Best Performance Modifications for your Turbo BMW

BMW has been fitting several models with turbochargers since their E10 2002tii. BMW turbo and twin turbo powered cars are capable of serious power. The accessible power explains why many record-setting BMWs have inline-six twin-turbos under the hood. Massive gains are easily achievable with light modification and tuning, which makes N54, N55, S55, and N20-powered [...]

February 9th, 2018|About, BMW, DIYs, Engine, Software, Turbo|Comments Off on Best Performance Modifications for your Turbo BMW

HPA and ECS Tuning Photo Contest

If you have a 2.0T K03-powered Audi or VW and are looking to upgrade it this Winter, HPA Motorsports and ECS want to help make that happen! We are hosting a week-long photo contest open to the applicable models. For a full list of those vehicles included in the [...]

November 30th, 2017|About, Audi, Engine, Performance, Project Cars, Software, Turbo, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on HPA and ECS Tuning Photo Contest

Carista OBD2 Bluetooth Adapter

Most enthusiasts will agree that their car is part of the family. We all love our cars and the relationships we are able to build with them, but modification is what we do. The process of customizing, maintaining, and improving the functions and appearance of our cars is cathartic in a way. Just as [...]

November 28th, 2017|Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, General, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Performance, Porsche, Software, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Carista OBD2 Bluetooth Adapter

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

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

Schwaben Professional VAG Scan Tool- B8 Daytime Running Light Always On

1: Switch the ignition on (do not start engine) and plug the scanner into the OBDII port​ ​​2: Select "VAG"   ​3: Select "Audi"   4: Select "Systems" ​5: Select "Control Unit" ​ 6: Select "Common"   ​7: Select "Cent. Elect."   ​8: Select "Long Coding"   9: Write down the original values before attempting to change anything ​ 10: Select "Software Coding"   [...]

September 25th, 2017|Audi, DIYs, General, Performance, Schwaben, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool VAG, Software, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional VAG Scan Tool- B8 Daytime Running Light Always On

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

Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: BMW Rear Brake Pad Reset

Any time you replace the rear brake pads on your newer BMW with an electronic parking brake, you must use a scan tool to draw in the rear brake caliper piston so that you can install the new pads.  Then you must use a scan tool to reset the piston position, and our [...]

September 18th, 2017|BMW, Braking, Car Care, DIYs, General, Schwaben, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool BMW, Software, Tech Tips, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: BMW Rear Brake Pad Reset

Schwaben Professional VAG Scan Tool – B7 A4 Audi Door and Belt Chime Disable

'We know the door is open, Audi, we opened it!' This is something everyone who owns a newer car that dings at you every time you do anything. Fortunately, with our Schwaben Professional VAG scan tool, you can eliminate the chime for 'open door' quite easily! Below are the steps to [...]

September 18th, 2017|Audi, Car Care, DIYs, General, Interior, Schwaben, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool VAG, Software, Tech Tips, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional VAG Scan Tool – B7 A4 Audi Door and Belt Chime Disable