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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-18-2016, 08:03 PM
    This is difficult to believe but the graph is posted as proof. Powerhaus Performance obviously does some great tuning work but we have not seen much from them regarding turbo upgrades for the M157 AMG 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 platform. The dyno numbers here are from a Mustang dynamometer so keep that in mind when looking at the peak figures as they will be lower than a Dynojet and some other machines. The baseline figure Powerhaus Performance claims is from a 63 AMG M157 with a billet twin turbo upgrade. That number is 538 horsepower and 601 lb-ft of torque. Output with the Powerhaus Performance upgrade? 642 horsepower and 629 lb-ft of torque at the wheels: Now, that is a huge change. Especially when you factor in they claim this was done at the same boost pressure on 93 octane pump gas. That is the claim but there is no proof of this. It is of course in the best interest of Powerhaus Performance to show their tuning and turbos as superior to the competition as that equals sales. This raises a lot of questions though. Whose turbo upgrade is on the car? Why is the difference so large? Where are the details on their turbo upgrade? Where are the pictures? Where are the comparison photos of their turbos and the competitor's they say they are outperforming? Where is the pricing? A lot of unanswered questions here.
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    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    Here is the scenario. You work overseas and have a Porsche 996 Turbo. You see a classified ad go up from Vivid Racing for a 4.0 liter stroker short block advertised with a new crank, new pistons, new rings, new Darton sleeves, new gaskets, etc. Sounds good right? Especially considering the advertised $10k price is less than doing this all yourself and assembling all the parts and having the block sleeved. So what is the problem? The customer did not get what was advertised: Basically, what was advertised as new and in great condition simply was not true. Not to mention the scuffed and rusted liners with marks in the flange which he asks Vivid to replace. Vivid says Darton is responsible and Darton says they sold this to Vivid over 2 years ago and who knows what happened since then. Darton is right in this instance, they can not be expected to replace parts Vivid messed with or did not store properly. The solution here is very simple. Vivid should replace the parts, right? Well, they didn't. Rather than replacing the damaged sleeves Vivid is willing to sell more at cost since Darton won't be suckered into paying for Vivid's mistakes and should not be expected to. Vivid knew they were selling something that was not brand new and perfect as advertised and they just wanted to pass this onto a sucker who would have to shell out more out of pocket to get it working. That line about exceeding customer expectations and satisfactions is just a load of horse shit or a sick joke. This is honestly nothing new with Vivid. They will exaggerate or misrepresent things to make sales. We have seen it before such as when they claimed 407 wheel horsepower from a BMW S65 V8 with their tune on a Mustang dyno which is impossible unless one messes with the correction factor which they clearly did to exaggerate the capability of the tune they were selling. Vivid is all about making money and they do not seem to care how they get it. They basically just ship a lot of parts to a lot of people. It's why they acquired the HPF (Horsepower Freaks) name to simply utilize another brand to ship more and more parts from their warehouse. The bottom line is they don't give a crap about their customers and won't do the right thing if it means money out of their pockets. Think this is an isolated incident? Read this 60 page thread on Vivid's business practices which goes from praise to horro stories in a hurry: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337726 Why do people keep going to them? Caveat Emptor.
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    05-21-2016, 11:26 PM
    In case you needed any more evidence the Pure Turbos S55 turbocharger upgrades work how about a Russian M4 running their turbo upgrade? The M4 also features tuning courtesy of a BMS JB4 with mapping from a Russian tuner. The Ferrari F12 appears to be stock. It is a potent car even in stock form with 589 horsepower to the wheels from the naturally aspirated 7.3 liter V12. It also traps just over 130 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile in stock form. The M4 runs away with this race though. Apologies for the terrible HD potato quality but it is a cell phone recording uploaded to Instagram. Hopefully a high definition version shows up later but it's easy to see that the M4 wins and additionally that it pulls 162.5 miles per hour by the end of the run compared to 155.34 miles per hour for the F12. The F12 needs some boost and people talking down on BMW's performance need to understand an M4 with mild upgrades is easily taking down one of the best GT cars Ferrari has ever made. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BFrb-2RyLUG/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A video posted by Pure Turbos (@pureturbos)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-05-21T18:05:04+00:00">May 21, 2016 at 11:05am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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