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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-22-2014, 11:06 PM
    This information comes to BimmerBoost courtesy of one of our tuning vendors. Based on a discussion with the tuner they have stated they have the ability to flash the S55 DME. As you may know, tuning modern turbocharged BMW's through the factory engine computer is proving difficult as BMW has tremendously upped encryption of the engine computers and is cracking down on any internal sources leaking codes to tuners to flash the ECU. Even vaunted BMW tuners with deep pockets such as Dinan are forced to resort to piggyback tuning due to the difficulty of gaining access to the modern BMW ECU's. Tuners with some of the best software engineers in the business such as COBB Tuning have stated that the encryption level of the F30 3-Series ECU is government security caliber. COBB has been working for some time now to try to get access to the F30 ECU and there is no telling if they will be able to. That is why this piece of news comes with some reservations as the tuner did not state how they were able to get access the S55 ECU in the F80 M3 and F82 M4. It certainly would be astounding for a crack to come this quickly as the car just hit the market. BimmerBoost is waiting on further details as the tuner makes preparations to make this software available. As soon as we get the concrete proof rest assured BimmerBoost will bring it to you ASAP.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-24-2014, 07:51 PM
    The E30 M3 released in 1985 was designed with DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters or German Touring Car) racing in mind. The S14 four-cylinder under the hood was designed for professional racing (as M3 engines traditionally have been) where it excelled. The S55 turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 in today's M3 is obviously a much more powerful motor. It is larger than the 2.0-2.5 liter S14 four-cylinder and also turbocharged whereas the S14 is naturally aspirated. The difference on paper is close to 100 horsepower but in practice it is closer to 200 horses as the new M3 is severely underrated. Horsepower is only one part of this story as the E30 M3 DTM car is much lighter and stripped out for the track. The weight difference is in the 1000 pound range based on a 3562 pound curb weight for the F80 M3. Can a chassis design that is over three decades old now compete with a brand new and much more powerful M3? Yes. Not only does the 1992 E30 M3 DTM car compete with the 2015 F80 M3, it beats it around the track. Keep in mind that back in the 80's and early 90's DTM cars actually represented their production counterparts. The E30 M3 does a 1:09.1 laptime around the Hockenheim to the F80 M3 1:13.1. A four second difference which is simply stunning. The new F80 M3 is a great car but it hardly makes the classic M's obsolete. Namely on the racetrack which the BMW Motorsport division used to design their M3's for.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:13 AM
    We've got the Vargas Stage2 N55 turbo running on our 2011 135i DCT car and was finally able to hit up the dyno for a little tuning today. The vehicle is FBO but equipped with a CPE replacement catted DP. We've recently modified both the E series N55 ISO JB4 firmware for large turbo support and developed an entirely new back end flash. To enable the JB4 large turbo maps you just enable the 3.5 bar TMAP sensor using version 5.5 or later. This changes map 1 to 16psi, map 2 to 19psi, and methanol mapping as high as your turbo will take you. All with reduced taper to redline to let the larger turbo shine. Dyno testing was done on simulated 93 octane (91 + 1 can of NOS octane booster), and the methanol testing was done with a single CM10 nozzle. Overall very pleased with the results especially for an odor free vehicle. The pump map is a touch aggressive but really showcases what the turbo can do. On pump gas I think the car would come very close if not take our F80 M3 if the M3 is running the stock tuning. And on meth would come very close to the M3 on the E30 map.
