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      PAW Motorsport is offering a cylinder head upgrade for N54 based BMW vehicles. There is a substantial gain in port flow velocity without a sacrifice in low lift situations. Flowbench charts show an increase of about 35% with gains from 161 cfm to 227 cfm. Both intake and exhaust ports have been ported and polished along with modified intake and exhaust valves. The claimed power gains with the head alone are in the 40 hp range. Charts and pictures are below.

      Expect before and after results on a PAW DCT N54 project car in the next few weeks. For those interested in this upgrade there is a core charge in the $2800 range which obviously is refunded when the core is received.














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      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Don't forget smaller market with less developers for the N54...

        I think I can count on both hands the amount of companies that make an exhaust for our cars. Ok the companies that make rear section mufflers and try to sell it for the same price as a full exhaust, yeah I can see the gouging in that. But the full exhausts need not apply to that.

        Evos? STis? Forget it....you have at least 20. Plus eBay specials always hurt the price of better quality parts, but I was talking to a brick wall on that subject.

        I think I know how MHP feels when they repeatedly set the community right yet still get people trying to prove them wrong.

        I'm not on the receiving end of things here, I'm on the giving end. I am a shop/small time fabricator. That has been what I do for the last 4 years. I know what it takes to put time and effort into something to build/weld/assemble, and when I keep my prices reasonable, I walk out losing in the situation, or at best breaking even. Ok so why don't I charge more money then?


        Because then it turns into 'why is it so expensive, here comes the BMW tax, you're trying to get one over on me aren't you'
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Matt@Camber-Toe Click here to enlarge
        I think I can count on both hands the amount of companies that make an exhaust for our cars. Ok the companies that make rear section mufflers and try to sell it for the same price as a full exhaust, yeah I can see the gouging in that. But the full exhausts need not apply to that.

        Evos? STis? Forget it....you have at least 20. Plus eBay specials always hurt the price of better quality parts, but I was talking to a brick wall on that subject.

        I think I know how MHP feels when they repeatedly set the community right yet still get people trying to prove them wrong.

        I'm not on the receiving end of things here, I'm on the giving end. I am a shop/small time fabricator. That has been what I do for the last 4 years. I know what it takes to put time and effort into something to build/weld/assemble, and when I keep my prices reasonable, I walk out losing in the situation, or at best breaking even. Ok so why don't I charge more money then?


        Because then it turns into 'why is it so expensive, here comes the BMW tax'
        You know what Matt? Enough of this $#@!. I want to relax, have some drinks, and watch some ladies dance. The system is broken.

        I'm sick of hearing people who are not even in the market for this complain about the price instead of appreciating we have someone taking the plunge offering it when no one else will. At least this forum somewhat gets it.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You know what Matt? Enough of this $#@!. I want to relax, have some drinks, and watch some ladies dance. The system is broken.

        I'm sick of hearing people who are not even in the market for this complain about the price instead of appreciating we have someone taking the plunge offering it when no one else will. At least this forum somewhat gets it.
        Send me some of that wine lol..I could use a good drink right now and watch some ladies climb a pole.

        One more week to Miami!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Matt@Camber-Toe Click here to enlarge
        Send me some of that wine lol..I could use a good drink right now and watch some ladies climb a pole.

        One more week to Miami!
        If it wasn't for wine I don't know if I could deal with some of these people. If you are ever in my area, count on me opening quality bottles for you.

        I hope Miami gives you some relaxation, I think you have earned a break.
      1. Rob@RBTurbo's Avatar
        Rob@RBTurbo -
        I agree with this 100%. I actually am pretty impressed with the exhaust manifold. When comparing to some other platforms, I'd say its a very good product.

        As for the economical discussion, I just dont think as a seller you can win sometimes. I've released my turbo upgrade with very little profit margin (definitely no "BMW tax"), yet still I see from time to time from people "in the know" that they are way overpriced (ie. because they can buy 2 Highly produced EVO3 16Gs for $1500- that would never work bolt onto this platform). I am going to tell you that these people have no idea what has gone into these in machine time, material costs, welding, other fabrications, etc. I can only imagine what I'd see if I had factored my personal time/R&D into actually putting them into production, it would easily be thousand+ more per setup. When my setup is $2899, TD Stage 2 around $7000, and ASR at $4995 it becomes somewhat unsettling to read these things especially when I know for a fact what goes into them and it isn't far off from purchase price. Not to mention all of the finishing "touches" (which was/is a lot of time and $$$) in my product as compared to these competitive examples. In short, you can't ever please them all unless you give all for nothing.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Matt, I don't see a problem with the exhaust manifold. The strong point is that it is compact not wasting energy outside and stii probably flows what is needed.

        Yes. It's not tubular & equal length but I still like the design since it could be a lot worse and it needs to fit in the tight place. I don't think we can enhance it in any way.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Rob@RBTurbo Click here to enlarge
        I agree with this 100%. I actually am pretty impressed with the exhaust manifold. When comparing to some other platforms, I'd say its a very good product.

