Saw this on Instagram, figured I'd share it here since it's a platform record as far as I know. Looks like a fully built MOTIV long block and a DOC Race 6870 tuned by EMP Tuning. A full graph/logs/specs would be cool.
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  • martymil's Avatar
    09-21-2017, 07:33 AM
    So I've been working on this kit with a very skilled fabricator for JDtuning aka @JD75 The manifold is from Motiv, GTS3584RS turbo and everything else is custom hand made Its been just over 12 months but the prototype is finally finished. Just showing you guys the amount of work that is needed in a RHD version Going to be doing tuning and testing over the weekend and a small video, sounds insane.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-05-2017, 08:22 AM
    The BMW N54 is not what you would call a high revving BMW engine or even a high revving BMW I6. There are numerous reasons for that such as it not being an M engine, being turbocharged, having direct fuel injection, an undersquare design, etc. More revs are very beneficial for those chasing more power especially when switching to a large turbo. Obviously with a larger turbo there will be a spool sacrifice but there will also be much more air moved up top. To really see the full capability a higher redline to take advantage of the torque curve that is now shifted to the right is needed. This E92 335i belongs to BimmerBoost member jt0407 and here are a few of the specs: Supertech valvetrain Schrick cams ported head 5 angle valve job Stock block Extending the redline over a 1000 rpm brings with it fueling issues especially on a direct injection system. He has a Fuel-It! Stage 3 setup with TBI: He claims he hit 8200 rpm there. Just for perspective still short of the stock 8400 rpm the S65 V8 revs to but a good step forward for big turbo N54's. As for the power he is making he says he will get on the dyno soon. It sure will be interesting to take a look at his power curve.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-28-2017, 01:44 AM
    Another day, another N54 single turbo option. BimmerBoost is not familiar with You Wish Performance but they tend to produce products for other makes. They entered the BMW market with their top mount N54 twin scroll single turbo kit. It starts at $4599: -Twin scroll top mount manifold -6265 or 6465 Garrett Gtw billet wheel turbo -Turbosmart 40mm wastegates -Turbo down pipe -Wastegate dump tubes -Turbo blanket -Turbo Intake filter -Mac solenoid -Rear oil/coolant block offs -Turbo feed/drain -Charge pipe to intercooler -Aluminum coolant tube -Coolant tank relocation hose/bracket -Hardware/Turbo manifold Gaskets Their kit with a Garrett 6265 was tuned by EMP Tuning and made 622 horsepower to the wheels without port injection or meth at 23 psi: Another option in the hotly contested single turbo market.
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  • Blown6's Avatar
    09-27-2017, 03:18 PM
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  • BPCMotorsports's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 02:22 PM
    After months of hard work, delays, broken parts, hiccups and other shit, we finally hit our Mark! 1026 SAE RWHP!!!!!!!! Massive shout out to everyone envolved to help us along the way. Were not stopping here either, but finally, we have hit the seemingly unobtainable 4 digit mark! 2013 M5 DCT car SSP 1000hp clutches All done via Flash only, no Piggyback (JB4). 110 Octane, stock fuel system. Methanol injection (M1) NO Nitrous Videos uploading to youtube now, will show soon!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-03-2017, 12:20 PM
    This was sent by someone struggling to get a refund. Whether they got a refund or not who knows but basically it came down to give me back my money or I post this on the forums. Unfortunately, that happens more often than you think. Take a look: As for further details:
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  • AWSAWS's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 11:25 AM
    AWSAWS started a thread GC update in N54
    I got to the drag strip last weekend. Unfortunately I couldn't get my car to hook for a good 60ft but I did trap at 129 at the quarter and 101 at the 8th in a full weight car. This was despite the traction control cutting in in 2nd gear, dropping timing to 0 and closing the throttle. So I should make 130 I hope. I run the car in DTC mode. I didn't think to let the tyre pressures down unfortunately. I ran a pump flash first time. Traction control cut in severely and I trapped only 124 so I decided to go to the ethanol flash and to limit boost at the start. Then I was adding more and more ethanol to my tank after each run. My trims had been going a bit high so I didn't want to add too much which I couldn't remove later. I hadn't done much testing with my E50 flash before getting to the track so it wasn't ideal. I hope to go to the drag strip again this coming weekend. I might just try mashing the throttle this time. I was blipping the throttle up to 3000 rpm and trying to launch from there last time. DCT box. When I used full launch control the car took ages to stop spinning in 1st and then cut the power in 2nd. Complete waste of time.
