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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-12-2015, 03:43 PM
    A very nice 6-speed manual E92 335i build here from BimmerBoost member The Ghost. He upgraded his 335i N54 motor with Vargas Turbo Technology 2+ turbos, a Burger Tuning port injection fuel system, and a Fuel-It! Stage 3 dual LPFP direct injection fuel system upgrade. Here are the details in his own words: Per my old thread I proved that the stock turbo inlets were restricting flow at higher boost levels and so I did some testing and built custom intakes. Since then, I installed BMS's (Burger Tuning) port injection kit, Fuel-it Stage 3, and ditched the meth using full E85. Setup: N54, FBO, 6MT JB4 G5, Cobb backend flash (ATR) Custom 2.25" turbo inlets, w/BMS DCI BMS Port Injection kit Split Second injector controller (AIC1-G4H) Fuel-it Stage 3 dual LPFPs e85 Stock exhaust (catted) Specs on Intakes: Front intake specs: 2 1/8" 90 degree silicone elbow, 2.25" pipe directly into filter on passenger side. Piping covered with head reflective foil Rear intake specs: 2 1/8" 90 degree silicone elbow, about 14" of 2.0" aluminum pipe, 45 degree 2.25" silicone coupler to about 14" of 2.25" aluminum piping, 45 degree silicone bend to filter (2.25"). The picture below shows the upper half the intake. BMS DCI filters reused Vac canisters moved to driver's side (shown in attached) PCV retained, mounted bung near same place as stock (shown in attached) The dyno photos in order are: My maxed FBO meth/e85 car vs. my final tune today Comparison of timing changes (4-7 degree ramp, vs 7-9 degree ramp) FBO map 0 baseline vs. today's final tune All plots from today (tuning iterations) Here is a log of the last dyno run: http://datazap.me/u/ghost/2015-02-05-170708-10f-final-dyno-run-6?log=0&data=1-3-4-11 Misc notes: Targeted 12.7:1 AFR (max power lean e85), however PI map needs work as it goes very rich (10:1) on spool as well as at 6500rpms. I didn't have time to keep reflashing the AIC, so I'll do that at a later time which should help torque and top end. Adding a small amount of timing made a HUGE difference in power (especially top-end). I decided to stop where I was as I was happy with the progress. These turbos (with these intakes) can make any reasonable boost it seems. 26psi@7krpms has a 66% IDC. Next mod is probably exhaust. While the e92 exhaust is supposedly pretty free-flowing, at 600+whp, I suspect there are gains to be had going to a 3.5" single exhaust without cats. Special thanks to Terry@BMS for the extensive support and parts, Fuel-it and VTT both for good components and support. Additional pictures:
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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 04:04 PM
    So I'm in the pretty early stages but I am considering buying a new (used) car. I bought my current car (2011 Camaro 2SS/RS/manual) when I graduated law school and I was 25 at the time. I'm now 30 and I have a 2 year old. So I think its time for something a little more mature, classy, and practical but I don't want to give up having a relatively fast, relatively sporty car. My price range is around $36k. I do my own basic maintenance (oil, tranny/diff fluid, brake pads, spark plugs) and basic bolt on type work (air intake, headers) but on cars that are pretty easy to work on (Trucks, F-body's, my current car). Below are my requirements outside of price and some general thoughts on how I will use the car: 4 doors and a decent backseat (for car seat) and trunk (golf bags, stroller). It can't be slower than my current car (0-60 in around 4.6, low 13's 1/4). I will not modify the car so it must be at least that fast stock. It must be fun to drive. For example: A Charger Hellcat would not be appropriate because although it is fast, its not fun to drive. I want a car that feels a little special. USE: primarily a daily driver but I may occasionally take it to a track. That said, I'm not one of these guys who is obsessed with shaving 100ths of a second off my lap time. I just want to have fun and have a car that I can push without killing it or myself. If tracked, I would probably not take it past 7.5/10ths of its potential. It must be somewhat classy but not super flashy. I want a car that is nice to be in and I would be proud to walk up to and get in on a daily basis. Ideally it would be a car that a normal person wouldn't think twice about but someone like us (abnormal people) would look at and be like "nice." The car is for me to enjoy driving, not to attract attention. It must be reliable and reasonable to fix or have fixed when something does break. It must also be reasonable to maintain. I understand that most "nice" cars will be more expensive to maintain than my Camaro but it has to be within reason. RWD is preferred but I'd be willing to do AWD if the AWD is fun and tossable. Manual is preferred but I would do flappy paddle if it is a great box, a good deal, and not unreliable. Right now my two front runners are a 09-14 CTS-V and an E90 M3. My concern with the Caddy is that although its fast, I worry that its heavy and not that fun to drive. My concern with the M3 is reliability and maintenance. Any feedback or tips on my front runners is welcome as is advice on other options (supported with reasoning).
