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  • Nugs's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    I can see your points and have no argument with them. But what if there isn't a specialist mechanic that knows your model and can also supply parts in your area? I generally will supply the parts, give them the results of my online research then leave it up to them at an hourly rate. Eg Turbo install on my N55. Everyone online says they get it done in 6 hours, it took my shop 20 hours, but they also had never done one before, didn't have the technical documents, had to wait for parts (studs, o-rings etc) that weren't included, account for steering column in wrong place etc. I thought that was fair.
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  • huicho's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Mike Murillo's Mustangs are no joke. Great driver and has a top notch shop in San Antonio.
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  • topher454's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    Alex, I could not have said that better myself! Wish you didn't live in Houston! Would have like to come work with you, just never liked it there in Houston. I'm a Dallas boy �� As a BMW Master technician (I hate it when people call the the good technicians "mechanics", I've studied and worked too hard to be call that, plus the money that I've invested in my career) that now works on the independent side, it's a lot harder to work on multiple car lines but BMW's training helped me out a lot. I will say "Yes, technician Google common problems on cars. They world be stupid not to, it out there for free" but the information is not always correct or right for the problem you were dealing with at that moment. I don't want to work on the other car lines but there is too many other "BMW specialist" that have a autologic, that work on them. Plus I've seen things that the dealer techs don't see or know about because the car leave when the warrenty is up and BMW stops caring. The worst people are who price shop you because joe blow said or diagnose it and what you to install their part. And get piss off when it does not fix it. Well you should have paid that diagnostic fee. Some people well never learn I stop posting a long time ago because helping people on forums who do not listen gets annoying. But I may try again lol
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  • Aaron's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    Looks like an LX Mustang to me. 5.slow
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  • alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    here's another example: I was quoted 90 dollars to install my alarm at the house. The first tech came and thought it was going to be a slam dunk. The next day him and another tech came to try and finish it. Day 3 after doing the job twice and re-wiring the entire house, it finally worked. I still paid 90 dollars. Would I've been upset if he did the job the first day in 15 minutes? No, I knew I was going to pay 90 dollars for the SERVICE. Whether it took 15 minutes or 2 techs 3 days to make it work right I still paid 90 dollars for the SERVICE. ​
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:48 PM
    It's one of the reasons I like 5-60 times on cars. It removes a redline clutch drop on an AWD car getting an amazing 0-60 (cough, WRX, cough) and shows the power that a normal person would experience in their day to day driving. Still probably not very insightful for high power super cars, but for most cars it gives good insight. For cars like the McLaren, trap speed (and even 60-130) are more telling like you mentioned. -Rich
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:22 PM
    The McLaren 675LT test numbers from magazines show it is absurdly fast. Magazine times for the Lamborghini Huracan show it is absurdly fast as well running 10.4 @ 135. Based on the magazine test results you would think the cars are fairly even in a drag race, right? Well, they aren't. The McLaren 675LT is almost 500 pounds lighter than the Huracan. The Huracan's all wheel drive system comes with a weight penalty. The Huracan also has less power and its 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 has less torque at 412 lb-ft compared to the 516 lb-ft of the McLaren 675LT. On paper the Huracan should have an advantage in the 60 foot but beyond that it's all McLaren. The real world result plays this out with the McLaren on a worse 60 foot running 10.689 @ 135.84 and the Lamborghini running 10.945 @ 127.67. A spread of 8 miles per hour of trap speed is night and day. If the McLaren hooked better the elapsed time spread would be much larger. This race plays out similarly to an MP4-12C vs. tuned Lamborghini Huracan drag race from over a year ago. The Huracan has the better 60 foot thanks to all wheel drive but the McLaren is the faster car. Real world numbers and magazine numbers are very different things.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 AM
