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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-04-2016, 10:02 PM
    2016 is the year N54 automatic transmission upgrades become reality. There have been various posts detailing options and Propulsive Dynamics showed technical details on their upgrades and the capacity increases possible on the ZF 6HP21 automatic that many of you with E9X 335's and E82 135's own. The automatic transmission will no longer be left out of the fun when running big boost on the N54 motor. For those who would like to get in on the upgrade early there are three beta tester spots available. If you are interested consider the following information: 1. Propulsive Dynamics strongly advises that the end user also either rebuilds or replaces the valve-body and torque converter. This would preferably be done through European Transmissions located in Atlanta, GA. 2. Propulsive Dynamics strongly advises that the end user utilize an ATF cooler to aide in heat management of the system. 3. The High Performance Kit includes Upgraded Clutch Kit with increased plate counts in key clutches, Upgraded Bushing Kit with proprietary bi-metallic alloy, and a ZF 6HP19/21 Universal Overhaul Kit. 4. Pricing for the Beta Kit is $1899 plus shipping. If you are interested please contact @Jason@PropulsiveDynamics on the forum or through e-mail at If you have any questions feel free to ask them below.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-29-2016, 04:12 PM
    This certainly is going to be an interesting option considering how it is priced and the stated capability. The Stage 3 turbo kit from MM Performance Engineering retails for $3000 and is capable of 700 wheel horsepower with the proper supporting modifications. At the heart is a TD04HL-19T upgrade. The 19T compressor wheel is a billet piece with 11 blades and extended tips. To see 700+ wheel you will need fueling upgrades and to push these turbos past 30 psi of boost. BimmerBoost member @Sirdaft1 is beta testing these turbochargers but he is not going for peak horsepower on the dyno but a daily useable 500 rear wheel horsepower on 93 octane. We will see how this option pans out. MMP has the best turbo bang for your buck for your N54, TD04HL-19T with true 19T native compressor housing. These turbos are capable of 700whp+ on the N54 and at just $3000 its a bargain and they bolt right up to your N54. The 19T compressor wheel is a forged billet wheel with extended tip technology from BorgWarner and with 11 blades made in the GTX style. 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 TD04HL turbine and flange up to the TD04 bearing housing. The kit requires upgraded inlet pipe system and also intercooler charge pipe system optimized for the high flowing native 19T 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.
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  • MM Performance's Avatar
    08-11-2016, 08:00 PM
    Here are the flow test results for the MMP ported N54 head. Stock intake and exhaust valve lift is about .400 in Testing was done on a single intake and single exhaust valve using a flow bench by a third party. Not sure but I think these are the first flow test results I have seen published for the N54, if not please link to other results as I would be curious to compare. Intake gets a large improvement at stock lift at about 30% flow increase Exhaust gets a nominal improvement at stock lift at about 10% flow increase The most important one is the intake. Some other interesting info from the additional test point at a lift of .500, looks like we could benefit from a intake cam with a more aggressive lift but not really from an exhaust cam. Also for the cost of a new intake cam, not sure if the 5% increase in flow is worth it. Going with .5mm larger Ferrea valves on intake and exhaust will help get more flow, if I had to guess maybe another 5% more as flow area only increase by 3% or so so I wouldn't expect major gains from that. The major gains seems to be from the porting work definitely. Very happy with the results in creased flow on the intake and exhaust port. You can see in the before and after pics below of the porting that the exhaust port is already semi ported and the intake port has a ledge and some hard corners which is why the intake benefits the most from the porting in the valve bowl primarily plus its a 31.5mm intake valve vs a 28mm valve on the exhaust so porting results are more pronounced on the intake. Here is more info on the ported heads and pics, its a repost from my ARP/built engine preview thread, but posted here for info purpose of this thread. MMP PORTED AND REBUILT N54 HEAD Before Pics of valve bowls After pics of valve bowls This port and polish is done by hand and takes a long time. Valve job includes new exhaust and intake valve guide seal, cleaning, checking for tolerances and rebuild of valves and springs into head. Also includes decking flat the head. $1500 Ferrea valve train can also be done. I think this is overkill as the stock valves and springs are very good especially at the max RPMs N54s currently run at, but if you want it we can do it for you. +$2000 for full Ferrea valve train. if interested in any of this stuff, send me an email at and let me know how I can help you in your build. Don't PM me here as I don't check them often.
