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  • 135pats's Avatar
    02-01-2017, 11:21 AM
    It's been really busy recently gearing up for the draft but obviously, I have my thoughts on this weekend's game as a religious fan of all things NEP. Wanted to pass along my thoughts purely from a tactical standpoint; trying to keep it light on opinion and heavy on useful facts. Hopefully some of this is interesting and you'll be able to see it throughout the game. ATL Offense Scheme - Conceptually rooted in zone run and west coast passing concepts. Shanahan obviously the son of a WC innovator and worked his way up with Kubiak (also a big proponent of outside zone concepts). In the run game, you'll see very little gap or man techniques from the linemen. They'll come off the ball laterally looking to find a spot and then engage with the DL. The entire line gets flowing in one direction for staple outside zone runs; tailback pushes towards the hashmark and theoretically has at least three options. This opens up passing lanes down the seams when linebackers have greedy eyes and flow laterally too quickly - you're bound to see numerous boot plays in the passing game. ATL will sneak a backside TE out on boot plays into the flat when they are ahead of the chains on 2nd down. Simply put, an exceptionally diverse offense from a passing standpoint. Trips, motion, stack releases create stress on the defense and displace zone assignments. You'll see a ton of 'hi-low' routes which force intermediate defenders to pick a vertical level to defend (leaving the other route open). ATL's scheme forces you to defend the entire field, which is rare. Personnel - Outstanding and diverse skill group. Julio Jones has been sensational and is likely the most physically gifted WR in the league. Excellent combination of size, length, play speed, coordination, and balance. Not as dominant on the ball as highlights and reputation would suggest. Dominates by being a big player winning on 'little man' routes (slant, speed out, orbit). Gabriel a gimmick player but sudden and can get up field quickly. Small catch radius and allergic to contact. Sanu has a good catch radius but inconsistent hands. Not a natural runner, stiff. Monotone speed. Both tailbacks are talented. Freeman a compact inside runner who delivers sufficient contact power for his size. Can catch the ball and has v good lateral agility in space. Coleman a more linear player but can really run. Good long speed, a legit 4.45 player at his H/W. Matt Ryan's numbers have been a bit flattered by the collective talent around him; but he's quite good. A generally patient passer with a strong sense of the backside rush. Finds the backside of passing plays consistently and without issue. Throws the ball downfield without hesitation, though worth noting he lacks the arm strength to drive far hash deep throws consistently. In a dome, it shouldn't be much of an issue. Can be flustered by tight man coverage and baited into seemingly obvious errors. Extremely productive in the red zone this season and as in-command as i've seen him. All in all, a top 5 passer. ATL Defense Scheme - For whatever reason he won't admit it, but Quinn has more or less dropped in place the general scheme from SEA. There are subtle differences for sure, but big picture this is a 3 cover defense that wants speed at LB to cover the flats. They run more 2 cover man (sounds weird 2 cover = zone but it's simple - 2 high safeties, man coverage underneath) than SEA does. They lean more towards the PITT and SEA side of the spectrum in terms of 'we do what we do', you don't see a ton of change week to week on that side of the ball. As season has gone on, they've shown more confidence playing man concepts and walking safeties down. Results have been mixed. Generally play a straightforward 43 under front in their base defense. Again, not a ton of variation on this side of the ball. They generally let their guys shoot upfield more off the ball; you won't see as much 2 gapping especially on the inside. Personnel - The DL is unexceptional save for their two tackles. Both Hageman and Jarrett can play; though the latter is far more consistent. Neither are explosive upfield rushers. Hagemen flashes a power and first-step combination that is tantalizing, but he's a dog half the time. LB level is led by a youngster who I loved coming out of LaSU; Jones. He can run like the wind and always finds himself near the action. Reckless as a tackler and v light; can be displaced in the run game. Prone to over-pursuing in an effort to make the play. Beasley a fast-developing edge rusher. Finally starting to convert speed to power and has largely ditched that useless spin move. Excellent first step allows him to push upfield with haste. Turns the arc with ease and stays low in his speed rush. Not productive against the run and plays light. Can chase laterally without issue due to his speed. Secondary group is young but scrappy and not lacking for talent in certain spots. K. Neal a striker as a safety, uncoils and explodes into ball carriers. Not productive as a coverage player but already a plus player in run force. Jalen Collins and Robert Alford are both favorites of mine, though candidly neither have truly panned out relative to their lofty draft placement. Collins a classic 'Seattle' corner from LaSU; long limbed and can run down the field. Stiff and wooden in his lateral movements. Alford is a sensational athlete; sudden and fluid with the speed to carry down the field. Picks up a ton of flags and is often clueless when he gets out of phase. I think both corners are talented; question will be if the stage and pace that NEP throws at them will be too much. NEP Offense Scheme - Arguably the most diverse offense conceptually in the NFL; either this or ATL. NEP is fortunate to have had stability at QB and HC for so long that the same fundamental