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    • 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. akh23456's Avatar
        akh23456 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        can you tell me exactly what part of this izzy wrote?
        http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/b...ct-vs-6mt.html

        seems to me, he says "I" a lot, but the "I" means you robert collins... so.. im confused.. you dont have people post for you? If only you had experience to go with your methodical data rep, i mean mis-representation...
        Click here to enlarge the whole thing seems like it to me. Remember when they claimed 10 mph difference between dct and 6mt.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        can you tell me exactly what part of this izzy wrote?
        http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/b...ct-vs-6mt.html

        seems to me, he says "I" a lot, but the "I" means you robert collins... so.. im confused.. you dont have people post for you? If only you had experience to go with your methodical data rep, i mean mis-representation...
        6speed is filled with idiots in the BMW section. Don't waste your time.

        I'm amazed people sit there and create threads using my name for attention though, flattering. I also like how there is no quote from me to support anything in there. Right, I'm supposedly the guy who says shift speeds don't have any effect when I preach about the shift speed of the DCT all the time and anyone can do a search here to see that. Retards...
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        6speed is filled with idiots in the BMW section. Don't waste your time.

        I'm amazed people sit there and create threads using my name for attention though, flattering. I also like how there is no quote from me to support anything in there. Right, I'm supposedly the guy who says shift speeds don't have any effect when I preach about the shift speed of the DCT all the time and anyone can do a search here to see that. Retards...
        Not to burst that guy's bubble, but doesn't the shift mode ONLY affect the "harshness" of the shift? It doesn't slow the mechanics of the gearbox - and BMW has never claimed it would. From my experience, putting it in a "lower" mode just makes the shift feel softer - it definitely doesn't take any longer to shift gears... It just isn't applying as much power between them, right?
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        Not to burst that guy's bubble, but doesn't the shift mode ONLY affect the "harshness" of the shift? It doesn't slow the mechanics of the gearbox - and BMW has never claimed it would. From my experience, putting it in a "lower" mode just makes the shift feel softer - it definitely doesn't take any longer to shift gears... It just isn't applying as much power between them, right?
        I now remember why I haven't signed up for any other forum - it's almost insane stupidity...
      1. MisterEm's Avatar
        MisterEm -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by evolve Click here to enlarge
        It's quite depressing to see the never ending tuner wars.

        You can expect a few things here and there with any tuner but this just has just gone on for long enough.

        You know who can end this?

        You - The public, by not accepting the propoganda from where ever it is you think it comes from.

        This has all just taken the fun out of the BMW tuning scene.

        I guarantee you others just sit back and laugh at the levels of maturity shown.
        Quoted and resurrected for truth.

        Amen to Evolve and the infinite wisdom.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        Not to burst that guy's bubble, but doesn't the shift mode ONLY affect the "harshness" of the shift? It doesn't slow the mechanics of the gearbox - and BMW has never claimed it would. From my experience, putting it in a "lower" mode just makes the shift feel softer - it definitely doesn't take any longer to shift gears... It just isn't applying as much power between them, right?
        I think it just changes the line pressure and that affects how hard the clutches are engaged.

        I haven't seen anything that shows different shift speed numbers or anything of that sort for each mode.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        bump to show how far we have come and how this car STILL doesn't run
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        bump to show how far we have come and how this car STILL doesn't run
        over 2 years no updates.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fastgti69 Click here to enlarge
        over 2 years no updates.
        And people have a problem with my project? L O L
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        gotta give him credit though, he single handedly ruined the entire online M3 tuning scene..it takes a special kind of something to be able to do that lmao
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        gotta give him credit though, he single handedly ruined the entire online M3 tuning scene..it takes a special kind of something to be able to do that lmao
        If he had that power I wouldn't exist. He single handedly did nothing except allow me to take power.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        If he had that power I wouldn't exist. He single handedly did nothing except allow me to take power.
        it's not even that, like he just ruined all the fun and created a whole stupid rivalry in the community for no reason, that's so $#@!ing annoying. there was no need for all the bull$#@!.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        it's not even that, like he just ruined all the fun and created a whole stupid rivalry in the community for no reason, that's so $#@!ing annoying. there was no need for all the bull$#@!.
        Right on. Pointless nonsense out of spite and jealousy. Old men lol...
      1. s65e90's Avatar
        s65e90 -
        is Pencilgeek regular guy??
      1. Ging's Avatar
        Ging -
        Yes