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  • mrbillytalent's Avatar
    Today, 10:28 PM
    I read the newest megasquirt board has control for up to 4 camshafts for timing, I'll have to look deeper into what kind of outputs it has, and if that could control vanos or not. Also on my list is the e-dipstick, which could easily be remedied by a fabbed traditional dipstick. The standalone route would save me huge hassle of swapping the interior to mate with the ecu. Any idea on Motec vs. Megasquirt? I can't find any hard info on the two being compared, other than the Motec being more expensive. A standalone would be able to control supplemental fueling as well as the DI, or just switch over to port injection entirely. Sadly the chassis I'm going for might end up a bit heavier than an e90, I want something comfortable and something that can put down the immense torque this build could produce. A 700whp e30 seems useless to me.
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  • chrisisnapping's Avatar
    Today, 10:25 PM
    I haven't used any Zaino products so I can't say how it compares.
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  • mjmarovi's Avatar
    Today, 10:15 PM
    I can't remember screen name, but if you search around there is a guy who swapped in an N54, welll 335 interior as well though in an older BMW chassis, can't remember which to be honest. Like I said though, MOTEC is an option. Definitely not going to find an inexpensive option on this motor, so be ready to spend some coin. I really am not sure how a standalone would fair controlling VANOS, DI, anti-knock sensors, etc. I think you'd lose a lot of what enables the N54 to do what it does. Seeing someone do a PI swap on an N54 into another chassis though would be something. Especially a very lightweight chassis since the N54 is after all, on the light side. I think for what you're looking for that would make for a great project. I can tell you right now NO ONE has done any standalone on the N54. There is one person I can think of that was using a MOTEC system to control another set of injectors for supplemental fueling, this was someone Terry@BMS mentioned at a 1/2 mile event last year. Haven't heard anything since though. Good luck with the project!
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Today, 10:12 PM
    Sadly, it appears that I've rep'd you recently, so I can't do it again, but thanks! I was actually looking at that already so this is good confirmation. Just to to be curious, have you used Zcs before? If so, how would you say it compares? -Rich
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  • chrisisnapping's Avatar
    Today, 10:10 PM
    For what you're looking for I would recommend Chemical Guys HYBRID V7 Optical Select High Gloss Spray Sealant the 16oz is a little expensive at around $17-18, but the 128oz runs for about $45. However I think it does a great job, spray on - wipe off.
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    Today, 09:54 PM
    m3e46freak replied to a thread For Sale: E46 m3 EURO CAT in Buy/Sell - Parts
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    Today, 09:53 PM
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Today, 09:32 PM
    Hi Folks, I've traditionally used Zaino products to detail my car, but I'm about out of my Zcs and since Zaino hasn't introduced anything new in years, I thought I'd see what others are using. A couple criteria: 1. Has to be easy to use. I love that Zcs is just a wipe-on product. Couldn't be easier. I greatly dislike products that have to "haze" and then be buffed off. I do my annual paint correction and that is enough effort. I prefer my after wash to be easy. 2. I hand wash my car weekly and typically like to apply some sort of polish/detail spray afterwards (hence the easy part above). My point is it doesn't have to last forever - I'll take shine over durability. 3. Can't cost an arm and a leg. Something in the Zaino realm. TIA. Rich
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Today, 09:28 PM
    Hey chrispm3: :text-welcomewave:
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  • mrbillytalent's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 PM
    My goal is to use this as a learning experience to learn about engine tuning as well as being a fun, one of a kind project. I'm graduating with my degree in mechanical engineering this semester so I want a project to keep my brain busy while I'm out of school. This being said, I too see potential in the n54 and would love to get this swapped into another chassis and move forward with bigger turbos and maybe one day get into building the motor. Is the OEM ecu usable in another chassis? From my understanding it just hasn't been figured out quite yet, hence the need for a stand alone tune.
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Today, 08:12 PM
    Welcome MikeCC, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • mjmarovi's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 PM
    Hmmm very interesting, I'm personally not very well versed in standalone systems, and have only ever heard of one person using one and it still wasn't "standalone". I'll be honest, IMO there would be better options for engines to swap into a project car. Not saying the N54 isn't great or doesn't have potential, but until it's figured out and there are proven options out there with proven power capabilities I just don't see it as the best option. S54 would be seem like a better option to me. However, if you were to use the N54 right now I'd be looking at MOTEC. Oh, yeah you could also just use the OEM ECU lol. It is an extremely powerful unit and tuning seems to be going quite well with it thus far, and it's only getting better.
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