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  • blaster3500's Avatar
    07-31-2015, 06:33 PM
    Looks like a new company based on their Facebook. Hopefully not a repost but here are some pics from their page. A nice cast manifold would be great.
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  • pr3ci5n335i's Avatar
    08-04-2015, 11:25 PM
    Let me start off by giving a big shout out to Terry, Jesse, and the PURE crew! Thank you for all the hard work spent on my car I dropped off my car at PURE two weeks ago to get their N54 stage 2 turbo's and TFT inlet kit installed. I picked up my car last week and DAMN it absolutely rips! I've been driving a FBO N54 for the last 5 years from my 07' base model 335i to my current 2010 E90 M-sport so I'm used to the tons of low end torque and then shifting at 6k . When I did my first pull with my new setup on low boost I was literally shocked at how hard the car pulled to redline. It's a completely different power band than I'm use to and I freakin' love it I've been working with Terry the last few days getting my car dialed in and I had the chance today to head up to Specialty-Z to have the man himself, Terry, dyno tune my car He started out on low boost (20psi lol) and hit low 500whp which I was already smiling about. Terry then switched to map 3 and messed around with additives from 65-75 where he broke 600whp. As you can imagine I was one happy man when I saw this. Once Terry finished dialing in map 3, he switched to map 6 for some custom boost targets up to 28psi. After making 631whp/561wtq we decided that was enough for my car. Terry said with more timing I could've gained 15-20whp but 631hp is more than enough for now. Overall I'm super stoked on the results and couldn't be happier with my PURE turbos, TFT inlets, and BMS tune! 2010 AT E90 M 335i FBO, E50 + 100% Meth Stage 1 LPFP PURE S2 TFT Inlets
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  • amr_e90's Avatar
    08-14-2015, 12:54 AM
    To start off by explaining my issue that Im having I would first like to share my main reason on this post , my main reason is to get attention from this community that have a pre mature smoking issue. My turbos started to smoke with 3k miles on them and once I saw it person as the cloud passed me I instantly got heated and very pissed . I have my car up to date with every component the n54 needs in replacing brand new valve cover/rb pcv/new injectors blah blah . I have the billet wheel option with these and also I am running VTT inlets , the install was done by a tech at bmw . I have contacted Rob about this issue and I got the run around with him telling me the inlets could be the issue and that I should wait for his to come out ? ... I have no way in understandinghow the VTT inlets could cause this in anyway. Rob emailed me a week before my appointment for the installed and said that he would like the turbos back to check on some machining that was not giving them problems with the billet option so I sent them back for the recall and got the back with in a week . I want people to know that if you are spending 3500 turbos and about 1700 for labor ( xi ) this isn't joke money to sit back and wait for Rb to say send me back the turbos to check them out . The turbos had a recall for what reason to send me the shit batch again ? I dont get it you have been building these units for 6 years now and how cant u get it rite especially with all this technology out there in machining. To all the Rb turbo owners please chime in and tell me and tell rob ur story I'm pretty sure your not sleeping at night with a smile on your face like he is .
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    08-24-2015, 08:06 PM
    Tuning cut short today. Hopefully we get a chance to get back on it tomorrow. Still a few tweaks in it.
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  • spxxx's Avatar
    08-05-2015, 12:48 AM
    spxxx started a thread MHD tuning up to 36psi in N54
    Saw this over on e90post, basically scales the TMAP voltage ($250) but requires a custom tune (I imagine from Ken) to use the feature... Discuss....
