How to get 35% More Horsepower from your MINI with ChipWerke Performance

The triple-threat for useable, instant, reliable power is a tried and true combination of parts. Each performance upgrade performs a specific function to improve the factory output of your MINI, and all three are a sure way to make a significant increase in horsepower, but not all upgrades are equal in their benefits. Those ‘big three’ early bolt-on power upgrades are traditionally a cold air intake, underdrive pulleys, and performance software tuning. ChipWerke Performance produces the latter, which offers an instant plug-and-play tuning upgrade for nearly every vehicle. The ChipWerke device is designed to be one of the easiest ways to improve your driving experience at an incredible horsepower per dollar ratio that is both safe for your MINI and undetectable at the dealership.

ChipWerke modules are the next generation in stealth performance. The removable device is a direct plug-in to your engine management that cannot be detected once it is removed. The ChipWerke device does not overwrite any original software, so no footprint is left in the ECU. Rather, the ChipWerke device uses stored information, specific to your vehicle and its software, that it uses in place of the factory software. Now when you take your MINI to the dealership for service or a software update that nothing is lost by removing the device to protect your warranty. All information is returned to the vehicle as soon as the device is reinstalled after your trip to the dealership.

Since the ChipWerke device doesn’t void your warranty and boasts an 18-35% horsepower increase (depending on model), this makes their module one of the best around for convenience and performance. The easy to install unit comes with everything you need to improve your MINI’s power output to either start your quest for more power or round out a series of solid beginner bolt-ons.

Another added benefit of the ChipWerke module is their ability to improve the fuel economy of any vehicle equipped with the unit. While it does not actively change the mapping to make your MINI behave differently in fuel delivery, what it does provide is a significant increase in low-end torque and horsepower. This allows a driver in normal conditions to shift earlier and save more fuel: up to 15% in some cases, depending on how you drive!

With the benefits of more horsepower, torque, and miles per gallon, and no downsides like a voided warranty or trip to an expensive dyno technician, the ChipWerke tuning solution is the perfect instant power option for your MINI. Whatever you drive, ChipWerke can help pull more power and better fuel economy from your engine for a more spirited driving experience. Everything you need in one box to start producing up to 35% more power in your MINI with a risk-free element is a rarity in the tuning world, which is why we think ChipWerke should be taken seriously for anyone looking for instant, usable on the street, reliable, and safe power.

 

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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 cars popular among tuners and widely supported in the aftermarket community. To unleash some absolutely insane power, Vargas Turbochargers upgraded turbos, Fuel-It performance fuel delivery, and Burger Motorsports JB4 software makes up the holy trinity for forced induction BMW owners.

Vargas Turbocharger Technologies

This well-known company is dedicated to providing precision turbos and have built their name on years of experience. Vargas Turbocharger Technologies understands the importance of specifically designing their turbochargers for each individual vehicle, as there is no ‘universal fit’ when it comes to improving the turbos on your car. BMW produces high-quality engines for the truly discerning driver, so it should go without saying the highest quality aftermarket modifications should be the only choice.

Fuel-It!

Fueling your engine with the proper delivery system is critical when you increase the power. Stock fuel pumps are known to have low reliability, so Fuel-It! provides a series of upgraded components to take your fuel delivery headache and make it a strong and capable system. Their upgraded fuel rails and pumps allow your turbo BMW to receive all the petrol it can burn. Fuel-It! also provides high-quality kits for converting to E85, as well as Meth Injection, furthering your potential for massive power.

Burger Motorsports

With the upgraded turbos and fuel system on your BMW, you will certainly require proper engine management. Long considered one of the best N54 and N55 software tuning companies around, Burger Motorsports brings the JB4 software to our mix, completing the trident of power and performance in your twin-turbo BMW. Their considerable number of record-breaking awards make for an incredible resume in the world of competitive racing. Correct engine management software will make full use of your other modification to pull every shred of power within the engine.

To maximize the performance potential of your N54 or N55 BMW, the Vargas Turbo upgrades, Fuel-It delivery systems, and the Burger Motorsports JB4 Tune are essential. We highly recommend those seeking staggering power gains and a thrilling driving experience to choose these upgrades for their BMW. Of course, if you are interested in modifying your N54 or N55 powered 335i BMW further, you can read more about our favorite coilovers in our previous post.

