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  • ricecrackers101's Avatar
    04-28-2016, 11:56 PM
    I have seen a few AT to MT conversions but I havent seen one the opposite direction. Is this possible? Does anyone know what parts would be required aside from the transmission itself and the shifter
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 06:13 AM
    In the N54 world there are three transmissions mated to the motor as sold by BMW. There is a manual 6-speed, dual clutch transmission, and an automatic from ZF (ZF Friedrichshafen AG) which has six speeds and has the model name 6HP21. High power N54's have thus far been relegated to the manual transmission as the clutch can easily be upgraded. The dual clutch transmission is in far less N54 powered cars and although upgrades are available the amount of DCT guys pushing big power with a huge single turbo for example is relatively small at least as it pertains to N54 motors. The odd man out has been the automatic yet it is numerically the option with the most cars on the road. Why? Why has the automatic been so tough to upgrade? Well, there are a few reasons. For one, nobody has (until now) cracked the TCU or transmission control unit. Additionally, even if you have software control of the transmission there really are not any serious material upgrades that can hold big torque from say a big turbo kit. Oh, sure, people will point to Level 10 transmission upgrades but the reality is Level 10 is only an option to replace factory parts and get a broken transmission working again. They have never demonstrated an ability to hold the kind of power the manuals hold. That is where Propulsive Dynamics comes in. Their proprietary G3 material works in concert with Kolene Steels, a proprietary patent-pend bi-metallic bushing alloy and increased surface area in the holding clutches, to result in an increase in holding capacity of 30.4%. This friction increase is not some number pulled out of thin air but a result of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) testing. Pretty awesome stuff, right? There is much more information to come but for now rest assured automatic N54 fans that a serious upgrade that can handle whatever you throw at it is on the horizon. That means we will finally see N54's take that next step forward especially when it comes to times on the drag strip. Is 2016 the year of the N54 automatic? It sure is shaping up that way.
    70 replies | 1172 view(s)
  • psmith95's Avatar
    05-19-2016, 02:05 AM
    Ok so long story short car is being flat bedded to the shop that does my work tomorrow and will have them confirm what I already know is the case then do some digging. Essentially about a week ago I hear what I thought was knocking or something just didn't sound right but the car was pulling like nothing was wrong and the noise was faint so I figured i'd take a look when I got a chance. Kept driving it then yesterday it got worse and after I went to leave from lunch sounded like the video below. Turned the car off and immediately had it flat bedded since I didn't want to risk anything else happening. Video of car below along with one of my friends snapchat's which might provide some comedic relief even though i'm depressed :angry-banghead:. Anyways I know everyone's going to get pissed at me for some of these questions but I haven't been on here much lately or keeping up with the latest developments with the N54. I know we have a ton of new single turbo kits, is there any of the more reasonably priced ones that are good quality that came out recently? Also is ABR Houston still the go to for built blocks or has someone else stepped up? Still have not decided for sure what i'm going to do with the car and might wind up just parting out then selling it with the blown engine as a potential project car to someone, however, if I keep it and repair i'm likely going to want to do a single turbo and built motor. Anyways thanks in advance for any help Video makes me cringe everytime I watch it: Also signature is quite outdated. Car is FBO w/ inlets and i'm tuned via MHD with wedge. Tune I was running was a relatively conservative pump tune where I would put in 2 ish gallons of e85 to make sure timing didn't drop
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  • AWSAWS's Avatar
    05-12-2016, 07:18 AM
    OK, I've asked about this before. Previously I was asking how to do it. I know I can reset the DCT transmission with tool32 and I think I can also do it with Rheingold/ISTA. My question now is. Has anyone done this and which values did you reset? These are the options in tool 32 translated. I think K1 is clutch 1, K2, clutch 2: <ARGCOMMENT> 0xA0 = adaptation values Kiss Point K1 </ ARGCOMMENT> <ARGCOMMENT> 0xA1 = adaptation values Kiss Point K2 </ ARGCOMMENT> <ARGCOMMENT> 0xA2 = adaptation values clutch torque map K1 </ ARGCOMMENT> <ARGCOMMENT> 0xA3 = adaptation values clutch torque map K2 </ ARGCOMMENT> <ARGCOMMENT> 0xB1 = adaptation values for DRM </ ARGCOMMENT> <ARGCOMMENT> 0xB2 = adaptation values of Semi slip for courses 1-7 </ ARGCOMMENT> The things I don't like about mine right now are: The car moves off too slowly (clucth slip setting when moving off from a stop) When down shifting, there's a 1 second period for the gear to accept power. (The rev match happens instantly and it blips, but if you are WOT then the power doesn't get fully transmitted to the wheels for around a second. It feels like it slips the clutch for that 1 second)
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  • blaster3500's Avatar
    04-28-2016, 09:24 PM
    I am test fitting a cast single turbo manifold for SPA. It is not a twin scroll manifold but may be divided in the future. I am not an expert on manifolds so any input in welcome. I am not sure if the o2 sensors will be separated enough to work. I have included lots of pictures and will be happy to take more. Hopefully I will be able to have the manifold on the car in a couple weeks. Cylinder 1 Cylinder 2 Cylinder 3 (looking toward turbo flange) Cylinder 3 (looking toward cyl 1) Light shining straight into cyl 3- Possible o2 placement?
