Top BMW 135i Upgrades for Power and Performance

With most of the preventative replacements and maintenance, there isn’t much you can do to improve performance. However, once you’ve completed that maintenance, you can begin to modify your 135i with performance parts that give you more power and, in some cases, remedy some issues you might otherwise encounter. The 135i, especially the early N54-powered [...]

2020-03-02T15:56:47-05:00March 2nd, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on Top BMW 135i Upgrades for Power and Performance

5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Performance Cold Air Intake

You know them, you love them, you’ve probably already heard plenty of information about them. We’re of course talking about performance cold air intake systems. Plenty of reputable channels and sources have posted information about whether intakes are worth it, what they do, and how they might benefit you, including some of our own literature. [...]

2019-05-08T20:14:24-04:00May 8th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, Intake, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Performance Cold Air Intake

ECS B8 S4 Lightweight Flywheel Explained

Somewhat appropriately, I was having a conversation with another ECS employee today about the lightweight flywheel in one of my cars. The question had been asked of me why I chose a specific transmission, which came down to the flywheel I wanted to use, and what benefits, if any, exist with that decision. It occurred [...]

2019-02-26T16:48:33-05:00February 26th, 2019|About, Audi, Performance|Comments Off on ECS B8 S4 Lightweight Flywheel Explained

Loud Button: ECS Valved Cat-Back Exhaust for Your Audi B8 S4

Perhaps the most tempting part of owning a B8 S4 is the sound produced by the 3.0T FSI engine. The downsized engine from the previous V8 models still offers the grunt of a higher displacement engine, but it is now paired with the iconic supercharger whine and exceptional fuel economy for its power output. With [...]

2019-02-18T19:07:14-05:00January 7th, 2019|About, Audi, Exhaust|Comments Off on Loud Button: ECS Valved Cat-Back Exhaust for Your Audi B8 S4

How Does a Baffled Catch Can Work and Why Do I Need One?

Oil catch cans are incredibly common, especially on highly modified engines. On forums, you can find several roundabout answers ranging from ‘it helps keep your engine clean’ to proclaiming ‘it will prevent your engine from blowing.’ These vague responses are lacking in real answers as to what the actual purpose of a catch can is and how it functions to benefit your engine. This is a case where people are giving sound, albeit, uninformed advice. So what does a catch can exactly do?

2019-01-07T21:18:38-05:00November 28th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, Intake, Performance, Porsche, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How Does a Baffled Catch Can Work and Why Do I Need One?

How to Replace or Upgrade your Porsche Cayenne S or Cayenne Turbo Coolant Pipe

The Porsche Cayenne in the late 90s and early 2000s did what Lamborghini could not do in the 1980s. Their high-performance, luxury, sport utility vehicles were praised as capable off-roaders, family haulers, daily drivers, and exceptionally well performing touring cars. Like all pioneering, however, they were not without some early problems as Porsche adopted [...]

2019-01-25T15:09:54-05:00November 13th, 2018|About, DIYs, Porsche|Comments Off on How to Replace or Upgrade your Porsche Cayenne S or Cayenne Turbo Coolant Pipe