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  • RobNyc's Avatar
    Today, 09:32 PM
    I drove the Corvette for 3 days over the summer in Florida man that V8 450hp is love at first sight! Then test-drove the new Camaro 2SS here in North East late december when it came out almost almost wanted to sign but there were no good programs out but for $48k topped out man what a bargain
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  • alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
    Today, 09:31 PM
    Don't take this the wrong way...... but no, it seems that you have no grasp on how a professional technician and/or shop does business. I did not say "mechanics" that work out of their garage. I did not say enthusiasts who think they are "mechanics" who work on other peoples cars. I did not say shops who have NO EFFING RIGHT to touch your car because they have slum bags for techs or who run it. I'm talking about a professional shop who has millions in insurance for YOUR safety, overhead of professional technicians with 30-100K in their own tools, a shop with half a million dollars in equipment and a warranty behind their parts. I know people have explained this multiple times, but here it is (again)...... There is a set amount of labor that each repair shows how much it pays. All manufacturers have one. Long story short, the factory has a tech do a job like 10 times and take an average- and that's the warranty time (normally undercut) with factory tools and factory procedures. Typically customer pay is 1.5 times the cost of warranty (typically average time) So, lets give you an example. A widget under warranty pays 6 hours to replace. This widget has training on how to replace it, experience needed, repair instructions, proper diagnosis, needs special tools and (procedures on how to use the special tools and not break them). The first time I encounter this widget on this new car, it takes me 9.8 hours. It's frustrating, its cumbersome..... its not a winning job and not something I'm looking forward to do again. In fact, screw widgets in my book. But, hey this isn't a buffet, what comes in the door and in my bay is what I get. The next widget (damn you widget) that comes into the dealership I can then see that it was the same symptoms and I'll have to get that job done.... *I* think about the last job and what tools I need before the repair *I* go find these tools and make sure I have everything before doing so. *I* remember any snags or hiccups that came along with that stupid job I lost time on. And I do it 8 hours. Well, at least I didn't take my (averaging) 25-28/hour paying rate as a master tech and diluted it down to 10-15ish/hour. The next one I get it done in 7 hours. Then 6.0. Then (maybe) I find ways (I DO NOT FIND HACK WAYS) that I either remember specific sequences, or I buy a tool specifically for this job, or perhaps make a tool to where I can get this down to 3 hours and change...... Hell, now I'm making money on it at least. Then I'm the king of widgets. I want all the widgets. I can fix the widgets in the morning and take the car to lunch. I'm diggin' the widget market. HA HA! Then the manufacturer realizes that the time being flagged on the job isn't being flagged for what they are paying...... So they cut the labor because they discover how the techs are doing it. SURPRISE! (complete B.S. that my time is being cut because I found efficient ways to do the job) Customer pay scenario: Rust. Warranty cars typically won't have bolts break and parts frozen. Grime. Less than 50K miles typically means things come apart easily. Mileage. Everything breaks when you touch it. Other people have touched/broken/molested/damaged/ruined the area you need to work in now. Do I need to say more about this? HACKS. HUMAN INFLUENCE Broken parts you'd never encounter in the dealership. Engineers are not good at their job sometimes lol Modifications. That's why we're all here, right? Parts issues. Poorly made parts, difficult to access, hard to obtain etc.etc. So then you get this "this is bullshit you're charging me 6 hours for a job that only takes you 3" routine or mentality. So then, lets go the complete opposite way. A bolt breaks. A part is frozen. Heck, I just replaced cats on a Landrover. EVERY SINGLE bolt was rusted and broke the studs. I spent 3 legitimate hours replacing 4 studs that WOULD NOT come out of the exhaust manifolds. Torch/IR induction tool/drill bit/cussing was involved. It SUCKED. Did I charge the client more? No, I expected them to break (They were expected) but I only asked for an additional .5 for bolt extraction. Who eats that this repair? You or me? Dear Mr.Enfiftyfore, you have a bolt that has broken during the removal of this widget we previously agreed upon a price. We'll need you to pay another 400 dollars now. Does that happen? Maybe, but its super rare. Normally the tech has to eat the labor and