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    • Happy Holidays from BimmerBoost - BMW N54 Vargas Turbocharger upgrade giveaway/raffle/contest

      Happy Holidays from BimmerBoost.com and all the GermanBoost Network sites. BimmerBoost would like to thank its users for their support and the strong community built here that continues to rapidly expand. It is no secret this is now the main site for technical BMW information as well as high performance modification thanks to the most knowledgeable and experienced userbase in the BMW forum sphere. Quite simply, BimmerBoost has evolved into the top performance/modification community in the BMW world and the rest of the GermanBoost network is following suit.

      This would not be possible without the core userbase. I would like to thank each and every one of you by giving back to the community that has given me so much. To be clear, BimmerBoost does not have to do this. BimmerBoost is not as profitable as the larger sites (although gaining, at a surprising rate). Yet, the administration here has absolutely no problem giving back to the community. This should speak volumes in of itself and make users question just how much other sites actually care about their users and their community or if their users are nothing more than a commodity. BimmerBoost is showing its gratitude in agreeably a very generous fashion.


      Details:

      This giveaway is for a Stage I Hybrid Vargas Turbo upgrade (approximately $1699 value):

      Stage 1 Hybrid upgrade: We start with a freshly rebuilt stock unit using all OEM spec internals, carefully machine the OEM compressor and bearing housings, to accept a TD04 14T compressor wheel. For the turbine side we clip the stock wheel to 7 degrees, we also remove the stock waste gate arm and flapper valve prone to rattling and boost loss issues and upgrade it with a 100% stainless steel piece to eliminate all of these known problems. These units also come with brand new factory OEM waste gate actuators. We chose the 14T wheel for the stage 1's because it is a much better match to the stock turbine than the 15T compressor wheel even though it means we have to set up differently to machine the different stages. Stage 1 is the perfect cost effective alternatives to stock OEM replacement turbochargers

      The value of these turbos can also be subtracted from a set of Vargas Stage 2 or Vargas Stage 3 turbos as credit towards those more expensive upgrades. This promotion will run from 12/13/2012 until 1/15/13 at 12:00 AM PST.

      To enter, simply submit your username in this thread. You must have a minimum of 5 reputation points to enter. From your time of entry until the time the contest ends, every whole reputation point earned from the entry rep point amount will count as 1 entry. The more reputation you earn, the more entries you get.

      Example: You enter with 10.5 rep points, contest ends and you have 20.5 rep points at 12:00 AM PST. This would equate to 10 entries. The more entries, the better your odds of winning. If in this example the rep point count was 20.4 it would only count as 9 entries as it is every whole rep point, no exceptions.

      The winner will be drawn at random at a time and date of the administrator's choosing after 1/15/13. Anyone caught cheating will be permanently IP banned, disqualified, and publicly humiliated. Any member can be disqualified from the contest at any time for any reason of the administrator's choosing. Reputation points gained for referrals will be disabled during the time of the contest.

      Good luck everyone! And Happy Holidays, from the GermanBoost Network.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Happy Holidays from BimmerBoost - BMW N54 Vargas Turbocharger upgrade giveaway/raffle/contest started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 751 Comments
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        Well, the rules were in place to help ensure an "active" member received the turbos.

        But, I'm really beginning to think Sered simply did not want the turbos.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
        Holy $#@!.

        @Sticky didn't send him a PM informing him he won? The notifications system is great but it's not a like a PM that pops up a dialog box when you log on. It's very easy to overlook the fact that you have new notifications. I would be pissed.
        It's a contest, not a charity. It's not my job to hand deliver FREE parts to the guy. It's designed to get more activity and participation and if asking to check the thread is too much then they should go to someone who does. SIMPLE AS THAT.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JoshBoody Click here to enlarge
        what a winner and then looser... crap. I wouldn't have known unless I got a PM
        Sucks for you then. A little effort to get almost a couple grand is too much these days for people?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
        Probably because to respond to them he would have to look at the precise obscure portion of the page to notice them.
        It's highlighted in blue, not obscure at all.
      1. Legionofboom's Avatar
        Legionofboom -
        Kinda strange that he still hasn't shown up.
      1. Black Sheep's Avatar
        Black Sheep -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by E90SoFlo Click here to enlarge
        Kinda strange that he still hasn't shown up.
        O well congrats!
      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by E90SoFlo Click here to enlarge
        Kinda strange that he still hasn't shown up.
        Congratz anyway Click here to enlarge this forum has always had a lot of drama, thats and the level of technical discussion and the absence of "which intake is the best" or "check my new wheels" kind of threads makes it my favorite one (even though I sold my N54). The ending to this competition fits great for this place Click here to enlarge

        But one must feel for Sered, I would be really angry with myself for missing out on a free set of stage 2's...
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        I had no idea. No @Sticky mention, no PM, nothing. My first notification was Tony telling me in his Stage 2/3 pricing thread. Do you honestly think I'd just ignore it on purpose?

        E90SoFlo, congrats buddy, I hope you enjoy them Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sered Click here to enlarge
        I had no idea. No @Sticky mention, no PM, nothing. My first notification was Tony telling me in his Stage 2/3 pricing thread. Do you honestly think I'd just ignore it on purpose?