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    02-11-2015, 03:19 PM
    The first batch of our new silicone intake tubes for the N54 are now available! Orders can be placed on our website or via email to Sales@vargasturbo.com. There are only 20 units available which will be sold on a first come first serve basis with priority given to current owners of a VTT Stage 2 or 2+ turbo upgrade. Product Information VTT N54 Silicone intake tubes are high grade 100% silicone that is 5mm thick and wire reinforced. They are a complete replacement for the restrictive stock inlets from the turbo to the inlet side is designed to fit with the stock airbox as well as any and all varieties of aftermarket intakes. The turbo side mates smoothly with stock as well as upgraded stock frame turbos. The tube for the rear turbo has a built-in bung which makes it a “plug and play” connection to the stock PCV system or any upgrades that you may have in place. Fits all N54 applications including RHD, with the exception of a few rare models that use plastic retainers on the intakes. Product Pricing: Silicone intake tubes $499 When purchased with turbo upgrade $459 New DCI filter kit with your intakes $79 Existing VTT Stage 2 & 2+ customers 20% OFF Product Images: VTT N54 Silicone Intakes1 by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Rear by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr VTT N54 Silicone Intakes Front by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr More Images Available Here Product Testing: 100% E85 VTT Stage 2's Billet 15T's VTT Silicone intakes VTT Silicone Charge pipe VTT Double Barrel HPFP upgrade Fuel-it Stage 2 LPFP with 450 inline Cobb AP with PTF custom back end flash JB4 This car now makes 585rwhp / 659rwtq on a tune with significantly less timing versus our previous max effort results on this car with stock intakes of 557rwhp and under 650rwtq. Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesRPM by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Stage2&SiliconeIntakeTubesMPH by VargasTurboTech, on Flickr Additional testing data:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:19 PM
    Most people will not remember that AMS Performance announced a couple years ago they would be doing a turbo upgrade package for the F10 M5 S63TU engine. This created a big stir in the BMW Performance scene at the time as enthusiasts knew the incredible performance results AMS had achieved with the Nissan GTR. We all know AMS was more than capable of upgrading the turbo hardware at the time but the issue was not the hardware. It was the tuning for the hardware. That is where ESS-Tuning was supposed to come in and provide their tuning 'expertise' with this turbo upgrade. Well, you may have noticed that AMS did not release any S63TU turbo upgrade since this announcement and that ESS-Tuning did not complete any tuning for any aftermarket S63TU turbo upgrade packages. They are not the only ones by the way. Dinan also has yet to come through on F10 M5 / F13 M6 turbocharger upgrades and built S63TU motor promises. So why the big claims and big announcements when both Dinan and ESS-Tuning knew they did not have the capability to tune them at the time? In the case of ESS-Tuning it was likely just a cheap publicity grab designed to get them exposure and fuel their fanboys. In retrospect, it looks downright deceitful and is pretty embarrassing considering they had nothing to back up their claims with the F-Series ECU's just recently being cracked. AMS has their own S63TU tuning solution and will be providing their own tuning for their Alpha 9 S63TU turbo upgrade package. Will anyone even bother to hold ESS-Tuning accountable for tuning claims they could not deliver on? At least one BMW website does not have a short term memory and certainly will. Here is to the future turbo upgrades and quality S63TU tuning options.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-31-2015, 05:01 PM
    It is nice having the entirety of F-Series BMW ECU's cracked, isn't it? It seems like every week a tuner is releasing their flash software. Eurocharged in addition to their S63TU flash now offers an S55 flash for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models equipped with the BMW 3.0 liter S55 turbocharged inline-6. On the Eurocharged Houston Dyno Dynamics the 2015 F80 M3 tested puts down 360 wheel horsepower and 375 lb-ft of wheel torque stock. Note, it is reading more conservatively than a Dynojet and how one would typically expect a Dyno Dynamics to read. When tuned by Eurocharged, output rises to 450 wheel horsepower and 448 lb-ft of wheel torque. Gains of 90 wheel horsepower and 73 lb-ft of wheel torque respectively. For tune only numbers those are very, very nice gains. Now how about when Eurocharged downpipes are added into the mix? Wheel horsepower goes into the 480's along with the wheel torque. Downpipes are providing roughly 30 more horses and lb-ft at the wheels. In addition to the power and torque gains the Eurocharged software removes the speed limiter, increases the redline, and optimizes throttle response. Not bad at all for $1299.99: http://www.eurocharged.com/products/bmw-performance-and-tuning/m-series/m3/f8x-m3-m4/bmw-f8x-m3-m4-performance-engine-software-ecu-tune-remap-detail Tune only: Tune with Eurocharged downpipes:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-30-2015, 12:10 PM
    The BMW E9 is one of the greatest BMW designs of all time if not arguably the best execution of the BMW design language. The car is a classic well known from the beautiful street cars to the infamous 'Batmobile' 3.0 CSL race car with its trademark aerodynamic package. This particular E9 received an S62 V8 swap from an E39 M5 replacing its inline-6 motor. The S62 actually looks comfortably at home under the hood. If anything is going to replace the venerable BMW M30 inline-6 it might as be BMW's S62 V8. What really makes this swap very clean is the use of the E39 M5 dash, transmission, and center console. The Germans at MKO-V8.DE did an amazing job. They managed to cleanly blend the E39 M5 motor and interior details with the classic E9 chassis. Simply excellent work. The only area to nitpick is that the quad exhaust mufflers could be tucked in a little more tightly and that the right side is not quite level. Other than that, this car is flawless and an incredible blend of classic and modern BMW.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    02-20-2015, 12:26 AM
    Was able to finally get our 135i up on the dyno today for a little tuning with the new MOTIV kit. Overall, the kit is pretty impressive. Build quality is top notch and everything fits/works as expected. Before I go any further I should mention that BMS works with ALL turbo kit manufactures. So I don't want this to turn into a kit A vs kit B crap fest. I've been very happy with the FFTEC top mount kit on the car and switched over to the MOTIV kit because it struck me as elegantly simplistic and once I saw the design I just had to try it out for myself. Plus, I've known Jake & Bobby for years now and know they only do top notch work. I had AC Fabrication do the install and some fab work. They make the VM top mount kit and are also top notch fabricators. Since I'm running a 3.5" catback I had them make a matching 3.5" dp, and since I have a custom intercooler a custom chargepipe was required to mate everything up. Today's dyno testing was on E70 running essentially the same tuning and boost profiles as I used to run on the FFTEC 5862 TS kit, so I could get an apples to apples comparison. Minor differences to the car are I now have 3.15 gearing instead of 3.42 gearing. So the runs are up to 140mph instead of 130mph previously. And of course the 3.5" DP vs. 3" I had previously. In addition to the MOTIV Kit the car is running a BMS Fuel Rail kit, Fuel-It low pressure system, JB4 for tuning, etc, etc. A few dyno charts and logs are attached. In addition I posted the a dyno from the last run I did on the FFTEC kit with the same tuning for context. I ran the MOTIV kit up to 27-28psi today, but from what they tell me, this thing will hum along just fine at 33-34psi. I hope to find out down the road. I decided to stop at ~630whp today as I noticed an odd O2 sensor variance which I think should be addressed, and timing drops started to creep in, so I'll need to resolve both of those issues before I really crank it up. My ultimate goal with the setup is 700whp. Outside of the numbers, the spool of this kit is pretty impressive for the size of the turbo. It spools just as well or maybe even a little better than the smaller precision 5862 in a twin scroll format. I've noticed my exhaust is now louder. No doubt due to the reduction in overall piping to absorb sound. Probably a good thing from an exhaust flow and weight perspective although I do like the car as quiet as possible. So I may go up to a larger muffler soon. I should also mention the kit comes with a revised poly motor mount which does transfer a little more vibration to the chassis than the OEM unit. Not too bad but worth noting. We'll continue working on the project and will post updates as we have them!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 02:51 PM
