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  • Torgus's Avatar
    06-01-2016, 11:16 AM
    2:30 seconds in Published on Jun 1, 2016 I've been saying this since way back in 2009 when we first drove the BMW 335i: This is the new Supra. And in the era of Runway Racing, (and Supra's being too valuable to turn into race cars), the 335i is one of the more common sights putting up strong numbers on the airstrip. This particular car makes 830 WHP at full boost settings, thanks to a single, top-mount turbocharger and a fire cannon of a fuel system, running consistent high-160 MPH passes in the standing half mile. It's not meant for canyons, and in fact its owner has never even been in the canyons, but we NEED to feel what that kind of violent acceleration is like.
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  • MFactory's Avatar
    06-01-2016, 10:26 AM
    MFactory Sports Axles Put more power to the ground with the MFactory Sports Axles, designed specifically for the high performance street car. Diamond Cut to exacting tolerances from Forged High-Nickel-Chromium-Molybdenum Steel - Perfect fitment & finish ensures hassle-free installation & maintenance, each and every time Designed using leading-edge Solidworks 3D CAD & Cosmos FEA software - Advanced Geometry minimizes parasitic drivetrain losses. Race cars utilizing MFactory components transfer, on average, 1-2% more power to the ground over our competitors! 2nd Generation Design - With our Rifle-Bored Center Shaft, the MFactory v2 Racing Axles are lighter, stronger and more efficient than any other Sports Axle on the market today! Covered by the MFactory Lifetime, Globally Transferable Warranty - Whether used on the Street, Strip or Track, all MFactory Sports Axles come with a Lifetime, No-Hassle, Globally Transferable Warranty We have so far tested these up to around 550lbs with no issues (we don't have an upper limit on these yet). From our initial sample batch, we still have a few sets left, so are offering these at a discount price to those interested Unlike other axles on the market, ours are a Complete Set, including new 6-ball CV joints i.e You do NOT have to send in your existing axles for a shaft upgrade! Our axles are a direct plug-n-play swap MSRP: $999.95 + shipping Test Price: $799.95 inc FREE Shipping Please PM me if interested :)
    104 replies | 3776 view(s)
  • pobudz's Avatar
    06-13-2016, 11:05 PM
    pobudz started a thread MOTIV Built N54 Shenanigans in N54
    Well, as some of you know... I had some issues at the last NoFlyZone in December. Engine started acting like it was hydrolocking. It was... on coolant. Headgastket went, leak down/compression test failed on first bank of cylinders. Aside from a couple abused rings, no other damage was found on engine tear down. I attribute it to an overheating event during my first event that just got worse over time, pushing 35-38psi accelerated the failure. Anyways... fast forward to sometime tomorrow when my MOTIV / RF Engines built N54 sees the streets again. JE Pistons Carrillo rods Closed deck insert 1/2" ARP Studs VAC Motorsport Stage 3 cylinder head I also picked up some other random goodies. RTD shifter, Vorsteiner CSL trunk, DSS axles, M3 steering rack, M3 cluster swap and Syvecs (waiting on development to conclude). Nothing else is being changed at this time, I want to see what the VAC Stage 3 head does on the same setup before I go swapping out turbos. I will update this thread once Jake and I retune the car on the dyno, so feel free to subscribe. Updates and reviews will come soon, I'll keep 'em in this thread.
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  • Anthony@ACF's Avatar
    06-14-2016, 11:53 AM
    Hey guys, Wanted to get everyone up to speed on the new pricing that everyone has been wondering about. We are able to offer these new lower price point do to you guys now dealing direct with the manufacturer. This kit is still the same as when Payam was selling it, you still get the most comprehensive and complete kit available. Also we are only ones to offer a 3.5" downpipe to maximize power and spool quicker. This kit is verified to fit all 135s and 335s including the 335XI model with no modifications. Here is a breakdown of what is included. - 2 piece 304 Stainless SCH10 top mount manifold all Tig welded by hand and purged. -3.5" 304 Stainless downpipe (The only kit offered with a 3.5" downpipe on the market) -304 Stainless dumptubes or recirculated wastegate tubes -2.5" Aluminum charge pipe -Water pump inlet tube with Billet flange -Your choice of Precision Ball Bearing Turbo -2 Tial MV-S wastegates (I am an authorized Tial distributor so you can be assured they are genuine TIAL and not a knock off.) -Single Turbo BMS airfilter -Mac Solenoid with PNP harness - -4 AN stainless braided hoses and fittings for all of the wastegate reference lines (Also the only kit to offer this, this is very important given how tightly packed everything is in the hottest portion of the engine bay.) -Coolant Tank relocation brackets - Billet Oil drain flange --10 AN stainless hardline oil drain tube -Billet adapter for oil feed to the block -Billet block offs for the coolant ports in the head -6 feet of heater hose and fittings to relocate the