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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 11:18 AM
    Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani is a member of the ruling family of Qatar. This means he has plenty of Qatar's oil and gas money controlled by his family to spend on toys like a LaFerrari along with a 991 GT3 among others. He also apparently thinks this money means he can do whatever he wants. The LaFerrari and GT3 were captured speeding through the streets of Beverly Hills. Having fast cars is fine. Recklessly speeding through residential neighborhoods at triple digits is something else entirely. You can take a look at the video below to get an idea of what was going on. Neighbors filed complaints with the Police and Hamad Al Thani is stated to have told a reporter that he has diplomatic immunity. This is false, he does not. He also told that same reporter he could kill him if he wanted to and get away with it following that statement up with, 'Fuck America.' As the Police presence and investigation ratcheted it up the LaFerrari as well as Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani himself disappeared apparently leaving the country. He likely learned he is not immune to American laws so he ran away to escape any potential punishment. It is also interesting to note the LaFerrari appears to overheat with smoke billowing out after the joy ride through the neighborhood. Not a good sign for the LaFerrari if some rich asshole (that is their demographic after all) can break the car with just a high speed residential joyride. Source
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    09-28-2015, 11:13 AM
    Hey guys! Hope everyone had a good weekend. We are super excited to announce our new VTT customer appreciation / Bounty / Sponsorship program! :dance: It has become a common theme for people to buy expensive performance parts, and seemingly disappear. This is frustrating for not only the community, but the vendor as well. It seems the only people who speak up, are the unhappy ones. Well we decided to do something about it. Starting today we now offer cold hard cash in bounties to all VTT customers for showing your love for VTT products! The bounty system will work as follows. VTT Customer Appreciation / Bounty program break down Product unboxing: 1. Pictures of VTT product unboxing on social media with hashtags #VTT #VTTO #VTTbounty, and tagging of @vargasturbo. Pictures have to be posted on IG, and facebook. Email us directly with the links, invoice number, and paypal address. We will paypal you the bounty within 24 hours. Product value / Bounty received: $500 or less / $5 bounty $500-$1000 / $10 bounty $1000-2000 / $15 bounty $2000-$3000 / $20 bounty $3000+ / $25 bounty 2. Thread with Pictures of VTT product unboxing on forums with #VTT #VTTO #VTTbounty, tagging of sales@vargasturbotech. Thread has to be posted on BB, N54Tech, and E90. Email us directly with the links, invoice number, and paypal address. We will paypal you the bounty within 24 hours. Same bounty schedule for forums, meaning you can double up if you do social media, and forums! Product value / Bounty received: $500 or less / $5 bounty $500-$1000 / $10 bounty $1000-2000 / $15 bounty $2000-$3000 / $20 bounty $3000+ / $25 bounty Product review: Post a review of your VTT products, and customer service to the forums. Using the same hashtags as above, as well as link to review posted to Social media with hashtags. The review needs to be of installed product, working on the vehicle, including miles driven, initial impressions, etc Product value / Bounty received $500 or less / $10 bounty $500-$1000 / $20 bounty $1000-2000 / $30 bounty $2000-$3000 / $40 bounty $3000+ / $50 bounty Performance Bounty: This program is our way of rewarding customers who are out there with VTT products, racing, and making big power. We are looking for dyno numbers, ¼ time slips, roll racing traps, LEGAL and SAFE racing videos, etc. Program works the same, post the above to social media, AND the forums with the supplied hashtags, as well as tagging us to qualify. All dyno numbers, will have to accompanied with the original DRF, and video of the run, showing the actual run, and numbers on a DYNOJET dyno only. ¼ mile slips will need to have video of actual run with time shown on the same video, as well as the slip. Roll racing, video of race, and trap speed. Again email us with links, invoice #, and paypal. VTT stickers need to be visible on every vehicle either in the video, or pictures posted with the video to qualify. Bounties are as follows Dyno numbers: N54: OEM-Stage 1 450+WHP $25 Stage 2 /2+ 600+WHP $50 Stage 3 700-800 WHP $75 Stage 3 800-900 WHP $100 Stage 3 900-1000WHP $150 Stage 3 1000+WHP $250 New platform record $250 N55: Stage 1 400+ WHP $50 Stage 2 500+WHP $100 (Other platforms to be added) Racing: ¼ slips: 12.0-11.5 slip $25 11.5-11.00 slip $50 10 second time slip $250 New platform record $250 Roll racing: Kill video $25 Kill video while running