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  • trebila's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 09:43 AM
    trebila started a thread N54 DAMOS project + Winols in N54
    Sorry, i was speaking about winols, not winkfp.
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  • robc1976's Avatar
    02-13-2015, 07:05 PM
    Andy Divers from AD Engineering made two fittings (vent hose flapper delete & PCV delete). The correct way to do this is to tap and seal the ports in the head to prevent boost from entering valve cover. His fittings are some of the best quality I've seen and the service has been impeccable. People are going to ask why I didn't just buy a custom OCC - simple answer is I like to design my own stuff. IMPORTANT NOTE: I am NOT responsible for any damage to you, your car or anything else. TIPS: **Do NOT allow any shavings to enter the motor - it's easiest to have a secondary person on hand with a vacuum. **Use thread cutting oil for all tapping. **Use oil on all threads of AN fittings to keep from marring threads. FITTINGS NEEDED FOR DIY: -12AN X 1/2" NPT Female straight fitting -12AN X 1/2" NPT male flared straight fitting -12AN X 1/2" NPT 90 degree double swivel fitting -12AN T fitting (rubber top only) -12AN cap (rubber top only) -12AN nut (rubber top only) -12AN X 1/2" NPT Elbow (alternate filter only) -10AN X 1/2" NPT 45 degree fitting -10AN X 1/2" NPT straight male flared fitting -10AN X 1/2" NPT straight female fitting -8AN X 1/2" NPT 90 degree fitting -8AN X 1/2" NPT 45 degree fitting -8AN X 3/8" NPT straight male flared fitting -8AN X 3/8" NPT straight male flared fitting -8AN cap NOTE: In some pics you may see fittings not previously mentioned already installed. This was due to timing of arrival of fittings. DIY FOR REMOVING VALVE COVER: DIY FOR STAINLESS STEEL LINES: STEP 1: Tapping OCC top STEP 2: Tapping OCC bottom (all bottom fittings are 3/8" NPT) STEP 3: This is for the rubber top filter that came with the MOTIV kit (NOTE: Step 4 is an alternate metal-topped filter that I personally prefer). STEP 4: Alternate metal-topped filter STEP 5: Valve cover tapping (see DIY on Valve Cover removal link above if necessary). I can NOT stress enough to not allow ANY shavings to get into the motor - be as clean as possible!! STEP 6: STEP 7: STEP 8: You'll have to take your own measurements for line fitment as each person may want to put the lines in a different location. STEP 9: STEP 10: All finished! Here are the completed project pics! (Please ignore my filthy engine bay - it's usually spotless. LOL)
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  • Slicksilver's Avatar
    02-25-2015, 01:22 PM
    Hello everyone. I’ve been working on a project for the N54 community for a couple months but had not announced it since I wanted to be sure the concept was feasible. I have done enough now to know the concept is good so ready to share my R&D progress with the community. Description It is a TD04L-20T with true 20T native compressor housing. The 20T mistubishi profile compressor wheel is a forged billet wheel with extended tip technology from BorgWarner. The Turbo consist of a TD04 bearing housing modified to connect to stock oil lines, coolant lines and stock turbine housing. The turbine housing has been modified to accept the TD04L turbine and flange up to the TD04 bearing housing. The kit will include upgraded inlet pipe system and also charge pipe system optimized for the high flowing native 20T compressor housing which is over twice the size/flow of stock compressor housing. This will make sure the turbos are flowing to their maximum potential along with the upgraded plumbing for the turbo included. This turbo can push up to 35psi of boost and not sure what the actual WHP will be on the N54, but with proper fueling and meth cooling should be in the 750whp-800whp range theoretically at those boost levels near redline according to estimated compressor map and turbo HP calcs. Schedule Current schedule is to finish development of the prototype set in 1 month and install on my car and test and tune/dyno and then get them on 2-3 beta testers cars by April or May. If all goes well, start selling the kits to you all in 3-4 months and start it off with a discounted group buy of 10-20 kits or so (depends on demand). I have completed my test fit on an N54 motor and finalized the designs for the wastegate actuator mounting and modifications and charge pipe (turbo to IC) design as well as making sure everything is going to fit on the engine. Everything went perfect on the fitup of the turbo to the engine so that’s when I decided it was time to start sharing R&D progress with the N54 community. Testing On my prototype system I plan to do dyno test and tune and push them to the maximum as I will have all the supporting fuel mods needed. I will be doing full logging of course. In addition, I will be doing custom turbo logging never before seen on the N54. Not only will I be logging EGT and backpressure (done before) to check health of the turbine but also I will log pressure and temperature at the turbo inlet and also at the turbo outlet which will tell me exactly what pressure ratios the turbo is working at and also at what efficiency. This compressor logging has never been done to my knowledge on the N54 but is the only real way to understand the compressor health during turbo operation. Quality The turbos are purchased from a large turbo supplier. I bought the CHRA from them to my specs which were basically TD04 bearing housing with 04L turbine and 20T billet 6x6 compressor wheel with extended tip technology from BorgWarner (for more boost, google it). Pics Now some pics to show you some progress