Perkins system has been in place and evolving for almost 20 years. The passing game has become more balanced and vertically oriented this season in particular; due largely to adapting to better talent outside. McDaniels exceptionally aware of his personnel's strengths. More motion than any team in the league pre-snap. Lot of underneath crossers vs. zone; deep in cuts and digs; vertical seem routes; and skinny posts from this offense. Man beaters abound via rub routes and pick plays. In the run game, you'll notice a lot more of the 'pull' concept, where the guard on the backside of the run play pulls out of his gap, loops around the center, and acts as a lead blocker for the tailback on the playside. It's a staple of gap run coaching and is very effective when executed well - but by definition it leaves an unblocked rusher on the backside of the play. NEP will probably take their chances in this game; ATL lacks a truly explosive 3 technique to take advantage (Hageman and Jarrett both good, but not upfield types). Personnel - Before Gronkowski got hurt, this was the best skill group NEP had fielded since 2011. Obviously losing Gronkowski changes the equation; having Bennett as a talented backup has preserved some of their staple 12 personnel (2 TEs) concepts. Bennett is hurt so not running down the field as well as he'd normally; still a massive player with soft hands and excellent lateral agility. Hogan has striding speed and gets on top of corners in the 15-25 yard area. Quite good on deep boundary throws and deep in cuts or digs. Edelman the key to the passing game; sudden and elusive in short space but able to run nearly the entire route tree effectively. Malcolm Mitchell a long limbed, athletic rookie. Relatively pedestrian long speed but gets off the ball quickly and separates with authority. Floyd gives them a fundamentally different H/W/S component but he probably won't play in a game of these stakes. On paper, a natural outside WR with excellent size, bulk, and ball skills. NEP has three tailbacks who play snaps, all who present different challenges. Blount a dancing bear for a 230lb runner. Is just as apt to hurdle someone as to run through them. Somewhat plodding going downhill, takes a few yards to generate contact power and rhythm. Deion Lewis is a matchup issue both as an inside runner and as a pass catcher. Capable of carrying the ball inside on one snap, but then motioning outside on the next. Excellent lateral agility; almost impossible to tackle in space 1:1. James White exclusively used in the passing game for his soft hands and crisp routes. A marginal NFL runner who lacks forward lean and contact power to be effective in that regard. Gets behind linebackers for large gains with frequency in the passing game. Brady is sensational and somehow improving in several areas of his game. Still susceptible to quick a gap pressure and can lock onto top targets in tight games. Unmatched ability to win the down pre-snap. I'll come back with NEP defense shortly :handgestures-thumb:
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  • gzim335's Avatar
    01-30-2017, 05:58 PM
    Funny how M3s in n/a form aren't respected well this e60 m5 evolve stage 3 owner got to experience it first hand. 2011 E92 m3 zcp dct gintani custom tune,full e85 from local pump which is more like e70 around here with a flex fuel kit,active Autowerke catless xpipe,stock rear section,stock intake with a drop in filter,no pulleys with recaro driver seat,no passenger or rear seats and 6lb volt phreaks battery,volk te37sl 18s 2009 e60 m5 6spd evolve alpha n evolve long tube headers catless eisenman sec 1&2 and meistershaft sec 3 drop in filter 50mph (owner refused to do anything lower) to about 170mph as he went into fifth gear(fourth is 160mph) enjoy fellas
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 09:59 AM
    This comparison video comes from MotorTrend who lately has focused more on trying to force comedy than quality comparisons. This is a segment that many of us here take very seriously as enthusiasts due to owning (or having owned) the cars in question. For decades the sport sedan segment was dominated by the BMW M3. Basically, it was just everyone else gunning for the M3. Clearly, that has changed. BMW M slipped and everyone else got better. A hell of a lot better. There is even a notable new contender from Alfa Romeo. Their entry is the Giulia Quadrifoglio which boasts some impressive specifications. Namely, the turbocharged 2.9 liter V6 produces 505 horsepower. On paper, that is a ton of power from the displacement. Think of it this way, even the new Porsche 911 GTS with its 3.0 liter engine is over 50 horses short. What other factory motor makes that kind of power from this displacement? Well, the S55 engine in the F80 M3 does although not officially. It is rated at 425 horsepower but the car punches well above its claim. This F80 M3 also has the optional Competition Package which raises output among other things. Unfortunately, while the power and torque are great the car is now more dragster than the perfectly balanced and razor sharp driver's tool it once was. It just isn't quite what it was and it that is partially why others can easily now match (and exceed) its main aspects. So far we have two cars with turbo six cylinder motors. See a pattern yet? Well, the ATS-V joins the trend although its 3.6 liter LF4 engine offers more displacement. Which is a good thing as the ATS-V is heavier than the aforementioned cars at roughly 3800 pounds. It's a good thing the ATS-V LF4 responds so well to basic tuning. Speaking of heavy and big displacement, that is where the C63 S comes into the picture. It is the heaviest car out of the group at over 3900 pounds. It also has the largest motor with its 4.0 liter twin turbo M177 V8. The C63 can be thought of as more of a rear wheel drive E63 than a nimble sports