• Mystery solved: What happened to the ESS Tuning supercharged RDsport stroker M3? Blown motor / S65 engine failure diagnosis

      This is the information that ESS Tuning threatened BimmerBoost with legal action over. Some of you may remember that last year we reported the RDsport motor supercharged and tuned by ESS failed. Asbjorn then proceeded to write threats against myself and my family if the information was not removed. BimmerBoost did not remove the information and called their bluff. We have acquired the evidence to prove the motor failed and that it was a result of the supercharger and tuning.

      We learned from a source that there was material in the oil pan. What was that material? Well, here is the answer, a broken ringland:





      What causes a broken ringland? Detonation is usually the source. Here are the types of failure that detonation usually causes:

      1. Mechanical damage (broken ringlands or rod bearing failures)

      2. Abrasion (seen on the piston crown)

      3. Overheating (piston skirts scuffed due to excess heat)

      You already saw that number 1 took place, in the pictures below you can see that numbers 2 and 3 seemed to be a factor as well:





      Those look like classic signs of detonation folks. The motor looks like it wore itself out over time which would explain the claims of the owner "driving" shortly before disassembly. Sure, it ran, but not for long according to the pictures and definitely was not healthy.

      What appears to have happened is heat built up over time as a result of detonation from possibly a lack of fuel or from the pre-ignition due to too much timing on high compression, as in, poor tuning.

      We sent these pictures to an engine builder as well as tuner, people you all know but who asked not to be named, to get their take on what happened:

      And from the tuner:


      Well there you have it folks, this motor died rather quickly detonating itself into oblivion. Why? Well, ESS tuning has not been able to have any success tuning supercharged motors outside of the factory internally stock S65. Remember, this in no way reflects on their stock motor kits which are very solid options. The issue rather is their ability to tune for setups beyond the stock motor and this is why they abandoned their Stage 3 low compression supercharged motor. Did this motor failure play a factor in it? Possibly, but either way ESS currently has a 0% success rate with any built motor S65 application.

      What many people do not realize is ESS files actually originate overseas. We have heard from more than one tuner that their base files come from the same tuner that does the tuning for G-power. Well, many of you know that G-power kits have failed. This is not odd, we would not be surprised if several kits on the market today share some file similarities that originated from the first G-power kits. This is how it works folks, there is no magic. The problem though lies in that ESS is limited in custom tuning ability as they are forced to work within the narrow confines of what they have been given. This works great for the stock motor setups, but in custom setups, the results can be disastrous as you see here.

      What makes this all the more amusing? The owner of this vehicle and ESS has engaged in a cover-up claiming nothing was wrong. Look at what the ESS file loader / US tuner Asbjorn wrote to us:

      False information? Sir, with all due respect, you are a liar and hypocrite. Every lie you have told about this motor I have collected and will now present in succession. I intend to make it crystal clear that you are willing to lie, cheat, and threaten people to maintain an illusion of tuning superiority while attacking others when you have your own failures you try to sweep under the rug. Well, this won't be swept aside. A further reminder:

      More lies. This motor was not fine, as any sane person can see. The owner claims to be "open" and "honest" about everything that takes place. Nope, just when it serves his interest as the owner is a liar, hypocrite, and has done a complete disservice to the BMW community covering this up after saying he would provide pictures:

      That quote was made in August of last year after these pictures were taken, how long does it take to post photos you already have of a motor you know failed but lied to everyone about? Some more:

      I called this bluff and said I would take photos and was even taunted with a $100 incentive to do so. He never lived up to his own challenge and well you can all see why. How about just more blatant lying?

      AutoTalent was building this car and Sam is the owner. He originally told people the motor blew and told the truth. After he apparently was chewed out by PencilGeek who wants to maintain his illusion of looking like he knows what he is doing and that he knows something about cars, he started this spin about making up a blown motor story. And what did Sam do? Well, the spineless little man decided to lie to everyone as well showing he has no integrity:

      Another lie from people with no credibility or integrity.

      Now, we are sure the owner and ESS are already steaming and wondering what can they do to spin this. Maybe try to claim this is not Robert's motor? Well, good luck with that, as Robert happened to send me in an e-mail hi-resolution photographs of his bored block, take a look here:



      That is before the supercharger. See the serial number there to the left? Feel free to match it up to the block of the failed motor:



      Same motor. That not good enough for you? You can clearly see it is a bored block and additionally that those are aftermarket pistons in the failed motor. If you look at the top you can see an arrow on the pistons, which the stock BMW pistons do not have:

      Stroker/bored piston in failed motor:



      And a stock piston:


      What led to this entire situation?

      1. Envious and arrogant owner who became upset other and much younger owners were supercharging their cars and outperforming him for far less money.

      2. No foresight to realize forced induction would be the way to go for big power.

      3. Lack of experience and knowledge with BMW tuning as the owner should have built the motor with low compression pistons to begin with but did not know what he was doing and has now paid the price.

