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Must-Have Euro Products for May ‘16

Mar 22, 2016
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Dinan bmw f85 x5m f86 x6m free flow exhaust system Photo 2/16   |   Dinan Bmw F85 X5m F86 X6m Free Flow Exhaust System

1.) Dinan BMW F85 X5M/F86 X6M Free Flow Exhaust System

Dinan is hot to turn SUV performance tuning into a thing, especially when it comes to the 4.4L S63B44 twin-turbo V-8 that serves as the beating heart of the BMW X5M and X6M. Its Free Flow exhaust system for the platforms is a backpressure-killing upgrade constructed from 16-gauge 304 stainless that employs a Helmholtz chamber to reduce drone and is available with either black ceramic-coated or polished quad 3.5-inch tips. Dinan claims gains of 8 hp and 7 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm with no other modifications, though the system is designed to pair ideally with the DINANTRONICS piggyback ECU for maximum performance. The Free Flow exhaust system can be purchased and installed at any Dinan-approved BMW dealership nationwide.

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2.) Ultra Racing VW Mk5 R32 and Audi TTS Quattro Rear Lower Brace

Get some chassis torsional stiffness for your Mark 5 R32 or TTS Quattro with Ultra Racing's rear lower brace, a one-piece steel bar that mounts in between suspension pickup points. It uses the shortest and most direct bracing route possible for maximum rigidity, a fact augmented by bolting flanges that are a beefy 4mm thick. All Ultra Racing bars have been designed on custom jigs and feature crash deformation characteristics that work in conjunction with each platform's factory crumple zones.

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3.) K40 Electronics Expert Radar Detector and Laser Jamming Systems

K40 Electronics takes radar detector stealth to the next level with its RL360i and RL200i Expert custom installed systems featuring an all-new controller that can integrate seamlessly into most factory/OEM interiors. Each comes with an Expert Control Unit that can be permanently installed but is easily concealable, looking and functioning just like other factory-installed vehicle controls—it even features backlit buttons. K40 Expert Systems are offered in RL360i Expert, the world's first separate front and rear-mounted radar receiver system, providing 360-degree protection; and RL200i Expert, a front-only remote-mounted radar receiver system. K40's Laser Defuser g5 laser jammers can be added to provide protection against police laser guns.

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4.) Raceland BMW E9X 3-Series Coilovers

Raceland dives headfirst into the E9X chassis BMW 3-series segment with its coilover kit, a suspension setup that can be adjusted 1 to 3 inches below factory ride height and features powdercoated shocks and springs to reduce surface corrosion. The Raceland E9X coilover kit works with all E90, E91, and E92 variants ('06-'12 3-series) and is covered by Raceland's limited lifetime warranty. $369

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5.) Forge Motorsport VW/Audi 2.0L TSI Equipped Cars (EA888 GEN 3) Carbon-Fiber Intake Kit

Forge Motorsport's carbon-fiber intake for the latest 1.8 and 2.0 TSI EA888 engines runs the full width of the core support and exploits the cold air ducts that VW/Audi put in from the factory but didn't use. The intakes are created from dry carbon and offer a throaty sound from the engine, particularly under boost. The filter element is provided by Pipercross and is fully serviceable or replaceable if necessary. The kit comes complete with everything needed for installation, which can be carried out in around 30 minutes, including a set of full color instructions. An additional inlet hose upgrade is also available to make fitting even easier. $556.81

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6.) Cool Carbon S/T Plus Brake Pads

The "S" stands for "street," the "T" for "track," so you can guess what these pads are designed for, but Cool Carbon says it's improved performance (hence the "Plus") on these latest pads designed for BMWs. Developed to fill the gap between entry-level performance pads and competition pads, S/T Plus pads purportedly allow you to go straight from the street to the track without having to "stop and swap" pads. CC attributes the advances to a new formulation with Twaron aramid content in the composite, as well as a dedicated manufacturing facility using proprietary processes, including unique curing and triple scorching, and just like the original S/T pads, S/T Plus pads are positive-molded instead of flash-molded. Cool Carbon S/T Plus pads are offered in front sets for a range of BMW applications.

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7.) Forgeline Motorsports GA3C Wheel

Based on Forgeline's GA1R mono-block racing wheel, custom-made GA3C rims feature three-piece modular construction, I-beamed spoke technology, flat, reverse-lip design engineered for brake caliper clearance, and a choice of a deep or shallow concave. The wheels are built from forged 6061-T6 aluminum with 6061-T6 heat-treated rim shells and assembled with stainless steel ARP fasteners in a choice of exposed through-bolt or hidden bolts with Heli-coil inserts. Available in 18- 19-, 20-, and 21-inch diameters (21-inch diameter with stepped-lip outer only), the GA3C includes a standard aluminum center cap and is fully customizable in fitment and finish, including center lock applications.