direct VTT competitor $100 Trophy class win $200 Platform ½ trap record $250 *Please see performance bounty notes below Sponsorship program: You have a car you feel deserves sponsorship, we will offer sponsorship in this fashion. Email us with a description of the car, your plans for it, how active you are in racing etc. If we think you fit our goals for sponsorship. We will grant you a discount code for products purchased. You can also earn the same bounties as everyone else to even further your discount level. Note we do not sponsor show cars, we are a performance company, we sponsor performance cars. There are minimum exposure requirements for sponsorship, which will be discussed on an individual basis. These programs are in place, and active as of today 09-27-15, please let us know if you have any questions! *We reserve the right to evaluate every entry for validity, and deny bounty claims if we feel they are not legit. Performance bounties are for vehicles with VTT turbochargers, and or VTT accessories. Not VTT accessories only. Any race video we feel shows unsafe racing will not qualify, multiple race video entries are awarded a bounty at our discretion. For the strip the first pass at each ET level will be rewarded, then we will not award a bounty until you reach the next tier. We do not condone or support illegal street racing, all performance bounties are to be performed under safe, and sanctioned racing events to even be considered
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-07-2015, 03:36 PM
    N54 owners, rejoice! The next level of tuning is coming. What that level entails is a Syvecs plug and play standalone engine control unit. Syvecs is continuing to roll out BMW engine management systems with their S54 unit already on the market and their S65 control unit ready for launch any day now. The N54 is up next and Syvecs told BimmerBoost their N54 solution will be available by the end of this year: You will have direct and port injection control likely for a total of twelve injectors. Those worrying about the DCT will finally have a real solution for full control of the transmission. We expect the N54 unit will be a variant of the S6plus Syvecs ECU meaning the following should be supported: Four More Outputs meaning running 12 Injectors becomes easier - Six more Half Bridge Outputs - Can use OEM Denso Lambdas or Bosch LSU4.9 sensors - Logs Clutch A Pressure, Clutch B Pressure, Gearbox Main Pressure, 4WD %, Clutch Slip A and Clutch Slip B from the TCM - Main Relay control on board - Package (Canbus) Firmware can be updated in the field - Lower cost than S8 Kit - All of the above at a Retail price of £3300 + Local Taxes It is still early and the ECU is still under development so we will see what the final product actually is as well as the final cost. Regardless, expect N54 tuning to take a quantum leap forward by the end of the year.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-07-2015, 04:59 PM
    Thought this was interesting:
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  • Fishayyy's Avatar
    09-22-2015, 09:40 PM
    Fishayyy started a thread M3 Rear End Conversion in N54
    So I've decided that I want to get an M3 3.15 LSD on my car and I need a little help making sure I get all the parts I need so any information people can spare would be great. What I have bought so far is a subframe and differential off a 2010 DCT M3. I couldn't find a complete rear end to buy so I've decided to just use aftermarket everything so if anyone has any ideas on which brands are best I'd appreciate the input. So far here is what I think I need: Custom Driveshaft Sway Bar (Anti-Roll Bar) Axles Brake rotors Wheel Carrier (Upright) Camber Arm (Semi-)Trailing Arm Steering Arm (Toe Control Arm) Wishbone (Upper Arm) Guide Rods
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  • fastgti69's Avatar
    09-18-2015, 07:14 PM
    Sup guys! Had a chance to meet up with @Terry@BMS today for some testing. Got some great results on both ends! I finally managed to break 800whp in my car LOL! Not a WR, but a personal/BMS record is still good enough for me. This 6870 is one crazy turbo on the top end side. With a few more revs in the rpm range, this turbo is very lethal. I got some baselines for now though, so I will have to open up the exhaust and see what @jyamona Vanos changes will do for this. It's about 500rpm slower spool than the 6466. Mods: VM N54 Top Mount Kit with PTE Gen 2 6870 .84AR BMS/CPE Port Injection Fuel it Stage 3 Dual 450 LPFP with FPR and Return VM Custom Charge Pipe + Tial BOV Spec Stage 3+ Clutch W/ Steel SMFW VRSF 7" Intercooler Anyways, Here is the dyno graph with and without the use of anti lag. You can see it is very promising with over 1k rpm in faster spool.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    10-08-2015, 07:52 PM
