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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-21-2017, 01:25 AM
    There was a time where HRE Wheels were the most desireable wheels on the market. They had an unbeatable combination of looks, pricing, and performance. Along the way something happened and HRE has moved away from performance and focused more on profit margins. Their new RS2M and RS3M series of wheels retail for $2100 per rim. Why? What justifies that price tag? Are they lightweight? No. Do the have some sort of technologically advanced materials? No. Do they offer a new or stunning design? No. Frankly, you would be hard pressed to tell this is a new wheel line unless HRE told you. Here is what HRE's president had to say about them. Translation: We ran out of ideas and this is a cheap way to reintroduce our same old tired designs at a premium. As a matter of fact, I remember those lines of his on a previous wheel line introduction. He is using the same lines from a 2015 wheel release: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?6019-HRE-launches-their-new-RS1M-series-of-Monoblok-wheels-in-six-styles-RS100M-RS101M-RS102M-RS103M-RS105M-and-RS108M HRE's president then: They rearrange a few words, use the same basic press release, and here we are with a 'new' $2100 per wheel line. When was the last time HRE actually was innovative? Why aren't they offering high performance and lightweight composite rims for some of their exorbitant prices? Do not think BoostAddict has some axe to grind here as the BimmerBoost.com M3 wears HRE wheels. The thing is, when the HRE C90 wheels were purchased eight years ago they were chosen because they were the lightest on the market offering a great blend of performance, strength, weight, looks, and cost. HRE does not even bother to include what the rims weigh any longer. What happened to the performance aspect? It seems to have taken a similar tumble as their customer service. HRE just seems to be all about squeezing out every last dime by recycling as many tired designs as they can. This is stuff we have all seen before except now we get a higher price tag along with absolutely no performance benefit. BoostAddict was shocked when inquiring about current HRE wheel weights. They haven't gotten lighter, that is for sure. This article will not change anything nor will any words written by anyone as HRE is a juggernaut and too big to care. However, many enthusiasts do care how they spend their money and this one in particular is going to look elsewhere for a set of performance rims.
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    06-21-2017, 01:14 AM
    There was a time where HRE Wheels were the most desireable wheels on the market. They had an unbeatable combination of looks, pricing, and performance. Along the way something happened and HRE has moved away from performance and focused more on profit margins. Their new RS2M and RS3M series of wheels retail for $2100 per rim. Why? What justifies that price tag? Are they lightweight? No. Do the have some sort of technologically advanced materials? No. Do they offer a new or stunning design? No. Frankly, you would be hard pressed to tell this is a new wheel line unless HRE told you. Here is what HRE's president had to say about them. Translation: We ran out of ideas and this is a cheap way to reintroduce our same old tired designs at a premium. As a matter of fact, I remember those lines of his on a previous wheel line introduction. He is using the same lines from a 2015 wheel release: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?6019-HRE-launches-their-new-RS1M-series-of-Monoblok-wheels-in-six-styles-RS100M-RS101M-RS102M-RS103M-RS105M-and-RS108M HRE's president then: They rearrange a few words, use the same basic press release, and here we are with a 'new' $2100 per wheel line. When was the last time HRE actually was innovative? Why aren't they offering high performance and lightweight composite rims for some of their exorbitant prices? Do not think BoostAddict has some axe to grind here as the BimmerBoost.com M3 wears HRE wheels. The thing is, when the HRE C90 wheels were purchased eight years ago they were chosen because they were the lightest on the market offering a great blend of performance, strength, weight, looks, and cost. HRE does not even bother to include what the rims weigh any longer. What happened to the performance aspect? It seems to have taken a similar tumble as their customer service. HRE just seems to be all about squeezing out every last dime by recycling as many tired designs as they can. This is stuff we have all seen before except now we get a higher price tag along with absolutely no performance benefit. BoostAddict was shocked when inquiring about current HRE wheel weights. They haven't gotten lighter, that is for sure. This article will not change anything nor will any words written by anyone as HRE is a juggernaut and too big to care. However, many enthusiasts do care how they spend their money and this one in particular is going to look elsewhere for a set of performance rims.
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    Yesterday, 07:02 AM
    The BMW M3 and M4 S55 motor is doing impressive things on the factory fuel system. The direct injection system is upgraded compared to N54 and N55 era BMW I6's. Getting bigger injectors for direct injection never seemed to be a problem on those older motors but getting pumps to drive fuel through them sure was (and is). AWRON in Germany says they have upgraded high flow injectors for the S55 direct injection system. That is about all they say though. No details such as flow, pricing, or what kind of power levels these will support are provided. Maybe the S55 motor will not have to lean as heavily on methanol and port injection in high power setups.
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    Yesterday, 07:41 AM
    Maybe 2017 will be the year of the N54 camshafts. Schrick officially released their option earlier in the year and the first US batch was claimed by enthusiasts. The thing is there is yet to be a single person showing positive results with the Schrick cams although several people are making such claims. Schrick obviously is a large supplier of camshafts with close OEM ties but Cat Cams in Belgium also has a history of delivering hot BMW cams. Cat Cams provides the specifications on their three flavors of N54 camshafts but pricing information is not provided. A dealer would likely have this info. Additionally, BimmerBoost does not know of any N54 members trying out or running the Cat Cams offering but this will likely change as tuning options for cams flesh out.