coolant tank - -4 Stainless braided hose for oil feed with fiberglass insulation to shield it from the heat -Hardware for manifold where shorter nuts are needed and well as all the required bolts and clamps -2 2.5" Silicone Couplers and clamps -90 degree Silicone Coupler for the water pump inlet - Turbo Blanket For the month of June I am offering special intro pricing. PTE 6062 GEN2 $4995 PTE 6266 GEN2 $4995 PTE 6466 GEN2 $5195 PTE 6870 GEN2 $5495 There are a few options available. Recirculated wastegates $350 Polished Compressor cover $100 2000 degree Ceramic coated hotside either silver or black $450 After the month is over retail pricing will be as follows. PTE 6062 GEN2 $5495 PTE 6266 GEN2 $5495 PTE 6466 GEN2 $5695 PTE 6870 GEN2 $5995 All prices do not include shipping. If you have any questions of inquires please feel free to email us at Acfabrication@gmail.com. I am usually good about responding within an hour of receiving an email.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-22-2016, 04:02 AM
    Is 800 rwhp the new 700 rwhp? Just the other day a 737 rear wheel horsepower stock internal N54 was posted on BimmerBoost. Well, this E90 335i takes things a bit further 802 rear wheel horsepower at 33 psi of boost with E70 fuel on a 131,000 mile stock internal N54. Impressive, right? Here is the full mod list: 131,000 mile stock engine car. MOTIV 900 Turbo Kit MOTIV Port Injection MOTIV Twin Disk Clutch Fuel It Stage 3 pump basket BCP Colossal Intercooler VRSF Charge pipe w/ TiAL Q blow off valve MHD Back End Flash by BCP AEM EMS4 for boost control and port injection control M3 cowl Modified stock catback exhaust Tuned in house by at BCP 802whp @ 33psi on E70 fuel Special thanks to Jake @ MOTIV Over 800 whp from a motor with over 100,000 miles on the clock that has not been opened. It's not going to last forever obviously and running it at 800 plus all the time is asking for trouble but 800 whp certainly can be done on the stock internals even with a well used N54. Great work by everyone involved.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-18-2016, 12:44 AM
    Well, it's almost getting boring. Yet another 7XX N54? What once seemed improbable is now customary. What truly is remarkable is how affordable it is to build these E9X 335's or E82 135's into 7XX+ beasts these days. Just look over this mod list. Jpworkz manifold Precision 6266 gen 1 Tial wastegates Tial bov Tft charge pipe Fuel-it stage 3 fuel pump Fuel-it port injection Straight E85 30PSI Split second fuel controller Jb4 MHD back end flash BCP intercooler Custom SS 3.5" exhaust 15x10 ultra lights 275/50/15 Mickey Thompson ET 6 speed swap Mfactory smfw Spec stage 3+ clutch UUC short shifter Motiv oil cooler plate A nice list definitely but nothing there that should force anyone to go bankrupt. It is cheaper than ever before to build up a 700+ whp BMW which is a great thing. Running 100% E85 is not a problem either thanks to prevalent port injection options. Yep, just another 700 whp 335. No doubt one of many more to come. Thank you to Omar Margi for the details on his car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-18-2016, 12:51 AM
    Well, it's almost getting boring. Yet another 7XX N54? What once seemed improbable is now customary. What truly is remarkable is how affordable it is to build these E9X 335's or E82 135's into 7XX+ beasts these days. Just look over this mod list. Jpworkz manifold Precision 6266 gen 1 Tial wastegates Tial bov Tft charge pipe Fuel-it stage 3 fuel pump Fuel-it port injection Straight E85 30PSI Split second fuel controller Jb4 MHD back end flash BCP intercooler Custom SS 3.5" exhaust 15x10 ultra lights 275/50/15 Mickey Thompson ET 6 speed swap Mfactory smfw Spec stage 3+ clutch UUC short shifter Motiv oil cooler plate A nice list definitely but nothing there that should force anyone to go bankrupt. It is cheaper than ever before to build up a 700+ whp BMW which is a great thing. Running 100% E85 is not a problem either thanks to prevalent port injection options. Yep, just another 700 whp 335. No doubt one of many more to come. Thank you to Omar Margi for the details on his car.
    55 replies | 1139 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-22-2016, 03:56 AM
    Is 800 rwhp the new 700 rwhp? Just the other day a 737 rear wheel horsepower stock internal N54 was posted on BimmerBoost. Well, this E90 335i takes things a bit further 802 rear wheel horsepower at 33 psi of boost with E70 fuel on a 131,000 mile stock internal N54. Impressive, right? Here is the full mod list: 131,000 mile stock engine car. MOTIV 900 Turbo Kit MOTIV Port Injection MOTIV Twin Disk Clutch Fuel It Stage 3 pump basket BCP Colossal Intercooler VRSF Charge pipe w/ TiAL Q blow off valve MHD Back End Flash by BCP AEM EMS4 for boost control and port injection control M3 cowl Modified stock catback exhaust Tuned in house by at BCP 802whp @ 33psi on E70 fuel Special thanks to Jake @ MOTIV Over 800 whp from a motor with over 100,000 miles on the clock that has not been opened. It's not going to last forever obviously and running it at 800 plus all the time is asking for trouble but 800 whp certainly can be done on the stock internals even with a well used N54. Great work by everyone involved.
