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  • rmcdonald's Avatar
    01-02-2017, 01:02 PM
    I have a highly modified 2013 C63 P31. It is currently making 525 RWHP on a Mustang dyno on 93 Octane here in CT. I am looking for a cam replacement, currently running stock ones, and hoping for 20RWHP. Does anyone have any experience with a cam swap? I am currently looking at the Kleeman cams.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2017, 01:52 PM
    Talk about entering the M157 scene with a splash! Pure Turbos is not messing around. The proof is in the results right here on a W212 E63 AMG. This is a 4Matic all wheel drive car as it is the facelifted version. In the 26 to 27 psi range of boost output is 840 horsepower. This is with custom ECU dyno tuning from Precision Tuning. Precision did not push the turbos as far as they could to preserve the driveline. What would these turbos make when pushed with an upgraded transmission? Good question. Oh, and how about the pricing? $5995 plus core exchange. That is the best turbo upgrade value in the M157 world right now. As a reminder, before the turbo upgrade and with bolt ons this E63 ran 10.6 @ 133. That was at 670 all wheel horsepower. What will it do now? We can't wait to find out.
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  • iminhell1's Avatar
    01-15-2017, 05:14 AM
    I'm half the country away but need to know where to go for fuel. And, does anyone down there sell E98? How much per gallon?
    14 replies | 3341 view(s)
  • MFactory's Avatar
    12-23-2016, 02:13 PM
    MFactory Competition Products / YCW Engineering are proud to announce our status as a newly appointed Master Warehouse Distributor for SWIFT Springs in the US, Europe and Asia We have available their full range of products including: - Sports Springs / Spec-R (To be used with stock dampers) - Replacement Coilover Springs (Upgrade your sagging coilover springs) - Assist/Helper Springs (Setup the droop on your coilovers) THE SWIFT ADVANTAGE: When drivers look at a set of springs, they concentrate mainly on the rates, but the material and manufacturing process is equally important. Most enthusiasts will tell you that all springs are the same... we asked some professional drivers for their opinions: - I just replaced my springs to Swift Springs with same spring rate, and somehow the car behaves totally different now. - Since I've swapped the springs from another brand to Swift, my lap times became very consistent throughout the entire race due to cooler tire temperatures, which saves tire wear. - We have tested our Swift-equipped race cars on a shaker rig, and the Swift Springs have a lot less harmonic vibration. - My car is a lot smoother with Swift Springs even though same spring rate were chosen, especially on bad surfaces. The many positive comments Swift Springs receive would have you believe that Swift Springs is surprised to hear such things in the first place, we are simply getting confirmation that our engineering not only works on paper, but is also proven through use in the field (track). Now, allow us to provide a few reasons as to why we get this kind of feedback from our users. PRIORITIES THAT WE ALWAYS HAVE IN MIND WHEN WE DEVELOP SUSPENSION SPRINGS: Surely you have read some spring manufacturer's catalogues before, and you have read that they all claim to have the 4 factors listed below. - The most consistent spring rate throughout the stroke - The largest amount of stroke - The highest durability against loss of spring height - The lightest in weight We like to believe that all suspension spring manufacturers try their best to achieve these 4 factors. Top suspension tuners know that these 4 factors play an intricate role when considering the effectiveness of the suspension coil spring. Our parent company, Tohatsu, has been winding industrial springs since 1924. Tohatsu then decided to get in to the auto racing market in 1996. Based on long-time experience dealing with coil springs, we came up with one goal: "We must make the product that will revolutionize the ones we see on the market now." Keeping this goal in mind, we went back to the basics of coil spring design and asked ourselves what is the most important factor that we need to consider on this new project. The answer? MAINTAINING TIRE GRIP IS THE KEY TO FASTER TIMES AND SUSPENSION SPRINGS TAKE ON AN ENORMOUS PORTION OF THIS TASK! All Springs are not created equal, the diameters and spring rates can be similar, but the process of manufacturing springs plays a huge factor in how they will perform. Through our extensive knowledge in performance springs, we have perfected the process of manufacturing springs that will outperform our competitors. With this in mind, we set out to produce a new material for coil springs: a proprietary steel alloy we call "HS5.TW". This material was created in order to maintain the 4 factors listed above, as well as achieving the fastest reaction speed possible to get compliance on road surface conditions. Our springs are created with proprietary winding methods, as well as some other trade secrets focused on ensuring our springs separation from the standard market. In the time since Swift Springs officially opened its doors in 1997, Swift Springs has dealt with many world class race teams in multitudes of different races including road racing, rally, off