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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-20-2016, 09:06 PM
    The BMW world for whatever reason attracts to it a lot of shady people and many tuners who overstate their ability. Not everyone on this list is shady but it is filled with tuners whose reputation does not match their ability. Let's start with number 5. 5. ESS-Tuning Oh, sure, people will point to ESS-Tuning 'records' on the E9X M3 platform. Are they a product of ability or simply volume bolstered by drag strip conditions on the east coast in the winter? The truth is ESS-Tuning does not have the ability to match their claims. For a bolt on option that works, they are great. When they move outside of that narrow sphere, bad things happen. Need evidence? MYSTERY SOLVED: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ESS TUNING SUPERCHARGED RDSPORT STROKER M3? BLOWN MOTOR / S65 ENGINE FAILURE DIAGNOSIS ESS TUNING THREATENS BIMMERBOOST WITH LEGAL ACTION OVER REVEALING ISSUES WITH THE SUPERCHARGED RDSPORT STROKER MOTOR ESS-TUNING PROBLEMS WITH F82 M4 F80 M3 S55 TURBO KIT TUNING AND HARDWARE, FORUM CENSORSHIP, AND THE DANGERS OF BEING AN ESS GUINEA PIG AMS PERFORMANCE DROPS ESS-TUNING IN LIEU OF THEIR OWN TUNING SOLUTION FOR THEIR ALPHA 9 F10 M5 / F13 M6 S63TU TURBO UPGRADE PACKAGE ESS-TUNING ACCUSES EVOLVE OF USING ESS TUNES, POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS TUNING, AND BIMMERBOOST OF GENERATING PROPAGANDA FOR EVOLVE ESS-TUNING SERVICE AND ALPHA-N E60 M5 S85 V10 TUNING ISSUES - THIRD PARTY ACCOUNT OF SWITCH TO EVOLVE ALPHA-N S85 TUNING When ESS attempts to tread outside of a bolt on supercharger kit for the M3 (centrifugals being the EASIEST superchargers to tune) they usually fail. Especially when it comes to custom projects. When BimmerBoost highlighted this in some of the articles you see above, ESS threatened BimmerBoost with legal action. Nothing ever came of their threat because everything you see above is true. If a tuner is so insecure over their perception of being good maybe they really aren't as good as they want people to think? 4. G-Power G-Power at least deserves credit for attempting high performance builds. Out of all the tuners on this list, they build the strongest BMW's so props for that. The problem? Let's say you want a twin supercharged S85 V10 like the one pictured above. It will run you $40k+ for the supercharger kit before an engine build for their highest stage. Once you go to their SKIII system you are looking at $57k plus labor. You can buy an E60 M5 today for almost half that. Not to mention, bolt on a Vortech blower for a fraction of the price and have more power. Just look at their $25k Mono SKII system. G-Power is a tuner for people with too much money to care. They will build you a reasonably fast car but it will cost you more than the car is worth. They also never backup their claims with 1/4 mile runs or wheel output dynos. We did get a crank dyno for their recent claim of a 1001 horsepower twin supercharged S85 V10 system but it is not a raw graph. When they start showing what they are making at the wheels we will start taking them seriously. G-Power does hold the BMW top speed record. This is impressive although it is primarily a product of being able to use the autobahn to set it so nobody elsewhere in the world has challenged them. If you have more money than sense, feel free to check them out. Don't be surprised when you get smoked by a cheaper option though. 3. AC Schnitzer Another BMW tuner that made it's name in the days before forums and in the days before the turbo era. At one time, (think E36/E46) they built some very cool BMW's. These days they pretty much just do body kits although they have been setting some course records in Germany. Their 'tuning' amounts to re-branding springs and suspensions components as their own. They add in a rebranded piggyback for some more horsepower and then go run a lap on courses they have in their backyard for a record. It is not as if US tuners are going to fly a car to Germany to top it so they are safe. When it comes to powerful aftermarket BMW's they are nowhere to be found. No 1/4 mile records, no dyno records, no 1/2 mile records, and no acceleration records of any kind. They play it safe making big margins on body pieces people in Russia and the Middle East overpay for. They are overrated. 2. Hamann Hamann is basically like AC Schnitzer except without any records of any sort. Another company that used to do hardcore tuning such as stroker motors that is now reduced to selling wheels and body kits. Not that they care, they have the Hamann name and whore it out as much as they can. This name brand approach is popular overseas but when is the last time you saw someone in the United States drooling over a Hamann built car? If someone drools over Hamann anything, they suffer from mental retardation. They have no impressive engine tuning whatsoever. They are completely all show and no go. Just look at their M2 tuning program. Body pieces and teal wheels which will slow the car down. Wow, how impressive. You can literally outperform their vehicle with a stock M2 and a tune from basically any US tuner. These guys have been coasting on their name for decades. 