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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-11-2017, 07:32 PM
    Ok, keeping a black car clean is a giant bitch. You see every smudge. Anyone have any product suggestions? I almost feel like getting that spray on wax stuff and just wiping it down after every drive.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-08-2017, 11:31 PM
    There are upgrades coming for the ZF 6HP21 gearbox (such as the Nizpro option) but is it too little, too late? BimmerBoost knows of a member who recently completed a DCT swap with upgraded clutches as well as a few other members doing the same thing. Details on the successfully completed swap along with install pictures, pricing details, and the performance increase will come in a later article but perhaps the best option for automatic N54's running too much torque has been around this whole time and provided by BMW themselves. The Getrag DCT unit that BMW sources is used in a variety of models. If you are wondering about the torque handling capability, just look at what kind of torque F10 M5's running upgraded turbos are putting out and how the DCT transmission with upgraded clutches is holding it. Not only is the DCT capable of higher torque capability than the ZF 6HP21 it does not have the same software issues holding it back or internal hardware capability issues. Some upgrades for the AT box only aim at making it not slip at fairly low power levels in this day and age of N54 tuning. In other words, a complete waste of time for people running big boost (or who intend to add power) and concerned with maximum performance. You know, the kind of people who read BimmerBoost. The truth is, the DCT is the best option for high powered N54's. Not only will it hold as much torque as you can throw at it you also get a shift speed benefit. It's quite simply the best performance option and the swap alone will improve performance without you even having to add any power. The E82 1M should have come from the factory with it. If you are looking into something like the Nizpro upgrade by the time you factor in shipping from Australia, part cost, software, install, and shipping you might as well have just swapped in the DCT and had the best of all worlds. Look forward to a detailed article on this swap coming up soon.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-06-2017, 05:02 PM
    BoostAddict has covered a lot of Fabspeed products over the years. What is marketed is billed as top quality. The product presentation is done well and they provide good videos along with dyno data to support their claims. We like that. What we do not like is what you are going to see below. Why is nobody talking about it? Why is a lawsuit due to poor product quality and poor customer service not being discussed on any of the major forums? Probably because Fabspeed is a vendor on those forums and you will see those who raised questions were banned. Here is an example: Banned for raising questions about cheap Chinese Fabspeed sources. So what is going on? Well, take a look at some of this: Quite a bit to chew on there, isn't there? It certainly doesn't look good. It also doesn't look good that the source (www.fabspeedsucks.com) says a class action lawsuit is taking place. BoostAddict reached out for comment to see how far along this lawsuit is. What is the truth here? Well, we are going to try to find out.
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    03-06-2017, 04:28 PM
    Many people on BimmerBoost chase dyno numbers. Bragging about 800+ rwhp is fun. That is, until things start to break and repair bills start to add up. The N54 motor can make big power but the reality is for most people 600 rwhp is plenty and we forget just how much power that is. Chris@VTT put together a good article on getting your N54 to the ~600 rwhp level. Check it out below. Hey guys, While I think most of the users here on BB are a little past this, but I wrote an article about how to get 600 whp out of your N54 powered BMW. It's not a DIY but goes over the basics of what it takes to get there from our perspective -I hope some of you find it useful. Screenshots and .pdf attached. I do want to reiterate, there are MANY ways to do this, and plenty of good quality parts out there, not everything that's good got mentioned. If you have questions, just ask, we're always glad to help. Chris PDF:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-07-2017, 07:14 PM
    Fabspeed was not too pleased about the BoostAddict article yesterday which details claims about an upcoming class-action lawsuit. The job of this network is to report automotive performance news and sometimes that news is not positive. The job will be done to the writer's best ability even if that means some people might get upset. To do the job properly both sides should get their say and you, the reader, are left to make up your own mind. Now, that is quite a story and this Sal Pane fellow sounds like he is making life terrible for Fabspeed. BoostAddict did google Sal Pane and, yes, many links about him being a con man come up: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/long-island-officials-investigating-whether-con-man-sal-pane There's more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/how-new-york-city-hired-a-con-artist-to-clean-up-ebola?utm_term=.okK4aPYwA#.jk9jMnLme What is the truth here? Well, Sal Pane's name is attached to some very shady and very dirty things. Additionally, if the threats against Fabspeed and the extortion claims are true one would think Sal Pane would face jail time. It also seems that he is a convicted felon. Fabspeed is gearing up their own legal defense. All we know is Fabspeed sells exhausts and has always been easy to work with from this end and provided this network with whatever requests for product information were made. Let's hope this matter is quickly resolved.