    Most M3/M4 owners will opt for large 20 inch HRE wheels. This particular owner cares more about handling performance than looks which BimmerBoost certainly respects. He went for lightweight 18 inch HRE R101 wheels and had IND-Distribution install KW V3 coilovers. Any serious enthusiast will also upgrade the brakes which is exactly what was done here. Brembo's 380mm GT brake kit was installed. 3D Design carbon body pieces complete the look. Blue on gold may not be for everyone but whatever one thinks of the color scheme this car is ready for the track. Thank you @HRE_Wheels and @IND-Distribution for the photos ( @Nate@IND @Ilia@IND )
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  • Xearom3's Avatar
    02-04-2015, 10:18 PM
    Very nice results here from BimmerBoost member Xearom3 and his 2009 E82 BMW 135i. He did a custom Precision 6466 based single turbo N54 setup and previously had RB upgraded OEM housings. He overlaid his results with both setups on a Dynojet graph. Keep in mind that his figures with the single turbo are numbers just to see what the setup is capable of and not what he runs on the street. At least not until the upgrades his fuel system likely with a supplemental port injection system. Additionally, Rob Beck of RBturbo has various upgrades available for the OEM housings and the numbers will vary based on what setup one gets from him. Still, very interesting to see an overlay between the two on the same car and dyno. Here are the details in @xearoM3's own words: Hey guys, got my kit moved from my previous car on the my new-to-me '09 135i and figured I'd share my results from a quick dyno session a couple weeks ago. The setup: '09 135i MT Runs done in 4th gear, STD CF, smoothing 5 93 pump, CM10/CM14 100% meth custom single kit PTE 6466 Gen2 ball bearing, twin scroll @ 30psi VRSF 5" IC full 3" exhaust (no cats/etc) The graph: Overlaid my best run on RB's for comparison. Log: Datazap: http://datazap.me/u/xearom3/custom-kit-6466-30psi?log=0&data=1-3-4-9-11-16-18-24-25-26-27-28-29&zoom=49-109 Overall, pretty pleased with the results taking everything into consideration. Next step is to convert to a PI setup, and replace my HPFP (think its starting to go out). And before anyone says anything, no, I do not run this amount of boost on the street, this was just to see how far the car could be pushed on the current setup, I usually run a few psi less.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-05-2015, 06:10 PM
    Sorry about the slowdown guys, I'm aware of it and working on it. I'll be doing another major upgrade soon. Going to give this place more than enough horsepower to last. I'm liking the growth though so I'm happy about it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-12-2015, 09:21 PM
    Something has been brewing behind the scenes at Dinan for some time now. We do not have the full details or reasons behind this change although whatever went on was big enough for Steve Dinan to leave his position at the head of the company he founded for a yet to be named position at Chip Ganassi Racing. Keep in mind Dinan already sold out a good portion of his interest in his company last year but now he is officially leaving. He probably cashed out at the right time as the BMW tuning market has changed and Dinan's unique aspects that were strengths in the past no longer provide the same appeal with modern turbo BMW's. Did piggybacks break the camel's back? Perhaps it was BMW themselves with their own Performance Parts lines offering a BMW factory warranty. The BMWCCA (BMW Car Club of America) states Steve Dinan will retain a consulting role to keep him connected to the company. It is safe to say a particular era in BMW tuning has come to a close. BimmerBoost would like to thank Steve Dinan for all he has done for BMW tuning, the aftermarket, as well as BMW Motorsport. He walks away knowing he built up the biggest name in US BMW tuning. Steve Dinan is leaving the company he founded 36 years ago to accept a management position in the worldwide sports car operations of Chip Ganassi Racing. Dinan and all of its programs for BMW will continue under the leadership of new President and CEO Brian Applegate. Steve will continue in a consulting role; that enables him to stay connected to the company. Dinan says, “Those of you who know me well know that my heart has always been in racing. From my days as a competitive driver to engineering race winning engines for the top teams in motorsport, racing is my passion. You may be aware that together with Chip Ganassi Racing and BMW Dinan as a company has won many Daytona Prototype races and four Rolex Grand-Am championships as well as two overall wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona. This opportunity allows me to be a part of the best team in sports car racing. Ganassi is embarking on a major GT racing effort for Ford which will almost certainly lead to a return to Le Mans in 2016; while Dinan’s role in the project has not yet been specified, it is likely that he will take a major leadership role in the program. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-29-2015, 12:53 PM
    LT Motorwerks is a relatively new shop that mostly does work with body kits. They tend to be on the show over go side. As do their customers one of which had LT Motorwerks do the work you will see below on this Porsche 997 GT3. The pictures pretty much tell the story. The owner was a user who goes by the name 'Creaminz' on the forums. In the opinion of this website he is the epitome of (poor) style over substance. He sold this 997 GT3 to a fellow on the forums who did not know what he was getting himself into. He clearly just wanted the money and to move on and that is what happened. Some BMW readers may know of a 3-Series this same Creaminz fellow built which was simply riced out junk in a similar manner to this 997 GT3. He also attempted to sell that car for an inflated price through the forums and we do not know what happened with it and we do not care as it was tasteless. The reason this is being brought to your attention is so you can avoid a situation like this and to remember how cars and shop work are portrayed on forums is not how it always is in reality: Hi everyone, I am a new GT3 owner and new to the forum. Recently purchased a 2007 Porsche GT3 that was a previous forum member Creaminz. This is my first Porsche. I have a small shop in Northern Virginia and was looking for a new shop car. I'm not a fan of the color and several other things so will be changing a lot of things. After actually getting the car in my hands and putting it on a lift I will be changing much more than I originally planned. So now I have made a long long list of parts that will be getting changed. Along with a complete disassemble of the car. I took a lot of pics of the car in its current (delivered) condition and will document the rebuild. I was honestly shocked by many things I found. Here was the car at SEMA And here it is on my lift the other day when I was looking it over and making the list of things needed. I took about 50 pics when it was on the lift documenting a bunch of things that where wrong or just subpar. I messaged the previous owner and his response was that, "the car was fine when I had it" and nothing else. So I have no choice but to make this car right. I will try to post up pics as I have them. Here is just a brief list of some things that will be going on: Custom set of wheels being made now JRZ coilovers Full GMG suspension upgrades (with a proper alignment and corner balance) Custom dyno tune Replacing several other stock suspension parts that have paint over spray on them. The paint job looks like a Maaco paint job