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Driveline, Engine & DME Tuning
Talk about driveline improvements, NA tuning and DME tuning your E46 BMW here. This includes diffs, intakes, exhausts, chips, software and OBD tuning.

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Old 10-29-2010, 01:16 AM   #41
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I am not really sure why I am adding to the fire, but its 2:32am and I have no classes tomorrow and nothing else to do. First off, I don't take sides with anyone. I don't own any of the products. But I have a friend that drove down to fl to intall; has the AA supercharger, AA SSK, meth injected, etc, and it's down every 3 weeks. (and is down currently...I am sure they know the guy) I don't think it's the driver..he has been to about 5 racing schools (skip barber, etc). I personally bought the dinan intake and sold it because I thought it was just a fancy air box top and didn't look like a $300 dollar investment. So there is my .02 cents.

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I'm going to go against my first impulse and try and explain this to you in a less harsh manner.

The Shark Injector doesn't cause the vanos rattle, cams do, and it's usually exclusive to ZHP and Shrick cams. I've yet to find one thread claiming a vanos rattle in conjunction with using Shark, so don't lie to push a product. It doesn't help the OP, and it doesn't help the community as a whole.

Further more, I gained 14whp DYNO PROVEN with a shark and intake, and have yet to find ANY dyno data (provided by shark or otherwise) proving the gains of AA software. Jim C. on the other hand, has made a database of dynos for every car and every injector he he sells, not to mention the most powerful N/A cars on this site use SHARK software.

And I'd be wary of AA's claims of tuning for your parts, how would they be able to measure the A/F ratio and airflow of one intake vs another, or header, or exhaust, or proper cam timing vs stock cams on your car without it being present? Just like Shark, AA uses a cookie cutter tune which may, or my not be better. But without data all we have if fanboy hearsay.

Finally, Shark is a flash module, you can do it in your garage in 20 minutes. AA requires you send them your email to flash it. No thanks.

And I don't put stickers on my car.
Bold, but factual statement.

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2.5 weeks turnaround is a joke. If you send your ECU directly to AA they'll have it out next business day s via 2nd day air.

I'm sure many shops like ours that are AA dealers have the ability to flash on the spot. We pull the tune, send it to AA, and it's back in the customers car within an hour or so.
Please dyno a car just getting the tune.


AA - I live in Tennessee..may take you up on the offer, if I head to FL anytime soon. The best way to get hp gains is FI.



In saying all this, I would think just adding a tune/flash to the car wouldn't give you too much extra hp. But, I would like to do it to my car in the future with my mods and AA is in the runnings for sure.
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    Old 10-29-2010, 02:06 AM   #42
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    Bold, but factual statement.



    Please dyno a car just getting the tune.


    AA - I live in Tennessee..may take you up on the offer, if I head to FL anytime soon. The best way to get hp gains is FI.



    In saying all this, I would think just adding a tune/flash to the car wouldn't give you too much extra hp. But, I would like to do it to my car in the future with my mods and AA is in the runnings for sure.[/QUOTE]



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    Old 10-29-2010, 07:00 AM   #43
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    Initial one will be done here in house on a stock car. When you find a car let me know. Thanks.
    Not to make this harder than it should be... but instead of a modded car with the (custom tune for custom mods, the tune everyone wants) We need to find a M/T ZHP thats bone stock.. almost 6 years since they have been made. I'm willing to pay for a tune for my "mods" Throw up a dyno of my current tune a shark dyno and the AA dyno plot. If I show no gains or a loss refund? To think Jim's tunes suck... I'm not here to throw gas on the fire. But asking to find a cherry unmolested ZHP is crap. 95% of the people that would be interested in this tune already have mods. I think Ice's car is a great platform, he has a shark dyno with his current mods?? Sounds like a slam dunk? On the other thread we have a list of 4 people waiting for dynos to purchase your product. I'm confident MANY others will join to that list with the dynos. Lets get the info out there.
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    Old 10-29-2010, 12:01 PM   #44
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    You can get your AA chip tuned for certain mods once you upgrade. There is a noticable throttle response, im not sure about the mpg because i added headers, chip, mid section, and exhaust all at once. Never been a fan of Dinan, most of their products are over priced for what they deliver. On top of that, ive never met anyone with a Dinan mod, so im sure theres not too many out there. That alone speaks for itself. Although Dinan is covered under warranty with your factory BMW one. However AA are great guys and theyll work with you if something is not right. Just my experience. BTW a chip alone wont do much for HP unless you have other mods to go along with it. example..headers, intake, exhaust
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    Old 10-29-2010, 01:00 PM   #45
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    Very bold statement my friend for someone recommending a generic 'piggy back tune' for a NA BMW. These have been debated for several years and whether you choose AA or Dinan our options are clearly better for a NA BMW motor than a piggy back for several reasons. We have been tuning BMW's for well over 20 years and while they are same cases where a piggyback may be recommended on newer cars I cannot think why you would want a piggyback.
    Just to clarify, a flash != piggyback. A piggyback intercepts sensor signals and changes them to achieve the desired outcome.

