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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    03-02-2015, 12:14 PM
    Ok so with the ability to flash BMW's coming to android what Android phone would you buy. I still prefer iOS over android for the refinments but I'm sure I could customize android to what I want so I need the right hardware should I go Nexus6(or whatever the newest one is) Samsung S6/S6edge or the HTC M9. I prefer the smaller form factors but that doesn't seem to exist anymore. But I pretty much need it to be waterproof or have a case that is that I can buy ie lifeproof etc. http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?63449-N54-DAMOS-mobile-project-donation
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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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  • 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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  • Vasily1's Avatar
    02-14-2015, 06:40 AM
    While no GT or new C63 has been yet delivered to a customer, RENNtech has been obviously busy with the pre-development of even Sage 3 (tune+exhaust+mod.turbos) for the M177/178 engine already! On the attached pic a 4.0L mod. turbocharger that is wearing a RENNtech badge on it with a "190" in the number, which could be for the GT.
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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    03-02-2015, 05:03 PM
    http://jalopnik.com/cadillac-is-trolling-europe-1688883491 This might be a little desperate, but still pretty funny.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-19-2015, 10:42 PM
    Ferrari is really shaking up their lineup and the character of their cars. We have experienced just over two decades from the time of the Ferrari F40 to today where mid-engine Ferrari's were all about high revs, finesse, and response. With the launch of the Ferrari 488 GTB that era is over. It is not all bad as the Ferrari F40 reminds us. Twin turbo mid-engine V8 Ferrari vehicles are nothing new and the F40 is arguably the greatest example. What's not to love? 478 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque from a twin turbocharged 2.9 liter V8. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox in a package weighing only 3018 pounds. Nobody in Europe had a serious answer for the Ferrari F40 but there was another group of Italians who was not about to let Ferrari have all the glory. The Lamborghini Diablo offered looks just as exotic and very similar power and torque. Its naturally aspirated 5.7 liter V12 produces 485 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque. This is also routed to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission although the Diablo is much heavier at 3520 pounds. The Ferrari F40 is simply the leaner and meaner car. It is the true driver's car here and it shows on the roadcourse where it outlaps the Diablo by almost 5.5 seconds. It pulls more on the skidpad and accelerates faster. The Diablo does brake a bit better but over 5 seconds on a roadcourse is a lifetime. The F40 is on another performance level. They do not quite make them like this any more. The original Car and Driver article points out parts were falling off the Lamborghini and that the F40 is basically a race car for the street. Both companies are not quite as hardcore as they used to be and they certainly have much better build quality these days. Still, this was a time where these exotics were truly exotic in their performance, price, and pedigree. The complete enthusiast garage would feature both. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-10-2015, 05:42 PM
    BMW's mission has become outselling its rivals and using sales figures to flaunt superiority. Raw numbers do not show who is building the better car but BMW is mostly concerned with profit above all else now. As that is the goal the executives must be shocked that Audi and Mercedes are both outselling BMW in 2015. Obviously we are working with a small sample size but these figures could denote consumers are experiencing BMW fatigue. Audi is in the top spot right now with a 10% increase in January 2015 over the previous year selling 137,700 cars. Mercedes experienced a 14% jump in the same period with sales of 125,865. This just beats out BMW which experienced a 6.3% sales increase to 124,561 cars. So what is going here? Well, this could just be an abnormality or it could be that Audi has a chance to take the overall luxury sales crown that BMW has held since 2005. At this point nobody knows what will happen and China's figures alone can sway each of these brands. Perhaps BMW should focus more on making better cars like Audi and Mercedes are than just pumping out more models? Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-20-2015, 07:36 PM
    I'm considering going to Vegas for this. However, I don't think Manny will win. Floyd will just run around and doge and counter until the final bell. Manny hasn't exactly been on a hot streak. If this fight was three years ago, sure, Manny could overpower Floyd and he was quick enough to catch him. Now? I don't think so.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-11-2015, 02:37 PM
    So I was in Little Tokyo last week and had a great time. The highlight though was this toilet seat: Does anyone have one of these? Or a recommendation? I felt like I was pooping in the future.
