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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
    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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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    03-02-2015, 12:14 PM
    Ok so with the ability to flash BMW's coming to android what Android phone would you buy. I still prefer iOS over android for the refinments but I'm sure I could customize android to what I want so I need the right hardware should I go Nexus6(or whatever the newest one is) Samsung S6/S6edge or the HTC M9. I prefer the smaller form factors but that doesn't seem to exist anymore. But I pretty much need it to be waterproof or have a case that is that I can buy ie lifeproof etc. http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?63449-N54-DAMOS-mobile-project-donation
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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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  • 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
    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
    03-03-2015, 02:16 AM
    Congratulations are in order to Burger Tuning! 136 miles per hour is where the BMW N54 trap speed record stands. This was achieved at the Famoso drag strip in Southern California by the BMS 135i test car running a JB4 and Motiv single turbo kit on a stock internal N54. There are still issues to work out and as the 60 foot indicates the launch needs some work for an impressive ET. Once @Terry@BMS sorts the issues out a good launch on high boost should finally propel the N54 into the 140+ trap speed range (and maybe the 9's?). For now though 136.43 miles per hour is officially the fastest N54 trap in the all the land. More details in the words of @Terry@BMS below. Terry@BMS: I was able to attend a track day at Famoso raceway today. The scheduled start time was 9am but that got pushed back due to a rain delay. It was around noon before we got to do any runs. I decided to race our 135i with the new MOTIV 750 kit today and just go for traps. To that end I ran on the normal 245/45/17 555Rs and just launched the car in 2nd gear with boost capped at 12-15psi. Logs on the dyno looked great fueling wise but as soon as I started doing runs at 26psi at the track, a problem became apparent. The low pressure pump was not keeping up. So I wasn't able to do any high boost runs as I had originally planned. As the day went on fuel pressure got worse and worse. Still, managed a respectable 136.4mph trap speed. I've attached the log of the run so you can see how bad the fuel situation was. It actually did a map4 switched right at the cones so I may have gone a bit faster had the pressure hung on a bit longer. After this run, I decided to pack it up and head home. Only to my surprise, after parking the car, it wouldn't start. An hour of diagnostics later I figured out both my inline 255 & my fuel pump controller shorted out. Luckily I was able to hotwire the primary pump with some spare wire to get the car home under its own power. I've got a Fuel-It Stage3 bucket in the garage that will go in and I'll have to probably order another controller. Anyway next time, whenever that is, I should be able to run enough boost to hit 140mph. I figure it will take 32psi. Then I'll strap on the Hoosier slicks and start working on the launches.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    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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