    The BMW i8 is an interesting car as it showcases the future but also pushes BMW's styling language to the limit. BMW enthusiasts have waited a long time for a high performance BMW halo car but the i8 simply is not that. It's more of a promotional tool for BMW 'i' and a way for BMW to claim to be energy efficient while producing 5300+ pound twin turbo V8 SUV's. The current BMW i8 performs fairly well with 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.3 @ 114. Basically E92 M3 level performance except for more than twice the price. The i8 will struggle against a Porsche 718 Boxster S. For almost $140k you expect a big more from the i8 in the performance area. Well, an increase to 420 horsepower from the current 357 is modest but will do wonders. BMW is expected to increase output of the 1.5 liter B38 three-cylinder turbo engine as well as the electric motor. BimmerBoost says stick a B48 2.0 liter four-cylinder under the hood and be done with it but when does BMW ever do what the enthusiasts want to see these days? We will have to wait and see what the actual specs are and also if BMW increases the range with higher capacity batteries. For now, this is all speculation from an Autocar UK report. If they are right, the facelifted i8 will debut alongside a Spyder as a 2018 model year car. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:20 AM
    The ECU tune on this Audi RS7 is not specified but considering the license plate frame says Unitronic it's likely a 4.0 TSFI V8 tune from them. Their tune recently launched as a matter of fact and offers 691 horsepower at the crank and can be flashed through the OBD-II port. This RS7 does two runs and lays down some impressive and consistent times. The first pass is a 10.998 @ 128.48. The second pass going up against the Mustang is a 10.985 @ 128.81. The RS7 is slower than the Mustang which manages a 10.53 @ 131 but so what? You can make a Mustang run 6's if you really want to. A German luxury sport sedan that weighs over 4500 pounds running consistent 10.9 passes is incredible.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    Last year back in August BimmerBoost member @RingMeister01 shared his ESS-Tuning horror story when attempting to get an S55 engine turbo upgrade from ESS. What followed was forum censorship, ESS saying he is not allowed to publicly share development details, and @RingMeister01 saying he will take them to court. That was almost ten months ago. What happened since then? Did this get resolved? Did ESS-Tuning step up to the plate and do the right thing? Hardly. Here it is from the horse's mouth as BimmerBoost asked @RingMeister01 what happened: Basically, the ESS 'dealer' a guy named IMG on the forums ran away with the money. Asbjorn Bohn and Roman at ESS-Tuning did nothing to help. They just did what they could to get this off the forums and ignored any resolution. Roman posted publicly that he could get a refund to quell the forums but it was just all talk and no refund was provided: Quality customer service, eh? Roman is now apparently gone from ESS-Tuning. That is a good thing. Who wants to deal with this? @RingMeister01 unfortunately was a guinea pig without knowing it and ended up paying for ESS development out of his own pocket. That brings up a bigger question though, what is the state of ESS-Tuning upgrades for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 motor? You will notice these turbo upgrades are still not available for sale from ESS and you will be hard pressed to find any positive results with them. Well, BimmerBoost follows the aftermarket BMW scene very closely and we do not see anything significant from ESS on the S55 platform. Thus far, we have major tales of failure such as this one. Oh, sure, they will offer ECU flash tunes as the flash leaks out to everyone who claims to be a tuner. This highlights a bigger issue though with ESS-Tuning. Their sole domain of success is really S65 supercharger kits on the previous generation E9X M3 S65 V8. How does putting together a Vortech based supercharger kit thanks to having European software sources supplying them with a tune to make it work equate to them having ability across all BMW platforms let alone new turbocharged M's? It doesn't. If BimmerBoost were to guess Roman saw the writing on the wall and left. ESS-Tuning is not going to be much of a factor in the turbo era. You have plenty of experienced turbo tuners already dominating the platforms. ESS-Tuning can't compete with them. AMS realized ESS-Tuning's abilities were overrated a while ago. Frankly, they will likely have to source hardware and tuning from others just like they did previously. It's just that this time around they are late to the party and already overmatched. They can't and won't catch up. The supercharger market on the E9X platform is pretty much tapped out and ESS-Tuning did well controlling the largest S65 V8 forum which is available to the highest bidder. Dissenting opinions were squashed/deleted, users who did not support ESS were banned, and the consensus became ESS-Tuning was the best BMW tuner in the world. They made a lot of money this way at the expense of the community and open dialogue. Fortunately, the BMW turbo era is exposing ESS-Tuning for what they actually are which is nobody special.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    A Mercedes-AMG C-Class sedan going head to head on the highway with a Ferrari 458 Italia? Believe it. This is what the turbo era brings us. Obviously the Ferrari is the sportier and more exclusive car and the one we would all want to take home but there is something satisfying about beating up on an exotic. Especially when doing it in a C-Class Mercedes that only needs an ECU flash tune to pull the Ferrari. The tuned C63 M177 has roughly 517 horsepower and 565 lb-ft of torque at the wheels compared to the 458's naturally aspirated V8 with output of 448 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The Ferrari is quite a bit lighter with a quick shifting dual clutch transmission and it is more aerodynamic but that turbo punch up top propels the C63 past it. Great run.
