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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Today, 11:38 PM
    Welcome MarylinRo, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • SteveAZ's Avatar
    Today, 11:38 PM
    Aw shucks.....thanks!
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    Today, 11:22 PM
    Welcome mistahhwong, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • luckystrike's Avatar
    Today, 11:08 PM
    I know its been covered before, but I happened to have my tripod out and decided to snap some pictures and do a small write up. I didn't realize I had my macro lens on until after I was dirty, so enjoy the super close ups. So I started with a car that had the cabin filter, engine cover and cowl already off. Its only a few 8mm bolts to get to this point, no sweat. I may come back and add all the photos to get to this point but here's a picture of where we started: First step is to flip open the top of the coil to eject the harness plug. I grab both sides of the coil top as shown and pull up like flipping a lid. Do this for all 6: Next, in the hole of the lid, put a screwdriver through and then apply upward pressure to pull the coil out off the spark plug. In the picture i only have one hand on the screw driver, i used two but i couldn't take a picture showing it. Don't jerk the coil up and out, just slow pull up and they come right out: Once the coil pops up, then pull the coil out: Using a thin wall 14mm socket to take the spark plugs out: I used a wobble extension: Which allows the socket and extension to "wobble" or angle out of line from each other while still being engaged: A close up of the tip, similar to a CV joint - sort of anyway: Then, pretty important, blow each spark plug hole out. I had this on hand, its a tire inflate-tor that i removed the tire bit from, so its a flex hose blow gun: This actually turned out to be a really good picture of the spark plug. You can see how soft the edges are, and how big the gap is, showing just how used the plug actually is (63k miles). I wish i had a picture like this of the new one so you could see how squared off the prongs of the new plugs are. I couldn't see the detail in this until i uploaded it to my computer after the job was done. Lets just say replacing these plugs made a really noticeable improvement: So here we go with the new plugs and some anti-sieze: Anti-seize applied to the threads: Here we are dropping the spark plug into the cylinder head. Its important to thread this in by hand. I even prefer to use a straight extension if possible to have a better feel of the spark plug threading in. Don't get impatient here, if a plug isn't feeling right or threading right keep starting over until it threads in correctly: Here we are using a torque wrench set to 17 ft lbs, (approx 204 in pounds) tighten until it clicks: Never store a torque wrench pre-loaded, always unload it to 0 so it doesn't give inaccurate torque readings. Even better to have them calibrated every once in a while if you do really precision stuff: Once thats complete for all 6, drop the coils back in, align then correctly, and then push down on top of the coil until it bottoms out on the spark plug nipple: Then engage the harness plug and push the coil pack lid down until its in the closed / locked position: Willing to work with members in the Florida area. Enjoy the new plugs!
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  • Grip&Go's Avatar
    Today, 10:38 PM
    Grip&Go replied to a thread For Sale: RBs, VK DP's, BMS DCI in Buy/Sell - Parts
    RBs sold?
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  • rader1's Avatar
    Today, 10:25 PM
    Unfortunately, logging with the BT cable pretty much sucks when it comes to fine tuning. Give the ATR thread a good read and download the "Help" file from Cobb's site to get started. Getting a tune that runs decent isn't hard but getting one that runs and logs beautifully is. You could always pick up a used AP for cheap and go that route.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 PM
    We do JB4 only. Sorry!
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  • islandroad83's Avatar
    Today, 10:02 PM
    I contaced PTF and asked but they only work with Cobb. I did not know Terry helped with BB flash and was not planning on going to shiv haha. I also know there are very knowledgeable people on here that know how to tune also. I always figured with BB flash u were kinda on your own or got the help of other members for tuning that's why I never really went to a turner. I could contact Terry's team and see if they could help but figured I would try here and maybe learn in the process.
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  • rdeterman's Avatar
    Today, 09:49 PM
    stage 1 with billet wheels will not get you anywhere near high 400hp levels with headroom.. The stage 2's will be pushing it
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  • AGP1328's Avatar
    Today, 09:42 PM
    AGP1328 started a thread Want to Buy: N54 (335i) Downpipes in Buy/Sell - Parts
    Hey guys, I'm looking to pick up a set of downpipes for my N54 335i. Not really looking to spend any more than $350 or so. As for brand, it doesn't really matter. Must be bolt-on and catless. PM me or reply with what you have and a price shipped to 77479! Thanks
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  • Charrigan's Avatar
    Today, 09:35 PM
    Thanks everyone for their input. Looking deeper into what I'm looking to gain out of the car I am going to rule out a single kit. Ill never push it to the limits of what it's nearly capable. After all this is my DD and want to keep it reliable the way it has been. I honestly would be happy with high 400hp range. I know you can push stockers on e85 nearly to that point but I would rather have a little head room for a little more power if I get the itch for more. I also don't like pushing engine components to their limits like running max boost out of stock turbos to hit mid 400whp levels. VargasTurboTech since your the only one I know of mentioning egt's you may have more insight on this. Is there a significant difference in get temps comparing stg1 with billet wheels vs stg2 turbos at a similar psi? I know running e85 will help quite a bit. I'm all about heat control and keeping temps in sane areas. I have no idea what egt's the n54 even pushes.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:33 PM
    Why not just contact a tuner and get a tune you know you will be happy with?
