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Old 11-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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EAS | ESS VT2-500 Supercharger Build - E46 M3

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:33 PM   #2
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Fresh off the vehicle transporter, we didn't waste any time. After a thorough go-over underneath the hood and vehicle scan, we strapped her to the dyno to get our baseline:



Pre-installed Modifications
- Macht Schnell Filter
- Macht Schnell Intake Elbow
- 4.10 BMW Motorsport Differential
- Supersprint Stepped Headers V2
- Custom Performance Euro 200R Section 2
- Rogue El Diablo Exhaust

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Now that our baseline has been recorded, a backup will be read from the DME and sent off to ESS for tuning. Within hours, we should have our new F/I file, ready to load after the VT2-500 system has been installed.

Installation has begun:


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Old 11-28-2012, 06:33 PM   #3
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Fresh off the vehicle transporter, we didn't waste any time. After a thorough go-over underneath the hood and vehicle scan, we strapped her to the dyno to get our baseline:



Pre-installed Modifications
- Macht Schnell Filter
- Macht Schnell Intake Elbow
- 4.10 BMW Motorsport Differential
- Supersprint Stepped Headers V2
- Custom Performance Euro 200R Section 2
- Rogue El Diablo Exhaust

Results


Now that our baseline has been recorded, a backup will be read from the DME and sent off to ESS for tuning. Within hours, we should have our new F/I file, ready to load after the VT2-500 system has been installed.

Installation has begun:


More to come.
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #4
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Some more shots from yesterday/today's installation:





















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M3 is on the dyno now, more to report shortly.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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That Dyno pull doesn't make any sense to me. Shouldn't the torque and HP be the same at 5252 RPM?
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That Dyno pull doesn't make any sense to me. Shouldn't the torque and HP be the same at 5252 RPM?
Usually, but scaling option was off.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #7
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looks good!
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I'm excited to see the results!

The ESS kit looks pro.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:35 PM   #10
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During the installation, we noticed that 2 of the 6 coils were badly corroded - recommending new coils/spark plugs as an extra precaution. Maintenance is key.

After the install was completed, we gave her a quick wash and strapped down on the dyno:





Dyno sheets

STD


SAE


Conditions


SAE/BOOST


CSL SMG Transmission software was also flashed as an added bonus.

It's been raining here in SoCal for the past week, which explains the 70% humidity figure. Boost is not reaching full potential (should be 7.5lb), so more power is at tap. We may be switching the pulley for a slightly smaller version as per ESS's recommendation to get slightly higher numbers after adaptation.

ESS has simply been more than supportive through the entire installation, even after hours. This IMHO, speaks volumes for the systems.
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Overall, Igrok has been a pleasure to deal with throughout the entire process. Can wait for round 2.
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Do you know why ESS didn't sent you the black vortech BPV? What was the max boost when it achieved the higher power on dyno?

Is at this moment all sort out?
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Do you know why ESS didn't sent you the black vortech BPV? What was the max boost when it achieved the higher power on dyno?

Is at this moment all sort out?
Kits usually see about 7.5lb peak boost, customer will be upgrading to a smaller pulley to get a bit more boost sine the car has already left.
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My kit is making 10psi with it.
I'm jealous. Keep in mind we're on 91 octane (95 RON) here in CA @ the pump.
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Looks great! Hardware from ESS is impeccable! However, that dyno is far from impressive. AJ needs to clean up that canned tune with 91 pisswater or not. We have N/A s54's hitting 360 whp on pump gas with just cams and polish work....

Check this vt2-500 kit on a 100,000 mile block...at 6000 ft of elevation. 91 octane winter blend (e10) here in Colorado. Owner has no interest in the ESS tunes after encountering a tuner with proper VANOS control. Even after paying for it with his kit. This is after several tune revisions from ESS which quickly hit the trash bin. If I was this owner I would wonder where the other 50 whp and 20 ft/lbs of torque went?

http://bimmerboost.com/showthread.ph...699#post358699

Evolve's tuning of several of ESS kits on the s54 have clearly illustrated some deficiencies in the supposed prowess of the BMW tuning experts. Even if the posts get deleted at m3forum or m3post. These are custom tunes as well as their canned iterations. I wouldn't be surprised if we see some e9X kits by other manufacuters tuned by Evolve.

ESS hardware + Evolve software! Perfect match.

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I believe one of the things about ESS is that they tune quite conservatively, no? Evolve, on the other hand, pushes the envelope.
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If you consider a tune running very lean at high rpm "conservative" than you speak the truth. I trust you would partake in your own research in the matter, but if you need some personal experiences... my suggestion would be to PM members on here, m3forum and Bboost. Any relevant thread has been deleted.

I've spent well over 4 figures with both companies on tunes. One company will never see my money again.

Edit: For those that don't click the comparison link, here are the cliff notes:

2 E46 M3's with a VT2-500 kit and 91 octane fuel limitations:

ESS tuned: 388 rwhp / 280 rwtq (Dynojet - SAE)
Evolve tuned: 464 rwhp / 314 rwtq (Dynojet - SAE).

Exact same kit. That is significant and far beyond the error margin of either machine.
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certainly exciting times for tuning FI s54's, can't wait until I can get a boost
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