    64 replies | 2411 view(s)
  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-08-2016, 10:35 PM
    Hey everyone, My name is Chris and am happy to officially introduce myself as a new forum representative for VTT. Most of you guys already know that on here I was SCGT, which I've kept as a separate, personal handle (No propaganda) in case I want to "just be one of the guys" and spitball ideas. Again most of you have read this already elsewhere but: My Experience: My background is in engineering and project management specializing in complex air systems, fueling systems, and turbine engines for both the private sector as well as the U.S. Government. More pertinent when talking about being a rep for Tony, I built a career operating as a liaison between small high performance groups that often communicated very differently. Why I’m here: Bluntly stated, it’s no secret to anyone that Tony has a “passionate” (ha!) way of communicating, which doesn’t always translate productively into forum activity. Tony approached me and asked if I could help. From his mouth, he’s at his best when working new designs, pushing limits on the dyno, and continued development of the platform -not engaging on the forums. That’s my job now. My goals: I’m here to maintain an active and professional presence on the forums. I’ll be making new product and update posts, answering questions, and should any issues arise, I will help bring about the resolution. That’s it in a nutshell guys. I’m excited to be here on BB -I've always had a lot of fun on this forum. I know there are some real strong emotions regarding Tony, and I also know that he earned a lot of that. I'm here though, I'm moving forward, got my hands full with damage control but very optimistic about helping to move things in the right direction. Chris
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    05-03-2016, 02:31 AM
    R.G. started a thread N54 component wish list in N54
    I'll start, Aluminum coolant reservoir with oem sensor plug. It's the same sensor that bmw's have used for 15 years. Mishimoto developed one a while back for the E46, can't be too difficult to recreate for the N54. Something like this please Edit: For the E30 Got lazy and told owners to short wires for E46
    65 replies | 1365 view(s)
  • Fishayyy's Avatar
    05-21-2016, 08:56 PM
    So I had a slow day at work today so I decided to just draw out an idea I had for a fuel system since there hasn't been much activity on the forums recently and I'm getting bored:P. This system would be used for road-racing/auto-x and utilizes the Radium Engineering surge tank as well as a 12 gallon fuel cell from ATL and a -8AN Fuel rail. I'm not certain how much fuel flow we would need, but I'm hoping a design like this could easily support 1000-1200whp. Also keep in mind that I made up this design based 100% off of pictures and part lists from all of the current LPFP and fuel rail kits, so I'm not entirely sure if I drew this right (In which case I'll redraw it in Photoshop when I get home). So feel free to post any changes you might make (FPR location, pump type/location, etc.) or any constructive criticism, I would love to hear your opinions!