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  • The Ghost's Avatar
    02-06-2015, 01:43 AM
    Per my old thread I proved that the stock turbo inlets were restricting flow at higher boost levels and so I did some testing and built custom intakes. Since then, I installed BMS's (Burger Tuning) port injection kit, Fuel-it Stage 3, and ditched the meth using full E85. Setup: N54, FBO, 6MT JB4 G5, Cobb backend flash (ATR) Custom 2.25" turbo inlets, w/BMS DCI BMS Port Injection kit Split Second injector controller (AIC1-G4H) Fuel-it Stage 3 dual LPFPs e85 Stock exhaust (catted) Specs on Intakes: The dyno photos in order are: My maxed FBO meth/e85 car vs. my final tune today Comparison of timing changes (4-7 degree ramp, vs 7-9 degree ramp) FBO map 0 baseline vs. today's final tune All plots from today (tuning iterations) Here is a log of the last dyno run: Misc notes: Targeted 12.7:1 AFR (max power lean e85), however PI map needs work as it goes very rich (10:1) on spool as well as at 6500rpms. I didn't have time to keep reflashing the AIC, so I'll do that at a later time which should help torque and top end. Adding a small amount of timing made a HUGE difference in power (especially top-end). I decided to stop where I was as I was happy with the progress. These turbos (with these intakes) can make any reasonable boost it seems. 26psi@7krpms has a 66% IDC. Next mod is probably exhaust. While the e92 exhaust is supposedly pretty free-flowing, at 600+whp, I suspect there are gains to be had going to a 3.5" single exhaust without cats. Special thanks to Terry@BMS for the extensive support and parts, Fuel-it and VTT both for good components and support.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-18-2015, 12:44 AM
    As with the BimmerBoost flash we are reaching out to the community and utilizing its resources to in turn benefit that same community. If you wish to donate either anonymously or receive credit for doing so we would love to have your help. The goal here is to discover more tables for flashing to allow you all to have more control over your cars and develop a mobile flash application. Either way we are going to go through with it but having some funds available for possibly purchasing ECU's, testing, compensation, or whatever else we come across that may need to be purchased as with the original project certainly won't hurt. If you wish to donate to the cause, paypal whatever you feel you want to including your forum username for credit if you like. It's certainly not mandatory and there is no minimum (and no maximum). We don't expect to generate a lot but would love some help. Let's get things going guys.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    02-10-2015, 09:52 AM
    The first batch of our new silicone intake tubes for the N54 are now available! Orders can be placed on our website or via email to There are only 20 units available which will be sold on a first come first serve basis with priority given to current owners of a VTT Stage 2 or 2+ turbo upgrade. Product Information VTT N54 Silicone intake tubes are high grade 100% silicone that is 5mm thick and wire reinforced. They are a complete replacement for the restrictive stock inlets from the turbo to the inlet side is designed to fit with the stock airbox as well as any and all varieties of aftermarket intakes. The turbo side mates smoothly with stock as well as upgraded stock frame turbos. The tube for the rear turbo has a built-in bung which makes it a “plug and play” connection to the stock PCV system or any upgrades that you may have in place. Fits all N54 applications including RHD, with the exception of a few rare models that use plastic retainers on the intakes. Product Pricing: Silicone intake tubes $499 When purchased with turbo upgrade $459 New DCI filter kit with your intakes $79 Existing VTT Stage 2 & 2+ customers 20% OFF Product Images: VTT N54 Silicone Intakes1 by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Rear by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Front by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr More Images Available Here Product Testing: 100% E85 VTT Stage 2's Billet 15T's VTT Silicone intakes VTT Silicone Charge pipe VTT Double Barrel HPFP upgrade Fuel-it Stage 2 LPFP with 450 inline Cobb AP with PTF custom back end flash JB4 This car now makes 585rwhp / 659rwtq on a tune with significantly less timing versus our previous max effort results on this car with stock intakes of 557rwhp and under 650rwtq. Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesRPM by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesMPH by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Additional testing data:
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  • jyamona's Avatar
    02-14-2015, 05:11 PM
    So, with development going forward on a few interesting projects now, I'd like to address all of the deficiencies of open source tuning on this platform. I am currently a Cobb user, but with them cutting off further development / advancement on our platform (thanks shiv!) this is a necessity. I know of two big ones right from the start: 1.) ability to log all extended BMW params for this ECU (see Cobb list for an example) 2.) ability to flash from a handheld device Outside of that, what are some other current advantages of using the AccessPort? I know it has been mentioned that they have added some custom logic into their roms, but I'm not sure exactly what it is. Any insight on this? Also, are there currently any tables available in ATR / ATP that are missing in the XDFs? If so, I could move those up as a higher priority for me to find. This thread is strictly for comparisons between the two in their current state.
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  • hkninja's Avatar
    02-04-2015, 12:31 PM
    I'm sure this topic came up before but which brand and weight do you guys use for your N54 motor? I've used couple different brand before but I want to stick with just one right now. What are your recommendation? 0w30 or stick with 5w30? I can get AMSOIL for a good price but I'm not sure if the regular red cap one is good enough or I have to go with the blue cap european formula. There's also 2 different type of european AMSOIL..... :think:
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    02-18-2015, 08:15 PM
    Hey guys, Was able to finally get our 135i up on the dyno today for a little tuning with the new MOTIV kit. Overall, the kit is pretty impressive. Build quality is top notch and everything fits/works as expected. Before I go any further I should mention that BMS works with ALL turbo kit manufactures. So I don't want this to turn in to a kit A vs kit B crap fest. I've been very happy with the FFTEC top mount kit on the car and switched over to the MOTIV kit because it struck me as elegantly simplistic and once I saw the design I just had to try it out for myself. Plus, I've known Jake & Bobby for years now and know they only do top notch work. I had AC Fabrication do the install and some fab work. They make the VM top mount kit and are also top notch fabricators. Since I'm running a 3.5" catback I had them make a matching 3.5" dp, and since I have a custom intercooler a custom chargepipe was required to mate everything up. Today's dyno testing was on E70 running essentially the same tuning and boost profiles as I used to run on the FFTEC 5862 TS kit, so I could get an apples to apples comparison. Minor differences to the car are I now have 3.15 gearing instead of 3.42 gearing. So the runs are up to 140mph instead of 130mph previously. And of course the 3.5" DP vs. 3" I had previously. In addition to the MOTIV Kit the car is running a BMS Fuel Rail kit, Fuel-It low pressure system, JB4 for tuning, etc, etc. A few dyno charts and logs are attached. In addition I posted the a dyno from the last run I did on the FFTEC kit with the same tuning for context. I ran the MOTIV kit up to 27-28psi today, but from what they tell me, this thing will hum along just fine at 33-34psi. I hope to find out down the road. I decided to stop at ~630whp today as I noticed an odd O2 sensor variance which I think should be addressed, and timing drops started to creep in, so I'll need to resolve both of those issues before I really crank it up. My ulimtate goal with the setup is 700whp. Outside of the numbers, the spool of this kit is pretty impressive for the size of the turbo. It spools just as well or maybe even a little better than the smaller precision 5862 in a twin scroll format. I've noticed my exhaust is now louder. No doubt due to the reduction in overall piping to absorb sound. Probably a good thing from an exhaust flow and weight perspective although I do like the car as quiet as possible. So I may go up to a larger muffler soon. I should also mention the kit comes with a revised poly motor mount which does transfer a little more vibration to the chassis than the OEM unit. Not too bad but worth noting. We'll continue working on the project and will post updates as we have them! :burnrubber:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-05-2015, 06:10 PM
    Sorry about the slowdown guys, I'm aware of it and working on it. I'll be doing another major upgrade soon. Going to give this place more than enough horsepower to last. I'm liking the growth though so I'm happy about it.
