DIY: BMW Single Vanos Rebuild Kit

BMW M5x/S5x Single Vanos Rebuild Kit Installation BMW’s Vanos variable valve timing system is one of the most recognized systems in the industry. There are a number of different designs, and they all work off of ingeniously simple mechanical principals. Their notoriety, however, is not likely to be from their design and performance, but [...]

November 16th, 2017|BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Engine, Tech Tips, Uncategorized|0 Comments

DIY: KONI Adjustable Coilover Install VW MK6 Jetta GLI

Today we are going to do something a little different; we would like to focus on a specific coilover system one of our employees decided to use in his MK6 Jetta GLI. We installed the KONI Adjustable Coilovers on his MK6 Jetta GLI for a better look and more capable suspension performance. The installation itself is [...]

Schwaben Professional VAG Scan Tool: Electronic Parking Brake Retract

In order to change the rear brake pads on the newer VWs and Audis with electronic parking brakes the internal parking brake mechanism must be retracted. With our Schwaben professional scan tool you can retract the rear calipers with out damaging them. We are performing this on our 2011 Audi B8 A4, and the [...]

Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: E46 SMG Adaptation

SMG Adaptation Whenever you replace a major component on your SMG transmission, you will need to perform a system adaptation to insure proper functionality. Our Schwaben BMW professional scan tool works perfect for this.  We are performing this on our 2003 E46 M3, and the procedure will be the same or very similar on most BMW [...]

October 27th, 2017|BMW, DIYs, Performance, Schwaben, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool BMW, Software, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: E46 SMG Adaptation

DIY: BMW E46 ECS Blackout Fender Grille Installation

Replace the old and worn grilles, or just add style and individuality to your BMW E46 in only a few minutes of your time by installing our ECS Tuning Blackout Grilles. Our line of fender grilles offer the following features: • Constructed of durable, impact resistant, 100% ABS plastic • Simple Installation, requiring only [...]

October 26th, 2017|BMW, Body & Exterior, DIYs|Comments Off on DIY: BMW E46 ECS Blackout Fender Grille Installation

DIY: MK4 Hatch Pop Kit

Now you can pop your rear hatch with the press of a single button on your key fob. The innovative Hatch Pop Kit includes a solenoid-operated latch release, wire harness, spring loaded stop bumpers, two strong lifting struts, and all the mounting hardware you need. Installation requires removal of the rear hatch inner trim [...]

October 20th, 2017|DIYs, Interior, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on DIY: MK4 Hatch Pop Kit

DIY: B8 RS5 ECS X-Pipe Installation

The photo above shows a few of the exhaust components we will be referring to during this install, so let’s take a moment and review what we will be doing today. First, we will measure from the Rear Pipe Brace to the YELLOW lines and mark where the pipes will be cut. Then we’ll [...]

October 19th, 2017|Audi, DIYs, Exhaust, Performance|Comments Off on DIY: B8 RS5 ECS X-Pipe Installation

Evil Touring: Evan’s E61 535xi/M5 Touring Build

One of the most incredible things about the car community is the use of forums and social media to coordinate, swap parts, share knowledge, and most importantly: post build threads. When we found Evan’s E61 535xi Touring build, we sifted through his sixty-plus page build threads and were absolutely floored by the amount of [...]

October 18th, 2017|BMW, DIYs, ECS Nation, Engine, Exhaust, Interior, Lighting, Project Cars, Software, Suspension, Turbo, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Evil Touring: Evan’s E61 535xi/M5 Touring Build

DIY: VW MK6 H&R Lowering Springs Installation

H&R Lowering Spring Kit Installation Stock or Aftermarket Dampers? The H&R spring set we have chosen is a moderate lowering kit that will drop our MKVI Jetta GLI about an inch, and still maintain ride quality. Due to the car’s low mileage and overall good condition, we’ll reuse the factory struts and shocks, plus [...]

October 17th, 2017|DIYs, Performance, Suspension, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on DIY: VW MK6 H&R Lowering Springs Installation

DIY BMW E36 or E46 ECS Adjustable Control Arms

Use the following checklist as a guide for control arm replacement. On page 9 we have listed all of the necessary torque specifications for the E36 rear suspension to cover the control arms as well as any other replacements/repairs you may be performing at the same time. Raise and securely support the vehicle. Remove [...]

October 16th, 2017|BMW, DIYs, Suspension, Uncategorized|Comments Off on DIY BMW E36 or E46 ECS Adjustable Control Arms