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    • 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
      Comments 230 Comments
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by boost junkie Click here to enlarge
        The zealotry on this forum is incredible. Freon is right. The software should be marketed as freeware flashing software that works with a $300 cable - not open source software.
        you're an idiot. look at the other platforms with open source software, EVO=ECUFlash=$200 tactrix cable, STi=same, DSM=same or $300 DSM link. You expect to get free hardware too? WTF
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!!! Now I really wish I had picked up a used BT cable for dirt cheap a long time ago. Finding a used one for a decent price now is never gonna happen LOL. I just as well buy a new one.
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
        So how is this going to affect guys like Terry or PTF? Will it affect their sales by all the new people attempting to tune? Or is this just the software that allows you to just upload and read files?
        On our end we welcome and support all good tuning solutions especially those not bastardized from open source into for profit or those that have had IP stolen or plagiarized. We're excited to offer our tuning services with this community driven open source solution given it will truly open up the source code as discussed and it will hopefully be at least as capable as what we have with Cobb today. Hardware on the Cobb especially the V3 is simply top shelf and we still very much prefer to tune with it for reasons of reflash speed, race code availability that allows higher boost than 1.28bar, live dash in ATP/ATR software while tuning, datalogging with ability to log multi-cylinder timing corrections and other very important channels (e.g. fuel mode, various MAF channels, setpoints, etc). These are all very important features currently only part of the Cobb platform without which we'd have a hard time providing the quality of tuning we do today. The V3 device also kicks butt in the looks and features department. It is really really nice looking.

        In terms of being worried about other people tuning. Our position has always been that people that wish to tune their car themselves are more than welcome to do so and in fact encouraged. It is what has gotten many of us to enjoy, learn and love what we do with our cars on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Cobb's ATR is already there for those that have bought the V2 or will buy/upgrade to the V3 hardware to use for their own tuning. Most people by far however don't have the necessary time to spend on picking up another skill in their busy day to day and want to just have someone else with experience take the care of custom tuning their cars. Same goes for many other things in life that many of us "could" do, and do well given enough time, but we defer it to others for our own reasons. That is where our help is on the table at a price set at a level we feel should be fair given our support before, throughout as well as after the tuning process is done. All of that we will happily provide to the open source platform once it matures with the tools required for custom tuning outlined above.
      1. Mekong84's Avatar
        Mekong84 -
        I just don't understand how anyone has anything negative to say AT ALL about this. I don't tune, I've never tuned, and I probably never will...but even so how can you not be excited by this? It's been "marketed" as open source and it's been CLEARLY stated that the source will eventually be released. I think it's entirely reasonable to expect a bit of time delay from development/testing, licensing agreement discussions, and then source code release. It would be different if it wasn't stated - multiple times, I might add - that the source would be released after testing was complete. Also, if you're interested in development Sticky said to contact him! He didn't say "code nazi says no code for you!" so I just don't understand all the negativity and the questioning of intent. The intent is clearly to help the community Click here to enlarge

        I had NOTHING to do with this development process but as a guy following this on the forum (I don't code but I'm a systems controls engineer) I can fully appreciate the magnitude of what was done...and in such a short time frame. The lead time for software builds is months (at least)...so this is truly awesome sauce. To those of you who busted a$$ and made this happen...good on ya! Don't worry about the shenanigans...HATERS 'GON HATE.
      1. Terry@BMS's Avatar
        Terry@BMS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
        So how is this going to affect guys like Terry or PTF? Will it affect their sales by all the new people attempting to tune? Or is this just the software that allows you to just upload and read files?
        The magic all happens on the JB4 end. These map we've posted are just out there to support the JB4.
      1. Terry@BMS's Avatar
        Terry@BMS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Mekong84 Click here to enlarge
        I just don't understand how anyone has anything negative to say AT ALL about this. I don't tune, I've never tuned, and I probably never will...but even so how can you not be excited by this? It's been "marketed" as open source and it's been CLEARLY stated that the source will eventually be released. I think it's entirely reasonable to expect a bit of time delay from development/testing, licensing agreement discussions, and then source code release. It would be different if it wasn't stated - multiple times, I might add - that the source would be released after testing was complete. Also, if you're interested in development Sticky said to contact him! He didn't say "code nazi says no code for you!" so I just don't understand all the negativity and the questioning of intent. The intent is clearly to help the community Click here to enlarge

        I had NOTHING to do with this development process but as a guy following this on the forum (I don't code but I'm a systems controls engineer) I can fully appreciate the magnitude of what was done...and in such a short time frame. The lead time for software builds is months (at least)...so this is truly awesome sauce. To those of you who busted a$$ and made this happen...good on ya! Don't worry about the shenanigans...HATERS 'GON HATE.
        It's just a car forum. Everyone can $#@! about whatever they want. We all $#@!ed about Shiv's VIN lock but it's his decision. That decision directly caused a bunch of guys to get together to write a free alternative. Those who worked on that project have decided to let Sticky handle how the software is distributed so now it's up to him on who he wants to give a copy of the source too and when. But each of us who do have a copy are all programmers working on various things that we're interested in. It's definitely not a closed source project IMHO. It's not open source yet in the sense that anyone can download the source without restriction. Maybe somewhere in between. I don't know. But if enough of the right people get annoyed enough they will go work up their own version as sticky has done and they then can make the decision on what to do with it and when.
      1. SCGT's Avatar
        SCGT -
        I, for one, am disappointed that this so-called freeware requires a laptop and cable. I mean, I have cables kicking around, but I have to have a laptop? I'm not going to get one for free? This is b.s. Next thing you guys are going to say I need my own N54. I want a refund. /sarcasm
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Sorry the software doesn't come with a car. What's even worse is you can't just click download and have the car appear in your driveway.
      1. BEAR-AvHistory's Avatar
        BEAR-AvHistory -
        ^^^^^

        You need a 3D printer for the N54 car option. Please don't $#@! about the cost of the printer or supplies the team does not make any money on it.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        People are just going to $#@! there is no option to have a 3d printer delivered for free.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Oh wait, I get it. I'm supposed to buy a 3d printer that prints printers.
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        WTF are some these BABIES crying about? Nothing is for free in this world U even pay for pusee whether its your girlfriend or wife, at the end monies have to be invested in able to better yourself duh!!! Damn STICKY this begining to look like the bim mer fest forums, $#@! me!!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Most people aren't crying they get it and appreciate it. There are always idiots like those people who complain about Santa Claus.
      1. THATDONFC's Avatar
        THATDONFC -
        This is awesome! Congrats to all the guys who made this happen.
      1. Snertz's Avatar
        Snertz -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Sorry the software doesn't come with a car. What's even worse is you can't just click download and have the car appear in your driveway.
        Click here to enlarge
      1. madbim's Avatar
        madbim -
        ^ now that's funny! (Gonna need some enterprise class storage for that, plus an air conditioned room. It would actually probably be cheaper to just buy the car)
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Might have to buy some more blank DVD's. Better yet get a Jazz or Ditto drive. I think I have a zip drive in some of my boxes some where.
      1. BEAR-AvHistory's Avatar
        BEAR-AvHistory -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Oh wait, I get it. I'm supposed to buy a 3d printer that prints printers.
        CORRECT!! Its for the good of the community.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BEAR-AvHistory Click here to enlarge
        CORRECT!! Its for the good of the community.
        In that case I need one that prints money too.
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        Awesome news. Lol at the idiots complaining about free software. Enjoy your neg reps.