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      05-19-2011, 03:48 AM   #1
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Smile Just ordered an ESS VT-1 535 Kit from IND

I think the additional power will keep me satisfied with the M3 for another couple of years. This kit seems like the best value regarding HP gain for the money.

I went with the "Black Edition", and I was fortunate in that someone had ordered a VT-1 535 kit, and then upgraded to the VT-2 575 kit before taking delivery of the VT-1 535 kit. As a result, I won't have the normal two week lead time from the factory in Norway. It will still need to be painted and powder coated, but I should have it fairly quickly.

I am looking forward to joining the ESS Supercharged Club!
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      05-19-2011, 03:51 AM   #2
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nice pick up!

Any reason why you went with the VT-1 535 over the VT-2 575?
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      05-19-2011, 04:13 AM   #3
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Congrats man!! How much did it cost?
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      05-19-2011, 04:57 AM   #4
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I went with the VT-1 535 kit because it adds 120 HP at a cost of roughly $8,700 "Black Edition" which works out to about $72 / each HP gain. This kit actually makes about 550 HP if you run 93 octane which works out to $64 / each HP gain.

The VT-2 575 kit is nearly $13,600 "Black Edition" which works out to about $85 / HP gain.

It just seems like the VT-1 535 kit gives the greatest HP gain for the dollars spent, and I will likely only keep the car for another couple of years so this was a consideration. Also, many on the forum speak very highly of the practical performance of this kit when compared to the higher HP versions.

Besides, there is really not a significant penalty if you decide to upgrade to a VT-2 version kit at a later time. The upfront cost difference compared to the upgrade cost are fairly close. This defined upgrade path is just another reason why ESS is such a great way to go!!
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Welcome to the club !!!
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      05-19-2011, 09:17 AM   #6
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Great pick ! Slap a cat delete and gain and additional 25whp
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      05-19-2011, 10:09 AM   #7
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welcome aboard - great choice!
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      05-19-2011, 10:58 AM   #8
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I was fortunate in that someone had ordered a VT-1 535 kit, and then upgraded to the VT-2 575 kit before taking delivery of the VT-1 535 kit.
And I know just who that was, lol! Congrats on the blower, it's always nice when stuff can come a bit faster.
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nice congrats on the kit you will love a sced M.
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      05-19-2011, 12:17 PM   #10
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I think the additional power will keep me satisfied with the M3 for another couple of years. This kit seems like the best value regarding HP gain for the money.

I went with the "Black Edition", and I was fortunate in that someone had ordered a VT-1 535 kit, and then upgraded to the VT-2 575 kit before taking delivery of the VT-1 535 kit. As a result, I won't have the normal two week lead time from the factory in Norway. It will still need to be painted and powder coated, but I should have it fairly quickly.

I am looking forward to joining the ESS Supercharged Club!
Congrats ! you will enjoy the added power it is a very solid product.
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      05-19-2011, 04:29 PM   #11
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Great break down... I'm pretty convinced this is the route i'm going to do. Congrats! Can't wait for some updates.

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I went with the VT-1 535 kit because it adds 120 HP at a cost of roughly $8,700 "Black Edition" which works out to about $72 / each HP gain. This kit actually makes about 550 HP if you run 93 octane which works out to $64 / each HP gain.

The VT-2 575 kit is nearly $13,600 "Black Edition" which works out to about $85 / HP gain.

It just seems like the VT-1 535 kit gives the greatest HP gain for the dollars spent, and I will likely only keep the car for another couple of years so this was a consideration. Also, many on the forum speak very highly of the practical performance of this kit when compared to the higher HP versions.

Besides, there is really not a significant penalty if you decide to upgrade to a VT-2 version kit at a later time. The upfront cost difference compared to the upgrade cost are fairly close. This defined upgrade path is just another reason why ESS is such a great way to go!!
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      05-19-2011, 06:04 PM   #12
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Congrats, you don't regret it; garantee!
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and I was fortunate in that someone had ordered a VT-1 535 kit, and then upgraded to the VT-2 575 kit before taking delivery of the VT-1 535 kit.
I think that was me

My VT2-575 kit arrived in Houston this week and the install will take place next week. Congratulations on the new kit and welcome to the club!
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Congratulations and Welcome to the Club!

Great combination, ESS and IND!
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Im doing pulleys and tune next. already did intake/xpipes/exhaust. next month dinan rear end.

Then... well i was thinking of a TTRS but after you take the depreciation hit, the WSS S/C kits pays for itself.

Congrats, that is the way to go.
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Not a bad way to spend $10,000.
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I went with the VT-1 535 kit because it adds 120 HP at a cost of roughly $8,700 "Black Edition" which works out to about $72 / each HP gain. This kit actually makes about 550 HP if you run 93 octane which works out to $64 / each HP gain.

The VT-2 575 kit is nearly $13,600 "Black Edition" which works out to about $85 / HP gain.

It just seems like the VT-1 535 kit gives the greatest HP gain for the dollars spent, and I will likely only keep the car for another couple of years so this was a consideration. Also, many on the forum speak very highly of the practical performance of this kit when compared to the higher HP versions.

Besides, there is really not a significant penalty if you decide to upgrade to a VT-2 version kit at a later time. The upfront cost difference compared to the upgrade cost are fairly close. This defined upgrade path is just another reason why ESS is such a great way to go!!
13,600/ 85 = 160hp

414+160 makes 574 crank hp?
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Just shipped your kit out today. Here are some photos thanks again!

ESS VT1-535 with custom paint work-


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looks good like how you painted the blower.. enjoy your kit.
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