    Well guys, after a lot of stress, grey hair, and I am sure a few months off my life span. Stage 3 is officially in stock, and can ship in as little as 2 weeks from order. This is because of the different turbo options, and custom welding needed to be done to the housings once the turbo choice is made. 3 full kits are leaving the shop tomorrow including Sammy's in Dallas going on an ABR Punisher. I can't say its been fun, but it does feel good to have made it through, and built what we promised. That the people who have waited, actually waited is beyond me, and shows true patience. We thank you guys! We look forward to getting numbers soon. We will get some better product shots, but here is the full kit that will be boxed int he am. Thanks for the support!
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    10-02-2015, 10:06 AM
    Hearing a lot of haters, and just plain uninformed people talking about "restocking fees" we charge. I will explain what we charge, and its not a "restocking fee". First of all what we sell is not a set of brakes pads, we do not just throw something back on the shelf and charge you 20%. If you buy a set of inlets, install kit, etc etc, you want to return it, if we haven't shipped it yet, no problem. BUT if you order a set of CUSTOM turbochargers built SPECIFICALLY for you, with multiple options EXACTLY the way you ordered them. The process goes like this. We have base parts bearing housings, compressor housings, internals, etc etc. These ALL change, depending on options chosen. Say you order Stage 1's with billet wheel, and thrust upgrade. We pull a set of stock bearings housings, machine them for the thrust upgrade, machine the compressor housing for the Billet wheels, we then assemble your rotating assembly with upgraded thrust parts, and balance, assemble. ALL OF THIS is specific for your set of turbos. This all takes time, and money to do on our end. So you decide you have been waiting too long, and want to cancel, this usually happens after most everything is machined, and balanced, we may be waiting on one part etc. This means we now have to either put that exact combo aside, and hope someone orders it eventually, or we are forced spend time to disassemble, and we then have already machined parts for billet wheels, and thrust upgrade waiting on someone else to order that. If someone orders cast whee stage 1's, the comp housing cannot be used, no thrust upgrade, that bearing housing cannot be used as its cut for the bigger parts. THIS is why we charge 20% if you order a custom set of turbos, and decide you do not want them. YET we have people using this as a discussion point that we are doing something wrong. Lets take Full Race. a company I doubt many people have a bad word to say about. Here is their return policy(below). Custom orders? They are taking 100%, you want to cancel, you get nothing back, thats right zero. Order cancellation on non custom orders? You have 30 minutes to cancel or you pay 20% which is all we charge for CUSTOM orders. Honestly some people need realize this is a business, we are not here to hold your hand, if you order custom parts, and you change your mind, you will pay a cancellation fee because we are spending time, and money on your parts soon after you order them. Simple Something that needed to be said. Have a good Friday people! Full Race return / cancellation policy Return Policy It is the responsibility of the customer/installer to verify the correct size and application of the parts before installation. Only unused, intact, undamaged, and complete merchandise with all components and hardware as originally provided to the customer, will be authorized for return (subject to inspection and acceptance by FRM). Returns will not be accepted without prior return authorization provided by FRM. No returns allowed after (30) days from original ship date from FRM. Authorized & accepted returns are subject to a 25% restocking charge - NO EXCEPTIONS. All custom manufactured parts (i.e., custom manifolds, intercoolers, etc.) are non-refundable. Order Cancellations and Backorders Orders are processed in our system within 30 minutes of ordering. Customers wishing to cancel an order must request via E-mail or fax a request to cancel the order, within 30 minutes of placing it, to avoid cancellation fee. Any non-custom order canceled after the 30 minute period is subject to a 20% cancellation fee - NO EXCEPTIONS No order may be cancelled after it enters shipping process.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    09-18-2015, 04:42 PM
    Terry@BMS started a thread JB4 anti-lag on the dyno in N54
    Hey guys, Was able to get together with Payam today for some shake down runs on his new larger turbo. I think it's a PTE 6870 G2. Anyway while it was strapped down it seemed like a great opportunity to play around with the new anti-lag logic. The results were phenomenal especially considering this was done without any extra dyno load applied. We decided to leave power around 800whp given it's a vintage OEM longblock but I can tell by the dutycycle there is a lot more in this thing when he's ready for it! I think he also got a video or two of the runs. Can't wait to see them.
