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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-18-2016, 09:00 AM
    While direct fuel injection brings with it certain upsides such as greater fuel economy and higher compression ratios on pump fuel there are downsides to the technology as well. One such downside is carbon buildup which you see on the intake valves. This is why walnut blasting to clear out carbon deposits is popular maintenance especially considering buildup can and will reduce engine output. Not to mention if it gets severe enough it will cause other problems. Newer motors are better about this (especially engines with dual injection systems where fuel sprayed on the backside of intake valves helps keep them clean) but anyone with a direct fuel injected motor would be wise to monitor their carbon buildup situation. You don't want that much gunk just sitting in your motor, do you? The photo is from carbon deposits removed from a VW TSI engine with 78k miles.
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    07-18-2016, 11:11 AM
    Well, this is big news in the M156 V8 scene! To be honest, the M156 V8 aftermarket became somewhat boring with no new developments and only superchargers available. That is all about to change with Eurocharged bringing a W204 C63 AMG twin turbo kit to market. You might be saying, didn't someone else try to turbocharge the M156/M159 platform? Yes, back in 2012 World Motorsports talked a bit of trash on the forums about their SLS AMG M159 turbo kit but that project ended with a whimper and has not been heard from since. Eurocharged's twin turbo kit will fit the W204 C63 AMG and they also started to work on an M156 E63 AMG. What are the specs on their C63? As follows: The engine is a built M156 (6.2L). - Custom CP Pistons (lower compression than stock) - Carrillo Rods - Custom ARP Head Studs - SLS Black Series Valve Buckets - CNC Ported Race Heads - 650cc Injectors The turbos are Precision GEN2 PT6062 CEA - Dual Ceramic Ball Bearing - 60mm Compressor Wheel - 66mm Wastegate Outlet - T3 V-BAND Flange - 3" Turbine Inlet Housing Their project car is a built motor W204 C63 M156 making over 700 wheel horsepower on 93 octane pump gas at 8 psi of boost. Impressive considering it is also lower compression than stock. In addition it has the following modifications: Tial WasteGates Tial Blow Off Valves Quaife LSD Custom Intercooler and custom fabricated piping Custom 7 gallon Intercooler Tank that is mounted in the trunk Built transmission rated at 1000 ft-lb. Yes, this kit will be available for stock motor cars although you can not expect built motor numbers. This kit is going to make over 800 wheel horsepower on the Eurocharged C63 but they simply ran out of fuel: They will add two additional injectors and go for 800+ soon. We do not have the dyno graphs yet as they are obviously still working on it and making changes: Regarding other M156 platforms an E63 is being built but a CLS63 will likely work as well. In theory the cars with larger engine bays than the C63 will work. An ML63 for example would be quite interesting to see. More details to come but this certainly adds excitement to the M156 forced induction scene. We should have dyno graphs to share soon.
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  • MDORPHN's Avatar
    07-18-2016, 07:52 PM
    N54 long block from an auto tranny 2009 335i (6-bolt crank) with 57,133 miles for sale. Purchased 6/30/16 from LKQ Potomac German Auto for $3,440 + tax. Balance of 6 mos./6,000 mile warranty to be transferred to purchaser. $3,400 obo. Please pm me if interested. Neil
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:12 PM
    The Golf R has some real competition in the United States and it is from Ford no less. Unfortunately, the Focus RS was not sold in the USA previously and but the European got to enjoy it. Well, now in the USA you can buy a Focus RS or a Golf R and it's time to see which one rules. The Focus RS already beat out the world's best hot hatches in a huge comparison test earlier this year. It is not the fastest in a straight line but it is the quickest around the track and the best all around hatchback. What the Golf R really has going for it compared to the Focus RS is the DSG gearbox option. The Golf R has the smaller 2.0 liter engine compared to the Ecoboost 2.3 liter motor and it is down roughly 50 horses. However, the Golf R in this video is not a DSG car. Can the 6-speed Golf R make up for the power deficit thanks to weighing less? No. However, the Golf R keeps up quite well and in the higher gears seems to mitigate the pull of the Focus RS. A DSG Golf R might be quicker than the Focus RS. As this is Evo no trap speeds are provided which partially defeats the purpose of a drag race. Regardless, the Focus RS is not only more powerful and the quicker car it is also the better driver's car. It's just simply the better enthusiast choice.