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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 contest, see the end of this post. Only one photo may be submitted, so pick your prize to shoot for, upload your picture with the appropriate tags, and cross your fingers!

The contest is simple:

Submit a photograph of your car in a unique location to either Facebook or Instagram

Include the caption: “Please, upgrade my car this Winter @HPAmotorsports and @ECStuning”

Tag Three of your friends in the picture

Like ECS on Facebook and Instagram

Use #ecsandhpaturbo to enter the K04 Turbo contest

Use #ecsandhpahaldex to enter the AWD Controller contest

Use #ecsandhpaplenum to enter the Aluminum Intake Manifold contest

In partnership with HPA Motorsports, we are giving away a K04 Turbo Upgrade, a Touchmotion Haldex Controller, and an Aluminum Intake Manifold to present to our first, second, and third prize winners.

The contest will run from Friday, December 1st, 2017 through Friday, December 8th, 2017 and will terminate at 12:00pm that day with a live vote on Facebook where you will pick from our three finalists in the Turbo contest, the Intake Plenum contest, and the Halex controller contest. All three upgrades from HPA Motorsports are useful, desirable, and incredibly fun to have. The K04 Turbo boasts massive horsepower and torque gains and is a popular upgrade for any K03 Turbo equipped car. The intake manifold improves the airflow, reduces turbulence, and gives a noticeable increase in power and performance. Lastly, the Touchmotion Haldex Controller allows a Haldex AWD system to be controlled with more precision, giving the driver a range of driving dynamics to switch between.

Of course, if you were impatient, all of these parts are available through us, which you can find linked below.

So go grab your camera and your car keys, find that awesome secret photo spot, and submit your pictures for a chance to win excellent prizes from HPA Motorsports and ECS Tuning!

K04 Turbo Fitment Chart:

Make

Model

Engine

Audi

A3 8P

2.0T

Audi

TT MKII

2.0T

Volkswagen

Beetle

2.0T

Volkswagen

CC

2.0T

Volkswagen

EOS

2.0T

Volkswagen

Golf V, VI

2.0T

Volkswagen

Jetta V, VI

2.0T

Volkswagen

Passat B6

2.0T

Volkswagen

Tiguan 1, 2

2.0T

Touchmotion Haldex Controller Fitment:

Make

Model

Submodel

Engine

Volkswagen

R32 MKIV

All

3.2

Audi

TTMK1

255HP

2.0T

Intake Manifold Fitment:

Make

Model

Engine

Audi

A3 8P

2.0T

Audi

B7 A4

2.0T

Volkswagen

EOS

2.0T

Volkswagen

Golf R

2.0T

Volkswagen

Golf V

2.0T

Volkswagen

Jetta V

2.0T

Volkswagen

Passat B6

2.0T

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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 adding more aggressive brakes or fitting performance suspension changes the driving dynamics of your vehicle, the electrical ‘convenience’ functions hidden in your onboard computer can give you added enjoyment. Carista brings us an OBD2 adapter dongle that pairs wirelessly with your Android or iOS device to give you diagnostic readouts, customizable function toggles, and reset service indicators.

The Carista Bluetooth OBD2 Adapter allows you to customize your car to your liking from the comfort of your own phone with an app available on both Google Play and Apple AppStore. With the in-app services, you can change vehicle specifics all the way from comfort access features to how long you want a one-touch blinker feature to stay on, depending on your car’s make and model.

Carista features more than just comfort and convenience customization: safety access to your vehicle including only unlocking the driver’s door with a first click of the remote button, the duration your doors stay unlocked when you start driving, and remote window access. With the Carista OBD2 Adapter, you have full control of your vehicle’s functions down to your preferences, but it does more than just make your car more enjoyable.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of the Carista Adapter is the access to manufacturer-specific diagnostic information. The app gives you the ability to access ABS, airbag, navigation, and unlocks your ability to reset your warning lights associated with those factory safety features. This, of course, is dependent on whether your vehicle is supported by this function.

Even if you are just looking for something to tell you what may be wrong with your car and save yourself a headache and expensive trip to the dealership, the Carista Adapter is definitely worth having. If you have an emissions check coming up, this tool is perfect for pinpointing the issue so you can quickly and easily pass that registration requirement without the ordinary hassle of chasing an issue or resorting to calling the shop.

