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    Which member was it that really struggled with ESS in terms of tuning? They kept having issues with getting a good AFR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sna77 View Post
    Looks like they are available on their website:
    https://esstuning.com/m54b30-twin-screw-stage-2-ts2/
    Hmmm, I really thought they were sold out. I guess not!

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    I do remember somebody struggling with an ESS kit. I distinctly remember thinking, "I dodged that bullet..." I still wrestle with a desire for that power, but I keep reminding myself that my car goes 0-60 in less than 6 seconds, will go 160mph, and is fun as hell now. Then, I also consider all the mods I could do with $7,000 (or cars it would help me buy) and what a shame it would be to ruin my ZHP which is already so perfect. And it's not like you'll ever get that money back out of the car...
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    Edit: disregard.


    The ESS kit gives more tq but the HP is pretty much the same. For roughly HALF the price, I think VF is worth it.


    I don't think it ruins a ZHP by any means. I haven't driven a supercharged ZHP but generally speaking: I think it wakes cars up and shows what they really SHOULD be from the manufacturer. Plus, I think its SAFE power. Not as violent as turbo charging can be on the motor/drive train/etc.
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    By "ruin", I was referring to the potential reliability issues--vacuum leaks, A/F ratio, etc.--that multitudes of installers seem to run into. If it wasn't for that, I'd buy one immediately for the performance gain (twin screw or centrifugal).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWCurves View Post
    Which member was it that really struggled with ESS in terms of tuning? They kept having issues with getting a good AFR.
    Quote Originally Posted by Reasoned1 View Post
    I do remember somebody struggling with an ESS kit.
    I believe that was Sockethead.
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    I've personally never heard of people (BMW or not) that have had reliability issues with their chargers. Like I said before, its reliable power. I think when you start to get into customizing a "kit" from a manufacturer, that's when you start to potentially run into issues i.e. wanting to up the boost via a tune not provided by the manufacturer, bigger injectors, etc. etc.

    The only "issue" I had with my sgt2 VW GTI VR6 was belt slip and VF offered a (I think it was 35%) belt "wrap" kit that assisted in minimizing that issue to it almost being a null one. Some guys would convert their setups to a cogged belt which resulted in ZERO slip.
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