Jump to content

Mashed Potatoes

Traders
  • Content count

    1,064
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    25
  • Feedback

    N/A

Everything posted by Mashed Potatoes

  1. Mashed Potatoes

    Re Mapping G31/G32

    Yes it will. Gains wise I'd like to say in the region of the 30-40BHP range on the 520D. In regards to visiting the dealer, the remap can be hidden in the engine ECU in the same way it is done on the Fxx cars - the CVN (a calibration number for the engine map that will change if any software changes are made) is locked so it will match the standard engine tune. However that does not mean other ECUs will not log higher torque loads, acceleration loads etc. From a quick plug in as it stands BMW won't be able to tell it has been tuned, however if they want to dig deeper (for example start logging data and look for peak outputs from the driveline where they will see higher than standard torque for example) they will be able to find it. It would be best to take it as it's hard but not impossible for them to find, and it will cause you warranty issues if they do. The torque converter isn't weak as such, it's on the specified limit by ZF from the factory. They state 500Nm max engine torque in a petrol which is bang on what the 540i knocks out, however the boxes and torque converters can and already have been taking well over the standard output in a variety of cars for a long time. The 8HP45 used in the 1 series and 2 series with the 35i engine certainly doesn't struggle.
  2. Mashed Potatoes

    THE NEW PROJECT... NOT A 5! - 2006 E65 730D

    It was a pleasure to meet you!
  3. Mashed Potatoes

    Re Mapping G31/G32

    *bump* There is a lead time on the tool and the production runs are limited on the tool which launched at midnight yesterday, but we are now looking at buying one should there be enough interest. As I'm sure you can imagine it's quite a large investment for us so we'd need to confirm some interest first. We'd like to get 10 names confirmed that would be inclined to go ahead with a remap. This will cover Gxx chassis and Fxx chassis cars (140i for example) with MD1 and MG1 ECUs. I was in contact with a guy I work with in Luxemburg today who started work immediately on a stage 1 and 2 for the 140i. ECU - MG1CS003 Standard - 340BHP/500Nm Stage 1 - 400BHP/580Nm Stage 2 - 420BHP/620Nm If you're interested, please put your name down on the list. Edit - we're looking at a ballpark figure of £600 INC.VAT for tuning, just as a point of reference for people. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 -
  4. Mashed Potatoes

    What's being worked on today?

    I tend to keep a photo diary of every ECU that gets mapped and I thought it might be nice just to have somewhere to post them so people can see what I get up to! Today we have.... An Iveco Daily that has been mapped in the past very poorly, lots of smoke under load and plenty missed in the map. It had also been re-sealed with bathroom sealant! And I've also got a 330D LCI 241BHP ECU here being done by post. This will produce about 310BHP mapped with speed limiter delete.
  5. Mashed Potatoes

    What's being worked on today?

    *bump* We get asked an awful lot of questions regarding economy increases in tuned engines. More specifically diesels doing big mileage, so I've got some information from a car taken at random from the car park, and worked out some sums on it after chatting to the owner. The car in question is a long wheel base Jaguar XJ. 2015 reg with the 3.0 diesel engine. Now remaps can have a big effect on fuel economy. Depending on how they're driven, for better or for worse. If you're using all of your new extra power post remap, you won't see the increase. When driven sensibly, for long distance cruising for example, you should do. This car does a lot of miles, the owner works for a printing company and the car spends a lot of its life on the motorway. He estimates around 40,000 miles per year. So 40,000 miles, at an average of 45MPG with the average diesel price around here being 131.9ppl works out at £5330 per year in fuel, or just over £440 per month. A stage 1 remap when driven sensibly in a diesel generally causes around a 10-15% decrease in fuel consumption. This is a big heavy car that spends lots of its life cruising, so we'll go with an in the middle figure at 12% saving. This takes the average consumption to 50.4MPG. If we work that out again, that same 40,000 miles post remap will come in at £4758 or a fraction over £396 per month. A saving of £572 over the year, or the best part of £50 per month. The remap can be programmed through the OBD port, so would cost the customer £276 inc. VAT. In just over 5 months the remap will have paid for itself in fuel savings.
  6. I was really confused as to what a rear bra was, I'm almost disappointed. We have a workshop runaround - a 55 plate Mondeo ST diesel with intergalactic miles on but it just keeps going. No matter how much abuse, on the limiter from cold, you name it it just takes it and keeps on going without complaining. I was staying late Thursday night last week so thought I know I'll give the Mondeo a wash, it's been that long it's matt silver not metallic anymore. I got as far as spraying it in TFR and the heavens opened. It was the first rain in about a month and it was bouncing off the floor it was that heavy. It got a wipe round with the soapy water and then left in the rain to rinse off.
  7. Mashed Potatoes

    N54 twin turbo conversion project

    Wonderful project! I don't think I've heard of any others being done in the UK previously either. Are you upgrading anything whilst you're in there or literally just putting the standard engine in?
  8. It sounds like the sump gasket or the connector at the electrical connector (name escapes me) if you have a leak from the gearbox. If it's low on fluid because of the leak that way well be causing your issues. Again not guaranteed but it does fit the bill. The correct level is imperative on these. If you think it's leaking fluid get it looked at sooner rather than later. In regards to them pulling away in second, they will SOMETIMES. There are maps built in to the gearbox ECU that recognize situations like traffic jams and stop start traffic when it's go and stop all of the time. In this instance if the car thinks you're in a jam or stop start traffic, it'll pull away in second to give a smoother drive. It will also pull away in second in some other situations, but for the vast majority of the time it'll pull away in first gear.
  9. Mashed Potatoes

    A cool E36 .........