    54 replies | 976 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-04-2016, 11:22 AM
    The BMW N54 engine is heading into that next level of performance territory where things take on a custom tailored approach. For one, block reinforcement and closed deck blocks are becoming far more widely talked about with guys pushing 8XX wheel horsepower and beyond. For those wanting to get truly crazy you can get a stroker crank. ABR Houston has so far done 3.1 liter builds but thinks 3.4 liters is possible with some sleeves to squeeze out a bit more bore and going aggressive on the stroke. It's not easy to stroke the N54 considering the undersquare design. In addition they do ported headwork with custom valves. The question really is how crazy do you and your bank account want to get? A stroker with built internals is going to cost a bit. You start adding in headwork, valves, and other things and you can easily go past $10k. You want to play with the big boys? Better be prepared to pay.
    46 replies | 1849 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-04-2016, 11:12 AM
    The BMW N54 engine is heading into that next level of performance territory where things take on a custom tailored approach. For one, block reinforcement and closed deck blocks are becoming far more widely talked about with guys pushing 8XX wheel horsepower and beyond. For those wanting to get truly crazy you can get a stroker crank. ABR Houston has so far done 3.1 liter builds but thinks 3.4 liters is possible with some sleeves to squeeze out a bit more bore and going aggressive on the stroke. It's not easy to stroke the N54 considering the undersquare design. In addition they do ported headwork with custom valves. The question really is how crazy do you and your bank account want to get? A stroker with built internals is going to cost a bit. You start adding in headwork, valves, and other things and you can easily go past $10k. You want to play with the big boys? Better be prepared to pay.
    46 replies | 1526 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-30-2016, 08:11 PM
    The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is always interesting and the 2016 iteration certainly delivered. The race did not start in exciting fashion as rain was coming down and the safety car stayed out for the first seven laps of the race in the interest of driver safety. Finally the cars were allowed to go at it as the rain subsided and immediately Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who had the pole position started to build an impressive lead. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-AMG was in second place but consistently lost ground to Ricciardo while holding up teammate Lewis Hamilton. For whatever reason, Hamilton looked much faster and Rosberg looked slow. Rosberg was so slow that the commentators speculated something was wrong with his car. As Monaco is a tight course Hamilton struggled to get around Rosberg who finally was told to let Hamilton by. Immediately Hamilton started to make up ground while Rosberg fell further and further back. Because Rosberg held up Hamilton Ricciardo built himself a nice 10+ second lead. It would all evaporate (heh, get the pun?) after a Red Bull pitstop that went horribly wrong. Tire management was huge in this race as with the track conditions drying up and the sun coming out drivers began to switch to softer compounds. The only problem is that when Ricciardo came in to switch his tires his tires were not there. He literally sat there waiting for roughly ten seconds until the tires were brought out. Well, this gave Hamilton the lead. Ricciardo did not quit and kept at it but Hamilton fended him off. There was a questionable situation where Hamilton cut a corner and blocked Ricciardo which could have been the difference with the difficulty of passing in Monaco but the stewards dismissed the incident and did not penalize Hamilton. He would go on to win the race. The conditions claimed many victims. Max Verstappen (the much praised Red Bull driver who became the youngest to win an F1 race in the previous Grand Prix) crashed out. Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson did not finish the race. Lewis Hamilton would end up celebrating while Daniel Ricciardo said he got screwed. He was quite upset. Sergio Perez who finished in third and held Sebastian Vettel from the podium was quite pleased with himself. It was an interesting race to be sure and it drew out all kinds of celebrities including Justin Bieber who for some reason was celebrating with Hamilton which looked awkward to say the least. Next up is the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th.
