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Old 04-28-2015, 04:41 PM   #1
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What happened with ESS?

So guys, this spring I decided to upgrade my S54 vt2-575 kit and was thinking about getting a low compression engine.
As you might remember, ESS has (or had?) a VT3 kit, here's a couple of links:

To be honest, one of the reasons I bought a vt2-575 kit last year was to upgrade to a vt3 version.
First, it took me exactly a week to contact the guys. I wrote 4 times to them, I wanted to plan a trip to Norway at the beginning of May, and it would take me some time to get there (around 3000 km).
So yesterday I finally got exactly the following reply: "We do not offer a VT3 option for the E46". Nothing like hello, no explanation. I to be honest expected slightly different approach to a person who's already a client and paid 10K+ for the kit and want to continue being a customer.
Right now I have somehow to understand what internals I should change to update my vt2 to the vt3 option.
How could I get a VT3 option now, any suggestions?

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Old 04-28-2015, 06:09 PM   #2
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They've always seemed to get back to me within a day or two. I've also called them too, and talked to a few guys there. I've worked with both AJ (asbjorn) and Bill. Bill has been helping me out most recently quite a bit.

EDIT: my most recent emails with them have been exchanged off and on over the last 1-6 weeks.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:16 AM   #3
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I think Roman is the one who answers e-mails and isn't quick with the replies. Best to call if you want immediate response, at least with this company. I wonder why they pulled the VT3 kit.

I wouldn't take that reply as a negative in terms of attitude. It's straight and to the point. I actually prefer it.

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Old 05-05-2015, 06:36 PM   #4
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Cars get old, products get pulled off the shelves. It happens.
Call the local number in Norway and someone will get back to you. I would be surprised if they didn't find a way to upgrade your kit.
For example they stopped selling the cam for twinscrew stage 2.5 but when I asked they gave me the specs of the Schrick cam they used and sent me the tune for it.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:45 AM   #5
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Thank you guys!
So I contacted Bill from ESS and he redirected me to Hans in Norway. Hans told me they discontinued the kit. I wrote him once again, but he never replied.

My question is - is there any way to get a VT3 option and what forged internals ESS used for this (pistons with what compression ratio, rods, smth else)? Who can make a custom tune if I fix all the internals on my own?

I will give them a call today, it seems that they don't like emails.

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