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  • richpike's Avatar
    07-24-2014, 02:06 PM
    In general, since we are all automotive enthusiasts here, I imagine we are all pretty good drivers. Sadly, that just means we are in the minority. I try to rarely complain, but I finally had to put together a list of my biggest frustrations while driving :angry-banghead: Agree? Disagree? Other additions? -Rich In priority order: 1. People who lolligag in the lefthand lane. After you pass, get back over. 2. People who don't secure their loads. See exhibit A. 3. Not understanding the proper way to merge. This includes both merging on to the highway, but also merging when lanes end say for construction. 4. Not passing a police officer/highway patrolman. It never ceases to amaze me the number of people who refuse to pass a highway patrolman, even when the officer is cruising well under the speed limit. I have to imagine this is some sort of game/stress reliever for POs - let's see how slow we can go without people passing us. :facepalm 5. Not turning right on red. I realize this isn't legal everywhere, but for the areas it is, for the love of God, turn when the coast is clear. 6. Tailgating. I hate tailgaters. 7. Rubber necking at accidents. Move along folks. Nothing to see here.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 05:23 AM
    Someone please make it stop. The new F20 1-Series that is not available in the USA is getting great reviews overseas. Namely the N55 inline-6 turbocharged F20 M135i model which the F22 M235i that is available in the USA is basically the same thing but in coupe instead of hatchback form. Both the M135i and M235i share the same architecture and are rear wheel drive. The kink in all of this is the 2-Series Active Tourer which is a front wheel drive platform. Now, a 1-Series sedan makes sense if you follow the new BMW naming rule that has sedans as odd numbers and coupes as even numbers. If this is the case why the four-door 2-Series Active Tourer has a '2' instead of a '1' is anyone's guess. What BMW wants to do now is take the front wheel drive 2-Series Active Tourer platform (which is just a rebadged Mini platform anyway) and use it to create a 1-Series sedan. Why? Who the hell knows why. Probably because someone at BMW was bored and decided this was a cheap way to create a new sedan and inflate sales. The platform is there, change it to a four-door sedan, put a 1 on it, boom, you're done. Why not use the more agile, better balanced, and traditional rear wheel drive BMW platform that is already available as an F20 1-Series or F22 2-Series? Once again, who knows why BMW is not doing this. Stretching the 1 or 2 to add four doors makes more sense in BimmerBoost's opinion as a front wheel drive BMW sedan just feels wrong. It just feels unnatural. But BimmerBoost is not in charge of BMW and the NES (New Entry-Level Sedan) will apparently further boost BMW's sales numbers as that is all that BMW cares about. A BMW source told Autonews.com, "The NES is integral to our growth plans. It will be an important pillar in the future 1-series lineup, particularly in the U.S. and China, where sales of small premium-brand four-door sedans are on the rise." Get ready for more front wheel drive BMW's that are just rebadged Mini's. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-24-2014, 09:31 PM
    Great runs here courtesy of BenzBoost member Vasily1. We have seen his E63 AMG in action before. As a reminder, he has a prototype Renntech E63 AMG 4Matic M157 turbocharger upgrade on his car which is putting out something in the 850 horsepower range. We have seen some impressive performance from this car including runs with a Lamborghini Aventador as well as a supercharged C63 AMG and another tuned GTR. In this run video @Vasily1 takes on a PP-Performance Stage 2 tuned F13 M6 said to making 740 horsepower. In addition, a Nissan GTR with a quoted 700 horsepower is also in the mix. Thanks to multiple angles and good video quality we get a new view of the action. The M6 and GTR both put up a good fight. The E63 AMG S is the fastest of the trio though consistently managing to open up a gap between it and the other two cars up top. The only run the E63 loses is the very first one where the GTR gets the better start on it but the E63 starts reeling it in. As the other two cars are on stock turbochargers the power and torque advantage here clearly lies with the E63 AMG and it shows. That stated, the GTR and M6 do well against stout competition.
