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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-11-2017, 07:32 PM
    Ok, keeping a black car clean is a giant bitch. You see every smudge. Anyone have any product suggestions? I almost feel like getting that spray on wax stuff and just wiping it down after every drive.
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    03-07-2017, 07:14 PM
    Fabspeed was not too pleased about the BoostAddict article yesterday which details claims about an upcoming class-action lawsuit. The job of this network is to report automotive performance news and sometimes that news is not positive. The job will be done to the writer's best ability even if that means some people might get upset. To do the job properly both sides should get their say and you, the reader, are left to make up your own mind. Now, that is quite a story and this Sal Pane fellow sounds like he is making life terrible for Fabspeed. BoostAddict did google Sal Pane and, yes, many links about him being a con man come up: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/long-island-officials-investigating-whether-con-man-sal-pane There's more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexcampbell/how-new-york-city-hired-a-con-artist-to-clean-up-ebola?utm_term=.okK4aPYwA#.jk9jMnLme What is the truth here? Well, Sal Pane's name is attached to some very shady and very dirty things. Additionally, if the threats against Fabspeed and the extortion claims are true one would think Sal Pane would face jail time. It also seems that he is a convicted felon. Fabspeed is gearing up their own legal defense. All we know is Fabspeed sells exhausts and has always been easy to work with from this end and provided this network with whatever requests for product information were made. Let's hope this matter is quickly resolved.
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  • csu87's Avatar
    03-15-2017, 02:19 PM
    Well after a long run over there, got the boot. All because I called some guy salty after he bought a 2013 335 for 38k... My favorite touch was when i received an email from the mods that they were going to charge me $15k for having an alternate account. I'll keep you guys posted with how that goes. Guess I'll be more active over here now. Wont miss it since its a joke of a technical forum, although that offtopic section they have is pretty good.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-06-2017, 04:57 PM
    BoostAddict has covered a lot of Fabspeed products over the years. What is marketed is billed as top quality. The product presentation is done well and they provide good videos along with dyno data to support their claims. We like that. What we do not like is what you are going to see below. Why is nobody talking about it? Why is a lawsuit due to poor product quality and poor customer service not being discussed on any of the major forums? Probably because Fabspeed is a vendor on those forums and you will see those who raised questions were banned. Here is an example: Banned for raising questions about cheap Chinese Fabspeed sources. So what is going on? Well, take a look at some of this: Quite a bit to chew on there, isn't there? It certainly doesn't look good. It also doesn't look good that the source (www.fabspeedsucks.com) says a class action lawsuit is taking place. BoostAddict reached out for comment to see how far along this lawsuit is. What is the truth here? Well, we are going to try to find out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-09-2017, 07:46 PM
    Time to get this going with all the big moves. Looking for 135pats to chime in with what he knows. Romo released and it looks like the Texans are making space for him as they ditched Osweiler. I can't believe the Browns took on that contract. They got a second pick. So, 16 million for a second rounder? It's not like the Browns are going to contend any time soon but wow. RGIII is getting released. Ravens sign Danny Woodhead. Things are getting really shaken up. Should be a fun season.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-14-2017, 03:39 AM
    What's going on over there @DavidV? Doesn't look good with the Turkish rioting. Maybe they should go back to Turkey, eh?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-22-2017, 04:07 AM
    BimmerBoost and the BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network as a whole takes pride in having great vendors who are enthusiasts at their core. The automotive world is riddled with scammers and this website has turned away and reported on a fair share. Unfortunately, JPWorkz is one that got on this board and never should have been allowed here in the first place. Call me naive but I believe people are ultimately good natured and in this because they love cars. I can not imagine taking in orders and then just blatantly ripping people off for thousands of dollars. How do you live with yourself? Well, perhaps if you have been doing it for over a decade you become numb to it. JPWorks or JerryT introduced himself to me and pretended to offer a complete N54 turbo upgrade kit for a very low price. If something is priced too good to be true, it usually is. I would periodically receive messages telling me this Jerry fellow was a scammer known as Shaudfab. My initial thought was that maybe other vendors did not like someone coming in and pricing a turbo upgrade so low that it undercut them. I gave the guy a chance to prove himself but it soon became apparent a person named Jerry Trance was not reputable and likely did not even exist. The red flags were there after a few months. There is a 48 page thread you can go over and read for yourself