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    02-13-2018, 10:19 AM
    Mercedes-Benz did a press release last month on the off-road capability of the new 2019 G-Class model. What they did not mention is that the G63 would be replacing the venerable M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 with a custom M177 unit. The reason custom is brought up is because at 577 horses the M177 in the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is more powerful than any other M177 and matches the output of the dry sump M178 in the AMG GT R. It looks like they gave the M177 the GT R turbos and more aggressive tuning but without the oil system. So, 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque sent through a 9-speed automatic. The torque split is also 40:60 front to rear now. So the interior is updated, the exterior is updated, the transmission is updated, the suspension is updated, the engine is updated, and, well, they basically updated everything. What is there not to like?
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    02-13-2018, 06:30 PM
    Did a search and didn't find one so I'll get started :D If you like to tinker with network/home automation/integration stuff, read on and/or share. I have started mine a year or so ago with few light bulbs from Phillips and its bridge, Hue. Then, added more sensors and integrate with Google Home. Please keep in mind this is not the cheapest route but I think it is easy enough to get started. Hardware: Phillips Hue bridge, Phillips smart bulbs, Phillips sensors, D-Link water sensor, Xiaomi motion sensor, Nest smoke/CO detector, Raspberry pi 3 Software: home-assistant (HA) which is da bomb!!! It has so many integrations with different vendors and they add more each release. And...it's free ;-) So what does it do? I just placed sensors in certain rooms so that when you walk in, the light turn on and will turn off after a pre-defined time and when there is no motion. I also set light in certain rooms including how bright, without sensors, to turn on and off by itself. The reason I like to use home-assistant software because it's flexible enough where you could define date/time/duration and you could use in combination between trigger and condition. It's pretty awesome piece of software. So every morning when I get up, the speaker (I use Google Home) will announce weather forecast, pollen forecast, humidity and how long it will take to work. The Phillips motion sensor is quite cool as it also reads temperature in that area. So I placed one in the garage area and created an alert that when outside temperature+4 (summer time) is greater than inside's, it will announce my garage door is open at night. Home-assistant could also integrate with cameras, speakers, TV, DVR, etc. There is no direct integration with Google Home nor Alexa (you have to use some other method to communicate the two) unfortunately. I also tried the Phillips motion in the driveway as an alarm but it doesn't work quite well as if a bird will fly by, it will trigger the loud annoucement lol. I bought the Xiaomi sensor in hope that it is a better sensor but haven't installed. You could control everything from the web interface on tablet, phone whatever fits you. Sample screenshot below. Happy Automating!!!
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    02-12-2018, 02:39 AM
    Hey CTRL_FR34K: :text-welcomewave:
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    02-11-2018, 11:52 PM
    Hey Reps: :text-welcomewave:
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  • ///Monst3r's Avatar
    02-11-2018, 11:10 PM
    JB4 G5 used for 2 months comes with usb. $350 shipped NX Maximizer 4 brand new in box with instructions. $350obo Charge pipe hks bov $200 shipped I also have full nitrous setup for cheap.
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    02-12-2018, 12:09 AM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum Stock335i.
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    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum alexs307.
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    Hey dainis: :text-welcomewave:
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