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  • impuls's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 04:59 PM
    I found a quite old DAMOS/ASAP2/A2L file for something I think is a development version of the MSD80 bin. The addresses in the file not match what can be found in the bin for IA80S at all, but I assume the tables defined there are at least more or less the same that do exist in current bins and the tables have not been re-shuffled completely. Seems my assumption is not completely wrong as I was able to manually define three new (guess quite useless) VANOS related tables, see screenshot and translation of description from the ASAP2 below. Now that the approach principally seems to work I am thinking of partially automating this with a simple program that will: -Read the ASAP2 file. -Display table data in the bin with a user defined offset. -If data does make sense: Write table definition into an XDF. My question to the experts and everybody interested: Do you think it is worth to spend some time on defining more tables and correcting existing definitions? (I am pretty sure that several of them are defined incorrectly) Assuming there are new tables discovered that are useful, do we somehow need to take care of checksums? KF_KASOPT VANOS Exhaus (cold, partially throttled( KF_WASOPT: VANOS Exhaust (warm, partially throttled) KF_ALLW: VANOS Exhaust (Idle + Throttled)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-05-2017, 10:49 AM
    This is not your typical hybrid S63TU turbo upgrade. What is tentatively being referred to as the Pure Turbos Stage X turbocharger upgrade for the F10 M5 and F13 M6 is a complete turbo upgrade with new housings. BimmerBoost member allmotor_2000 who is gunning for 8's in the 1/4 mile is getting these turbos on his F10 M5. This includes a custom manifold, custom downpipes, custom wastegates, and a custom JB4 BCM setup per-bank for boost control. The turbos themselves are ball bearing Garrett GTX3XXX mirrored units. That means one is reverse rotation. Then of course there are all the custom lines for water and oil. What will all of this cost? What kind of power can we expect? We'll know once it is done. Size comparison to stock:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-27-2017, 09:36 PM
    This is just the beginning. Weistec is expanding its reach into other markets which is a great thing for BMW enthusiasts (as well as those of another make which will be announced at a later date). BimmerBoost knew about this for a while but Weistec was not ready to reveal their entry into the BMW aftermarket until significant development took place. Their first upgrade will be for the F10 M5 and F13 M6 models. They will offer a full S63TU turbo upgrade and you can logically deduce they will be working on the F90 M5 afterwards. You can see their (very expensive!) 3d imaging scanner at work as they map out the engine bay and parts. We're talking about a piece of equipment that can range up to $85k. This is what top engineering firms use. Get ready for some exciting BMW developments from Weistec.
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  • A4RingedONE8T's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 09:36 AM
    The concept of this manifold has been on my mind for over 3 years now. I designed/machined the first of these o-ring sealed, direct connect ITB couplers in 2015, in attempts to fab a welded tube runner/sheet plenum manifold for an inhouse project. Fitment and my abilities then could not bring it to fruition, FINALLY the holds have been removed, and the Fab Factory S54 ITB - FULL BILLET - intake manifold is here! Manifold will be available in a few different versions: 1) OEM/NA fitment - will include/incorporate factory MAF and PCV connections ** A full intake can be included at additional cost. E46 S54 & Z3M S54 fitment 2) HPF replacement - connections mirroring the old HPF manifold - ICV/meth/IAT 3) Boost/Turbo - for custom turbo setups 4) 12 Injector ** All manifolds will include 1/8" NPT tapped and plugged ports on each runner for port nitrous or port methanol injection ** Retail pricing for turbo applications will start @ $1,995.00, NA applications @ $2,195.00 First manifolds will be available in approx. 3 weeks. I will be accepting preorders NOW @ presale pricing starting at $1,795.00 In order to take advantage of presale pricing, you must email me directly, and finalize details of your manifold before 10/13 (3 weeks from today). Payment will not be required until your manifold is ready to ship! And now the goods ...