        As for the economical discussion, I just dont think as a seller you can win sometimes. I've released my turbo upgrade with very little profit margin (definitely no "BMW tax"), yet still I see from time to time from people "in the know" that they are way overpriced (ie. because they can buy 2 Highly produced EVO3 16Gs for $1500- that would never work bolt onto this platform). I am going to tell you that these people have no idea what has gone into these in machine time, material costs, welding, other fabrications, etc. I can only imagine what I'd see if I had factored my personal time/R&D into actually putting them into production, it would easily be thousand+ more per setup. When my setup is $2899, TD Stage 2 around $7000, and ASR at $4995 it becomes somewhat unsettling to read these things especially when I know for a fact what goes into them and it isn't far off from purchase price. Not to mention all of the finishing "touches" (which was/is a lot of time and $$$) in my product as compared to these competitive examples. In short, you can't ever please them all unless you give all for nothing.
        So well said!

        I think it is important to point out that those who think they are "in the know" just because they sit there putting down anyone and everything on forums with a few other e-thugs does not make them "in the know."

        If anything, you would be in the the know. I feel your package is incredibly well priced especially in comparison to the competition.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Thank you Robert Click here to enlarge Someone on the manufacturing side finally puts some foundation underneath my statements.

        Its been a rough week. I have to do some research on attracting more clientele.
      1. sr20seb's Avatar
        sr20seb -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Matt@Camber-Toe Click here to enlarge
        Thank you Robert Click here to enlarge Someone on the manufacturing side finally puts some foundation underneath my statements.

        Its been a rough week. I have to do some research on attracting more clientele.

        May I suggest a pole and some girls?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sr20seb Click here to enlarge
        May I suggest a pole and some girls?
        Now there is money well spent.
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Rob, the people complain who think a turbo upgrade is a turbo upgrade. At the end those who do it properly will win. Your turbo upgrade is by FAR the best in the market. The same people say this is just a head porting job. No, they don't know what is inconel and why it has been used. PAW could cheap out by doing just a head job but they didn't. They did it properly.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Rob, the people complain who think a turbo upgrade is a turbo upgrade. At the end those who do it properly will win. Your turbo upgrade is by FAR the best in the market. The same people say this is just a head porting job. No, they don't know what is inconel and why it has been used. PAW could cheap out by doing just a head job but they didn't. They did it properly.
        EXACTLY.
      1. n54BoostOnCoke's Avatar
        n54BoostOnCoke -
        At least people are discussing interested more advanced stuff here , e90post is so damn annoying with the which intake is the best thread, or how much hp I will gain with magnaflow muffler.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by n54BoostOnCoke Click here to enlarge
        At least people are discussing interested more advanced stuff here , e90post is so damn annoying with the which intake is the best thread, or how much hp I will gain with magnaflow muffler.
        Which is why I have been spending more time here.
      1. m54b25's Avatar
        m54b25 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Matt@Camber-Toe Click here to enlarge
        Which is why I have been spending more time here.
        Well, after reading what other forums are doing. We like it here more than other forums. Less time it's spent at keyboard & just moving ahead.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        There is justification for throwing out the 'BMW tax' card, but not this time. Some people just need to stop the diarrhea by crying "BMW Tax OMFG" and look at the work and time put into the product, only after reviewing it and hearing out the manufacturer can you come to a conclusion if it's overpriced.

        Guess what people, is BMW overpriced? Well look at the whole package and all the R&D put into each and every car, you pay for that; bunch of $#@!ing hypocrites.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        Guess what people, is BMW overpriced? Well look at the whole package and all the R&D put into each and every car, you pay for that; bunch of $#@!ing hypocrites.
        Very sound logic here, paying for a premium (overpriced?) brand and expecting Japanese import prices does not make sense.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Very sound logic here, paying for a premium (overpriced?) brand and expecting Japanese import prices does not make sense.
        Sometimes the Japanese manage to do it for cheaper while keeping the same or better R&D.

        It really all just depends on the market. For example, if there is only one company making twin turbo kits for Carrera GTs, they will not sell much volume, and they know that their product is rare, and that the customers will be the type that will be able to afford the money they will need to charge to cover costs and still net profit.

        With the Honda market, there are many aftermarket companies, and many of them have the same or similar tools at their disposal, so they compete with each other, and their market base is huge compared to the Carrera GT, there are much more Hondas on the road, which means much higher chances of getting a buyer once you make a new product. Therefor, the can sell much cheaper, and they have to in order to stay in business.

        BMW is kind of like the middle ground. They are more around than real exotics, yet they aren't as popular for "tuners" as some of the higher volume and easier to modify cars. I actually think the prices are about on the money for most of the BMW stuff. The S65 and S85 supercharger kits are a bit on the high side though, but that once again is because of a small market and they need to cover cost and have funds for future development, plus those are the lower volume BMWs. Same thing with the HPF E46 turbo kits. If Greddy, HKS, Full-Race, AMS, Boost Logic, etc were all making kits for the E46 M3, then of course that would drive HPF prices down as they would have some competition, and the "BMW tax" (which can really apply to any car with small market and advanced design) will start to fade. I agree, the HPF kits are a bit more than I would be able to justify.