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  • torres_335i's Avatar
    05-12-2016, 05:37 PM
    Hey Guys, I'm not on here as much. But I've decided to do a Build thread as so much as been done to the car. The car had a FFTEC Single Turbo Kit before it worked fine but just left m wanting more. So i decided to give the motiv 900 a try as Jake H (motiv) tuned the car before. At the moment Jake.H has a spare engine he is building for me as i am planning on pushing the engine to extreme limits. Nitrous is for that Extra 150-200HP were we see fits. Enough talk i'll list current mods on car with pictures. Mod List: -Motiv 900/ Port injection -Fuel-it stage 3 -Spec stage 3+ (40K at the moment) -M/T ET Streets -Jb4/MHD -AD Engineering 1000HP Fmic -AD Pcv Fittings -AD Engine Mounts -Custom Coolant Tank -Custom 4Port Catch Can -Custom 3" Chargepipe W/Dual Tial Bov & Vanjen Clamp at Throttle Body -ER Sport Oil Cooler W/ 185F Thermostat & Secondary Cooler in Kidney Grill -StopTech BBK -Custom Line Lock -Ground Control Full Suspension -Defiv Diff Lock -MFactory Lsd -Wastegate & All Lines/Hoses Nylon Braided -10lb Nitrous Bottle W/ Billet Headted Bracket -5Gal Sump Fuel Cell -External Fuel Pump & Regulator For Nitrous I'm Probably for getting more stuff but thats what i can think of at the moment.
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  • triggz's Avatar
    05-10-2016, 09:38 PM
    triggz started a thread Doc Race Intake Manifold!!! in N54
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  • sA x sKy's Avatar
    05-12-2016, 06:37 PM
    It's happened to me 4 times. First time dealer warrantied it. The other 3 times I paid out of pocket and repair costs total is like $6000. It's suspected that due to road vibrations, the crank hub bolt gets loose over time and eventually causes the crank hub to spin on the crank and the car goes out of time. Every single time it happened to me was when I hit the kick down button during a pull on the highway. BMW doesn't key the hub from the factory. The problem has happened to stock cars as well. In my case, the bolt didn't have loctite on it, so maybe that should help this time around. If it happens again, I'm turning the car back to stock.
    62 replies | 1001 view(s)
  • Stucks's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 11:35 AM
    Stucks started a thread Nizpro cracked N54 6AT tcu? in N54
    Apparently it has been officially stated that Nizpro in Australia has finally cracked the 6AT tcu and will be able to flash them. If this is in fact true, i wonder what the future holds for us 6AT guys. I also wonder if the flashing will work with those of us who already have level 10 valve bodies and converters. Interesting and fun times ahead.
    48 replies | 1480 view(s)
  • samacdonald's Avatar
    04-29-2016, 03:32 AM
    samacdonald started a thread Line lock kit in N54
    Since ar design seemed to be the only company who makes a line lock kit for the 335 and are now out of business, does anybody know who else is making/selling them? Or would it be easier just to make my own since they're relatively universal
    58 replies | 1266 view(s)
  • Chris@CKI's Avatar
    05-04-2016, 09:23 PM
    Chris@CKI started a thread ***Spark plug guide*** in N54
    This has been a long needed update. So after many years of owning high power N54’s I’ve had my fair share of ignition problems and have tested many parts. This thread is more to inform people what is actually out there and the options that can be had. After all it really only boils down to 3 choices so pick one that suits your needs. Spark plugs: NGK 95770 (ILZKBR7B8DG) formally 5992’s 1 Step colder than stock. Recommended for any FBO +. $13-14/ea Autolite XP 5682 1.5ish colder than stock. By the information I received on them when compared to NGK. Recommended for FBO+ I ran these for a few thousand miles both with E40+meth and full E85. It performed much better than expected and better yet they are cheap. For the price they seem to be well worth it. They are dual tip dual material Iridiums and platinum. I’d expect them to last the 20-30K miles you usually get out of the 5992’s $6-7/ea NGK 93026 (DILKAR8A8) 2 steps colder than stock. 1 step colder than 5992’s. Recommended for 700hp+ These are the stock plugs in the GTR R35+.The GTR guys are running them in the1000AWHP-sub range with E85. I have been running these for a pretty long time with full E85 and they have been great. They seem to be a little more crisp with response and slightly better starting than the other options. Last time I had them out they were still very clean telling me they aren’t to cold even for full E85. Now with GTR plugs comes a whole other world of aftermarket parts we are deprived of. HKS has a plug, NGK has a $100+ race plug etc If anyone wants to try any of the other options, then go for it and let me know, ill update this thread. $17+/ea. The price of these have really came down. NGK 97506 (SILZKBR8D8S) S55/N63TU 