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  • Murph335's Avatar
    10-12-2017, 12:38 PM
    Ive been enjoying my car for 2-3 years now. It was built for set it and forget it with good parts and great advice. "RB E93" on google will find my build thread on another forum. Time has come to get some new maps. Cobb seems dropped from the good pro tuners that once were THE go to folks. Since I need some tune revisions. Aside from a power debate. What are some of the FEATURE benefits of switching to a newer flash platform from cobb? (apple user)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-20-2017, 11:20 PM
    This is a great comparison from The Tuning School who tried out various fuels and provided great data. They compared 93 octane pump fuel, MS103, C9, E85, VP C85, MS109, leaded C16, 93 octane plus water, 93 plus boost juice, and 93 with methanol. The results are very interesting as VP's C85 ethanol race fuel provides the best results. However, 93 octane with methanol injection is right on its heels. This of course shows what a value methanol injection is: 93 octane pump gas with methanol even tops MS109 race gas and C16 race gas. C16 is leaded and really outdated as a race fuel with modern direct injected motors and ethanol blends. Overall ethanol is the champ here. It is just a matter of availability for most people but if E85 is not available methanol injection is a nice alternative. Just keep in mind that supplemental methanol injection comes with its own pluses and minuses not to mention that methanol is highly corrosive and flammable. It also does not create the same taxing issues on a direct injected fuel system that straight E85 does.
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  • AWSAWS's Avatar
    10-11-2017, 11:49 AM
    AWSAWS started a thread CO2 intercooler sprayer in N54
    Hi Guys, I've done just 2 drag strip visits this year. I'm hoping I get in another this weekend. Weather permitting. Anyway, on one quite warm day my IATs were getting up to 130F before even making the run down the strip. Purely heat soak in the engine bay. Once moving the meth and air flow quickly drops the temps but in 11 seconds, half the run can be high temps. So for a bit of fun I decide to take on a little project to remedy this. I was thinking of doing an IC water sprayer but as you'll know any liquid on the drag strip is a big no no. So I was also thinking of some water jacket system, maybe around the charge pipe with ice water. In the end I found that I could get a cylinder of CO2 for fairly cheap and refills were not too bad. About $20. Compared to buying bags of ice all the time then there's not a massive difference and obviously a water system requires a good pump etc. The priciest part turned out to be the solenoid and braided steel hose. As CO2 is 850 psi I wanted to use a good hose. In the end I found I could just use good quality meth hose rated for 1400 psi. This is what the system looks like. I'm spraying very little co2 in this test to save it for the track. Anyway liquid CO2 comes out very cold. It'll be interesting to see how it does next year when it's hot again. I currently run the 7" VRSF FMIC and water meth injection. GC turbos.
