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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. Jaxon's Avatar
        Jaxon -
        Hellz yeah! Way to go and thank you to everyone who made this happen! Click here to enlarge
      1. indio84's Avatar
        indio84 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lulz_m3 Click here to enlarge
        You missed the part where this is FREE.
        Exactly be happy it's Free
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        I was just notified that a tuning shop in Russia is advertising on a BMW forum to use this software to flash the BMS flash for $200.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        I was just notified that a tuning shop in Russia is advertising on a BMW forum to use this software to flash the BMS flash for $200.
        You've got to be $#@!ting me.

        That explains the Russian e-mails...

        link me
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        $200 ouch. LOL I'll do it for some Crown Royal haha.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        I was just notified that a tuning shop in Russia is advertising on a BMW forum to use this software to flash the BMS flash for $200.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        Which thread?
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        My favorite whiskey! I'm told the Canadians think its the cheapo $#@!, but I love it. Crown and Redbull. Chilli Bombers FTW. I also appreciate a Jack and coke of course.
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        Crown and Redbull is my favorite!!!!! Maple Crown and Dr. Pepper is great too. It's el cheapo to the kanucks huh? Oh well, I love it. I live in TN so I'm surrounded by TN whiskey and KY bourbon. The moonshine is the best locally though Click here to enlarge

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
        My favorite whiskey! I'm told the Canadians think its the cheapo $#@!, but I love it. Crown and Redbull. Chilli Bombers FTW. I also appreciate a Jack and coke of course.
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        SOOOOO far OT hahahaha
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        Crown Royal is meh what you want is switch over to cognac and have yourself a nice round of Hennessy XO or, an amazing recent discovery and more budget friendly, De Luze! Have them straight up. You'll forget whiskey pretty quickly heh
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        I went through a Cognac phase. I don't miss it LOL.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dzenno@PTF Click here to enlarge
        Crown Royal is meh what you want is switch over to cognac and have yourself a nice round of Hennessy XO or, an amazing recent discovery and more budget friendly, De Luze! Have them straight up. You'll forget whiskey pretty quickly heh
      1. maxnix's Avatar
        maxnix -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nafoo Click here to enlarge
        Awesome news. Lol at the idiots complaining about free software. Enjoy your neg reps.
        You mean over at E09post? Click here to enlarge
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by maxnix Click here to enlarge
        You mean over at E09post? Click here to enlarge
        Unfortunately, the noobs at e90post will not know about this amazing option for a little while. The mods over there are on full alert trying to hustle a couple more noobs over to Shiv & Co. before news of this free option spreads like wildfire.
      1. MisterEm's Avatar
        MisterEm -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dzenno@PTF Click here to enlarge
        Crown Royal is meh what you want is switch over to cognac and have yourself a nice round of Hennessy XO or, an amazing recent discovery and more budget friendly, De Luze! Have them straight up. You'll forget whiskey pretty quickly heh
        Pendleton > Crown, Makers and any other non-single malt.

        Blended Canadian Whiskey at its finest.
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Which thread?
        I dont' know. But I spent quite some time to figure out the secret password for that site to register is: Мужского
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Douchebags already trying to turn a profit on this, lame.
      1. 135Hoser's Avatar
        135Hoser -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Douchebags already trying to turn a profit on this, lame.
        You seem almost surprised.

        I'm going to grab my cable in an hour. If anyone near me wants it done, it's free if I don't have to explain everything.
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dzenno@PTF Click here to enlarge
        Crown Royal is meh what you want is switch over to cognac and have yourself a nice round of Hennessy XO or, an amazing recent discovery and more budget friendly, De Luze! Have them straight up. You'll forget whiskey pretty quickly heh
        How much is, say a pint, or half liter? of crown for you or equivalent?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 135Hoser Click here to enlarge
        You seem almost surprised.
        I saw it coming.