Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by THETYRANT » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:21 am

Been reading up on Alpha N tuning as not looked at It before, does sound like its going to take a lot of work to get it smooth and emission in spec but hopefully the BPC versions with added Map sensor will help, although I suspect you need to be prepared for a lot of datalogging and sending logs of for tune corrections but at least you get to drive the car :D...fingers crossed it all goes to plan as only other option really now is full standalone ECU which as we know is mega bucks!

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:58 am

THETYRANT wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:21 am
Been reading up on Alpha N tuning as not looked at It before, does sound like its going to take a lot of work to get it smooth and emission in spec but hopefully the BPC versions with added Map sensor will help, although I suspect you need to be prepared for a lot of datalogging and sending logs of for tune corrections but at least you get to drive the car :D...fingers crossed it all goes to plan as only other option really now is full standalone ECU which as we know is mega bucks!

Ian
Bob the tuner at BPC reckons that with their experience of the ECU and a boosted N52 he can get the base tune 85% there with the base tune and then it will take between 6 and 8 tweaks on the dyno to get the tune perfected. We shall see....
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:07 pm

markhurley wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:00 am
That’s interesting so knowing what you know now you could build this set up for less money?
It will be a great once all up and running.
I think (assuming this works) you could recreate the kit I have created for about £2.5k if you did all the install yourself. Main cost in the SC itself and the tune.
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by THETYRANT » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:07 pm

Nice one looking forward to the progress.

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by markhurley » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:01 pm

jonwilli wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:07 pm
markhurley wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:00 am
That’s interesting so knowing what you know now you could build this set up for less money?
It will be a great once all up and running.
I think (assuming this works) you could recreate the kit I have created for about £2.5k if you did all the install yourself. Main cost in the SC itself and the tune.
You are defo our test mule :lol: 2.5k I think is a worth while investment, I think I would be tempted to bite the bullet and go stand alone ecu , I’m not that clued up on them but from what I’ve researched the tuning capabilities are far greater than a oem ecu

Fingers crossed bpc will sort it for you your almost there.
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by markhurley » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:59 pm

http://www.emeraldm3d.com/engine-manage ... -kits.html

Dunno if this firm are anygood but I don’t think that’s a bad price ?
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by THETYRANT » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:02 pm

markhurley wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:59 pm
http://www.emeraldm3d.com/engine-manage ... -kits.html

Dunno if this firm are anygood but I don’t think that’s a bad price ?
Emerald are good bits of kit for simple instalations, but something like a 1series where everything is integrated into factory ecy/dme via canbus I don't think it would work without ripping everything out and full rewire, even then not sure it would have enough processing power.

This integration of all parts of car is what makes fitting any standalone ecu very tricky, I think there are some out there but probably not been fitted to a 130i before, trying to adapt the stock setup to cope with boost is easiest option just not many done it.

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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:58 pm

https://bimmerperformancecenter.com/pages/bpc-n52-turbo

This is OEM ECU. and internals.
I looked at standalone ECUs for a while and there are non that have been tried and proven with the N52. Most that are used on other modern BMWs and made to work with the OEM traction control and electrics cost £'000s, Then you need to get then tuned for you which isn't cheap. As Tyrant said OEM ECU is the only reasonably priced way to go. I think the Siemens ECUs on the N52 are pretty powerful its just that they haven't been properly cracked due to the low numbers fitted to cars.
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:42 pm

Been playing with Flickr so will try to get some of the Photobucket images back up.
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by holland130i » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:18 am

jonwilli wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:42 pm
Been playing with Flickr so will try to get some of the Photobucket images back up.
:thumbs: :headbanger:



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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:04 pm

OK I have updated some of the photos onto Flickr so they should be visible now.

Another little update, as the Vectra is going to lose its MOT shortly I have bought Cupsters old E87 off my girlfriend and she is getting an R56 Cooper S. As a result I bought these :):

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Always loved the Type 3's and found these on eBay.de. I may have to fit some 255's on the rear if I want to swap them out onto the E81. I will keep the 208m's to run as winters on the E87.

I will add a thread for the E87 at some point as I will do some mods here and there :). Will keep it NA and the mods relatively cheap. First off all I will fit DAB to the Professional Nav, sort the rear window spray (I think the pump is blocked as the motor is fine :() and fit cruise control. After that it may well be hand me downs from the E81. I'd love to try some Ohlins in the future so maybe the B1 kit will end up on the E87. A heated leather retro fit would be nice but only if I can get them cheap. The plastic leather is quite useful for a daily as it is so hard wearing.
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by walkie86 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:46 am

Great choice of wheel. No bias...

Can you explain what you mean by DAB for the Professional unit?
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by BMWBrad » Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:21 pm

Envious of the type 3s!
Just out of curiosity, how much were they if you don’t mind me asking?
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by jonwilli » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:34 pm

walkie86 wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:46 am
Great choice of wheel. No bias...

Can you explain what you mean by DAB for the Professional unit?
It is digital radio (rather than Fm), don't think you have it in Oz? Yes it was your E87 with Type 3's that sewed the seed :).
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Re: Jonwilli's BMW E81 130i story and mods review

Post by supercati » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:06 pm

Thanks for uploading again your photos here! :)
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