byPublished on 03-11-2010 02:47 AM
So as many of u know I was the first Gintani SCed car. I have now had the kit for over 16,000 miles. Ive been wanting to post this review for a while now, I originally wanted to put it in Bimmerpost but their is too much favoritism there. I just want people to be aware of their options and know this kit is just as good if not better then any of the competitors. ...byPublished on 03-10-2010 09:10 PM
MSpired's M3 came to us a couple weeks ago. He asked us to install our stage 2.5 turbo kit on his M3 and utilize his existing motor from his prior VF stage 3 build. When we (John and ChrisK) disassembled the motor we found that the piston to wall clearance was too high and this was most likely the cause to his excessive oil burning problems. As a result, Mike had to source and ship us a new "used" block, which will be arriving here shortly for us to build.
...byPublished on 03-08-2010 10:18 PM
*disclaimer: this is an honest review. I paid for all parts and install cost. I am a customer just like you.*
Howdy gang, wanted to post my review on the Horsepower Freaks (HPF) FMIC here so it is easier to find for those of you with questions.
The size difference is substantial in this FMIC. The install is very straight forward. NO cutting of the bumper, so minor trimming required of the plastic stays which sit infront of the OEM IC. The C couplers where a perfect fit and after completing the install it was SOLID.
I will have some updated dynos within a week or so to post which will compare my stock car to the one with the FMIC (with my exhaust upgrade too) Dynos prob will not do justice on this piece, but should give you an idea of the benefits.
...byPublished on 03-07-2010 06:50 AM
This is the type of thing causes BMW enthusiasts like myself to stand up and give BMW a round of applause BMW, on behalf of all BMW fanatics in the USA, it's about time!
...byPublished on 03-06-2010 11:28 PM
To our winners - I need you guys to contact me via PM so I can get your information. I need your email address, contact number, full name, and shipping address.
TowPlate - congratulations to GotPSI
BOV Pipe - congratulations to rwalker
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CONGRATULATIONS TO HIERACITY - YOU HAVE WON THE CATLESS DOWNPIPES!!!byPublished on 03-05-2010 10:56 AM
Going to be kind of boring now with everyone basically having a twin turbo V8. The interesting part is that it has 544 hp and an optional power pack for 571. However, the torque jumps almost 100 pound-feet with the power pack from 544 to 660! Engine is also down in size to 5.5 liters:
...byPublished on 03-05-2010 01:09 AM
Yeah...you heard it right ladies and gentlemen, after all the commotion, hustle and bustle, word from Inside Line is that there may not be an upcoming M1!
See for yourself with the link below.
"Months and months and more months ago we reported that BMW would not do an M1 version of the 1 Series. We had it on good authority from a source inside BMW. Still, the rumors of the car's existence have lit up every blog and forum the world over..."
http://blogs.insideline.com/straightline/2010/03/no-bmw-m1-probably-a-135is-instead---geneva-auto-show.html ...byPublished on 03-05-2010 12:51 AM
These quick videos were taken during the tuning/testing phases of ASR's 135/335 upgraded turbo kit. Never before seen until today.
A big thanks to ASR for allowing Bimmerboost to be present at the dyno.
...byPublished on 03-05-2010 12:46 AM
The Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust System for BMW M3 consists of flow optimized link pipes with 2 x 100 cpsi sports catalysts and integrated resonators as well as a completely newly developed and now split-end mufflers. This exhaust system, made fully from titanium, reduces the overall weight when compared to the stock system by about 23 kg. From approximately 2500 rpm on, the power increase is about 24 HP. The torque is nearly constant at 35 Nm over the stock. That is the real joy of driving: high speed engine benefits in daily practice due to the torque increase. It improves the agility in the lower rpm-range noticeably. Also, the engine is stronger in the higher rpm-range and the elasticity is improved considerably.
The improvement of acoustics played an important role in the development. The Akrapovič exhaust system amplifies and rectifies the beautiful sound of the 8-cylinder motor, without appearing invasive or having disadvantages in the daily use.
...byPublished on 03-05-2010 12:31 AM
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...byPublished on 02-25-2010 08:12 AM
Done by Former_Boosted_IS at about 15 psi on a JB3 with approximately 700 ml/min of methanol (85/15) running pump gas and a dry shot of nitrous:
More details on his setup and what went into it here: http://www.bimmerboost.com/showthread.php?t=671 ...byPublished on 02-24-2010 08:29 PM
Fantastic review done by Former_Boosted_IS
Before I begin this review, I would ask for an open mind and nothing more. Quite a bit of data will be presented in this review, so I hope we can draw conclusions on the information presented and not urban legend.