road, drift, autocross, pavement and dirt oval track, motorcycles, and more. Swift Springs has lifted many racers to a podium finish, and is still continuing to do so. With so much experience behind us, we feel confident that our springs will give you a leg up in any kind of race you participate in. Try Swift Springs on your vehicle, and experience what many racers are talking about. We strongly believe that you will feel the difference just like every other racer, and you might even wonder why you didn't try it sooner. THE HISTORY: The origin of Swift Springs Swift Springs was founded in 1997 in Tokyo Japan as a motor sports division of Tokyo Hatsujo Manufacturing Co, Ltd. that has been leading the spring industry since 1924 The purpose was to demonstrate our superior engineering in spring by developing the next generation of motor sports suspension coil springs. They had to have the best characteristics of any brand or design in the market, which required the springs to be the lightest in weight and most durable, and to exhibit the most linear characteristics while still being cost effective. Since the formation of Swift, it has been lead by the former racer and suspension expert, Kei Yokota, and the chief engineer, Yasu Saito. Their first-hand involvement within the race industry has propelled Swift quickly through the ranks of some of the world’s most reputable races. Swift springs quickly became one of the most recognized and respected name in performance coil springs in many genre of motor sports throughout the world. Being a part of the Tokyo Hatsujo spring corporation. Swift has a large collection of engineering research and development resources. Tokyo Hatsujo springs are used in most light to heavy industries and the dynamic has provided Swift with most advanced spring technologies and innovations available. In Swift’s impressive motor sports history dated back to 1998, first was with Nissan Skyline GT-R in the Super Taikyu Endurance championship series in Japan. Then Swift got involved with the championship teams in Le Mans 24hrs, Nurburgring 24hrs, Super GT (JGTC), Super Taikyu series, D-1 World Grand Prix, F3, F3000, Formula Toyota, and many other world class races. In 2004, Team Goh Audi R8 won 1st place at the world renowned Le Mans 24hrs race on swift springs. VIDEO: The Philosophy behind SWIFT Springs: http://www.youtube.com/embed/k6Cl-A9o7d8?rel=0 LOWERING SPRING KITS: 335i - Front 4K (-25mm), Rear 11K (-20mm) M3 - Front 5K (-25mm), Rear 12K (-18mm) Focus ST - 4.5K (-25mm), Rear 5K (-25mm) Civic FG2 - Front 4K or 4.6K (-30mm), Rear 4.6K or 5.3K (-20mm) Civic FA5 - Front 4K or 4.6K (-30mm), Rear 4.6K or 5.3K (-25mm) Civic Si FB - Front 4.7K (-30mm), Rear 5.4K (-25mm) S2000 - Front 4.6K (-18mm), Rear 6K (-25mm) or Front 7.5K (-30mm), Rear 7K (-30mm) FIT GE8 - Front 2.3K (-30mm), Rear 2.1K (-25mm) COILOVER UPGRADE SPRINGS: 60mm and 65mm Spring ID's Available 4" - 11" Spring Lengths Available 3K - 24K Spring Rates Available ENQUIRE NOW: Our stock order will be arriving from Japan in January, so if you are interested in trying out SWIFT Springs on your vehicle, please contact us for special pricing!
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    01-05-2017, 06:28 PM
    Well it seems that BMW is getting rid of it's military buyers program, at least that's what I've read. They may still have it, but the almost 10% off MSRP I would have gotten isn't going to happen. So between that and finding a dealership willing to do a European Delivery on an M2, I am now going to start looking into an RS3. Does Audi do ED? http://www.caranddriver.com/audi/rs3
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-23-2016, 12:55 AM
    Can you believe this shit?
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    01-12-2017, 03:42 AM
    I'm usually not surprised by any existing available modifications for the E9x platform but was completely unaware this even existed. Check it out http://www.driftworks.com/wisefab-bmw-e90-e91-e92-rear-suspension-arm-hub-knuckle-kit-3-series-all-models.html
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  • OldMadBrit's Avatar
    12-31-2016, 07:51 PM
    Hi, I just purchased a 2017 C43 AMG and have just completed its 1000 mile break-in. I'm new to MB but very familiar with high boost V6 and I4's. One of my other cars is a 2006 Mitsu EVO IX which is moderately upgraded, running at 24lb of boost and making ~420HP at the crank. Its delivered a rock solid and totally reliable 104k mixed track and road miles. Another of my cars is a more highly modified 1994 Mitsu 3000GT VR4 that I have had since new. It started life at 320HP and 12lb of boost but for the last 100k miles has been closer to 600HP from ~23lb of boost. In those tuner worlds, 600-800HP is easily achievable with the 2.0 4G63 and there are guys making over 1400HP out of the older but bullet proof 3.0 6G72. Over here in MB land, the M276 DELA 30 appears to be extremely well thought out, well engineered and with no major design flaws (that I can find). So shouldn't it be capable of 500-600HP with thoughtful but not crazy tuning. Given that its lighter than the C63's V8, has AWD and the bullet proof 9Gtronic, I'm surprised that it doesn't seem to have attracted any serious love from the MB tuning community. Sure I can get the ECU modded to ~400 at the crank - snooze!!!! Am I missing something?
