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  • kienvu14's Avatar
    11-23-2015, 12:13 AM
    Hey guys, i just want to start of with how horrible of an experience this has been. I chose VTT back in October 2014 because he wasn't so well known at the point and i figured that since he was putting out all these turbos that he would be great to work with. Little did i know that i would be going through two sets of turbos 13 months later....:facepalm Here goes from the beginning. October 2014 - FBO N54, 84k miles driving strong. OEM turbos give out. October 2014 - Turbos arrive on time and installed. Pull strong for almost a year straight and 11k miles. September 14 2015. One day, BOOM. Compressor wheel chipped and now is all bent up. HORRIBLE shaft play. Uninstall, send to Tony. Promised 2 week turn around time for Stage 2 rebuild OR option of Stage 2+ to compensate and was told 3 weeks. Well.... 3 weeks you say hmm? screw it, one week extra of down time for more power?! ill do it! September 18 2015 Turbos received. September 22,2015 Finally able to open turbo and confirm he received them. Opens them up and claims the turbos were deprived of oil.....but they worked for 11k miles and literally a year. My mechanic stated that he highly suggested a piston inside was installed incorrectly causing the compressor shaft to get funky and shear it self. This is where he says 3 weeks from this date is when i will get my Stage 2 + turbos. Remember that detail....Stage 2+ for 3 weeks.... September 24,2015 Email'd tony to confirm, Me:"We are still at a 3 week wait for the Stage 2+ upgrade right?" Tony: " Looking at the workload 3 weeks seems accurate. If anything changes i will let you know." SWEEET..... October 9, 2015 Emailed tony just to make sure we are still going on time. Tony : "We are getting these out to you next week. you have my word." October 15, 2015 Emailed again. he states "Im actually working on your turbo right now. These should be out by tomorrow".....the 16th right? nope.... October 16, 2015 - The day that they were promised to go out. Received email from tony. "I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page. i dont remember what we agreed upon. Did we agree stage 2 rebuild or stage 2+ upgrade? Let me know so i can get started, Just know that im low on stage 2+ housing and it will be a FEW MONTHS before i can get them to you. ." I told him i wanted stage 2+ still and you stated it would be 3 weeks not a FEW MONTHS.... October 19, 2015 Emailed received again. tony states " I understand what was said but i have a list of people waiting for their stage 2+ And it would be unfair for me to let you budge in line".... ok i under stand that but wouldnt that have been nice to know that 3 weeks ago? October 22,2015 I finally caved in and said screw this. i need my car back and if its so much easier just to get my regular ordered stage 2's then lets go. November 2, 2015 FINALLY received a email with shipping confirmation.....but we are already 7 weeks past the promise date... told me stage 2's would be 2 weeks.... nope that took 9 weeks. Told me stage 2+ would be 3 weeks...nope now that would be a few months. November 22,2015 300 miles later, Bank 1 turbo is now leaking oil. Contacted Tony stating how tired i am of this, i want a full refund of this since this is going now be my THIRD turbo from him...... contacts me back and here is his reply word for word. I can attached screen shots if you dont believe me. " Kien, Honestly while i am bummed you you have another issue. Im going to say its something going on with your car. What i have no idea. We are not RB, we do not have machining issues, billet wheel problems, none of the above , any issues we had are WELL in the past. We build turbos that perform, and flat out last, period. I honestly cannot even recall the last set of stage 2's we had a report of smoking in the past year, except yours. So if your car is smoking again, its not the turbos, something else is going on. I would never blame something as silly as inlets, etc etc. I cannot say what is going on, but i can assure you its not the turbos, at this point, unless there was an install error etc, that caused oil starvation, or another issue such as something getting sucked into the turbo. With that said we cannot offer you full refund, we are not doing a recall, you an the exception, not the rule. If this was common place, then yes we would have to step up, and offer refunds, but it is not. I can offer you a 50% refund, minus Paypal fees, core, and shipping or another set. There are many questions that need to be answered, how often was the oil changed through its life, etc etc. My own personal car, had a chronic smoking problem, guess what when i swapped the motor out with the same turbos on it, the smoke went away. Same turbos, different motors, no smoke. Go figure. As far as the rattle, come on man. It has been gone over and over