time to fix or repair the damage. Who's stealing now? (as you say it is) No. I am not stealing. MY moral compass is perfectly aligned. I have invested my blood and sweat to make myself more efficient. I have taken time out of my day and night to come up with ways to make me more efficient. Investment in myself. Investment in my career. I have memorized repairs and torques to make me more efficient. Time out of my personal life and mental load. I have practiced and put my tools out in specific sequences to make it as quick and painless as possible. Repetition. I challenge myself how fast I can get a job done while being 100% concentrated and focused on the job. Goals. I close my eyes and look at the mental picture of every nut bolt screw and fastener and know the job is right. Perfection. I have no parts left over. I'm not a hack. I have no screws left over. If someone looked over my job, they CANNOT find a mistake. Anywhere. I've cleaned the area if needed. I'm not a slob, and want it to look correct. I've even found some extra screws to replace from the last hack who's worked on it..... because I'm not a hack like the last time, nor do I want someone to think *I* left those out. I test drive it. I know its fixed. I have pride in my work. I have pride knowing I'm the fastest/best tech. This is where when I was doing E90 evaporators that paid 14 hours warranty- I could do them in less than 3 hours. Not one thing broken, scratched, hacked, or damaged. Legit repair. I was (and still am) damn good at my job. I excel my profession. I wish EVERY professional took their job as serious as I do.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 07:32 PM
    Exactly like this. Ok, maybe they could have gone slightly bigger on the turbos because it's never enough boost, right? This is a custom project built for someone named Mike Murillo. No idea on the specs but who cares. We salute everyone involved.
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    Today, 04:30 PM
    Some people may have thought the McLaren 570S going 10.2 @ 135 in the 1/4 mile was a fluke. Well, it wasn't. Yet another McLaren 570S hit the dragstrip this time at a private rental at the ATCO strip in New Jersey. Now, this 570S is a second off the previous time thanks to a poor 2.0X 60 foot but the 133 trap speed shows low 10's are not only well within the realm of possibility but to be expected. Imagine when tuned examples start hitting the strip.
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  • RENNtech EUROPE's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 PM
    @ALL: Keep in mind the baseline figures from a year ago are from our EU spec C63 NON-S model, so the tune gains were higher...
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 11:41 AM
    This is becoming a bit of a theme in the BMW turbo era, isn't it? Some accuse BimmerBoost of hating on Dinan but that is not the case. BimmerBoost tremendously respects what Steve Dinan achieved. BimmerBoost just places actual tuning results and getting your money's worth above the Dinan brand name. Unfortunately, Dinan results on modern turbo BMW's are very weak especially when one factors in the cost. Only 20 whp gained on an F80 M3 / F82 M4 S55 motor for $2500? Over 100 whp by switching from Dinan's Stage 2 Dinantronics box to a flash tune on the F01 Alpina B7? Well, now let's add in an M6 Gran Coupe S63TU as the latest car to find huge gains by ditching Dinan. How big of a difference? About 82 wheel horsepower and a massive 140 lb-ft of torque at the wheels (yes, at the wheels and not at the crank like the numbers Dinan promotes with) over the Dinan Dinantronics piggyback. Just tune only Eurocharged obliterates Dinan's Stage I or Stage II Dinantronics unit. You can call this tune Stage Beatdown. Some people may want to pay $3000+ for a Dinan piggyback offering the most modest gains in the BMW aftermarket simply due to Dinan's warranty promise. We believe that is a mistake. BimmerBoost also feels there is a bit of poetic justice in these results as Dinan criticized piggyback tuning only to adopt piggyback tuning when Dinan was not able to offer an ECU flash tune for modern M cars. BimmerBoost does not believe in overpaying for something that underdelivers. Leaving 140 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on the table is exactly what someone opting for the Dinantronics box deserves. Oh, and to the owner this M6, now that the car has a Eurocharged tune you might want to get that Dinan badge off the car. People might start thinking Dinan cars are faster than they really are otherwise.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 11:06 AM
    Renntech has the longest track record of any AMG tuner so they have built up more than enough goodwill over the years. It's hard to get guys out to the track. You can confidently order from any of our AMG vendors because we have the best AMG vendors.