About a year ago, I heard of someone running a 50 shot of nitrous on an N54 and immediately something inside me said “NAWS doesn’t belong on a BMW”. It is almost like we are programmed for this type of a response. Then I heard about OldBooster running a nitrous shot, then Brian355i, then AR Design running a 50 shot of nitrous. OldBooster had made tons of drag strip runs with nitrous and never had a single problem. I then consulted AR Design to find out a little more about what kind of shot he was running. AR Design said they ran a dry shot and Andrew was very fast to share that he thought the N54 responded superbly to nitrous. I spoke the STETT Performance to get their thoughts on nitrous and they believed the N54 would respond very well to a dry shot. I started to really question myself and this whole “Nitrous doesn’t belong on a BMW” concept. Is this idea based on fact or was this idea based on old fashion urban legend? Ultimately, I found myself wondering if nitrous can be run safely on an N54?
The question of “Can nitrous can be run safely on an N54” led me to a search of our E46 M3 brothers. I found tons of posts about guys running NO2 (nitrous) on E46 M3s for years without trouble. I saw the response from the community was the same as I have seen here… “nitrous and BMWs don’t mix”. I read a transformation over the years among the community. Some started to believe it was viable, while there were always the stubborn group that hung tight to the urban legend. It was very clear that safety cutoffs are critical, but they are also critical in methanol, boost, etc. I was starting to realize that nitrous isn’t taboo and I am sure people said the same thing about methanol years ago. I spoke with a number of friends that have run nitrous for years and they all said the same thing… if you do nitrous correctly, then it is just as safe as any other power mod. For me, I kept coming back to safety. I think the truth finally burned its way through the years of taboo that had clogged up my mind. Nitrous is as safe as the safety cutoffs you have in place.
If I was to try a nitrous shot, I had a decision to make… wet shot or dry shot?
Why would you need a wet or dry shot? Well NO2 breaks down into nitrogen and oxygen in your combustion chamber which essentially gives you more oxygen to create more power. Now, you must get more fuel into the combustion chamber with the nitrous or you will run lean. Now, I was debating a wet or dry shot? Traditionally for larger nitrous shots, like 100-200 shots, wet shots are exclusively used, but I had no desire for a large shot of nitrous. Turbod cars are notorious for huge gains on small shots of nitrous. Oldbooster, Brian335i, AR Design, and every other N54 I have spoke with ran a dry shot. The most informed people on the N54 will tell you that the N54 intake manifold and charge appears to be very susceptible to pooling (fuel puddling). Pooling can lead to nitrous backfires and they are not good. I knew AR Design had done some logging on his 50 dry shot and said the A/F ratios never went remotely lean on their testing. There was still one piece of the puzzle here that I needed to look at… I have a Snow Performance water/methanol kit. Basically, if I ran a dry shot with my methanol injection then I would always be adding 116 octane fuel to make for a very safe dry shot in my opinion. Testing would be needed to verify this and I could see where this was going. It was at this point that I decided I would try a dry shot, because I sincerely believed ...byPublished on 02-23-2010 05:07 PM
The BMW N55B30 represents the current workable technical edge of gasoline engine performance and economy. It is a state-of-the-art powerplant available in the 535i GT and soon the 535i from BMW. It is possible, that before long the N55B30 will supplant the N54B30 in BMW’s entire lineup.
To gain a better understanding of the technical advances contained in this engine, it is necessary to develop a simple example of a gasoline Otto cycle engine. This will be used to help explain the benefits of the technology contained in the N55B30.
Consider, for example, a simple stationary engine. It is designed to run at peak torque. The engine must start and then quickly hit its optimum RPM. The air/fuel mixture is restricted for starting (for which the amount of fuel to air is increased). This will ‘light’ the engine off and, once started, the restriction or ‘choke’ can be removed. From here, the throttle is moved to provide operation at the optimum RPM. There isn’t much more to it than that. In addition, the valve timing is optimized for the single RPM requirements of the engine.
Now, depending on the method with which the air/fuel mixture is introduced to the engine, the performance and ...byPublished on 02-22-2010 03:14 AM
Audi is out the change the game, of course, with the new RS5. So, let’s take a look at the specifications that have been taken from the “accidentally leaked” brochure of the upcoming Ingolstadt warrior. The wide-bodied two door is anticipated to sport a modified version of the V8 of the now defunct RS4. So, the car will be powered by a 4.2L V8 pushing out approximately 450HP – a full 30HP over the B7 RS4 and the V8 model of the R8 sportscar – coincidentally, about 30 horsepower over the 4.0L V8 of the M3.
...byPublished on 02-17-2010 12:33 AM
"BMW has done a lot of work over the past year to bring its core philosophy of Efficient Dynamics to nearly every vehicle in its lineup. We've seen new hybrid production vehicles like the ActiveHybrid X6 and 7, as well as diesel-powered offerings like the 335d and X5 xDrive35d.
But for BMW, Efficient Dynamics doesn't just represent alternative fuels. The automaker has implemented technologies like regenerative braking on gas-powered models, as well as a larger focus on using lightweight materials to construct the vehicles in its lineup.
BMW's latest ad spot shows how these forward-thinking improvements influence its full range of products, and ties it all into the original Vision EfficientDynamics concept car from last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. (We really like seeing that thing in action.) Hit the jump to watch the video."
I think BMW has definitely upped the game in terms of luxury hybrid vehicles. Their ...