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  • trebila's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 09:43 AM
    trebila started a thread N54 DAMOS project + Winols in N54
    Sorry, i was speaking about winols, not winkfp.
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  • 135pats's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 07:39 PM
    About 3 months ago I decided to go single turbo with my second N54 powered car. Like many of those who have done the same, I got bored with what a stock turbo car could do, and didnít feel comfortable with the reliability inherent to ďhybridĒ options. I wasnít sure on what kit to go with but ultimately decided on Motivís kit for a variety of reasons, first and foremost being build quality and Jake being local to me. I called him up, placed the order, paid a few days later, and here I am today. It was a simple process to order so I donít have much to say on that front. Updates were frequent and the fact that I know Jake personally probably aided in that process. My job has me on the road frequently during the fall and winter, so the wait wasnít a big deal at all. The Kit: Motiv 750 FP HTA 3586r .82ar Tial MVR (re-circulated) The Install: I had all parts installed at Sonic Tuning. I canít begin to say enough good things about them and the work they did. The folks who worked on my car were in touch with me on a daily basis, and were always available to answer the umpteen questions I had. Anyone in my neck of the woods would be well served to give them a visit. I was able to pick up the car on time and without any hassle. The car was kept indoors and away from snow for the duration of itsí stay, which I appreciated. Itís the little things, ya know? Iím going to note the installation closely for my and others future reference. Apologies in advance as I donít have any structure planned for these observations. - Motor has 64xxx miles on it right now. Has always been well cared for and has always run and logged wonderfully. If the blackstone reports mean anything, itís in very nice shape and should be a good candidate to run a single turbo for an extended period of time. - Stock turbos were puking oil. Boosted fine and no rattle but tons of shaft play, they were on their last legs. - One of the downpipe gaskets was pretty fried up, exact cause unknown. Both were replaced when the new downpipe went on, of course. - While the turbos were out I replaced all 4 o2 sensors, coolant, oil (Motul 5W40), coils, and plugs. The coils and plugs were redundant as they had about 8K miles on them, but I figured ďwhy notĒ. - Several of the clamps on assorted hoses looked to be getting tired. They were replaced. - All plugs came out fine except CYL. 1, which had what appeared to be some oil on the thread. There wasnít any on the business end, so I would guess it came from the numerous top offs I had to do with the stock turbos pissing oil all over the place. Itís worth noting in case future issues arise. Initial Observations: Drove the car this afternoon for the first time, running wastegate boost. Ridiculous. Honestly just a shit eating grin the entire ride home. No CELs, no Check Engines, no codesÖItís cold out so I havenít been able to give it WOT, but right away I can tell you that spool isnít an issue in the least. This was my biggest concern going to a larger single turbo, and I can tell you that itís just flat out not a worry at this point. We havenít done any serious tuning and the turbo is spooling very quickly. I was able to do several passes on the highway in 5th and 6th without any feeling of ďwhere is the boost?Ē. It doesnít jump at 3K revs the way a stock turbo car does, but it spools far faster than a 64mm top mount car I had previously driven. Iím confident this manifold outspools any and all other singles out there. Logs and videos will be up early next week when hopefully thereís no snow on the ground. This isnít a winter car and itís really not safe to drive in the ice and all that jazz. Donít expect world records and trips to the dragstrip, itís not what Iím interested in. Hopefully I can get down to tuning in the next couple weeks and we can all see what this thing can really do with the boost turned up. Where itíll end up: Good question. Wherever the transmission gets pissed minus about 50WTQ. Iím going to guess that I run out of fuel at 500-550WHP or so. In light of that Iíll be addressing fuel this Spring so long as the 6AT continues to play nice. If I have to call it a day at 530WHP or whatever, thatís fine by me. The goal isnít to build a rocket ship, itís just to have fun (novel concept). A huge thanks to Jake and Allen @ Motiv, Wei and everyone @ Sonic Tuning, and several dozen members on these forums who have inspired me to continue pushing my car. Iíd list you all but then Iíd forget one person and look like an ass. When I bought it a few years ago I was planning to have a bone stock convertible. Here it stands today as a totally different machine. Rad! PS GO PATS.