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    Yesterday, 09:31 AM
    BoostAddict member LesBaer decided to upgrade his manual 2016 Camaro SS by adding some boost courtesy of the Magnuson TVS2300 Hearbeat LT1 supercharger kit. His numbers are very similar to what a C7 Corvette with the same supercharger kit put down on the dyno with aftermarket headers. More details in LesBaer's own words: Goal - First, find a 4.0/12 second NA car with a near 50/50 weight split that would be fun to toss around on farm roads and equally as fun and comfortable on the highway for my daily commute. Ideally I wanted to be as close to C7 Z06 performance as possible, but didn't need a full-time track car. It was also important that the car be affordable (to purchase, upgrade, insure and repair), so I searched for the best bang for my buck. I also wanted to be sure that the car I chose could be serviced by performance experts local to me. Enter the 2016 2SS - ordered with specific options to accommodate future power upgrades and minimize weight in preparation for the Magnuson TVS2300 Heartbeat super charger. Here's what I started with: With the help of Jannetty Racing, we also added American Racing LT headers (full exhaust system), but kept the stock muffler, retaining full functionality of the NPP system. Here are some shots that show the process. You can see the original Tri-Y headers there. New ARH installed and prep for the Maggie. Jannetty also had my headers ceramic coated to help manage heat. Maggie's installed and you can just barely see the Mishimoto catch can at the bottom of the shot: Here's a great shot of the intercooler with the grill removed. It's only visible up close with the car fully assembled. One last shot of the final under hood assembly And my dyno results (stock Magnuson boost level of 6psi): 563 RWHP, 544 RWTQ ...exactly what the doctor ordered Coming Soon: Wheels and Tires The car hooks up very well with the stock setup, so I'm going to wait for the 1LE MRR replicas. The plan right now is to go with gloss black 20x10 up front and 20x11 in back w/Pilot Super Sports.
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  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:00 AM
    Thanks for that well-thought out post. I understand your point; however, we will have to agree to disagree.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:45 AM
    Really can't wait for a couple years and the SS is dirt cheap in the used market. Have plans for a track car build. The alpha chassis and LT1, with some weight reduction will be one fun reliable track toy.
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:04 AM
    2k plus hp Das is good Murillo is a drag race legend. Made a couple cameos on street outlaws show. 2k is a guess but would bet not very far off. Would guess about 2300lbs also
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  • e92ttking's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:42 AM
    First off that highway was open except for a few cars that guy was a complete moron cutting them off twice and almost killing them. For what? Second what the fuk was he trying to prove? Third those bikers should have knocked him out, those were some weak ass hits if he was able to get back up and block his bike. To prove what again? Fourth that dumn b!tch should have gotten shot, anyone that pulls out a gun is a threat and is rightful to defend for themselves. That guy is lucky he didnt get more fuked up and his dumb ass wife didnt get a hole through her head
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  • RobNyc's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 09:32 PM
    I drove the Corvette for 3 days over the summer in Florida man that V8 450hp is love at first sight! Then test-drove the new Camaro 2SS here in North East late december when it came out almost almost wanted to sign but there were no good programs out but for $48k topped out man what a bargain
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  • alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 09:31 PM
    Don't take this the wrong way...... but no, it seems that you have no grasp on how a professional technician and/or shop does business. I did not say "mechanics" that work out of their garage. I did not say enthusiasts who think they are "mechanics" who work on other peoples cars. I did not say shops who have NO EFFING RIGHT to touch your car because they have slum bags for techs or who run it. I'm talking about a professional shop who has millions in insurance for YOUR safety, overhead of professional technicians with 30-100K in their own tools, a shop with half a million dollars in equipment and a warranty behind their parts. I know people have explained this multiple times, but here it is (again)...... There is a set amount of labor that each repair shows how much it pays. All manufacturers have one. Long story short, the factory has a tech do a job like 10 times and take an average- and that's the warranty time (normally undercut) with factory tools and factory