and over and over. THERE IS NO 100% RATTLE FIX. We put brand new robust parts on there, they eliminate 90% of peoples rattle, but if you have your tune set up so when gates are not closed the flapper sits just off the house, it WILL rattle period. All that needs to be done is adjust the WG position with the tune, and it goes way. Let me know what you want to do out of the teo options above. Tony" Alright..... well im not settling for 50% refund when these turbos are not performing as they should. i have contacted my credit card company and will be filing a dispute. Current car symptoms: - NO white smoke on cold start. - White bluish smoke when warmed up driving and coming to a stop. Idles and smoke comes out, when accelerating smoke comes out. - heavy burnt oil smell -turbo seal? took plastic trays off under car. Oil is seeping and dripping from turbo. No VCG leak, no PCV problems, No OFHG leaks.... Looked at bank 1 turbo, turned on car to idle and watched oil slowly seep from the bracket that holds the housing together.......not turbos you say tony? you either have a bad turbo seal here or a bad CHRA..... Oil is leaking from the bracket here in the yellow circle. You can see here, after wiping it down a little, the yellow circles show where the oil is coming out of. I have already confirmed that it is not coming out of the feed/return oil line. Most recent Log. Log before VTT stage 2 died. Please be cautious guys.... im now stuck with a broken car again and fighting to get a refund because i have already paid twice $1200 to uninstall and a THIRD time... If anyone can help me out some how please do.
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  • Lswhat's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 02:02 PM
    So... Ive been sitting here thinking, and I wanted to share one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your 60' when drag racing. Its a pretty simple concept, and Definitely a DIY. hah. So here it is, One of the biggest drag racing mistakes people make right off the bat, is as simple as where they "Stage" their car. Staging, as in the two top yellow bulbs is the easiest and simplest way to improve your 60' and even as much as improving your top end mph. Staging is a series of 3 beams, pre stage, stage and guard beam. the guard beam is essentially usless to us as that is just to ensure your car isn't too low, or that you are trying to falsly trigger the top end beam. So the first beam, the prestage beam, when staging your car you want to take your time. typically I turn my top bulb on and let my fellow opponent do the same thing (Courtesy Staging) once both top bulbs on, my staging routine is fairly simple, and I do the same thing EVERYTIME. once both our cars are in the first beam I get on the converter on my car and SLOWLY bump the breaks so that I move less then an inch each bump, and I continue to do so @ 2000 rpms until the 2nd bulb (stage) is on, which is typically 7" at most tracks. and then get on my converter even harder, typically 2500-2800. But heres the catch... All of you people that blindly roll into the 2nd (stage) bulb have no idea where you are actually staging. In a perfect world you want to BARELY turn that 2nd bulb on therefore giving you 7" more of usable track, people may ask, "Why do I want to make the track longer?" and your answer is as simple as this... Your timer DOES not start until BOTH beams are fully connected again, meaning that your E.T. does not start ticking until you have moved approximately 7" So by this "shallow stage" method you will actually see higher mph, and lower 60' Your reaction time as well is recorded as soon as you technically recreate the beam, from the time the light turned green. in a perfect world you want to leave as soon as you see the last yellow light come on. I have been bracket racing for a number of years, and ill take my Camaro for example, that car does not react worth a damn. So typically I do my stage routine, but then give it 3 extra "bumps" decreasing the 7" to idealistically 4" which in return will improve my reaction time, but those 3 bumps cause my 60' to go from a 1.70 (when I shallow stage) to a 1.78 (deeper staging) and the overall E.T. will typically drop from a 11.85 @ 115mph (shallow stage) to a 11.98-12.00 @ 113.8 with a 1.78 (deeper stage) 60' You can even go as far as turning the top bulb completely off, which just means that the original "prestage" beam is back intact and your front tire is only breaking the stage beam. And I know a lot of you out there are thinking, this guy is full of shit, I dare you to try it next time you are at the track, try BARELY turning on the 2nd bulb one pass, and then the following pass deep stage and turn the top bulb completely off, I would bet you lose close to 2 tenths (.2) off of your total e.t. and at least 1-2 mph, provided you did everything the same as the pass before. I hope this helps someone!