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  • DOCRace's Avatar
    06-23-2016, 03:32 PM
    Well guys I am having fun working with the N54 platform and as some of you know the single turbo kits is not my main business as I have a whole other side of business dealing with many differeent plattforms. The N54 was just my foot in the door in the BMW market so I am glad everyone is liking what my company has to bring to this market with our experience and resources. So, I would like to share some news with you guys.... First up some changes to the turbo kits. I've been getting a lot of concerns on some areas of the kit so I took the time to add a couple things. I have finally been able to design and produce a bunch of these coolant tank relocation brackets. I will be including the brackets with the kits from here on out. And for the guys that have already purchased the kits please contact me and I will make sure you get one. I may just ask for postage on them so just a couple bucks. They will not include the titanium hardware like in the pictures but can be bought for a few bucks. Starting 7/1/16 we will be including a PNP MAC solenoid with our kits. We will also be offering them on our website for $50 free shipping in the US. We have also been getting concerns about our silicone vacuum lines that are used for boost control. The concern is about how the hoses are not able to handle the heat. Well, there is no problem because the wastegates are mounted low and completely away from all the heat generated from the manifold. I spent a good amount of time making sure they were mounted in a position where there was no chance the lines and/or the diaphragm in the wastegates will get burnt up causing an engine failure. The diaphragms in the wastegates are not made of metal, they can melt over time and is why I made sure they were mounted in a cool place. The DOC Race intake manifold with integrated port injection has finally been installed with some positive feedback so far. I have made two. One was installed on VTT shop car and from what Tony is saying it makes the roughly the same power but with less boost. That is better than losing power I guess. We didn't really get into how much power it was making. The second manifold was installed on our shop car. I did a baseline run before we took the factory manifold out last week and we are going back on the dyno this week with the new intake. No changes other than the manifold and piping going to it. Still running AD-Engineering tune with the Haltech they supplied with their port injection kit. Car started up and idles the exact same (perfect), no hiccups. Here are some pics of it manifold and of it installed. Ported head time for shop car! Just stopped by my friend’s shop to check up on the head I dropped off for him and saw what we had been working on. All I have is just a pic to show for now. More info on this later
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  • Chris@CKI's Avatar
    06-12-2016, 08:51 PM
    This is something many have brought up before and i dont think there has been a viable solution yet. This would only be recognized if running flash only with MHD datalogging while driving in cruise situations. This is most evident in the 30-40 load ranges in 5th and 6th gear. I would highly recommend for you to log a good 5 min cruise to see if your car does this. Jyamona@motiv is working his ass off finding a solution. His car does it for some reason where mine is silent. Both have ST and IJEOS. He has made some good headway and would like to see if some of his changes works with other peoples. AFR's dont seem to play a roll and neither does fuel type. So again we are just looking for data. If you have it post a log and let us know what set up, and fuel your using. Thanks guys! Example:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-07-2016, 09:11 AM
    For whatever reason automotive sites will not shut up about BBC's new Top Gear. It was once a great show. It was the most watched automotive show in the world. Trying to reboot it with Matt Leblanc and Chris Evans (who the hell is Chris Evans?) is not going to work. Yes, other people are involved. One such person who actually has credibility and can be taken seriously is Sabine Schmitz. Her background means Top Gear has a real driver with real ability. You can not say that about Leblanc or Evans. The fact of the matter is the chemistry of the old show is gone. That magic will not be duplicated. Whatever you might think about Jeremy Clarkson his repartee with Richard Hammond and James May is what kept people coming back. They were entertaining and serious when they needed to be. Plus, Clarkson has a stellar history in automotive journalism. Car enthusiasts will never take a guy who was on Friends seriously and American enthusiasts have no clue who Chris Evans even is. Personally, I don't like the guy. I'd trade him for Clarkson in a heartbeat and so would the audience it seems that dropped by 1/3 in just the second episode. The new Top Gear is just trying to use the name to make money. As it turns out, you can't just plug in new people and replicate the old show. This Evans guy is in denial:
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  • psmith95's Avatar
    06-17-2016, 02:56 PM
    Well as many of you know my engine spun the rod bearings a few weeks ago. I went back and forth between fixing it, parting out and selling, built block, etc and finally decided to put in a new engine and go single turbo. New engine has 37k miles on it and don't plan to build it just yet as i'm not going to go for any crazy numbers. I plan on daily driving the car on 18-22 PSI on pump gas then cranking it up on E85 every now and then but again nothing crazy as I don't want to be replacing anything in the drivetrain anytime soon. Anyways almost all of my parts have showed up and the car gets flatbedded to the shop tomorrow. Will be posting updates in here and pictures as they make progress. Only parts not pictured below are the doc race kit which is still being built and getting shipped directly to the shop, and all my Ad-Engineering goodies which come tomorrow (PI, thermostat, engine mounts). I'll be doing a custom 3.5" exhaust with a vibrant resonator and vibrant muffler so will be sure to post sound clips up on that once it's all done. Enjoy:handgestures-thumb:
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  • MM Performance's Avatar
    06-10-2016, 02:24 AM
    Since Tony dropped out of this forum I joined up but I haven't posted squat really since joining back up as a supporting vendor so its about time I post a little about MMP products. Just a quick post to let you guys know about some product changes at MMP as always expect the best pricing from MMP, just check out my website for current pricing MMP-e.com OUTLETS Aluminum outlets have been discontinued and one piece silicone outlets have replaced them. These outlets are full 2", Much bigger than the other 1 piece silicone outlets that are 1.5". The merge is a smooth transition. The same optimized tapered CNC machined expansion nozzels with vband interface to turbos and oring are used. These outlets will work with any twin turbos on the market including my stage 3 twin turbos in production. These have been installed and fitted on a 335i and they work great and are very easy to install. It will work on 335i, 335is, 335xi. The kit includes clamps, CNC adapters, and heat shield for areas that approach the manifold for extra protection. Reinforced high quality silicone is good for 130 psi and 500F rating. These are in production and will start shipping June 17. Molds for 135i, 135xi, 135is, 1M, 535i, 535xi, z4 35i, and RHD are in progress and should have that production run middle of July. If you cant wait, the pipes in the pics below for the 3 series N54 can be made to work easily just by making one cut in the rear pipe and using a small piece of 2" aluminum pipe and a couple clamps. INLETS Stock location silicone inlets are now offered in 2" connections for stage 2+ turbos in addition to the regular 1.75" conenction. Also DCI intake filters are available to include as a kit package add on if needed. TURBOS turbos are in production and should have first batch in 3 weeks off the shelf ready to sell. These turbos are 700whp capable and currently have been dyno tested to 680whp but didn't hit 700whp due to a misfire at 6250rpm on the test engine, power was still climbing at 6250rpm. more info and pricing for MMP products can be found on my website MMP-e.com
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    Doc Race made waves with their BMW N54 single turbo kit released early this year. The N54 community reception was positive and thus far there is nothing but praise for the product. Doc Race is expanding their N54 offering which will included ported headwork and an upgraded intake manifold. Dyno results and specifications for the ported N54 head will come. For now, there are more concrete details on the intake manifold. This is more of a modification for someone already pushing high numbers and looking for a stronger and more efficient piece. They did get it on the dyno and it is more efficient than the factory design: Certainly great news and an exciting time in the N54 tuning world especially for guys pushing the limits.
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  • triggz's Avatar
    06-09-2016, 04:06 PM
    triggz started a thread 6AT Trans Cooler in N54
    I know some of you have custom trans cooler setups and I want to get this done on my car. Any info on parts list would be much appreciated!
    31 replies | 1238 view(s)
  • bigdaddyaaron's Avatar
    06-03-2016, 02:36 AM
    Just got everything worked out with @JerryT at JpWorkz and hes begun my Borg Warner kit. Also getting his exhaust. Initial goal will be 450-470 on 93- no pi. Some deets: BW s363 SX-E 8780 80mm turbine 63mm inducer compressor Things I have: Engine -Spec Stage 3+ w/ Aluminum flywheel -VRSF Charge pipe w/ HKS -BMS OCC -MHD Suspension/Drivetrain -Rogue engineering trans mounts -Whiteline Subframe inserts -Diff lockdown Things I need: Engine -FMIC -Probably some pcv solution and/or OCC for low pressure -3.5/4 Bar -Tuner. No clue yet. taking suggestions Fuel -boost Concepts inc LPFP. Saw they were changing course in the development of their stage 3. -Pi most likely AD, but waiting to see what the upcoming docrace offering brings Suspension/Drivetrain - Drag friendly suspension. Not really sure what to do here - m3 arms and other bits For now, I'm going to find a FMIC since I got scammed for one on E ninety post :facepalm. Also anxious for the meth plates being developed because that is a consideration too. Anything you guys would add? Do I need/should i buy a JB4? I'd like to remain flash only if that's possible. End goal is 700 hp on e85. Lets see if we can get there by Fall:music-rockout:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-09-2016, 04:41 PM
    This is a very interesting matchup. To begin with, this is not a factory Supra Turbo but a turbocharged naturally aspirated 2JZ-GE Supra. Ultimately it doesn't matter as it makes big power with a PTE 6766 single turbocharger said to provide 832 to the wheels on a Dynojet. The F10 M5 has bolt on modifications with Dodson upgraded clutch packs. The DCT is a big advantage as you see in the runs. Now, the first video here has the Supra run at 24 psi and 30 psi. The F10 M5 opens up a lead on the 24 psi pull and the 6-speed Supra struggle to catch up but it does close the gap. The Supra then goes to kill mode at 30 psi but there are shifting issues. The clutch is said to give out. It loses. Mods: F10 M5 with JB4 + BCS + Meth, MSR charge pipes and intake, 96 Oct, Dodson Clutch Packs, R888 MT Supra, PTE 6766, E85, FSR intake manifold, stock 2JZ-GE block and heads, R888 (Supra clutch gives up at the end of the second run) Based on the 24 psi result the Supra should have won easily at 30 psi. They later had a rematch where the Supra clutch issues are resolved. The Supra dominates the F10 M5: This time around the F10 M5 was said to have issues. There is another rematch planned. We look forward to the result.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-30-2016, 08:01 PM