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  • robc1976's Avatar
    02-13-2015, 07:05 PM
    Andy Divers from AD Engineering made two fittings (vent hose flapper delete & PCV delete). The correct way to do this is to tap and seal the ports in the head to prevent boost from entering valve cover. His fittings are some of the best quality I've seen and the service has been impeccable. People are going to ask why I didn't just buy a custom OCC - simple answer is I like to design my own stuff. IMPORTANT NOTE: I am NOT responsible for any damage to you, your car or anything else. TIPS: **Do NOT allow any shavings to enter the motor - it's easiest to have a secondary person on hand with a vacuum. **Use thread cutting oil for all tapping. **Use oil on all threads of AN fittings to keep from marring threads. FITTINGS NEEDED FOR DIY: -12AN X 1/2" NPT Female straight fitting -12AN X 1/2" NPT male flared straight fitting -12AN X 1/2" NPT 90 degree double swivel fitting -12AN T fitting (rubber top only) -12AN cap (rubber top only) -12AN nut (rubber top only) -12AN X 1/2" NPT Elbow (alternate filter only) -10AN X 1/2" NPT 45 degree fitting -10AN X 1/2" NPT straight male flared fitting -10AN X 1/2" NPT straight female fitting -8AN X 1/2" NPT 90 degree fitting -8AN X 1/2" NPT 45 degree fitting -8AN X 3/8" NPT straight male flared fitting -8AN X 3/8" NPT straight male flared fitting -8AN cap NOTE: In some pics you may see fittings not previously mentioned already installed. This was due to timing of arrival of fittings. DIY FOR REMOVING VALVE COVER: http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?35181-N54-Valve-cover-gasket-DIY DIY FOR STAINLESS STEEL LINES: http://boostaddict.com/showthread.php?43221-Stainless-Steel-line-DIY STEP 1: Tapping OCC top STEP 2: Tapping OCC bottom (all bottom fittings are 3/8" NPT) STEP 3: This is for the rubber top filter that came with the MOTIV kit (NOTE: Step 4 is an alternate metal-topped filter that I personally prefer). STEP 4: Alternate metal-topped filter STEP 5: Valve cover tapping (see DIY on Valve Cover removal link above if necessary). I can NOT stress enough to not allow ANY shavings to get into the motor - be as clean as possible!! STEP 6: STEP 7: STEP 8: You'll have to take your own measurements for line fitment as each person may want to put the lines in a different location. STEP 9: STEP 10: All finished! Here are the completed project pics! (Please ignore my filthy engine bay - it's usually spotless. LOL)
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  • The Ghost's Avatar
    02-06-2015, 01:43 AM
    Per my old thread I proved that the stock turbo inlets were restricting flow at higher boost levels and so I did some testing and built custom intakes. Since then, I installed BMS's (Burger Tuning) port injection kit, Fuel-it Stage 3, and ditched the meth using full E85. Setup: N54, FBO, 6MT JB4 G5, Cobb backend flash (ATR) Custom 2.25" turbo inlets, w/BMS DCI BMS Port Injection kit Split Second injector controller (AIC1-G4H) Fuel-it Stage 3 dual LPFPs e85 Stock exhaust (catted) Specs on Intakes: The dyno photos in order are: My maxed FBO meth/e85 car vs. my final tune today Comparison of timing changes (4-7 degree ramp, vs 7-9 degree ramp) FBO map 0 baseline vs. today's final tune All plots from today (tuning iterations) Here is a log of the last dyno run: http://datazap.me/u/ghost/2015-02-05-170708-10f-final-dyno-run-6?log=0&data=1-3-4-11 Misc notes: Targeted 12.7:1 AFR (max power lean e85), however PI map needs work as it goes very rich (10:1) on spool as well as at 6500rpms. I didn't have time to keep reflashing the AIC, so I'll do that at a later time which should help torque and top end. Adding a small amount of timing made a HUGE difference in power (especially top-end). I decided to stop where I was as I was happy with the progress. These turbos (with these intakes) can make any reasonable boost it seems. 26psi@7krpms has a 66% IDC. Next mod is probably exhaust. While the e92 exhaust is supposedly pretty free-flowing, at 600+whp, I suspect there are gains to be had going to a 3.5" single exhaust without cats. Special thanks to Terry@BMS for the extensive support and parts, Fuel-it and VTT both for good components and support.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-12-2015, 03:43 PM
    A very nice 6-speed manual E92 335i build here from BimmerBoost member The Ghost. He upgraded his 335i N54 motor with Vargas Turbo Technology 2+ turbos, a Burger Tuning port injection fuel system, and a Fuel-It! Stage 3 dual LPFP direct injection fuel system upgrade. Here are the details in his own words: Per my old thread I proved that the stock turbo inlets were restricting flow at higher boost levels and so I did some testing and built custom intakes. Since then, I installed BMS's (Burger Tuning) port injection kit, Fuel-it Stage 3, and ditched the meth using full E85. Setup: N54, FBO, 6MT JB4 G5, Cobb backend flash (ATR) Custom 2.25" turbo inlets, w/BMS DCI BMS Port Injection kit Split Second injector controller (AIC1-G4H) Fuel-it Stage 3 dual LPFPs e85 Stock exhaust (catted) Specs on Intakes: Front intake specs: 2 1/8" 90 degree silicone elbow, 2.25" pipe directly into filter on passenger side. Piping covered with head reflective foil Rear intake specs: 2 1/8" 90 degree silicone elbow, about 14" of 2.0" aluminum pipe, 45 degree 2.25" silicone coupler to about 14" of 2.25" aluminum piping, 45 degree silicone bend to filter (2.25"). The picture below shows the upper half the intake. BMS DCI filters reused Vac canisters moved to driver's side (shown in attached) PCV retained, mounted bung near same place as stock (shown in attached) The dyno photos in order are: My maxed FBO meth/e85 car vs. my final tune today Comparison of timing changes (4-7 degree ramp, vs 7-9 degree ramp) FBO map 0 baseline vs. today's final tune All plots from today (tuning iterations) Here is a log of the last dyno run: http://datazap.me/u/ghost/2015-02-05-170708-10f-final-dyno-run-6?log=0&data=1-3-4-11 Misc notes: Targeted 12.7:1 AFR (max power lean e85), however PI map needs work as it goes very rich (10:1) on spool as well as at 6500rpms. I didn't have time to keep reflashing the AIC, so I'll do that at a later time which should help torque and top end. Adding a small amount of timing made a HUGE difference in power (especially top-end). I decided to stop where I was as I was happy with the progress. These turbos (with these intakes) can make any reasonable boost it seems. 26psi@7krpms has a 66% IDC. Next mod is probably exhaust. While the e92 exhaust is supposedly pretty free-flowing, at 600+whp, I suspect there are gains to be had going to a 3.5" single exhaust without cats. Special thanks to Terry@BMS for the extensive support and parts, Fuel-it and VTT both for good components and support. Additional pictures:
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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 04:04 PM
    So I'm in the pretty early stages but I am considering buying a new (used) car. I bought my current car (2011 Camaro 2SS/RS/manual) when I graduated law school and I was 25 at the time. I'm now 30 and I have a 2 year old. So I think its time for something a little more mature, classy, and practical but I don't want to give up having a relatively fast, relatively sporty car. My price range is around $36k. I do my own basic maintenance (oil, tranny/diff fluid, brake pads, spark plugs) and basic bolt on type work (air intake, headers) but on cars that are pretty easy to work on (Trucks, F-body's, my current car). Below are my requirements outside of price and some general thoughts on how I will use the car: 4 doors and a decent backseat (for car seat) and trunk (golf bags, stroller). It can't be slower than my current car (0-60 in around 4.6, low 13's 1/4). I will not modify the car so it must be at least that fast stock. It must be fun to drive. For example: A Charger Hellcat would not be appropriate because although it is fast, its not fun to drive. I want a car that feels a little special. USE: primarily a daily driver but I may occasionally take it to a track. That said, I'm not one of these guys who is obsessed with shaving 100ths of a second off my lap time. I just want to have fun and have a car that I can push without killing it or myself. If tracked, I would probably not take it past 7.5/10ths of its potential. It must be somewhat classy but not super flashy. I want a car that is nice to be in and I would be proud to walk up to and get in on a daily basis. Ideally it would be a car that a normal person wouldn't think twice about but someone like us (abnormal people) would look at and be like "nice." The car is for me to enjoy driving, not to attract attention. It must be reliable and reasonable to fix or have fixed when something does break. It must also be reasonable to maintain. I understand that most "nice" cars will be more expensive to maintain than my Camaro but it has to be within reason. RWD is preferred but I'd be willing to do AWD if the AWD is fun and tossable. Manual is preferred but I would do flappy paddle if it is a great box, a good deal, and not unreliable. Right now my two front runners are a 09-14 CTS-V and an E90 M3. My concern with the Caddy is that although its fast, I worry that its heavy and not that fun to drive. My concern with the M3 is reliability and maintenance. Any feedback or tips on my front runners is welcome as is advice on other options (supported with reasoning).
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    02-11-2015, 03:19 PM
    The first batch of our new silicone intake tubes for the N54 are now available! Orders can be placed on our website or via email to Sales@vargasturbo.com. There are only 20 units available which will be sold on a first come first serve basis with priority given to current owners of a VTT Stage 2 or 2+ turbo upgrade. Product Information VTT N54 Silicone intake tubes are high grade 100% silicone that is 5mm thick and wire reinforced. They are a complete replacement for the restrictive stock inlets from the turbo to the inlet side is designed to fit with the stock airbox as well as any and all varieties of aftermarket intakes. The turbo side mates smoothly with stock as well as upgraded stock frame turbos. The tube for the rear turbo has a built-in bung which makes it a ďplug and playĒ connection to the stock PCV system or any upgrades that you may have in place. Fits all N54 applications including RHD, with the exception of a few rare models that use plastic retainers on the intakes. Product Pricing: Silicone intake tubes $499 When purchased with turbo upgrade $459 New DCI filter kit with your intakes $79 Existing VTT Stage 2 & 2+ customers 20% OFF Product Images: VTT N54 Silicone Intakes1 by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Rear by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Front by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr More Images Available Here Product Testing: 100% E85 VTT Stage 2's Billet 15T's VTT Silicone intakes VTT Silicone Charge pipe VTT Double Barrel HPFP upgrade Fuel-it Stage 2 LPFP with 450 inline Cobb AP with PTF custom back end flash JB4 This car now makes 585rwhp / 659rwtq on a tune with significantly less timing versus our previous max effort results on this car with stock intakes of 557rwhp and under 650rwtq. Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesRPM by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesMPH by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Additional testing data:
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    02-10-2015, 09:52 AM
    The first batch of our new silicone intake tubes for the N54 are now available! Orders can be placed on our website or via email to Sales@vargasturbo.com. There are only 20 units available which will be sold on a first come first serve basis with priority given to current owners of a VTT Stage 2 or 2+ turbo upgrade. Product Information VTT N54 Silicone intake tubes are high grade 100% silicone that is 5mm thick and wire reinforced. They are a complete replacement for the restrictive stock inlets from the turbo to the inlet side is designed to fit with the stock airbox as well as any and all varieties of aftermarket intakes. The turbo side mates smoothly with stock as well as upgraded stock frame turbos. The tube for the rear turbo has a built-in bung which makes it a “plug and play” connection to the stock PCV system or any upgrades that you may have in place. Fits all N54 applications including RHD, with the exception of a few rare models that use plastic retainers on the intakes. Product Pricing: Silicone intake tubes $499 When purchased with turbo upgrade $459 New DCI filter kit with your intakes $79 Existing VTT Stage 2 & 2+ customers 20% OFF Product Images: VTT N54 Silicone Intakes1 by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Rear by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Front by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr More Images Available Here Product Testing: 100% E85 VTT Stage 2's Billet 15T's VTT Silicone intakes VTT Silicone Charge pipe VTT Double Barrel HPFP upgrade Fuel-it Stage 2 LPFP with 450 inline Cobb AP with PTF custom back end flash JB4 This car now makes 585rwhp / 659rwtq on a tune with significantly less timing versus our previous max effort results on this car with stock intakes of 557rwhp and under 650rwtq. Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesRPM by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesMPH by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Additional testing data:
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  • jyamona's Avatar
    02-14-2015, 05:11 PM
    So, with development going forward on a few interesting projects now, I'd like to address all of the deficiencies of open source tuning on this platform. I am currently a Cobb user, but with them cutting off further development / advancement on our platform (thanks shiv!) this is a necessity. I know of two big ones right from the start: 1.) ability to log all extended BMW params for this ECU (see Cobb list for an example) 2.) ability to flash from a handheld device Outside of that, what are some other current advantages of using the AccessPort? I know it has been mentioned that they have added some custom logic into their roms, but I'm not sure exactly what it is. Any insight on this? Also, are there currently any tables available in ATR / ATP that are missing in the XDFs? If so, I could move those up as a higher priority for me to find. This thread is strictly for comparisons between the two in their current state.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 08:38 PM
    We had a few extra minutes today so we threw the car on the dyno for 5 runs, before Dzenno had to leave work. We are battling serious misfire and correction issues only in cylinders 1 & 4 which are usually the quiet ones :think:, even with those issues, causing ugly graphs, the car made decent numbers, and managed to break our N54 WTQ record which was 654WTQ in 5th, our previous 4th gear record was 629WTQ so we put almost 30 on it. So far we cannot seem to get the misfires squared away, all plugs look good, fuel pressure is good. I have to give my brothers car back, as I have held it hostage too long already so this is prob the last time we will put it on the dyno. We should have the shop car back up and running soon, and will continue testing. Not being able to achieve a clean pull to redline is really hurting power output, as you can see in the graph, it really wants to go from about 3800, but the misfires end the party early. For these few runs we decided to go flash only, and I told Dzenno to Wedge me, crank WGDC way up in the midrange, drop it at redline to keep boost in check, you can see he had to quickly drop it up top to keep boost at a manageable level up there. At redline the gauge was showing 22-24 psi or so, and we are just above 50 WGDC. The wedge map was showing just under 50 for a little less boost up top. Either way the car has to go back to its owner (happens to be my brother, which is why he lets me beat on it. Thanks Dave..:)), and he will try to find the misfire issues. He of course will never run the maps we dynoed on, that is as usual for our R&D, his car will be delivered back to him with a safe flash, and most likely a JB for boost control. Full Disclosure as always. Boost according to the gauge was about 30 psi midrange to 22-24 up top 100% E85 VTT intakes VTT prototype CP Shotgun Double Barrel Fuel-it Stage 3 4th gear pull (if we did one in 5th on this map, it most likely would have made 670-675 or so.) We look forward to getting the shop car back up and running, with a fresh motor, and testing some more! Stage 2+ with these intakes, and some serious boost should open up a few eyes...:)
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  • hkninja's Avatar
    02-04-2015, 12:31 PM
    I'm sure this topic came up before but which brand and weight do you guys use for your N54 motor? I've used couple different brand before but I want to stick with just one right now. What are your recommendation? 0w30 or stick with 5w30? I can get AMSOIL for a good price but I'm not sure if the regular red cap one is good enough or I have to go with the blue cap european formula. There's also 2 different type of european AMSOIL..... :think:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:19 PM
    Most people will not remember that AMS Performance announced a couple years ago they would be doing a turbo upgrade package for the F10 M5 S63TU engine. This created a big stir in the BMW Performance scene at the time as enthusiasts knew the incredible performance results AMS had achieved with the Nissan GTR. We all know AMS was more than capable of upgrading the turbo hardware at the time but the issue was not the hardware. It was the tuning for the hardware. That is where ESS-Tuning was supposed to come in and provide their tuning 'expertise' with this turbo upgrade. Well, you may have noticed that AMS did not release any S63TU turbo upgrade since this announcement and that ESS-Tuning did not complete any tuning for any aftermarket S63TU turbo upgrade packages. They are not the only ones by the way. Dinan also has yet to come through on F10 M5 / F13 M6 turbocharger upgrades and built S63TU motor promises. So why the big claims and big announcements when both Dinan and ESS-Tuning knew they did not have the capability to tune them at the time? In the case of ESS-Tuning it was likely just a cheap publicity grab designed to get them exposure and fuel their fanboys. In retrospect, it looks downright deceitful and is pretty embarrassing considering they had nothing to back up their claims with the F-Series ECU's just recently being cracked. AMS has their own S63TU tuning solution and will be providing their own tuning for their Alpha 9 S63TU turbo upgrade package. Will anyone even bother to hold ESS-Tuning accountable for tuning claims they could not deliver on? At least one BMW website does not have a short term memory and certainly will. Here is to the future turbo upgrades and quality S63TU tuning options.