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  • Nugs's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 08:49 PM
    Nugs started a thread S55 in the 10s in S55
    From TPG tuning's facebook edit: not sure how to embed facebook video.
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  • jyamona@motiv's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 11:00 AM
    jyamona@motiv started a thread MOTIV Kit Incoming in N54
    So I ordered a few items, and wanted to share =) Motiv 750 Kit, ceramic coated Motiv PI Kit, w/ return line and FPR Stage 3 LPFP I will be testing a slightly different turbo than the usual in the 750 kit. It is the Xona Rotor 7865 (rough equivalent to a 6265 in other companies numbering schemes). I think it should be the fastest spooling setup capable of 700-750whp. The XR8267 has made over 800whp. Tuning will be using some new tricks, on stock DME + maxboost, with 3-port solenoid control, load by gear, the Bosch ADV lambda sensors, no shift bog, etc. Stay tuned :dance:
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    10-03-2015, 03:34 PM
    Did a little testing on a local car with our Stage 2 on it. Saw some good numbers, but of course had little nagging issues. First one was, sometimes the boost in the JB would just spike up to 36+ psi, the boost wasn't actually spiking, we put an analog gauge on the car to make sure, but it would trigger the JB fail safe and shut the party down at random. The next one was, the car is a DCT, the tranny got more, and more pissed at the session went on. At this power it it will never rev to redline without shifting itself even, and near the end it was shifting itself regularly at 500 RPM or so.A Graphs are most of the runs of the day besides botched ones etc. Run 001 is a map 7 run for a baseline. All the graphs you see that stop short, are either the boost issue, or the tranny saying to Eff off. In the log 013 screen grab you can see the weird boost spike All in all a decent day, if this guy wants more power he will need a tranny upgrade, but I think he will be happy here, the car is insanely fast on the road with the DCT. We have another Stage 2 going onto the ACF car in Brazil for E100 testing with PI, and the drag strip in a couple weeks, trying to be the first N55 in the 10's! As always thanks for the support!
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  • pobudz's Avatar
    10-03-2015, 08:06 PM
    pobudz started a thread NoFlyZone Arizona results in N54
    First off, I just love how well of a show Tony @ Omega Motorsports puts on. Such a well run event. I can't wait for it to come back in mid December when its 70* instead of 95*. About the same temps today as the event in March where I trapped 160.9. Jake @ MOTIV has spent countless hours with me since then, on the dyno, going through all sorts of upgrades and changes to my setup. We've got my car dialed in perfectly. Highest trap of the day vs a ridiculous GTR Early run vs Z06, unknown mods (...and time slip printer broken) I didn't get it on my GoPro, but there should be video of a great run between Jesse's Pure turbo M4 and myself. Got to meet him and also watch Steve's wife (Fuel-IT) put down a 157!