currently. Either powdercoating the calipers or going with a new set of StopTechs for front and rear. The calipers are currently 3 colors because they where sprayed on the front and the back are still yellow. They are very ugly. Install proper bracing throughout the car and get rid of the tons of self taping screws and zipties. Full repaint and body work. All of the new panels on the car have waves all in it. So we are going to completely break the car down so that everything is painted. The roll bar is going to be removed and repainted. Going to slightly modify the roll bar so the new harness has a better place to mount. Some carbon fiber parts are being made for the wing, splitters, and other small items. The engine has a rear main seal oil leak so going to fix that also. That's the list for right now. Once the car is completely straight and in proper condition I will look at what I originally had planned for and that is an engine build. But I am not going to worry about that until after the car is in a condition that it deserves. Here are a few pics of the car. I have more but these give you the idea."Custom" BBS wheels...... Instead of having the wheels built proper they just redrilled and changed some barrels up. On the rear wheels they have the huge outer lip that comes out for the widebody. But on the inside the barrel is the size of a normal outer barrel and barely comes flush with the rotor. There was about 6 more inches they could of come inside. Not that I am saying they had to come in all the way. When I first drove the car the steering wheel was shaking like crazy and whenever hitting a bump in the road it was a lane changer. Maybe that is due to the custom BBS wheels or perhaps due to the shock being blown and puking fluid... or perhaps the sway bar end link that is sheared off or the passenger side sway bar end link that is bent..... The seller said, "the car was fine when I drove it all over, it rode like stock". I'm sorry but a John Deere tractor rode smoother than this did when I received it.The calipers where painted and looked like they matched the car in the pics and at the shows..... This demonstrates great quality from a car builder... Um no! The car had no issue is what I was told... Paint quality is on par for a Maaco job.... The widebody kit was supposed to be a Vollkommen Design CF widebody kit. I found out that Creaminz is the owner of Volkommen. I also found out that he bought the kit from Flobmann Auto Design in Germany. The kit was carbon fiber. They cut the cut and extended it several inches. So its carbon where they did not touch it. They hacked the kit up. You can see where they hacked it up. Just not a safe or quality build at all. It is honestly very sad and costing us way more money than planned. I will make sure the car is done right. In the mean time he will be building a 993 RWB. I have plenty other pics but you get the idea.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    02-10-2015, 05:52 PM
    BMW's mission has become outselling its rivals and using sales figures to flaunt superiority. Raw numbers do not show who is building the better car but BMW is mostly concerned with profit above all else now. As that is the goal the executives must be shocked that Audi and Mercedes are both outselling BMW in 2015. Obviously we are working with a small sample size but these figures could denote consumers are experiencing BMW fatigue. Audi is in the top spot right now with a 10% increase in January 2015 over the previous year selling 137,700 cars. Mercedes experienced a 14% jump in the same period with sales of 125,865. This just beats out BMW which experienced a 6.3% sales increase to 124,561 cars. So what is going here? Well, this could just be an abnormality or it could be that Audi has a chance to take the overall luxury sales crown that BMW has held since 2005. At this point nobody knows what will happen and China's figures alone can sway each of these brands. Perhaps BMW should focus more on making better cars like Audi and Mercedes are than just pumping out more models? Source
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  • SteveAZ's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 05:53 AM
    *iPhone not included ;) Links: Link to VBOX Sport info Link to purchase VBOX Sport on our site Group Buy Info: The group buy will go like this: The VBOX Sport MSRP is $429 The windshield suction mount MSRP is $40 (We highly recommend you get this and don't understand why they offer it without it!) :rolleyes2 We have released the code for 10% off and free USPS Priority shipping within the CONUS. Enter the code: VBOXGB at checkout for your discount. International Customers: Your orders will ship USPS Priority mail for $20 or USPS Priority Express for $40.00. You will be able to place your order on the website and choose your shipping method before placing the item in your cart. Rather than make people wait, once 5 people have paid, we will order the first 5 units and ship them out as soon as they are received (approximately 5 business days). For every 5 people that order after that, we will repeat the process. The group buy is valid until Midnight (PT) February 28th and we will place the final order for the remaining units at that time. After the group buy has expired, they will return to the suggested retail price and we will keep them in stock for immediate shipment. The group buy list will be kept updated so that everyone knows how many have ordered, paid, and when their order ships. Edit: We are keeping an accurate list of the participants and ship dates in the following post to make it easier to follow. Intro and Overview: Over the last few months there have been a lot of new developments on our platforms. Many of these developments have been debated and dynos have been presented only to spark more debate. As many are aware a short time ago we decided we were going to do another development vehicle (2011 E90 335i) for which we would be starting from scratch. We did a preliminary dyno but wanted to track our gains as we made the various modifications to see what affect they had on real world driving and performance. Was the car faster or not? That's what we really care about, right? So to track those gains we got in touch with Racelogic who makes the VBOX to see what options we had. As some may be aware they offer the VBOX Sport which is a completely wireless and fairly inexpensive solution that tracks your performance via multiple GPS satellites tracking your movements at a rate of 20hz. (The older, bulkier, and more expensive Vbox with the display is 10Hz) So far we've been pretty impressed with how easy it is to use and given all the hoopla lately we contacted VBOX to see if we could offer a group buy as there MAP pricing is pretty strict. They gave us permission to do so, so here we are. ;) Rather than go on about it, here are some of the features, specs, and pictures of the product and it's capabilities: 20Hz GPS Engine Bluetooth interface to iPhone or iPad Over 6hr battery life Internal rechargeable battery Internal or external GPS antenna Free Performance Test and Laptimer iPhone App available from the Apple App Store Robust, waterproof, lightweight enclosure USB Charging SD card logging Herbert Richter mounting system (optional) Free data analysis software Compatible with Harry's Lap Timer app, which is available for iOS and Android So in short, lets put an end to these dyno debates and here is the perfect way to do it! You can use the 60-130mph standard if you wish, but you can also set up your own testing intervals. In our case we wanted to remove the shift point as a variable, so we monitor our 40-90mph times. I'm sure many of you can also see why this standard might be a bit more practical. ;) Either way, that is for all of you to discuss and you can monitor multiple intervals in a single run be it speed, distance, braking...etc. In addition you can enter multiple vehicles in to your setup so you can keep track of each vehicles performance individually. Also, for those that do utilize the iOS interface, there is one criteria that I wish they'd change and supposedly they are going to address it. When doing a log on an iOS device, you have to press "Start" while at a stop and then your log won't start until you reach the specified speed for your first interval. However, once you have turned the unit on, it starts recording all your movements regardless if you're logging with an iOS device and when you return to the computer, you can download your data via the 4GB memory card that is included. Consequently an iOS device isn't necessary, but it sure is nice for immediate results. When running lap timers you have the option to use an iOS or Android device although we have not played with this feature yet. Stock images: A few of our images from our E90 testing: Stock 40-90 times on 91 octane Stock misc. times with 60-130 :lol Current best 40-90 time with intake, CP, and tune on 91 octane P.S. Thanks to Sticky for getting our IP issue fixed so we have better access again! :music-rockout:
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  • TTFS's Avatar
    02-03-2015, 06:18 PM
    At The TTFS Facilities E46 M3 CSL conversions are becoming more and more popular. We recently had this E46 M3 come in for the conversion. The vehicle put down great numbers prior to the conversion, a large part of that is due to it's modifications. After the TTFS CSL Conversion and custom tune the numbers speak for themselves. Vehicle: BMW E46 M3 Modifications Before: SSV1 Headers 2.5 inch Sec 1 with 200 Cell Cats SS Section 2 SS Street Muffler CSL Rep Airbox Evolve Alpha N Tune 327.3(WHP)@8100(RPM)/258.4(ft-lbs)@4650(RPM) Modifications After: SSV1 Headers 2.5 inch Sec 1 with 200 Cell Cats SS Section 2 SS Street Muffler CSL Rep Airbox TTFS CSL DME TTFS Vacuum Rail/MAP Sensor TTFS Custom Tune 341.3(WHP)@7550(RPM)/266.1(ft-lbs)@4350(RPM) *The car needs a set of spark plugs and coilpacks as you can see from the waviness of the graph*
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-30-2015, 01:41 PM
    Excellent stock internal numbers here from a 996 Turbo tuned by Undercover Performance. The car features the OEM K24 turbo housings but obviously with modified internals. Undercover states the turbos are upgraded with their own UC 20g wheels. In addition to the modified K24 turbos Undercover added 1400cc injectors, their own fuel system, intakes, manifolds, and exhaust system. All tuned by Undercover Performance on 70% ethanol and a ProEFI 128 ECU. The result is 776 rear wheel horsepower and 645 lb-ft of rear wheel torque on a Dynojet. On the Undercover 4WD Mustang dynamometer output is 674 horsepower to all four wheels and 629 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels showing how output measurements between RWD/AWD and different dynos vary on the exact same car. A ton of power and torque however you slice it from K24's.
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    02-10-2015, 06:14 PM
    Very nice runs here showing the two different M engine era philosophies going at it. On paper, this should be a pretty good race depending on what kind of race it is of course. The S55 turbo inline-6 in the F82 M4 offers much more low end grunt whereas the S85 V10 in the E60 M5 is a high revving top end horsepower design. The E60 M5 is heavier by roughly 500 pounds. It does not have a dual clutch transmission. Despite BMW rating the M4 lower than the 507 horsepower E60 M5 by 82 horses the reality is that the horsepower between the two is a wash. The real difference is where you see those horses in the powerband. The M4 S55 is rated at 406 lb-ft of torque thanks to turbocharging and the S85 5.0 liter V10 has 384 lb-ft feet. Less torque and heavier but thanks to the flat torque curve and 8250 rpm redline it can be geared shorter. The first run is from a stop and the E60 M5 gets the better launch going on the '3' count while the M4 driver is still talking. A slight advantage to the E60 M5 which the M4 is able to make up with its gear shift advantage until they hit 125 miles per hour and the E60 M5 top end takes over. This difference is more apparent in the roll on race. The M4's torque and DCT transmission immediately gives it the lead as it should. It continues to open up a lead until it has about four car lengths and the cameraman seems to think it is over. The E60 M5 top end strength shows and shows well passing the M4 in dominant fashion. It definitely takes a while to get there though. The new M motors do not have the same top end pull but they certainly do have stronger lower end pull. They of course are also easier to tune for bolt on gains. Now imagine that E60 M5 V10 with some boost. Best of both world's? Perhaps.
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    02-04-2015, 05:37 PM
    The speculation can be put to rest. After numerous spyphotos the Porsche Cayman GT4 model is finally here. The specifications match what was expected based on comments from Porsche's head engineer last month. The Cayman GT4 comes with 3.8 liter flat-6 power borrowed from the Carrera S. It is of course detuned to protect the 911 Carrera S image and has 'only' 385 horsepower instead of the full 400. Porsche is the master of creating artificial hierarchy and reinforces this artificial positioning by horsepower numbers. They have finally, and significantly, allowed a Cayman to outpower the 911 Carrera though. So what did Porsche do here other than give the Cayman the Carrera S engine? They gave the car revised aerodynamics as well as pieces from the 991 GT3. The brakes and suspension are stated by Porsche to consist 'almost entirely' of components from the GT3 model. What is notably absent from the 991 GT3 is the PDK dual clutch transmission. The 991 GT3 is offered as PDK only whereas the Cayman GT4 is offered as manual only. Interesting, isn't it? With the GT3 it is understandable as the car is lower volume and the PDK offers superior performance to the manual transmission. PorscheBoost believes Porsche is not offering the PDK option as the Cayman GT4 would easily outpace the Carrera S which is offered with PDK as well as the manual transmission. It costs Porsche nothing to add the PDK option as the motor is the same as the Carrera S motor. This is a political decision as they easily have the ability to offer both as they already produce and offer both in the Carrera S. The Cayman S and Boxster S of course also use this same transmission with their 3.4 liter flat-6 units borrowed from the 911 Carrera. If you want a manual Porsche track car it looks like the Cayman GT4 is the choice. It also helps that it is cheaper than the GT3 at $84,600.00. A New Member of Porsche's GT Family The benchmark in its class: the Porsche Cayman GT4 Atlanta, Feb. 3, 2015 - Porsche's GT family is proud to announce the addition of an exciting new member: the Cayman GT4. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment. The Cayman GT4 clearly demonstrates Porsche's dedication and passion to continue to promote truly industry-leading two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach. The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3. Ready for the race track: The first Porsche Cayman with added downforce at both axles The exterior of the Cayman GT4 highlights it as a member of the Porsche GT family and provides a clear distinction to related mid-engine coupes. Three pronounced inlet openings at the front and a large fixed rear wing are part of an aerodynamic package which is systematically designed for downforce. Upon request, the performance capabilities of Cayman GT4 can be taken even further. Available options include the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system, full bucket seats made of carbon fiber composite, and a custom Sport Chrono Package featuring a Track Precision app. The interior of the Cayman GT4 focuses on maximizing the experience of unfiltered driving enjoyment for both driver and passenger. Standard sport seats, which are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara®, offer excellent lateral support. The new Cayman GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions. Technical aspects of this new GT sports car are based on the 911 GT3. As a mid-engine sports car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class, it follows the conceptual tradition of such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder. GT sports cars engineered by Porsche embody the most passionate connection possible between everyday driving and Porsche's competition heritage and highlight the sporty core of the brand: Intelligent Performance. The Porsche Cayman GT4 celebrates its world premiere in early March at the Geneva International Motor Show. This vehicle will arrive at U.S. dealers in July 2015. The starting MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. MSRP does not include a destination charge of $995.