    The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is always interesting and the 2016 iteration certainly delivered. The race did not start in exciting fashion as rain was coming down and the safety car stayed out for the first seven laps of the race in the interest of driver safety. Finally the cars were allowed to go at it as the rain subsided and immediately Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who had the pole position started to build an impressive lead. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-AMG was in second place but consistently lost ground to Ricciardo while holding up teammate Lewis Hamilton. For whatever reason, Hamilton looked much faster and Rosberg looked slow. Rosberg was so slow that the commentators speculated something was wrong with his car. As Monaco is a tight course Hamilton struggled to get around Rosberg who finally was told to let Hamilton by. Immediately Hamilton started to make up ground while Rosberg fell further and further back. Because Rosberg held up Hamilton Ricciardo built himself a nice 10+ second lead. It would all evaporate (heh, get the pun?) after a Red Bull pitstop that went horribly wrong. Tire management was huge in this race as with the track conditions drying up and the sun coming out drivers began to switch to softer compounds. The only problem is that when Ricciardo came in to switch his tires his tires were not there. He literally sat there waiting for roughly ten seconds until the tires were brought out. Well, this gave Hamilton the lead. Ricciardo did not quit and kept at it but Hamilton fended him off. There was a questionable situation where Hamilton cut a corner and blocked Ricciardo which could have been the difference with the difficulty of passing in Monaco but the stewards dismissed the incident and did not penalize Hamilton. He would go on to win the race. The conditions claimed many victims. Max Verstappen (the much praised Red Bull driver who became the youngest to win an F1 race in the previous Grand Prix) crashed out. Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson did not finish the race. Lewis Hamilton would end up celebrating while Daniel Ricciardo said he got screwed. He was quite upset. Sergio Perez who finished in third and held Sebastian Vettel from the podium was quite pleased with himself. It was an interesting race to be sure and it drew out all kinds of celebrities including Justin Bieber who for some reason was celebrating with Hamilton which looked awkward to say the least. Next up is the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-18-2016, 06:28 PM
    BimmerBoost wrote an article last month detailing the crank hub issue with the S55 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 motor under the hood of the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4. Additionally, BimmerBoost contacted BMW for comment on the issue and if they plan to address it and so far BMW chooses to remain silent. It's typical BMW arrogance. It would be amusing if BMW did not make it a habit of screwing up M3 production engines. They have created a tradition of engine defects. The past three generations of M3 models all suffer from some sort of engine issue from the factory. The E46 M3's S54 motor initially developed a poor reputation due to a large string of engine failures. This was attributed to the rod bearings. We're talking well over 100 engine failures right off the bat. This was simply piss poor quality control from BMW. In other words, they made a mistake. BMW's explanation was that rod bearings were manufactured to the wrong clearance and were too tight resulting in inadequate oil film between the rod bearing and crank journal. Maybe that was the case. Maybe BMW realized their original spec did not work over the long term and so they issued a recall with larger clearances. They also decided to change the rod bolts so there seems to be more to it than just a manufacturing error. Getting BMW to admit they made a mistake of this magnitude is almost impossible though. The problem was solved in the recall at least temporarily. People still experience high bearing wear but redesigning the entire crank was not as cost effective of a solution as new bolts and bearing clearances. BMW pretended the issue did not exist until every BMW forum was talking about it and an engine failure registry kept collecting entries. They finally issued the recall. BMW screwed up on the S54 but they definitely learned their lesson with the E92 M3 and the new 4.0 liter S65 V8, right? After all, this was BMW's new race motor and they needed it to be reliable. Not exactly. The S65 also experiences bearing wear issues. If BMW did not get cute and cheap with the oil system and instead offered higher oil pressure and consistent lubrication from say a dry sump oil system that would definitely alleviate some of the wear problems. BMW simply got cheap and the oiling system was not the 'quasi dry-sump' system from the S85 V10 which the engine is based on but a pretty basic wet sump system. It is not just the oiling system to blame although that is the main culprit. There was a class action suit brought against BMW which alleged the following regarding the S65 engine: Another M3 generation and another BMW fuck up. Owners change bearings as preventative maintenance but if you are out of the warranty period it almost feels like a ticking time bomb. BMW does not care and just wants cars out of the warranty period as quickly as possible so they can wash their hands of any issue. If you intend to track your M3 a dry sump system is a must. Their race car engines receive much higher quality oiling systems, bearings, rods, etc., based on the S65 design so issues are alleviated. Owners of the street car are not so fortunate. Which brings us the F80 M3 generation. Surely, BMW did not screw up for a third straight generation? Oh yes, they did, as we covered in detail in our previous article on the S55 crank hub spinning problem. Unlike the S54 and S65 motors that see bearing and oiling issues the S55 experiences a crank hub failure. BMW simply plugged in the N54/N55 geometry with updates but they did not design a bespoke M3 engine. It's BMW cost cutting rearing its head again. However, it's also a very different issue with no documented solution thus far. It may be the worst BMW M3 engine mistake they ever made. We will not rehash the previous article on the topic but it is important to note BMW refuses to even acknowledge the issue. Motors are being replaced by dealers and there is plenty of evidence of this on any BMW forum. BimmerBoost asked BMW almost a month ago about this issue and sent the e-mail to multiple BMW sources. Every single one of them has refused to comment thus far. It's the S54 cover up all over again. BimmerBoost members are currently testing various options including a new bolt design which hopefully rectifies the issue but there is no denying BMW factory M3 engine defects are now a tradition. BMW has its flaws and its marketed image versus the reality (and reliability) of its products are vastly different things. They will chase profit over proper design.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-01-2016, 11:08 PM
