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  • Njz's Avatar
    11-26-2014, 05:10 PM
    Decided to buy the Vargas stage 2+ upgraded twins back when the group buy was announced. They arrived on Monday at 6pm and by 8pm I had already dropped the car off with a box full of fast to be installed. Tonight I will be getting it back and logging some basic map3 75 add runs to send to terry for further tuning. I plan to use the single turbo backend per terry also. I will be updating this thread with links to logs, discussions regarding tuning and other relevant topics will be added as well. The plan is to play with these at lower boost levels to get around 575 whp give or take and see how,long the trans holds. When it goes I will most likely upgrade to the dct trans with Dodson upgrades if they prove to be worth the money.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 10:38 AM
    We finally decided it was time a real intake and charge pipe solution was offered for ALL N54 stock frame turbos. What we have done is design a set of intakes that are a full 2" from turbo, and open up to 2.25" at the filter, these ALSO run in the STOCK location and terminate where the stock inlets do. Meaning, NO relocating of the coolant bottle, NO relocating of the vacuum canisters, you simply pull the old intakes out, and the new ones fit in place, you get to keep your existing DCI, modified stock air box etc. This is most important for European customers with very strict emissions laws, who can be fined, or have cars impounded for modifications as small as intakes, but is helpful for anyone who does not want the hassle of moving stuff around in the engine bay. The prototypes are finished and going out for molding this week. The stock intakes have been proven to be sufficient up and over 600WHP as shown by the Ray Pampena 605WHP dyno video, BUT they are on the small side, and opening up the the intake tract just makes for a more efficient air flow path. We also have finished our silicone charge pipe prototype, this is a full 1.5" from each turbo, and terminates in a 3" outlet to fit most aftermarket intercoolers. This will be compatible with all N54 stock frame turbos as well. We feel the factory charge pipe is not actually a restriction in the system, but a nice silicone piece with no heat soak is a welcome addition. We are excited to bring both of the products to the market, and expect them to be available sometime in the early new year. Pricing will be announced one we calculate production costs, and yes current VTT turbocharger owners will get them at a discounted price..:) We will post pictures as samples come back etc. Thanks as always for the support!
    27 replies | 885 view(s)
  • Abacus38's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 07:31 PM
    Abacus38 started a thread s55 twin disk on N54 in N54
    Anybody wants to guinea pig to see if it'll fit lol?
    19 replies | 473 view(s)
  • ABE92's Avatar
    11-22-2014, 10:39 PM
    In preparation for the Single Turbo Kit, I am reviewing the options of going for level 10 6AT build from scratch or a DCT Swap. The DCT swap is ~4k dearer than a level 10 6AT build but the DCT swap will offer faster shift speed and for some odd reason, I have more faith in the upgraded clutch pack from Dodson than the level 10 option. No one have tried it before apart from Gintani's attempt. No update from them as yet. Anyway, I hope you guys could help with the queries below: Level 10 6AT Build - 800whp and 700wtq 1. I am based in Australia so it will be cheaper for me to get Level 10 to build a 6AT from another core instead of mine. Will there be any compatibility issue in terms of software or hardware? Based on the part number from RealOEM, the hardware appears to be the same. I am just worried the TCU in America will be different from the ones in Australia. 2. Have you replace your 6AT with a 6AT from a wreck? Did it work and what's involved besides the manual labour to replace the 6AT? I presumed programming is required to ensure your DME will work with the new 6AT TCU. Will Autologic be sufficient or do I need to go back to the dealer for programming? DCT Swap with Dodson Clutch - 800wtq 1. Anyone with insider news from Gintani on the Dodson upgraded clutch pack? Is it working or not? PM me if you will like to keep it private. 2. For this job, I am thinking of buying a whole 335iS wreck from America or the n54 DCT wreck from the UK. I am looking for someone who's willing to buy the wreck on my behalf, remove and package the parts and organise shipping to Australia. The buyer can use or sell the parts from the wreck and I will have NO entitlement on the wreck or profit after I get all the parts required for the DCT swap. I am willing to reimburse man-hours involved in buying the wreck, organising shipping, the labour involved in removing and packaging the parts for delivery to me. Please PM me if you are interested in the above. Cheers, Alex
    18 replies | 474 view(s)
  • Livnpaintball2's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 01:00 AM
    Livnpaintball2 started a thread Motor build time in N54
    I have a rod knocking so it's time for a build! Any tips for me? Parts, vendors, ect?
    19 replies | 450 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-25-2014, 02:25 PM
    Sticky started a thread ASAP Rep this post in Test Section
    Testing something out, rep this and post in the thread and I'll rep you back.