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  • PianoProdigy's Avatar
    Today, 11:04 AM
    I'm closest geographically to Renntech, but the lack of posted results beyond a dyno graph, especially on one of the heavier AWD platforms (for all the vendors, not just Renntech) leaves me skeptical.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    With its new 3.9 liter twin turbo V8 the Ferrari 488 GTB will be far more tuner friendly than any of the previous naturally aspirated Ferraris. As you well know, forced induction motors respond very well to tuning and it is much easier to get larger gains with just say an ECU tune. That is why VOS (Vision of Speed) in Germany making these claims of 900 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque on the 488 GTB with a result of their tuning is not crazy. However, they provide no support for their claims. We will see 900 horsepower 488 GTB's as it is just a matter of time but VOS needs to prove they have one. This is what they claim they did to the car: So a 'Stage 3' kit with an ecu tune, downpipes, and exhaust they say results in their claimed numbers. Only an increase of just over 100 lb-ft of torque over stock though? Yet a huge hp gain claim over the stock 661 horsepower? It just doesn't feel right somehow. The carbon bodywork is obviously gorgeous as are the Loma wheels equipped with Michelin Pilot SuperSport 255/35/21 tires in front and 325/25/21 tires in back. The LOMA forged wheels are 9.0x21 front and 12x21 in back. A pretty Ferrari with aftermarket wheels and carbon body pieces is nothing new. What we want is concrete proof of the tuning results on the 488 GTB. So far, we do not no have any such proof. If any of our German friends would like to translate the video below, it would be appreciated:
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  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 AM
    Please explain your logic. Other than the therapeutic and satisfying feeling that I get from it, I perform all of my own work for your reasons here. When you go to get a massage and you pay for one hour but only receive 45 minutes because that's how long the masseuse took to finish, would you be okay with that? No, of course you wouldn't because money doesn't grow on trees and you aren't a soup kitchen. I understand how the business works but that does NOT mean it's ethically sounds to charge for 4 hours when you complete the job in 45 minutes, it's stealing.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 10:00 AM
    BMW's general design strategy these days seems to be slightly changing the headlights and taillights of their models while making the kidney grills increasingly larger. Who knows how long they will be able to continue with this trend and graphic designers of course like to try to predict BMW styling. The upcoming BMW X7 is expected to preview the direction of X-Series styling and these renderings are based off X7 spyphotos. Is this close to the real thing? Only BMW knows. The G05 may not even show up until 2020 with how BMW likes to stretch the X platforms out to squeeze out every last penny. The X5 facelift likely will incorporate some of the elements from the X7. It's certainly fun to speculate.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:41 AM
    This is awesome to see and great news for those looking to get more power from their 996 or 997.1 Turbo without just opting for more boost (with more lag and more heat). Higher flow heads with an upgraded valvetrain improve everything including spool and top end power. The problem here is while we do not not doubt EvoSpec there are no flow charts or any dyno figures supporting their claims. This is their reasoning regarding release of flow charts: Would a flow chart really disclose what they are doing? It's usually customary with a head upgrade to get a flow chart. We would at least like to see the power curves on the dyno they are talking about. This certainly is an upgrade for 996 and 997.1 Turbo owners to look into.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:22 AM