This is the perfect gift for the Holidays to drop in an enthusiast’s stocking, or anyone with a supported vehicle, as the app is easy to use and handy for anyone who can use their smartphone with any confidence.

 

Carista gives you the power of a dedicated service shop to tackle maintenance and customization at home with your smartphone. Most of us enthusiasts enjoy the ability to change, improve, or delete what we see fit in our cars. This strengthens the relationships we build over time with the vehicle and make the driving experience more connected and enjoyable. With the traditional options on the market for simply reading CEL’s or the excessively expensive professional scan tools, Carista sits in a comfortable middle ground, giving you an affordable and powerful tool to make the experience you have with your car easy, convenient, and fun.

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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 models.

1: Switch the ignition on (do not start engine) and plug the scanner into the OBDII port

2: Select “BMW” 

3: Select “BMW” again

4: Select “enter VIN”

5: Using the keyboard enter in the last 7 digits of your VIN 

6: Select the vehicle that you are working on

7: Select “Service”

8: Select “Drive”

9: Select “Transmission Control”

10: Select the component that was replaced

11: Select “Adapt Transmission Fully”

12: Follow steps 1-5

13: Select “Ok”

14: Select “Ok”

15: Select “Ok”

16: Wait until the Process is complete

17: Your SMG adaptation is complete

18: Test drive the car and make sure the transmission functions properly

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With the Schwaben BMW Professional Scan Tool, you have the power of a dedicated shop right in your hand to code, read faults, diagnose, and customize!
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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 work and passion present in what we would call an unusual choice for a project of this type.

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We say unusual because, as Evan mentions several times in his threads, E61 Touring AWD models were almost exclusively automatic in the states, and were generally driven by your local well-to-do elderly ladies shuttling casserole dishes to church luncheons. Evan was able to see past the grandmotherly exterior and envisioned a brutally evil spirit lurking just below the paint.

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Developing a devastatingly quick Touring was not his original intention, however. Evan originally planned on taking a stock, one-owner E61, and turning it into a bit of an M5 clone powered by the original N54. He extensively modified everything from lighting, interior trim, and bumper covers, to more extensive custom fabrication under the hood and even some fairly aggressive coilovers from KW.

After quite involved aesthetic and performance modifications, Evan decided on a manual transmission swap for his wagon. Anyone familiar with manual transmission conversions in any car knows their difficulty. Evan approached the manual swap with the same attention to detail present in the entire build and was rewarded with one of the only manual transmission E61 Touring in existence, and an incredible sense of accomplishment.

The engine saw some heavy modification as well, but unfortunately for Evan, disaster was right around the corner. As the gruesome pictures show, the E61 decided it needed to remodel its block on its own. A complete and total self destruction is the only way to put the catastrophic detonation depicted here.

Evan found a 335is N54 for little money and went to work cleaning the valves, replacing belts, gaskets, studs, seals, and more. All the engine work paired well with nearly a complete rewire; Evan’s engine bay was given its due attention while the motor sat on a stand.

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When it was time to put everything back together, Evan took great care to make certain every inch of the rebuild was flawless and meticulously cleaned for a perfect fit-and-finish that would make any enthusiast drool. Final touches included a beautiful polished plenum from Evolution of Speed, which mated to a new fuel rail by the same company. 

This whole build could only be described as a fairly exploratory conversion: the N54 Touring saw an M5 Driveshaft, M5 LSD, M5 Axles, M5 Brakes, M5 Rear Suspension, and of course the manual transmission. The transmission swap also took Evan into new territory for USDM BMW’s. His conversion included a RWD setup as opposed to his original AWD factory setup. This required a custom driveshaft, fabricated transmission support, and additional coding in the programing.

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Lastly, Evan sorted out a unique shifter that he pieced together himself in his now hybridized Touring. A gated shifter almost found itself at home in the wagon before ultimately it was decided to be fitted with a more traditional setup.

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Overall the Touring rebuild is a monument to absolute perfection. The pristine, show-quality, professional vibe one is imbued with as a result is astounding. Evan, we at ECS salute you and your immaculate 535i/M5 E61 Touring!