    17 replies | 314 view(s)
  • bobS's Avatar
    11-21-2014, 07:23 PM
    I attended my second roll race this year and had a blast. The slipstream roll race events are a ton of fun and if anyone is on the fence about attending one, I can tell you, when it comes to the car scene, there isn't anything else on the east coast i'd rather do. Car shows, caravans, meets, don't compare, these events are fun as hell and the people there are even more fun. You have cars with 2000-400 hp, all makes and models and people that just want to race and see how their cars compare. I really wish more BMW's would attend so hopefully as people realize there are events like these on the east coast, I'll have some more people to run! My first event I went to was this July and I was able to race a ESS 650+ (ACM r package ) Supercharged M3. He was on race fuel, weight reduction, etc. and I was full weight and 93 pump. I lost by 2 1/2 car lengths and was pretty happy with that result:) I really don't care if I win or lose, I like to see how my car stacks up. I was hoping to run a supercharged M that was close to my kit (E600) but never had the chance to. Fortunately, my second event I attended this November had some more cars in my HP class and I was able to get some vid of the action. A litte description of the vid: My first race on the vid is against a 700 hp+ supra, that smoked me, pretty mean sounding car! My second race was against a 570hp Evo X that actually got a slight jump on me at the cones but I was able to reel him in and get him at the end. My last race was against a buddy of mine with a ESS 595 e92 M3. We were both on race gas, both full weight, both DCT. It was fun to run a car more in my HP range. We ran a total of two times, I got him both times, the first run wasn't on this video but I know he has a vid, it was closer than what you'll see here but my car was still adapting to the race gas. We grabbed lunch, I was confident my car was fully adapted and we ran again. That is the run you see here, one view from the sidelines, one view from my go pro on my trunk. As I said...I really hope more BMW's come out to these events, you get as many runs as you can take and its a ton of fun. Great place to meet fellow enthusiasts!:handgestures-thumb:
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  • omar510's Avatar
    11-21-2014, 01:45 AM
    Hey guys, I tried putting my stock .org file back on the car. Took two minutes to write the file. Car would crank but not stock after that. Now I can't connect with my BT cable to either bb flash app or bav tech software. Tried disconnecting the battery and charging the battery fully. I bought two k+dcan cables and neither show ignition in inpa. Can anyone help me get my car started please? Thanks. 2010 135i mt
    18 replies | 306 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-26-2014, 12:36 PM
    Yet another battle in the ongoing war between the new M3/M4 S55 inline-6 and the previous generation E9X M3 S65 V8. As BimmerBoost stated runs between these cars on stock internals will go back and forth depending on the modifications. This particular run certainly illustrates that point. The first round featured an E90 M3 DCT with an ESS-Tuning supercharger kit pulling a BMS tuned F80 M3. The second round posted earlier this week had the BMS F80 M3 test car pull an ESS-Tuning VT2-650 supercharged E92 M3 DCT. As is customary when an ESS-Tuning car loses, the owner provided excuses but what happened, happened. So what is the result when an Active Autowerke Level III supercharger kit gets into the mix against a BMS JB4 tuned F82 M4? What you see below. The Active Autowerke Level III kit puts up a much better showing than the ESS-Tuning supercharger kit. The Rotrex blower certainly appears in practice to offer the greater area under the curve it shows on paper. Frankly, it is difficult to see just how hard the Active Autowerke Level III equipped M3 pulls up top as it moves out of the camera angle on the M4 rather quickly. The point ultimately though is that different tunes, forced induction setups, supporting modifications, transmission, etc., are all huge factors in determining the outcome between the S65 and S55. It is not as simple as saying tuned S55 versus supercharged S65 and so and so will happen. The comparison is far more complex and as the Active Autowerke Level III car illustrates a different supercharger head unit on the stock internal S65 produces a completely different result. Back and forth we go.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-25-2014, 11:40 AM