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  • csu87's Avatar
    03-15-2017, 02:19 PM
    Well after a long run over there, got the boot. All because I called some guy salty after he bought a 2013 335 for 38k... My favorite touch was when i received an email from the mods that they were going to charge me $15k for having an alternate account. I'll keep you guys posted with how that goes. Guess I'll be more active over here now. Wont miss it since its a joke of a technical forum, although that offtopic section they have is pretty good.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-07-2017, 07:21 PM
    Fabspeed was not too pleased about the BoostAddict article yesterday which details claims about an upcoming class-action lawsuit. The job of this network is to report automotive performance news and sometimes that news is not positive. The job will be done to the writer's best ability even if that means some people might get upset. To do the job properly both sides should get their say and you, the reader, are left to make up your own mind. Now, that is quite a story and this Sal Pane fellow sounds like he is making life terrible for Fabspeed. BoostAddict did google Sal Pane and, yes, many links about him being a con man come up: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/long-island-officials-investigating-whether-con-man-sal-pane There's more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/how-new-york-city-hired-a-con-artist-to-clean-up-ebola?utm_term=.okK4aPYwA#.jk9jMnLme What is the truth here? Well, Sal Pane's name is attached to some very shady and very dirty things. Additionally, if the threats against Fabspeed and the extortion claims are true one would think Sal Pane would face jail time. It also seems that he is a convicted felon. Fabspeed is gearing up their own legal defense. All we know is Fabspeed sells exhausts and has always been easy to work with from this end and provided this network with whatever requests for product information were made. Let's hope this matter is quickly resolved.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-28-2017, 04:22 AM
    CARB (California Air Resources Board) is doing its darndest to ruin performance cars for everyone. What is the problem? CARB is adopting standards for 2025 that automakers believe are far too strict. Why is this a problem? First of all, automakers already stated they simply can not meet the previously proposed standards. Secondly, the rest of the states in the union would be forced to acknowledge CARB's decision. That means even if you do not live in California CARB would still be able to push your state around. Imagine for a moment a new car coming out with a lot of horsepower that is very efficient and meets EPA standards but does not meet CARB standards. Effectively, there would be two sets of emission standards in the USA but the CARB standards could force that automaker to abandon selling the car in the United States or even worse not bother producing it. Want to know what is truly troubling? Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia all decided to agree to CARB's standards. That means many of you are not exempt from California's eco-nazis even if you do not live in California. CARB gets away with setting federal standards as it pre-dates the EPA and a waiver under the Federal Clean Air Act means their emission standards must be recognized by other states. What will happen? Who knows. The Trump administration froze EPA grants to CARB hitting them where it hurts. The Trump administration also cut funding to the EPA. The Obama administration on their way out rushed approval of new EPA standards that align with CARB prior to Trump taking office. CARB blames the automakers: The White House believes California is going too far: As you can see, this is all pretty messy and will involve a lot of lawyers on taxpayer dime to sort out. The best case scenario is that CARB's waiver is revoked effectively neutralizing their power. The worst case scenario is two standards floating around which carmakers simply decide not to even bother with and stop producing performance cars altogether for the US market. Thanks a lot California.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-28-2017, 04:11 AM
    CARB (California Air Resources Board) is doing its darndest to ruin performance cars for everyone. What is the problem? CARB is adopting standards for 2025 that automakers believe are far too strict. Why is this a problem? First of all, automakers already stated they simply can not meet the previously proposed standards. Secondly, the rest of the states in the union would be forced to acknowledge CARB's decision. That means even if you do not live in California CARB would still be able to push your state around. Imagine for a moment a new car coming out with a lot of horsepower that is very efficient and meets EPA standards but does not meet CARB standards. Effectively, there would be two sets of emission standards in the USA but the CARB standards could force that automaker to abandon selling the car in the United States or even worse not bother producing it. Want to know what is truly troubling? Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia all decided to agree to CARB's standards. That means many of you are not exempt from California's eco-nazis even if you do not live in California. CARB gets away with setting federal standards as it pre-dates the EPA and a waiver under the Federal Clean Air Act means their emission standards must be recognized by other states. What will happen? Who knows. The Trump administration froze EPA grants to CARB hitting them where it hurts. The Trump administration also cut funding to the EPA. The Obama administration on their way out rushed approval of new EPA standards that align with CARB prior to Trump taking office. CARB blames the automakers: The White House believes California is going too far: As you can see, this is all pretty messy and will involve a lot of lawyers on taxpayer dime to sort out. The best case scenario is that CARB's waiver is revoked effectively neutralizing their power. The worst case scenario is two standards floating around which carmakers simply decide not to even bother with and stop producing performance cars altogether for the US market. Thanks a lot California.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-06-2017, 04:57 PM