procedures. Typically customer pay is 1.5 times the cost of warranty (typically average time) So, lets give you an example. A widget under warranty pays 6 hours to replace. This widget has training on how to replace it, experience needed, repair instructions, proper diagnosis, needs special tools and (procedures on how to use the special tools and not break them). The first time I encounter this widget on this new car, it takes me 9.8 hours. It's frustrating, its cumbersome..... its not a winning job and not something I'm looking forward to do again. In fact, screw widgets in my book. But, hey this isn't a buffet, what comes in the door and in my bay is what I get. The next widget (damn you widget) that comes into the dealership I can then see that it was the same symptoms and I'll have to get that job done.... *I* think about the last job and what tools I need before the repair *I* go find these tools and make sure I have everything before doing so. *I* remember any snags or hiccups that came along with that stupid job I lost time on. And I do it 8 hours. Well, at least I didn't take my (averaging) 25-28/hour paying rate as a master tech and diluted it down to 10-15ish/hour. The next one I get it done in 7 hours. Then 6.0. Then (maybe) I find ways (I DO NOT FIND HACK WAYS) that I either remember specific sequences, or I buy a tool specifically for this job, or perhaps make a tool to where I can get this down to 3 hours and change...... Hell, now I'm making money on it at least. Then I'm the king of widgets. I want all the widgets. I can fix the widgets in the morning and take the car to lunch. I'm diggin' the widget market. HA HA! Then the manufacturer realizes that the time being flagged on the job isn't being flagged for what they are paying...... So they cut the labor because they discover how the techs are doing it. SURPRISE! (complete B.S. that my time is being cut because I found efficient ways to do the job) Customer pay scenario: Rust. Warranty cars typically won't have bolts break and parts frozen. Grime. Less than 50K miles typically means things come apart easily. Mileage. Everything breaks when you touch it. Other people have touched/broken/molested/damaged/ruined the area you need to work in now. Do I need to say more about this? HACKS. HUMAN INFLUENCE Broken parts you'd never encounter in the dealership. Engineers are not good at their job sometimes lol Modifications. That's why we're all here, right? Parts issues. Poorly made parts, difficult to access, hard to obtain etc.etc. So then you get this "this is bullshit you're charging me 6 hours for a job that only takes you 3" routine or mentality. So then, lets go the complete opposite way. A bolt breaks. A part is frozen. Heck, I just replaced cats on a Landrover. EVERY SINGLE bolt was rusted and broke the studs. I spent 3 legitimate hours replacing 4 studs that WOULD NOT come out of the exhaust manifolds. Torch/IR induction tool/drill bit/cussing was involved. It SUCKED. Did I charge the client more? No, I expected them to break (They were expected) but I only asked for an additional .5 for bolt extraction. Who eats that this repair? You or me? Dear Mr.Enfiftyfore, you have a bolt that has broken during the removal of this widget we previously agreed upon a price. We'll need you to pay another 400 dollars now. Does that happen? Maybe, but its super rare. Normally the tech has to eat the labor and time to fix or repair the damage. Who's stealing now? (as you say it is) No. I am not stealing. MY moral compass is perfectly aligned. I have invested my blood and sweat to make myself more efficient. I have taken time out of my day and night to come up with ways to make me more efficient. Investment in myself. Investment in my career. I have memorized repairs and torques to make me more efficient. Time out of my personal life and mental load. I have practiced and put my tools out in specific sequences to make it as quick and painless as possible. Repetition. I challenge myself how fast I can get a job done while being 100% concentrated and focused on the job. Goals. I close my eyes and look at the mental picture of every nut bolt screw and fastener and know the job is right. Perfection. I have no parts left over. I'm not a hack. I have no screws left over. If someone looked over my job, they CANNOT find a mistake. Anywhere. I've cleaned the area if needed. I'm not a slob, and want it to look correct. I've even found some extra screws to replace from the last hack who's worked on it..... because I'm not a hack like the last time, nor do I want someone to think *I* left those out. I test drive it. I know its fixed. I have pride in my work. I have pride knowing I'm the fastest/best tech. This is where when I was doing E90 evaporators that paid 14 hours warranty- I could do them in less than 3 hours. Not one thing broken, scratched, hacked, or damaged. Legit repair. I was (and still am) damn good at my job. I excel my profession. I wish EVERY professional took their job as serious as I do.
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