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  • parksjm7's Avatar
    09-28-2017, 11:55 PM
    I posted this thread over on the other forum, but I'd like to reach out for help and guidance over at the experts at this forum and hopefully I won't pressurize my crankcase under vacuum nor boost (or somehow lead to another blown N54 thread). I've had a BMS catch can fitted the way it was intended to by the PCV flapper valve but not catching any oil (I rarely push the car lately), so I read up on how to route the Vacuum side PCV and gave it an attempt to adapt the BMS unit for the vacuum side. ^Sourced some 12AN ID (~.695" inside diameter) hose and 8AN male to 3/8" barb fitting for the OCC outlet. ^ AD fitting with both O-rings transferred and oiled. ^ Sourced an 8AN female to 3/8" barb fitting to fit on top of the AD fitting; I didn't think about the fuel rail clearance issue. While I was able to fit it, I did not like how the fuel rail was touching the metal fitting. ^ So I wound up using the 8AN hose to connect from the AD fitting to BMS CC inlet for now; I'll probably be sourcing two more 3/8" barb to 8AN male fittings to connect the end of this hose to the CC inlet. ^ As far as I understand, the Vacuum side PCV should be more finely filtered versus the Boost side PCV which favors flow. Since BMS is known to be a high flowing can, I put in a tiny bit of steel wool between the double baffle. Thinking of sourcing Copper wool or stainless steel wool in the future for this purpose. ^The OCC outlet with the 3/8" barb fitting will be connected to a 6AN ID hose, which will be hooked up to a 3/8" barb fitting vacuum tee, hooked up to the fuel EVAP line connected to the intake manifold. ^ Updated after install; Vacuum tee is fitted on the 6AN hose then to the EVAP line, then used ziptie to secure for the time being. I found it easiest (without a heat gun) to dremel the stock EVAP hose down the middle then using a plier to roll back the shrinkwrap-like plastic material. ^ Done. - Flapper remains stock back to rear turbo inlet - PCV valve is deleted with AD PCV fitting, connected by AN12 hose to BMS CC inlet - CC outlet connected via AN6 hose to intake manifold EVAP line via vacuum tee Appreciate all criticism and guidance on how I can improve my setup in advance.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-27-2017, 11:37 PM
    The 2.9 liter Whipple twin screw supercharger is very popular in the Domestic world and also in the Mercedes-AMG M156 market. Weistec for example utilizes Whipple twin screw blowers in their Stage III+ M156 applications which break into the 9's on the stock internals. It will be interesting to see if the third generation supercharger will be utilized although the new casing may pose some fitment issues. Regardless, check out these results on a Mustang GT with no changes other than moving to the new blower: That is an impressive pickup in power and torque from 3000 rpm on. Not only is the Gen 3 making more power it is also running up to 80 degrees cooler. It is much more efficient. The Gen 3 features new rotors with precision, robotically sprayed, conformal PTFE coating that adapts to the application and clearances needed. The rotors also feature a profile change, along with tighter tolerances that minimize power consumption and leakage. The updated rotor housing features revised port timing and bearing shape for increased rotor filling, along with a new, angled rib pattern for a more aggressive look.
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  • 8900120d's Avatar
    10-04-2017, 06:47 AM
    So for the past nearly 2 years i have been working on my 335i slowly (few hours every weekend) building a street/track (mainly track) car. For the first few months i started and warmed up the engine every month atleast. However its been 8+months since ive removed the engine from the car. im in the process of finishing the project off and im making a checklist of things to do before i try to start her up. for those of you interested the 335i started off as a stock 6AT with 64k miles, its still on 64k miles LOL heres what ive been up to for the past two years lol: BMS DCI BIG TOM Intercooler (with custom mounts fabricated) Custom pipes for the BIG TOM intercooler Twin oil coolers (with custom mounts fabricated) HKS exhaust system PURE stage 2 turbos new oil and coolant inlets/outlets for turbos vacuum lines RB high flow oil drains VTT inlets Custom front inlet NGK plugs BMS OCC CSF Radiator ER Charge pipe with HKS BOV Fuel-it Stage 1 LPFP VRSF Downpipes 335is Engine mounts M3 rear subframe M3 Front & rear arms M3 drive shafts M3 propshaft M3 differential M3 Anti roll bars M3 hubs M3 brake calipers & rotors M3 custom propshaft M3 Steering rack M3 track rods M3 spec Stoptech braided brake hoses M3 spec HSD MONOPRO coilovers M3 spec Powerflex ARB bushes front & rear M3 spec powerflex bushes for all front & rear arms M3 under body subframe struts (vbrace) M3 Brake Master Cylinder M3 front strut Macht Schnell Solid Subframe bushes Macht Schnell Solid Differential bushes New Brake Hardlines Yellow stuff pads New ARB Links New HPFP New VANOS solenoids New Water pump New Thermostat 3.5bar TMAP RB external PCV System MISHIMOTO secondary OCC FULL under body seal to prevent rust Manual gearbox conversion Manual gearbox wiring harness Parts for manual gearbox (hardlines, pedals, cylinders) UUC gearbox mounts BMW performance short shifter kit Spec Single Mass Flywheel 335is clutch BMS clutch delay valve New coolant distribution hoses New heat shields all