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  • fastgti's Avatar
    08-16-2016, 03:17 AM
    *RESOLVED* DO NOT TAKE YOUR CAR TO AJE HOTI (EMP TUNING) if you value your money or vehicle. He is a scam artist and a very smooth talker. EMP Tuning is not licensed or insured and the work is done in his driveway. If something happens to your vehicle or you pay for work and he does not complete it he will block you on social media and you will take a loss as I did. I paid Aje $600 for a devils own direct port methanol injection kit $300 for installation, $150 for a thermostat installation he was not able to complete due to lack of tools. He also had a brand new forge diverter valve of mine that cost $210 he was going to sell for me due to the fact he had me purchase a part that did not work with my turbo. Our friendship diminished and I asked for my belongings and money he owes me so we can go our separate ways. Aje told me he did not owe me anything and blocked my phone number and on social media. I received only the meth kit and my vag-com i had lent him via a 3rd party and it was opened, with bags torn open inside and missing over 100 dollars of parts to make it port injection. He has made no attempt to pay me the money I had given him for work in good faith and claims everything was complete in the methanol kit. This is a person i have went above and beyond for. I have given free mounting and balancing, tires at cost, free alignment, i even let him use my $899 professional vag-com kit for 10 months when he wanted to start tuning cars and i never even asked for a dime. If he would do this to me for all i've done to him imagine what he could do to you. I had recently seen a post on his EMP TUNING facebook page about a port injection meth kit he installed on a similar engine. Now i know why my meth kit was incomplete and why he would not meet me in person to give it to me. He took my parts and sold them to another person. I waited a couple weeks and sent him a text via texting app to see when he could start paying me back and did not even receive a reply. Please take your vehicle to a licensed, insured and trusted shop not an unlicensed backyard mechanic that does mediocre work at best. I would hate to see anyone in the situation i am in.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-21-2016, 06:41 PM
    Very quick numbers here from a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera with the PDK transmission as tested by Car and Driver. Last month MotorTrend posted test figures for a seven-speed manual transmission 2017 911 Carrera and the PDK is substantially quicker. How much quicker you ask? The PDK hits 60 in 3.4 seconds versus 3.9 for the manual. The 1/4 mile for the PDK is 11.9 @ 118 whereas the manual does 12.3 @ 114.7. Yep, we called it: Indeed this is very impressive. As is the 3302 pound curb weight with the PDK dual clutch transmission. It should be relatively easy to keep a PDK Carrera in the 32XX pound range with some stripper options. Ok, we know it is quick and fast for the rated power so how about the handling? 1.06g on the skidpad is superb. What is there not to like about this car? Maybe the price. $110,970 as tested is not cheap and it starts at $90k to begin with. The Carrera certainly is more expensive than ever but it is also a better performer than ever. One does not even need to opt for the Carrera S as the performance gap between the two can be mended (or exceeded) with aftermarket software alone. The 2017 Carrera is just a hell of a car. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED:$110,970 (base price: $90,450) ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:182 cu in, 2981 cc Power: 370 hp @ 6500 rpm Torque: 331 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm TRANSMISSION:7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 96.5 in Length: 177.1 in Width: 71.2 in Height:51.3 in Cargo volume: 5 cu ft Curb weight: 3303 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 8.5 sec Zero to 130 mph: 14.8 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.6 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.8 sec Standing -mile: 11.9 sec @ 118 mph Top speed (mfr's claim): 183 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 135 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.06 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 22/30 mpg C/D observed: 21 mpg
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-02-2016, 07:42 PM