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 AM
    So, President Trump tweeted recently that “If you go down Fifth Avenue everyone has a Mercedes Benz in front of his house, isn’t that the case?” Trump said to the German paper. “How many Chevrolet’s do you see in Germany? Not very many, maybe none at all,” he continued. “It’s a one-way street.” He also said, "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax,". Needless to say, the Germans weren't very happy. The German Vice Chancellor, responded with "build better cars". The official German response was Germany’s Deputy Chancellor and Minister for the Economy Sigmar Gabriel warned that a tax on German imports would lead to a “bad awakening.” “The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35% tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive,” Gabriel said in a video interview with BILD. I’m a little perplexed by this. Does Trump not know that both BMW and Mercedes build cars in the U.S., and employ tens of thousands of Americans? Does he not know that GM sells Vauxhall and Opel cars in Europe? While I may have taken some economics classes in college, I’m certainly no expert. The tariff topic has been debated for decades. Does anyone on this forum think that cars imported from Mexico (put aside the fact that it would be a violation of NAFTA for the sake of the discussion), and China? Does anyone think that would push Americans to buy more American cars? Why is it that people of affluence buy Mercedes and BMW cars? Are they status symbols? Are they that much better than Cadillacs? Really Cadillac is all the Americans have to compete with the Germans for luxury. Does Trump know that Honda and Nissan both build cars here? I really laughed when I read the Germans response to Trump’s tweet, I think the topic is a serious one though. Do tariffs really help or is free trade better? Hmmmm
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  • ope92's Avatar
    12-31-2016, 07:28 PM
    I bought a used Recaro Profi XL seat that came with some hardware, I ended up not using the sliders or floor mounts. I wanted the seat as low as possible. Macht Schnell Floor mounts are $125 shipped Only for e9x chassis, were used for about a year by the previous owner. Recaro Slider is $80 shipped were used for about a year by the previous owner. VAC Motorsports aluminum side mounts $100 shipped These are brand new, they did not fit the Recaro Profi XL. They do not include hardware. All prices are before paypal fees.
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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 02:06 PM
    Well, just got a rude awakening this morning. I was on the phone with my insurance company, getting my quote for car insurance for when I move to Italy. Because of my job, I'm moving to Italy in March. I'm shipping a 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum and my 2011 335is. I have an accident on my record in 2013 and my wife has a clean driving record. Currently I pay around $183/mo for both cars, with $100 deductibles on everything. Well, it is Italian law that everyone carries $5 million Euro bodily injury and $1 million Euro personal property coverage. That is fucking ridiculous. These coverages result in a 316% percent increase in insurance premiums. FML!!!!!! Those coverages are fucking ridiculous. Like everyone in Italy drives a fucking Ferrari Enzo or Bugatti Veyron or something? So my monthly payment goes from $183/mo to $580/mo. Fuck Italy..... Between that and $6.19/gal for gas, no wonder everyone there drives a Fiat Panda or some other econobox..... What do some of you other international people pay for car insurance?