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    06-21-2017, 09:52 PM
    BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) continues to expand their BMW tuning offering. You all saw their absolutely absurd 335d results. They are tackling the S55 now and their early ECU tune results are promising. This is a Competition Package car with downpipes: Pump gas, catless downpipes, and a tune. That is it. Keep in mind many of the dyno graphs you are seeing as of late are coming from pulls in hot weather. This is a 500+ whp car when it cools down. BPC is still revising the tune and E85 results are coming up next.
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    06-21-2017, 11:03 PM
    Here is an easy way for F10 M5 owners to make sure they are ahead of the F90 M5 when it hits the streets. Simply get an ECU flash and some downpipes. This car features tuning by HCP through the PTF Bootmod3 system which tuners seem to be loving. A trap speed over 130 miles per hour for the 4300+ pound boat with just bolt on modifications is great to see. No methanol here, just regular fuel. If the owner wants more he can change the turbos and go big but this is a safe and reliable package that is hardly pushing the envelope but providing a big performance boost. If you have an F10 M5 and haven't flashed your car yet, what are you waiting for? An F90 M5 or W213 E63 beatdown?
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    06-25-2017, 07:10 AM
    BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) is a relatively new vendor on BimmerBoost. You may have read about their awesome M57 diesel tuning packages or their new F80/F82 S55 engine tuning recently. They put together this technical video on the N54 and N52 blocks before officially coming on board and it is well worth your time. The N54 engine block is often discussed in the forums. If you have sixteen minutes to spare watch the video below and learn a few things. If not, BimmerBoost will summarize it for you: * The N52 block includes magnesium for weight savings. N54 has steel liners. * The N54 is built more for strength than weight. * The cooling pipes are located in different areas. * The N52 does not have oil drains for turbos as it is naturally aspirated. * The N54 has a smaller bore of 84 mm. N52 is 85 mm. * The N54 has a longer stroke of 89.6 mm. The N52 88 mm. * The N54 has a smaller bore for more cylinder material. * The bottom end design is identical. * Forged crank on the N54 and cast crank on the N52. * 8-bolt main on the N54, 6-bolt on N52. * N54 cylinder head bolt is 11 mm. N52 cylinder head bolt is 10 mm. Both have 9 mm bolts in cylinders 6 and 1. * Both rods are forged. N52 has smaller 8 mm rod bolt. * N54 has larger 22 mm wrist pin to the N52 20 mm. * N52 is higher compression with N52B25 11.0.0:1 and N52B30 10.7:1. * N52 head gasket has larger cooling passages. * N52 head will physically fit an N54.
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    06-22-2017, 12:56 AM
    Dodson powers the quickest and fastest dual clutch Lamborghini Huracans and Audi R8's. You may remember the earlier version of their upgrade sending the Huracan into the 7's in the 1/4 mile and essentially bitch slapping Heffner and SSP (South Side Performance) back into their places. Dodson and UGR (Underground Racing) are now taking things further with the Promax Version 2 upgrade: What changes in Promax 2.0? They do not say but here is what we know about the previous version: They are up to 18 plates now and maybe more. UGR is the best bet to test this out and push further into the 7's. Dodson is quite simply the best in the business.
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    06-24-2017, 12:33 AM
    Nurburgring laptimes are getting so quick they are becoming tough to even fathom. Take the new 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ILE. Video proof was posted by Chevy showing a laptime of 7 minutes and 16 seconds. How quick is that? Well, it tops all of these cars: 7:18 - 997 GT2 RS 7:19 - C6 ZR1 7:21 - Ferrari 488 GTB It only comes up short against the 2018 Porsche 991.2 GT3 with its 7:12.17 and the AMG GT R with its independently tested 7:10.92. Considering the price of the ZL1 in comparison to the two German track specials it is most definitely a performance bargain. Just imagine what the upcoming Corvette ZR1 is going to do. A time below seven minutes sounds like a very realistic goal.