sedan. Let's start with the laptimes. Giulia: 2:00.21 M3: 2:00.61 ATS-V: 2:00.81 C63 S: 2:02.49 The Competition Package addresses complaints with the F80 M3 and improves performance. Namely, the torque doesn't just turn it into a drift machine and it plants its rear end better. The ATS-V is right on its tail but comes up short. The C63 S is just way behind the other two and considering how portly it is and how it is tough to keep the rear in line that is no surprise. What is a surprise is that the Giulia Quadrifoglio beats up on everyone. Its handling is just superb. Even though the M3 is lighter and slightly better balanced the Giulia still rules the racetrack. So Alfa's first attempt tops everyone in the segment? How does that happen? MotorTrend calls it perfect despite its grabby brakes and shortcomings in overall interior polish. The main point of criticism we would say is the lack of the manual transmission option in the US and the automatic being forced on you. Maybe the Alfa will shake up the segment. The ATS-V was already doing that somewhat but it seems the Alfa Romeo is a better all around package. They did not do any straightline testing but if you equate what car is best to the quickest 1/4 mile time you never really understood what this segment was about in the first place.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-18-2017, 07:01 PM
    Insane numbers here from an F10 M5 tuned by HC Performance. The S63TU engine has upgraded EFR turbochargers from Borg Warner and a built motor from Bimmer Performance Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Other than the custom ECU flash dyno tune the car has upgraded clutches. The result? 846 horsepower and 772 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with DIN correction: There is more in it according to the tuner but apparently something in the transmission is holding is holding things back. The dyno run is claimed to be at 26 psi but there is no boost graph. Is 900+ whp about to become reality for the S63TU in 2017?
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    02-15-2017, 07:17 PM
    Approx. 1 year ago I had an employee allegedly rear end another vehicle while driving a company truck. Here is one of the photos of the damage that allegedly was done. So what comes of this accident? Now being sued for 6 figures. Just received summons. Amazes me that this kind of thing is allowed. Someone have an anecdote that will make me less disheartened with this entire process? Just unbelievable...
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 10:00 AM
    This comparison video comes from MotorTrend who lately has focused more on trying to force comedy than quality comparisons. This is a segment that many of us here take very seriously as enthusiasts due to owning (or having owned) the cars in question. For decades the sport sedan segment was dominated by the BMW M3. Basically, it was just everyone else gunning for the M3. Clearly, that has changed. BMW M slipped and everyone else got better. A hell of a lot better. There is even a notable new contender from Alfa Romeo. Their entry is the Giulia Quadrifoglio which boasts some impressive specifications. Namely, the turbocharged 2.9 liter V6 produces 505 horsepower. On paper, that is a ton of power from the displacement. Think of it this way, even the new Porsche 911 GTS with its 3.0 liter engine is over 50 horses short. What other factory motor makes that kind of power from this displacement? Well, the S55 engine in the F80 M3 does although not officially. It is rated at 425 horsepower but the car punches well above its claim. This F80 M3 also has the optional Competition Package which raises output among other things. Unfortunately, while the power and torque are great the car is now more dragster than the perfectly balanced and razor sharp driver's tool it once was. It just isn't quite what it was and it that is partially why others can easily now match (and exceed) its main aspects. So far we have two cars with turbo six cylinder motors. See a pattern yet? Well, the ATS-V joins the trend although its 3.6 liter LF4 engine offers more displacement. Which is a good thing as the ATS-V is heavier than the aforementioned cars at roughly 3800 pounds. It's a good thing the ATS-V LF4 responds so well to basic tuning. Speaking of heavy and big displacement, that is where the C63 S comes into the picture. It is the heaviest car out of the group at over 3900 pounds. It also has the largest motor with its 4.0 liter twin turbo M177 V8. The C63 can be thought of as more of a rear wheel drive E63 than a nimble sports sedan. Let's start with the laptimes. Giulia: 2:00.21 M3: 2:00.61 ATS-V: 2:00.81 C63 S: 2:02.49 The Competition Package addresses complaints with the F80 M3 and improves performance. Namely, the torque doesn't just turn it into a drift machine and it plants its rear end better. The ATS-V is right on its tail but comes up short. The C63 S is just way behind the other two and considering how portly it is and how it is tough to keep the rear in line that is no surprise. What is a surprise is that the Giulia Quadrifoglio beats up on everyone. Its handling is just superb. Even though the M3 is lighter and slightly better balanced the Giulia still rules the racetrack. So Alfa's first attempt tops everyone in the segment? How does that happen? MotorTrend calls it perfect despite its grabby brakes and shortcomings in overall interior polish. The main point of criticism we would say is the lack of the manual transmission option in the US and the automatic being forced on you. Maybe the Alfa will shake up the segment. The ATS-V was already doing that somewhat but it seems the Alfa Romeo is a better all around package. They did not do any straightline testing but if you equate what car is best to the quickest 1/4 mile time you never really understood what this segment was about in the first place.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-24-2017, 05:10 PM