round Rebuild M3 brake calipers Custom brake cooling ducts VMR V710 18 inch Alloys Michelin Pilot Super Sports all round Wheel Stud conversion Renown track steering wheel NRG boss Full M3 leather interior ARKYM front lip Real Carbon High kick spoiler i had removed the engine from the car 8+months ago, it made life alot easier when doing the manual gearbox conversion, Pure stage 2 turbos, gaskets, o-rings etc. And i also decided to paint the engine white in order to make oil leaks easier to spot :D Also please note, incase anyone is wondering why i took so long, i had no mechanic experience before i started this project, im actually a software developer lol, but i studied the Bentley manual and researched the forums before attempting anything, everything has been torqued up correctly and triple checked. and all work was carried out on axle stands. This was just a hobby i would work on in the weekends for a few hours. im based in the UK so single turbo and Ethanol wasnt an option, and i personally would prefer twins for the track. So the whole point of this post is to help make a checklist of things i need to do before starting up the engine for the first time as i will soon be fitting the engine back into the car. Heres what i have so far : Diff oil Transmission oil Engine oil Coolant Power steering fluid Brake fluid Bleed brakes Bleed clutch (slave cylinder) charge battery code the car for manual gearbox flash baseline map (MHD) Prime turbos (remove ignition fuse??) Does anyone have anything else to add to the checklist?
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  • cloud9blue's Avatar
    10-18-2017, 03:25 AM
    Car is relative stock when it comes to engine mods, just the standard FBO setup with JB4 and MHD backend flash. Tried running full e85 for a while with fuel-it stage 2 lpfp and TPI, but partial throttle response was a bit of hit of miss on with that setup. It was kind of annoying for the road course events I like to do with this car, so I went back to pump gas again. I am seriously thinking of getting a decent ST kit to replace the aging stock twins and have been reading quite a bit on forums to catch on the recent ST development. My goal is to be around a conservative 500-550whp on pump gas with DI only and quick spool and good transient response. So probably a 6062 or even a 5862 turbo is enough for me. Anyway, I just want to use this thread to compare notes with the rest of you and gather information that might be helpful for other members down the line. - ST Kit At the moment, it seems like Doc Race and Motiv are probably the best complete kits available on the market. And I am still kind of deciding between the two. Not really considering the VM/ACF and ADE kits since they have long lead time and questionable availability. Not gonna bother with the low end offers like On3 and etc. Nothing wrong with saving some money, but I just don't have the energy to deal with potential issues of those kits. If I gonna do this, I would rather get it right the first time. Btw does FFTEC still make N54 kit? Motiv Pros: - Durable manifold design, whole kit seems very well put together and reliable; these kits have been around for a few years now without any hardware failure. I know quite a few track cars (road course) run Motiv kits. - Clean bottom mount design and less heat related issues down the road because of that - Well executed pre turbo O2 bungs, with long heat sink so your O2 will last longer - Short runner length, faster spool (for mid size turbos) and better transient response? I know these are somewhat debatable depending on the actual execution. - Recirculated wastegate dumps is an option, less noise and less smell during stop and go traffic? Cons: - Log style manifold is more restrictive? Again, debatable. But Motiv's manifold definitly have sharper bends and smaller OD that the other high quality ST kits. - Have to replace the stock style passenger side engine mount with a custom one made of PU. Not a fan of PU mount, especially that close to the hot parts. The last PU mount I had from Black Forest Industry started to deform just after two months of winter driving... - Turbo is hard to reach, more of hassle to replace and perform checks on it. Bottom mount just don't have the same visual impact as a nice top mount lol - Probably the most expensive ST kit out there DOC Race Pros: - Equal length runner, good for top end power I suppose, which is what this engine needs - Twin scroll manifold! Good for quick spool. - Get to keep your stock style motor mount, don't have use a custom PU mount - Easier to access and replace turbos and stuff - Top mounts just look so damn cool! - More affordable comparing to the Motiv offerings Cons: - Much longer runner length, bad for spool and transient response maybe? Again, my turbo size will be pretty moderate comparing to those +600whp builds, so not sure how big of issue would that be. - Top mount brings hot parts closer to some of the plastic engine parts (VC, WW tube). But probably manageable with the heat shield, ceramic coat, turbo blanket, and heat wrap/tapes. - Have to relocate coolant reservoir, not a big deal, just a bit of extra work - O2 heat sink is bit undersized according to Chris post on the ADV sensors, so your O2 will die faster maybe? Would like to hear more on this. PCV Currently, the only PCV mod I have is the RB PCV valve and cap on the low pressure side, which actually solved the smoking idle that I experienced after I went full catless. The car desperately need an OCC on the high pressure side