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  • 4doorbmwpower's Avatar
    08-19-2015, 03:19 PM
    Have been keeping some things secret as everyone is moving and shaking in the N54 community, we have something that may be one of the greatest things this platform has seen in a long while. It has been being developed and tested for over 5 years now but the moment has come to start letting everyone in on the first build that will be released in a while! Some things are remaining proprietary until we have all the testing data down pat and some other parts of the car are being heavily modified from the subframe to half shafts to a completely re designed complete fueling system. I will be posting updates as the engineers at cp-e let me but as a long time member of this community seeing all the advances over the years I can say without a doubt I have never seen a more complete or advanced Twin Turbo solution... for my car I have chosen the GTX3071R turbos, some may have said these would never fit. cp-e has taken the time to make custom housings to allow the modular use of this kit with 9 different turbo options ranging from the Tial 2560 ball Bearing Turbos, to the Massive GTX3582R turbos. My 3071s should spool like 28s the way they have been carefully machined. I am blown away by the research and development behind these kits. Almost every part of the kit is made in house here in the USA and as usual tons of the components are cast rather than fabricated to improve flow at every bend. Coming soon are some more pictures that will ROCK the world of inlets! especially with people thinking so much about what is currently out! Lets get to some pictures!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-03-2015, 12:47 AM
    The more I read about the GT350R the more enticing it becomes. Now, the Stingray is lighter and arguably sexier but the GT350R just has that special something. The flat-plane crank, the high revving V8, the carbon fiber wheels, the track focus, etc., it's like a better M3. Not to mention it is manual only making it a true driver's car as if the options to delete things like the navigation, AC, and rear seats didn't already tell you that. I'm in love with both of these cars:
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    08-13-2015, 02:28 PM
    Quick spool test of my latest brain children. Targets set very high using my foot to regulate, just wanted to see how it would build with the gates fully shut. As you can see, they destroy everything in this power range by leaps, and bounds as far as spool. 15 psi by 2900, 20 psi by 3150, 25 psi by 3400, 30 psi by 4000. This is a 3rd gear street pull. For reference, The ghost is hitting 20 psi by 3200 in 4th on the street. I will get some 4th gear pulls once I get my PI fixed. So far these new turbos are not disappointing. Also the sensor array is working well. I thought the AQ-1 had 12 inputs it has 8, so 4 senors are wired but not logging. I can pick and choose between them for different scenerios. The 4 not logging are EGT Rear, Manifold Pressure, and Compressor outlet front, and rear. The AD intercooler isn't working too bad...:)
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  • quattr0's Avatar
    07-31-2015, 03:17 PM
    Must be the lucky guy as I'm sure I'm not the few who bought VTT products. Warranty, 1 year, happened to be expired 2 months ago. Now smoke is coming out like steam engine. @ABR advises "we found bank two turbo is leaking oil internally". Ouch! My stock turbo lasted me more than 5 years. This unlucky one not even more than 3,000+ miles. :angry-banghead: I don't daily drive the e90, just bought f82 last October, and never driven it hard. Maybe I should have driven harder ;-)
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  • 3000gt MR's Avatar
    08-16-2015, 07:01 PM
    As most of you guys know especially single turbo owners, that the O2 sensor readings in most datalogs are skewed and have jagged inaccurate lines and most likely deviating from your target tune. The short comings continue on to everyone with decreased sensor life and costly O2 sensor replacements. I originally ask Terry@BMS what the deal was with the inconsistent AFR readings on ALL ST datalogs. He basically explained it is what it is, nature of the beast type thing. Well i decided to do some research back to the basics and learn about how most aftermarket companies do it. I quickly found out that I6 engines SUCK for this! Reason being I4's use 1 O2 sensor so you can put it post turbo. The I6/V6 turbo cars people are running standalones with post O2's, V8 guys usually run 2 turbos so post turbo is ok, The ST V8 guys are running staqndalone Post turbo. So here we are smack in the middle. While searching i found a few viable options 1. the Bosch ADV pre turbo sensors 2. single bank post turbo. I cannot thank @jyamona, and @Aerotest enough for all the help. Both of them are just as much or even more of a part of this than i am. I'm just connecting the pieces to the puzzle. Most of the early info and discussion was hidden in this thread. Reasons for this: Bosch has published all the information you could ever ask for on these sensors. Hell you could build one if you wanted. With this there is detail on reading deviation on exhaust pressure and temperature outside of its design capabilities. When we install the sensor pre-turbo the readings are skewed 15+% with increasing exhaust gas pressure. The added heat also shortens the life cycle of the sensor. Remember on average we are dealing with a 2:1 EGBP. Its okay though Bosch has us covered. Some newer cars use preturbo O2 sensors (for what ever stupid reason) and they have developed a 4.XX series pre-turbo sensor. This sensor comes in two variations. 1. the base ADV, which has a higher designed peak and continuous temp along with a higher precision reading in pressure. 