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    02-03-2015, 10:19 AM
    A photo of the undisguised 2016 Ford Focus RS has finally leaked out. No big surprises as the car looks exactly as expected. The boy work and hood obviously give the Focus design a more muscular look and the rear spoiler on the hatch is for go and not for show. The new Focus RS gets all wheel drive but the exact output has yet to be stated. Something in the ~350 horsepower range is expected from the Ecoboost turbo powerplant. The car is definitely shaping up well as Ford's teaser last month showed. Get ready for the hottest Focus to ever grace US soil.
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    02-21-2015, 05:00 PM
    The new Volkswagen MKVII GTI is showing some pretty impressive performance when tuned. Members on VWBoost are already over 300 wheel horsepower with bolt ons which is certainly respectable when one takes into account the vehicle has a 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder rated at 200 horsepower from the factory. The N54 engine in the 335i is well known to BimmerBoost readers and obviously has more displacement at 3.0 liters and two extra cylinders. Tune only it is capable of greater gains than the GTI so raw muscle is on its side. That said this GTI puts up an admirable fight against the 6-speed manual 335i. We do not know what transmission the GTI has or who it is tuned by but it goes to show the GTI is quite a tuner friendly platform. There is a bonus run at the end showing the 335i run what is called an 'X1M' although an X1M does not exist. It just seems to be a stock X1 xDrive35i with an M option package considering how it gets walked.
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    02-18-2015, 02:26 AM
    The turbo era is making aftermarket tuning extremely competitive in the German car scene. A month, a week, or even days of getting an upgrade out earlier than the competition can make a huge difference. This is why you see M177/M178 turbochargers already being modified by Renntech before the cars with the engine are even in customer hands. What you are seeing is an OEM housing with modified internals which @RENNtech EUROPE already confirmed in a chat with BenzBoost. Renntech has actually been preparing this turbo hardware upgrade for a while but C63 AMG's and AMG GT's are slightly behind production schedule. Regardless, Renntech sourced an M177/M178 engine (BenzBoost is aware of another tuner who managed to do the same thing as well) and is already modifying it. If you were worried about the lack of displacement compared to the M157 5.5 liter V8 do not be. The M177/M178 horsepower tuning war has already started and the tuning will be extremely competitive pushing output very far.
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    02-03-2015, 10:58 AM
    We all knew it was coming and many enthusiasts have had mixed feelings on the topic. Considering the stellar execution naysayers may be swayed. Ferrari today officially replaced the Ferrari 458 Italia with the Ferrari 488 GTB and with turbos comes a massive boost in horsepower and torque. 671 horses to be exact which puts the 458 Italia output to shame. Ferrari tweaked the Maserati 3.8 liter twin turbo powerplant significantly. In the California T the engine puts out 560 horsepower. The 488 GTB increases this by almost 100 horses and the redline is increased to 8000 rpm. A flat-plane crank is likely used but has not been confirmed. The torque figure is 560 lb-ft which is a mountain of torque compared to the 398 lb-ft of the 458 Italia. And how about the new styling designed to funnel air to help cool the turbocharged powerplant? Maybe a boosted Ferrari is not such a bad thing? Maybe. Ferrari 488 GTB Technical specifications ENGINE Type V8 – 90° Turbo Overall displacement 3902 cm3 Maximum power * 492 kW (670 CV) at 8000 rpm Maximum torque * 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT Length 4568 mm Width 1952 mm Height 1213 mm Dry weight** 1370 kg Weight distribution 46.5% Front – 53.5% Rear PERFORMANCE 0-100 km/h 3.0 s 0 -200 km/h 8.3 s Maximum speed > 330 km/h FUEL CONSUMPTION*** 11.4 l/100 km C02 EMISSIONS *** 260 g/km
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    02-19-2015, 02:42 AM
    A very interesting video here here. On one side we have the previous generation BMW E63 M6 which sports the renowned naturally aspirated 5.0 liter S85 V10. In stock form the motor puts out 507 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque. Not a slouch but it is no longer able to out muscle the modern German turbocharged V8 powerplants. Speaking of such a powerplant that is exactly what the W212 E63 AMG in the video sports under the hood. It is stated to have the Performance Package option (it may or may not) which essentially increases boost (from 14.9 psi to 18.9 psi) and ups horsepower from 518 to 550. Torque goes up from 516 lb-ft to 590 lb-ft. If these cars were stock the E63 AMG would make easy work of the M6. The E63 traps roughly 120-121 with the Performance Package. The M6 is roughly in the 116-117 range in stock form. The M6 is not stock though and with a good tune and exhaust can get into the 122+ trap speed range. This means the slightly lighter (150 pounds depending on options/fuel) M6 is favored in such a race where top end horsepower is the deciding factor. Now AMG fanboys quickly point out the source shows videos favoring M cars and this is quite correct (even necessary) to mention. He often shows the BMW coming out on top. When it is a mismatch like this he shows a modded M versus a stock AMG. That is what you get here. The race plays out as it should. The E63's low end torque gives it a lead but it can not open it any further and the M6 begins to reel it in. The S85 V10 top end is nothing to take lightly and it shows as it makes up the distance and pulls the E63 easily to hold a roughly one car lead until they shut down. Would the result be reversed if the E63 AMG had a tune and exhaust setup? No doubt about it. However, a naturally aspirated M V10 with less displacement is able to beat a twin turbo 5.5 liter AMG V8 with a factory performance tune. That certainly says something about the S85 V10 engine and its architecture. If you want to give the E63 a tune, consider what would happen if you gave the S85 a couple turbos.
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    02-02-2015, 07:22 PM
    Incredible numbers here from a C218 CLS63 AMG. The twin turbo 5.5 liter M157 AMG V8 gets modifications from PP-Performance including upgraded turbochargers courtesy of new wheels in the OEM housings. In addition, the car gets aftermarket catless downpipes, upgraded intercoolers, and BMC air filters. The result is an incredibly 10.353 @ 13.106 miles per hour which tops any previous CLS63 AMG result. It is not far off the overall M157 record either which is held by PP-Performance as well with their modified SL63 AMG. That car went 10.24 @ 142 with essentially the same modifications to the same motor but the lighter SL chassis obviously pays dividends. The CLS63 has its back seats pulled and Recaro seats up front which save roughly 100 pounds but the SL is still the lighter vehicle. This car continues a string of recording breaking performance on the Yas Marina dragstrip in Abu Dhabi.