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Today, 09:32 PM
    Hey C4747Z: :text-welcomewave:
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  • islandroad83's Avatar
    Today, 09:28 PM
    Alright so a quick update. Ken never got back to me in regards to the log file that I sent. I received a Auto-Reply saying that he was busy from all the emails ect ect so not sure if he is around or not. I don't plan on running this flash at all after everybody's suggestions and wondering if somebody with some good tuning knowledge would like to help me with make a safe fast tune for my car. I only have Bav Tech and BB flash but nice long flat roads in NH this weekend for good logging. If somebody is willing to assist just let me know, I would appreciate the help.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 PM
    Great runs here courtesy of BenzBoost member Vasily1. We have seen his E63 AMG in action before. As a reminder, he has a prototype Renntech E63 AMG 4Matic M157 turbocharger upgrade on his car which is putting out something in the 850 horsepower range. We have seen some impressive performance from this car including runs with a Lamborghini Aventador as well as a supercharged C63 AMG and another tuned GTR. In this run video @Vasily1 takes on a PP-Performance Stage 2 tuned F13 M6 said to making 740 horsepower. In addition, a Nissan GTR with a quoted 700 horsepower is also in the mix. Thanks to multiple angles and good video quality we get a new view of the action. The M6 and GTR both put up a good fight. The E63 AMG S is the fastest of the trio though consistently managing to open up a gap between it and the other two cars up top. The only run the E63 loses is the very first one where the GTR gets the better start on it but the E63 starts reeling it in. As the other two cars are on stock turbochargers the power and torque advantage here clearly lies with the E63 AMG and it shows. That stated, the GTR and M6 do well against stout competition.
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Today, 09:21 PM
    I was just kidding. Definitely know what you mean. And I love BMW's cruise because it stays rock solid. I can set it 7-8 over and not worry about cresting a hill and speeding up. -Rich
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:54 PM
    It's a very nice E46 M3. GLWS!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:53 PM
    GLWS!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:51 PM
    Sticky replied to a thread CAN Cable for Coding Injectors? in N54
    Anyone?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 PM
    I notice this more on long trips. Happens on the way to Vegas all the time.
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  • rdeterman's Avatar
    Today, 08:42 PM
    Maybe your right.. I usually avg 6-8mph over the posted speed limit. Usually im the one doing all the passing but it never fails I get someone who blows past me then a mile later im passing them, all while maintaining a constant speed.
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  • rdeterman's Avatar
    Today, 08:37 PM
    rdeterman replied to a thread IATs and Power in Advanced Tech
    113-115 doesn't seem that bad for 90 degree ambient temps. The upgraded intercoolers wouldn't hurt though.
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Today, 08:35 PM
    Ha! I think you drive too slow - once I pass someone I don't see them again ;) -Rich
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Today, 08:34 PM
    Good point on leaving turn signals on. That drives me nuts too. And I don't brake check tailgaters. Instead I slow down (slowly) - that typically pisses them off even more, but they realize they can't be mad because they're being assholes. Awesome. -Rich
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  • rdeterman's Avatar
    Today, 08:32 PM
    My #1 is PEOPLE NOT USING CRIUSE CONTROL! Holy shit does that piss me off. How many times am I going to pass you, then to just have you pass me a mile later... It makes me furious! Its a simple concept people! ... end rant
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:31 PM
    Sticky replied to a thread IATs and Power in Advanced Tech
    Time for those IC's.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 PM
    People who don't signal make me angry and people who leave their turn signal on as well. Tailgaters I handle by braking hard to let them know to back off. If they then speed up I use my horsepower to let them know they aren't getting ahead of me.
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  • 135pats's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 PM
    Howdy all, just got this report back from Blackstone and wanted to see if the gurus had any thoughts on it. The 'stone folks seem to think all is in very good shape, and my rudimentary understanding of oil reports shows everything in pretty tip top shape. But of course I value your thoughts. Fire away! They decided to give me a random home address :facepalm but oh well we can't have it all. Edit: I should add i'm posting this particular report as this is the longest OCI run i've ever done at 6K. No plans to extent it, if anything i'll return to my normal 4K changes.
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