2. there is an actual ADV Pre-Turbo sensor which has an even higher peak and continuous running temp but not by much 5-10*C IIRC. Other than that the sensors are the same. BMW are now running the ADV post turbo on ALL new FI cars. Cons: Tuning, sensor life, inaccurate readings. We are now approaching higher numbers than ever and since standalones dont look like a viable option on these cars than we must improve the accuracy of these sensors for more reliable tunes. Mission objective: There is a few things other than the ADV sensor preturbo that will be tested. 1. ADV sensors in stock locations (this requires swapping connectors, removing the trimmer sensor from the equation and circuit, lots and lots of number crunching, and XDF changes) 2. Post turbo single bank O2 3. If 1 and 2 work then post turbo ADV sensor Benefits: More accurate AFR readings, Longer sensor life, this SHOULD solve all the IJEOS O2 issues that we are seeing these days. Additional Testing info: I am using a AEM UEGO LSU 4.2 standalone wideband with the 0-5V analog output feeding the meth input on the JB4. This sensor is post turbo and only about 6-8" from it. This will be used to compare the stock 4.9 to the ADV sensors in the following testing scenarios 1. 17.5PSI and 93 only 2. 20PSI and 93 Only 3. 23PSI and 93+ meth 4. 25PSI and 93+ meth The tune will be the exact same throughout with only changing the applicable XDF tables for sensors. The ADV sensor isnt just a plug and play sensor. Theres a few differences 1. iP ( pump current in mA) 2. V output (V=17 amplification) 3. CJ125/135 control circuit (this is responsible for doing all the magic and spits the final number which is calculated from iP and V to the DME. It also has a self contained array of trouble codes and also controls the heating of the internal element. The DME then uses this information to control fuel etc. The CJ125/135 chip is identical except for 1 additional wire which uses the laser calibrated resistor in each LSU 4.9 sensor. This is very easy to bypass since the CJ1x5 chip is fully capable of controlling both our LSU 4.9 and ADV sensors. The ADV sensors are built to a higher tolerance and doesnt require this. I have done all the homework in taking resistance of each circuit in the chip to make sure it was all within Bosch spec and that BMW didnt do anything stupid with it. I typed this up pretty fast. I wont get into all the calculations and circuit explanations. If this nor the thread i posted above that has about 70% of all the information doesnt answer your question than please ask. I dont have time and i wont answer any questions that have been answered and you just didnt feel like reading. Preliminary results:
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  • spxxx's Avatar
    08-17-2015, 01:24 AM
    Woot, got banned for offering services on E90p0st... AKA offering free tunes to their community of users. God, I fuck1ng hate that site. Also I wonder who reported me... Anyone who wants to see me continue helping people out on that forum, please post a thread over there to complain as I do enjoy their classified section. Cheerio, Spencer
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-06-2015, 05:25 PM
    Looks like we are finally going to start seeing twin turbo M3's other than the Gintani shop car hit the streets. I don't have to tell you guys, or at least I hope I don't, why this is so much harder to do than a supercharger and takes so much longer to get right: A video posted by @gintani on Aug 6, 2015 at 12:36pm PDT
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    08-25-2015, 12:16 AM
    Hey guys, Had a little time tonight so I decided to play around with a potential new JB4 feature. I got the idea for this off a Subaru video someone posted on n54tech. I setup the flash map IAT compensation tables such that they would pull 10 degrees of timing across the board for temperatures under 30f. These are variables that can be changed. e.g. more timing pull, a lower trigger for cold weather cars, etc. Then I reprogramming the steering wheel control buttons such that pressing up disables boost by gear on the fly (this previously was down), and pressing down now changes the intake temperature sensor reading to 10f, resulting in an instant 10 degrees of timing pull. When you let go of the button timing instantly snaps back up to your normal curve. Did a couple quick tests just to ensure the system is functional and it seems really promising. You might use this when launching at the track to spool up a big single without pushing through the lights, or when roll racing to build boost without really accelerating while you try to match up with someone to start your pulls. Just floor it, press the button, and let go of the button on the 2nd honk.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    08-08-2015, 12:00 AM
    Road & Track The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Is More of an M3 Than an M3 Full article:
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    08-04-2015, 04:09 PM
    Hey guys just wanted to announce a few new additions to the line up, as well as a few upcoming projects. First off we are now offering 2000 degree ceramic coating on all of our upgrades regardless of platform. It only comes in gloss black, and is extremely durable. Quite a few people asked for it, and now you can order with any VTT upgrade. We offer outside only, and inside / outside coating. Prices for the N54/5 upgrades are as follows N54 OEM-Stage2+ N55 Stage 2 JB or DBB S55 Stage 2 Price applies to all above: Outside only $240, Inside / Out $325 Note: We can also have your comp covers coated any color you choose, as well as ceramic coated if you are really interested in keeping heat transfer down. Prices vary by turbo, color, application, etc. Email us for more info Next up, we will now be offering a billet compressor wheel option for our OEM replacements. These will be forge billet wheels, with