2 Colder than stock. Should be a good fit for us but currently untested. Someone try them out and let us know! $10-15/ea Now lets talk gapping. I see a lot of people running into ignition issues swearing they gapped the plugs correctly. Wire and the round disks you get from AZ or advanced are all junk. I use either “feeler gauges” or a razor blade that I used a micrometer with to verify thickness. There should be a slight resistance as you insert the feeler gauge between the electrode and ground. If it goes in really easy or its tough to get in then its not gapped correctly. Take your time and do it right the first time. Recommended gaps are 0.022”…….0-25psi (pump to E50 with meth) 0.018”…….25+psi (pump to E50 with meth) 0.018”…….20+psi (E85) That’s been my experience with fresh coils. Others may have better or worst luck. Pictures. NGK 93026 (left) vs Autolite (right)
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  • samacdonald's Avatar
    04-27-2016, 07:34 PM
    samacdonald started a thread MHD vs Cobb in N54
    Since my RB EVO's are going in next week, I thought it was about time to get a flash to stack with the jb4. It seems like there's nobody custom tuning the n54 online who everyone has had great results with and since I live in Southern NH, it makes a lot of sense for me to go to Brentuning, however after contacting them, they told me they only do Cobb tunes and won't convert their base files to MHD unless they we get at least 5 people to get tunes from them. So I'm forced with the decision to either spend the extra $ on a Cobb ap and a tune from Brentuning or go the MHD route. My questions are what are the differences between Cobb and MHD as far as tuning capabilities and although it's probably highly debatable, who is considered the most reliable tuner on the forums right now?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-17-2016, 04:06 AM
    The N54 has an open deck block as most BimmerBoost members know. It's still plenty stout but for those guys pushing limits to 1000+ horsepower eventually they will run into problems. One of the things that happens in an open deck block is the cylinders can start to lose their shape or warp. BimmerBoost member @Ericbh77 is tackling the issue before it becomes an issue for him. He explains it best: This is essentially a modified Darton design. As you can see the inserts go around the cylinders. In the Subaru world where open deck block reinforcement is common many guys insert metal pins/pegs around the cylinders and it works. This approach looks to be far more comprehensive than pegs: @Ericbh77 is also doing some other things that will be of interest and will be detailed but we can not reveal everything at this time. One thing we can say is he is looking at the cams among other things. Will we finally see that elusive 1000 whp N54? Maybe this is the year...
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  • wowprcc's Avatar
    05-05-2016, 07:19 AM
    wowprcc started a thread free killah mixed map in N54
    free killah mixed map this is a mixed map from bms cobb alpina ppk and 1m you should use mhd flasher free killah mixed map
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  • neuroclast's Avatar
    05-13-2016, 12:00 PM
    I posted this in the N54Tech help section last time it happened but I didn't get much assistance, so hopefully we'll have some luck here. I initially installed a JPWorks 6266 kit a while back, and started having some overboost issues immediately after spooling. Generally it was 3-5 PSI over target, then the JB4 would over correct and dip a few PSI under target, then move back up to target. I unfortunately do not remember if this was immediately after the ST kit install, or sometime later, as it took a while to work out the kit kinks. So obviously this over boosting is really bad news in 3rd gear+, as I'm already pushing 25 PSI and at 30 PSI I get into detonation range. Additionally the overboosting, then underboosting makes the car feel very unsettled when accelerating. It also makes the boost limiting useless in 1-2, as it overshoots the target and I spin anyway. The only suggestion on N54Tech last time was that the WG plumbing was wrong, but I verified my plumbing was the same as the picture on the "JB4 Single Turbo" thread. So anyway, I got fed up and decided maybe it was the JPWorks kit. Just purchased and installed a DOC Race 6266 kit, and same exact thing is happening. Overshooting the target after spool and then self-corrects. I don't see how the plumbing could be wrong and any of this still work properly, but I'm open to ideas. Additionally, I'm running about 15 PSI on the WG spring only (don't know if that could maybe affect this?) I've attached two logs in 3rd showing the problem. Here it only overshoots by 3 PSI, but sometimes it's higher. TL;DR: Anyone who can figure out why the hell the JB4 is overshooting and points me in a direction that gets it solved gets $50 via PayPal.