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  • Slicksilver's Avatar
    02-25-2015, 01:22 PM
    Hello everyone. I’ve 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-800whp range theoretically at those boost levels near redline according to estimated compressor map and turbo HP calcs. Schedule Current schedule is to finish development of the prototype set in 1 month and install on my car and test and tune/dyno and then get them on 2-3 beta testers cars by April or May. If all goes well, start selling the kits to you all in 3-4 months and start it off with a discounted group buy of 10-20 kits or so (depends on demand). 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 that’s when I decided it was time to start sharing R&D progress with the N54 community. 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, google it). Pics Now some pics to show you some progress
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-31-2015, 05:01 PM
    It is nice having the entirety of F-Series BMW ECU's cracked, isn't it? It seems like every week a tuner is releasing their flash software. Eurocharged in addition to their S63TU flash now offers an S55 flash for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models equipped with the BMW 3.0 liter S55 turbocharged inline-6. On the Eurocharged Houston Dyno Dynamics the 2015 F80 M3 tested puts down 360 wheel horsepower and 375 lb-ft of wheel torque stock. Note, it is reading more conservatively than a Dynojet and how one would typically expect a Dyno Dynamics to read. When tuned by Eurocharged, output rises to 450 wheel horsepower and 448 lb-ft of wheel torque. Gains of 90 wheel horsepower and 73 lb-ft of wheel torque respectively. For tune only numbers those are very, very nice gains. Now how about when Eurocharged downpipes are added into the mix? Wheel horsepower goes into the 480's along with the wheel torque. Downpipes are providing roughly 30 more horses and lb-ft at the wheels. In addition to the power and torque gains the Eurocharged software removes the speed limiter, increases the redline, and optimizes throttle response. Not bad at all for $1299.99: http://www.eurocharged.com/products/bmw-performance-and-tuning/m-series/m3/f8x-m3-m4/bmw-f8x-m3-m4-performance-engine-software-ecu-tune-remap-detail Tune only: Tune with Eurocharged downpipes:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-18-2015, 12:44 AM
    As with the BimmerBoost flash we are reaching out to the community and utilizing its resources to in turn benefit that same community. If you wish to donate either anonymously or receive credit for doing so we would love to have your help. The goal here is to discover more tables for flashing to allow you all to have more control over your cars and develop a mobile flash application. Either way we are going to go through with it but having some funds available for possibly purchasing ECU's, testing, compensation, or whatever else we come across that may need to be purchased as with the original project certainly won't hurt. If you wish to donate to the cause, paypal admin@germanboost.com whatever you feel you want to including your forum username for credit if you like. It's certainly not mandatory and there is no minimum (and no maximum). We don't expect to generate a lot but would love some help. Let's get things going guys.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-30-2015, 12:10 PM
    The BMW E9 is one of the greatest BMW designs of all time if not arguably the best execution of the BMW design language. The car is a classic well known from the beautiful street cars to the infamous 'Batmobile' 3.0 CSL race car with its trademark aerodynamic package. This particular E9 received an S62 V8 swap from an E39 M5 replacing its inline-6 motor. The S62 actually looks comfortably at home under the hood. If anything is going to replace the venerable BMW M30 inline-6 it might as be BMW's S62 V8. What really makes this swap very clean is the use of the E39 M5 dash, transmission, and center console. The Germans at MKO-V8.DE did an amazing job. They managed to cleanly blend the E39 M5 motor and interior details with the classic E9 chassis. Simply excellent work. The only area to nitpick is that the quad exhaust mufflers could be tucked in a little more tightly and that the right side is not quite level. Other than that, this car is flawless and an incredible blend of classic and modern BMW.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    02-18-2015, 08:15 PM
    Hey guys, Was able to finally get our 135i up on the dyno today for a little tuning with the new MOTIV kit. Overall, the kit is pretty impressive. Build quality is top notch and everything fits/works as expected. Before I go any further I should mention that BMS works with ALL turbo kit manufactures. So I don't want this to turn in to a kit A vs kit B crap fest. I've been very happy with the FFTEC top mount kit on the car and switched over to the MOTIV kit because it struck me as elegantly simplistic and once I saw the design I just had to try it out for myself. Plus, I've known Jake & Bobby for years now and know they only do top notch work. I had AC Fabrication do the install and some fab work. They make the VM top mount kit and are also top notch fabricators. Since I'm running a 3.5" catback I had them make a matching 3.5" dp, and since I have a custom intercooler a custom chargepipe was required to mate everything up. Today's dyno testing was on E70 running essentially the same tuning and boost profiles as I used to run on the FFTEC 5862 TS kit, so I could get an apples to apples comparison. Minor differences to the car are I now have 3.15 gearing instead of 3.42 gearing. So the runs are up to 140mph instead of 130mph previously. And of course the 3.5" DP vs. 3" I had previously. In addition to the MOTIV Kit the car is running a BMS Fuel Rail kit, Fuel-It low pressure system, JB4 for tuning, etc, etc. A few dyno charts and logs are attached. In addition I posted the a dyno from the last run I did on the FFTEC kit with the same tuning for context. I ran the MOTIV kit up to 27-28psi today, but from what they tell me, this thing will hum along just fine at 33-34psi. I hope to find out down the road. I decided to stop at ~630whp today as I noticed an odd O2 sensor variance which I think should be addressed, and timing drops started to creep in, so I'll need to resolve both of those issues before I really crank it up. My ulimtate goal with the setup is 700whp. Outside of the numbers, the spool of this kit is pretty impressive for the size of the turbo. It spools just as well or maybe even a little better than the smaller precision 5862 in a twin scroll format. I've noticed my exhaust is now louder. No doubt due to the reduction in overall piping to absorb sound. Probably a good thing from an exhaust flow and weight perspective although I do like the car as quiet as possible. So I may go up to a larger muffler soon. I should also mention the kit comes with a revised poly motor mount which does transfer a little more vibration to the chassis than the OEM unit. Not too bad but worth noting. We'll continue working on the project and will post updates as we have them! :burnrubber:
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    02-20-2015, 12:26 AM