1. Dinan It pains BimmerBoost to have Dinan as number one but it is exactly where Dinan should be. It is not that Dinan is bad or produces bad parts. It is just that they are overpriced and underperform. Just look at this: DINAN'S WEAK BMW TURBO ERA TUNING - COMPARING F85 X5M 1/4 MILE RESULTS WITH DINANTRONICS STAGE I S63TU PIGGYBACK TO ACM ECU FLASH TUNING WHY BOTHER WITH DINAN AGAIN? PRECISION TUNING PUSHES THE 2013 F01 ALPINA B7 N63TU OVER 600 HORSEPOWER AT THE WHEELS Yet another BMW switching from Dinan 'Dinantronics' to a proper ECU flash tune - F13 M6 Gran Coupe S63TU picks up huge gains with Eurocharged vs. Dinan tuning DINAN STAGE I DINANTRONICS F80/F82 M3/M4 S55 TUNE DYNOJET DYNO RESULTS - +~20 WHEEL HORSEPOWER In the BMW performance community, if you run Dinan, you're a joke. What's the point? To overpay for parts to be slower than those with cheaper parts? Dinan can not even flash tune modern BMW's. This is why Dinan suddenly embraced piggybacks after criticizing them. This led to Dinan responding to BimmerBoost's criticism of their public flip-flop. There are some who will point to Dinan in motorsport and sure, they do some great things there. However, street BMW's are not race cars. The BMW race cars have unlocked ECU's. Dinan does not have that same luxury with the street cars and it shows as the new TriCore ECU's proved too difficult for them. Also, what ever happened to that S63TU turbo upgrade promised from Dinan almost three years ago? Nothing happened. Dinan simply was not able to deliver and if it does come to market it will likely be a rebranded upgrade from another tuner much like their N55 turbo upgrade. Dinan is without question the most overrated tuner in the BMW aftermarket today. If you are one of those people saying, 'What about the warranty?' you are probably their target market. If you want a fast BMW, you simply don't choose Dinan.
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  • jyamona@motiv's Avatar
    01-11-2017, 04:10 PM
    The time has finally come to share some details on my secret N54 project. It's been under development for many months now, and had no shortage of both hardware and software (mainly software) obstacles to overcome. That said, a major milestone was reached this week so it's time to let you all in! Coming soon to a stock DME near you: Yep, real Flex Fuel. It is a fully implemented flex fuel solution, running on the stock DME! Dial your car in on pump (91-93oct), then E85, set the blending / interpolation curve tables, and be on your way. The benefits here are never having to reflash when changing ethanol blends again (or even worry about mixing the correct blend). Go from straight 93oct to 100% E85 or E98 on the same flash :) This is up and running on a few IJE0S cars now and works flawlessly. There is still some more work to be done, and of course porting to the other ROM types will take a good bit of time. Some hardware details are in need of finalization as well. More to come on those items in the weeks to follow. Some overall highlights and features of this accomplishment: first DME integration with a 3rd party sensor first large scale rewrite and modification of DME logic direct logging of Ethanol Content % in MHD separate blending / interpolation per table grouping seamless blending between maps for any ethanol content I'd also like to give a big thanks to @Chris@CKI for his help in testing and flashing my countless revisions at all hours of the day, and also to @martial@mhd for assembly code and hex conversion help along the way! In case you haven't guessed, this will be a module available in MHD similar to M-Boost. A thread is worthless without pics, right? The log was taken after a fill-up to a higher E content, and you can see the AFR target rising as E% goes up. 2017 is just getting started, and will definitely be the year of the stock DME ;)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-12-2017, 09:35 PM
    An interesting upgrade option for N54 fueling is Fuel-It!'s bucketless LPFP. They have designed a special pick up that allows for their bucketless design. There are advantages here as for one they eliminated the need to modify the factory bucket and they provide a large increase in flow. Fuel It! describes the premise best: There were concerns regarding fuel flow when almost empty but this video addresses those concerns: Now let's look at some dyno results on an E82 135i N54 paired with their Platinum Port Injection kit: That is a solid 600 wheel horsepower with Pure Stage 2's and the AFR is 11.9:1 on an E53 ethanol blend. Definitely something for those looking to upgrade their fuel system to look into.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-05-2017, 12:11 PM
