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Old 08-03-2009, 03:00 PM   #41
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im looking very seriously at getting this same kit, its hard to pass up 95rwhp for 3k, but id be looking at doing the install in my garage. Ive done some car work but not a ton, i installed my ebay headers myself. I was wondering what exactly is needed to instal this kit yourself? Is it something i should be worried about?
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:53 PM   #42
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No special tools or skills are necessary to complete this install. All you need will be an assortment of metric sockets, torx sockets, hex keys and a couple screwdrivers to bolt on this kit. If you were able to manipulate in a set of headers, the supercharger install won't be any more difficult for you, but it will take longer.

And there is nothing you should be worried about. This truly is a bolt-on kit and you don't have to be a master mechanic to install it. What you will need is time, patience, and the willingness to be thorough. VF provides outstanding tech support, so if you get stumped with anything just call them and they'll get you right through the issue. Right now VF is running, by far, the best deal on an e46 supercharger kit, ever. Take advantage while you can.
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Old 08-03-2009, 07:00 PM   #43
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No special tools or skills are necessary to complete this install. All you need will be an assortment of metric sockets, torx sockets, hex keys and a couple screwdrivers to bolt on this kit. If you were able to manipulate in a set of headers, the supercharger install won't be any more difficult for you, but it will take longer.

And there is nothing you should be worried about. This truly is a bolt-on kit and you don't have to be a master mechanic to install it. What you will need is time, patience, and the willingness to be thorough. VF provides outstanding tech support, so if you get stumped with anything just call them and they'll get you right through the issue. Right now VF is running, by far, the best deal on an e46 supercharger kit, ever. Take advantage while you can.
100% agree with this....+ once you done something like this you build confidence to be able to tackle other bmw maintenance things....saves money and learn more about your car on the way

congrats on your VF kit btw
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:22 PM   #44
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gas mileage update

I got several requests for a gas mileage update, so here it is...

First, let me say that I measured this over about 3 weeks and just over 400 miles. I used premium fuel (naturally) and gas was from Exxon and Shell. I probably did about 60/40 freeway to side streets and the OBC gave me an average speed of 41 over this time.

My overall gas mileage with the supercharger and 3.07 gears was 21.1 mpg. This compares quite well with the 22.4 the car averaged with 3.07 gearing before the supercharger and the 21.5 it averaged with the 3.46 gears naturally aspirated. I probably hit about 6 or 7 full/nearly full throttle bursts over the entire span, and drove spiritedly but reasonably the rest of the testing period. I'm very happy with the results; there is almost no mileage penalty with the supercharger as long as I drive it prudently.

Back to the OBC for a moment. The larger injectors I installed with the s/c kit definitely caused an inaccurate reading on the dash. Even though the car actually got 21 mpg, the OBC was claiming 26. So for whatever reason, it reads about 20% high now. No big deal, it's easy to calculate 20% mentally (take 10% of OBC reading, double it, and subtract from OBC number for actual mileage.) Even faster than computing it with my cell phone.

So I am pleased with this kit for yet another reason now. This truly was a great investment that has provided markedly increased performance with no significant penalties or negative effects whatsoever.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:28 PM   #45
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:11 PM   #46
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Thanks for all the info Tim. I just got my Turner Motorsport subframe kit that i will be having installed soon along with some suspension bushings. After this preventative maintenance I'll be pulling the trigger on the VF Kit.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:21 PM   #47
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nice job man...props for doing it by yourself...i would have done the same.
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:23 PM   #48
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I continually look for reasons not t drop the money into a SC kit for my 330i... I tell myself the fuel mileage will be ruined, I'll have to have it professionally installed, there will be reliability and longevity issues. I have run the full spectrum of reasons NOT to succomb to my craving for more HP in my fun little work car.

This thread has ruined it all. I can now find no logical reason why I shouldn't pull the trigger. So, I am going to be really disappointed in myself for my behavior and order the kit. I'm sure I'll forgive myself when I feel the 95 additional hp propel me past the long line of RVers.

Great information!!!
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:09 PM   #49
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I continually look for reasons not t drop the money into a SC kit for my 330i... I tell myself the fuel mileage will be ruined, I'll have to have it professionally installed, there will be reliability and longevity issues. I have run the full spectrum of reasons NOT to succomb to my craving for more HP in my fun little work car.

This thread has ruined it all. I can now find no logical reason why I shouldn't pull the trigger. So, I am going to be really disappointed in myself for my behavior and order the kit. I'm sure I'll forgive myself when I feel the 95 additional hp propel me past the long line of RVers.

Great information!!!
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:16 PM   #50
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I continually look for reasons not t drop the money into a SC kit for my 330i... I tell myself the fuel mileage will be ruined, I'll have to have it professionally installed, there will be reliability and longevity issues. I have run the full spectrum of reasons NOT to succomb to my craving for more HP in my fun little work car.

