• Beginning of a modern BMW Tuning revolution? Introducing the free BimmerBoost.com Siemens MSD80 / MSD81 'true opensource' N54 flash program/utility

      As many visitors to this website know, the community here pulled together and has developed a truly free and open tuning solution for BMW vehicles equipped with the MSD80 / MSD81 Siemens ECU such as those with the popular N54 motor (135/335). How did this come about? Well, a certain vendor known for milking the community dry at any opportunity to line his own pockets managed to twist what was portrayed as an open source tuning solution into a $400 closed source flashing tablet. He pissed off the wrong BMW community.


      The membership here pulled together and now BimmerBoost.com is happy to present its free N54 flash utility available for download under the downloads tab you should see toward the top of this page. The fact that this community was able to accomplish what nobody else had in record time speaks for itself. BimmerBoost.com proves the best and brightest the BMW tuning community has to offer reside here. Quality over quantity prevails.

      This is a monumental achievement for several reasons. One, BimmerBoost users showed they will not just sit around and complain about vendors taking advantage of them. They will do something about it and do something they have. Secondly, it shows how powerful this network of websites has become essentially opening up tuning for a platform where codes are guarded like nuclear secrets not only by BMW but by tuners themselves. That speaks volumes to the resourcefulness and talent of this community.

      I would personally like to thank the community here and express my respect and gratitude. These members in particular deserve a thanks from everyone for helping make this happen:

      @Terry@BMS @klipseracer @Roy Cormier @ajm8127 @flash guy @lulz_m3

      To the members who donated for cables, spare ecu's, etc., please PM me if you would like to be added to the names listed to get your due credit as I did not keep a list of the names. I will edit you into this post.

      It's interesting to note that it was the vendor who attempted to extort the community (again) that helped this happen as quickly as it did. If it was not for burning the wrong bridges in the past certain people would not be as galvanized as they were. He essentially shot himself in the foot a long time ago. Bravo sir, my hat is off to you. Your own greed and arrogance cost you money and put a forum you try to keep down in the strongest position it has ever been. I want to send you a fruit basket filled with Procede's.

      Regarding source code, due to said vendor stating he wished to take the code others have worked on it will be distributed under a license by BimmerBoost.com to developers. This is also to prevent individuals who have expressed a desire to steal the software and then sell it illegally profiting off the free and honest work of members here. The software license agreement covers distribution, simply look it over. Android ports for mobile devices are in the works as well as specific editions for tuning options such as the BMS JB4. All versions are developed under the copyright BimmerBoost.com holds (AND WILL ENFORCE) on the software.

      Thank you to everyone involved and those who supported the effort. It is interesting the youngest and smallest (by volume) of the major BMW sites is having the biggest impact in real world tuning for its users. Who really is the best? I leave that up to you to judge.

      This is just the beginning. As you have noticed our new downloads section above allows members to exchange files and maps. A member can upload a tune they created themselves to get feedback for example or have others test it. A member can upload a file specifically for a certain type of fuel. A member can upload a private download that only their tuner can access and the tuner can then post this same private file for the user to download. A member can specify what other members can download their file. There are a multitude of options.

      Going forward, BimmerBoost hopes to open up tuning on multiple BMW platforms. The N63/S63 motors hopefully will come next but let's all just be happy for now that this even took place.

      On a personal note, I hope the N54 community in particular realizes the enthusiasm that started this site is alive and well as proven by this collaboration. There is a large difference between playing around and trolling forums and then actually concentrating that energy into something productive. This is the result of positive practice and effort, not irrelevant OT posting/flaming. One should be paid attention to, the other should not.

      Congratulations to the N54 community and the BimmerBoost community, you changed the course of BMW tuning history today.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Beginning of a modern BMW Tuning revolution? Introducing the free BimmerBoost.com MSD80 / MSD81 'true opensource' N54 flash program/utility started by Sticky View original post
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      1. NJrep335i's Avatar
        NJrep335i -
        I hooked jumper cables from my Work truck and everything worked fine from the engine bay. It took me 60 mins to read and 14 to write the first time. I did have an issue where I got an "Unable to erase memory" message so I disconnected the neg terminal and reinstalled. Did the write again and it took 2mins.

        Kline 12/06 build.
      1. lulz_m3's Avatar
        lulz_m3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BEAR-AvHistory Click here to enlarge
        I would also like to know if you can use the engine bay points to hook up the charger.
        You want to use the jump post in the engine bay to charge, the IBS needs to see the charge to keep its charging profiles current.
      1. wtfmarine's Avatar
        wtfmarine -
        I connected straight to the battery with a 40a charger. Voltage read 16.2. I have a Kline and the main issue was the computer I was initially attempting to read with. I used an AMD processor when an intel computer didn't work. AMD read it in 70 minutes and wrote in 12 minutes. The intel computer would give me a wait time between 2-3hrs.
      1. Terry@BMS's Avatar
        Terry@BMS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        This is misleading. There has be NO flashing done with the INPA cable. As has been said before, it should be possible and with more work it should work but it is not 'working'. Roy has made some progress in this area but its all very preliminary and is not 'working' right now.
        It's going to be a long time before I'd trust flashing the DME with the eBay special cables.
      1. manbeer's Avatar
        manbeer -
        Does anyone know if the dinan tuned ecu can be read yet? Itching to try this out but from what terry had said in one thread there seems to be an issue where the dinan was read protected. Normally I wouldn't care but the car came with it and would like to flash it if I resell or something. Thanks in advance
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by manbeer Click here to enlarge
        Does anyone know if the dinan tuned ecu can be read yet? Itching to try this out but from what terry had said in one thread there seems to be an issue where the dinan was read protected. Normally I wouldn't care but the car came with it and would like to flash it if I resell or something. Thanks in advance
        It is not advocated to use this software for the reading purposes of commercial tunes.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        It is not advocated to use this software for the reading purposes of commercial tunes.
        Strongly seconded.
      1. manbeer's Avatar
        manbeer -
        Perhaps I was confused but I was under the impresssion that it read/stored the existing file so you had it as a backup. I wasn't trying to do anything other than ensure I had my original (dinan) tune to revert to
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        pretty sure you'll be fine with that. you paid for the tune so it's not like you're stealing it. I've never heard that the tune was read protected. That's interesting. I'm interested to see how this turns out for you. Keep up posted.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by manbeer Click here to enlarge
        Perhaps I was confused but I was under the impresssion that it read/stored the existing file so you had it as a backup. I wasn't trying to do anything other than ensure I had my original (dinan) tune to revert to
      1. coolbho3k's Avatar
        coolbho3k -
        Meh, since tunes are essentially numbers derived from other numbers I have doubts that they even fall under the definition of "legally copyrightable." If anything, it's an $#@! move to steal a Dinan software mod.