    The new PorscheBoost and BoostAddict project car is finally here. Say hello to this 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera. In other words, the new 991.2 generation with the B6 twin turbo 3.0 liter motor. The car has all the goodies including Sport Chrono, PDK, and the Sport Exhaust. The goal will be to produce 911 Turbo S humbling performance at a fraction of the cost in a lighter package. Think of it as building your own GT2. PorscheBoost already reached out to several tuners/vendors including: Fabspeed @COBB Tuning GIAC BMS IPD @VF-Engineering @Pure Turbos This should be a very fun project. Apologies for the poor photography as the sun made things difficult. Expect better photo shoots as things progress.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-29-2017, 11:30 PM
    Only brats with non-M cars will disagree with this. Frankly, it's long overdue. M badges on non-M cars should have been against the law a long time ago. Expect to see protests at your local BMW dealer by homeless looking 20 year olds sipping Starbucks that own used 320i's covered in M decals.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-11-2017, 10:18 AM
    Tuning evolves over time. This is no surprise and it is no surprise to see tuners continue to extract power. Especially when it is a tuner like Cobb who essentially is at the head of the Macan tuning game. What we have here are refined OTS (off the shelf) maps. Cobb also utilized an all wheel drive Dynojet which is great to see as their previous Mustang graphs were somewhat hard to read. Here is what Cobb did: Now let's look at the Macan S results: The red line is obviously stock. The torque increase with the new software is over 150 lb-ft at the wheels over stock. This tapers off toward redline and the peak power figures for both versions of software are similar but the torque hit from 2350 to 4000 rpm is larger. Great for low end grunt. Now what about the Macan Turbo? It sees gains of roughly 20 at the wheels for both power and torque. The Macan turbo also offers a much stronger top end pull than the S as the graphs illustrate. Simply great work as usual from Cobb Tuning.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-08-2017, 04:21 PM
    Big brother versus little brother here. Literally, that is the matchup as the S65 V8 is just a 4.0 liter version of the S85 V10 under the hood of the E60 M5. The bore and stroke are the exact same. This was done to of course to have a V8 to race with and also to save money with parts sharing. The S85 V10 is ultimately more capable and will put out more power and torque due to its size. Everything one likes about the S65 V8 the S85 V10 does better except that the V8 is lighter and mated to a lighter chassis. That chassis also has the option of a DCT transmission which the M5 does not. This E60 M5 is a 6-speed manual version and, well, the M3 is more than its match due to an efficient package. There is also a W204 C63 AMG thrown into this race although we do not know the mods. One would assume your basic bolt ons. It shows very well. All three cars are very evenly matched. 2009 E60 M5 6spd Evolve Alpha N Evolve long tube headers catless Eisenman sec 1&2 and Meistershaft sec 3 Drop in filter 2011 E92 M3 ZCP DCT Gintani tune E85 flex fuel Active Autowerke catless x-pipe Drop in filter Recaro seat Pulled passenger and rear seats Volk TE37SL 18's Lightweight battery W204 C63 Mods unknown
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-01-2017, 12:28 AM
    So I have family visiting for Europe and they are coming over for the Super Bowl. I want to do typical American dishes and blow their socks off with some good food. So, what do I make? I'm thinking these Tornado potatoes might be awesome? Also, maybe cheeseburger onion rings?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-24-2017, 04:26 AM
    The built motor era for the S63TU engine platform is getting going thanks to BPC (Bimmer Performance Center). They have a built engine package with some impressive specs that will increase the durability and capability of the S63TU 4.4 liter twin turbo V8. Those looking into this package will be people pushing the motor with turbo upgrades. When over 700 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, peace of mind becomes increasingly important: Some engines will last longer. Some engines will not. There are many factors such as fuel quality, torque, use, mileage, tune quality, etc. If you drive around town with a turbo upgrade getting groceries it is not exactly the same thing as going WOT on the roadcourse for hours of laps. This is the list of upgraded components: BPC Spec Darton Flanged Sleeves – Optimized wall thickness for strength that far exceeds factory Alusil cylinders without compromising block integrity or cooling characteristics BPC Spec Carrillo H-Beam Rods – Rated at 1500 HP BPC Spec Diamond Coated Pistons – Thermal coated crown and teflon coated skirts. BPC Spec Total Seal Stainless Steel Piston Rings BPC Spec Calico Coated Main & Rod Bearings BPC Spec spark plugs They also offer these services: Engine Block CNC Bore & Hone Process CNC Main Bearing Line Hone BPC Spec Optimized Engine clearances Precision Balanced Rotating Assembly Cylinder Head BPC Spec Ported Cylinder Heads BPC Spec Valve seat machining CNC Cylinder Head Resurfacing Now, combining a built motor setup like this with a turbo upgrade is key. We saw the BPC built S63TU motor with their Borg Warner EFR 7163 turbo upgrade put out 846 horsepower to the wheels in an F10 M5 with preliminary tuning. They are shooting for over 1000+ and that is really where the upgraded engine components will be put to the test. How much does this all cost? Well, they didn't tell us. Expect to pay to play. The S63TU platform is poised to have a very big 2017.