    Rod bearing wear issues in the 4.0 liter S65 V8 in the E9X M3 are well known. Rod bearings also wear prematurely on the S85 V10 on which the S65 V8 is based but do to the superior oiling system of the V10 the problem is not exacerbated as it is on the V8. Things vary based on use as well. A car that is tracked or supercharged will see more wear than a stock car used for commuting. The bottom line however is that owners should replace their rod bearings before it is too late so that they can avoid what is pictured below. @Michael@GermanAutoWerks shared pictures of a blown S65 V8 from an E92 M3: Unfortunately, BMW has a history of mistakes with M3 engines dating back to the E46 M3 S54 and all the way up to the current F80 M3 S55. Someone should hold BMW accountable for knowingly selling motors with defects.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2017, 02:01 PM
    Talk about entering the M157 scene with a splash! Pure Turbos is not messing around. The proof is in the results right here on a W212 E63 AMG. This is a 4Matic all wheel drive car as it is the facelifted version. In the 26 to 27 psi range of boost output is 840 horsepower. This is with custom ECU dyno tuning from Precision Tuning. Precision did not push the turbos as far as they could to preserve the driveline. What would these turbos make when pushed with an upgraded transmission? Good question. Oh, and how about the pricing? $5995 plus core exchange. That is the best turbo upgrade value in the M157 world right now. As a reminder, before the turbo upgrade and with bolt ons this E63 ran 10.6 @ 133. That was at 670 all wheel horsepower. What will it do now? We can't wait to find out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2017, 01:52 PM
    Talk about entering the M157 scene with a splash! Pure Turbos is not messing around. The proof is in the results right here on a W212 E63 AMG. This is a 4Matic all wheel drive car as it is the facelifted version. In the 26 to 27 psi range of boost output is 840 horsepower. This is with custom ECU dyno tuning from Precision Tuning. Precision did not push the turbos as far as they could to preserve the driveline. What would these turbos make when pushed with an upgraded transmission? Good question. Oh, and how about the pricing? $5995 plus core exchange. That is the best turbo upgrade value in the M157 world right now. As a reminder, before the turbo upgrade and with bolt ons this E63 ran 10.6 @ 133. That was at 670 all wheel horsepower. What will it do now? We can't wait to find out.
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  • rmcdonald's Avatar
    01-02-2017, 01:02 PM
    I have a highly modified 2013 C63 P31. It is currently making 525 RWHP on a Mustang dyno on 93 Octane here in CT. I am looking for a cam replacement, currently running stock ones, and hoping for 20RWHP. Does anyone have any experience with a cam swap? I am currently looking at the Kleeman cams.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-09-2017, 01:31 PM
    This E90 335i belongs to BimmerBoost member @idratherbesurfing. He has a top mount single turbo N54 conversion and is running a Pure Turbos 62mm turbocharger. He is still fine tuning the setup but it is already good for 680 horsepower to the wheels. At 30+ psi he believes he will crack 800 wheel horsepower: This is the mod list: Top mount twin scroll manifold Pure Turbo 62mm 1.0ar w/ 2 tial 38mm wastegates Ade motor mounts Vrsf chargepipe, Turbosmart bov, Vrsf 7inch fmic Fuel-it port injection, fpr kit, stage 3 lpfp MFactory lsd Mhd/Haltech stack Bms, Rb, and mishimoto catch can stack Tuning is a flash and piggyback stack with Precision Tuning doing the ECU flash work on their dyno. Take a look at the dyno vid below which is well worth your time.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2017, 04:31 PM
    Uh oh, this has to be a warning sign at BMW. A drop of 10% in sales in 2016 compared to 2015 is large. BMW's are selling obviously as 313,174 cars is a lot of volume but that number was 346,023 in 2015. Perhaps the signs were there early in the year when Mercedes and Audi started the year with much stronger sales than BMW. Perhaps consumers are getting tired of BMW? Perhaps BMW has lost some of the enthusiast market? Keep in mind BMW equates sales figures with how well they are doing. They feel if they are number one in sales that means they are the number one brand. It's illogical as volume does not equal quality but that is the official BMW brand position. Just because one brand outsells another does not mean it builds better cars. For BMW this must be a bit of a shock considering how hard they are trying to push volume above all else. That is why you have so many variants of platforms namely in the X-Series line. Additionally, the new 7-Series launch should have further bolstered the bottom line. Table 1: New Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC , December 2016 Dec. 2016 Dec. 2015 % YTD Dec. 2016 YTD Dec. 2015 % BMW brand 32,835 34,625 -5.2 313,174 346,023 -9.5 BMW passenger cars 20,419 22,818 -10.5 209,231 244,767 -14.5 BMW light trucks 12,416 11,807 5.2 103,943 101,256 2.7 MINI brand 4,658 5,009 -7.0 52,030 58,514 -11.1 TOTAL Group 37,493 39,634 -5.4 365,204 404,537 -9.7 When Mercedes and Audi release their figures we will know if either or both of them took the crown from BMW in 2016.
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