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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 10-01-2011, 07:02 PM   #1
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Ess steptronic software

Has anybody got this software? If so how did you fined it? also does anybody recommend any other ways of improving the transmission??
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:10 PM   #2
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No. Don't do it.

I spoke to ESS about tranny flashing.

Apparently most of the trannies end up dying verrryyy quickly.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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Just saw this as I was looking for the same information, as this is the only STEP s/w I've seen online (besides Dinan). Not doubting the answer, just looking for more info.

So they don't recommend their own s/w, or is that perspective from the street? Any other thoughts/comments from anyone? Would changing shift points via s/w really kill a transmission?
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:20 PM   #4
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Does anyone have more info on the Dinan software?

My transmission felt like it was going out. I guess the common consensus is that the seal in the torque converter blows out over time and lets the dirty fluid all though out the transmission thus causing the common failure on the early e46's. I got a "performance" torque converter for $400 and my transmission feels new and the car shits and gets. It basically has a stall somewhat and it kicks up the RPM's an extra 100 (which doesn't seem like much but it makes a big difference actually). Not a bad idea for some of you guys with autos like me that want to make them more fun to drive. I only use step anymore
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:53 PM   #5
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A little more detail on the torque converter? Manufacturer, installation difficulty?
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:10 PM   #6
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saleen a performance torque converter? thats the first time i have heard of that on this site.. more detail please
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:27 PM   #7
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Yep. Its awesome lol

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-ZF-5HP19...sories&vxp=mtr

Call them and they will make it. Its the stage 2 kit an extra $100.

Guess im the first e46er with a performance stock auto lol
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:35 PM   #8
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How much extra HP can this handle?
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:49 PM   #9
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Honestly im not sure, but that's the main reason why I got it. I thought if it was slipping before it might be cause the torque converter barely handled what power it had, let alone my mods. So I asked how it would be with daily driving and he said it only kicks in if you are at a certain point in the throttle so its perfect for my application. Kicks in only when I really want or need it too. I can give it some throttle in fifth and it will kick in and I pass people easily with barely working the motor. Its sick lol I raced a 98 Mustang gt with intake and exhaust I got him from a dig and from a 60 roll.

And I had my cousin install it he has a shop and works on my Mustang also. Has a 6 second 65 nova.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:03 PM   #10
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I put the Dinan software in a few years back and didn't see much of a difference. I eventually got the transmission valve body redone by http://www.importperformancetrans.co...-kit-89-1.html and love it.
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:13 PM   #11
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I put the Dinan software in a few years back and didn't see much of a difference. I eventually got the transmission valve body redone by http://www.importperformancetrans.co...-kit-89-1.html and love it.
What does it do, and how much did it cost to install?
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Old 11-04-2011, 02:27 PM   #12
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A transmission shop removes the valve body from the transmission, and send it to IPT. This is a good time to change the oil and filter. IPT then does some mechanical magic to the assembly, and send it back within 48-72 of receiving. Your shop then reinstalls the assembly. With this you get better and quicker shift points. Way better than I got out of the Dinan software, which was $350 when I got it, plus the price to install.

I can't remember exactly what the install price, IPT service, shipping, new oil and filter ran. Some reason $850 sticks inside my head.

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Old 11-05-2011, 01:49 PM   #13
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For all 5HP19 drivers out there: try using the Z4 egs software

fully closed converter clutch in third gear at 30km/h und in fourth at 40km/h. shifting is much faster then with 330iA software
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Old 11-05-2011, 01:54 PM   #14
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:03 PM   #15
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for all 5hp19 drivers out there: Try using the z4 egs software

Fully closed converter clutch in third gear at 30km/h und in fourth at 40km/h. Shifting is much faster then with 330ia software
5hp19?
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:38 AM   #16
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its the 5 speed zf automatic gearbox (used in e46 gasoline non-X cars), its called 5hp19.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:46 PM   #17
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For all 5HP19 drivers out there: try using the Z4 egs software

fully closed converter clutch in third gear at 30km/h und in fourth at 40km/h. shifting is much faster then with 330iA software
were can I find the z4 egs software?
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I put the Dinan software in a few years back and didn't see much of a difference. I eventually got the transmission valve body redone by http://www.importperformancetrans.co...-kit-89-1.html and love it.
but you still have the extra 300 revs from the dinan software right?
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were can I find the z4 egs software?
try using winkfp
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