    To the OP - if you're 17 and stretching the budget for a tune, don't bother!

    As far as I can tell most of what the Shark did for my car was to make the throttle response more aggressive at the low end, which I find really annoying. (harder to be smooth on the throttle!)

    I've never heard of a tune that really did much, and I don't really understand why AA can't flash a car similar to the Shark. Are you actually reading the tune from the car, modifying a few values based on that tune, and sending it back? Why couldn't a device like the Shark be made to do this? Silly.

    And lack of Dyno? Seriously, what respectable tuner doesn't back it up with a dyno? The E46 is in no man's land in the area of tuning, it's ridiculous. If there were an AA shop within 300 miles of Minneapolis I might consider it, but mailing my ECU somewhere isn't an option.
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    Old 10-29-2010, 01:32 PM   #46
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    Sir as i said before i wasent 100% positive on the shark=rattle but in more than 1 case the shark was the initiating factor for a small rattle noise. whether it be the shark or not ive yet to hear anything negative from AA tune. im personnally glad that you fellow Fanatics feel you can call a shark a tune Hahah and pushing a product persoannyl ive had shark SB and my AA tune, and the SB was a no result product. i liked the increase rev limit of shark but still not really that great. maybe you had 14 hp but in reality the extent of my butt dyno was shifting at a latter point. Having the AA tune on my car trippled the pickup at around 3,500 rpm.. almost felt like changing your spark plugs after 100,000 miles of corrosion. And buddy if your going to spend 300 you might as well spend 200 more and get a custom tune for everything you have. Shark dosent even get close to that. And AA gives you a warranty which having the SB and shark, if i didnt feel a difference i would shot it right back to them and dropped AA to hell! but NO! im overall impressed with the top end pikup when racing in 2nd at high r.p.m.'s with the rev limiter removed and my bimmerbrakes headers actually sounded different with the AA tune.. i dont think AA secretely put a cat-back on my car when i was sleeping. but instead of there being intervals of bum da bum (sound of exhaust while idling) its a thick low thmmmmm( sorry best way i can describe it.) But i happen to be fortunate enough to try all 3 and if shark was really that good i would have reflashed my AA tune to stock and put on my shark. Hasent happened yet. IDK man honeslty besides the wait time for my brain ( which just go to your local approved shop) i have no issues with my tune..

    F.Y.I - M.P.G. went from 19 to 22 hahaha not kidding and i even drive the car harder now that they reopened a canyon pass i go to every week with my buddys.

    And double F.Y.I. i think the AA sticker is freakin sweet!
    I'm getting 23.4 mpg with a 5spd and 3.46's.. Please tell me how I get better gas mileage than you? 04 330 should be a 6speed with 2.93s? good post
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    Old 10-29-2010, 03:41 PM   #47
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    Just to clarify, a flash != piggyback. A piggyback intercepts sensor signals and changes them to achieve the desired outcome.

    To the OP - if you're 17 and stretching the budget for a tune, don't bother!

    As far as I can tell most of what the Shark did for my car was to make the throttle response more aggressive at the low end, which I find really annoying. (harder to be smooth on the throttle!)

    I've never heard of a tune that really did much, and I don't really understand why AA can't flash a car similar to the Shark. Are you actually reading the tune from the car, modifying a few values based on that tune, and sending it back? Why couldn't a device like the Shark be made to do this? Silly.