though. Car spend a lot of time in boost because of all the track days I do. I can tell from the sparkplugs after a few days on the road course, that the engine is burning through some oil from the intake side. Since my goal is a moderate 500whp on pump gas, the engine probably won't be seeing any boost higher than 20psi. So aside from installing a BMS OCC on the high pressure side and vent the line coming out of the OCC to the intake filter (keeping the flapper valve), I don't see the need for any other mods. Tapping the ports on the intake side and bypassing the low pressure PCV system with an external one like the stuff RB is selling is a bit overkill for my goal IMO (feel free to argue with me on that!). But they do seem like a good solution for those running high boost and chasing big powder. Ignition At my power level, I probably would be ok with the stock coils and just run some colder plugs and gap them closer than stock, but for piece of mind, it might be best just get the upgraded coil kit from Bimmerlife or Precision. It looks like both kits perform the same, despite the different approach each took (dumb vs. smart coil, etc.). I am personally leaning toward the Bimmerlife kit, since it comes with 3d printed connectors that requires less work to install. I am running stock plugs still btw. Seems to doing alright all these years, so other than replacing them after each track season, I didn't bother to experiment with colder plugs. The only time I had problem with it is when I spilled oil on the VC during oil change and didn't bother to clean it up, which caused misfires at WOT because of the oil pooled in the spark plug wells. O2 This is the part I would really like to discuss more with you guys. What's the verdict on the choice of O2 for ST right now? Are stock ones bound to die quick as a pre-turbo sensor? Is ADV sensor a must for ST? Any other equivalent or better alternatives? Fueling Not really interested in PI until someone figure out a properly integration controller that can actually control individual injectors for our engines. The current spray and pray, all or none solution is just not my cup of tea. It only takes a split second to grenade an engine at high rev with lean detonation, and IMO the current solutions out there are just not fast enough to get things under control if one of your DI injectors decided to crap out at WOT. The stage 2 lpfp should be plenty for my pump gas power goal. I am still on original factor injectors (no idea what the index number is, but the car was a MY09 made in late 08), which has been trouble free so far (knock on wood). Did have to replace the stock hpfp myself two years ago, as the pump was starting to die on track and cold start after running full e85 for a few months. It probably was just old and the lower lubricity of e85 and the stress from all the track days I did during those month just finally killed it. Cooling The car has a 7" VRSF FMIC (the old non-HD version). Seems to be doing a good job. But after I switched to DCI intake (had to ditch the stock airbox since it doesn't fit with TBI), I did notice the IAT tends to climb and stabilize at 140F during a 20 mins session. Not sure it is worth the trouble and the potential loss in transient response of a larger FMIC like the 7.5" stepped core that VRSF now sells. Would rather say the $700 for other stuff if the benefits of a larger core is not great for my power level. I am currently running CSF radiator, PPK aux rad and Dinan OC (single core at the passenger side). My current setup should be more enough for street use, since a lot guys are just fine running big ST setup on stock oil cooler Might have to loop in an extra OC for track use though, considering I can still hit 260-270F with the stock twins when pushing hard on a hot day (I do hear ST engines do run cooler oil temp than twins because of less heat buildup at the CHRAs and better turbo efficiency). Drivetrain My car is an 6at. Personally, I never understood the need for trans cooler, since our trans don't really run that hot from the data I gather on track. The highest trans temp I have seen is 105C (which isn't all that hot IMO), and that's after 20mins on hot lapping on road courses. And my trans still shift as smooth as the day I picked this car up brand new from the dealership almost 7 years ago. I have been replacing my trans fluid pretty frequently though (twice now at 58k miles), using Redline D4. Already got LSD, diff brace, subframe bushings, and M3 arms front and back, toe arms, coildovers and all that on the car. The only weak points I can think are the half shafts and gearbox itself. But for the power level I am aiming and for my intended use (not gonna do any hard standing launch), I don't think upgrades on those are necessary (not like there is any good AT upgrades anyway). Installation As much as I would do the install myself, I just don't have the time nor the space to do a project as extensive as this. So this will be done by a shop. Both kits have pretty good fitment that I think any competent person can put together with the right tools, so I don't think this will be a problem. But do let me know any issues you have run into though! Tuning I have been running different versions of JB from BMS since 2010. Great stuff and very happy with the products and the support BMS gave to this platform over the years. Probably just gonna stay with the JB4 and get a custom backend tune. But I am interested in hearing some actual experiences from those who jumped ship to the Motiv boostbox.