    Earlier this year Dodson announced 800 lb-ft of torque capable transmission upgrades for the BMW DCT platform. That upgrade will now be known as 'Superstock' and Dodson is readying another upgrade with greater capability for official release next month at the PRI trade show. The new Sportsman upgrade increases DCT torque capacity to 900 lb-ft. The upgrade includes the following: 8 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 9 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 9 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 1 x Large End Plate 1 x Small End Plate 1 x Large Basket 1 x Small Basket 1 x Large Circlip 1 x Small Circlip 1 x Service Tool Aspects of this upgrade are currently being applied in the BimmerBoost.com project M3 which should make for a good demonstration of the capability. Regarding pricing, the Sportsman upgrade costs 4930 NZD or $3842.81 USD. Applications: E82: E82 135i Coupé, USA E82 135i Coupé, Europe E88: E88 135i Convertible, USA E88 135i Convertible, Europe E89: E89 Z4 35i Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35is Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35i Roadster, Europe E89 Z4 35is Roadster, Europe E90: E90 M3 Saloon, USA E90 M3 Saloon, Europe E90N: E90N M3 Saloon, USA E90N M3 Saloon, Europe E92: E92 M3 Coupé, USA E92 335i Coupé, Europe E92 M3 Coupé, Europe E92N: E92N 335is Coupé, USA E92N M3 Coupé, USA E92N 335i Coupé, Europe E92N M3 Coupé, Europe E93: E93 M3 Convertible, USA E93 335i Convertible, Europe E93 M3 Convertible, Europe E93N: E93N 335is Convertible, USA E93N M3 Convertible, USA E93N 335i Convertible, Europe E93N M3 Convertible, Europe F06: F06 M6 Gran Coupé, USA F06 M6 Gran Coupé, Europe F10: F10 M5 Saloon, USA F10 M5 Saloon, Europe F12: F12 M6 Convertible, USA F12 M6 Convertible, Europe F13: F13 M6 Coupé, USA F13 M6 Coupé, Europe
    11 replies | 81 view(s)
  • za_1m's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:37 PM
    Hello from South Africa... Thought I give you a sneak preview of whats in store over the next coming weeks. The car is FBO 1M and awaiting on the VVT Stage 2 + to arrive, hoping its landed by the 5th Dec. The car will be running JB4 with a backend flash from PTF. Loads ofwork has gone into the car in recent weeks and will update this thread with the details later on. Some pic's of the car
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-25-2014, 04:31 PM
    We have seen various test numbers for both of these cars. We know they are stupid fast in a straight line. The P1 for example does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and blasts through the 1/4 mile in 9.8 @ 148.9 as tested by MotorTrend. The same source got 0-60 in 2.4 seconds for the 918 Spyder and a 10.0 @ 145.2 1/4 mile time. Those two tests were done on different days and what the numbers establish is that both accelerate at a rapid pace. These supercars are not dragsters. They are built to be the absolute quickest around a roadcourse and McLaren claims its rear wheel drive P1 (which is considerably lighter than the all wheel drive 918) goes around a roadcourse faster than anyone. Well, EVO put this to the test. The test course is pretty tight and fairly short with laptimes just over a minute. Regardless, no complaints here about seeing these two heavyweights tested in the same place at the same time. So what happens? Well the heavier all wheel drive Porsche offering more torque beats the lighter McLaren P1 by 2/10's of a second. Now, why is that? The cars are close in performance obviously but the P1 on paper has the advantage. The issue boils down to traction and the 918 offered more of it. McLaren decided to send EVO a new set of tires so they could do the test with the P1 again. This time, the Pzero Corsa tires were replaced with Pzero Trofeo R tires. With the new tires grip and traction were improved and the P1 in similar, but different, conditions improved by over a second over its previous time as well as the 918 Spyder: The McLaren P1 wins but after a tire change showing just how big of a difference a simple set of tires can make. Porsche did not bother sending different tires or a crew to help they simply let their car do what it does. Ferrari apparently just watched both from the sideline. The P1 is the quicker car around the roadcourse although it clearly needs to be prepped to do so. The 918 Spyder by virtue of its all wheel drive seems like it is more forgiving on more courses and conditions. They're both spectacular machines regardless of which gains a tenth here or there. Porsche 918 Spyder specification Engine V8, 4593cc, plus 95kW and 115kW electric motors Max Power 875bhp @ 8600rpm Max Torque 940lb ft @ 6600rpm 0-60 2.8sec (claimed 0-62) Top Speed 211mph-plus (claimed) McLaren P1 specification Engine V8, 3799cc, twin-turbo, plus 131kW electric motor Max Power 903bhp (combined) @ 7500rpm Max Torque 664lb ft (combined) @ 4000rpm 0-60 2.8sec (claimed) Top Speed 217mph (limited)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-26-2014, 10:51 PM
    Really liking this thing so far. Still getting used to it obviously but the additional screen on the edge is pretty awesome and less of a gimmick than I thought it would be;
    8 replies | 261 view(s)
  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    11-25-2014, 09:15 AM
    So its been 4 weeks+ now with the same issues with posting, you cant edit pics, you are locked out of your own posts, once you make a post its set in stone, the list goes on, SteveAZ voices his frustrations last night as well, I just went to adjust out black Friday post and its of course impossible. You keep saying you are working on it, but its literally been more than a month with the same issues. When are these things going to be fixed?