    BoostAddict.com felt alone in calling out Hennessey Performance on their shady business practices. Everyone else either was uninformed or scared to say anything about what really was going on. Finally someone else decided to look into the topic and Jalopnik got some details from ex-employees. These former employees stayed anonymous as they are scared of legal reprisal from John Hennessey. A bit interesting that they are scared of legal action from him when John is mired in legal quagmires of his own that are detailed at the end of the article. Keep in mind Hennessey portrayed company issues as in the past but that is hardly the case. It is still a damn mess. What we covered is only the tip of the iceberg. Read these allegations from former employees: * Money from foreign clients was used to fund other projects and/or builds, or sometimes was used by Hennessey personally, according to a subset of employees, as some of the more rank-and-file employees said they really had no idea where money went. Sources differed on the opinion as to whether taking deposits from overseas clients and not delivering cars were actual, intentional acts, or just the result of mismanagement. * Clients’ cars would sit in the shop for months or longer with little or no work being done on them. The time the cars would be sitting would usually be measured in months, and occasionally a year or more. When the clients would eventually call and complain, they’d be put off or ignored until they threatened to demand refunds. * At that point, the practice was that the car’s drivetrain would be removed, so HPE could send pictures to the clients to both ‘prove’ that work was being done, and so that the cars would be much more difficult for the client to take back. * The only cars that were routinely actually completed were cars that were owned by VIPs, personal friends of Hennessey, or local clients who could actually come in person to the shop and check on how their cars were progressing. According to a subset of ex-employees that knew more about the financial side of the company, the costs for the builds for these cars were paid for by other clients’ deposits. * Even when cars were actually built, the quality was not as advertised. An ex-employee who actually did the work on the cars told me that off-the shelf parts were often used, “with the Hennessey name slapped on them.” Cars are not individually dyno tested to confirm their power; copies of dyno sheets are used, and some employees suggested that dyno sheets were faked. Shady, shady, shady, shady, shady, stuff! But not surprising. Why should anyone be surprised? Hennessey has been doing this for decades now. Why Jalopnik acts like they broke some huge story and that nobody else is talking about Hennessey's issues is a joke. Um, what? We have been writing about Hennessey problems for quite a while now and we're pretty sure we're on the internet and part of the car world. You need to do better research Jalopnik as you literally just a couple months ago called Hennessey 'magicians' for getting a Camaro over 200 miles per hour (big f'ing deal) and constantly post Hennessey's renderings and unsubstantiated claims as reality despite mostly being nothing more than pipe dreams looking for another sucker. You can't claim to be the one to blow the whistle on Hennessey when you have served for years as a Hennessey mouthpiece by propagating his garbage for hits. It makes you a hypocrite. Apologies are in order indeed. It is nice to see the mainstream do something other than repost a Hennessey rendering and press release for once. If they dug a bit deeper maybe they could have looked into Hennessey's public record and some of the lawsuits against Hennessey Performance such as what is posted below. Regardless, nice to see more people seeing John Hennessey for what he actually is and not what he promotes himself as. Hennessey Lawsuits:
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  • prelude2perfect's Avatar
    06-20-2016, 01:42 PM
    prelude2perfect started a thread 1/4 mile results in N54
    My best time from the other weekend. Couldn't run high boost due to fueling limitations which I found out later on that my LPFP fuel line connection was broken. Big shout out to Terry for his amazing remote trackside email support as usual. Always responding insanely fast and helping me sort out tuning issues. The customer service of BMS has been outstanding to say the least over the past 6 years that I've owned this car and originally started with the JB3. Mods are in my signature. Bone stock and aging sports suspension. Kosei K1 17" with very old and worn Hoosier 275/40 DR's. I was getting a consistently fast 60' with my new LSD and 2step launching around 5k rpms. Need to get back out on the track now that I've fixed my fueling issues and turn up the boost. Right lane:
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  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    06-19-2016, 07:20 PM
    135i, 6mt. Since I completed my Spec 3+ job, I have had this clunking type of noise that has been progressively getting worse up until today it is absolutely horrible. I have an additional noise as of tonight. The clunking only happens between 5-15mph, doesn't matter which gear. It sounds and feels like it's coming from the driveshaft center carrier. Now there is a second noise that sounds like it's coming from the guibo area that resembles small rocks in a can. The noise happens when the wheels are turning, regardless of speed and regardless of clutch engagement or not. Has anybody had any of this before? It sounds like maybe my center bearing is fried and maybe the guibo bolts/nuts have somehow come loose? I'm going to take it apart tomorrow but I'd like some related experience with the noises if anyone has any.
