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      01-17-2016, 06:33 PM   #1
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I've ran a cat back system over the past year on my E90 M3 along with an ECU tune, DCT and coding flash. But I just decided to go full cat less. Do I really have to pay another grand for a new flash to accommodate the new setup? Or is there a better alternative?
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      01-17-2016, 07:00 PM   #2
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I've ran a cat back system over the past year on my E90 M3 along with an ECU tune, DCT and coding flash. But I just decided to go full cat less. Do I really have to pay another grand for a new flash to accommodate the new setup? Or is there a better alternative?
What kind of tune do you currently have? In my experience with ESS, when I went catless, my tune was upgraded at no cost.

I've got a BPM stage 2 tune now, but I think they do the same with updating tunes.
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      01-17-2016, 07:04 PM   #3
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What kind of tune do you currently have? In my experience with ESS, when I went catless, my tune was upgraded at no cost.

I've got a BPM stage 2 tune now, but I think they do the same with updating tunes.
It is a BPM tune and DCT flash
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      01-17-2016, 07:09 PM   #4
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It is a BPM tune and DCT flash
I'd send them an email, their customer service is outstanding.
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      01-17-2016, 08:20 PM   #5
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Catless xpipe requires a catless tune to squeeze out 5 to 8 more hp as well as turn CEL light off. But aside from thst it's not necessary
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      01-19-2016, 02:47 PM   #6
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Just went catless on Friday and I did not do anything except tune the o2 for higher flow based on Alex@Alpine which tunes out the CEL. Nothing else was changed. At the track i was getting way higher top speeds for some reason so the car was either making more power or I was just getting better.
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      01-19-2016, 03:17 PM   #7
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Going catless is by far single most big gain on these cars. A simple high flow air filter and catless xpipe and you have good 25bph.
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      01-19-2016, 03:23 PM   #8
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You will need a update on your tune. Have you tried contact BPM to see what the cost to upgrade would be?
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      01-19-2016, 04:14 PM   #9
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i believe any changes to the bpm tune file cost $100
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      01-20-2016, 08:18 PM   #10
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Just went catless on Friday and I did not do anything except tune the o2 for higher flow based on Alex@Alpine which tunes out the CEL. Nothing else was changed. At the track i was getting way higher top speeds for some reason so the car was either making more power or I was just getting better.
+1 I went this route as well since i was fine with the stock tune. with the alpine o2 tune your car can still pass the OBD2 tests . very happy with the performance with just a drop in filter and test pipes.
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Care to elaborate more on what the alpine o2 tune actually does?


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+1 I went this route as well since i was fine with the stock tune. with the alpine o2 tune your car can still pass the OBD2 tests . very happy with the performance with just a drop in filter and test pipes.
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I've ran a cat back system over the past year on my E90 M3 along with an ECU tune, DCT and coding flash. But I just decided to go full cat less. Do I really have to pay another grand for a new flash to accommodate the new setup? Or is there a better alternative?
I purchased 02 extenders from fabspeed, i got them for dirt cheap, but they list for 150. Simply install between exhaust pipe and O2. Havent had a fault code for 5000 miles and my readiness monitors are all "complete"
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Here is picture of the extenders installed on the post-cat O2s... https://instagram.com/p/_algLdCiyW/

Sorry for my Instagram link, I'm still learning how to- forum via mobile device
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Care to elaborate more on what the alpine o2 tune actually does?
as stated above it lets the post cat O2 sensor account for higher flow which in turn prevents a CEL from lighting up. other tunes simply suppress the CEL by leaving the rear O2 in a not "ready state" which will not allow you to pass any OBD2 related emissions tests.
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I purchased 02 extenders from fabspeed, i got them for dirt cheap, but they list for 150. Simply install between exhaust pipe and O2. Havent had a fault code for 5000 miles and my readiness monitors are all "complete"
i'm surprised this worked for you..many others have tried the j-style o2 extensions with no luck. you're one of the lucky ones!
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