extended tips that will offer a nice bump in flow for guys wanting to keep 100% stock like driving experience as far as spool, and power band, but want a little more up top without going full stage 1. This option will be $175. Our inlet samples came back, all seven of them, and we needed to make changes on a few of them, but overall we are pleased. Every inlet will now fit the PTC, but come with an adapter to run your 3/4" PCV hose there instead of the PTC. The Recirc inlets fit great, and we kept fitting your stock DV's or turbosmart kompact kit (the only one we recommend) to a very simple task. We are also now distributors, for GFB, and have the DV+ for the N55 in stock, as well as distributors for Turbosmart. We have the N54 Kompact DV kit in stock, which are the perfect compliment to out Recirc DV's, they even come with matching silicone recirc hoses for a nice clean look, and quiet operation. We are currently testing some new stock frame modifications that we hope will bring power levels in the 700WHP range. We should have results soon. We also have pictures of our first rough casting of the new 100% new N54 upgrades, these will change everything we know about N54 stock frame upgrades, and will need no core. Details on these will not be released until they are fully tested, with numbers, and ready for release. Last but not least, our dyno is almost installed, and will be operating this weekend for testing, we still have some construction to finish to complete the dyno building etc. Once we do, we will be doing a dyno day BBQ, Dyno contest, and open house. We will keep everyone updated! As Always thanks for the support! Oh these showed up when I was typing this, they will be making their way onto the shop car in the next few days...:naughty:
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  • pobudz's Avatar
    07-30-2015, 12:20 AM
    Finally got around to going back to the dyno today. Arizona :( 109F inside the dyno room. New mods since last making 698/660 (~80*F): ADE 800whp FMIC CSF Racing radiator Back to the 3.08, quaife lsd New center support bearing MHD Tune w/ converted Cobb E50 map to get to the gas station, and baseline E85 (some back story on this one) YAY no more mixing! So... I spent the morning prepping the car. I was going to switch to heat range 8 plugs, ngk 6706's, so I put those in. Gapped them at .017. Had some issues with misfiring... car just didn't feel right on the way to the dyno. Hardly got into boost on the drive to the dyno. I get there and decide to swap back to my 5992s (brought them just in case... and I wasn't even a boyscout). I find... this: With the help of a friend, we got the porcelain cleared out with a shop vac by breaking it down using a socket. The little pieces were stuck in the gap between the spark plug base and the nut. Eventually got onto the dyno... ... which was partially broken (no torque read out). So... we focused on just getting the tune done and not on numbers. We got as high as 32psi tapering to 28psi. WGDC ended up maxed out on the 15lb wastegate spring. We ended up sticking with 25psi. I can move to a 20lb spring or get a 4 port mac solenoid according to Jake@MOTIV. I will be trying out the 4 port first. We are also toying with the possibility of a bigger exhaust housing (currently .82, moving to ~1.02) for more air. This is e85 (no mixing), at 110* ambient air: Comparison of the previous runs prior to NoFlyZone (3.46 final drive vs 3.08 final drive): Ended up making the same power, with less boost, on e85. MHD and AEM are working very well together :) The tablet I have works out nicely too... I'll update this thread with GoPro footage later on (Jake dumped some extra fuel in up top :awesome:). Martial discovered a way to convert a Cobb flash. Jake was working with him directly, I guess he ended up flashing my Cobb tune to his car and then pulled it out as a .bin using something else.. MHD maybe. I didn't get details... Talk to Jake @ MOTIV or Martial of MHD if you are curious. The car feels F'n AMAZING. Once I got on to the freeway and started having fun, I realized that EVERYTHING was just so much smoother. I don't know if it was MHD, no more 91, or finally getting retuned in general. HUGE thanks to Jake for once again mastering the art of remote tuning. Teamviewer ftw. Datazap: Sorry... no AEM logs :)
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  • jyamona's Avatar
    07-30-2015, 12:56 PM
    jyamona started a thread Load by Gear - Teaser in N54
    So, the time has come to fill you guys in on something I have been hard at work on, along w/ martial@mhd ;) Aside from defining new tables and building out the XDF's, some of you know I decompiled the BIN into assembly some time ago in IDA Pro and have been studying it, vs. the logic in "IS" car bins. Well, based closely on the "overboost" feature of the IS cars, I bring to you: Load by Gear, tested and working on my regular old IJEOS 135i! It entails custom logic implemented into my IJEOS bin. I8AOS support will come, but is much harder as it's structure is much different. The premise is simple, you set your Load Target to the lowest load you would like to run (1st gear), and then use the new "Load Target Adder by Gear" table to increase this load for subsequent gears. And unlike the "overboost" feature on 1M and IS cars, load does not decay after 1s / timer. This will allow you to put down exactly as much power per gear that your tires can handle. Here is a screenshot of how I had these two tables set up for testing purposes (intentionally slow / pointless stepped load just for demonstration): Worthless without logs, you say? Ignore the sloppy PID, boost, throttle closures in the tune, it is just a base map thrown together for testing purposes :) There is still more testing to take place, and getting it added to I8AOS will take some time, but I imagine porting to the 1M / IS roms should be much more trivial.