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  • Karura's Avatar
    02-20-2017, 09:04 AM
    I'm just looking into the M3 rack install and people have mixed thoughts, some say that the 335i don't have Servotronic, and some others say that the E92 335is has Servotronic, so I wanted to confirm, does the E92 335is have or not have Servotronic? How do I check whether it has it or not, is it possible to confirm by checking the VIN and packages? If the 335is doesn't have Servotronic, then does that mean the M3 (which is also non-Servotronic) will just be a direct bolt-on? I know a few members on Bimmerboost have done this, and would love to hear your thoughts.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-09-2017, 01:31 PM
    To see a 4500+ pound all wheel drive luxury performance sedan hustling down the 1/4 mile like this is... well, awesome! APR's 4.0 TFSI V8 tuning software is solid as we all know. Back in 2013 they were offering over 650 horsepower at all four wheels. What makes this 10.344 @ 134.95 1/4 mile run particularly impressive? That it basically matches what an APR tuned RS7 did with upgraded 4.0 TFSI V8 turbochargers. Yes, it is on the factory turbos. What are the other mods? APR Downpipes Rock Euro Intake Full weight w/ child seat and 235lbs driver. Just incredibly impressive performance.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-01-2017, 03:51 AM
    This awesome dyno overlay comes to us from our friends at Evolve Automotive. Now, note, this is a Dyno Dynamics and it is set to correct at the crank. Everything looks about right until you get to the F80 M3 which BMW rates at 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The Evolve torque figure for the S55 motor of the F80 M3 exceeds the BMW rating but their horsepower figure curiously is barely any higher. The other M3's are all right on the dot which they should be as they follow the Dynojet 15% loss rule. When BMW went turbo, they started to sandbag. The S55 turbo engine in the F80 M3 is criminally underrated. It's essentially a 500 horsepower motor and its wheel output matches its claimed crank output. Why the S55 is not showing as large of an advantage here is a curiosity and we will ask Evolve about it. The torque nose diving past 5000 rpm on the load bearing dyno could explain it. Still a very cool overlay to see. Red Line: E30 M3 S14 2.3 I4 Green Line: E36 M3 S50B32 3.2 I6 Blue Line: E46 M3 S54 3.2 I6 Orange Line: E92 M3 S65 4.0 V8 Purple Line: F80 M3 3.0 I6
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-02-2017, 05:23 AM
    This is still in development and pricing is not yet released but Precision Raceworks has Stage 1, 2, 3, and now 4 fuel pump systems. The idea of course is to support higher horsepower and they claim they can support up to 1500+ horsepower although reality and claims are often different things. What can one expect? The following: MODULAR F-SERIES FUEL PUMP SYSTEM​ Precision Raceworks is proud to announce another modular fuel pump design. As always we strive for building quality into the design and ensure we allow for maximum adaptability for our customers. We do not have a current release date yet as we are finishing machining over the next few weeks but wanted to start a thread sharing upcoming product information about this new F-series fuel pump system. We will be sharing testing information and additional information as well in this thread over the next couple months as we move into production. Product Features · 100% E85 Compatible · 100% Modular Design · 100% Billet CNC machined system (including bucket) · Capable of supporting up to 3 Walbro 450 pumps · Waste less Venturi system (zero reduction in fuel volume or pressure) · Maintains a factory style bucket design · Supports up to 1500+ HP · Standard Walbro Filters and Pumps for easy maintenance · Capable of single fuel outlet or dual fuel outlet · Shipped as complete drop in or DIY install of top hat · Works with factory or aftermarket fuel lines & connections · Retains factory control of primary pump · Can be returned to stock · No modifications to factory wire harness · No errors · No core fee · No downtime *Horsepower is based on calculations and real world number from other cars Pricing has yet to be released.