but let's summarize things for those of you who don't have buckets of popcorn and hours to spare. I'll start with my personal experience that this guy always had an excuse. He never was able to pay his vendor tab on time. Literally, he never did. When he finally did the payments would come from someone named Anika Briton as he said he had no Paypal account. Huh, what? No Paypal account? Oh, I get it now, he didn't want a payment trail tied to him: Notice the payments cancel frequently as the account never was able to maintain payments. Also notice the dates constantly vary as it was like pulling teeth to get this person to maintain their account. Basically, all he wanted was to pay some money, put up a thread, collect orders, and run away with as much money as possible. Eventually JerryT told me he would pay for a block of time in advance. I took him at his word. Guess what happened? He did not honor his word. Suddenly things got very weird with this Shaudfab involvement: His 'girl' is somehow involved with Shaudfab who is well known as a scammer: http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?71356-JP-WORKS-SHAUDFAB Things get very dirty the deeper you look: http://www.srtforums.com/forums/f110/fraud-alert-guy-keikei-aka-04srt405-aka-amanda-mabalot-aka-kashif-casteel-141225/index9.html#/forumsite/21161/topics/141225?page=1 He doesn't just scam auto parts but everything: https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/ton-4-sale-4850-q6600-4gbram-28-monitor-hd-bluray-cases-mothe-rboard-and-more-look.72296/page-32 Those posts are dated as far back as 2005 meaning this person has been scamming on forums for well over a decade. Not to mention, getting away with it. He has it down to a science it seems. This information is actually common knowledge. People have messaged me confirming all of it but are afraid to take it to the police or have their name attached to it. Just look at this guy: Tracking down information on this guy is actually quite difficult as he has perfected his scamming technique to make sure he can't be found. Well, maybe perfected gives him too much credit: Now we're starting to get somewhere. These fake names keep popping up but they are tied to Bakersfield and a certain address. At the very least there is an address tied to the names. Two fakes names for shipping, but the same address. A place for the FBI to start, right? There are those who defend him saying this is all hate because his 'kit' is priced so cheaply but there sure is a long trail of people saying they got scammed: We could go on, and on, and on, and on... but it's time for this to come to an end. There is simply a constant pattern of missing parts, kits not being shipped, missed dates, broken promises, stolen money, etc. I am not a detective and neither are car enthusiasts on this forum. There is more than enough here for the FBI to do a proper investigation. This forum will gladly provide all the PM's, IP addresses, and e-mails from the JerryT account if asked. What I can say is that no vendor providing so little information about who they are will ever be allowed here again. Those who were scammed, provide the FBI with the information at the following link: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx Let's finally make sure justice is served and that law enforcement properly investigates. It's the least we can do.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-14-2017, 08:54 PM
    The average person does not understand dyno numbers and how they relate to horsepower. People claiming to be automotive journalists and writing for automotive websites should understand dyno numbers especially if they are going to claim a car is not delivering the claimed manufacturer output. A complete idiot on MBWorld by the name of Jerry Perez is spreading what you can only appropriately call fake news by stating the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio does not deliver on its claimed 505 horsepower output: Touted as the AMG Beater, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s Advertised Horsepower Crumbles on the Dyno His reasoning? This dyno graph from an article last week: The genius writes the power crumbles on the dyno. Yes, seriously. He decides to apply a 15% correction factor which means the car should actually show 429 horsepower to the wheels and that is the basis for his claim. Well, we can't argue with that now can we? 15% of 505 horsepower is 429. He's got us there. At no point though does he consider that a Mustang dyno may read differently than other dynos. At no point does he consider that the 15% drivetrain loss 'rule' actually originated with the Dynojet and is used as a (flawed) rule of thumb for drivetrain losses on manual transmission cars. At no point does he think about maybe doing some basic research into the dyno type and looking at results from other cars. Here is an example. This is a C218 generation Mercedes-AMG CLS63 with the M157 twin turbo V8 motor. It is rated at 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. By the reasoning of Mr. Perez it should show 440 horsepower to the wheels: OMG? What is going on here? Someone sound the alarm! Only 390 horsepower to the wheels from a 518 horsepower motor! Where is the article saying C218 CLS63 AMG horsepower crumbles on the dyno? Brace yourself. Here comes something that will blow your mind. This is a CLS63 on a different type of dyno: Yes, the blue line is the stock output and shows 483 horsepower to the wheels. Suddenly the CLS63 goes from not having 518 horsepower to having more than 518 horsepower. Is this magic? Do CLS63's vary by 93 horsepower at the wheels from the factory? No. It's simply that Jerry Perez is a hack, MBWorld is run by morons who allow fanboys to spew this garbage, and the user base is not intelligent enough to know the difference. One can simply look at the trap speed for the Giulia Quadrifoglio to see it is making its advertised output. Anyone who is going to make a claim that a car is underperforming should at least research its performance figures beforehand. Alfa Romeo should be angry this false claim is being spread but then again they have bigger fish to fry. BoostAddict will happily correct this garbage. How about option 3? You don't know what you're talking about.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-28-2017, 04:11 AM