    10 replies | 192 view(s)
  • Hokie_335i's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 02:00 AM
    Hey guys, So my Openflash Tablet won't connect to my car. Every time it starts writing and then says "failure to communicate with DME". I recently blew out a few transistors in my DME a couple weeks ago and replaced those but this thing will not connect at all. It says the same thing when I try to read codes also. Any ideas?? Thanks
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  • MikeB@FFTEC's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 09:01 PM
    Save big this year with FFTEC’s Black Friday Specials! Get amazing savings on FFTEC apparel, single Turbo Kits and more! It can be tough finding the perfect gift for an automotive enthusiast during the holidays, but look no further! FFTEC Motorsports Black Friday Special Sales start today 11/24/2014! FFTEC Grab Bag! Take your pick of your favorite FFTEC Motorsports apparel -FFTEC Flex Fit Hats in red or black (Small/medium and large/extra large) -FFTEC T-Shirts in black or grey (small, medium, large, x-large and xx large) -FFTEC hoodie in black or grey Pick any two different items and receive a free sticker or license plate frame with every order! $40 plus shipping $55 plus shipping with hoodie. Hoodies are made to order and will ship within 3 business days. Amazing savings available now with our first ever group buy on our Bottom Mount Single turbo kits! Take advantage of this special opportunity to get some additional ponies and a great price! 50% deposit required at time of ordering. Each kit is built to order, lead times vary based upon the quantity of kits ordered. Deposits are non refundable once your order is placed. Please call, PM, or email mikeb@fftec.com for more information. The Fastest N54 E9X N54 at No Fly Zone 11/15 uses our VFF700 Single Turbo Kit and FFTEC Spec N54 Engine Package. The BMS E9X 335i had a fastest trap speed of 157.XX MPH in the half mile! All VFF series kits feature: FFTEC Custom Stainless Steel Exhaust Manifold FFTEC Custom Stainless Steel Downpipe FFTEC Custom 2.5” compressor outlet intercooler pipe (please specify intercooler when ordering) FFTEC Custom CNC billet aluminum coolant pipe FFTEC Plug and Play 3 Port Boost Control Solenoid Precision Turbos (58, 62 or 64mm) Tial 44mm Wastegate. Available in black, silver, red, blue or purple FFTEC Custom CNC Billet coolant passage block off adapters FFTEC Custom CNC Billet Turbo oil Feed Adapter and Teflon Feed Line Oil Feed and drain lines OEM BMW Coolant Outlet Pipe Gasket OEM BMW Exhaust Manifold Gasket Rings Gold insulation and WW neck heat wrap K&N Air filter with recirculation DEI Exhaust Manifold Wrap and Fire Sleeve All necessary silicone couplers, hoses, clamps, fittings and fasteners. VFF900 with 64mm Precision CEA Turbocharger Option A: -Y configured downpipe (easily installs with most popular exhaust systems) -Recirculated wastegate Dump Tube Option B: -Y configured downpipe (easily installs with most popular exhaust systems) -Vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube Option C: -Single 3 inch v band downpipe (fabrication required to complete installation) -vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube 1-3 orders: starting at $6821 4-6 orders: Starting at $6721.10 7+ orders: Starting at $6521.10 VFF700 with 62mm Precision CEA turbocharger Option A: -Ceramic Ball Bearing Upgrade -Y configured downpipe (easily installs to most popular exhaust systems) -Recirculated wastegate Dump Tube Option B: -Ceramic Ball Bearing Upgrade -Y Configured downpipe (easily installs with most popular exhaust systems) -Vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube Option C: -Ceramic ball bearing upgrade -Single 3 inch v band downpipe (fabrication required to complete installation) -Vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube Option D: -Journal bearing turbocharger (turbo coolant lines not included and required to complete installation) -Single 3 inch v band downpipe (fabrication required to complete installation) -Vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube 1-3 orders: starting at $6075 4-6 orders: Starting at $5975 7+ orders: Starting at $5875 VFF600 with 58mm CEA Precision turbocharger Option A: -Ceramic Ball Bearing Upgrade -Y configured downpipe (easily installs with most popular exhaust systems) -Recirculated wastegate Dump Tube Option B: -Ceramic Ball Bearing Upgrade -Y Configured downpipe (easily installs with most popular exhaust systems) -Vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube Option C: -Ceramic ball bearing upgrade -Single 3 inch v band downpipe (fabrication required to complete installation) -Vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube Option D: -Journal bearing turbocharger (turbo coolant lines not included and required to complete installation) -Single 3 inch v band downpipe (fabrication required to complete installation) -Vent to atmosphere wastegate dump tube 1-3 orders: starting at $6075 4-6 orders: Starting