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  • torr's Avatar
    08-18-2015, 09:34 PM
    This applies only to the N55 and N20. The fuel requested by DME is interpreted by the EKP module. I have been testing this for the last 8 months with no problems. Change all EKP values: CHARACTERISTIC CURVES, FUNCTIONS, FAULT LIMITS, PUMP PARAMETERS and DATE, PUMP IDENTIFICATION and CHECKSUM ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED FUEL PUMP (EKP) from value 50 to 51 (E90,E91,E92,E93,E87,E88,E81,E82,E84+!ETHANOL_E100)+(N20,N55)+PU11+EKP_CI_13)
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  • spxxx's Avatar
    08-03-2015, 09:29 PM
    I've tried a ton of different throttle maps (stock, linear, MHD check box option) and no matter my throttle map settings I get behavior like you see in this log where 25-30% pedal = 100% throttle... I'm lightly modulating the throttle in the log to achieve this behavior but you can see the pedal never goes past 30%
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-02-2015, 09:20 PM
    Some tuners make big claims before a product is actually ready for prime time. You see it all the time on the forums and the hype builds to the point it is a runaway train. Responsible tuners temper these expectations by telling a potential customer it is not ready and some just act like it is ready to continue the illusion of product superiority. It truly is fascinating and interesting how some of these companies leverage forums to not just sell products but buy minds. The idea is controlling what people think by getting them to parrot back the same lines over and over. The danger with ESS-Tuning that a person who goes by by the name RingMeister01 found out the hard way is that they long ago bought and paid for the E9X M3 upgrade market by convincing everyone on the BMW forums they are the best based on sales volume. In turn, their fanboys outnumber the rest. This somehow has been perverted into BMW tuning superiority on every BMW platform that graces the earth. ESS-Tuning may sell a lot of superchargers (the reasons for that we will not go into here) but that does not mean they are a turbo builder. Far from it as a matter of fact. AMS found this out on their own when they dropped ESS-Tuning from their F10 M5 S63TU turbo upgrade project and ESS-Tuning was supposed to provide just the tuning there and not even the turbo hardware. AMS Performance deciding to tune on their own tells you plenty regarding ESS BMW tuning and turbo expertise. The simple fact is they don't have any and when AMS sought them out to tune they had no way to actually tune the ECU. It was BS. They source their turbo hardware from turbo builders but we do not know exactly which ones or if they are reliable. ESS-Tuning does not produce turbochargers themselves just as they do not produce superchargers themselves. They sell a complete 'kit' so to speak and this kit is what RingMeister01 thought he was getting. The problem is it was portrayed to him as ready to go and complete. Based on his experience, it was far from that. After the fact our favorite forum spinmeister Roman@ESS-Tuning stated it was not a complete product but a beta product and Mr. RingMeister01 should have known better: Clever, right? State the product is in beta and that the customer expectations are way out of proportion and he should not expect some complete product. It makes you wonder then why he was under the impression he was getting a complete product ready to go from ESS-Tuning. Is RingMeister01 just unreasonable? Perhaps he's just stupid? Or perhaps the product was misrepresented? Here is what RingMesiter01 thinks: "As if I had time for non-sense but I wouldn't want others to go through this as I did. I initially spoke to Jesse from Pure turbos on getting their kit but as he knows I didn't want to run a JB4 with boost juice to reliable make gains. I wanted a flash tune/turbo package. Jesse was very helpful in educating me on what they were offering and what to expect from their kit. I must say he is extremely knowledgeable and professional. IND working on their S63tu turbo upgrade with AMS was another option. Again this was in its early stages but I sent over a new set of turbos for them to look at for machining, etc. AMS at the time was so busy with whatever other monsters they are creating that they couldn't commit to a lead-time on developing the hardware for our cars. Ilia's plan was for AMS to upgrade the hardware and develop the tune with my turbos on IND's shop car. IMG Motorsports informs me that ESS has a kit ready to go, tune and all. He asks me to get my turbos back from AMS and send them to him for the ESS upgrade if I was interested. Like anyone else here, say ESS and its a no brainer (mainly from their success with the superchargers). The turbos are sent to IMG. I now email AJ for the upgrade details; In the email he clearly states that the kit is ready and the tune I would be getting is specific to the turbos. He also promises that they will be the best solution available. No problems at all thus far and I was really getting excited to be apart of this first kit. I offered to post a review, dyno charts and pilot runs on the forum. AJ then said "We'll give you a really good deal if you would do that for us." A few weeks pass and no word on the turbos (ecu was removed and sent within this period), so I email AJ. "Your turbos are with IMG, they were returned three weeks ago. He definitely has them." -AJ Hmm? Why wasn't I told? I send out a text message to find the turbos had arrived and that I was informed but most likely didn't receive the text from IMG because he was at Lime Rock Park and "there's no reception there, bro." Clearly that was the case as I see posts from him on Instagram all weekend from the track. Anyway... who cares, right? "AJ charged my credit card for your turbos, could you go make a cash deposit in my account for $5,000 tomorrow?" Ok now I'm a tad uncomfortable. AJ and I had spoken about pilot runs, dynos, reviews for the kit on the forum and now I'm being charged retail for the kit and I