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

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

Spotlight: Harley’s Supercharged Corrado Build

Sometimes, the cars we own sort of ‘end up’ (for better or worse) in our garages and we look to ourselves and think: “When did I start becoming interested in this?” For Harley, this is very much not the case. Originally from the UK, Harley has always held a great appreciation for European hatchbacks. [...]

Thomas’ BILSTEIN Equipped Audi B6 S4 Avant

Buying a used car can be scary for anyone. This used car story is about Thomas, a future European car enthusiast, who bought a non-running, fairly clean, and extremely rare car to make his own. At sixteen, his father allowed him to work and save to purchase a car that absolutely spoke to him. [...]

October 10th, 2017|Audi, Body & Exterior, Buying Guide, Car Care, DIYs, Drivetrain, Engine, General, Suspension, Uncategorized, Wheels|Comments Off on Thomas’ BILSTEIN Equipped Audi B6 S4 Avant

Tyler’s B8 A4 Daily Monster

Modifying cars for many enthusiasts is not only a hobby, but a form of expression you take with you everywhere. More accurately, this form of self-expression takes you everywhere. For our friend Tyler that was exactly the purpose behind this B8 A4 build. Tyler sat down with me at a small sandwich shop in [...]

September 22nd, 2017|Audi, Body & Exterior, Carbon Fiber, Drivetrain, ECS Nation, Engine, Exhaust, General, Intake, Interior, Lighting, Performance, Schwaben, Software, Suspension, Turbo, Uncategorized, Wheels|Comments Off on Tyler’s B8 A4 Daily Monster

Audi B8 A4/A5 2.0T Charge Pipe/Intercooler Kit Install

Every engine craves cool air: Lots of it. In order to produce as much power as it can, cool air is what every engine needs.  From the factory, your Audi’s intake system is designed to work in perfect harmony with the rest of the stock engine operating systems, but we all know there is a [...]

September 22nd, 2017|Audi, Car Care, Carbon Fiber, DIYs, Drivetrain, Engine, General, Intake, Performance, Tech Tips, Turbo, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Audi B8 A4/A5 2.0T Charge Pipe/Intercooler Kit Install

N54 Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Carbon Fiber Intake Install

Installing the ECS Tuning N54 Carbon Fiber Intake System is a rewarding project than an experienced technician will be able to complete in a few hours, plan accordingly based on your experience level.  Before you begin, read and familiarize yourself with these instructions and make sure you have all of the required tools on [...]

September 21st, 2017|BMW, Car Care, Carbon Fiber, DIYs, Drivetrain, Engine, General, Intake, Performance, Project Cars, Schwaben, Tech Tips|Comments Off on N54 Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Carbon Fiber Intake Install

Audi TT MK1 1.8T & VW MK4 1.8T Timing Belt Installation

As some TT owners discovered through painful experience, waiting too long to replace the timing belt can result in expensive engine repairs when a broken belt lets pistons and valves bump in the dark. Today, we’ll replace a timing belt and water pump on a 2003 TT 1.8T 225 HP engine, code BEA. Even [...]

September 20th, 2017|Audi, Car Care, DIYs, Drivetrain, Engine, General, Schwaben, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Audi TT MK1 1.8T & VW MK4 1.8T Timing Belt Installation

MK4 R32 Exhaust Flap Manual Override DIY Instructions

The MK4 R32 has an electronically controlled exhaust flap which allows for quiet exhaust at low idle and driving around town, and tells a different story on the highway at speed. The manual control harness from ECS will allow you to control when your exhaust is open or closed rather than relying on the [...]

September 19th, 2017|DIYs, Engine, Exhaust, Performance, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on MK4 R32 Exhaust Flap Manual Override DIY Instructions

Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool – E9x N54 Injector Coding

When you install new fuel injectors on your BMW N54 engine, you will need to enter each new injector value into the PCM. Our Schwaben scan tool works perfectly for this function.  We are performing the coding on our 2007 E92 335i, and the procedure will be the same or very similar on most BMW [...]

September 15th, 2017|About, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Drivetrain, Engine, General, Performance, Schwaben, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool BMW, Software, Tech Tips, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool – E9x N54 Injector Coding