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  • berns's Avatar
    01-30-2017, 08:08 PM
    You guessed it. It's a great fucking tire. However, I didn't see or feel any massive improvements over the Super Sport. Oh yeah, the name... Some weird bureaucratic reasoning behind it, but it should have been the Michelin Pilot Super Sport II. Michelin set me up for two nights at the Ritz Carlton in Palm Springs. We ate a fancy meal, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef who flew in with his team from Chicago. Did you know Michelin restaurants and Michelin tires were the same Michelin? It was news to many in attendance. The following morning, we headed out to The Thermal Club. A seriously awesome new track in the desert, members only, country club style scene, and where the BMW Performance driving school takes place. There was quite a bit of rain, which proved for an interesting test. I drove an M2 and an M4 on track for about 10 laps each. The wet grip of the 4s was seriously impressive, especially in cars like these with so much torque and hyper-responsive accelerator pedals. There was also some classroom time, where some French Michelin engineers told us about rubber compounds and showed fancy charts with different heat colors etc... Even the employees mentioned the Super Sport was the top of its class, and improving on it was no easy task. So, the 4s is really just marginally better, rebranded and designed to bring the attention back to Michelin with a tire that will hold them over for a few more years till the next big advancement in rubber. I also drove a 340i on a drying-up Autocross course, fitted with the 4s and competitors from Goodyear, Bridgestone and Pirelli. The Goodyears weren't far behind, but you really could feel the Michelin's working best, giving the quickest response and most grip of all the competitors. Timed runs and braking distances concluded the same. Funny how that worked out in their favor! Afternoon came and the rain was gone for good. We headed out for a 3 hour drive around Joshua Tree national park with some fun cars, including a police escort to avoid any trouble. Ferrari California T (fuck, the motor in here is amazing and the Michelin's gave me traction all the way through 2nd gear), R8 V10 plus (what a goddamn delight this car is. if you haven't driven one, do yourself a favor. SO GOOD), and lastly, the new C63 (fun car, loads of torque, kind of uninspiring in comparison to the M's). Now, my honest opinion, for what it's worth -- I've driven most fast, new cars since 2008. I've worked in the automotive industry for 9 years, previously on staff at 0-60 Magazine, Rides Magazine and was Senior Editor for European Car Mag for two years as well. I still shoot and write for a few, including Road & Track, and I'm addicted to making cars handle well and make unusable gobs of power. I usually run aggressive tires on the street, like the Falken Azenis RT615k, Dunlop Direzza Star Spec II, Hankook RS3 etc... They are affordable and provide insane grip and stability. Caveat is always the treadwear. My Falken's are 180, and the Michelin's are 300... You'll pay for this, and I'd still say my RT615k's would outperform them in an all-out dry test. Though the engineering and rubber compound in the Pilot Sport 4s is undeniably superb, and their ability to find traction in dangerously wet conditions was pretty mind blowing. Wet traction with the Falkens is scary. The Michelin's are silent on road and track, they don't get greasy when hot, and they look phenomenal. There's a reason the brand carries such a successful history with its name. Should you buy these? I assume they'll stop making the Super Sport, so yes, if you like those tires, you will absolutely love these as well. The best has gotten ever so slightly better. Would I buy them? We'll see how much they are first. But I'd definitely consider a set because of the treadwear. FYI, just did a search for the Super Sports and they are CHEAP right now! Would be a good time to restock. Here are some quick pictures from the event. Feel free to ask my any questions, happy to talk about any of this stuff. And for good measure, here's an M4 GTS taking off into the sunset. Why they ditched a screaming V8 for this terrible sound will always be beyond me.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-30-2017, 07:42 PM
    BimmerBoost first reported on the E92 M3 S65 V8 standalone ECU from Syvecs back in 2015. We all watched the development proceed as race teams got their ECU's and we started to see significant independent results. Well, suffice it to say the Syvecs ECU is ready for primetime. Syvecs admits the ECU was developed with the DCT transmission as the focus. For those who have an emphasis on tenths of a second and maximum performance (like the guy writing this) that is great news. You can log the clutch, clear codes, re-learn, etc. There is also adjustable traction control and adjustable launch control. Now for those who supercharge and turbocharge (like the guy writing this) you can switch maps easily and on the fly. Just put race gas in your tank? Not a problem. The total of adjustable maps is 8. Oh, and how about rolling anti-lag when roll racing? Yep, you can do that too. It's long overdue to push the E92 M3 to that next level with turbocharging. Like the guy writing this intends to do utilizing this Syvecs S65 ECU. Live Tuning of every aspect of the engine’s calibration, including signals sent to the DSG ecu • Ability to select desired engine map, boost level, traction and launch control levels through 12 Position switch or via OEM Cruise control • Fully adjustable Launch control with Anti-lag strategies and Ramp in Maps • Full Variable Valve Timing control • Closed loop Dual Lambda Control using OEM lambdas • Flex Fuel control • Cruise Control add on • Control the OEM Injectors and additional injectors for high power installations where staged injection may be required • Fully adjustable closed loop boost control with launch level