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  • Unklejoe's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 02:17 PM
    Hello, I am working on an open source project and I figured it would be best to collaborate with as many people as possible. This project is for my N55 car, but I bet this will apply to other BMWs too (probably any BMW after 2008). The goal: Make my own progressive methanol injection controller. Purpose: Current meth controllers use different approaches for determining engine load. Some use straight boost (AEM), while others use a much more advanced approach of interpreting sensor values (Aquamist). However, all of these approaches are somewhat "inexact" in my opinion when you consider the goal, which is to inject a certain percentage of the total fuel amount at any given time. The Aquamist is probably the best (and likely more than precise enough for its purpose), but all of these kits still have the issue of installation complexity; I want to avoid tapping a bunch of wires under the hood. The purpose of this project is to create a meth controller that is both very precise and very simple to install. This is also partly driven by my curiosity. Approach: In short, I will obtain realtime engine fuel mass delivery rate data from the OBD interface and use this to drive an Aquamist fast acting valve (FAV). The 2011 E92 335i uses CANbus (500kbps) for OBD-II communications, and the car supports the UDS protocol. The fuel mass delivery rate will be requested using a standard UDS "get ID" (0x22) request. Then, once I have the fuel mass rate, I will convert it in to cc/min (taking in to account the specific gravity of gasoline). The result will be the TOTAL cc/min flow rate for the engine (which can sort of be converted to horsepower if you make some BSFC assumptions). I've created lookup tables (12 entries deep) for various fuel volume flow rates, which will allow for the mapping of the desired meth flow percentage (see MethService.h). The desired meth flow percentage (percentage of total fuel flow rate) will then be mapped to the required PWM duty cycle that the meth injector must be presented with to achieve said flow rate. There's more to it, but this is the general idea. I may update this post later with more details. Until then, see the code for details... Possible Issues: Conflicts with Cobb datalogger. Since there will essentially be two OBD devices on the port, this could cause conflicts. However, since this car uses CAN, it shouldn't be a problem. That's part of the beauty of CANbus. I do make use of the HW filters in the MCP2515 to try to reduce processing overhead for messages I don't care about, but those filters don't inspect deep enough into the message to select only fuel mass responses, so if the Cobb is using the same CAN ID, there could be issues. It all depends on how the Cobb obtains its data. Failure Modes. Special care must be taken to make sure that all possible failure modes result in NO INJECTION of meth. The Code: This project is open source and licenced under the LGPL. The LGPL was chosen because I don't want someone to simply take this code and incorporate it into their closed sorce project without giving proper recognition and support to the community. The LGPL essentially forces any changes to this code to be published openly and forces any closed source programs that make use of this code to provide a means to obtain the LGPL'd portions of the code and re-link to them. In other words, your closed source program CAN use my code, but it should be dynamically linked and you need to provide a copy of my code along with any changes you made to it. That being said, since this is the LGPL and not the GPL, feel free to incorporate this code in to your closed source project, but with restrictions. See the LGPL for more details. The Hardware: I am using a ruggedized version of the Arduino UNO for this project. It's basically the same as the regular Arduino but with a better power supply which can handle 3V-30V and is rated for extended temperatures. I am using the MCP2515 CAN controller with the corresponding transciever, both of which are part of the Jaycon CAN shield for Arduino. I am using the Arduino (OEM) 4 relay board to drive the meth pump and failsafe outputs. I am using the Arduino tinkerkit MOSFET board to drive the Aquamist FAV. This includes a flyback diode, which is nice. Progress I am able to query the fuel mass delivery rate from the ECU and can successfully interpret the values. This was done using some quick test code that I threw together just to prove the concept. Since then, I've been developing this "offline", so I don't know if the current code in the reposity works or not. The full code is basically complete, but I haven't tested it yet. I plan to drive around and log the PWM duty cycle and make sure things are sensible. Then, I will install the actual meth kit and tape the nozzle to the windshield to make sure things work as expected. Please review my code and let me know what you think. Feel free to contribute! Sorry if this post is "incomplete". The project can be found at:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-22-2015, 06:08 AM
