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Old 04-27-2010, 10:07 AM
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Dinan Engine Software Upgrade -any diff??

Taking my X5 to Motor Works West | Independent BMW-Exclusive Specialist ...Heard good reviews about them and the bug to do some mod on the car...

My 3.0i struggles with the ramps on saw mill and i wish i had purchased a V8....so wondering if a 299$ minor software upgrade would add any improvement in the performance???

Though seriously tempted to spend 3 grand to get the whole suite and a Badge..

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Old 04-27-2010, 10:14 AM
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People have noticed better throttle response with Cold air intake, exhaust, dinan software. Prob run u 1500-2000. Turner motorsports I belive sells a pulley set which can provide more acceleration. However 15whp gains don't go too far with a 4000+lb. X5
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:19 AM
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Yep, Dave Bogert is the main guy at Motorworks West. That's where I Dinan-ed out my X. He is a decent, straightforward guy. You pose a very interesting question. Does the software by itself boost hp/torque, without any hardware mods?? No idea. But Dave should know. When I did mine I had them do a bunch of things all at once: CAI, throttle body, exhausts, and software. Then I stopped by a year later to get the strut brace. Dave can probably answer your question regarding software alone. If you're on a budget and were going to get just one hardware mod, I would start with the cold air intake (CAI). Go with that and the Stage 1 software.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:34 AM
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yeah, i did ask them..what i can do to the x5 with out blowing a lot and was suggested this upgrade...

I want to start one step at a time....

so how was your experience with the whole suite of dinan upgrades u did...if u have posted a detail post? i will look for it...
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:37 AM
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People have noticed better throttle response with Cold air intake, exhaust, dinan software. Prob run u 1500-2000. Turner motorsports I belive sells a pulley set which can provide more acceleration. However 15whp gains don't go too far with a 4000+lb. X5

yeah i agree...going with V8 in the first place would always be a better option ....
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:52 AM
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One step at a time will not do any diff....
I have Dinan SW for engine and trans ,CAI ,exhaust ,X-pipe,Turner motorsports HP pulleys kit and a pair of Schrick Camshafts ...But combined turned my girly 3.0i into different animal.
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Just Dinan software will basically do nothing. You may see a +5hp/tq gain but that is about it. That's where Dinan gets you! You get hooked on everything and then pretty soon you have a whole S-package.
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I might as well as add my Dinan $0.02 as well. My X5 and e39 both had Dinan S1 packages. Dinan stuff basically does 3 things. 1) Make your BMW a little more unique, to where BMW SA's, and BMW Fans with give you the thumbs up because how many Dinan BMW's do you really see? 2) Empty your wallet. 3) Give you very small gains in HP and TQ.

Now, if you are looking to spend $3K and get significant performance upgrades than Dinan stuff isn't for you. Short of a SC you aren't going to see any real gains. You may see a +15 in both HP and TQ, and its up to you if it is worth it. I spent it on both cars and loved it, and would do it again if I had a BMW right now. But to each his own. Also, if you are planning on selling your X5 in the next 2-3 years I wouldn't do any Dinan stuff as you won't see any bump in selling price because its equipped with it.
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This is a dumb question but my brother just got an M6. do they do Dinan upgrades for M6's? What other options does he have to upgrade without blowing up the engine?
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This is a dumb question but my brother just got an M6. do they do Dinan upgrades for M6's? What other options does he have to upgrade without blowing up the engine?
Up they do M6's. If your brother does a signature package he can spend from $6K to $50K!
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