always thought I'd pay ESS directly. I ask IMG why I was being charged retail when I had already been offered a discount, "cause everything else out there is junk, bro. This is what he charged my card." Ok, I understand IMG would not be aware of my conversations with AJ, so I email AJ directly on the spot. "Your pricing is determined by the vendor, we have nothing to do with that on our end. You must go through one of our vendors." WTF. That awful feeling in my stomach comes over and I realize that this isn't going to be what I signed up for. See now Im in no control what so ever and Im at the mercy of a vendor I don't feel comfortable with and I have no choice but to pay whatever he wants me to, to get my turbos back. I emailed AJ again and bitched until IMG sent me a text "Bro, AJ refunded my card $500." Ok, lets just move forward... The ECU comes back (I must had sent 10 emails asking whether the tune was specific to these turbos and if I could please have CEL, Vmax and cold start deletes, I was assured I would. I didn't want to have the ecu removed and installed multiple times due to the process) and everything comes together at which time I get a text from IMG "car is done, get ready for 550 whp, bro" EXCITED!!! I get to the techs place (who btw is so talented and genuine). I sit in the car and say to myself (knowing how irresponsible and nonchalant this "vendor" is) I fucking bet it goes through cold start. Hit the starter button and of course, its there. I'm sure Vmax isnt deleted either. So lets just drive and see how she performs. Very smooth operation at low speed driving through a residential neighborhood, like stock. The turbos are a little loader but that is probably due to downpipes and BMC filters. I make my way to the highway and WOT. More lag and not much else. Doesn't feel fast or powerful at all. I have been in a lot of M3/4's with ecu flashes and JB4's and this just didn't impress me. I text IMG on my feed back, "Bro, put some good gas in and let it adapt. It takes 80 miles to do so. The set up is so smooth its deceiving." EEERRR....really? A day or two pass and I see this thread and comment that this kit isnt all that. I have every right to post an honest option and review, I always do and without any agenda or with any intention of hurting someone. I always valued the opinion of the members here and considered their experiences when purchasing a product. I wanted to do the same. This is when the truth unfolded. I get a message from Roman, "You aren't allowed to comment on a development project until its completed." Development project? What? Back and forth with Roman I find out that my brand new M4 with 250 miles is a guinea pig for ESS' S55 turbo upgrade. Not a fully develop system as promised but something they were trying to test out. Now I'm furious and text and email all parties. Roman says to me "IMG and Aj said you were aware of this." Motherfookers. Im texting back and forth and clearly I'm upset and Roman offers to refund me and IMG offers to remove turbos put in stock set and refresh car to stock as long as I delete all posts on this thread. I deleted what I could on the spot and emailed Jason (admin) to remove/clean up anything else. Only a few minutes turned and Roman sends me a lengthily message on how I did recieve what i payed for; upgraded ecu and turbo kit and at a significant discount... $500.. really? If I cooperate I'd get free tune upgrades and if not then ESS will sever all ties with me and stop communication. I send him a text back..."You are so fucked" I did try to suppress my disappointment and the distrust I felt and continue to just get this kit to work. IMG takes my car to the dyno and puts down what you see on the thread BUT when I asked about the dyno and a picture of the dyno, I got a half ass cell phone pic of a 1/4 of the graph and blurry to the point it was hard to make out the numbers. I asked and asked for a full picture so I could see the curves and the crossing point...ect. I just wanted to stay on top of this if I was going to use my car for development. On and on and on I get a dyno file in a format I have no idea to do with (i guess its the dynojet software) wtf am I supposed to do with that? At the end I asked about the new tune I was getting and what was different about it from the Beta file I have now. I was concerned that they were just going to crank up the boost to make numbers on the dyno. I was then insulted by IMG through texts and I just called it quits. I just don't care anymore, $4000 for new turbos, $4500 for the upgrade, $1800 for tune and priceless lies. I would had been fine with everything but just don't lie to me and twist things to make me look stupid. Judge me I don't care, I have nothing else to share here. This is for anyone as a warning- know who you are dealing with, know what you are getting into because if it goes wrong you will be left for dead." This sounds like a guy who thought he was getting a product that works. ESS stating after all of this on the forums it was a 'development project' is obviously to affect public perception of the gigantic mistake of selling a product that isn't ready. Yes, ESS never told him that and told him the exact opposite according to his own words and the e-mail records. Apparently he has the e-mails showing this and I'm sure we would all love to see them but thus far he has not published them. If it were BimmerBoost, we would and we actually have to expose deception. Hopefully ESS doesn't push him around but he seems like a guy so far that isn't responding well to ESS demands. This guy thought he would be getting turbos and a discount to post reviews, dynos, runs, etc., on the forum. A pretty standard marketing practice on forums to get supposedly 'independent' reviews. Unfortunately, a certain ESS cheerleader serving as the middle-man here decided to charge full retail. Why? To line his own pockets of course. Who cares if it works, right? Well, reputable vendors care. Nobody cared here. Get the money and oh well too bad say it's 'beta' if it doesn't work. ESS tried to keep this off