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  • 5soko's Avatar
    02-10-2015, 05:32 PM
    Stock E60 M5 (sounds like it has exhaust) vs Exhaust F82 M4 DIG: ROLL: http://youtu.be/nlPOC6YHZ7g
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  • SportSedan's Avatar
    02-23-2015, 05:36 PM
    Hi Guys, I am new to the forum and desperately need your expert advice. I am finally looking into purchasing my first German car and I can't be more excited! I live in Ontario, Canada and currently drive a Dodge Avenger SXT (Boring!!). But I am torn on the age old question..... BMW or Mercedes?? I am trying to decide between a used 2011 or 2012 C-Class or 3 Series but I just don't know what to get. Please help me answer these questions: - Which one is better for driving in the snow? - Which one tends to break down more/require more maintenance? - Which one costs less to maintain? - Do either of them come with built in XM Satellite Radio or Bluetooth? (Dodge has both and is a huge selling feature for me) - Overall, what do YOU feel is the better model/brand? Thank you guys, looking forward to hearing from you!
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  • boosted-M's Avatar
    02-12-2015, 05:25 PM
    Everything came off my 2010 335XI with auto trans and in perfect working order. If you have interest and need shipping quotes, please send me a PM ETS FMIC full kit with charge pipe & Tial BOV, meth bungs. Type III Hard Black Anodizing (for stealth look and improved durability) Large 20"x5.5"x6" Core http://www.evolutionracewerks.com/node/50 I paid $1630, will sell for $1050 AR Design 3" Catless DP's for 335XI - paid $900 shipped, will sell for $600 BMS DCI - $60 - SOLD
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  • 4doorbmwpower's Avatar
    02-28-2015, 03:12 PM
    Pm me for pix of interested $4400 shipped. This comes with clipped billet 20T compressor wheels (9 blade) and install kit with everything needed (even the VTT shirts are still in box) completely maxed out. Still in box from VTT with packing peanuts and shrink wrapped. Keep your cores and avoid the wait (took mine months to get). Build these on his web site and select no cores. These will still be cheaper. I am going a new direction with custom turbos. If no one wants these I will just send back to Tony wanted to give someone the option tho to have them immediately. If you ordered these today they would be just under $5000 dollars and you would owe your turbos. Keep your turbos and save money and time. Ready to ship.
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  • andy_divers's Avatar
    03-04-2015, 12:02 AM
    Tried to register today and its already sold out! I emailed Ryan about the waiting list, but haven't heard back yet. Did any other N54's get in or on the waiting list? Anyon have experience with the waiting list and the odds that people will cancel and spots will open? I would be coming from washington state so it'd be nice to have alittle notice.
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  • Nugs's Avatar
    02-05-2015, 02:03 AM
    Nugs started a thread For Sale: defiv lockdown kit in Buy/Sell - Parts
    For large pumpking diffs. Was installed on a DCT 135i. It is missing the bolts through to the diff cover as I didn't keep my stock ones and had to reuse them, but shouldn't be hard to find suitable replacements. Located in Aus and preference will be given to local buyers but willing to ship anywhere. $500 obo.
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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    02-16-2015, 11:02 PM
    Is anyone on Wheelwell.com? I just heard about it on my new addiction (The Smoking Tire Podcast) and I thought I would check it out. Its basically a social network for car enthusiasts with everything you would expect (pictures, miles, etc...). The best feature is that you can put in your exact modifications and tuning setups, time slips, and service records.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-26-2015, 04:26 PM
    You may notice some of the front pages are incomplete or missing articles. The forum software was upgraded so I will have to manually reconfigure some things. On the bright side we should have many bugs resolved. Just be patient as I update the front pages manually back to how they were.