        E90SoFlo, congrats buddy, I hope you enjoy them Click here to enlarge
        You're taking it in stride. You are right at no PM but you got mentions. A bunch. Plus this thread was bumped for a week.
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You're taking it in stride. You are right at no PM but you got mentions. A bunch. Plus this thread was bumped for a week.
        I went back and checked my notifications and I did get one. I got one mention on the announcement, but I'm guessing it got mixed in with the flood of nightly thread subscriptions and I deleted it. I literally got NO other mentions. None. You're right though, I missed the one and didn't check the thread. I feel a bit miffed that missing my one mention is implying I'm lazy and want a hand-out. I was going to give them away to someone with blown turbos (mine are fine -- I want Stage 3's, and with the sequester looming over my industry, I'm not in a position to plunk down cash on something I won't get any return out of).

        I guess today's going to be a $#@!ty day. Internally, I'm already going through the 7 stages of grief. Click here to enlarge
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sered Click here to enlarge
        I guess today's going to be a $#@!ty day. Internally, I'm already going through the 7 stages of grief
        You're a cool dude. RespectClick here to enlarge
        Just a sec, must fix spread rep syndrome...

        Edit: fixed.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sered Click here to enlarge
        I went back and checked my notifications and I did get one. I got one mention on the announcement, but I'm guessing it got mixed in with the flood of nightly thread subscriptions and I deleted it. I literally got NO other mentions. None. You're right though, I missed the one and didn't check the thread. I feel a bit miffed that missing my one mention is implying I'm lazy and want a hand-out. I was going to give them away to someone with blown turbos (mine are fine -- I want Stage 3's, and with the sequester looming over my industry, I'm not in a position to plunk down cash on something I won't get any return out of).

        I guess today's going to be a $#@!ty day. Internally, I'm already going through the 7 stages of grief. Click here to enlarge
        I don't know what to tell you man the mention system has yet to fail me. It's like a backup system anyway to reading threads.

        I feel for you man, sorry. I want stuff too.
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I don't know what to tell you man the mention system has yet to fail me. It's like a backup system anyway to reading threads.

        I feel for you man, sorry. I want stuff too.
        Heh, it's ok. I went back and read most of the posts in this thread, there really was only that one mention in your announcement. The system definitely didn't fail.

        I hope E90SoFlo enjoys them, I've been seeing him post in most of the threads I've been a part of; he seems like a cool cat, so they're definitely going to a deserving party.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sered Click here to enlarge
        Heh, it's ok. I went back and read most of the posts in this thread, there really was only that one mention in your announcement. The system definitely didn't fail.

        I hope E90SoFlo enjoys them, I've been seeing him post in most of the threads I've been a part of; he seems like a cool cat, so they're definitely going to a deserving party.
        If it was somebody I just hated I would have maybe waited another day or so over the deadline Click here to enlarge Only so much I can do on this side but you understand. I'm at least glad it is someone with class I'm responding to.
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        If it was somebody I just hated I would have maybe waited another day or so over the deadline Click here to enlarge Only so much I can do on this side but you understand. I'm at least glad it is someone with class I'm responding to.
        Haha. Yeah I understand, and thanks Click here to enlarge
      1. JStang's Avatar
        JStang -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sered Click here to enlarge
        I went back and checked my notifications and I did get one. I got one mention on the announcement, but I'm guessing it got mixed in with the flood of nightly thread subscriptions and I deleted it. I literally got NO other mentions. None. You're right though, I missed the one and didn't check the thread. I feel a bit miffed that missing my one mention is implying I'm lazy and want a hand-out. I was going to give them away to someone with blown turbos (mine are fine -- I want Stage 3's, and with the sequester looming over my industry, I'm not in a position to plunk down cash on something I won't get any return out of).

        I guess today's going to be a $#@!ty day. Internally, I'm already going through the 7 stages of grief. Click here to enlarge
        The sequester is going to hurt a lot of people including my business. We do a lot of business with the gov't supplying them with obsolete electronic components. Best of luck to you!
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JStang Click here to enlarge
        The sequester is going to hurt a lot of people including my business. We do a lot of business with the gov't supplying them with obsolete electronic components. Best of luck to you!
        Well the furloughs hit us in a very direct way as my gf is Army Corps of Engineers; I work at a defense contractor. Where I work, we generally have contracts with a high priority attached to them; so they don't receive any cuts. It's more or less a 10% pay cut for my gf at this point. It's not like it hurts us all that much; it just invites risk. Thanks for the wishes, though, I hope this blows over quickly Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Why is nobody feeling for me for the money damn it?
      1. JStang's Avatar
        JStang -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sered Click here to enlarge
        Well the furloughs hit us in a very direct way as my gf is Army Corps of Engineers; I work at a defense contractor. Where I work, we generally have contracts with a high priority attached to them; so they don't receive any cuts. It's more or less a 10% pay cut for my gf at this point. It's not like it hurts us all that much; it just invites risk. Thanks for the wishes, though, I hope this blows over quickly Click here to enlarge
        Which contractor?
      1. Sered's Avatar
        Sered -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JStang Click here to enlarge
        Which contractor?
        I'm at Harris Click here to enlarge 90% of the program I work with lives in TS clearance land. None of that is getting cut. Though expansion option packages may be denied when phases of R&D are over.