This thread has ruined it all. I can now find no logical reason why I shouldn't pull the trigger. So, I am going to be really disappointed in myself for my behavior and order the kit. I'm sure I'll forgive myself when I feel the 95 additional hp propel me past the long line of RVers.

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Old 08-20-2009, 07:52 PM   #51
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Thanks for all the info Tim. I just got my Turner Motorsport subframe kit that i will be having installed soon along with some suspension bushings. After this preventative maintenance I'll be pulling the trigger on the VF Kit.
It's definitely a good idea to take care of all of that. Let me give you heads up...The VF installation manual also recommends changing oil, plugs, fuel filter, and coolant temp sensor when installing the kit. Might as well do that with the rest of the maintenance so it's out of the way.

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nice job man...props for doing it by yourself...i would have done the same.
Thank you, sir. I'm glad I did the DIY, and I recommend that anyone else with average backyard mechanic skills do the same. It's a very straightforward install that provides a great sense of pride and accomplishment when the job is complete.

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I continually look for reasons not t drop the money into a SC kit for my 330i... I tell myself the fuel mileage will be ruined, I'll have to have it professionally installed, there will be reliability and longevity issues. I have run the full spectrum of reasons NOT to succomb to my craving for more HP in my fun little work car.

This thread has ruined it all. I can now find no logical reason why I shouldn't pull the trigger. So, I am going to be really disappointed in myself for my behavior and order the kit. I'm sure I'll forgive myself when I feel the 95 additional hp propel me past the long line of RVers.
Ooh, yeah...sorry about that.

Believe me, you won't have any regrets once you pull the trigger. I made the same excuses for a couple years myself. In retrospect, I could only justify them b/c I didn't know what I was missing. Now my only regret is waiting so long to go FI. Let me know if there are any other questions I can answer for ya.
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:30 PM   #52
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is there a way to tune the vf software to take into account aftermarket headers, ported throttle body, exhaust and all that? thankss
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:34 AM   #53
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Bump...!!!

How is the car/engine running with the SC after all these years?
How many miles?
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #54
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Wow, I'm glad to see people are still reading this thread 4 years later, I hope it's still helpful.

Unfortunately, since this is my sporadically used weekend car I don't rack up a lot of miles, so it's hard to speak to durability over a large number of miles. But after 4 years, there are zero issues with the way the car runs or how the s/c kit performs. It's simply consistent and reliable to the point where I don't even think about it, I just enjoy it.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:16 AM   #55
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Thanks for the reply mate..
How many miles do you have now (total SCed miles)!!
Also, congrats for DIY..
And.. very nice review..!!
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:27 PM   #56
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VF kit install manual

Hey Tim, Tim here too in Atlanta. I am going to be installing a used VF kit into my ZHP next weekend. I drove the 330i that the kit came off from and I was there when it was removed by a BMW tech ( took him 2.5 hrs to remove the kit from the 330i). What I am missing is the install manual, do you still have it or a copy?
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I actually do still have a copy of the install manual. Email sent.. Have fun!
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:22 AM   #58
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I can attest to the reliability of the VF kit. I've run my kit now for over a year and driven it hard at times. The kit has given me ZERO problems and it has been by far the best investment (for the fun factor) for my e46, it was well worth every penny.

He is totally right though about the limited hand space. The week after i installed my VF kit i had to replace my DISA. I lost more skin on my fingers trying to put the pipe back on the throttle body and tighten down the clamps then i did installing the whole VF kit
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:57 AM   #59
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been trying to get into a sc kit myself.. i just have a question about the ecu /software..
by reflashing the original ecu, does that mean that our N/A cars can use our stock ecu and account for boost? if that is correct, than what type of software, what program, what cable (tactrix, for example) is used for reflashing?? and what parameters? fuel maps? ignition timing? master templates? ...
not sure if you can answer these, but would be helpful..
The reason i ask is because when i had my 3g eclipse 4cyl, we had to either use e-manage software (piggy back), or a stock turbo'ed ecu from an EVO, because our stock ecu's couldn't account for boost. we were able to use a program called ecuFlash 1.29, and tuned the stock ecu until we couldn't do much more unless we went FI, and then we used that same program and tuned again and again after to our liking... Thanks!
and congrats on the build man!
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:47 PM   #60
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The DME flash I sent my DME to VF and they flashed it for me. $600!!!. I also had my SCand bracket powder coat black and now waiting for the new bearings to do a rebuild. In the meantime, I am doing the German Auto solution DISA valve kit, new coolant hoses, new CTS, new intake gaskets, new throttle body gasket, new ccv and all thos hoses, new brake booster hose, new radiator, water pump, thermostat, expansion tank and coolant. BIG JOB.
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