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    02-22-2015, 06:01 PM
    Anyone have more info. Where you able to keep factory DI, cluster etc. or did you have to swap a bunch of stuff out. Any info Jake or Allen? MOTIV Motorsport @jake@PTF rader1
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 04:13 PM
    We have an opportunity to utilize community resources to get this done for the android platform. It's going to take time and of course, money. If you guys are willing to donate as you did previously to get the software done in the first place we could replicate the feat I think. Additionally, we could probably clean up the code to get the software working with more processors as the intel bugs are well known. Thoughts people?
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  • SteveAZ's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 05:53 AM
    *iPhone not included ;) Links: Link to VBOX Sport info Link to purchase VBOX Sport on our site Group Buy Info: The group buy will go like this: The VBOX Sport MSRP is $429 The windshield suction mount MSRP is $40 (We highly recommend you get this and don't understand why they offer it without it!) :rolleyes2 We have released the code for 10% off and free USPS Priority shipping within the CONUS. Enter the code: VBOXGB at checkout for your discount. International Customers: Your orders will ship USPS Priority mail for $20 or USPS Priority Express for $40.00. You will be able to place your order on the website and choose your shipping method before placing the item in your cart. Rather than make people wait, once 5 people have paid, we will order the first 5 units and ship them out as soon as they are received (approximately 5 business days). For every 5 people that order after that, we will repeat the process. The group buy is valid until Midnight (PT) February 28th and we will place the final order for the remaining units at that time. After the group buy has expired, they will return to the suggested retail price and we will keep them in stock for immediate shipment. The group buy list will be kept updated so that everyone knows how many have ordered, paid, and when their order ships. Edit: We are keeping an accurate list of the participants and ship dates in the following post to make it easier to follow. Intro and Overview: Over the last few months there have been a lot of new developments on our platforms. Many of these developments have been debated and dynos have been presented only to spark more debate. As many are aware a short time ago we decided we were going to do another development vehicle (2011 E90 335i) for which we would be starting from scratch. We did a preliminary dyno but wanted to track our gains as we made the various modifications to see what affect they had on real world driving and performance. Was the car faster or not? That's what we really care about, right? So to track those gains we got in touch with Racelogic who makes the VBOX to see what options we had. As some may be aware they offer the VBOX Sport which is a completely wireless and fairly inexpensive solution that tracks your performance via multiple GPS satellites tracking your movements at a rate of 20hz. (The older, bulkier, and more expensive Vbox with the display is 10Hz) So far we've been pretty impressed with how easy it is to use and given all the hoopla lately we contacted VBOX to see if we could offer a group buy as there MAP pricing is pretty strict. They gave us permission to do so, so here we are. ;) Rather than go on about it, here are some of the features, specs, and pictures of the product and it's capabilities: 20Hz GPS Engine Bluetooth interface to iPhone or iPad Over 6hr battery life Internal rechargeable battery Internal or external GPS antenna Free Performance Test and Laptimer iPhone App available from the Apple App Store Robust, waterproof, lightweight enclosure USB Charging SD card logging Herbert Richter mounting system (optional) Free data analysis software Compatible with Harry's Lap Timer app, which is available for iOS and Android So in short, lets put an end to these dyno debates and here is the perfect way to do it! You can use the 60-130mph standard if you wish, but you can also set up your own testing intervals. In our case we wanted to remove the shift point as a variable, so we monitor our 40-90mph times. I'm sure many of you can also see why this standard might be a bit more practical. ;) Either way, that is for all of you to discuss and you can monitor multiple intervals in a single run be it speed, distance, braking...etc. In addition you can enter multiple vehicles in to your setup so you can keep track of each vehicles performance individually. Also, for those that do utilize the iOS interface, there is one criteria that I wish they'd change and supposedly they are going to address it. When doing a log on an iOS