adjustments and trims for turbo speed, air charge, engine coolant temp, exhaust gas temperatures etc • Monitor and trimming of exhaust gas temperatures • Built in data logging using a market leading analysis software of up to 8 hours, with data rates at up to 1000hz • Rolling Antilag / Pit lane limiter strategies, great for building boost on a roll • Antitheft and valet modes • Super fast connection via RJ45 Ethernet port for live tuning anywhere in the world or evenremotely if on track if connected to a wireless unit. • Adjustable traction control strategies based on lateral g, steering angle and/or individual wheel speed monitoring. • 4 programmable and selectable target slip maps. An immediate torque reduction can be applied by the ECU via ignition retard or a fuel cut. • Configurable Engine Safety Trips on all important parameters like oil temperature, oil pressure. • Fuel pump control of both main Direct Injection pumps, and sub pumps, as well as Relative fuel pressure monitoring and limiting in the event of fuel pressure dropping on boost. • 4 different Pedal to Throttle Angle maps with multipliers for different parameters e.g. speed. Again adjustable via steering wheel buttons • Configurable individual cylinder closed loop knock control, to suit any cylinder modification with adjustments to frequency, windows for listening and gains for each cylinder. Ability to trigger full cylinder shutdown in severe knock conditions. • Ability to change torque levels and demand levels sent to the DSG Ecu for changing clutch pressure and Pull away drivability • Change torque reduction levels on shifts. Essential for very high power Gallardos where the Oem levels of reductions are not enough with the added torque from a Twin Turbo Kit • Ability to change Torque ramp in after launch • Change throttle blip requests to match your torque band. Especially useful on oversized turbo installations. • Run up to 7bar map sensors • Control high or low impendence injectors • Change injector dead times based on voltage levels for proper control • Change injector end angle to ensure injection point is properly calibrated • Ability to fit any type of external sensor to monitor and trigger safety trips from anything from crank case pressure to damper position • Ability to use any size DBW throttle body e.g. Chevrolet LS7 • Wet and Dry – Wet and Dry nitrous control with ability to drive solenoids directly and control n20 heaters via pressure monitoring • Ability to control any external vehicle features based on sensor inputs e.g. Adjustable rear wing linked to G force or exhaust control valves • Connect any race series dash or even one of our partners’ Touchscreen CANBUS adjustment /display units • View any input live with built in scope up to 1000hz
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    02-02-2017, 09:11 AM
    This is not a proven claim and wow is it an incredible time. Porsche 'leaked' the supposed laptime to media sources which have run wild with it. Do we doubt Porsche's integrity? Not exactly. However, it sure would be nice to have a video as proof rather than a deliberate media ploy. Porsche says on Pirelli P-Zero Corsa N0 high performance tires the new GTS manages a 7:22 around the 'Ring. Without the optional tires, it manages a 7:26 which is still absurdly quick. Is it believable that tires shave 4 seconds? Absolutely. It is believable the 911 GTS is a quicker track car than a Carrera GT? Absolutely not. 7:22 is exactly the time for the previous generation Viper ACR in a test by Dodge which happened to be an overall production car record at the time. 7:22 is 2 seconds quicker than the 997 GT2 RS as tested by Sport Auto. Let's just say we want proof.
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  • DFM's Avatar
    02-07-2017, 04:55 AM
    Picked up a set of cheap wheels with blizzaks on them for 400.
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    02-25-2017, 08:46 PM
    newb335guy started a thread For Sale: Part out, moving on. in Buy/Sell - Parts
    Doc race single turbo-ceramic coated PTE Gen 2 6266. everything that I got from Doc Racing goes to you plus I will provide the Hose setup that is in picture to vent back into turbo so you avoid venting to air and having to smell oil. Also Moshomito Catch can setup provided and ADV 02 Sensor (very recommended). Price to sell at $4700.00 We can package fueling into it also. Any questions you can call or text 850-240-0293 This is off of Doc Website: http://docrace.com/collections/bmw/p...ngle-turbo-kit BMW 335i 135i N54 Top Mount Single Turbo Kit Turbo Bearing Ceramic Coating $5,495.00 USD Cpe/BMS Port injection with Split Second AIC controller $800 Stage 3 Fuelit setup with upgraded fuel lines, return line fittings and Hobbs switch $600 DSS Axles $700
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-11-2017, 10:51 AM
    The F87 M2 is arguably the best chassis in the BMW M lineup for those who put an emphasis on driving. The problem? The N55B30T0 motor is a letdown. The engine does not know what it wants to be. It's part N55 and part S55 yet this results in something that certainly is not M. The S55 engine from the F80 M3 and F82 M4 is simply a better powerplant. We all know why BMW would not give the M2 the S55 engine because M3 and M4 owners have very fragile egos. This is simply a natural law of the universe. The N55B30T0 has a weak top end pull which is the very antithesis of what an M motor should be. It can not even top the B58 engine in said top end pull. What was BMW thinking? Oh, about those fragile M3/M4 egos. While the F87 M2 is priced well and offers great driving dynamics it just is missing that M heart. Aulitzky Tuning fixed that problem and made the M2 what it should be. They claim the engine has 620 horsepower and they almost back it up with full dynographs: No reason to doubt the claim as the S55 can easily make the power. For a little bit at least. The point here ultimately being M cars should have proper M motors. This is a great swap.