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  • psychosinmylobby's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 07:36 PM
    Hey guys, It seems that there are more and more reports on rod bearing failures so I am starting this thread to understand which factors correlate the most to failures of rod bearings in N54s. As our engines age, this may be an impending issue if we don't address it. I am hoping to collect data to find the common factors to this issue which will help us prevent it. The most obvious factor is oil dilution. Please read this if you want to know more: https://www.amsoil.com/techservicesbulletin/MotorOil/TSB%20MO%202004-07-02%20Fuel%20Dilution.pdf So for those of you who had rod bearing failures please answer the following questions: Which N54 car do you drive (Model and Transmission) Miles on the car/engine when the rod bearing failure was detected What HP/TQ were you running when you detected a rod bearing failure (Name the modifications if you don't know.) How many miles were you running the previously stated setup What tune / who tuned Did you have leaky injectors What fuel did you run Did you often turn the car off before it reached operating temperature (short trips) Did you idle the car a lot What is your OCI (Oil Change Interval) What kind of oil and viscosity do you use External factors (e.x. Shop forgot to put oil back) Much Appreciated!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-01-2016, 03:26 AM
    Solid numbers here from a 4MAtic W212 E63 AMG with just bolt on tuning. What does it have done to it? Nothing major just M157 downpipes, an AEM meth kit running 50/50 water and meth, and a Precision Tuning Motorsports ECU flash dyno tune. The result is a 10 second pass at just over 128 miles per hour. Very solid numbers but there is room to improve the 60 foot for an even quicker time. Regarding the power, the car is making in the ~630 all wheel horsepower and ~730 lb-ft of torque at the wheels range and the graph is posted below. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BF3ASXSRIq0/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A video posted by Precision Tuning Motorsports (@precisiontuning)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-05-26T05:53:57+00:00">May 25, 2016 at 10:53pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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  • psmith95's Avatar
    06-09-2016, 11:40 AM
    Did some searching and saw this doesn't exist and thought it'd be a good thread to start. In my opinion going single makes these cars sound entirely different and actually able to get an exhaust that doesn't sound too raspy or overall terrible. I'm doing a single build over the next few weeks and likely going to have the shop make me a custom exhaust so i'm trying to figure out exactly how I want it made in terms of resonators, mufflers, etc... Was thinking single 3.5" with vibrant resonator in the middle similar to HPF gen 2 but starting to think that might be too loud... I was considering this to try and replicate the sound of the video below which I think is the best sounding 335 i've ever heard. Anyways feel free to post up video's of your setup and details on what it is. Will definitely help give me an idea of what setup I want to do. Also open to suggestions if anyone has any. I had 5 setups on my car with stock turbos and my favorite wound up being a modded stock exhaust with PE mufflers, vibrant 1792, and an xpipe. Sounded dead quiet in the cabin at cruising with zero drone but great and loud at WOT. Best sounding 335 imo (skip to :50):
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-08-2016, 11:11 AM
    This is a very cool build and what makes it particularly interesting is that it comes from Iran. The car is an E36 M3 with an S85 V10 engine swap from an E60 M5. It is also turbocharged courtesy of a Garrett GT45R in a rear mount setup. Say what you will about rear mount turbochargers the result here on the stock S85 V10 internals is 789 horsepower at the wheels: Tuning is done by Ben Salasko and as this car is in Iran it is a remote tuned setup on a Pectel SQ6 ECU: This car is still on single digit boost. The owner may go a twin bottom mount setup and build the motor and if he does BimmerBoost will try to bring you the details. Even now with the single rear mount and the stock internals this is an incredible build and we salute our friends in Iran on the work. Hopefully more details will be shared on the car and some videos as well.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-06-2016, 09:13 AM
    Late last month Propulsive Dynamics announced on BimmerBoost that they are working on hardware upgrade solutions for the ZF 6HP19 and 6HP21 transmissions. Part of their upgraded performance transmission hardware includes upgraded bushings. Why are upgraded bushings important? 1. The spiraled oil groove in the support bushings increases lubrication and cooling for the internal shafts which increases durability and longevity in the trans. 2. The upgraded metallurgy eliminates the pressure bleed in the dynamic (shifting) clutches. This is the most critical countermeasure because it's one of the main reasons the E Clutch (4-5-6) is slipping at the higher power levels. Because of this, we really don't know the true capacity of the stock trans. 3. The pure aluminum casing acts as a thermally activated locking mechanism which keeps the bushing axially aligned to the shaft's axis. This improves the true position, circularity and concentrically of the shaft to bushing relationship. Again, increasing durability and longevity. The bushings are a major performance component and a very important area in the transmission design especially as it pertains to capacity and longevity upgrades. More details on Propulsive Dynamics ZF 6HP19 and 6HP21 upgrades will come soon.
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