device, you have to press "Start" while at a stop and then your log won't start until you reach the specified speed for your first interval. However, once you have turned the unit on, it starts recording all your movements regardless if you're logging with an iOS device and when you return to the computer, you can download your data via the 4GB memory card that is included. Consequently an iOS device isn't necessary, but it sure is nice for immediate results. When running lap timers you have the option to use an iOS or Android device although we have not played with this feature yet. Stock images: A few of our images from our E90 testing: Stock 40-90 times on 91 octane Stock misc. times with 60-130 :lol Current best 40-90 time with intake, CP, and tune on 91 octane P.S. Thanks to Sticky for getting our IP issue fixed so we have better access again! :music-rockout:
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  • Cpt_Rum-bo's Avatar
    02-20-2015, 12:43 AM
    Hey, I've tried multiple tunes on this car (cobb OTS Stage 2 93, Cobb OTS E30 and my own custom E30 tune starting with Cobb's OTS E30 as a base) and they all result in the same issue. Lots of timing pulls in cylinder 5. Every other cylinder usually has very minor or 0 corrections. Car has BMS DCI and Chargepipe, Mech Tuning 5" IC, VRSF catless DP and a custom catback. I already swapped injectors, ignition coils and spark plugs with cylinder 1 which never had any corrections and it still stayed in cylinder 5. Logs attached. Any help is much appreciated.
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  • dmacpro91's Avatar
    01-30-2015, 08:16 PM
    So I figured I'd go ahead and start my build thread/review now that things are moving forward. For starters, I have an '08 135i 6AT that is basically FBO+Meth. I've enjoyed driving the car with this setup for awhile, but after some time, even 434whp stops being enough. Dyno pre-upgrade (434whp 471wtq): Note that this isn't a dynojet, it's supposedly somewhere between a dynojet and a mustang dyno so my numbers will mainly be used to compare my before and after results. When I started trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, there were quite a few single turbo setups coming to market. After I saw the results and price of the VM Single Turbo Kit though, I knew that was the one I wanted. So I messaged fastgti69 and after he cleared up my questions, I was placed on the list for their batch of Single Turbo kits. My goal the entire time was to have a strong 600whp DD with pretty good spool. Payam suggested the 6262 so I'd have a little extra room to play with power-wise. Fast forward a few months and my kit is complete. Just want to say thank you to Payam and everyone at Ventura Motorsports. They were always super friendly and quick to respond to any questions I had. :) Everything came packaged very nicely and I have an unboxing video I'll upload at some point. As you can see in the pictures, the build quality is top notch. I'm scheduled to get the kit installed by SR Performance (a local shop) this week so I'll post more info when I can. 1/27/15 Dropped off car at SR Performance for the install. 1/29/15 Vehicle is on the lift and ready for disassembly. 1/30/15 Quote from Cory (SR Performance): "I will tell you its pure quality through and through from what I've handled thus far. The hotside alone is built using ALL top tier components. They even took the time to grind out the chromium on the inside of the pipes after tig welding. Impressive."
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  • boostedmaserati's Avatar
    02-12-2015, 09:00 PM
    "Steve Dinan is leaving the company he founded 36 years ago to accept a management position in the worldwide sports car operations of Chip Ganassi Racing. Dinan and all of its programs for BMW will continue under the leadership of new President and CEO Brian Applegate. Steve will continue in a consulting role; that enables him to stay connected to the company. Dinan says, “Those of you who know me well know that my heart has always been in racing. From my days as a competitive driver to engineering race winning engines for the top teams in motorsport, racing is my passion. You may be aware that together with Chip Ganassi Racing and BMW Dinan as a company has won many Daytona Prototype races and four Rolex Grand-Am championships as well as two overall wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This opportunity allows me to be a part of the best team in sports car racing."
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 02:24 PM
    We are looking for a stock 135 charge pipe so we can get the 135, RHD version of our silicone CP into production. We can always buy one from the dealer, but if someone went ST on a 135, they most likely just have one laying around. If anyone does and wants a few bucks for it. Let me know. Thanks!