      4. Using a tuner that has not demonstrated the ability to complete custom projects outside of a narrow framework.


      So there you have it. What makes this all worse is that these people have been attacking Active Autowerke as of late just as Gintani used to be attacked. ESS has been using their marketing tools, and I use tools with emphasis, to spread misleading information of Active Autowerke and their supercharged motors to continue to create this illusion of superiority and better reliability. I hate to burst the bubble for you folks, but every tuner has had some issues. We have not played favorites showing you the Active failure (which may be attributed to rod bearings), Gintani rod bearing failure, and now the ESS stroker failure. We would probably list a VF-Engineering failure as well but they have to get on the market first (although they have enough S54 failures that they are set in the engine failure department for some time to come).

      Ladies and Gentlemen, there is no magic tuner. There is no one super reliable superior setup. These are high compression motors being pushed to HP levels that are almost double what they come with in some cases. There will be bumps in the road. We do not wish to chastise ESS Tuning but considering how they have attacked everyone else and blatantly lied, it's time for this information to come out. We find their tactics and threats absolutely deplorable. Omar at Active Autowerke actually put it best:

      We hope you all realize this is all a game being played to control your minds. Why? For money. For the user getting a deal (like the owner in question) and for the company. It's too bad this owner cares more about discounts than coming clean. We would all understand, but instead, we see attacks and instability pointing fingers at everyone else.

      There are four vendors all selling competing supercharger kits on BimmerBoost. EAS sells VF-Engineering, Precision Sport sells Active Autowerke, Gintani sells their own, and IND-Distribution sells the ESS Tuning kit. These companies all get along and do not bash one another. IND in particular provides quality builds, support, and we fully recommend the ESS setups they sell as some of the highest quality options one can buy. Notice they don't sit around bashing each other? What is the missing element? Well, that is for you to decide and we believe you are bright enough to figure it out.

      All the motor failure pictures are posted below, analyze them yourself if you wish.

























































































































































      This article was originally published in forum thread: Mystery solved: What happened to the ESS Tuning supercharged RDsport stroker M3? Blown motor / S65 engine failure diagnosis started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 175 Comments
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        those pistons look like $#@!, that's easily engine failure. I am surprised he was able to drive around after the ring lands failed. Also, the motor probably had no choice but to be bored after scoring the $#@! out of the cylinders due to the rings and lands cracking. So, it makes more sense now.
      1. disruptv's Avatar
        disruptv -
        pg will blame jeremy 4 the motor blowing...ess will say the previous tuner led to the engine being in this condition and that they were already working on a fragile motor...just watch
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by disruptv Click here to enlarge
        pg will blame jeremy 4 the motor blowing...ess will say the previous tuner led to the engine being in this condition and that they were already working on a fragile motor...just watch
        lol..

        I time to up the meds huh PG Click here to enlarge
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        WOW! Nice info for the BMW community Sticky. It's disgusting how far people will go to try and look good. Makes me sick. No wonder that guy with the AW Gintanti Stg.3 M3 is selling his car and tired of all this tuner bull$#@!. These BMW tuners need to $#@!ing grow up and enjoy the game.
      1. dOpEdUpM3's Avatar
        dOpEdUpM3 -
        Good read and well compiled evidence. Sad what some people have to do to generate business and keep this community buying their bs. Thanks for posting the truth Sticky.
      1. Snertz's Avatar
        Snertz -
        Interesting read, thanks!

        OT but oddly searching bpost for PG posts shows no results at all now, almost as if he didn't exist.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Snertz Click here to enlarge
        Interesting read, thanks!

        OT but oddly searching bpost for PG posts shows no results at all now, almost as if he didn't exist.
        Jason is a chick, he deletes all the heated threads.
        I think PG is banned in Bimmerpost .
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        Jason is a chick, he deletes all the heated threads.
        I think PG is banned in Bimmerpost .
        i concur with both statements
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        I had a talk with Alex @ Performance Motorsports today about this very topic. After seeing all the Zs in there, it makes me want to get out of the BMW scene and just do Nissans due to the crap that goes back and forth here.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 5mall5nail5 Click here to enlarge
        How are they lining the bores in these aluminum blocks with aftermarket over-bore?
        With whatever the material is that BMW uses originally. I believe Mahle can provide it for the pistons?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by disruptv Click here to enlarge
        pg will blame jeremy 4 the motor blowing...ess will say the previous tuner led to the engine being in this condition and that they were already working on a fragile motor...just watch
        That may be something they try but he has no credibility now after going around claiming nothing was wrong along with ESS.

        They flat out lied to everyone about this for a year now so people should understand these are not sources you trust.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        WOW! Nice info for the BMW community Sticky. It's disgusting how far people will go to try and look good. Makes me sick. No wonder that guy with the AW Gintanti Stg.3 M3 is selling his car and tired of all this tuner bull$#@!. These BMW tuners need to $#@!ing grow up and enjoy the game.
        Exactly, it's all a messed up game and the game is rigged. Go ahead and try and mention this on another forum ESS sponsors.... $.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Snertz Click here to enlarge
        Interesting read, thanks!