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  • Xearom3's Avatar
    07-22-2014, 03:18 PM
    Xearom3 started a thread For Sale: RBs, VK DP's, BMS DCI in Buy/Sell - Parts
    Doing a single conversion on my 135i, so I'm selling off what I don't need now that the project has gotten a good start. (link in my sig) -RB Turbos for 135i - $2500 OBO Bought them new back in March of 2013, they have around 8k miles on them. I ran about 18psi, rarely any more than that. No leaks/smoke/issues out of them the whole time I've owned them. I made 478whp on my setup on 93 + meth. Upon removal there is no shaft play in them and everything looks fine except the wastegates do rattle a bit, but that should be easy to correct with adjustment. Once paid for, it will take me a day or 2 to get them shipped as I still need to source a box and packing materials. Honestly, I do not think they need to be rebuilt but I believe Rob does offer the service for $500 and I would be happy to send them directly to Rob if someone were to want to have them rebuilt. I will also take more pictures/different angles if anyone would like. -VK DP's - offer Used for 15k-ish. Fitment is ok. Doesn't include the o2 sensors pictured, or any bolts, fasteners, v-bands, or gaskets. Not sure what these are worth any more. Just shoot me an offer. -BMS DCI - offer Used for 15k-ish miles. In dire need of cleaning. Worked fine, even dirty. They are a little beat up from uninstall/reinstall. Just shoot me an offer, will have to see what these cost to ship.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 AM
    Liter plus bikes are pretty damn fast, we know that. Power to weight tends to favor bikes at least stock. This bike is not stock however and is turbocharged putting out 425 horsepower at the wheels on C16. It is basically similar to riding a cruise missile. UGR (Underground Racing) makes some spectacularly fast cars with some of their twin turbo V10 Gallardo's and R8's rumored to be putting out well over the 2000 horsepower mark depending on who you ask. This Gallardo is stated to have '1750' horsepower. Based on a quick power to weight calculation it has around 1.94 pounds per horse. The Hayabusa based on a 425 wheel horsepower number and a ~600 pound weight with fluids and the turbo has 1.41 pounds per horse. The aerodynamics of course favor the Gallardo. So what happens? The Gallardo wins. Why? Well aerodynamics from a roll as stated and probably because it has more power than is being let on. Taking down a Hayabusa on the highway in a car is an incredible feat. A turbo Hayabusa? Well, that requires something truly spectacular. That is exactly what this UGR built Gallardo is.
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  • CaliforniaBred's Avatar
    07-22-2014, 11:03 PM
    Hello, I am looking to sell my 335I. The mileage currently sits at 62XXX. The reason I post it as that is due to the fact that I may drive it every now and then. It is a 2009 Alpine White Coupe with an Automatic Transmission. It has the premium and sport packages with the extended beige interior. This vehicle has been modified and all stock parts will also be included. The vehicle was in a fender bender in 2011. I have paperwork documenting what was replaced by a certified Geico auto body. In short it was the headlight/foglight/fender/lower control arm. No structural damage. Modifications: JB4 G5 ISO Board Cobb V2 Handheld Evolution Racewerks Competition Intercooler with Carbon Fiber Shroud Evolution Racewerks Charepipe with Tial 40mm BOV VRSF Downpipes Muffler Delete Coolingmist 2.2gallon Methanol Kit with JB4 FSB for Safety--Dual Nozzle Setup Burger Motorsports DCI Apex Race Wheels ARC-8 17x9.5 square with 255/40/17 Front and 275/40/17 rear Bilstein PSS10 Coilovers Currently Have the rear seat pulled out and in storage as I never have anyone ride in the back. Stock Suspension/wheels/intake box/charge pipe/intercooler will be included with sale. Open to offers and trades. No low ballers please. I have not checked on the status of the title however as I stated previously minor cosmetic damage only.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 02:52 AM
    We have seen this same Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet run against a 458 Italia before on the runway. In that particular race, the Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet comes out on top of the prancing horse rather easily. This 458 is the Speciale model though and it is meaner and lighter than the standard 458 Italia. The naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V8 gets a boost to 605 horsepower partially thanks to an incredible 14.0:1 compression ratio increase. The standard 458 Italia by contrast has a 12.5:1 compression ratio and 35 less horses. It also carries almost 200 more pounds and it shows as the 991 Turbo S has much more trouble with the 458 Speciale than it did with the 458 Italia. The 458 does get a slight jump on the 991 Turbo S in this run. However, it continues a steady pull on the 991 Turbo S and is clearly the faster car of the two. That begs the question, how would it do against the lighter 991 Turbo S coupe especially if it did not have a passenger recording? Hopefully we see that race at some point but it is incredible how Ferrari squeezed so much more performance out of the 458 platform with the Speciale without resorting to any forced induction.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-20-2014, 08:51 PM