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”

 

​11: Select “Setting”

 

12: Using the keyboard change the 7th number from a “9” to a “1”

​13: Select “Finish”

 

14: Select “Yes”
15: Select “Done”

 

16: Select “Set Complete”

17: Select “Ok”

 

​18: Now your DRL’s will stay illuminated at all times!
 
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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 Ohio to give me a better idea of what he wanted his Audi to be. An avid enthusiast, Tyler is not new to modifying cars. Since his DC2 Integra GSR in 2001, Tyler’s car history is filled with Subaru and Honda enthusiast vehicles. All of his builds have been heavily modified. Specifically, most of his previous cars included big turbos, extensive performance modifications, were intended for dedicated ‘spirited’ driving: both on tracks, or back roads.

Alzor 349 19×9.5 square sets on 235/40/19 tires finish off Tyler’s stance with an aggressive, yet classic look.

The Audi he most recently built tells something of a different story. A few years ago, Tyler made the switch to German performance with the purchase of an Audi B7 A4. One of two automatics he has ever owned, he enjoyed the B7 for its comfort and reliability. While he is not looking for something to put earthquake-inducing power into, an important factor in his driving experience was to be able to enjoy the car every time he drove it.

His B8 is exactly that: a beefed up, mature, and comfortable daily driver. With a new Frankenturbo, new pistons and rings from Audi, aesthetic changes like the ECS Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler and Engine Cover, and a few bolt-ons, Tyler took his run-of-the-mill A4 and turned it into something special. This car is an extension of his personality. He is as much an outdoor enthusiast as he is a car enthusiast, as you can see by his bike and kayak racks. The Audi checks those boxes perfectly.

“The car was supposed to be something I could drive every day. That could take me kayaking, hiking, or snowboarding. Something I could rely on year-round and still enjoy”

This idea is apparent when one hops in the rear seat and looks over to see a Recaro baby seat. Tyler and his wife are expecting shortly, and have already purchased things like the seat and VW clothing to indoctrinate their new son as quickly as possible into the way of the car enthusiast. The inclusion of his new family addition is exactly what the Audi was ready for.

While His B8 makes significant power over a stock equivalent, the car remains comfortable over bumps and is never excessively loud. Even more surprising is the traditional manual transmission equipped with the Quattro rather than the now favored automatic. The signs of an enthusiast are all there, coupled with the reliability and panache of a classy every-day utility vehicle.

ECS Carbon Fiber beauty and performance pieces accent the natural beauty of the Audi under-hood, and do more for performance than just sit pretty.

Overall, Tyler is able to drive a well equipped and comfortable Audi that is still able to satisfy his enthusiast bug without making hardly any sacrifice. Isn’t that what tuning is about?

Tyler’s B8 A4:

ECS Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler
ECS Luft-Technik Intake
ECS Carbon Fiber Engine Cover
Maxton Gloss Font Lip
Honeycomb Grille
Alzor 349 19×9.5 et+40 square sets on 235/40/19
Black Forest Industries Shift Knob
ECS Boost Gauge and Vent Pod
Frankenturbo Upgraded Turbo
ECS FMIC
CTS High Flow Cat
Malone Stage 3 Software
Recaro Baby Seat!
SoloWerks Coilovers
Prosport Oil Pressure Gauge Red/Blue
ECS Exhaust Swivel Tips
ECS Wheel Spacers (8mm rear)
ECS Billet Aluminum Oil Dipstick Upgrade
Mishimoto Intercooler Charge Pipes
Carista OBDII Dongle
ECS Billet Boost Tap Kit
42 Draft Designs 4-Way Oil Pressure Splitter

 

VW MK4 Fog Light Wiring Kit

Want to activate the fogs in your MK4 VW? This wiring harness kit will allow you to use a factory set of fogs and wire them into your non-fog light equipped MK4 VW. This instruction manual will take you through the process and help you get on your way to a sharper look and higher visibility. Let’s take a look at the steps.

Step 1
Mount relay

Mount the fog lamp relay (lower arrow) in the engine compartment near the battery.

Here, we remove the plastic hood cable shield (two screws, top arrows), then drill a hole in the shield to mount the relay.