    Renntech's M177 and M178 tunes have been on the market for a while now as they started development before the W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 model was even on the streets in the United States. Speaking of the United States, it is always good to have Dynojet numbers to reference for American customers. ECU tune only pushes the car to 601 horsepower and 657 lb-ft of torque at the crank. On a Dynojet, that is 517 horsepower and 565 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Tune only, on pump gas. You can compare those numbers to the Renntech M177 ECU tune crank figures from a Superflow dyno posted over a year ago. Great stuff here and well worth the asking price. After months of development and testing in the US and on the Nürburgring in Germany, we are pleased to announce the release of our newest ECU Upgrade: The RENNtech direct ECU flash for the W205 - C 63 AMG. RENNtech has been at the forefront of ECU tuning since electronic engine management started to show up in vehicles during the mid 1980s! Our experience, countless hours of in-house research, development and exhaustive testing ensure that our proprietary ECU upgrade offers incredible performance gains and rock solid daily driver reliability. RENNtech tuning software for Mercedes offers significant gains in horsepower and torque across the vehicles entire power band. By modifying ignition timing and throttle mapping, optimizing air-to-fuel ratios, increasing the engine's rev limiter and modifying boost mapping for turbo-charged vehicles, RENNtech performance software unleashes the true potential of your Mercedes. With the proprietary RENNtech ECU Tuning the W205 - C 63 AMG gains up to +56 HP and +107 LB-FT, based on power numbers measured by RENNtech. Please note that the Mercedes M177 engine performance when measured, obtains higher numbers than rated from factory. The maximum power number reached with the RENNtech ECU Upgrade for the W205 - C 63 AMG is 601 HP and 657 LB-FT. For detailed information about our ECU Upgrades feel free to email us at info@renntechmercedes.com or call our sales-team under 561.845.7888. Product Page: http://renntechmercedes.com/index.php/products/mb/c-class/c-205-2015-present/c-63-amg/ecu_205_c63-detail C 63 AMG S (W205 | M177 | 4.0L V8 BiTurbo) Stock Performance: Rated by Mercedes-Benz: 503 HP @ 5,500-6,250 rpm; 516 LB-FT @ 1,750-4,500 rpm Rated by RENNtech: 545 HP @ 6,150 RPM; 550 LB-FT @ 3,700-4,700 RPM Mercedes M178 engine performance when measured, obtains higher power numbers than rated from factory. C 63 AMG S (W205 | M177 | 4.0L V8 BiTurbo) Modified Performance: 601 HP @ 5,650 RPM; 657 LB-FT @ 4,250-4,800 RPM
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  • alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
    Today, 08:57 AM
    As they should on a completely stock car. If it has mods, they should add time accordingly. If the parts are aftermarket, they should add time accordingly. If the parts are supplied ( I already went over that) They should have a higher labor rate and charge accordingly.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:43 AM
    That's true. The RS3 does have the best motor of the bunch. The TT-RS has an even hotter version and weighs less...
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  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    I'd also take the RS3 over everything and probably the Focus after that. The RS3 has such an awesome and powerful motor. Very unique.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 07:42 AM
    I laughed at this but also cringed. I guess one way to 'diversify' is to change the rules. I'd prefer stricter requirements for these positions than making them more lenient as it doesn't really help anyone when it comes time to help someone. But you're not in charge and I am not either. None of us are. There is nothing we can do except shake our heads.
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  • Bozo954's Avatar
    Today, 07:39 AM
    Oh, you ain't never lied, Sticky. I mean, how so many of us can run around claiming 'I'm a strong black this' and ,I'm as strong black that'............get still can't compete without lowered standards, err, affirmative action is beyond my comprehension. But 'fore I forget, thank you, Enfiftyfore, as well. Here's a good one for both of you..............black female chief in the City N. Miami or N. Miami beach 5-6 years ago comes in and immediately removes the minimum requirement that its officers be able swim. All in the name of "diversity". Just lowered the standards like it was some discriminatory standard to meet. Well, if any Boost Addict is in the either of those S. Florida cities, don't drive your ride into a canal. Don't let your kids near one either. 'Cause if the gator doesn't get you, I can guarantee the black cop sure won't.
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  • BMW 335i Coupe's Avatar
    Today, 07:13 AM
    Most shops just charge you book hours even if it took em half the time to do the job.
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