    CARB (California Air Resources Board) is doing its darndest to ruin performance cars for everyone. What is the problem? CARB is adopting standards for 2025 that automakers believe are far too strict. Why is this a problem? First of all, automakers already stated they simply can not meet the previously proposed standards. Secondly, the rest of the states in the union would be forced to acknowledge CARB's decision. That means even if you do not live in California CARB would still be able to push your state around. Imagine for a moment a new car coming out with a lot of horsepower that is very efficient and meets EPA standards but does not meet CARB standards. Effectively, there would be two sets of emission standards in the USA but the CARB standards could force that automaker to abandon selling the car in the United States or even worse not bother producing it. Want to know what is truly troubling? Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia all decided to agree to CARB's standards. That means many of you are not exempt from California's eco-nazis even if you do not live in California. CARB gets away with setting federal standards as it pre-dates the EPA and a waiver under the Federal Clean Air Act means their emission standards must be recognized by other states. What will happen? Who knows. The Trump administration froze EPA grants to CARB hitting them where it hurts. The Trump administration also cut funding to the EPA. The Obama administration on their way out rushed approval of new EPA standards that align with CARB prior to Trump taking office. CARB blames the automakers: The White House believes California is going too far: As you can see, this is all pretty messy and will involve a lot of lawyers on taxpayer dime to sort out. The best case scenario is that CARB's waiver is revoked effectively neutralizing their power. The worst case scenario is two standards floating around which carmakers simply decide not to even bother with and stop producing performance cars altogether for the US market. Thanks a lot California.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 03:16 AM
    A recent article about a Mustang dyno run for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio exposed a large flaw in traditional dyno thinking. On this website most readers know that you can not just grab a graph from one type of dyno and compare it to another dyno and expect the numbers to be uniform. Unfortunately, the average person does not understand this which is what led to someone putting out an article stating the Giulia Quadrifoglio is not making its stated output which sets understanding of dyno runs back instead of helping educate. Let's start with the idea that cars suffer from 15% drivetrain losses. Where did this idea start? Why is it 15%? It originated with the Dynojet and became a rule of thumb on automotive forums for manual transmission cars. The percentage changes based on if the car is automatic (20%) or even all wheel drive and automatic (25%). The problem here is that while the conversion factor works well to extrapolate crank horsepower from peak Dynojet figures at the wheels that is not the way drivetrain losses work. First of all, losses are not static. There is no one set figure for losses. What does this mean? It means that your losses in 5th gear at 8000 rpm will be different from 2nd gear at 2000 rpm. The loss figure will change based on rpm, load, and even what accessories are running. Stating all manual cars suffer from a single set figure is flawed for this reason. Not to mention that figure only works on the Dynojet which is inertia based. BMW M cars used to follow the number exactly back when they were naturally aspirated: E46 M3 S54 Displacement: 3.2 liter Horsepower: 343 Torque: 269 lb-ft Wheel Horsepower: 280 Wheel Torque: 235 E92 M4 S65 Displacement: 4.0 liter Horsepower: 414 Torque: 300 lb-ft Wheel Horsepower: 350 Wheel Torque: 254 lb-ft 85% of 414 horsepower is 351.9. Notice the E92 M3 is almost exactly at 15%. DCT models would actually dyno slightly less than manual examples due to the wet clutch dual clutch having higher losses. For the E46 M3 85% of 333 horsepower is 283.05. Again, the E46 M3 is almost perfectly at 15% losses on the Dynojet. It's almost scary how consistently close BMW was to this figure. Now, in comes the turbo era. Let's see what happens when we get to the F80 M3. F80 M3 S55 Horsepower: 425 Torque: 406 lb-ft Wheel horsepower: 427 Wheel torque: 429 How is the S55 engine producing more horsepower at the wheels than it is rated at the crank by BMW? Does the F80 M3 have a magical transmission with negative losses that somehow adds power? Of course not. The DCT transmission in the F80 M3 works the same way as the DCT transmission in the E92 M3. What happened was the 15% Dynojet loss rule went out the window when the turbo power war started. BMW is able to claim a lower number to not push an output war on paper yet delivers far more where it matters, to the tires. The drivetrain