at $5975 7+ orders: Starting at $5875 Savings are also available on our FFTEC Twin Scroll Top Mount Hot parts! Don't miss an opportunity to get our hand fabricated parts at a spectacular price! All FFTEC N54 products are built to order, lead times vary based upon order quantity. Please call, PM, or email mikeb@fftec.com for more information. -FFTEC Top Mount Twin Scroll Exhaust Manifold -PM For sale pricing! -FFTEC Top Mount Downpipe - PM For sale pricing! -FFTEC CNC Coolant Adapter – PM For Sale Pricing! -FFTEC Wastegate Dump Tubes – PM For Sale Pricing! -FFTEC Oil Drain Lines – PM For Sale Pricing The fastest N54 from BMS at Shift S3ctor Air Strip Attack 7 uses the FFTM! The BMS 135i ran a fastest trap speed of 168 MPH in the half mile! Please call, email mikeb@fftec.com or PM for ordering inquiries and be sure to include the following information for an accurate quote! -First and last name. -Email Address. -Phone Number. -Current modifications. -Transmission and Model Year.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-26-2014, 04:58 PM
    This is on a C6 Z06 manifold and the work is by Nitrous Outlet. This is nitrous done right:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-22-2014, 01:02 PM
    BMW and AMG were right next to each other at the 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Even though the proximity was close the energy between the two was completely different. While AMG had this buzz in the air of excitement with new products BMW could not have been more businesslike. You notice this when the first thing that happens when you walk over to BMW is their security stops you to check your credentials before you are allowed near their precious i8. Relax guys, I don't even want one. Plus I've seen it before the previous year. And the year before that. In the exact same spot next to the exact same i3 with the exact same info... So with three years in a row of the same i8 and i3 and BMW pushing its 'i' brand into the spotlight over everything else it is starting to get a bit boring. Was there anything exciting? Well, not really. Since BMW debuted the 2016 F85 X5M and F86 X6M almost a month before the show there was not really anything new to learn about not to mention the M SUV's are not all that different from the vehicles they are replacing both inside and out. Compared to Mercedes-AMG the display at BMW was boring. While the AMG reps were standing proud on an elevated display singing the praises of their new AMG GT sports car and C63 AMG you did not see any excitement from BMW or their reps. Not a single rep approached me to discuss anything and that may be for the best as what are they supposed to say when I ask where their AMG GT or Black Series answer is? While AMG was debating me, popping hoods, interacting, and engaging with the enthusiasts BMW was making sure no 'undesirables' were getting too close to the i8. Say what you will but you can feel how each company is changing direction not only in their product lines but how they are displayed. Mercedes-AMG proudly showed off having the most powerful four-cylinder motor in the world with their M133 engine display stand and BMW showed off their carbon spoilers from the M Performance catalog on an orange M4. In addition to their 'future is here' display that apparently is the future of the BMW car show circuit for the... foreseeable future. Your current future lacks excitement BMW. It is what it is.
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  • Hierlevelz's Avatar
    11-22-2014, 09:40 PM
    $20 shipped e brake handle $70 shipped for knob and boot If interested in any items shoot me a pm or email me for fastest response hierlevelz @ hotmail dot com I accidentally separated the knob from the boot so I dropped price accordingly. Will take a little effort and some glue or zipti to reattach the boot to the knob.
    4 replies | 123 view(s)
  • Legionofboom's Avatar
    11-21-2014, 10:22 AM
    Looking for 1 19x9 +37 and 19x10 +45 Forgestar CF5V Black friday pricing?
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  • Gmanuel11's Avatar
    11-23-2014, 08:34 AM
    Searched but couldn't find anything related to this. Was doing the install and when I put the lock ring back on and tightened it down, a small spurt of fuel came out of the large vent tube connector. Is this a sign that I did something wrong, or is it from the pressure imbalance between the tank and outside? Don't want to start my car in case I did the install wrong.
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  • mike@n54tuning.com's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 12:13 PM
    Happy to announce we have gone live with our Black Friday Door Crashers!!! Some AMAZING DEALS available this week. Click on the link below to be taken to our Black Friday / Door Crasher sales page. http://www.n54tuning.com/index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=15 Sale on until December 1st!! Limited Stock on Certain Items! Mike
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