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  • Evan Patak's Avatar
    09-12-2015, 02:23 PM
    So they don't get lost in the post, here are some videos: Front: Engine Bay/Inlet: Exhaust: After installing my Hexons and working through a few minor setbacks it came time to see how they perform. Thanks to Terry and Steve for their knowledge and support. I am happy to report that my wagon is running strong and I am not plagued with misfires that are so common when the power is cranked up, all systems seem to be strong although my fuel system (Stg 2 LPFP + TBI) is at capacity and the main limiting factor at this time. As a complete package I am very pleased with the performance and driveability, the Hexons are a great match for my 4,600lb AWD daily weapon. Power was never the focus but my "would be nice" goal of 500awhp has already been surpassed but I am most excited with how accessible the power is and how smooth it is delivered. Yesterday I got time on 2 dynos, once was a Mainline and the other a Dynojet. The mainline was a pretty cool setup as it had it's own dyno specific chamber and controlled environment. The owner/operator who is a professional tuner by trade said that this is a top dollar unit costing roughly x3 more than dynojets. Interestingly this dyno has 2 rollers per tire and the rear roller gets fixed at a resistance rate, essentially creating a pivot point for the tire, power is measured by reading how hard the tire is pushing down onto the front roller during the pull. Unfortunately I was unable to be inside the dyno pod while the pulls were made so my videos are terrible and not worth sharing. Mainline setup Mounted Results: Google tells me that Mainline dynos are heart breakers which made my number of 543awhp a pleasant surprise. We took 4 pulls and all were +/- 10hp/tq. My wagon read 88 degrees outside but the dyno sheet shows it was 80 degrees inside during the pulls. Mike at Autowave was tuning this bad-ass project car for one of his customers. A custom twin turbo 2002 with a slew of modern upgrades and carbon fiber, tastefully done with awesome details everywhere, I should have taken more photos, real car-porn material. Front Back (carbon fiber hood) Very tasteful fender flares I loved the BMW Motorsport inspired decals Brembos The owner's brother works for a company that makes carbon fiber knee braces so he helped him build the custom carbon fiber manifold Turbo Hoses silicone, great minds think alike! ;) I was admiring the front turbo and thinking about how accessible it was compared to my E61 and then the shop owner made a comment about how tight things were in the 2002's engine bay. lol Clean! Later in the day I stopped by DSport to get on their AWD Dynojet. Temps had climbed into the low 90s and I think this hurt the dyno numbers as the inside of the warehouse must have been in the mid 90s and the fans were blowing this hot air during the pulls. We took 6 pulls, most were in Map 6 targeting 22psi but I did target 23 psi for one run, unfortunately I forgot to raise the fail-safe from 24 and the JB4 reverted to Map 4 and cut power at 5,600rpm, from what I can tell in the logs things looked good on that pull so it might be something I experiment with in the future. We also did a 22psi pull with the hood open to note any differences. Oddly that run yielded lower power with a very rough delivery, I thought hood open would equal more airflow and more power but I guess the rough air from the fan was detrimental, interesting. I have the .drf files on my computer and downloaded the Dynojet software but am having a hard time loading and viewing the graphs, anyone have experience with this? Luckily I snapped a pic on my phone that can hold you guys over until I get the files to load. Hot warehouse Prep Fitment on point with the tie-down squat! This is all I got for now, not the rough hood-open run, and the 23 target, 24 failsafe run. Numbers Interestingly DSport has a full fledged machine shop with the ability to build motors, they do a lot of R35 blocks. Their tech department is ran by an engineer who came onboard after 20+ years at Cosworth, cool! This is one of their builds, a 1,300hp 8 second R33.... Most everything was built in house.