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  • martial@mhd's Avatar
    05-19-2016, 11:42 AM
    A MHD thread is long overdue, so here we go! MHD Flasher is the first Android handheld application to bring ECU tuning and monitoring to the BMW N54 engine. The MHD Flasher reveals the immense margin of power BMW left on the table with the N54 while still retaining the sophistication of the original engine management program. → Easy to install Connect any compatible Android device to your car using a standard K+Dcan cable along with an OTG USB cable, install one of the pre-purchased MHD built-in maps and enjoy the power and performance benefits of the maps by Wedge Performance. → Keep an eye on the tuning Monitor your engine behavior using a configurable gauges layout to keep an eye on any of the 50+ engine monitors like oil temp, boost pressure, actual load or individual cylinder ignition timing. Activate the logging mode to save up to 30 monitors to a standard CSV file for later analysis. Track issues by reading the error codes, and delete them once resolved. → Flash your ECU back to a stock anytime, as often as you need to. No ECU backup is needed. → Custom tuning support As an alternative to built-in maps, many tuners can provide advanced custom mapping for those who have higher or special performance needs. The MHD Flasher can be downloaded here: Main features description: *** Flasher module - Flash built-in maps (purchased separately), piggyback backend maps or custom user-tuned .BIN files. - Backup up the stock ECU software, as fast as 5 seconds on most of the cars. - Provides handy options like power limiter per gear, wastegate rattle fix or idle RPM setting. - Read / delete engine trouble codes. - Reset adaptation values (Lambda, Fuel/air, Octane rating, VANOS, Throttle, and Battery). - 2 minutes map switching; initial install time: 18 minutes on KLINE cars (2007 & Early 2008), 38 minutes on DCAN cars (2008+). *** Monitor module - Extensive logging values list, up to 30 values at the same time. - Save logging session to .CSV files - Up to 8 configurable gauges *** Optional Built-in maps packs - Maps by Wedge Performance - Stage 1 pack. Four maps: 4 fuel octane variants, stock / upgraded FMIC variants. - Stage 2 pack. Four maps: 4 fuel octane variants, stock / upgraded FMIC variants. High flow downpipes recommended. - E40 map (40% e85), requires FMIC+DPs Supported vehicles: 2006-2010 135i, 335i and 535i 2011-2013 335is 2009-2015 Z4 35i/is 2011-2012 1M 2008-2010 X6 35i This racing product is for competition closed course use only. Required hardware: - 1 device running Android 3.2 and up, USB OTG compatible. - 1 K+Dcan cable. The only reliable and affordable provider in the US is: - 1 USB OTG cable. Price list (licences are VIN Locked): Flasher module: $99 MHD maps packs: $49 each. Requires the Flasher module. Monitor module: $69 Increased boost limit (from 18 to 22 PSI) module: $49. For custom tuning purpose. Requires the Flasher module. JB4 backends only flasher: $79. Upgradable for $20 to the full $99 flasher module. FAQ Q: Can I test the connection before making a purchase? A: Yes, simply tap the MHD Store button. The ECU connection is checked before displaying available purchases. Q: Does my Android device need to be permanently plugged to the OBD port? A: No. Once a flash is performed you can unplug your device. Q: Do I need to purchase a new licence each time I flash a map? A: No, you can ref lash as many times as needed. Q: Is a battery charger required? A: It is highly recommended for long flashes (install, uninstall). A healthy battery will handle short flashes (map changes) fine but the use of a battery charger remains recommended.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-17-2016, 09:39 PM
    There is high end automotive tuning and then there is this. It makes a lot of sense for Weistec to lend their engineering expertise to the Huayra aftermarket as they have a close relationship with AMG and of course AMG builds the twin turbo V12 engine for the Pagani Huayra. The engine is not your run of the mill M275 twin V12 which Weistec has experience tuning. AMG considerably modified their V12 for Pagani use creating a 6.0 liter M158 V12. The turbochargers, software, oil sump, cylinder heads, valvetrain, and configuration are all quite different. The Huayra is rated at 720 horsepower and 740 lb-ft of torque. As you can see in photos Weistec had a Huayra on the dyno rollers and we are begging and pleading for a graph which BenzBoost will try to bring you. One can only imagine how much more power Weistec is getting out of the motor. This is one of those tuning programs where you contact Weistec and they tailor the upgrades to suit the owner. If you have to ask how much money it isn't for you. This is for a select handful of people who want more out of their Pagani Huayra. It is interesting to note a handful of owners have already contacted Weistec who provided their engineering services. Obviously you can surmise from the teaser photos that downpipe, exhaust, and software changes are where things begin but the sky is the limit. Very, very high end tuning here and exciting to see.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-05-2016, 02:58 PM
    BimmerBoost can relate to member @SVH who has been waiting a while on Gintani to finish his project. What is the project? A stroked S65 V8 with twin turbochargers in an E93 M3 convertible. As the convertible model is quite a bit heavier than the coupe the extra displacement totalling roughly 4.5 liters will help quite a bit. These are the specs: CSF radiator and Oil cooler, Gintani Oil pan, sleeved, 4.5 liter, stock comp, OEM main and rod bearings coated with WPC to GTS specs, ARP hardened head bolts, 5 point head work. @SVH is keeping the compression stock which will make for very good spool and driveability down low. He is not going for all out horsepower but a fun and reliable package with a ton more torque than stock. The car is still being broken in and we do not have any dyno figures yet but it will be interesting to see the torque and power curves on this motor when all is said and done. There are videos of it being started and revved below. It looks like Gintani will finally be delivering a built S65 with turbos but we have all heard that before. Hopefully @SVH gets what he paid for. The question now is, where is BimmerBoost's twin turbo built motor E92 M3?