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  • mjmarovi's Avatar
    02-17-2015, 04:49 PM
    Hey guys, So hardware wise the car has been returned completely back to stock from the single turbo kit. At the time I was running a Cobb backend flash. I tried flashing the cobb back to stock and for some reason, low battery possibly, it lost comms halfway through the flash. Couldn't get the Cobb out of recovery mode so ended up shipping out ECU and AP to Cobb. I got everything back from Cobb, put the ECU in, started the car, and bam! the car started. Well, it starts, but runs like complete shit. I plugged in my BT cable and it has a injection valve cylinder 2 code, and a 2fa3 coding missing, and a gear control code also going off. I'm guessing this is all stemming from missing coding. Could this have happened when Cobb supposedly returned my ECU back to stock? Anyway, I thought this may be possible so I used bimmerboost flash to to do a force complete write of my stock bin. Well...same issue, same codes. Only question now is...what now? Is this now only an issue the dealer can fix? I'm going to contact Cobb again, but I'm just trying to get the damn car back to stock and get rid of it, I can't believe the issues I'm having. What a nightmare. I would only wish the car on my enemies.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    02-22-2015, 03:21 AM
    Did a quick overlay of the latest Motiv ST JB graphs with the Ghosts Stage 2+ results. The results are as close to apples to apples as you are going to get. Both cars are running A JB4, the BMS PI system which mean fueling is a direct comparsion, both are running very similar boost levels, what we get is interesting to say the least. At about half psi less at redline 2+ makes the same power, they spool quicker with more grunt under 3500, and with slightly less boost they make very near the same power through out the rev range. These are completely independent results, so its pretty interesting. Secondly I overlaid our Stage 2+ testing, with much more timing, near same low end boost, and 3 psi less at redline. The results are a much faster spool, a much broader midrange punch, and slightly more power on less boost. Its pretty cool to see the stock frames basically match the power of a kit that cost almost twice as much, while making more power down low. The N54 is getting very interesting these days...:eusa-clap:
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  • Xearom3's Avatar
    02-02-2015, 01:47 PM
    Hey guys, got my kit moved from my previous car on the my new-to-me '09 135i and figured I'd share my results from a quick dyno session a couple weeks ago. The setup: '09 135i MT Runs done in 4th gear, STD CF, smoothing 5 93 pump, CM10/CM14 100% meth custom single kit PTE 6466 Gen2 ball bearing, twin scroll @ 30psi VRSF 5" IC full 3" exhaust (no cats/etc) The graph: Overlayed my best run on RB's for comparison. Log: Datazap: Overall, pretty pleased with the results taking everything into consideration. Next step is to convert to a PI setup, and replace my HPFP (think its starting to go out). And before anyone says anything, no, I do not run this amount of boost on the street, this was just to see how far the car could be pushed on the current setup, I usually run a few psi less.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-19-2015, 05:22 PM
    This sums up my feelings on the topic very well. The education system has convinced people that a degree means they are educated or successful. I've done more learning outside the classroom than I have ever done inside one: Kyle Smith writes... Howard Dean recently criticized Gov Scott Walker for never finishing college, stating that he was "unknowledgeable." What would your response be on college as a requirement for elected office? Hi Kyle Back in 1990, The QVC Cable Shopping Channel was conducting a national talent search. I had no qualifications to speak of, but I needed a job, and thought TV might be a fun way to pay the bills. So I showed up at The Marriott in downtown Baltimore with a few hundred other hopefuls, and waited for a chance to audition. When it was my turn, the elevator took me to the top floor, where a man no expression led me into a suite and asked me to take a seat behind a large desk. Across from the desk, there was a camera on a tripod. On the desk was a digital timer with an LED display. I took a seat as the man clipped a microphone on my shirt and explained the situation. “The purpose of this audition is to see if you can talk for eight minutes without stuttering, blathering, passing out, or throwing up. Any questions?” “What would you like me to talk about,” I asked. The man pulled a pencil from behind his ear and rolled it across the desk. “Talk to me about that pencil. Sell it. Make me want it. But be yourself. If you can do that for eight