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  • triggz's Avatar
    09-14-2015, 01:19 PM
    E92 M3: ESS 650 Kit Catless Exhaust GTS Tune 3rd setting 94 Oct F80 M3: Eurocharged tune Catless downpipes Race gas
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  • 123ersan's Avatar
    09-30-2015, 08:20 AM
    Just wanted to share my experience with this air filter. I had this intake installed on the car same time as fmic catless dps and Vargas stage 1s so was hard to compare the intake to the original air box. Since going for a few runs on the 1/4 mile I wasn't happy with the times and had a gut feeling it was something to do with the intake. I put my standard airbox back on last week to test and see if I could feel any difference and was blown away! The pull lower down has got so much stronger, pulling a lot harder mid range also. There was a horrible rasp under 2k from not enough back pressure in the exhaust which has almost disappeared being fully catless with no silencers. There was also a lot of oil from the filter around the intake pipes which I wasn't happy to see, overall not happy with the afe "enclosed" intake. The filters would get roasted sitting on top of the plenum and would feel the soak even with an upgraded FMIC. I know it's an old intake but for people still running it worth a re think. No logs were made as I had no means at the moment. This is all measured by my very accurate butt dyno.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2015, 12:29 AM
    The heads continue to roll at VW with R&D chiefs at Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche joining the recently deposed CEO. Their names respectively are Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Ulrich Hackenberg, and Wolfgang Hatz. They all formerly served at Volkswagen and all are big names who are being forced out over the Volkswagen diesel scandal. More details continue to emerge as to why Volkswagen did what it did by using an ECU 'cheat code' so to speak to beat US emissions tests. The reason is that it would have cost Volkswagen $335 per vehicle to refit the cars with an AdBlue Urea injection system to clean their emissions. Volkswagen chose the software approach to save money instead. That is what brings Bosch into the picture as Bosch supplies the engine management systems that Volkswagen used to skirt the tests. Bosch of course claims they only supplied these systems that could be programmed to beat the EPA for testing purposes. They also claim they warned Volkswagen not to use software that could beat tests. Nobody at Bosch knew what software Volkswagen was using for years? Sounds like Bosch is already in protect their own behinds mode as they supplied the software VW needed to beat the tests. Cost cutting is the cause of this whole mess. $335 times roughly 500,000 affected US cars is $167,000,000. That is not chump change but it sure beats losing billions upon billions. There will be those who point out this software is in 12+ million cars worldwide but again not all countries have the same emissions standards so not all cars would require the AdBlue Urea system. Even if they did we are talking about roughly three billion dollars. Still six times less than what was wiped out from VW's stock in one day. Greed is certainly to blame here. Now what about the other German brands? Audi uses many of the same motors with the same software so they are pretty much screwed too but we all already knew that when Volkswagen itself was caught. Now we see how Mercedes, BMW, and suppliers such as Bosch make it out of this. German magazine Autobild says the BMW X3 xDrive 20d emits more than the legal amount of pollutants in Germany. Autobild's own test is not the same as a test by a government agency and BMW quickly denied Autobild's report. BMW's stock price still took a 10% hit based on the report. There is currently no proof BMW did anything wrong but BMW's stock continues to tumble. You can see how Volkswagen has the entire German automotive industry in turmoil right now. It does not end here. BMW diesels will be scrutinized by government agencies worldwide as will Mercedes. The extent of the role Bosch played has yet to be determined. Volkswagen also needs to make the cars compliant so whether they wanted a hardware solution or not they will now have to shell out for it at a much greater cost. This is nowhere near over.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 05:45 PM