    7 replies | 258 view(s)
  • Mthis's Avatar
    03-02-2015, 04:32 PM
    Personal Best and might even be some type of record in NA form.. c63 LTH exhaust intake filters weight reduction. 3725lbs (3900lbs C&D)custom tuning for 93 oct Oetuning. c63: C63:
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  • Fishayyy's Avatar
    03-03-2015, 08:33 PM
    So today I finally received my Motiv clutch kit(which looks very high quality), but since I don't have a lift to do the clutch job with I need to get a reliable shop somewhere around the Ventura County area. I'm willing to drive pretty much anywhere within reason I just don't want to pay a ridiculous price for the labor/have the job done incorrectly, so does anyone who lives out here have a trustworthy shop they know of? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-18-2015, 10:53 PM
    Rolls Royce will produce an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle). Why? Because there is money in it of course. Rolls Royce chief executive Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes and chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer penned a letter announcing to the world that Rolls Royce would produce a vehicle that can cross any terrain. In other words, they announced an SUV without saying SUV. The logic behind the move is likely that Bentley is doing it so why not Rolls Royce? Even Lamborghini is getting into the mix. The BMW group is a big fan of making money and rebadging platforms between brands to stretch dollars as far as they will go. With the announcement of a BMW X7 on the way and the development money already being spent somebody in the BMW group simply figured, why not give the platform to Rolls Royce? Rolls Royce already uses BMW 7-Series architecture in their cars as well as BMW V12 motors in their cars so it is only natural. The lines between the brands are increasingly blurring though. The best way to tell them apart these days is by their sticker price which is predominantly a product of the badge the vehicle is wearing. AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS ON THE SUBJECT OF A NEW ROLLS-ROYCE 18.02.2015 -- The launch of Phantom in 2003 marked the beginning of the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Since then, we have set a new benchmark for what a super-luxury car should be unique, hand-crafted, beautiful and rare. Often imitated, Phantom has never been equalled and continues to be hailed as 'The Best Car in the World' by our customers and media alike. Twelve years later, after the introduction of successful new models like Ghost and Wraith, Rolls-Royce stands proudly at the pinnacle of British luxury manufacturing, confirming our custodianship of this precious marque. Now we have reached another seminal moment in Rolls-Royce's 111-year journey. Today we confirm that we are developing an all-new Rolls-Royce with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose: - A car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain - A car that meets our customers' highly mobile, contemporary lifestyle expectations - A Rolls-Royce that is as much about the pioneering, adventurous spirit of Charles Rolls as it is about Sir Henry Royce's dedication to engineering and innovation - A car that appropriately reflects Rolls-Royce's brand promise of effortless luxury - A high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture - A unique new motor car worthy of carrying the Spirit of Ecstasy into the future This new Rolls-Royce will be Effortless ... Everywhere. Many discerning customers have urged us to develop this new car and we have listened. At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars we are uniquely focused on the desires of our customers and are driven by our own thirst to innovate. So we challenged our engineers and design team, led by Director of Design Giles Taylor, to create a different and exceptional new car. This car will embody all the values and capabilities that drove our two Founding Fathers to secure Rolls-Royce's reputation, early last century, by taking top honours in rigorous overland adventures such as the Scottish Reliability Trials, the London to Edinburgh event and the Alpine Trials. Rolls-Royces conveyed pioneers and adventurers like Lawrence of Arabia across the vastness of unexplored deserts and over mountain ranges. In other parts of the world including Australia, India and the Americas, Rolls-Royces carried their owners over challenging terrain with absolute reliability and comfort. History sets our precedent and our future calls us to action. This new journey begins now. We will take our time in developing and perfecting this new concept in luxury. We will include our customers, enthusiasts and media along the way and will keep you informed of our progress. Until then, rest assured, we are creating a motor car in the greatest traditions of our marque. Sir Henry Royce famously said: "When it does not exist, design it". We are doing just that.
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  • Omni's Avatar
    02-10-2015, 12:37 PM
    Both cars were driver only, M6 honked it off. I spun 3rd while he stayed with me and then I pulled pretty hard once into 4th. Wound out 5th which tops out at 145mph. Enjoy!
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    02-27-2015, 03:45 AM
    I thought at first it was only blue and black. But now I've seen the same image change colour. I can make it flop it seems by scrolling on this NP article. http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/27/is-this-dress-white-and-gold-or-blue-and-black-tumblr-photo-sparks-unlikely-online-debate/ Vice has a good article also. http://www.vice.com/read/heres-whats-happening-with-that-dress-with-the-confusing-colors-882
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