    Was able to finally get our 135i up on the dyno today for a little tuning with the new MOTIV kit. Overall, the kit is pretty impressive. Build quality is top notch and everything fits/works as expected. Before I go any further I should mention that BMS works with ALL turbo kit manufactures. So I don't want this to turn into a kit A vs kit B crap fest. I've been very happy with the FFTEC top mount kit on the car and switched over to the MOTIV kit because it struck me as elegantly simplistic and once I saw the design I just had to try it out for myself. Plus, I've known Jake & Bobby for years now and know they only do top notch work. I had AC Fabrication do the install and some fab work. They make the VM top mount kit and are also top notch fabricators. Since I'm running a 3.5" catback I had them make a matching 3.5" dp, and since I have a custom intercooler a custom chargepipe was required to mate everything up. Today's dyno testing was on E70 running essentially the same tuning and boost profiles as I used to run on the FFTEC 5862 TS kit, so I could get an apples to apples comparison. Minor differences to the car are I now have 3.15 gearing instead of 3.42 gearing. So the runs are up to 140mph instead of 130mph previously. And of course the 3.5" DP vs. 3" I had previously. In addition to the MOTIV Kit the car is running a BMS Fuel Rail kit, Fuel-It low pressure system, JB4 for tuning, etc, etc. A few dyno charts and logs are attached. In addition I posted the a dyno from the last run I did on the FFTEC kit with the same tuning for context. I ran the MOTIV kit up to 27-28psi today, but from what they tell me, this thing will hum along just fine at 33-34psi. I hope to find out down the road. I decided to stop at ~630whp today as I noticed an odd O2 sensor variance which I think should be addressed, and timing drops started to creep in, so I'll need to resolve both of those issues before I really crank it up. My ultimate goal with the setup is 700whp. Outside of the numbers, the spool of this kit is pretty impressive for the size of the turbo. It spools just as well or maybe even a little better than the smaller precision 5862 in a twin scroll format. I've noticed my exhaust is now louder. No doubt due to the reduction in overall piping to absorb sound. Probably a good thing from an exhaust flow and weight perspective although I do like the car as quiet as possible. So I may go up to a larger muffler soon. I should also mention the kit comes with a revised poly motor mount which does transfer a little more vibration to the chassis than the OEM unit. Not too bad but worth noting. We'll continue working on the project and will post updates as we have them!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 02:51 PM
    Most M3/M4 owners will opt for large 20 inch HRE wheels. This particular owner cares more about handling performance than looks which BimmerBoost certainly respects. He went for lightweight 18 inch HRE R101 wheels and had IND-Distribution install KW V3 coilovers. Any serious enthusiast will also upgrade the brakes which is exactly what was done here. Brembo's 380mm GT brake kit was installed. 3D Design carbon body pieces complete the look. Blue on gold may not be for everyone but whatever one thinks of the color scheme this car is ready for the track. Thank you @HRE_Wheels and @IND-Distribution for the photos ( @Nate@IND @Ilia@IND )
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  • Xearom3's Avatar
    02-04-2015, 10:18 PM
    Very nice results here from BimmerBoost member Xearom3 and his 2009 E82 BMW 135i. He did a custom Precision 6466 based single turbo N54 setup and previously had RB upgraded OEM housings. He overlaid his results with both setups on a Dynojet graph. Keep in mind that his figures with the single turbo are numbers just to see what the setup is capable of and not what he runs on the street. At least not until the upgrades his fuel system likely with a supplemental port injection system. Additionally, Rob Beck of RBturbo has various upgrades available for the OEM housings and the numbers will vary based on what setup one gets from him. Still, very interesting to see an overlay between the two on the same car and dyno. Here are the details in @xearoM3's own words: Hey guys, got my kit moved from my previous car on the my new-to-me '09 135i and figured I'd share my results from a quick dyno session a couple weeks ago. The setup: '09 135i MT Runs done in 4th gear, STD CF, smoothing 5 93 pump, CM10/CM14 100% meth custom single kit PTE 6466 Gen2 ball bearing, twin scroll @ 30psi VRSF 5" IC full 3" exhaust (no cats/etc) The graph: Overlaid my best run on RB's for comparison. Log: Datazap: http://datazap.me/u/xearom3/custom-kit-6466-30psi?log=0&data=1-3-4-9-11-16-18-24-25-26-27-28-29&zoom=49-109 Overall, pretty pleased with the results taking everything into consideration. Next step is to convert to a PI setup, and replace my HPFP (think its starting to go out). And before anyone says anything, no, I do not run this amount of boost on the street, this was just to see how far the car could be pushed on the current setup, I usually run a few psi less.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-05-2015, 06:10 PM
    Sorry about the slowdown guys, I'm aware of it and working on it. I'll be doing another major upgrade soon. Going to give this place more than enough horsepower to last. I'm liking the growth though so I'm happy about it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-12-2015, 09:21 PM
    Something has been brewing behind the scenes at Dinan for some time now. We do not have the full details or reasons behind this change although whatever went on was big enough for Steve Dinan to leave his position at the head of the company he founded for a yet to be named position at Chip Ganassi Racing. Keep in mind Dinan already sold out a good portion of his interest in his company last year but now he is officially leaving. He probably cashed out at the right time as the BMW tuning market has changed and Dinan's unique aspects that were strengths in the past no longer provide the same appeal with modern turbo BMW's. Did piggybacks break the camel's back? Perhaps it was BMW themselves with their own Performance Parts lines offering a BMW factory warranty. The BMWCCA (BMW Car Club of America) states Steve Dinan will retain a consulting role to keep him connected to the company. It is safe to say a particular era in BMW tuning has come to a close. BimmerBoost would like to thank Steve Dinan for all he has done for BMW tuning, the aftermarket, as well as BMW Motorsport. He walks away knowing he built up the biggest name in US BMW tuning. Steve Dinan is leaving the company he founded 36 years ago to accept a management position in the worldwide sports car operations of Chip Ganassi Racing. Dinan and all of its programs for BMW will continue under the leadership of new President and CEO Brian Applegate. Steve will continue in a consulting role; that enables him to stay connected to the company. Dinan says, ďThose of you who know me well know that my heart has always been in racing. From my days as a competitive driver to engineering race winning engines for the top teams in motorsport, racing is my passion. You may be aware that together with Chip Ganassi Racing and BMW Dinan as a company has won many Daytona Prototype races and four Rolex Grand-Am championships as well as two overall wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This opportunity allows me to be a part of the best team in sports car racing. Ganassi is embarking on a major GT racing effort for Ford which will almost certainly lead to a return to Le Mans in 2016; while Dinanís role in the project has not yet been specified, it is likely that he will take a major leadership role in the program. Source