minutes, the job is yours. Ok?” I looked at the pencil. It was yellow. It had a point on one end, and an eraser on the other. On the side were the words, Dixon Ticonderoga Number 2 SOFT. “Ok,” I said. The man set the timer to 8:00, and walked behind the tripod. He pressed a button and a red light appeared on the camera. He pressed another button and the timer began to count backwards. “Action,” he said. I picked up the pencil and started talking. “Hi there. My name’s Mike Rowe, and I only have eight minutes to tell you why this is finest pencil on Planet Earth. So let’s get right to it.” I opened the desk drawer and found a piece of hotel stationary, right where I hoped it would be. I picked up the pencil and wrote the word, QUALITY in capital letters. I held the paper toward the camera. “As you can plainly see, The #2 Dixon Ticonderoga leaves a bold, unmistakable line, far superior to the thin and wispy wake left by the #3 , or the fat, sloppy skid mark of the unwieldy #1 . Best of all, the Ticonderoga is not filled with actual lead, but “madagascar graphite,” a far safer alternative for anyone who likes to chew on their writing implements.” To underscore the claim, I licked the point. I then discussed the many advantages of the Ticonderoga’s color. “A vibrant yellow, perfectly suited for an object that needs to stand out from the clutter of a desk drawer.” I commented on the comfort of it’s design. “Unlike those completely round pencils that press hard into the web of your hand, the Ticonderoga’s circumference is comprised of eight, gently planed surfaces, which dramatically reduce fatigue, and make writing for extended periods an absolute delight.” I pointed out the “enhanced eraser,” which was “guaranteed to still be there - even when the pencil was sharpened down to an unusable nub.” I opined about handmade craftsmanship and American made quality. I talked about the feel of real wood. “In a world overrun with plastic and high tech gadgets, isn’t it comforting to know that some things haven’t evolved into something shiny and gleaming and completely unrecognizable?’” After all that, there was still five minutes on the timer. So I shifted gears and considered the pencil’s impact on Western Civilization. I spoke of Picasso and Van Gogh, and their hundreds of priceless drawings - all done in pencil. I talked about Einstein and Hawking, and their many complicated theories and theorems - all done in pencil. “Pen and ink are fine for memorializing contracts,” I said, “but real progress relies on the ability to erase and start anew. Archimedes said he could move the world with a lever long enough, but when it came to proving it, he needed a pencil to make the point.” With three minutes remaining, I moved on to some personal recollections about the role of pencils in my own life. My first legible signature, my first book report, my first crossword puzzle, and of course, my first love letter. I may have even worked up a tear as I recalled the innocence of my youth, scribbled out on a piece of looseleaf with all the hope and passion a desperate 6th grader could muster...courtesy of a #2 pencil. With :30 seconds left on the timer, I looked fondly at the Dixon Ticonderoga, and sat silently for five seconds. Then I wrapped it up. “We call it a pencil, because all things need a name. But today, let’s call it what it really is. A time machine. A match maker. A magic wand. And let’s say it can all be yours...for just .99 cents.” The timer read 0:00. The man walked back to the desk. He took the pencil and wrote “YOU’RE HIRED” on the stationary, and few days later, I moved to West Chester, PA. And a few days after that, I was on live television, face to face with the never-ending parade of trinkets and chochkes that comprise QVC’s overnight inventory. I spent three months on the graveyard shift, five nights a week. Technically, this was my training period, which was curious, given the conspicuous absence of supervision, or anything that could be confused with actual instruction. Every few minutes a stagehand would bring me another mysterious “must have item,” which I’d blather about nonsensically until it was whisked away and replaced with something no less baffling. In this way, I slowly uncovered the mysteries of my job, and forged a tenuous relationship with an audience of chronic insomniacs and narcoleptic lonely-hearts. It was a crucible of confusion and ambiguity, and in hindsight, the best training I ever had. Which brings me to the point of your question, Kyle. I don’t agree with Howard Dean - not at all. Here’s what I didn’t understand 25 years ago. QVC had a serious recruiting problem. Qualified candidates were applying in droves, but failing miserably on the air. Polished salespeople with proven track records were awkward on TV. Professional actors with extensive credits couldn’t be