    The W205 C-Class platform transition from sedan to coupe is more elegant than the preceding W204 generation. While the W204 coupe produced some odd proportions the W205 generation C205 coupe looks like it was designed to be a coupe from the onset. The proportions in person are beautiful and clearly take on some S-Class coupe inspired elements namely with the rear end design. It is muscular, angular, and modern. Quite simply, it is beautiful and more so than its sedan sibling. This is the 'Edition 1' C63 AMG S Coupe which is named for the launch model. This is for those who have to be the first to have it. So what does Edition 1 offer? Mainly unique trim elements as you can see with the yellow decals, wheel finish, and interior stitching. It is attention grabbing but has a 'boy racer' element to it. The yellow highlights are not exactly what one would call elegant. The interior details are beautiful though. The Edition 1 is only available in the matte grey finish you see and the AMG Aerodynamics Package is included. You can also get the Edition 1 in standard 469 horsepower C63 trim or C63 S 503 horsepower trim. Whatever your thoughts may be on the yellow accents there is no denying the C205 C63 is a gorgeous coupe. #LAAS2015
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  • 4doorbmwpower's Avatar
    11-21-2015, 10:08 AM
    Let me know if anyone has one. Preferably in Montego Blue. I can not find them online anywhere
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  • Pure Turbos's Avatar
    11-22-2015, 09:00 PM
    Another one from Brazil: N55 PURE Stg2 M135i vs "997 mk1 manual , EVT580 (remap/intake/full exhaust catless)"
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  • stilov's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 11:19 PM
    Great shape, handful of passes. 17x8.5 ET40, were used on a 335i so 5x120 and then whatever the BMW hub bore is. MT drag radials, good meat left. I will ship if its worth doing. Local preferred 600 shipped OBO
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  • Fishayyy's Avatar
    11-23-2015, 10:56 PM
    Hey, I'm looking to buy some OEM (or OEM replacement) rotors and calipers (rears only) but if you're only willing to sell the full set of brakes just send me an offer and we can work something out. I'm also in need of some non-EDC rear shocks and springs. Again if you have a full set of struts and shocks that you would like to sell at the same time, just send me an offer
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  • TTFS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:54 PM
    Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale! 20% off all E46 tunes 15% off all E9X tunes 12% off all F Series tunes If you do not see your vehicle listed contact us Please share! *December 4th prices return to normal *Tunes must be completed by April 1st 2016 Located in Crofton, MD.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-24-2015, 11:53 AM
    Anyone remember when the future was bright over at Lotus Cars? Allow us to jog your memory. It was way back in 2010 when Lotus was showing off a bunch of concepts including a 2013 Esprit. Lotus had an awesome presence at car shows and was generating huge buzz with their upcoming lineup. It all fizzled out as you may have noticed there was no Esprit built for 2013. The other four concept cars they debuted in 2010 named the Elan, Eterne, Elite, and Elise also amounted to nothing more than wishful thinking. Lotus did end up producing a new Exige a variant of you see below except they do not sell it in the USA for street use. All they sell is the Evora which pretty much was supposed to be a stopgap car until they launched the new Esprit among others. Lotus did not even have their own booth but a dealer brought this Exige to the LA Auto Show. Their presence is almost non-existent. It is a shame as they produce cars for enthusiasts. With Lotus not being able to even sell their full offering worldwide it is fair to wonder if at least in the US their best days are behind them and if they even have a future in this market. #LAAS2015
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