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    02-22-2015, 06:01 PM
    Anyone have more info. Where you able to keep factory DI, cluster etc. or did you have to swap a bunch of stuff out. Any info Jake or Allen? MOTIV Motorsport @jake@PTF rader1
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 04:13 PM
    We have an opportunity to utilize community resources to get this done for the android platform. It's going to take time and of course, money. If you guys are willing to donate as you did previously to get the software done in the first place we could replicate the feat I think. Additionally, we could probably clean up the code to get the software working with more processors as the intel bugs are well known. Thoughts people?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 12:53 PM
    LT Motorwerks is a relatively new shop that mostly does work with body kits. They tend to be on the show over go side. As do their customers one of which had LT Motorwerks do the work you will see below on this Porsche 997 GT3. The pictures pretty much tell the story. The owner was a user who goes by the name 'Creaminz' on the forums. In the opinion of this website he is the epitome of (poor) style over substance. He sold this 997 GT3 to a fellow on the forums who did not know what he was getting himself into. He clearly just wanted the money and to move on and that is what happened. Some BMW readers may know of a 3-Series this same Creaminz fellow built which was simply riced out junk in a similar manner to this 997 GT3. He also attempted to sell that car for an inflated price through the forums and we do not know what happened with it and we do not care as it was tasteless. The reason this is being brought to your attention is so you can avoid a situation like this and to remember how cars and shop work are portrayed on forums is not how it always is in reality: Hi everyone, I am a new GT3 owner and new to the forum. Recently purchased a 2007 Porsche GT3 that was a previous forum member Creaminz. This is my first Porsche. I have a small shop in Northern Virginia and was looking for a new shop car. I'm not a fan of the color and several other things so will be changing a lot of things. After actually getting the car in my hands and putting it on a lift I will be changing much more than I originally planned. So now I have made a long long list of parts that will be getting changed. Along with a complete disassemble of the car. I took a lot of pics of the car in its current (delivered) condition and will document the rebuild. I was honestly shocked by many things I found. Here was the car at SEMA And here it is on my lift the other day when I was looking it over and making the list of things needed. I took about 50 pics when it was on the lift documenting a bunch of things that where wrong or just subpar. I messaged the previous owner and his response was that, "the car was fine when I had it" and nothing else. So I have no choice but to make this car right. I will try to post up pics as I have them. Here is just a brief list of some things that will be going on: Custom set of wheels being made now JRZ coilovers Full GMG suspension upgrades (with a proper alignment and corner balance) Custom dyno tune Replacing several other stock suspension parts that have paint over spray on them. The paint job looks like a Maaco paint job currently. Either powdercoating the calipers or going with a new set of StopTechs for front and rear. The calipers are currently 3 colors because they where sprayed on the front and the back are still yellow. They are very ugly. Install proper bracing throughout the car and get rid of the tons of self taping screws and zipties. Full repaint and body work. All of the new panels on the car have waves all in it. So we are going to completely break the car down so that everything is painted. The roll bar is going to be removed and repainted. Going to slightly modify the roll bar so the new harness has a better place to mount. Some carbon fiber parts are being made for the wing, splitters, and other small items. The engine has a rear main seal oil leak so going to fix that also. That's the list for right now. Once the car is completely straight and in proper condition I will look at what I originally had planned for and that is an engine build. But I am not going to worry about that until after the car is in a condition that it deserves. Here are a few pics of the car. I have more but these give you the idea."Custom" BBS wheels...... Instead of having the wheels built proper they just redrilled and changed some barrels up. On the rear wheels they have the huge outer lip that comes out for the widebody. But on the inside the barrel is the size of a normal outer barrel and barely comes flush with the rotor. There was about 6 more inches they could of come inside. Not that I am saying they had to come in all the way. When I first drove the car the steering wheel was shaking like crazy and whenever hitting a bump in the road it was a lane changer. Maybe that is due to the custom BBS wheels or perhaps due to the shock being blown and puking fluid... or perhaps the sway bar end link that is sheared off or the passenger side sway bar end link that is bent..... The seller said, "the car was fine when I drove it all over, it rode like stock". I'm sorry but a John Deere tractor rode smoother than this did when I received it.The calipers where painted and looked like they matched the car in the pics and at the shows..... This demonstrates great quality from a car builder... Um no! The car had no issue is what I was told... Paint quality is on par for a Maaco job.... The widebody kit was supposed to be a Vollkommen Design CF widebody kit. I found out that Creaminz is the owner of Volkommen. I also found out that he bought the kit from Flobmann Auto Design in Germany. The kit was carbon fiber. They cut the cut and extended it several inches. So its carbon where they did not touch it. They hacked the kit up. You can see where they hacked it up. Just not a safe or quality build at all. It is honestly very sad and costing us way more money than planned. I will make sure the car is done right. In the mean time he will be building a 993 RWB. I have plenty other pics but you get the idea.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-10-2015, 05:52 PM
    BMW's mission has become outselling its rivals and using sales figures to flaunt superiority. Raw numbers do not show who is building the better car but BMW is mostly concerned with profit above all else now. As that is the goal the executives must be shocked that Audi and Mercedes are both outselling BMW in 2015. Obviously we are working with a small sample size but these figures could denote consumers are experiencing BMW fatigue. Audi is in the top spot right now with a 10% increase in January 2015 over the previous year selling 137,700 cars. Mercedes experienced a 14% jump in the same period with sales of 125,865. This just beats out BMW which experienced a 6.3% sales increase to 124,561 cars. So what is going here? Well, this could just be an abnormality or it could be that Audi has a chance to take the overall luxury sales crown that BMW has held since 2005. At this point nobody knows what will happen and China's figures alone can sway each of these brands. Perhaps BMW should focus more on making better cars like Audi and Mercedes are than just pumping out more models? Source