    Taking a break from our usual seriousness let's start the week off with some cringeworthy automotive humor. It is difficult to even know what to say to this one other than it makes you want to place your head in your palm. On the bright side she looks very good in that dress and no man is interested in her oil changing skills. Maybe in how well she handles a dipstick. You come up with a better pun. <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-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/niesamowitefilmiki/videos/vb.530456393661052/1043530882353598/?type=1"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite=""><a href="">Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</a><p>Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</p>Posted by <a href="">Niesamowite i zwariowane filmiki</a> on Friday, September 11, 2015</blockquote></div></div>
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  • Mrpikolo's Avatar
    09-15-2015, 08:06 PM
    I have seen quite a few threads that have talked about these issues as of late. I am very confused on the whole situation. Turbos: Exhaust driven compressors lubricated and cooled by oil.(and sometimes coolant as well) How turbos consume oil: They leak past the either side of the seal into the exhaust or intake. Pretty basic right? How the turbine seals fail: To much oil pressure: This is an easy one. We are already using the factory feed lines, so we should know whats going on there correct? Not enough return flow: Another easy one You can't have to good of a drain right? Physical turbo damage: Just as it sounds. Requires replacements of parts or the turbo itself. All very simple concepts. So, my confusion comes into play: How are other factors so easily blamed? This is an actual legitimate question for discussion. I don't get how we can be blaming factory PCV systems for immediate failures. If this is the case, we should be seeing a lot more failures than we are. I don't get how we can be blaming factory inlets for immediate failures. While restrictions on either side of the turbo can put stress on it's components, it also should be able to handle this stress for quite some time. I don't get how we can be blaming aftermarket exhausts. Cat-less exhausts don't mask smoke color. Just because there isn't any smoke with cats doesn't mean it isn't consuming a small amount of oil. I don't get how we can be blaming oil. UNLESS the turbo is using a very different bearing design than factory. A standard TDO3/4/5/6 journal bearing turbo really isn't that particular to it's oil. Someone, please correct me if I am wrong, or add to the discussion. But as far as TURBO failures go, there isn't much to it.
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  • nickdan4th's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 12:52 PM
    Hello guys, I currently run an 08 335xi coupe 6mt, with the following modifications... Vargas Stage 2 Turbos JB4 Spec Stage 3+ Clucth and Lightweight Flywheel Catless DP's FMIC Chargepipe BOV Snow Performance Stage 3 Meth Injection Active Autowerkes Exhaust BMS Dual cone intake BMS Catch Can RB PCV Valve My situation is this, I know there are a bunch of diff ways to backend flash the JB4, diff maps and everything. I am looking to have the most aggressive while still safest for everyday use map flashed. I want to see if someone on here can do that for me. I am in Maine and would travel if need be.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    09-30-2015, 03:38 PM
    A VERY large order of VTT inlets is set to arrive to us on Friday. The batch includes 1.75" Recirc 1.75" BOV 2.0" Recirc 2.0" BOV As well as the option to directly run the PTC in the inlet, or use an adapter and get rid of it. Place your orders now on the website for immediate shipping as soon as they arrive!
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  • idratherbesurfing's Avatar
    09-25-2015, 05:34 PM
    I have to replace 3 injectors...the new injectors did not come with the decoupler ring...Can I just re use the old ones?? Or is it 100% necessary to install new ones? Need to find out asap! Thanks! Heres the link to the part for reference
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  • ricecrackers101's Avatar
    09-29-2015, 12:37 AM
    Hey guys, what ST kits out right now are confirmed to fit on a 335xi? I prefer a top mount kit. But so far all I have found is the VFF600 kit.
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  • eric84405's Avatar
    10-05-2015, 05:21 PM
    eric84405 started a thread Is my COBB obsolete? in N54
    I appear to be a bit slow to the party. I have a COBB V2 for my 2010 535. The car is stock, except for the Stage 1 Aggressive Tune . I also use is to check/clear codes on my car and the wife's 2012 X35d that runs a JBD. I know many are happy with the JB4 and it seems that Terry provides stellar support for it and is still adding features. I thought about trying a JB4 for the feature set alone and then along comes MHD with what appears to be a solid, growing following. Then there are people who are running the MHD flash and the JB4 being run together. Does anyone have experience with all three of these who can give me a brief rundown of pros/cons? Thanks!