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    01-29-2015, 04:01 PM
    AMS Performance offers their M157 tune for both the 4Matic and RWD M157 AMG models. The W212 generation E63 AMG launched with a rear wheel drive M157 drivetrain as most readers know. The facelift of the model changed the styling slightly and added the most notable difference between the two which is 4Matic all wheel drive. The difference in power and torque between the two M157 drivetrains when tuned is negligible. Take a look at this M157 4Matic and rear wheel drive dyno comparison to see for yourself. The traction difference however makes all the difference on the dragstrip. This is not a perfect apples to apples comparison as the cars were run on different days on different dragstrips with different modifications but the AMS tune only RWD E63 went 11.29 @ 126.48. Their 4Matic tuned W212 E63 AMG with AMS downpipes and cat-back exhaust went 10.879 @ 129.21. If the rear wheel drive car received the AMS downpipes and cat-back exhaust (along with some drag rubber) what do you think would happen? In the opinion of BenzBoost it would be very close with it coming down to the launch which of course favors the 4Matic car. From a roll though the ~250 pounds lighter RWD E63 AMG would be favored. Great results here regardless. Owner impressions: “I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with tune in my 2012 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG. It has been nearly six months since the tune was installed and the car has performed flawlessly. There have been zero CEL’s, and driving around town you would never know the kind of power lurking under the hood. The car’s street manners are exactly the same as stock, but when I get in it, there is an impressive surge of power. Speed limits are exceeded almost instantly. A few weeks ago, I brought the car to Byron Dragway and was very satisfied with the results. The Benz laid down a best of 11.2@126 & 11.3@127, both with fairly gentle 1.8 sixty ft times. This was done on Bridgestone summer performance tires. With a harder launch, I think very low 11’s or even a high 10 is possible. Quite amazing for an otherwise completely stock car! Several people at the track, including the announcer, were really impressed. Combined with the fact I still get over 20mpg around town, the car is probably the best “muscle car” I’ve owned. I am very pleased with the whole AMS experience, and can’t wait for some of your new Mercedes products to be released.”
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    02-14-2015, 06:40 AM
    While no GT or new C63 has been yet delivered to a customer, RENNtech has been obviously busy with the pre-development of even Sage 3 (tune+exhaust+mod.turbos) for the M177/178 engine already! On the attached pic a 4.0L mod. turbocharger that is wearing a RENNtech badge on it with a "190" in the number, which could be for the GT.
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    02-11-2015, 04:55 PM
    Active Autowerke has been in the business of BMW performance for over 30 years. One of our specialties includes developing BMW software that brings your BMW’s performance to new heights. We are happy to introduce our newest addition to our BMW software line-up, the Active-8 Tuning Box. With this direct plug-in BMW performance part, you can expect to experience 75+WHP gains and 68+ft-lbs of torque. 100% stock m4 6mt. F80 m3 Dct - Additional mods: Active Autowerke mid pipe What puts Active Autowerke ahead of the competition? Rest assured when you choose Active Autowerke, you are getting a 30+ year of experience guarantee. Our software engineer Karl Hugh has been playing with power for as long as he can remember and only develops the best in BMW software. The price is hard to beat as well. Here at Active Autowerke, our mission is to get every BMW owner to start playing with power. That is why we are introducing our Active-8 Tuning Box at a reasonable price. Active Autowerke BMW Software Installation Installation couldn’t be easier. Our Active Autowerke Active-8 Tuning Box installs in about an hour and is easily reversible just in case you have a change of heart. Like any Active Autowerke BMW software installation, the process itself is very simple. Just purchase the tune, and the box comes along with it so that you can easily plug it into your BMW’s ECU wiring harness. Our Active Autowerke Tuning Box Benefits More than just an aesthetically appealing accessory, our Active-8 Tuning Box serves many purposes. Our box becomes the new brain of your BMW’s ECU making factory settings a thing of the past. Our Active-8 Tuning Box works exclusively with the S55 engine to optimize performance. Improved overall drive ability, fuel economy and unleashing the true capability of the S55 engine. It is also sealed to withstand any sort of weather conditions that might damage your precious BMW software. The Active Autowerke Guarantee As we mentioned before, we have 30+ years of experience under our belt to guarantee the best in BMW performance standards. We are confident that you will be satisfied with our product, so much so that if you are not satisfied with our product you can send it back within 30 days and get your money back! That’s right, if you aren’t impressed with our Active-8 Tuning Box, you have 30 days to return it and get your money back. Performance Specs: HP Gains: 75+ WHP over stock configuration Torque: 68+ ft-lbs of torque Features: -Included bracket for discrete installation -Waterproof housing -No wire splicing -Easy to install
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    02-19-2015, 05:22 PM
    This sums up my feelings on the topic very well. The education system has convinced people that a degree means they are educated or successful. I've done more learning outside the classroom than I have ever done inside one: Kyle Smith writes... Howard Dean recently criticized Gov Scott Walker for never finishing college, stating that he was "unknowledgeable." What would your response be on college as a requirement for elected office? Hi Kyle Back in 1990, The QVC Cable Shopping Channel was conducting a national talent search. I had no qualifications to speak of, but I needed a job, and thought TV might be a fun way to pay the bills. So I showed up at The Marriott in downtown Baltimore with a few hundred other hopefuls, and waited for a chance to audition. When it was my turn, the elevator took me to the top floor, where a man no expression led me into a suite and asked me to take a seat behind a large desk. Across from the desk, there was a camera on a tripod. On the desk was a digital timer with an LED display. I took a seat as the man clipped a microphone on my shirt and explained the situation. “The purpose of this audition is to see if you can talk for eight minutes without stuttering, blathering, passing out, or throwing up. Any questions?” “What would you like me to talk about,” I asked. The man pulled a pencil from behind his ear and rolled it across the desk. “Talk to me about that pencil. Sell it. Make me want it. But be yourself. If you can do that for eight minutes, the job is yours. Ok?” I looked at the pencil. It was yellow. It had a point on one end, and an eraser on the other. On the side were the words, Dixon Ticonderoga Number 2 SOFT. “Ok,” I said. The man set the timer to 8:00, and walked behind the tripod. He pressed a button and a red light appeared on the camera. He pressed another button and the timer began to count backwards. “Action,” he said. I picked up the pencil and started talking. “Hi there. My name’s Mike Rowe, and I only have eight minutes to tell you why this is finest pencil on Planet Earth. So let’s get