    Having met the guy that owns it and organizes the Vanity BMW show, you've hit the nail on the head. When you see the thing in real life, it's very well put together and if I remember right (it's nearly 2 years since I've seen it) it's on air ride. Not permanently that low.
  10. Mashed Potatoes

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Whilst it doesn't completely solve the issue with dragging the wheel over the stud, H&R make stud conversion kits for BMW. No more bolts - MUCH easier taking wheels on and off!
  11. Mashed Potatoes

    Ecs tuning, bavauto

    I've yet to deal with Bavauto (but I've heard nothing but good things) but I have dealt with ECS Tuning and they've always been very helpful. It might be worth giving them a call and seeing if they can post it to you any cheaper.
  12. Audi have V8 diesels available in the A8, and VW have the V10 diesel available in the earlier Touareg and Phaeton. I've been in the V10 Touareg and with a stage 1 map on they will light up all 4 wheels in the dry from a standstill if you just floor them. No way a house on wheels should move like that!
  13. Mashed Potatoes

    F11 530D Tuning options

    Hi! There's more information in this thread here for you I'm sure Dave will fill you in if you ask, but I have worked on his car so he will be able to give you some pointers but in the mean time if you have any questions, fire away! Regarding the drilling though, at one point it was the only way to bypass the security onboard the ECU. That or flip the board over which involves breaking it out of the casing which it's bonded in to. I've done OBD, drill and flip boards before, none of which have ever had an issue afterwards but the price goes up with the risk attached. Mainly for us because if we break it, we would pay for it. As you would expect. We have heard rumours though of cars being patched up and thrown out the door if you see what I mean.
  14. Mashed Potatoes

    Chester area meetup?

    No harm in asking so here we go! Is there anyone in the Chester/Liverpool area that fancies a little meetup somewhere? There's a few pubs on the Wirral that're pretty central. Talk cars, ask map questions, have a nose at each others rides etc. Just a pint one night kind of thing? This coming Sunday if people are around? Stick your name on the list if you're interested. For people close by, maybe the Cottage Loaf pub on the way to Hoylake? Big car park and good food and drink. Or there's the pub near Cheshire Oaks, again big car park but not quite so good food, but drink is drink! If you're interested stick your name on the list. If I tag you, it's not because I'm forcing you to come, I just know you're in the North West and relatively local and you might know other local people! @SuperDave @Yokozuna (and you two aren't allowed to fight ) @d_a_n1979 1) MP 2) 3) 4) 5) 6)
  15. Mashed Potatoes

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Sourced a second hand rear diff. We build and race drift cars, and many times it's come up in conversation how well a 460BHP+ effective house on wheels would go sideways with the diff welded. Guess there's only one way to find out!
  16. Mashed Potatoes

    DPF removed and new MOT checks May 2018

    A proper DPF delete, that's good. Some of the software we have for doing such a service completely emulates a working DPF on some ECUs, so instantly the OBD check won't work.
  17. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201806167550425 Love that. Facelift, got the right wheels and seems to be fully loaded too!
  18. Mashed Potatoes

    So... What have you achieved this week

    I love your sense of humour
  19. Mashed Potatoes

    When did you last change an exhaust?

    BMW and Mercedes tend to be very good quality systems from the factory. Certainly all of the ones I've seen (even the 25 year old G Wagen that came through once) have had very minimal rust,mainly just surface and have all been made from good quality steel. The G class one that came in was so thick we knackered 3 reciprocating saw blades cutting the box out of it for a bit more grumble.
  20. Mashed Potatoes

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Dropped the subframe at the front tonight to fit some more Powerflex bushes and replace the leaking power steering rack, which has leaked for the last 18 months. The new rack has been propped up in the corner of the workshop for the last 3 months. It's the wrong rack Subframe now more or less screwed back in with everything finger tight so we can push it out of the workshop tomorrow morning. Rolling in the garage Meriva tonight!
  21. Mashed Potatoes

    Using air conditioning

    I think some if not all are cooled in the E60. Mines definitely cooled.
  22. Mashed Potatoes

    Using air conditioning

    A small amount more but if you drive with the windows down much past 30 or the increased drag becomes worse for fuel than just running the AC. Mythbusters did a test on this on the discovery channel years ago. Personally I never turn mine off. Keeps everything dry in the winter and cool in the summer. Just leave it on auto.
  23. Mashed Potatoes

    E60 gearbox slipping

    That and boosted engines always wear plugs quicker in my experience.
  24. Mashed Potatoes

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    This is one of the things that was on my list of dream things to do! Are you upgrading things as you go?
×