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      06-13-2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Mike Benvo Tune w/ Akrapovic Evolution Exhaust

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I've always driven Japanese cars (STi, Evo X, G37, and S2000s), and decided to try something different after having gotten my wife a 335d and very much appreciating the build quality and feel of the car.

My goal was to find something as close as possible to an S2000 vis a vis balance and driving characteristics, with greater comfort and refinement. The M3 became the natural choice.

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Although I promised myself not to mod the car, I couldn't take the muffled exhaust and went ahead and ordered the Akra slip on. The resulting melody was awesome, and the pleasure lasted a bit.

Shortly thereafter I told myself investing that much in an exhaust with no power gains made no sense, so I was convinced it was time to get the Akra mid section. A few weeks late it was installed, and the sound went from awesome to incredible.

Not wanting a check engine light and looking to maximize gains, I decided to go with a tune rather than the Delete-R. I was originally looking in to the ESS tune, but found out while Mike Benvo was coding my car that he also had tunes prepared for the S65/Akra combo, I saw no other way to go.

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The result is phenomenal, and the car feels reborn/unleashed. Mike even took the time to make further refinements and incorporate them in to my tune and continues to strive for perfection.

All together it's been a great match. Will post some decent pictures of the car shortly.

Thanks for reading.

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Nice. I fear your modding is not over.
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Mike is a good dude. If i was going to get my car flash tuned, id have him do it.
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is there a way to change back to stock before a service?
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is there a way to change back to stock before a service?
Of course. Mike can always flash you back to stock.
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is there a way to change back to stock before a service?
Yes, absolutely.

However, there is no reason whatsoever to go back to stock. The tune is completely transparent and they will not be able to tell

Joe, thank you for the post. I'm glad you are enjoying the tune and it was a pleasure meeting you. Beautiful car.. Mineral white with two tone red
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Yes, absolutely.

However, there is no reason whatsoever to go back to stock. The tune is completely transparent and they will not be able to tell

Joe, thank you for the post. I'm glad you are enjoying the tune and it was a pleasure meeting you. Beautiful car.. Mineral white with two tone red
really? how can they not be able to tell? youve got me interested...ive been wanting to chuck my deleter for the longest time.
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      06-20-2012, 09:30 PM   #11
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really? how can they not be able to tell? youve got me interested...ive been wanting to chuck my deleter for the longest time.
My software is 100% transparent. There is no way for the dealer to tell you have a tune by plugging into your car.

If you retain the factory redline and top speed limit, there will be no indication in any record in the car that it has been tuned.

There are ways to tune it in which it shows that it has been flashed, and ways to prevent this.

I can even update the car to 231E software and make it appear that it's still on the original.

My car and many of my customer cars have been to the dealer without one single issue regarding the tune.

Come by and try it out for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

Feel free to call me if you want to discuss more in depth.
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My software is 100% transparent. There is no way for the dealer to tell you have a tune by plugging into your car.

If you retain the factory redline and top speed limit, there will be no indication in any record in the car that it has been tuned.

There are ways to tune it in which it shows that it has been flashed, and ways to prevent this.

I can even update the car to 231E software and make it appear that it's still on the original.

My car and many of my customer cars have been to the dealer without one single issue regarding the tune.

Come by and try it out for yourself, you will not be disappointed.

Feel free to call me if you want to discuss more in depth.
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Hello Everyone,

I've always driven Japanese cars (STi, Evo X, G37, and S2000s), and decided to try something different after having gotten my wife a 335d and very much appreciating the build quality and feel of the car.

My goal was to find something as close as possible to an S2000 vis a vis balance and driving characteristics, with greater comfort and refinement. The M3 became the natural choice.

Bone stock the car was a blast to drive. Always having driven manual cars, the DCT was truly a pleasant surprise. The high revving V8, perfect balance, and ergonomics created a fantastic package.

Although I promised myself not to mod the car, I couldn't take the muffled exhaust and went ahead and ordered the Akra slip on. The resulting melody was awesome, and the pleasure lasted a bit.

Shortly thereafter I told myself investing that much in an exhaust with no power gains made no sense, so I was convinced it was time to get the Akra mid section. A few weeks late it was installed, and the sound went from awesome to incredible.

Not wanting a check engine light and looking to maximize gains, I decided to go with a tune rather than the Delete-R. I was originally looking in to the ESS tune, but found out while Mike Benvo was coding my car that he also had tunes prepared for the S65/Akra combo, I saw no other way to go.

His comprehension of the M3's motor, power delivery, and technological nuances made for a deep understanding of the E9x M3. I decided to go forward with his tune, and couldn't be happier.

Mike's attention to detail, care, precision, and service are unparalleled. I felt as though the tune was not just another source of revenue, but a mission to share his automotive passion and knowledge with fellow M3 owners.

Mike took a significant amount of time analyzing exactly what I wanted from the car as far as performance, throttle response, power/torque delivery characteristics, as well as other details including rev limit, top speed, cold start, etc...

The result is phenomenal, and the car feels reborn/unleashed. Mike even took the time to make further refinements and incorporate them in to my tune and continues to strive for perfection.

All together it's been a great match. Will post some decent pictures of the car shortly.

Thanks for reading.

Joe
Do you have an akra EVO or slip on.
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Do you have an akra EVO or slip on.
Read title of thread.
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Do you have an akra EVO or slip on.
evo = evolution - He had the full system

I've had the Akra evo on my car for a long time now. Just tuned a Frozen Black M3 with one a couple of days ago..
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evo = evolution - He had the full system

I've had the Akra evo on my car for a long time now. Just tuned a Frozen Black M3 with one a couple of days ago..
can you do this tune remotely?
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Great story. Thanks for sharing!
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can you do this tune remotely?
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No problem doing it remotely.

I have a couple more end-user flash cables in stock. They will allow you to flash the car with the tune, and read/clear codes. Cable is yours to keep, included with the tune.

Features of the tune are here http://bpmsport.com/tuning.php
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No problem doing it remotely.

I have a couple more end-user flash cables in stock. They will allow you to flash the car with the tune, and read/clear codes. Cable is yours to keep, included with the tune.

Features of the tune are here http://bpmsport.com/tuning.php
does this cable allow for you to do remote coding as well or is that a different cable? like the amber delete etc.
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does this cable allow for you to do remote coding as well or is that a different cable? like the amber delete etc.
This cable is specifically designed for tuning and doesn't allow any coding.

The next generation of tuning cable (months and months out) will support bluetooth and will have a pass-through feature for coding as well.
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