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  • Icewall's Avatar
    09-30-2017, 10:24 PM
    No clue why its sideways. It isnt sideways on my phone (galaxy s8 taken in portrait mode) Just thought i would share my adventures of installing this magnificent billet manifold. Fab Factory once posted that they had 12 n54 manifolds out in the wild but no one posted about it. Well here's to a fantastic product made by a fantastic company! What i was expecting was better throttle response (duh) but what i was shocked by was my exhaust drone 100% is gone and even after a 40 minute drive it wasnt even remotely hot; heck it was barely warm!
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  •'s Avatar
    09-25-2017, 08:30 PM
    No boost leak, 19 PSI with 10-12 degrees adv timing on COBB AP Protuned, stock turbos
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-06-2017, 01:03 PM
    You probably know this Huracan already as the owner went through his Dime Racing horror story and VF-Engineering ended up sorting out the car and supercharging it. Now, you already know the McLaren 720S is a beast in stock form. The Huracan owner meets up with a 720S owner and basically there is a lot of annoying talking before and after they botch run after run. Just run the damn cars. Nobody wants to waste twelve minutes on worthless chatter. They line the cars up from a stop and the Huracan gets a lead on the rear wheel drive 720S before quickly getting off the gas. This certainly makes sense as the Huracan is all wheel drive and the TVS blower provides instant torque. With how quickly the Huracan gets off the gas we do not see much of a race. They go from a roll next and the 720S jumps slightly but then gets off the gas only for the Huracan to get on the gas. Is this the first time these guys have ever raced a car before? They try again and the 720S looks to be in the wrong gear or getting on the gas late. Just do three honks and go people. Also, you have GoPro mounts. WTF are you holding a camera for while racing? This is garbage. They run on busy city streets and the Huracan gets off the gas early once the 720S actually gets going. There is no real performance comparison and where is the supposed data that was going to be recorded? If you seriously think your Huracan is faster do a real highway roll instead of putting out misleading crap like this. Fail.