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  • jpsimon's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 01:53 AM
    It's been a little while since the last Datazap update - I was busy doing adult things like getting married and such... but that being said I've also been working on some cool new datazap things. Let's start with the new chart page features: Gauge View First, I added a new gauge view. It's a nice way to visualize a lot of data without muddying up the chart. To use it just click the "Gauge View" button, then choose up to 10 data channels to display as a gauge. As you mouse over the chart the gauges update live. Log Playback Next, I added a new playback feature. Click the "Play" button and whatever you have in view on the chart will play back to you. If you have any gauges active those will update throughout the playback as well. Saved Layouts And last but definitely not least... the thing that's been requested the most... you can now save your layouts so you don't have to manually turn on the same specific data channels every time you load up a chart. To use this, just set up a chart as you like - this includes the normal chart, individual axis, and gauges. Then click the "Layout" dropdown button, and choose "Save Current Layout". You'll be brought to a new page where you name it, then returned to where you left off. From then on you can select that layout by clicking the "Layout" dropdown button and selecting your saved layout. You can save as many different layouts as you want, and access them all from that menu. I've also changed up the profile page a little bit. I cleaned things up with a tabs, and this is also where you can now edit/delete your saved chart layouts. You'll also notice a little update/news box above the tabs. I thought it would be a good idea to be able to notify you of any potential site downtime/updates/etc. Oh, also... DashCommand CSV logs are now supported! Just make sure you export it as a CSV instead of their LGF format. updated profile:
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  • MOTIV Motorsport's Avatar
    09-23-2015, 08:18 PM
    We are excited to announce a new edition to the MOTIV team. Most of you already know him through his incredible work advancing the n54 tuning world by finding new tables and adding features to the MHD flash. Without further delay - we welcome jyamona to MOTIV. We have been tuning stock, upgraded stock, and single turbo n54's for years and are excited to add a gifted calibrator to the team. To welcome Jake we will be holding a sale on all tuning services. All tunes will be on sale for one week. You don’t have to start tuning right away if you aren't ready, but this price is only valid through October 1, 2015. So if you plan on purchasing any tuning services in the near future – there is no better time than now. As always, our tuning services include updates and checking in on logs at any time in the future. Additional maps for different fueling/octane or functions (track vs daily) are on sale as well. Please visit to purchase a tune or contact us about the other products and services we offer. eTUNING Services: - Stock Frame Turbos MSRP $249 on sale for $200 - Stock Frame Turbos w/ PI MSRP $299 on sale for $250 - Single Turbo MSRP $299 on sale for $250 - Single Turbo w/ PI MSRP $349 on sale for $300 Remote dynoTUNING Services: - Stock Frame Turbos MSRP $349 on sale for $280 - Stock Frame Turbos w/ PI MSRP $399 on sale for $330 - Single Turbo MSRP $399 on sale for $330 - Single Turbo w/ PI MSRP $449 on sale for $380
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  • brusk's Avatar
    09-28-2015, 06:05 PM
    I've had this thunk for awhile and seems to be getting worse. I didn't notice it until the Spec Stage 3+ clutch. My first thought was the brutal break in period that did alot of "jack hammering" when in reverse the the drive line caused a mount or driveshaft issue. I still occasionally get a "jack hammering" affect if I try to drive real slow part clutch in parking lots, get a thunk when shifting fast and now occasionally when a nail the brakes. Car 2008 135i 6MT 32K miles. FBO for 10K and medium abuse. What I've checked so far: Trans bushings are only have 5K on them are E46 M3 and look good. Trans output shaft has maybe 3 degrees of play Drive shaft doesn't have any noticeable movement but the middle bushing can easily be pulled almost to the edge with about 100 lbs Rear End Mounts look good Rear End play - VAC provided Quaife unit has about 5.5 degrees of movement at the pinion/input shaft. I'm noticing that even with the wheels on the ground and ebrake set the axles are still moving but not the axle shafts. Maybe axles are worn? Holding the axle at the Inner CV results in 0 play so the Diff internals seem very tight. Engine Play - Haven't checked yet but going to be replaced the mount with an IS mount. Rear Suspension components are all M3 or upgraded, loosened and re tightened multiple times. Anything sound suspect or anything I can check while its torn apart.
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