the forums but it didn't work: "This is when the truth unfolded. I get a message from Roman, "You aren't allowed to comment on a development project until its completed." Development project? What? Back and forth with Roman I find out that my brand new M4 with 250 miles is a guinea pig for ESS' S55 turbo upgrade. Not a fully develop system as promised but something they were trying to test out. Now I'm furious and text and email all parties. Roman says to me "IMG and Aj said you were aware of this." Motherfookers." RingMeister01 has every reason to be angry. Not only did he not get what he paid for, not only did he pay more than he was supposed to, he is now supposed to shut up about the problems. He finally realizes he is a guinea pig. It's just that he never signed up to be one. It is somewhat interesting as well that Roman@ESS commands him not to speak. Do you see now how certain forums work? Anything negative is kept off. If you do not shut your mouth you will not get further support. It's not about having the best products. It's about making people think that you do. That is why he was offered a refund and a return to stock if he deleted all his posts. You would think that offer would be on the table regardless as it should be instead of being conditional. This customer chose not to bend over but how many have bent over for ESS? How much has been swept under the rug? BimmerBoost is aware of much of it and some of what gets deleted is hosted here for specifically this reason. You as a potential customer deserve to know the truth, don't you? You are not a vendor's pawn, are you? Shouldn't the customers have the power in this relationship? This is the same old story with ESS-Tuning as always but trying to get it out there is the problem. They use their power to pull posts, edit threads, close threads, etc., if they are not portrayed in the best light. It's arrogance, pure and simple. What they should have done is make it a priority to fix the guys car (another tuner offered to fly out to fix it), provide what he paid for, and not charge him a dime for any of it. That would require them going out of pocket. It's simply the easier (cowardly) way out to get this all deleted, spin it, and go about business as usual. They won't be able to delete this though. If they try, the blowback will be bigger than it already is:
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  • bme30's Avatar
    08-21-2015, 12:38 PM
    So now that many of us are in a different league with power, is there anyone running stronger stiffer mounts for the engine? There are very little options, 2 examples are the akg mounts and PTF soild mounts. I truly believe we are in serious need of a product that will increase strength, but yet maintain some user friendly daily driving. And I agree we are in super car territory in a horse power sense, but there has to be a middle ground here for engine mount support here. As of now we have stock or rigid as hell! So what are you all running? And are there any vendors (BMS, Vargas, RB, AD engineering.....etc) that could step up and make the community happy!
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  • robc1976's Avatar
    08-23-2015, 06:19 PM
    (THIS DIY IS INTENDED FOR UPGRADED TWINS OR SINGLE TURBOS) I was having problems with my car smoking and a good friend of mine (Aubeast) shared a system that he had designed and had been working on for several months so I followed his suggestions and fabricated the necessary components to make it happen. This is the same line routing as he uses, same fittings but I did a few things differently due to having a top mounted turbo. ***A HUGE THANKS AND SHOUT OUT TO JASON (AUBEAST) FOR CONTINUING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS COMMUNITY!*** NOTE: Do NOT use any different size fittings or lines. What I specify is what is required and has been tested to work. NOTE 2: I am NOT responsible for any damage done to you or your car when attempting this DIY. This is not a project for a novice. I suggest taking the manifold and fitting to a shop to be modified - I have the proper tools to be able to accomplish this at home by myself. This PCV fix has totally eliminated all smoke at idle, wide-open throttle and cruising! This system pulls vacuum at idle and wide-open throttle. Use of an OCC between intake and AD fitting is HIGHLY suggested. I also suggest using an AD Engineering OCC or a modified BMS OCC, as I did. Link below for my modified BMS OCC DIY. CUSTOM OCC LINK: Also - as you'll see in my BMS OCC DIY - the head ports were tapped and plugged. It is absolutely essential for this system. STEP 1 - FLAPPER VALVE ASSEMBLY: (You can use rubber or -AN lines, I highly Suggest -AN. Below is a link to my DIY on -AN lines) -AN LINE DIY: STEP 2 - 2 RB VALVE & AD FITTING MODIFICATION: STEP 3 - MANIFOLD DRILLING & TAPPING: In this process, slow is key to prevent cracking of manifold! STEP 4 - FILTER MODIFICATION / VACCUM SOURCE: (I have a top-mount turbo so yours might be different) STEP 5 - LINE ROUTING: Use only -8 AN Line to manifold and AD fitting and -12 AN Line for vaccum source. If you're using rubber, use equivilent size.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    08-10-2015, 05:43 PM
    So installed one of these bad boys in a fresh motor I am going to use to test some new stock frames. 30K milage our of a 2010 135i. Could not as for a better motor, found locally. Got it all back together yesterday, and took it out to burn all the oil, and finger prints off from the install. Low, and behold I get to the top of the local grade, and it shuts down due to it being overheated, the head was so hot it sizzled my spit, and the car started smoking out of the tail pipe. The cultprit? A POS MISHSIMOTO theromstat rated at 74C or 165F not opening. This is after I jumped through a bunch of hoops to find the proper housing for it (as it only fits one). Just got done testing on the stove up to 210F water temps, guess what, it never opened. I think the case on the Mishimoto thermostat for the N54 is closed. It doesn't work FOR SHIT.