    This is an interesting piece of news and actually quite important. Why is that you ask? Well, some of you may remember that CARB stuck it to BMS (Burger Tuning) back in 2014. It seems the relationship is much better now as CARB (California Air Resource Board) approved the BMS DCI for the N54. This is probably just the beginning of various products for various platforms from BMS getting CARB approval. One, it shows the mass BMS reached in getting CARB's attention and secondly that they have the resources to go through the proper channels to get CARB approval which is not an easy thing to do. For California residents having that CARB approval is a big deal if some highway patrol officer decides to harass you or you happen to run into one of their mobile emissions testing stations that will try to verify if your intake is legal. Let's hope more products get CARB approval so they don't ruin the fun for all of us. A little good news, around 18 months in the making. We finally received formal CARB approval for our N54 dual cone intake system! This adds to our N55 Stage1 tuner and N18 JB+ that are also 50 state legal. With more products in the process. CARB Approved Under Executive Order (EO) No. D-744-2 for all 2007-2012 BMW Models Equipped with the N54 3.0L twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-14-2016, 10:12 PM
    Some interesting runs here from BenzBoost member @fairbird and his tuned W212 E63 AMG S 4Matic. He states he is on pump gas but considering how easily the cars are beaten here it certainly makes you wonder. Not to mention 730+ all wheel horsepower on pump would mean upgraded turbochargers. Hopefully he will provide the mod list but he makes easy work of the competition. 1. Murcielago - This wasn't even a race. One would think based on the performance this is not an LP640 variant. 2. Bolt on 335i - Not even a race either. The BMW gets crushed. 3. Pontiac G8 - Another joke of a run. 4. LS3 swapped 996 on nitrous - The guy is running with his top down? Why? He is also crushed. 5. GT500 Mustang - Another easy race. 6. GTR with FBO on E85 - This makes you question if the GTR is truly on E85 with FBO. Stock turbo GTR's have broken into the 9's and gone over 140. A full bolt on GTR on E85 should win this race but at least this is the closest run so far. Who knows what the mod list truly is on this GTR. 7. 750 whp N54 - Finally a better and higher quality camera angle. The E63 seems to get a huge jump and the N54's turbo lag doesn't help but the video cuts off just as the 335i is clawing back. Overall, this E63 performs very well but it does not run anything of substance other than the GTR and the 750 whp 335i. Considering the 335i run is cut off it makes it feel like this video is designed to inflate the perception of the E63's performance capability. Definitely fast but why go to an event just to beat up on cars that are easy to beat? Edit: Another video of the 335i run with the BMW out in front is also cut off. That video is below. Better Lambo vid, looks to be LP640: Better GTR video: Better single turbo 335i video (335 wins in this one and it's cut off):
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-24-2016, 05:06 AM
    Nice runs here featuring a stock Porsche 991.1 Turbo S and an E90 335i N54 with upgraded turbochargers courtesy of the Pure Turbos Stage 2 package. As a reminder, the Porsche has a PDK (dual clutch) transmission and makes 550 horsepower. It also weighs just over 3500 pounds. This 335i is said to weigh in the 33XX range meaning some weight loss measures are employed. To give you an idea of what the 991.1 Turbo S can do it runs high 10's in the upper 120's in the 1/4 mile. Now, in the first run the 335i gives the 911 Turbo a beatdown but it looks like the driver was sleeping or in the wrong gear. The second run is much better and basically door to door with the Turbo edging slightly. Good runs. Automatic 335i - Pure Stage 2 turbos, FBO Inlets+outlet, JB4 19psi (map7) and race gas. (3340lbs)
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  • fairbird's Avatar
    08-14-2016, 08:34 PM
    Few wins from last week 1320 video event , races 40 130 ish Lambo stock 640 hp GTR FBO E85 GT500 tuned , race gas 911 LS3 + NOS Black 335 FBO Blue 335 750 rwhp E63 pump gas 730 ish AWHP
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-09-2016, 04:10 AM
    This is still early but BMS (Burger Tuning) is developing a JB4 tune for the S63 engine under the hood of the E70 X5M and E71 X6M models. As you likely know, the current X5M and X6M utilize a revised S63TU motor. With prices for the previous generation models dropping hard the X5M and X6M make for a great tuning value. The only problem until now has been that BMS did not offer a JB4 tune for the vehicles. Well, development is under way and fortunately BimmerBoost is privy to some early results. Let's look at the difference between a stock X5M and one with a Stage 1 beta tune on pump gas. Stock: Running an early version of JB4 Map1 which is an additive style map. Around 4psi over stock on average: These are VBOX numbers of course but what you should take away is that the JB4 tune is making a big difference. Really, it's providing big torque gains down low. That is why you see the 0-60 and 0-100 times drop by so much whereas the trap speed increase in the 1/4 mile is minimal while the elapsed time difference is large. This is to be expected in the turbo era where BMW tuning provides major torque gains down low. This is all still very early but also very promising. Expect more details to come with the official release.
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