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  • 1///M's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 09:00 AM
    The day has finally come for me to post this thread. After months of hard work and frustration, my 1M makes some good passes. a big thank you goes out to Rennzport (authorised South African BMS dealer), Terry and Steve. Steve has a lot of patience as we could not resolve an o2 issue. these speeds where ran on 2 different occasions however the car backed it up consistently. I felt I needed to back my speed up before making this post. the runs where done over a distance of 1km from a standing start. on the the first occasion my race number was 6b2 and next event was 6b20. mods are as follows : single turbo self made manifold turbo set up homemade triple pack clutch and flywheel Custom PI (wip) BMS backend flash and jb4
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  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 08:44 AM
    After installing my new clutch/fly and tranny mounts, it is very apparent that my engine mounts are rekt. I need to replace them asap. I have read through the few DIY's but I just wanted to see if anybody has any protips for this job. Also, is there any real noticeable benefit to choosing is "is" mounts over the regular? Ito just the right one that can be "upgraded" to "is", right?
    38 replies | 592 view(s)
  • DOCRace's Avatar
    05-13-2016, 12:19 PM
    I've searched and searched when looking for an exhaust for the shop car and I just couldn't believe no company out there makes this for our cars. So I ended up making the whole thing out of stainless. But after putting a carbon difusser on it just does not look right to me. So I'll be dropping out the system and making a new one with these tips. These are 3" inlet and 4.5" outlet which I think will look perfect.
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  • Tech's Avatar
    05-12-2016, 08:36 PM
    Tech started a thread Another n54 carnage thread. in N54
    Well I knew it was coming but was hopeful that putting more power though the engine would last a little longer. But engine started knocking so I checked the oil for metal, and found copper in the oil. pulled the engine and removed the oil pan and checked all the rod bearings. I found that the #1 and #6 rod bearings were starting to spin. determined I am in for a full rebuild, pulled the head today and found the bank 2 pistons we not the only thing in the cylinders... checked the cam ledges found both the intake and exhaust had the wear marks from the cam seals. I will post pictures of everything tomorrow.
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  • Tzu's Avatar
    05-20-2016, 10:02 AM
    I asked Andy about this, and didn't receive a response. I thought it would be prudent to let the community know of my findings. I picked up one of the low temp oil thermostats from ADs website. Based on the photos, I assumed that the poppet would be allowed to float within the house/cap guides, with the spring encouraging oil to pass through the oil cooler. The design isn't a true "thermostat" in that it uses pressure and oil viscosity as the variables to determine which route the oil takes. Under high load (thus high oil pressure), the poppet should spring open and bypass the oil cooler to supply oil where it's needed in the engine. And that's fine by me. After measuring the assembly stack up of the poppet/oil cap, I found that the poppet has only 0.010" play, which is very similar to assembly tolerances. The poppet cannot move in the journal enough to "open" that oil conduit to bypass the cooler. The spring just keeps the poppet in place to prevent dithering. Maybe the original design with the holes in the "plug" portion of the poppet is where oil pressure would open the spring, and allow fast warm up? I don't know what the reason was for the change. Anyway. I thought I was getting a thermostat-like product. It's just a block off plug. I'll be taking mine out.