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    06-25-2017, 05:35 AM
    The Lexus RC-F and GS-F quite frankly need a supercharger. The tired naturally aspirated 5.0 liter V8 under the hood can not compete with its German competition. Even modern turbo six-cylinder motors are making far more power and torque. Just look at the baseline figure. 401 horsepower at the wheels. BMW topped this with the 5.0 liter S85 V10 over a decade ago. As did Mercedes-AMG with their M156 6.2 liter V8. Lexus is over a generation behind. Fortunately, for Lexus owner who do not want to get embarrassed (they still will lose badly to a tuned E63, M5, M3, M4, RS7, or you name it) RR-Racing has a beautiful supercharger kit. The Rotrex centrifugal blower ups output to 568 horsepower and 451 lb-ft of torque at the wheels: A massive gain. However, to put it in relatable terms this is less power than a BMW M3 4.0 liter S65 V8 outputs with a blower. A lot less power. It's better than nothing though and at least makes it so the RC-F or GS-F look like they belong in a modern performance discussion. RR-Racing's engineering work also deserves tremendous praise. We are excited to announce that after over a year in development and testing, multiple track days, desert testing, and over 10,000 miles of punishment and tuning, we are finally ready to release our RC F/GS F Supercharger kit! Our goal for this kit was to maintain stock drivability and reliability, while creating smooth, seamless, and unrelenting supercar levels of power that these great car deserves. RR670 Kit Specifications: - Power: For the base "RR670" kit, our customers can expect to make about 670hp at the crank, or 560 to 570whp (wheel horsepower on a Dynojet dyno, SAE correction -- see Dyno result chart in the product photos gallery) at approximately 6psi peak boost pressure, 93 pump gas, equipped with standard PPE headers and a high flow dual exhaust. - Tuned ECU: We have logged countless development hours perfecting our ECU tune for the RC F for ultimate reliability and drivability. No piggybacks or other BS! We have extensively developed the mapping of the stock ECU, modifying literally hundreds of maps and adding additional functionality to the fueling system that allows us to support up to 570whp without fuel system modifications. - Supercharger: Rotrex Supercharger, c38-91 (largest Rotrex SC). Rotrex SC's are extremely efficient and quiet due to their planetary drive system which spins up to 90,000 rpm, much like a turbocharger. - Dedicated Drive System: Rather than using the accessory belt to drive the SC, we designed a dedicated drive system that allows us to achieve the necessary belt tension for a reliable SC drive, without overstressing the alternator, water pump, and AC bearings. - Custom Harmonic Crank Damper: There are some overpriced Japanese SC's on the market for the ISF/RCF that eliminate the factory harmonic damper crank pulley and replace it with a simple machined aluminum pulley. We find this simply unacceptable! Working in conjunction with ATI Performance, we developed a custom tuned harmonic damper than drives the SC belt. The ATI damper has been specially developed to dampen the harmonics of the 2UR-GSE engine at high horsepower levels for the ultimate in engine reliability. - Billet Tensioner System: Most SC kits on the market use OEM belt tensioners, but we took that a step further by developing a billet belt tensioner that is both more reliable and is able to apply significantly higher belt tension than conventional off the shelf tensioners. For added reliability we use Gates Racing Kevlar drive belts and our own double bearing billet idler pulleys. - Dual "Big Bubba" billet blow off Valves: We use not one, but TWO Turbosmart "Big Bubba" 2" blow off valves. Adequate venting is essential for SC responsiveness, reliability, and drivability. - Custom Air/Air Intercooler: We use a large 4.5"x12"x10" intercooler core. These intercoolers are extremely high quality and are manufactured in the USA by Bell Intercoolers. - Genuine Carbon Fiber Intake Tubing: All visible intake tubing is made from genuine twill weave carbon fiber for an amazing look and function!
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    06-21-2017, 02:01 AM
    The other day Renntech showed that the new M177 V8 powered W213 E63 AMG S is stout and responds well to tuning. The the car is strong when tuned is not a big surprise but even stock it is doing well against some strong tuned German competition. Look at how it does in this Moscow Unlimited standing 1/2 mile event. In this first race it goes up against a tuned RS7 and beats it off the line but can not hold it off the whole way. Understandable considering how strong a tuned RS7 is. What about against a tuned CLS63 M157? It also beats it off the line but the CLS63 eventually pulls past as the traps do show it has more power. Still, for a stock car the W213 does a great job. Finally, it takes on an Evotech tuned F13 M6. The stock E63 AMG S despite having less power holds it off through the entire 1/2 mile. That is impressive. As is the stock 125.10 1/4 mile trap speed and the 153.00 1/2 mile trap speed. Yep, it's a beast.
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    06-20-2017, 10:08 PM
    Getting dyno numbers for stroked S85 V10's is tough to come by. Dinan never posted any Dynojet figures for their motors and that is because it would not work in their best interest to show what you actually get for the money. Troy Jeup is an alternative to Dinan and provides the most displacement for the S85 motor at 6.0 liters. So what does a 6.0 liter S85 V10 put down? 561 horsepower to the wheels on 91 octane pump gas. Not bad at all but for this engine to really shine it could use some aftermarket Schrick cams and then push for over 600 to the tires. For now, this is the most powerful naturally aspirated S85 V10 BimmerBoost has viewed a graph of.
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    I don't know about you guys, but the nostalgia alone is enough reason for me to buy it: The 20 games it comes with are: Contra III: The Alien Wars Donkey Kong Country EarthBound Final Fantasy III F-ZERO Kirby Super Star Kirby’s Dream Course The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Mega Man X Secret of Mana Star Fox Star Fox 2 Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting Super Castlevania IV Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts Super Mario Kart Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Super Mario World Super Metroid Super Punch-Out!! Yoshi’s Island
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