Drilling two extra holes let us tie wrap the harness wires to the cover. Mount the relay where you like. Just make sure the power (red) and ground (brown) wires in the relay harness can reach the battery terminals

Step 2
Locate pin 2 on light harness

Route one of the two yellow wires from the relay harness to a headlight connector. Use a small screwdriver or punch to slide the purple plastic terminal retainer (arrow) out of the electrical connector.

Insert a yellow harness wire into the pin 2 location of each headlight connector (This will supply power to the fog light through the main OEM connector). Push the purple plastic retainer back in place to lock all the wires in the connector, then repeat this step at the other headlight.

Service Tip: You may need to remove a small green rubber plug from the pin 2 location to make room for the new wire. This can be easily removed with a small flat-blade screwdriver or pick.

Step 3
Run the blue wire through the firewall to the interior.

Locate one of the two available grommets in the firewall to route the blue harness wire into the cabin.

Run the blue wire through the rubber grommet in the firewall, located just above the brake booster.

Remove the Torx® screws securing the underdash panel, then drop it down.

Reach up and pull the blue wire through the grommet into the interior, beneath the dash.

Step 4
Remove the light switch from the dashboard

  • Press in on the light switch knob and while turning it clockwise until it stops.
  • Then pull the switch straight out of the dash.
  • This car already has a Euro headlight switch with fog light setting. If your car has a stock switch with no fog light setting, you’ll need to order one (ES8602).

Step 5
Route the blue wire to the switch

  • Squeeze the retainer clips on the wire harness connector and pull the plastic connector out of the switch.
  • Route the blue wire up from the underdash area, and pull it through the light switch opening in the dashboard.
  • Secure the wire beneath the dash with zip ties. Route and secure the wire so it cannot get caught in pedal mechanisms or the steering column.
  • Plug the blue wire into the #8 terminal in the harness connector (arrow).

Step 6
Connect the blue wire to the switch

Push the blue wire into terminal 8 of the headlight switch connector. When it is fully inserted, it should click and lock in place. Tug the wire a few times to be sure it won’t pull out.

Step 7
Optional – Disable DRLs

  • If you want to disable your daytime running lights (DRLs), locate the TFL tab on the back of the light switch. Carefully break this tab off with needle nose pliers or a similar tool.
  • Install a Euro headlight switch with a fog light switch setting (ES8602).
  • Push the switch straight into the dash opening until it clicks in place.

Step 8
Connect the relay to power

  • Remove the battery cover.
  • Bolt the red wire with the inline fuse to the positive battery terminal.
  • Place the fuse holder where you can reach it later, should you need to replace the fuse.
  • Secure the wire to the main battery cable with tie wraps.

Step 9
Connect the relay to ground

  • Connect the brown (ground) wire from the relay harness to the negative battery terminal.
  • Test fit the battery cover. Make sure the cover does not pinch any wires when installed.

This concludes your installation and should have you all wired up! Let us know if you have any questions or comments below. Thank you for purchasing, see you next time!

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MK4 Golf/Jetta/GLI Fog Light Wiring Kit

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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 Schwaben scan tool works perfectly for this.  We are performing this on our 2016 F10 M5, and the procedure will be the same or very similar on most BMW models.
 
1: Switch the ignition on (do not start engine) and plug the scanner into the OBDII port

2: Select “BMW”

 

3: Select “BMW” again

 

4: Select “enter VIN”

 

5: Using the keyboard enter in the last 7 digits of your VIN

 

6: Select the vehicle that you are working on

7: Select “Service”

 

8: Select “Chassis”

 

9: Select “Parking Brake”

10: Select “OK”

 

10a. If you have not replaced the pads yet proceed to the next step

 

10b. If you have already replaced the pads then go to step 19

 

11: Select “Workshop Mode”

 

12: Select  “Option 4”

13: Pull the parking brake button then press “OK”

14: Press the brake pedal then release the parking brake then press “OK”

 

15: Press “OK” the scanner will check if the parking brake has been released

 

16: Press “OK” the caliper piston will be retracted in all the way

 

17: Press “OK” and wait 30 Seconds after the process is complete before disconnecting the caliper connector

 

18: Install the new brake pads and repeat all of the steps up to step 10

 

19: Select “Startup