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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 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
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    GAD Motors produces some incredible Mercedes-AMG builds and products. Unfortunately, documentation is not their strong suit and dyno runs as well as information on their builds are hard to come by. This particular C207 E-Class coupe gets an M157 swap. Mercedes-AMG regrets not building an E63 AMG Coupe for the C207 generation. GAD Motors steps in to fix that. The M157 gets forged internals and a displacement bump from 5.5 liters to 5.8. As far as further details, GAD Motors doesn't provide any. They refer to this as their 'Stage VIP' level which is another way of saying you better have a ton of money. They certainly provide a good amount of power for whatever it is the build costs. They hit 1049 horsepower and 1050 lb-ft of torque at the crank: You can see an acceleration video of the car below although it is not on the race gas tune in the above dyno run: Certainly quick although it doesn't quite look like 900+ horsepower. It would be great to see what it runs in kill mode in the 1/4 mile although the owner probably isn't one of those people who cares about providing data. An impressive engine swap and build regardless.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 AM
    Say hello to another exhaust option for the turbocharged Porsche 991.2 generation Carreras. Some Porsche purists complain about the 3.0 liter turbo exhaust note but perhaps the Armytrix valved PSE exhaust system will change their minds. The Armytrix system joins Fabspeed and AWE-Tuning's options. Fabspeed remains the only company with aftermarket headers/manifolds. Since this is a manifold back system let's compare the exhaust note to the other options. Take a listen: Out of all three options, Armytrix seems to provide the best exhaust note. It sounds aggressive with a tinge of exotic while the turbo sound really gets through. This is a valved system but one has to wonder why Armytrix is not able to utilize the factory Porsche controls to open and close the valves. The app and remote is cool and all but a solution that works with the OEM PSE button would be better: Install photos are below. Definitely a good looking system but as it deletes the catalytic converters it may not be for everyone.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    The Buick Grand National is well known for its tuning prowess and especially for how devastatingly quick they can be on the strip. Back in 1984 when the car debuted Buick was way ahead of the game. The twin turbo 3.8 liter Buick V6 would see evolution from Buick themselves and the aftermarket ate it up. With up to 360 lb-ft of torque (underrated by Buick) in GNX trim you could go to the strip, load up the converter much as you see in the video below, and blow almost any other production car away off the line. They would do low 13's in the 1/4 mile stock. Yes, the GNX and Grand National were ahead of their time. So the vehicles were plenty quick stock but what about when tuned? Well, this example with a high stall converter and turbo upgrades simply blows the 10 tuned second C63 away. The Buick runs a 9.88 @ 136.28 compared to the AMG's 10.94 @ 125.48. The Mercedes is going to need a strong turbo upgrade among other things if it wants to play with this Grand National. It also makes you wonder, what happened to Buick? If they could make these in the 80's why haven't they done anything nearly as impressive since?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    PTF (Pro Tuning Freaks) is really impressing with their Bootmod3 tuning software on a variety of BMW platforms. Look at these OTS (off the shelf) tuned S63TU results with just the Bootmod3 Stage 1 pump gas ECU flash. 609 rear wheel horsepower and 592 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels. Incredible numbers for just a flash. Now, in order to use the PTF Bootmod3 software and do OBD-II flash tuning (which also allows remote tuning like the F10 M5 in the article) the ECU must first be unlocked. After it is unlocked, you can then get custom dyno tunes, do OTS tunes, downpipe tunes, race gas tunes, etc. Whatever you want the car to be tuned for really. Then again, you can just set it forget it with an OTS map and enjoy an immensely powerful car. The Bootmod3 FAQ is here: https://www.protuningfreaks.com/pages/bootmod3-faq
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 AM
    An 11 second SUV with just a BMS JB4? Yes, that is exactly what we have here. The E70 X5M is a beast stock but as well know the S63 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 platform can make big power. Keep in mind this is not even the updated S63TU V8 from the new F85 X5 M but the original S63 V8. On a 93 octane pump and E85 mix the owner managed an 11.728 @ 117.11 and a 11.8203 @ 118.13: The 60 foot on the quicker run dropped down to 1.6860 which is a very strong launch for a 5300+ pound German tank. Now imagine what it could do with a turbo upgrade...
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 AM
    No replacement for displacement, right? Arrow Racing is delivering on their promise of a 9.0 liter Viper V10 stroker motor. The price for 549 cubic inches is a reasonable $11,237.97. If you want the motor assembled and installed it will cost you $13,424.97. Very reasonable for what you get: So how about the power and torque gains? Well, there aren't any rear wheel dyno numbers yet but as more people buy this no doubt one will get on a Dynojet at some point. Here is how the 9.0 liter compares to the factory Gen V 8.4 liter motor: Where one will really see gains though is if the heads and cam package from Arrow is added in: Now compare the Stage II 8.4 liter with heads and cams to the Stage II 9.0 liter with the same upgrades: Very nice, right? Now imagine for a moment some nitrous thrown on top. Maybe a pair of low boost turbos? Maybe nothing at all as it is plenty badass already? Just an awesome upgrade option for Gen V Viper owners.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Today, 05:56 PM
    The best part about this. If the guy continued to pay you his $150 a month you would let him sell bottles of snake oil here if he wanted to. He decided to stop paying, so now you report him to the FBI. Classic :eusa-clap:
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    Today, 05:27 PM
    I got ya. Benefit of the doubt, innocent until proven, circumstantial evidence and all that jazz. Bottom line you tried to warn others and were correct. So kudos for that and hopefully swayed on the fence guys to stay away.
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  • jdm5596's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 PM
    I was a victim from shaudfab 2 yrs ago. Luckily i managed to get my money back through my bank. Others were not so fortunate...
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  • jdm5596's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    I found out he had the same address, me and another friend made a bunch of connections. I posted all of it just to be bashed for all of it and Sticky fending for him. Falling for the bullshit that now all of sudden has changed. Only thing that has changed was the lack of payments.
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    I remember that thread. Vendors come and go. Seems like extra effort is being put forth for the good of others, so your statement seems off base. All the threads that kept popping up gave it a ponzi scheme vibe. Eventually someone is left holding the bag
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  • jdm5596's Avatar
    Today, 04:56 PM
    Amazing how money can change your view and who you fend for. Ill prolly get banned for this but fuck it. I did all the work for this forum a long time ago making the ties. Then all of sudden he doesn't keep up with paying you, so now your offended and on the side of all the people that got scammed.
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  • subaru335i's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    Oh man I was hoping this thread would have a happy ending with Darryl Casteel in jail getting his boihole defrauded. :(
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