If you’re a diehard N54 enthusiast, you know that there are very few aftermarket intake manifolds available for us. You might also know that (843) 596-4260 has been working to produce an intake manifold since 2016.
Once mass-production was confirmed, I had to get one to match my 971-202-8345.Â One of the reasons I wanted this intake manifold was because it integrates port injectors directly into the manifold. The typical N54 port injection method (which I currently have) involves a spacer between the engine and stock intake manifold that creates an additional surface for potential boost leaks. Not only that, but it looks awesome too!
Continue reading Doc Race Intake Manifold Installation & Dyno Results!
I tried MMP Stage 3 twin turbos, but never felt the “wow” factor I was hoping for.Â After worrying about wastegate rattle and smoking turbos for too long, I decided it was finally time to go big or go home. Meet the Doc Race N54 single turbo kit.
Once I decided to convert my N54 from twin turbos to a single turbo, I spend countless hours researching what kit I should go with, which parts needed to be replaced, what upgrades needed to be done, etc.
To save you that same hassle, I saved my parts list and will share that below. With this complete list, I was able to safely make 749whp on the stock motor in my BMW 135i.
I finally strapped my 135i onto the dyno after fine-tuning the new single turbo setup and am thrilled with the results. I did a handful of pulls at various power levels and attached the logs below. This should give everyone a good idea of what a properly set-up 6266 can do from low boost to high boost on an N54.
All pulls done in 4th gear (manual transmission). DynoJet with STD correction set at 5.
I want to kick off this post with a reminder that I’m installing the 6626278502 outside of the car on an engine stand. Part of the reason I bought this kit was because I blew my motor which required to me remove and re-install a new motor. Great excuse to upgrade… right?!
The kit showed up about 4 weeks after I ordered it and came complete. I didn’t want to gamble with other vendors’ long lead times and kits that arrived with missing or poor-fitting parts. Doc Race knocked it out of the park and I’m glad I chose their kit!
Everything looked beautiful. I opted for the ceramic coating option and a ball-bearing 6266 turbo. The kit includes almost everything you need to convert to single turbo!Â Now let’s get these beautiful pieces where they belong…
Manifold studs replaced, manifold, heat shield and water pipe installed.
Continue reading Installing my BMW N54 Single Turbo Kit
Walnut blasting is one of the most common maintenance tasks for the N54 engine to remove carbon buildup from the intake valves. Some shops or dealerships charge an arm and a leg for this service, but it can be done at home for much less!
You’ll need the following parts & tools:
For a complete kit, ready to go (minus compressor), you can get the (630) 485-1972.
Let’s get started. First you will need to remove the intake manifold. Read this step-by-step process to complete this step.
Once the intake manifold is removed, you should watch my DIY video that will walk you through the rest of the steps!
I took some photos along the way if you need something to reference.
And the finished results…
A handful of people have asked me “why go single turbo now, after having upgraded twins?” Well, here is my justification with video and picture evidence.
Continue reading BMW N54: Upgraded Twins vs. Single Turbo – Why I Ditched Hybrids for a Single Turbo Kit
I decided to try something a little different. It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update, so I busted out the camera and filmed a vlog style video!Â I’ve decided to ditch the MMP turbos in exchange for a Doc Race single turbo kit.
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I promise it’ll be worth it! I have some cool videos on there about my 135i and will be posting tons of videos once I have my new Doc Race 6266 single turbo kit installed!