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  • zeenon53's Avatar
    10-05-2017, 05:43 PM
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-20-2017, 10:42 PM
    Oh great, now the politically correct virus that infects America is coming for car advertisements. You know what a car ad is supposed to do? Get your attention. That is exactly what Mercedes-AMG accomplishes showing the new W213 generation E63 S model line up for a drag race. They are not endorsing street racing by doing this. As it turns out, advertisements do not create laws. Amazingly, somehow we still have speed limits and rules on public roads despite car ads. How many people drag race Top Fuel cars on the street anyway? What about Formula 1 cars? That number is exactly zero. It's a fantasy. It's a commercial. It isn't real. Watch the ad below and then let us know if you suddenly have the desire to race a jet powered Bonneville land speed record car at your local stoplight. Doug Stokes of Irwindale Speedway in California (of course it has to be California) takes issue with the commercial. Maybe he is drinking a bit too much soy as he seems to be suffering from low testosterone? What exactly should a commercial about a 600+ horsepower all wheel drive twin turbo V8 super sedan be about? Its gas mileage? A leisurely drive to the recycling center? It is no coincidence Irwindale Speedway operates an 1/8 mile drag strip. The argument made is self-serving as Doug wants to funnel people to the Irwindale strip because there really is nowhere else to race in California as 1/4 mile strips continue to shut down. Sacremento Raceway is the latest victim as the county is forcing them to close due to residential development. Doug, grow a pair. It's an ad. Stop trying to use it to funnel people to Irwindale. Furthermore, 1/8 mile racing sucks. Open up a real 1/4 mile strip where 600+ horsepower cars like the E63 can stretch their legs or shut the fuck up. An open letter to the industry: 09/10/17 Who the hell do I have to complain to? It (was) just a quiet Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were watching the U.S. Open finals on TV. There were, of course, number of adverts from top-tier companies … and then there was one, near the end of the match, that made the two of us whoop louder than the sellout crowd at Flushing Meadows. The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles racing against a new model Mercedes. The machines (including a funny car, a dragster, and a full-out drag bike and the Mercedes) line up curb to curb on what looks like a city street, a traffic light goes green … and the machines leap forward in a five-wide drag race … the Mercedes gets to the end of the block first. Apparently it wins what looks everything like a patently illegal street race and the voice over indicates what Mercedes model it was and indicates that it would be a good idea for the people watching to buy this car … I guess based on its “track” … er, street racing record.* I frankly don’t think that it was the very best example of “The Best or Nothing” slogan that tags the advert. Likewise, a recent (at least here in Los Angeles) TV commercial shows two late model BMW’s seemingly racing each other through a (it seems) deserted industrial site with a quick close-up of another (was it one of the two street racers?) BMW cornering very hard, so hard that the driver needs to crank in a huge amount of opposite to keep control as the car slides right up to a painted double line that’s NOT on a race course, but apparently on a normal street somewhere. There you go, “The Ultimate Driving Machine” going way, way too fast apparently on city streets. And then we have Fiat-Chrysler running a whole flight of TV ads that show a wide range of way too fast activities with two (or more) cars quite apparently racing each other. Of course building a car (the Dodge Demon) that’s banned from competing in “as delivered” form by the NHRA, and then bragging about it in print in enthusiast magazines says: (at least to my ear) “Race this one the street, because it is so powerful that NHRA wants you to install a big old honking roll cage if you ever want run it at the drag strip.” A quick word about myself if I may, I’m the VP of communications at Irwindale Event Center located about 20 miles East of Los Angeles. We operate a half-mile NASCAR-sanctioned paved oval and an eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. We opened the drag strip in 2000, and it’s the only one in southern California that operates on a weekly basis all year long. Thousands upon thousands of drivers (young, old and in between) have used our facility to have some safe, controlled, high-speed fun with their performance cars. It’s almost impossible to prove a negative, however, I think that our drag strip has helped to dampen illegal street racing in the area. And, from that perspective I feel that I can say the following: … Yeah, sure, yup, correct, you’re right; I know those commercial are a fantasy, innocent, innocuous metaphors, simply flights of advertising license. On the other hand, all of the above automobile commercials most blatantly portray and appear to glorify illegal street racing. (And supering-in some sort of tiny “closed course, do not attempt” screen when the hottest model Dodge cars are purposely seen racing with each other (or in earlier TV adverts, joyfully driving right through the middle of an idyllic outdoor wedding party knocking over tables and scattering people like a terrorists.) Finally and directly to all three of the above manufacturers, as well as any others that I’ve missed: All of you know that you can show the fun of cool, high performance driving without using (and thereby glamorizing) often deadly and illegal street racing (no how much you see it as harmless marketing hyperbole ). You are all better than that, I’m sure. Doug Stokes PS: I’d like to invite anyone in the industry (who wants to see what I’m talking about) out for one of our “Thursday Night Thunder” events at Irwindale Dragstrip. Heck ... I’ll even buy you a hot dog, soda, and a bag of chips.
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