        The N54 market just isn't big enough yet, but it IS getting there. I can get a twin GT3076 kit with oil/water lines, all hardware/gaskets, inlet pipes, high quality exhaust manifolds and high-quality downpipes for $4,999 on my Z, for example. https://specialtyz.com/shop/300zx/sz...urbo-kits.html
        If I subtract the downpipes and exhaust manifolds, I can have the kit for about $3,600, about the price of Rob Beck turbos.

        All I know is the future looks great and I hope the N54 fueling problems are solved soon!
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        Sometimes the Japanese manage to do it for cheaper while keeping the same or better R&D.

        It really all just depends on the market. For example, if there is only one company making twin turbo kits for Carrera GTs, they will not sell much volume, and they know that their product is rare, and that the customers will be the type that will be able to afford the money they will need to charge to cover costs and still net profit.

        With the Honda market, there are many aftermarket companies, and many of them have the same or similar tools at their disposal, so they compete with each other, and their market base is huge compared to the Carrera GT, there are much more Hondas on the road, which means much higher chances of getting a buyer once you make a new product. Therefor, the can sell much cheaper, and they have to in order to stay in business.

        BMW is kind of like the middle ground. They are more around than real exotics, yet they aren't as popular for "tuners" as some of the higher volume and easier to modify cars. I actually think the prices are about on the money for most of the BMW stuff. The S65 and S85 supercharger kits are a bit on the high side though, but that once again is because of a small market and they need to cover cost and have funds for future development, plus those are the lower volume BMWs. Same thing with the HPF E46 turbo kits. If Greddy, HKS, Full-Race, AMS, Boost Logic, etc were all making kits for the E46 M3, then of course that would drive HPF prices down as they would have some competition, and the "BMW tax" (which can really apply to any car with small market and advanced design) will start to fade. I agree, the HPF kits are a bit more than I would be able to justify.

        The N54 market just isn't big enough yet, but it IS getting there. I can get a twin GT3076 kit with oil/water lines, all hardware/gaskets, inlet pipes, high quality exhaust manifolds and high-quality downpipes for $4,999 on my Z, for example. https://specialtyz.com/shop/300zx/sz...urbo-kits.html
        If I subtract the downpipes and exhaust manifolds, I can have the kit for about $3,600, about the price of Rob Beck turbos.

        All I know is the future looks great and I hope the N54 fueling problems are solved soon!
        You wanna see expensive? Try buying a set of headers for an M6 Click here to enlarge

        Rape
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        Sometimes the Japanese manage to do it for cheaper while keeping the same or better R&D.

        It really all just depends on the market. For example, if there is only one company making twin turbo kits for Carrera GTs, they will not sell much volume, and they know that their product is rare, and that the customers will be the type that will be able to afford the money they will need to charge to cover costs and still net profit.

        With the Honda market, there are many aftermarket companies, and many of them have the same or similar tools at their disposal, so they compete with each other, and their market base is huge compared to the Carrera GT, there are much more Hondas on the road, which means much higher chances of getting a buyer once you make a new product. Therefor, the can sell much cheaper, and they have to in order to stay in business.

        BMW is kind of like the middle ground. They are more around than real exotics, yet they aren't as popular for "tuners" as some of the higher volume and easier to modify cars. I actually think the prices are about on the money for most of the BMW stuff. The S65 and S85 supercharger kits are a bit on the high side though, but that once again is because of a small market and they need to cover cost and have funds for future development, plus those are the lower volume BMWs. Same thing with the HPF E46 turbo kits. If Greddy, HKS, Full-Race, AMS, Boost Logic, etc were all making kits for the E46 M3, then of course that would drive HPF prices down as they would have some competition, and the "BMW tax" (which can really apply to any car with small market and advanced design) will start to fade. I agree, the HPF kits are a bit more than I would be able to justify.

        The N54 market just isn't big enough yet, but it IS getting there. I can get a twin GT3076 kit with oil/water lines, all hardware/gaskets, inlet pipes, high quality exhaust manifolds and high-quality downpipes for $4,999 on my Z, for example. https://specialtyz.com/shop/300zx/sz...urbo-kits.html
        If I subtract the downpipes and exhaust manifolds, I can have the kit for about $3,600, about the price of Rob Beck turbos.

        All I know is the future looks great and I hope the N54 fueling problems are solved soon!
        Very good post and I think when people say something is way too expensive without even knowing what goes into it they dismiss what you brought up. Each market is different and the fact that as you mention in the Honda world there are so many companies doing similar things it helps keep prices in check. Not to mention they are cheaper cars with greater volume to begin with so economies of scale play in.

        If I was an aftermarket company I would try to deliver the best product for the best price I could. If that is $4k then so be it, that is what it is and if you want it pay it. If not, type about how it should be priced at what you think it should be priced at on the internet.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        I love internet racers that say things like:

        "LMFAO OMFG YOU CHARGE WHAT?"

        "I know a guy down the street that can do it fo two hundred"

        Okaaay buddy, then go to your guy down the street and let him work on your 50k dollar BMW.