    And lack of Dyno? Seriously, what respectable tuner doesn't back it up with a dyno? The E46 is in no man's land in the area of tuning, it's ridiculous. If there were an AA shop within 300 miles of Minneapolis I might consider it, but mailing my ECU somewhere isn't an option.
    yea im not trying to stretch my budget, i make about a grand every two weeks...i just hate throwing it into my car and just going on a buying spree.

    i cannot of said it more perfectly. EXAMPLE>> i wanna get exhaust for my car so i type in remus in youtube and i get 2 search results. one is on a camera phone...really? Then I type in eclipse exhaust and everybody and their uncle posted a vid of one.

    and im about 22 mpg stock
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    Old 11-01-2010, 08:58 AM   #48
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    So, what we have here is another thread about chips with no dynos.

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    AA claims this. If they are installed so much (on a daily basis) why is it difficult to put up a dyno? The more and more I think about, the BMW tuning community is in a sad state of affairs.

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    Old 11-01-2010, 11:49 PM   #49
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    AA,
    I have a bone stock zhp and dyno time in the bank. I'll be more than happy to dyno and mail you my DME for a flash. I can get you dyno details if desired. It's at a reputable Porsche race shop...not a retailer.

    The only catch is if I don't like the results you'll restore for free.
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    Old 11-11-2010, 03:44 PM   #50
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    bump!!! Still no dynos!!
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    bump!!! Still no dynos!!
    Still looking for a Local car to get this done.
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    Old 11-11-2010, 05:50 PM   #52
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    How about a 323, 325, or 328? Why does it have to be a ZHP? If you can tune ANY E46, why not back that up...with a dyno of ANY E46?!?
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    Old 11-11-2010, 06:05 PM   #53
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    Especially since a small number of cars came with the ZHP package.
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    Old 11-26-2012, 08:09 AM   #54
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    I know this thread is old and I still have a lot to learn but I'm looking into a legit tune for my 4dr '00 323i 5 sp. I was lookin at a different company that nobody mentioned in this thread for a tune. I'm really curious about this tune claiming more horsepower then 15
    http://oetuning.com/index.php/bmw-323i-e36-2-5.html

    but after reading this thread and now that I'm aware of some other companies out there.
    Now that I read; I should wait to do a tune & basic bolt on's (intake, headers, exhaust. Could somebody referred me any good performance brands? Exhaust; what company is out there that doesnt sound like a honda, that's just me), evosport under drive pulley kit (not sure if this recommended), all at once.

    Could I also put on a different intake manifold for more power? If so, which one??

    What would happen if I go with a tune on a stock motor first and then later down the road I decide to put in bolt on's?

    Sorry to bring up old commen & noob questions here but I just don't want to create an thread and get yell at.

    Thank you

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    I know this thread is old and I still have a lot to learn but I'm looking into a legit tune for my 4dr '00 323i 5 sp. I was lookin at a different company that nobody mentioned in this thread for a tune. I'm really curious about this tune claiming more horsepower then 15
    http://oetuning.com/index.php/bmw-323i-e36-2-5.html

    but after reading this thread and now that I'm aware of some other companies out there.
    Now that I read; I should wait to do a tune & basic bolt on's (intake, headers, exhaust. Could somebody referred me any good performance brands? Exhaust; what company is out there that doesnt sound like a honda, that's just me), evosport under drive pulley kit (not sure if this recommended), all at once.

    Could I also put on a different intake manifold for more power? If so, which one??

    What would happen if I go with a tune on a stock motor first and then later down the road I decide to put in bolt on's?

    Sorry to bring up old commen & noob questions here but I just don't want to create an thread and get yell at.

    Thank you
    you can use the search function. all your questions have been answered on this site more than once
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    Old 11-26-2012, 03:38 PM   #56
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    let me guess 3 years old?
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    Old 11-27-2012, 01:16 AM   #58
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    May I second guess? You sure do have a life
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    Idk about any other of you AA guys but my CEL was not removed like promised. Didn't throw a CEL until maybe 6 hours after getting the AA tune flashed. But besides that the AA tune did make my car feel a little smoother.

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