        OT but oddly searching bpost for PG posts shows no results at all now, almost as if he didn't exist.
        Jason used him and threw him to the curb. Mr. smarter than everyone else now has nowhere to go.

        Hell, even I never had my entire post history removed from a board.

        They simply got sick of $#@! and who can blame them? I said from the beginning this guy was a mistake and I was right.
      1. TaZaM3's Avatar
        TaZaM3 -
        Well I was permantently banned from Bimmerpost's engine sub-forum yesterday with no warnings. I did not break any rules at all and I know exactly why Ive been banned.

        Recently a few ESS guys like IMG and m33 have been on every AA thread bashing their power numbers. This annoyed me so i decided to start posting there. Well we go into it a few times and the ESS guys always went to personal attacks instead of talking facts. I posted a VT600 dyno that wasnt even making 470whp and I also quoted Asbjorn's older posts mentioning how their high hp dyno cars have special tunes. They quickly deleted the thread after I posted that (the thread was going on for 3 days prior to that).

        Again recently img mainly went on the attack and I again posted the dyno with AJ's quotes. Boom an hour later I was banned! LMAO.... It is obvious ESS is making demands and getting away with silencing things they do not like.

        When all of this was happening Robert (PG) was emailing me arguments. I didnt want anything to do with him and simply asked him if he works for ESS as it looks like it. He started firing off emails with pages of stupid questions trying to act smarter then he is. I barely read them and I pretty much brushed it all off.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TaZaM3 Click here to enlarge
        He started firing off emails with pages of stupid questions trying to act smarter then he is. I barely read them and I pretty much brushed it all off.
        If he's so smart why is he stupid enough to leave pics of his blown motor in an unprotected directory for anyone to find while claiming it was not blown?
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TaZaM3 Click here to enlarge
        Well I was permantently banned from Bimmerpost's engine sub-forum yesterday with no warnings. I did not break any rules at all and I know exactly why Ive been banned.

        Recently a few ESS guys like IMG and m33 have been on every AA thread bashing their power numbers. This annoyed me so i decided to start posting there. Well we go into it a few times and the ESS guys always went to personal attacks instead of talking facts. I posted a VT600 dyno that wasnt even making 470whp and I also quoted Asbjorn's older posts mentioning how their high hp dyno cars have special tunes. They quickly deleted the thread after I posted that (the thread was going on for 3 days prior to that).

        Again recently img mainly went on the attack and I again posted the dyno with AJ's quotes. Boom an hour later I was banned! LMAO.... It is obvious ESS is making demands and getting away with silencing things they do not like.

        When all of this was happening Robert (PG) was emailing me arguments. I didnt want anything to do with him and simply asked him if he works for ESS as it looks like it. He started firing off emails with pages of stupid questions trying to act smarter then he is. I barely read them and I pretty much brushed it all off.
        You did the right thing. Dont get pulled into PGs sandy vagina, just let it be. The best response to him is no response.
      1. TaZaM3's Avatar
        TaZaM3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        If he's so smart why is he stupid enough to leave pics of his blown motor in an unprotected directory for anyone to find while claiming it was not blown?
        Oh shiet, is that how you found them? LMAO poor Robert.
      1. TaZaM3's Avatar
        TaZaM3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        You did the right thing. Dont get pulled into PGs sandy vagina, just let it be. The best response to him is no response.
        Very true. I kept responding telling him to stop emailing me but of course that didn't work.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TaZaM3 Click here to enlarge
        Well I was permantently banned from Bimmerpost's engine sub-forum yesterday with no warnings. I did not break any rules at all and I know exactly why Ive been banned.

        Recently a few ESS guys like IMG and m33 have been on every AA thread bashing their power numbers. This annoyed me so i decided to start posting there. Well we go into it a few times and the ESS guys always went to personal attacks instead of talking facts. I posted a VT600 dyno that wasnt even making 470whp and I also quoted Asbjorn's older posts mentioning how their high hp dyno cars have special tunes. They quickly deleted the thread after I posted that (the thread was going on for 3 days prior to that).

        Again recently img mainly went on the attack and I again posted the dyno with AJ's quotes. Boom an hour later I was banned! LMAO.... It is obvious ESS is making demands and getting away with silencing things they do not like.

        When all of this was happening Robert (PG) was emailing me arguments. I didnt want anything to do with him and simply asked him if he works for ESS as it looks like it. He started firing off emails with pages of stupid questions trying to act smarter then he is. I barely read them and I pretty much brushed it all off.
        im sorry, but thats too freakin funny. even AKH himself got warnings for defending himself Click here to enlarge how crazy is that place. its ok, sodomizing and the video proof on youtube cannot be banned and deleted Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TaZaM3 Click here to enlarge
        Very true. I kept responding telling him to stop emailing me but of course that didn't work.
        Post his e-mails, worked for me.