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  • SteveAZ's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 05:53 AM
    *iPhone not included ;) Links: Link to VBOX Sport info Link to purchase VBOX Sport on our site Group Buy Info: The group buy will go like this: The VBOX Sport MSRP is $429 The windshield suction mount MSRP is $40 (We highly recommend you get this and don't understand why they offer it without it!) :rolleyes2 We have released the code for 10% off and free USPS Priority shipping within the CONUS. Enter the code: VBOXGB at checkout for your discount. International Customers: Your orders will ship USPS Priority mail for $20 or USPS Priority Express for $40.00. You will be able to place your order on the website and choose your shipping method before placing the item in your cart. Rather than make people wait, once 5 people have paid, we will order the first 5 units and ship them out as soon as they are received (approximately 5 business days). For every 5 people that order after that, we will repeat the process. The group buy is valid until Midnight (PT) February 28th and we will place the final order for the remaining units at that time. After the group buy has expired, they will return to the suggested retail price and we will keep them in stock for immediate shipment. The group buy list will be kept updated so that everyone knows how many have ordered, paid, and when their order ships. Edit: We are keeping an accurate list of the participants and ship dates in the following post to make it easier to follow. Intro and Overview: Over the last few months there have been a lot of new developments on our platforms. Many of these developments have been debated and dynos have been presented only to spark more debate. As many are aware a short time ago we decided we were going to do another development vehicle (2011 E90 335i) for which we would be starting from scratch. We did a preliminary dyno but wanted to track our gains as we made the various modifications to see what affect they had on real world driving and performance. Was the car faster or not? That's what we really care about, right? So to track those gains we got in touch with Racelogic who makes the VBOX to see what options we had. As some may be aware they offer the VBOX Sport which is a completely wireless and fairly inexpensive solution that tracks your performance via multiple GPS satellites tracking your movements at a rate of 20hz. (The older, bulkier, and more expensive Vbox with the display is 10Hz) So far we've been pretty impressed with how easy it is to use and given all the hoopla lately we contacted VBOX to see if we could offer a group buy as there MAP pricing is pretty strict. They gave us permission to do so, so here we are. ;) Rather than go on about it, here are some of the features, specs, and pictures of the product and it's capabilities: 20Hz GPS Engine Bluetooth interface to iPhone or iPad Over 6hr battery life Internal rechargeable battery Internal or external GPS antenna Free Performance Test and Laptimer iPhone App available from the Apple App Store Robust, waterproof, lightweight enclosure USB Charging SD card logging Herbert Richter mounting system (optional) Free data analysis software Compatible with Harry's Lap Timer app, which is available for iOS and Android So in short, lets put an end to these dyno debates and here is the perfect way to do it! You can use the 60-130mph standard if you wish, but you can also set up your own testing intervals. In our case we wanted to remove the shift point as a variable, so we monitor our 40-90mph times. I'm sure many of you can also see why this standard might be a bit more practical. ;) Either way, that is for all of you to discuss and you can monitor multiple intervals in a single run be it speed, distance, braking...etc. In addition you can enter multiple vehicles in to your setup so you can keep track of each vehicles performance individually. Also, for those that do utilize the iOS interface, there is one criteria that I wish they'd change and supposedly they are going to address it. When doing a log on an iOS device, you have to press "Start" while at a stop and then your log won't start until you reach the specified speed for your first interval. However, once you have turned the unit on, it starts recording all your movements regardless if you're logging with an iOS device and when you return to the computer, you can download your data via the 4GB memory card that is included. Consequently an iOS device isn't necessary, but it sure is nice for immediate results. When running lap timers you have the option to use an iOS or Android device although we have not played with this feature yet. Stock images: A few of our images from our E90 testing: Stock 40-90 times on 91 octane Stock misc. times with 60-130 :lol Current best 40-90 time with intake, CP, and tune on 91 octane P.S. Thanks to Sticky for getting our IP issue fixed so we have better access again! :music-rockout:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:09 PM
    Most people will not remember that AMS Performance announced a couple years ago they would be doing a turbo upgrade package for the F10 M5 S63TU engine. This created a big stir in the BMW Performance scene at the time as enthusiasts knew the incredible performance results AMS had achieved with the Nissan GTR. We all know AMS was more than capable of upgrading the turbo hardware at the time but the issue was not the hardware. It was the tuning for the hardware. That is where ESS-Tuning was supposed to come in and provide their tuning 'expertise' with this turbo upgrade. Well, you may have noticed that AMS did not release any S63TU turbo upgrade since this announcement and that ESS-Tuning did not complete any tuning for any aftermarket S63TU turbo upgrade packages. They are not the only ones by the way. Dinan also has yet to come through on F10 M5 / F13 M6 turbocharger upgrades and built S63TU motor promises. So why the big claims and big announcements when both Dinan and ESS-Tuning knew they did not have the capability to tune them at the time? In the case of ESS-Tuning it was likely just a cheap publicity grab designed to get them exposure and fuel their fanboys. In retrospect, it looks downright deceitful and is pretty embarrassing considering they had nothing to back up their claims with the F-Series ECU's just recently being cracked. AMS has their own S63TU tuning solution and will be providing their own tuning for their Alpha 9 S63TU turbo upgrade package. Will anyone even bother to hold ESS-Tuning accountable for tuning claims they could not deliver on? At least one BMW website does not have a short term memory and certainly will. Here is to the future turbo upgrades and quality S63TU tuning options.
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