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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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Was your shark injector purchase worth it?

So I'm going to be ordering mostly maintenance parts from Turner for my mostly stock M3. I'm going to grab a rear strut bar also. I'm wondering if anyone had any noticeable gains with the Shark Injector for the $350 price tag. TIA
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:14 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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i heard evolve is a better tune than shark. and for optimal performance with a tune you usually have to couple it with a downpipe. so keep that in mind.
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:51 PM   #4
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i heard evolve is a better tune than shark. and for optimal performance with a tune you usually have to couple it with a downpipe. so keep that in mind.
Evolve is the best for street driven M3's. Just Evolve is $800 bucks for a tune alone.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:36 AM   #5
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Evolve is the best for street driven M3's. Just Evolve is $800 bucks for a tune alone.
i figure, if youre going to get something, why go halfway? save for a month or 2 more and go all out.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:38 AM   #6
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i heard evolve is a better tune than shark. and for optimal performance with a tune you usually have to couple it with HEADERS. so keep that in mind.

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Shark is a waste of money. ESS tune is good, and priced between the 2.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #7
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i figure, if youre going to get something, why go halfway? save for a month or 2 more and go all out.
If you have headers. Well worth it. I plan on going with it to tie my mods together soon.

But, Just saying for someone with a stock car $800 for just a tune isnt going to net much in terms of gains.

Headers alone would be a better option than just a tune.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:33 AM   #8
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Agreed. Based on M3F reading: Shark is poop. Evolve tune is the way to go. The reviews even indicate that there are plenty of benefits even without headers, etc. I plan on getting the tune myself as soon as I can scare up the funds.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #9
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There's nothing wrong with the Shark software. The reason there is so much negativity is because people apparently are willing to spend double the money for a more aggressive custom tune and that makes Shark "poop". Shark is conservative, yet still serves a purpose as an off the shelf generic tune. The only time you may run into an issue is because it is a generic tune and not tailored to your specific car. This is the same thing that Dinan does (although it's possible maybe just as well or better).

Shark
-Generic tune that is setup to do it's best across thousands of cars (no two engines are the same).
-Typically does what it says and will provide cheap thrills
-Limited modification support and power increase

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-To date, the best custom car specific tuning service
-Full modification support with optimal gains
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-Double the Shark price
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:57 PM   #10
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My response was not based on personal experience on the M3. I haven't installed the Shark software on this platform. I did have it on my '02 325i. It wasn't bad for what it was.

However, I stand by my observations. Most people on this forum and M3Forum say not to waste your money on the Shark software for the M3. By contrast, reviews for the Evolve tune are _very_ positive. In fact, the Evolve tune offers a money-back guarantee. Personally, I think that's a pretty cool thing. It is more expensive but most people would say it's well worth it.

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Old 09-21-2012, 02:57 PM   #11
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Based on many customer reviews the ESS tuning software does tend to be a bigger crowd please because of its aggressive maps . For those looking to do a more conservative tune and on a budget I would suggest you go with the shark injector performance programmer.



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Old 09-21-2012, 09:47 PM   #12
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I want to see dyno tests done on with and without the shark injector just to end the wide spread debate, I'll search around and see if I turn anything up. They seem to claim 8-10 whp gains and if that is true -- I'd buy it.

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Old 09-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #13
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I bought the Shark and am very happy with the results! I found the Shark worked wonders with the AFE intake and would do it again for the money spent. Is there better? For sure, but I did it myself, and was very surprised and happy with the sound and performance. Good luck Dennis
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:02 PM   #14
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When I bought my M it had the shark race tune. It ran pretty well but was tough to drive as the throttle wasn't very linear. Fast forward to last week. I purchased the Evolve tune with specs to support my headers and race cats. I have to say that not only is the tune easier to drive due to a mor linear throttle, it makes more power everywhere. As folks have mentioned the customer service is excellent. Kudos to Sal and Jamie!
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:07 AM   #15
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Interesting thread. Seems like evolve is the way to go.
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Doesn't the shark injector make your throttle the same as driving in sport mode? I read that somewhere, not exactly good for the ol mpg if that is the case.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:47 AM   #17
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I sharked my car today and I did feel improvement in terms of power and response. Simple installation procedure. The power band is much smoother and seems to be "readily available" now. It isn't a significant or dramatic increase over stock software but the difference is there for sure. Honestly it is rather difficult to justify spending $300-$400 on this but if you are looking to conservatively modify your car and avoid a 1-2 week downtime shark is the way to go.

Although I've not had a custom tune for my car I can genuinely say that I'm very pleased with the results from the shark but the pricing is questionable.
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Doesn't the shark injector make your throttle the same as driving in sport mode? I read that somewhere, not exactly good for the ol mpg if that is the case.
No, no no...that's not what it does. Although it does have the option to be ordered a few different ways, like for 93 octane and not 91. Also what you may be mistaken thinking is that it can be ordered so that the Sport button doesn't have to be pressed again every time you shut down the car. It will keep it pressed on until you press the button off. Same for the DSC button if you special order it that way.

As mentioned, Shark isn't as aggressive as some. But it's benefits are in the fuel/throttle mapping and ease of install and removal if desired.
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These ecus are tuned to the maximum anyway. Don't waste money on tunes.
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Sorry no, that is incorrect.
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