losses are still about the same for the transmission and rear wheel drive layout as the previous generation despite it no longer lining up with the crank horsepower figure which is practically meaningless. How does this all look on a Mustang load bearing or eddy current variant? Well, very different. While the Dynojet is spinning a drum of a set weight and calculating the result based on how quickly that weight is spun the Mustang dyno creates load. Why is this important? Because it simulates real world conditions which is great for tuning. A tuner can provide all kinds of different scenarios. The spool on the Mustang for a turbo motor will look different than on a Dynojet. Often time real world spool is much quicker than what is shown on a Dynojet graph due to load which generates exhaust gases more quickly for the turbochargers. Note: Dynojet operators can optionally eddy current load control as well which muddies comparisons further. The other day BimmerBoost posted an article on VF-Engineering's F87 M2 ECU flash software and provided Dynojet runs. Let's take a look at the same M2 running the same Stage I software on a Mustang: Now the Dynojet: 269 rear wheel horsepower for the Mustang and 331 rear wheel horsepower for the Dynojet on the baseline figure. That is a difference of 62 horsepower at the wheels or 18.7 %. If you take that 18.7% difference and apply it to the tuned run on the Mustang which shows 287 to the wheels you get 354 horsepower. Almost exactly what the Dynojet tuned run shows. This is not an exact science as you can see. However, if you were to dyno cars all day on the Dynojet and on this Mustang you would see the runs follow very closely to the ~18% difference between the two. So is that it? Just convert Mustang runs by 18.7% to get a Dynojet number? No. Things actually get very muddied due to the games tuners play. Here is an example. The new Porsche 991.2 Carrera S on a Dynojet: 380 horsepower to the wheels. Now here is a 991.2 Carrera S on a Mustang from AWE-Tuning: Why does the Mustang dyno show more power now? Because it is being corrected to read higher. People do not like low numbers and high numbers are better for marketing. BoostAddict asked AWE-Tuning what their correction factor is but they would not share it with us. You can see it is reading VERY high and higher than a Dynojet though. In this instance it is better to focus on the delta which you will often hear tuners say. That means the difference between the two runs as comparing the peak figures to other runs on other dynos is pointless due to the unknown correction factor. Good for marketing, bad for those who want relevant figures to compare with. It can also be very bad for consumers. Why is that you ask? Because some people will dyno without a correction factor and then change the correction factor to show larger gains. A good example of someone who plays with the numbers is Vivid Racing: http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php?4252-Inflated-numbers-Vivid-Racing-claims-407-wheel-horsepower-for-exhaust-and-VR-ECU-tuned-E9X-M3-S65-on-a-Mustang-dyno They claim 407 wheel horsepower for an exhaust and canned tune on a Mustang dyno for the E92 M3. Anyone who has an E92 M3 (like me) and has had these modifications and dyno'd the car knows this is impossible. It looks good for someone who doesn't know that though and wants to buy parts thinking they make a ton of power, right? Always keep in mind when you see figures from a company or tuner you should question them. Independent runs are the best to go by as the person usually isn't trying to sell you anything but just share their results. Also remember the Mustang can be configured like most dynamometers to read whatever the operator wants it to read. If vendors and tuners did not play with dyno runs for sales we would have a great resource to work with for comparisons and so forth. You can not trust all tuners to do so. Fortunately, VF-Engineering has no dog in the fight and provided us with a variety of runs showing the difference between their Mustang and their Dynojet. Yes, they have both. That is the proper way to do it. One dyno for tuning and one for marketing. Rather than correcting figures with whatever percentage generates the most sales they show the uncorrected runs on both machines so people can learn from and reference the pulls. BMW 335i (N55) Stage TWO Dynojet: Mustang: An 18.2% difference between the peak horsepower on the tuned figures. There will be variance from run to run, day to day, fuel to fuel, gear to gear, etc. Ultimately, remember, while dyno runs can tell you a lot about a motor or modifications they can also mislead people. Even worse, people can read them incorrectly and spread misinformation or manipulate them to sell parts. A dyno is just one, albeit important, piece of the performance puzzle.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-06-2017, 03:09 PM
    MKIV Supra vs. 335i is always fun to see and this one has a Kawasaki ZX10r bike thrown in for good measure. The 335i is the camera car and it starts off against the bike. Surprisingly, it doesn't have much trouble with it from a roll. The Supra is up next. For some reason, he hasn't mastered the art of going on three honks so the Supra jumps the first race. It takes him a couple tries to understand 1-2-3 go. They finally line up but you can not really hear the honks not that the Supra is following them anyway. They hit it and the 335 pulls rather easily. It sure seems to be running very strong for what is a Pure Turbos Stage 2 setup or maybe the Supra isn't making 700 to the wheels. An impressive 335i for sure.
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