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8.) AEM X-Series Wideband UEGO Air/Fuel Ratio Controller

X-Series Widebands are built on unique patent-pending X-Digital technology that AEM asserts makes them the fastest responding wideband air/fuel ratio controllers in independent testing against 17 other wideband UEGO air/fuel controllers. Each comes with a Bosch 4.9LSU wideband UEGO sensor and a factory calibrated resistor that does not require free-air calibration but allows for free-air calibration as the sensor ages if the user desires; it's compatible with vehicle/system voltages up to 16V and features 0-5V and RS232 for data logging and feedback control, as well as AEMnet (CANbus) for data logging and daisy-chaining multiple controllers up to 16 cylinders. The auto-dimming gauge is 52mm in diameter and 0.825 inches deep, with a cup depth of just 0.2 inches, boasts locking connectors and a black bezel and dual-faced faceplate, and can display AFR values in hundredths of a percent; additionally it sports a user configurable display via buttons on the gauge face for changing AFR values, Lambda and O2 percentage, and 3- or 4-digit display.

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9.) Mirror Bright Wheel Cleaner

The secret to Mirror Bright's Wheel Cleaner is its use of a pH balanced formula and a special ingredient that dissolves brake dust and rust remnants. This makes it reliable and safe for all types of wheel surfaces, including chrome, polished aluminum, and painted. Mirror Bright comes in a 22-fluid oz. trigger spray bottle with fetching, old-school labeling so you can't miss it on the shelf at your local auto parts retailer. $8.99

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10.) SamcoSport Classic Black Silicon Race Hoses

For upgrading hoses without losing that stock appearance, consider SamcoSport's range of racing spec silicon hoses in the Classic Black finish. Silicon hoses apparently don't suffer from age hardening like conventional organic rubber hoses, and Samco's feature a smooth inner liner that reduces drag on both fluids and air. All SamcoSport hoses are engineered to withstand higher pressures than OEM rubber hoses and have an operating temperature rating from -58° to +356°F. All classic hoses come with an embossed SamcoSport logo rather than the white logo found on the colored hoses and kits.

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11.) B-G Racing Billet Camber/Caster Bubble Gauge with Magnetic Adaptor

The B-G Racing bubble gauge accurately measures from -6 to +6 degree camber and from -4 to +12 degrees caster, displaying the readings clearly on separate positive and negative vials. A stepped design ensures all the vials are aligned to the hub centerline. B-G's Camber/Castor gauge is machined from billet aluminum with a black anodized finish and comes with a protective carrying case. $186.97

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12.) Milltek Audi Mk3 TTS Exhaust

Milltek's mandrel bent stainless steel exhaust system is a modular setup offered with a front section consisting of a 76.2mm downpipe and hi-flow sports catalytic converter or in a cat-back configuration. Both downpipe and cat-back versions can be specified with a number of other sub-options, two of which require owners to have had their cars fitted with a Stage 2 ECU remap to function effectively, two which will only achieve their optimum potential when used in conjunction with an OE system. These can be paired with an array of 76.2mm cat-back options and tailpipes, the former consisting of resonated and un-resonated sections, the latter with a choice of two distinct pipe coatings. The system is constructed using Milltek's HollowTek manufacturing technique, which helps cancel out resonant frequencies and drone while driving at speed, ensures that no additional under-hang is visible beneath the system, reduces overall weight, permits the use of smaller boxes, results in a deeper sound, and enhances the pops and crackles that characterize the over-run sound of vehicles fitted with electronic exhaust valve control modules.

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13). Bilstein Porsche 981 Boxster B6 Dampers

This B6 "Damptronic" kit is for Porsche's 981 Boxster but will also work in the equivalent Cayman models, in all engine variants, and is fully Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) integrate-able (is that even a word?) The kit walks the line between day-to-day GT usage, with the ability to flick into a harder setting via PASM for more spirited driving, bump and rebound being changed together in a carefully pre-set ratio. The B6 Damptronic system has been proven both in the lab and on Bilstein's Papenburg test facility and carries full TUV approval and a 12-month warranty.

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14.) SuperPro VW Golf MK7 GTi/R4 Engine Mount Kit

This four-piece polyurethane engine mount kit promises to reduce engine movement without sacrificing ride quality or inducing NVH into the car's road manners. It includes upper, lower, and pendulum mounts, and the main dynamic advantages of the kit are wheel-hop mitigation, more accurate and precise gear changes, and efficient power transfer without increased cabin noise, shaking mirrors, and interior rattles. The kit is a direct replacement for the OEM parts.

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15.) Liberty Walk R56 Mini Body Kit

The wide-body craze shows no signs of slowing down, and you can thank the likes of Liberty Walk for that – when an outfit like LW executes kits so expertly, it's hard to say no. Their setup for the R56 Mini is available in either carbon fiber or glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), and two kits are available. A comprehensive "LB Stance Works" version features front bumper, front diffuser, side skirts, rear bumper, rear diffuser, rear wing, boot-mounted wing, and arch extensions, while the slightly less expensive "LB Stance" edition has all of these parts sans the wide arches.

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