    Not everyone has the luxury of picking up their brand new BMW M car in Europe courtesy of BMW's European Delivery program. This gentleman by the name of Michael Hsu was able to do exactly that with his brand new Yas Marina Blue F82 M4 and snap some great pictures of the experience. How about breaking in your brand new M4 in the Swiss Alps as well? Driving experiences do not get much better than this. Enjoy the photos from the owner and story courtesy of Nick Gregson of Modbargains: We’re not really jealous people, but every once and a while, someone has the opportunity to do something so incredible that you can’t help but be envious. Our Friend Michael Hsu is overseas right now, driving the absolutely incredible Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, taking European Delivery of his brand new 2015 F82 BMW M4, in Yas Marina Blue, my personal favorite color for the car. It’s truly one of those “Bucket List” experiences. BMW’s European Delivery program, by all accounts I’ve heard, has been fantastic. Seeing just a few photos from this incredible experience, I have to believe that. The Yas Marina Blue is a perfect match for the positively incredible mountain passes of Switzerland. If I found myself in this situation, it’d take quite a bit to convince me that it wasn’t actually some amazing dream. Looking at the pass, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect car for the occasion than the F82 BMW M4. The snow gives a sharp contrast to all the greenery surrounding it. It reminds me of my own experiences in the beautiful ranges of Utah around Park City, only better. The grass really IS greener on the other side of the pond. Huge thanks to Michael Hsu for letting us share these breathtaking photos with you – I can’t imagine a better way to start your love affair with your new BMW than enjoying it on incredible roads like this and the outright speed of the Autobahn. Once he comes back stateside, yes he’ll have that M4 for a while, but Micheal will always have a fantastic story to tell about the experience. Should you be taking delivery stateside, there’s still lots of great roads to enjoy right here at home, like the famous Snake of Mulholland, Mulholland Raceway – or my personal favorite, Glendora Mountain Rd – and there’s always Tail of The Dragon if you’re on the other side of the states. The M4 is a darn fine car right out of the box, but should you want to change it up with new wheels for F82 M4 or pull even more power out of it, you can get your BMW M4 upgrades right here at ModBargains; our Modification Experts already have fitment specs to recommend the perfect set of Forgestar or HRE Flow Form wheels for your M4; Call the Mod Experts today at 714-582-3330. Story by Nick Gregson Photos courtesy Micheal Hsu
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 03:33 AM
    The G63 6x6 AMG is an absolutely insane monster of a vehicle that is basically a twin turbo all wheel drive German tank with power sent to six wheels. Brabus is importing these G63's as MBUSA does not at $850k+ a pop. What you may not know is that Weistec is also importing these 6x6 G63 AMG's. Not only are they importing them but they are also upgrading them with the bevy of tuning parts available in the Weistec M157 AMG engine catalog. Take a moment to let this sink in. You can in theory have a 6x6 G63 AMG with upgraded Weistec M157 turbochargers sending somewhere in the region of 700 horsepower to all six wheels. That much power moving 9000 pounds of six wheeled German metal? Yes, please! The pockets necessary to get a 6x6 G63 AMG and then modify it on top obviously need to be deep. Very, very, very, very, deep to make a point of emphasis. If you have the money these photos below certainly make a strong argument for acquiring this vehicle and upgrading the turbochargers. The exclusivity is worth every penny. WEISTEC | G63 6X6 Our ECU tune has surpassed the 600 wheel horsepower mark on a completely stock vehicle. Up to 608 WHP | 660 WTQ Downpipe and Exhaust Replacing factory downpipes delivers significant gains in power, throttle response, and exhaust tone. Up to 645 WHP | 724 WTQ Turbocharger Upgrade More power to an already potent platform, our turbocharger upgrades are available for your V8 Biturbo AMG. Up to 730 WHP | 730 WTQ
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-21-2014, 02:44 AM
    We have seen this same Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet run against a 458 Italia before on the runway. In that particular race, the Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet comes out on top of the prancing horse rather easily. This 458 is the Speciale model though and it is meaner and lighter than the standard 458 Italia. The naturally aspirated 4.5 liter V8 gets a boost to 605 horsepower partially thanks to an incredible 14.0:1 compression ratio increase. The standard 458 Italia by contrast has a 12.5:1 compression ratio and 35 less horses. It also carries almost 200 more pounds and it shows as the 991 Turbo S has much more trouble with the 458 Speciale than it did with the 458 Italia. The 458 does get a slight jump on the 991 Turbo S in this run. However, it continues a steady pull on the 991 Turbo S and is clearly the faster car of the two. That begs the question, how would it do against the lighter 991 Turbo S coupe especially if it did not have a passenger recording? Hopefully we see that race at some point but it is incredible how Ferrari squeezed so much more performance out of the 458 platform with the Speciale without resorting to any forced induction.
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  • G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:29 PM
    Usually we only stop to watch racing/ track videos, but let's take the time to appreciate this mans driving ability.
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