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  • TZ04XJR's Avatar
    05-07-2016, 12:54 PM
    A little fun run with a buddy in his stock 458. M3 makes 553whp on the current setup. We're planning to get some more runs in here soon.
    35 replies | 389 view(s)
  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    05-08-2016, 02:59 PM
    I am in the middle of installing my single mass steel flywheel and the holes for the flywheel bolts are not aligning. Am I missing something here?? See picture.
    32 replies | 692 view(s)
  • Artsoasis's Avatar
    04-28-2016, 10:41 PM
    My 335is isn't getting totaled after 14k worth of hail damage. Going with a carbon fiber roof, and a few other goodies. What custom color would you choose if you could pick any color to pain your car. So far I'm thinking: Grigio Telesto Brilliant white Azurite black. I need Three colors by tonight to have color samples tomorrow.
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 02:53 AM
    Hey Everyone, Itís about time for some exciting announcements from VTT. This has been a long time coming! As most of you know, I've taken over online representation for Vargas -but that's not the only thing I do for fun. The overarching announcement is that VTT is now one piece of a bigger group; Vargas Performance Group, or VPG. There are 3 major parts of VPG: 1: VTT (Vargas Turbocharger Technologies): Turbocharger Manufacture/Repair/Upgrades/Sales 2: VPP (Vargas Performance Products): Performance Parts Manufacture/Sales 3: VHP (Vargas Hi Performance): Turbocharger & Performance Parts Installation/Service Iíll quickly go over some announcements as they pertain to each category: VTT NEWS GC's: This is the one many of you have been waiting for. You know the ones -the stock location twin turbo setup that made 736 whp. Just look at the power under the curve! Street spool will be even better! The VTT GCís have started arriving and the first sets have shipped. We expect a second shipment shortly and the remainder of them by the first week in June. The plan is to quickly get caught up on all existing orders and soon after be in a position such that they are available for same day shipping. Note for those who got the ceramic coating; as of this week, itís adding around a week to the ship date. Bundles: GCís can now be bundled with installation ($1000 for inst. labor at VHP, more on that later) and/or a PTF tune ($249 for a MHD tune, $499 for a MHD tune with PI) 93 Octane Testing: I know there are some unfortunate souls out there who don't have access to E85 and for whatever reason don't want to use methanol. For them, we WILL be doing some pump gas testing. Expect this late 2nd quarter/very early 3rd quarter (read that: around July).I don't even want to speculate on dyno numbers -we'll find out while testing and post those results. VPP NEWS Vargas Performance Products. These are all teasers -think of this post as a quick look into the VPP crystal ball looking forward. Here are a few things in the works for VPP and one thing we're just too excited about not to share: Line Lock Kit: Here are a couple development pics -not final config by any means. This will fit all E9X and E8X, not sure about 535's or Z4's -we'll be looking for testers there down the road. Port Injection Plate with Top Mount Injectors: Anyone say they wanted an N54 port injection kit with top mount injectors? We heard you, and we agree -if you can fit them, top mounts are worth doing. We can and we are. ~3rd quarter 2016. S55 Love: We're not just playing with N54's here... the S55 gets some love too -how about some port injection (bottom mount -no room up top)? Oh, and GC's for the S55 are already in process -very late 2016/early 2017 release on those. Transmission Fun: By now everyone and their grandmother has heard the awesome news about Nizpro and the magic they're doing with transmissions. We're working directly with them and will have one the first fully built and flashed transmissions from them. While this (obviously) isn't a VPP product, we're very excited about this and have some high hopes for this really being a huge jump forward for the platform. VHP NEWS Wouldn't you rather have your turbos installed by the same guys who made them? A shop that understands turbos and has 100+ installs under their belts? If you're within driving distance of Hayward, CA, you can buy turbos, schedule an install, and have VHP install them for $1000 labor. Of course you still need to buy your gaskets (we have an installation kit for $230) and do an oil change while you're there, but it makes for a pretty good deal -especially after the GC's are in stock and available same-day. OTHER STUFF Expect more updates with more products, more accurate ship-by dates and more options for everyone. And I'm just getting started... Chris
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