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  • hotrodmartin's Avatar
    07-23-2016, 09:46 AM
    I have a Schrick intake manifold $950 shipped
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-19-2016, 07:36 AM
    Take a look at this Alpha Performance Mercedes-Benz E550 Carbon Fiber Intake System. It sure is pretty, isn't it? For the suggested retail price of $3995.95 it better be. It also supposedly performs well with AMS claiming gains of over 40 horsepower. At $4k we expect performance and looks. AMS only backs up the looks with their photos but provides no proof of the performance gains. Sorry, that isn't good enough when asking four grand for an intake. This is what they claim: Exclusive Benefits 40+ HP gains 20% increase in intake tubing size 25% increase in turbo inlet tubing Wider and deeper air filter box with a 41% increase in cross sectional area Elimination of the air flow obstruction created by the stock paper filter cartridge A synthetic, multi-layer media filter with a MERV rating of 9 and 41% more surface area than stock Includes Carbon fiber upper and lower air boxes High-flow air filters Carbon fiber cold air intake tubing Carbon fiber air inlets Molded silicon couplers All necessary hardware for installation Detailed installation guide Applications W212 2012-2013 Mercedes-Benz E550 (RWD) W212 2014+ E550 4Matic 4.6L (often noted as 4.7L) M278 Engines Ok, that all sounds nice. However, a company like AMS should know better than not backing up horsepower claims for parts at this point. Where's the graph AMS?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-22-2016, 02:06 PM
    Many of you have been hearing various rumors about Weistec Engineering and it is simply time to address the topic. Some of you know that Steve Atneyel and Murad Shuqom were previously involved with Weistec Engineering and that Weistec is going through the proper legal channels to address a multitude of issues. What you need to know right now is the following: 1. Steve Atneyel is no longer with Weistec Engineering. 2. Murad Shuqom/Rod Shegem is not involved with Weistec Engineering. 3. Steve Atneyel is a convicted felon. 4. The two individuals named above are involved with Dime Consulting. 5. Dime Consulting has contacted various BenzBoost vendors and attempted to sell products (likely Weistec products) and get money through backchannels. 6. Steve Atneyel and Murad Shuqom allegedly funneled large sums of money from Weistec. 7. Parts were ordered outside the normal Weistec accounting channels. 8. The full complaint against these individuals and Dime Consulting is outlined below. There is much to this ordeal and we will keep it brief and simple as the legal wheels churn. It is necessary to set some things straight and inform the user base as well as vendors to be cautious at this time as those cited in the complaint continue in various nefarious ways to attempt to source funds. This situation began roughly when Steve Atneyel was arrested by federal agents. Yes, it is true that he illegally attempted to sell an AK47 to an undercover federal agent. Supposedly the ATF was tipped off by Andrew Cluck of MHP infamy in an attempt to reduce. You can not make this stuff up. BenzBoost learned the reasons behind why some members were complaining of not receiving Weistec parts they stated they ordered and why rumors were swirling. Well, if someone takes an order and pockets the cash without delivering the product that certainly will create problems. Weistec and their accounting department were unaware of these backdoor deals taking place. Unfortunately, this type of criminal act happens more often than you think in this industry. HPF (Horsepower Freaks) and Undercover Tuning both had employees who did similar things but eventually the law caught up to them. It will be no different here. The way Weistec dealt with the missing orders was to simply eat the cost and give the customers what they stated they paid for despite Weistec never actually receiving the money which was essentially stolen. This is the right way to handle it and BenzBoost was pleasantly surprised to hear this as many companies would not step up to the plate to resolve theft out of their own pockets. Please read the full complaint for further details which should clarify things for those wondering how this will be resolved. There are others affected as well and that is why pages such as exist that attempt to warn people and inform them: BenzBoost would love to delve into this topic further and when the legal action is resolved we will do that. Quite frankly, the full details could fill a novel. Weistec wishes to put this issue behind the company as quickly as possible and it has not affected and will not affect their product lineup or development which moves forward unimpeded. Enthusiasts can look forward to continued quality products and customer service. The formal complaint is below for those who would like to read it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-20-2016, 02:24 PM
    Incredible work here by Car and Driver who manages to deliver the kind of quality Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S review that only they can. This is a one minute review so you already know how much effort was put in but even more amusing is that it takes a fraction of that time to realize they screwed up. You have to watch it to believe it.
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