themselves on camera. And seasoned hosts who understood live television had no experience hawking products. So eventually, QVC hit the reset button. They stopped looking for “qualified” people, and started looking for anyone who could talk about a pencil for eight minutes. QVC had confused qualifications with competency. Perhaps America has done something similar? Look at how we hire help - it’s no so different than how we elect leaders. We search for work ethic on resumes. We look for intelligence in test scores. We search for character in references. And of course, we look at a four-year diploma as though it might actually tell us something about common-sense and leadership. Obviously, we need a bit more from our elected officials than the instincts of a home shopping host, but the business of determining what those “qualifications” are is completely up to us. We get to decide what matters most. We get to decide if a college degree or military service is somehow determinative. We get to decide if Howard Dean is correct. Anyone familiar with my foundation knows my position. I think a trillion dollars of student loans and a massive skills gap are precisely what happens to a society that actively promotes one form of education as the best course for the most people. I think the stigmas and stereotypes that keep so many people from pursuing a truly useful skill, begin with the mistaken belief that a four-year degree is somehow superior to all other forms of learning. And I think that making elected office contingent on a college degree is maybe the worst idea I’ve ever heard. But of course, Howard Dean is not the real problem. He’s just one guy. And he’s absolutely right when he says that many others will judge Scott Walker for not finishing college. That's the real problem. However - when Howard Dean called the Governor “unknowledgeable,” he rolled out more than a stereotype. He rolled a pencil across the desk, and gave Scott Walker eight minutes to knock it out of the park. It’ll be fun to see if he does. Mike
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    02-18-2015, 12:48 AM
    Evil///M started a thread New VTT inlets! in N54
    Came home to a nicely packaged box wrapped in VTT tape. Wonder what could be inside!? :rolleyes: First impression, I was amazed at how small they are. You don't realize how much of a short distance it actually is from the filter to the turbo inlet! I was also worried that fitment might have been off for the larger inlet on the 2+ but it actually fits very well. Inside you get; 1x front intake tube 1x rear intake tube 1x 12" ¾ silicone hose for PCV (mine did not have this piece) :confusion-shrug: 2x hose clamps And for those that ordered with optional DCI; 2 filters 2 aluminum adapters -Also includes a small packet with pictures of the items and tips for installation. Overall the quality looks nice, test fitting on the turbo inlets was a perfect fit. One thing I'm not sure of is if the clamps go on the filter side or the turbo side?..:think: Very excited to get these turbos in (hopefully next weekend) and get my flash tune from Wedge! :music-rockout: I will start a new thread to track progress and get some baselines when the time gets closer!
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    02-20-2015, 04:46 PM
    She's alive :music-rockout: Ran Map 4 with the log below. It's the black and red springs, about 9PSI. Note that FF is set to 0. Can I move up to MAP 1 now, which is 15PSI? Pics and videos later.
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    01-31-2015, 04:52 PM
    It is nice having the entirety of F-Series BMW ECU's cracked, isn't it? It seems like every week a tuner is releasing their flash software. Eurocharged in addition to their S63TU flash now offers an S55 flash for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models equipped with the BMW 3.0 liter S55 turbocharged inline-6. On the Eurocharged Houston Dyno Dynamics the 2015 F80 M3 tested puts down 360 wheel horsepower and 375 lb-ft of wheel torque stock. Note, it is reading more conservatively than a Dynojet and how one would typically expect a Dyno Dynamics to read. When tuned by Eurocharged, output rises to 450 wheel horsepower and 448 lb-ft of wheel torque. Gains of 90 wheel horsepower and 73 lb-ft of wheel torque respectively. For tune only numbers those are very, very nice gains. Now how about when Eurocharged downpipes are added into the mix? Wheel horsepower goes into the 480's along with the wheel torque. Downpipes are providing roughly 30 more horses and lb-ft at the wheels. In addition to the power and torque gains the Eurocharged software removes the speed limiter, increases the redline, and optimizes throttle response. Not bad at all for $1299.99: Tune only: Tune with Eurocharged downpipes:
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