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  • ///MPOSTER's Avatar
    01-15-2017, 01:50 PM
    2018 Kia Stinger: A RWD Sports Sedan Aimed at stealing BMW customers ~ 365 horsepower and rear-wheel drive. via DPCcars: “Unlike any Kia that has come before it, the Stinger really is a dream car for us, and here today in Detroit, that dream is now a reality after years of commitment and hard work from a passionate group of designers, engineers and executives around the world,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America. “From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nurburgring circuit, no detail was too small to be obsessed over, and the result is simply stunning.” Instantly recognizable as a direct evolution of the concept that preceded it, the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger design was overseen by Peter Schreyer, Kia Motors’ chief design officer, and his talented team of designers in Frankfurt. Ride and handling development was looked after by Albert Biermann, head of Kia’s Vehicle Test and High Performance Development and his group of engineers in Korea and on the grueling Nurburgring racing circuit. "Peter Schreyer (born 1953) is a German automobile designer for Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, widely known for his design contributions to the Audi TT. He has been the chief design officer at Kia Motors since 2006 and on 28 December 2012, was named one of three presidents of the company. He is currently the chief designer at Hyundai-Kia and works with Luc Donckerwolke, former design director of Volkswagen Group - Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi from 2016. In 2006, Car Design News called the Audi TT one of "the most influential automotive design in recent time." But what makes a true gran turismo? This question was the foundation for a years-long journey that began when the GT concept was first unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Although every Kia design study has a purpose, the GT concept was something considered by many outside the company as little more than a dream for a brand known for producing mass-market transportation rooted in value. But the GT ignited embers of passion that sparked a fire within the organization and over the next five years that fire would grow beyond fantasy and morph into reality. Once the Stinger was green lighted, that gran turismo question became a mantra as development commenced. Coming from Kia, the design had to be bold. And it was. But it also had to be nimble and fast while also luxurious and quiet. It had to achieve the perfect balance of ride and handling and seat five comfortably with room for luggage. It had to be a lot of things, but most of all, it had to be an authentic gran turismo. And it is. The twin-turbocharged V-6 is Hyundai’s direct-injected aluminum Lambda II unit and is basically the same engine found in the Genesis G90, generating its peak 365 ponies at 6000 rpm and accompanying that with 376 lb-ft of torque that’s available from 1300 rpm. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is effectively a longitudinal version of the unit Hyundai and Kia use in their front-wheel-drive-based vehicles, but it’s also related to the engine fitted in the first-gen Hyundai Genesis coupe. The peak of 255 horsepower arrives at 6200 rpm, with 260 lb-ft of torque spread across a plateau from 1400 to 4000 rpm. The only transmission is a development of the K900’s automatic and uses a tuned-mass damper on the flywheel to help reduce torsional vibration through the drivetrain. The optional all-wheel-drive system features torque vectoring, while the rear-drive version has a standard limited-slip differential. Via caranddriver: We can’t say that we weren’t forewarned. Kia has been dropping broad hints about its plan to produce a rear-wheel-drive sedan for years. The original GT concept was shown at the Frankfurt auto show as long ago as 2011, with the Stinger GT4 building on it at the 2014 Detroit show. Now the wait is finally over as the company has unveiled the production version of its forthcoming sports sedan, which adopts the Stinger name. Don’t confuse it with the K900. The Stinger is a much sleeker and sportier proposition than its staid big sister, and it has a low, coupelike roofline. Power will come from two engines, with the range-topping 365-hp turbo 3.3-liter V-6 making that version the most powerful roadgoing Kia yet; a 255-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder will serve as the entry-level engine. The Stinger gets an eight-speed automatic transmission, with buyers able to choose between rear- and all-wheel drive. Kia says it is targeting a 5.1-second zero-to-62-mph time and a 167-mph top speed for the 3.3-liter. There also will be a diesel version for Europe, but there are no plans to bring it to the States.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-12-2017, 06:17 PM
    The Active Autowerke Level III supercharger for the E92 M3 S65 V8 is a very solid package. It offers arguably the most beautiful torque curve in the industry and at roughly 9.5 psi of boost will put the car in the ~600 wheel horsepower range depending on supporting modifications. One such supporting modifications is methanol injection which this M3 is stated to have but was turned off for the run. Why was it turned off? Good question. For a run like this you would want it on. The way the GTR gets pulled likely means it is stock. This goes to show how potent the M3 is from a roll with the Active Level III setup. Of course, from a stop this would be a different race but with a blower a top end rolling race is exactly the M3's game.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-09-2017, 05:07 PM
    Anybody seen this? Kind of cool, electric powered board with a wheel in the middle. Onewheel+ is $1500 and has 5-7 mile range and 19 mph top speed:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-09-2017, 02:12 PM
    The McLaren 540C is the entry level McLaren. It is not sold in the USA despite McLaren originally stating they would. Rather, in the USA the 570S is the entry level model and we know how potent the car is in the 1/4 mile running 10.2 @ 135 in stock form. The less powerful 540C will not be this quick or fast but it still offers 533 horsepower and a curb weight roughly 700 pounds less than the two Japanese vehicles it will be racing. Part of the weight advantage is due to being rear wheel drive and the rest can be attributed to the lightweight carbon fiber tub. The NSX and GTR get a lead off the line which is to be expected on the damp surface. The 540C pulls much harder up top though and easily makes up the ground and passes: Why exactly would one bother with the NSX over the McLaren? It is more expensive, heavier, and slower. Honda got the NSX recipe wrong.
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  • rmcdonald's Avatar
    01-02-2017, 01:10 PM
    Wife has a 2016 GLA45. Just passed 5,000 miles. looking for a tune, downpipe and intake. Anyone have experience wiht a tune for this vehicle. Both of the tunewrs that worked on my C63 have not doen one yet.
    12 replies | 903 view(s)
  • krazi3azn's Avatar
    01-08-2017, 02:29 AM
    I have the front m3 control arm, was wondering if the rears were worth it? Or should I look into rear subframe bushings instead?
    3 replies | 1657 view(s)
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