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  • drfrink24's Avatar
    08-24-2015, 09:14 AM
    drfrink24 started a thread Single turbo sizing in N54
    Curious if someone can help me understand if this is a physics problem, or simply personal preference/goals: Why are 9/10 single setups sized for 30+ psi and 900+ whp, but running well below this? Very rarely do I see someone putting on the smallest turbo for their power goals and then running them to the edge? Is this a physics issue of a small a/r and small compressor, or people sizing a turbo they can "grow" into? Do people feel going single and going small single is a waste of time? Tuning still behind the curve? Or are the stock frame and upgraded stock frame simply better at doing what a small single would accomplish?
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  • klipseracer's Avatar
    08-12-2015, 11:49 AM
    I wanted to start a new thread about this one topic specifically as I think it deserves more attention. The other thread is heading the 4L80 path which is great, but some people may not want a 4 speed or the need to cut any holes in the transmission tunnel to make things fit. This is a call for those with experience with the fabrication and or tuning process required in a transmission swap to drop knowledge on this thread. Obstacles: 1) TCU cracking: This issue is nullified by using the PCS TCM-2650 which I've spoken to a local shop in AZ and they have confirmed that the module will speak to the 'gen 2' 6HP26. This part is confusing to me since I believe the second generation vesion of that transmission is actually the 6HP28, a beefier and quicker shifting transmission. There is a confirmed aftermarket for the 26 but I'm not sure if those parts are cross compatible with the 28 or not. (6HP26 = 6R80 parts access)The person I spoke to said that you can play with some of the TQ values in addition to setting shift point and TQ converter lockup tables. Ability to set the shift point to 7200-7500 on an automatic makes it worth exploring IMO and he stated that drivability is actually pretty good. Link to the TCM which cost ~$900 w/ harness: 2) DME: Making the DME happy shouldn't be an issue as the TCM is supposed to also be able to send send the signals to the DME that it is expecting and is a universal solution so I'd expect it could work with the DME set as an automatic and if not at least as a MT with the clutch depression sent by the TCM. 3) Fitment: This is the one I've spent less time doing but others have poured over it in the past. If my memory serves me correctly, the bellhousing needs cut and a new one fabricated but as far as general shape, it shouldn't be an issue since the transmission already goes in the 335d. What else can we add to this? Anyone looked at the bellhousing and determined if this is possible?
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  • Mrpikolo's Avatar
    08-23-2015, 05:57 PM
    Since the Pure turbo thread is being treated like a vendor thread, I am interested in hearing from all parties on this general subject. What kind of spool is everyone seeing with their upgraded turbos? What gear do you typically test this in? What tuning tricks have you done to decrease spool time?
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  • Mrpikolo's Avatar
    08-10-2015, 06:55 PM
    As requested by @andy_divers , this thread contains some data of the results on my water injection setup. Here is a little background info on my car: 2008 335xi Only mods: *Gutted Cats *Modified Air box *Reflash only *91 Octane *Snow Performance stage 2(i don't like the kit but it was free) *STOCK everything else Coincidentally, a couple weeks ago I unplugged the power to my injection pump, and forgot to plug it back in. Works out great for some before logs! First without water injection: Ambient temp was about 70-75 degrees First WOT was a third gear run. IAT Start: 82F IAT End: 117F Boost: 18 peak-13 end Second was a WOT run from a stop to about 100 mph IAT Start: 86F IAT End: 153F Boost: Stayed in the middle to high teens. Second with water injection: These runs were not in the same day and not with the same tune. After I noticed I did not plug my pump back in, I did want to re tune the setup a little bit. I decreased boost in favor for some more timing. I can get a back to back run in a few days to give a better comparison. Fluid being injection: -20F windshield washer fluid(20% methanol) Nozzle Size: 325ML Pump Pressue: 250PSI?(it's a snow kit, I don't trust their pumps advertised numbers) Ambient Temperature: Humid 75-80 degrees First WOT is a third gear run. IAT Start: 85F IAT End: 90F Boost: Peaking 18 down to 10 Second WOT was a stop to about 95mph IAT Start: 85F IAT End: 94F Boost: Peaking 18 down to 10. Obviously, the less boost will create less heat. Notice how the IAT actually drops at first. at the beginning of the runs. Also notice how the IAT increases after the run was stopped, as opposed to without WI. Again, this is on the STOCK intercooler only injection WW fluid through a 325ml nozzle. A larger methanol mixture makes an even bigger difference. I'm sure there are some points I forgot to mention :).
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-08-2015, 06:40 PM
    You often hear about ball bearing and journal bearing turbos. What is the difference? The ball bearing setup consists a single sleeve system that contains a set of angular contact ball bearings on either end, whereas the traditional bearing system contains a set of journal bearings and a thrust bearing. The bearings can affect response as well as longevity. How about a simple demonstration to get illustrate the point? Watch the video below. <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="" data-width="500"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite=""><p>Journal bearing vs ball bearing turbo comparison.</p>Posted by <a href="">LacedUP</a> on&nbsp;<a href="">Tuesday, July 28, 2015</a></blockquote></div></div>
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