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    02-17-2017, 01:10 PM
    The rotating assembly in the BMW M S65 V8 and S85 V10 motors was tested by BMW to 10k rpm. That does not mean the car will continue to make power to 10k rpm only that it is designed to withstand high rpm stress. MRF Engineering is taking a 4.2 liter S65 they built to 9000 rpm and they claim a naturally aspirated record as well. The problem is their video shows them going to 8650 rpm and they state they hit 8950 in further tuning. Furthermore, there are no dyno results to show the curve. 9k rpm on the S65 is actually nothing new. Xcede in South Africa hit 8800 rpm way back in 2010 and Evolve routinely revved out to ~8800 rpm as well. The difference is with Schrick cams widely available now building a high revving S65 V8 that makes power past 9000 rpm should be possible. That is what we are hoping to see from MRF Engineering but we will have to wait until they post a dyno proving it. <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/BQTWMgaAPdE/" 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 post shared by MRF Motorsport Engineering (@mrf_engineering)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2017-02-09T19:18:04+00:00">Feb 9, 2017 at 11:18am PST</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-15-2017, 02:53 PM
    This is not confirmed but rumors are swirling regarding the S55 engine from the F80 M3 and F82 M4 going into the F87 M2 chassis. This would rectify BMW's mistake as the N55B30T0 motor is somewhat weak and struggles against the new B58 engine. If you look a the F87 M2 N55B30T0 power curve it just is all low end and the torque quickly drops off. How does that make sense for an M car designed for track use? The S55 isn't exactly BMW's best top end design but it offers a much broader curve with stronger pull toward redline. It's a better motor. So what is fueling these S55 into the M2 engine rumors? Spy photos from CAR showing cooling changes that look similar to the S55 cooling system. Not to mention Nurburgring testing from last year of an M2 said to have the S55 under the hood. It's possible only the CS model will get the S55 motor and the standard M2 will stick with the N55B30T0. If that is the case, the CS will be a much better buy. We'll know soon enough.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-31-2017, 12:51 AM
    This is just so damn cool. Iroz Motorsport does some incredible things with the 2.5 TFSI I5 engine like running 9's in a TT-RS. Now they are also doing engine swaps into other VAG chassis' such as the MKVI Golf R which comes from the factory with a 2.0 turbo I4. The 2.5 TFSI engine is obviously more capable and Iroz Motorsport has a variety of turbo kits for the engine that can take it over 1000+ horsepower. This particular Golf R has their IMS850 turbo kit which as the name implies is good for roughly 850 horses at the crank. Now, how much does this swap cost? How are they tuning it? How is the DSG holding up? What other VAG chassis' can accommodate a 2.5 TFSI swap? All good questions. After seeing the DSG launch and acceleration videos below, we have a feeling this swap is going to get more popular.
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    02-10-2017, 08:01 AM
    BMW never built an E89 Z4M despite racing one which makes them hypocrites and BimmerBoost will never, ever, let anyone forget this. Why is BimmerBoost so bitter? For one, it showed BMW does not only build one thing as they claim and also that M began its downward spiral away from true Motorsport derived vehicles. If you think this is a bit of an overreaction watch the video below and then say an E89 Z4M would not have been sweet. The car uses a 4.4 liter version of the S65 V8 for racing called the P65B44. If BimmerBoost had its way, BMW M would have stuck the S85 V10 under the hood and made a German Viper. Unfortunately, BimmerBoost is not in charge of BMW M. Yet.
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    01-30-2017, 08:07 PM
    Dodge is doing a hell of a job hyping up the Demon as it has everyone talking. We know the car is being built with a 1/4 mile emphasis. We know they are dropping weight. We now also know the car has wider fenders that add 3.5 inches of width which house 315/40/18 Nitto NT05R drag radials. Why drag radials in front and in back? Good question. Some might cite all wheel drive yet the car is shown doing a rear wheel drive burnout in the teaser video. It is certainly possible there is a burnout mode however all wheel drive seems like a long shot at this point. Also, what does the license plate mean? The current Hellcat V8 has forged pistons, forged rods, and a 2.4 liter (2380cc) twin screw blower. Are they going bigger to a 2.6 liter (2576cc) blower with more boost for even more power? 35 absolute would convert to 20 psi relative to atmosphere. Guess we'll have to wait and find out.
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