    BoostAddict has covered a lot of Fabspeed products over the years. What is marketed is billed as top quality. The product presentation is done well and they provide good videos along with dyno data to support their claims. We like that. What we do not like is what you are going to see below. Why is nobody talking about it? Why is a lawsuit due to poor product quality and poor customer service not being discussed on any of the major forums? Probably because Fabspeed is a vendor on those forums and you will see those who raised questions were banned. Here is an example: Banned for raising questions about cheap Chinese Fabspeed sources. So what is going on? Well, take a look at some of this: Quite a bit to chew on there, isn't there? It certainly doesn't look good. It also doesn't look good that the source (www.fabspeedsucks.com) says a class action lawsuit is taking place. BoostAddict reached out for comment to see how far along this lawsuit is. What is the truth here? Well, we are going to try to find out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-09-2017, 07:46 PM
    Time to get this going with all the big moves. Looking for 135pats to chime in with what he knows. Romo released and it looks like the Texans are making space for him as they ditched Osweiler. I can't believe the Browns took on that contract. They got a second pick. So, 16 million for a second rounder? It's not like the Browns are going to contend any time soon but wow. RGIII is getting released. Ravens sign Danny Woodhead. Things are getting really shaken up. Should be a fun season.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-07-2017, 06:47 PM
    Sleeving the S65 V8 block for greater strength is the approach everyone took early on. An article from VAC asked if sleeves are bad for your S65 V8 engine and if there are any drawbacks. Their conclusion was that there are no drawbacks. BimmerBoost would beg to differ. There are drawbacks especially with flanged sleeves as when material is removed from the block to install the sleeves the rigidity is compromised. That is simply the experience with my own sleeved S65 V8 running high boost and Gintani's experience with various sleeved blocks. The approach taken for the BimmerBoost.com E92 M3 now is going with a high strength chromoly bed plate to brace and reinforce the block while leaving the bore alone. BimmerBoost previewed this bedplate in an article last year and now you can see the finished design and how it compares to the factory. There will no doubt be people saying sleeves are the way to go. They are welcome to try. The factory block without sleeves is currently supporting over 700 horsepower to the wheels. There are obviously going to be upgrades other than just this brace but take into account what AMS says here: What will an S65 V8 do with a reinforced block, forged crank, forged internals, and turbos? Well, we are going to find out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-14-2017, 03:39 AM
    What's going on over there @DavidV? Doesn't look good with the Turkish rioting. Maybe they should go back to Turkey, eh?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 04:11 AM
    BimmerBoost and the BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network as a whole takes pride in having great vendors who are enthusiasts at their core. The automotive world is riddled with scammers and this website has turned away and reported on a fair share. Unfortunately, JPWorkz is one that got on this board and never should have been allowed here in the first place. Call me naive but I believe people are ultimately good natured and in this because they love cars. I can not imagine taking in orders and then just blatantly ripping people off for thousands of dollars. How do you live with yourself? Well, perhaps if you have been doing it for over a decade you become numb to it. JPWorks or @JerryT introduced himself to me and pretended to offer a complete N54 turbo upgrade kit for a very low price. If something is priced too good to be true, it usually is. I would periodically receive messages telling me this Jerry fellow was a scammer known as Shaudfab. My initial thought was that maybe other vendors did not like someone coming in and pricing a turbo upgrade so low that it undercut them. I gave the guy a chance to prove himself but it soon became apparent a person named Jerry Trance was not reputable and likely did not even exist. The red flags were there after a few months. There is a 48 page thread you can go over and read for yourself but let's summarize things for those of you who don't have buckets of popcorn and hours to spare. I'll start with my personal experience that this guy always had an excuse. He never was able to pay his vendor tab on time. Literally, he never did. When he finally did the payments would come from someone named Anika Briton as he said he had no Paypal account. Huh, what? No Paypal account? Oh, I get it now, he didn't want a payment trail tied to him: Notice the payments cancel frequently as the account never was able to maintain payments. Also notice the dates constantly vary as it was like pulling teeth to get this person to maintain their account. Basically, all he wanted was to pay some money, put up a thread, collect orders, and run away with as much money as possible. Eventually JerryT told me he would pay for a block of time in advance. I took him at his word. Guess what happened? He did not honor his word. Suddenly things got very weird with this Shaudfab involvement: His 'girl' is somehow involved with Shaudfab who is well known as a scammer: http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?71356-JP-WORKS-SHAUDFAB Things get very dirty the deeper you look: http://www.srtforums.com/forums/f110/fraud-alert-guy-keikei-aka-04srt405-aka-amanda-mabalot-aka-kashif-casteel-141225/index9.html#/forumsite/21161/topics/141225?page=1 He doesn't just scam auto parts but everything: https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/ton-4-sale-4850-q6600-4gbram-28-monitor-hd-bluray-cases-mothe-rboard-and-more-look.72296/page-32 Those posts are dated as far back as 2005 meaning this person has been scamming on forums for well over a decade. Not to mention, getting away with it. He has it down to a science it seems. This information is actually common knowledge. People have messaged me confirming all of it but are afraid to take it to the police or have their name attached to it. Just look at this guy: Tracking down information on this guy is actually quite difficult as he has perfected his scamming technique to make sure he can't be found. Well, maybe perfected gives him too much credit: Now we're starting to get somewhere. These fake names keep popping up but they are tied to Bakersfield and a certain address. At the very least there is an address tied to the names. Two fakes names for shipping, but the same address. A place for the FBI to start, right? There are those who defend him saying this is all hate because his 'kit' is priced so cheaply but there sure is a long trail of people saying they got scammed: We could go on, and on, and on, and on... but it's time for this to come to an end. There is simply a constant pattern of missing parts, kits not being shipped, missed dates, broken promises, stolen money, etc. I am not a detective and neither are car enthusiasts on this forum. There is more than enough here for the FBI to do a proper investigation. This forum will gladly provide all the PM's, IP addresses, and e-mails from the JerryT account if asked. What I can say is that no vendor providing so little information about who they are will ever be allowed here again. Those who were scammed, provide the FBI with the information at the following link: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Let's finally make sure justice is served and that law enforcement properly investigates. It's the least we can do.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-11-2017, 07:54 PM
    This is a real shame although not really all that surprising. The Audi RS7 utilizes an all wheel drive ZF gearbox and the new W213 E63 AMG follows suit. What do they both have in common? Twin turbo top mount V8's and all wheel drive. Developing a DCT gearbox to support the torque of these twin turbo V8's moving 4500+ pound cars is difficult. Not to mention there needs to be some headroom as the companies know people will tune and launch them. Audi did the same thing with the new S5 model and its turbo powerplant. They ditched the dual clutch transmission for a ZF automatic. Who is the winner in this? ZF. They get to sell more transmissions and no doubt the cost factored into BMW's decision. The next generation mid-size battle is shaping up as the most boring of all time. Audi, Mercedes, and BMW all have the same exact thing. Porsche has a similar 4.0 liter V8 motor as the other three but at least gives you a dual clutch transmission with all wheel drive which stands out in the segment. Cadillac, please do something exciting with your next car that doesn't copy the already boring German recipe. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-27-2017, 09:41 PM
    Big Boost is a new player in the BMW N55 engine tuning world. They are showing what is a very strong N55 turbo upgrade offering. They have three stages the most powerful of which produces over 620 horsepower at the wheels. That is serious power out of the N55 motor. Let's look at the stages: Stage 3.1 (5459 turbo) capable of 470 whp Stage 3.2 (5959 turbo) capable of 520 whp Stage 3.3 (6159 turbo) capable of 620 whp What is included? – Cast exhaust manifold– Master Power 6159 turbocharger (7-Blade billet aluminum compressor wheel)– Wastegate mount– Turbo to intercooler charge pipe– BOV mount– Turbo inlet pipe– Big Boost down-pipe– Custom coolant pipe– Engine block coolant adapter– Intercooler inlet adapter– Oil lines Thankfully, they provide proof to match their claims. BMW 135i with flash tune @ 27 psi: BMW 135i with flash tune @24.5 psi: Tuning is done through an unnamed flash tune and flash tuning on the N55 motor is still relatively in the early stages with bigger turbo upgrades. More details on the tune as well as results on F-Series and E-Series cars would be appreciated. They price the updates starting at $4250 which certainly is competitive. As for seeing it in action, here: No 1/4 mile times or pulls but it definitely is making the power on the dyno on that F22 tuned through the factory DME along with a JB4. Fuel-It! port injection is providing the necessary fuel. Certainly good results so far and we look forward to independent results.
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