right to it.” I opened the desk drawer and found a piece of hotel stationary, right where I hoped it would be. I picked up the pencil and wrote the word, QUALITY in capital letters. I held the paper toward the camera. “As you can plainly see, The #2 Dixon Ticonderoga leaves a bold, unmistakable line, far superior to the thin and wispy wake left by the #3 , or the fat, sloppy skid mark of the unwieldy #1 . Best of all, the Ticonderoga is not filled with actual lead, but “madagascar graphite,” a far safer alternative for anyone who likes to chew on their writing implements.” To underscore the claim, I licked the point. I then discussed the many advantages of the Ticonderoga’s color. “A vibrant yellow, perfectly suited for an object that needs to stand out from the clutter of a desk drawer.” I commented on the comfort of it’s design. “Unlike those completely round pencils that press hard into the web of your hand, the Ticonderoga’s circumference is comprised of eight, gently planed surfaces, which dramatically reduce fatigue, and make writing for extended periods an absolute delight.” I pointed out the “enhanced eraser,” which was “guaranteed to still be there - even when the pencil was sharpened down to an unusable nub.” I opined about handmade craftsmanship and American made quality. I talked about the feel of real wood. “In a world overrun with plastic and high tech gadgets, isn’t it comforting to know that some things haven’t evolved into something shiny and gleaming and completely unrecognizable?’” After all that, there was still five minutes on the timer. So I shifted gears and considered the pencil’s impact on Western Civilization. I spoke of Picasso and Van Gogh, and their hundreds of priceless drawings - all done in pencil. I talked about Einstein and Hawking, and their many complicated theories and theorems - all done in pencil. “Pen and ink are fine for memorializing contracts,” I said, “but real progress relies on the ability to erase and start anew. Archimedes said he could move the world with a lever long enough, but when it came to proving it, he needed a pencil to make the point.” With three minutes remaining, I moved on to some personal recollections about the role of pencils in my own life. My first legible signature, my first book report, my first crossword puzzle, and of course, my first love letter. I may have even worked up a tear as I recalled the innocence of my youth, scribbled out on a piece of looseleaf with all the hope and passion a desperate 6th grader could muster...courtesy of a #2 pencil. With :30 seconds left on the timer, I looked fondly at the Dixon Ticonderoga, and sat silently for five seconds. Then I wrapped it up. “We call it a pencil, because all things need a name. But today, let’s call it what it really is. A time machine. A match maker. A magic wand. And let’s say it can all be yours...for just .99 cents.” The timer read 0:00. The man walked back to the desk. He took the pencil and wrote “YOU’RE HIRED” on the stationary, and few days later, I moved to West Chester, PA. And a few days after that, I was on live television, face to face with the never-ending parade of trinkets and chochkes that comprise QVC’s overnight inventory. I spent three months on the graveyard shift, five nights a week. Technically, this was my training period, which was curious, given the conspicuous absence of supervision, or anything that could be confused with actual instruction. Every few minutes a stagehand would bring me another mysterious “must have item,” which I’d blather about nonsensically until it was whisked away and replaced with something no less baffling. In this way, I slowly uncovered the mysteries of my job, and forged a tenuous relationship with an audience of chronic insomniacs and narcoleptic lonely-hearts. It was a crucible of confusion and ambiguity, and in hindsight, the best training I ever had. Which brings me to the point of your question, Kyle. I don’t agree with Howard Dean - not at all. Here’s what I didn’t understand 25 years ago. QVC had a serious recruiting problem. Qualified candidates were applying in droves, but failing miserably on the air. Polished salespeople with proven track records were awkward on TV. Professional actors with extensive credits couldn’t be themselves on camera. And seasoned hosts who understood live television had no experience hawking products. So eventually, QVC hit the reset button. They stopped looking for “qualified” people, and started looking for anyone who could talk about a pencil for eight minutes. QVC had confused qualifications with competency. Perhaps America has done something similar? Look at how we hire help - it’s no so different than how we elect leaders. We search for work ethic on resumes. We look for intelligence in test scores. We search for character in references. And of course, we look at a four-year diploma as though it might actually tell us something about common-sense and leadership. Obviously, we need a bit more from our elected officials than the instincts of a home shopping host, but the business of determining what those “qualifications” are is completely up to us. We get to decide what matters most. We get to decide if a college degree or military service is somehow determinative. We get to decide if Howard Dean is correct. Anyone familiar with my foundation knows my position. I think a trillion dollars of student loans and a massive skills gap are precisely what happens to a society that actively promotes one form of education as the best course for the most people. I think the stigmas and stereotypes that keep so many people from pursuing a truly useful skill, begin with the mistaken belief that a four-year degree is somehow superior to all other forms of learning. And I think that making elected office contingent on a college degree is maybe the worst idea I’ve ever heard. But of course, Howard Dean is not the real problem. He’s just one guy. And he’s absolutely right when he says that many others will judge Scott Walker for not finishing college. That's the real problem. However - when Howard Dean called the Governor “unknowledgeable,” he rolled out more than a stereotype. He rolled a pencil across the desk, and gave Scott Walker eight minutes to knock it out of the park. It’ll be fun to see if he does. Mike
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    01-28-2015, 11:58 PM
    The M133 engine is obviously very powerful but its design does not utilize any bypass valve to bleed off excessive air pressure. When pushing this motor further on top of the already high state of tune from AMG one can run into problems regarding compressor surge. What that leads to is decreased turbo life and possibly early turbo failure. The Weistec anti surge valve is designed to vent excess compressed air to the atmosphere thereby preventing air flowing back into the compressor housing. There will also be those people of course interested in this modification as the air venting to the atmosphere produces a 'blow off' valve sound. Aural components to a car are important and a rev followed by that signature turbo 'psshhh' let's people know the car means business. Ultimately though this is a longevity mod that also improves throttle response. Considering it is a simple bolt on modification with quick installation this is a no-brainer for 45 AMG owners. KEY FEATURES: 100% Bolt-On Solution No Check Engine Light Easy 30 Minute Installation Increased Lifespan of Turbo CNC Machined Aluminum Hard Anodized to Military Spec Engineered and Manufactured in USA $599.99: http://weistec.com/all/a/a-45/2014-present-w176-m133/turbochargers-accesories/m133-anti-surge-valve.html
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