• My Frank Smith Tuning Tech FS E46 M3 S54 Tuning Experience - Dyno results

      Below is the experience of BimmerBoost member bmw_knight who had his E46 M3 with over 100,000 miles on the motor tuned by Frank Smith of Tuning Tech FS. Tuning Tech FS is a new BimmerBoost vendor who offers remote and in-house tuning for a variety of platforms and what better way to introduce them than by showing first hand experience with their tuning from a member? Check out the results below, Tuning Tech FS picked up a very healthy 33 wheel horsepower with a tune plus VANOS alignment.

      @bmw_knight :

      I picked up my M3 in October of this year from the member OneFastSicilian.

      I picked up this car because of all of the work/maintenance that was done to it (OneFastSicilian was not the one that did all the work to it). I have a kid on the way, and my zhp needed some maintenance, so my awesome wife and best friend convinced me to get an M3 while I can.

      Initially I was super pumped, but the car wasn't quite what I was expecting. I came out of an Active stage 2 ZHP that was around 335 to the wheels.

      I promptly purchased an Active Autowerke Gen 6 exhaust which gave me the illusion that I was going faster because of the sound. Still unhappy, I purchased SuperSprint V1 headers and a CPI CRT Cat/Resonated section 1 400 cel cats. This woke the car up a little, but I still wanted more (we all do). I also found that the K&N probably had never been cleaned. It weighed 5 lbs with gunk all over it. I took that out and replaced it with a BMC filter and sprayed the hell out of the MAF with cleaner.

      Well needless to say, still didn't make the difference that I was looking for. I decided to take the car down to Frank Smith since he is local. I figured maybe a tune would help. He promptly put it on the dyno, and this is what he found.


      Wow what is going on there? M3 with headers and high flow cats? 274? Why is it tanking a little after 6500? Well remember all the work that was done by the previous owner? One of those items was a Dr. Vanos. Frank told me that he had seen this before and it was a VANOS issue. At this point I am panicking because I have heard and read horror stories. Apparently if the proper BMW tools are not used, it will cause issues like these. In comes Dave (Dafoe) to the rescue. Dave was able to diagnose and fix the alignment. Dave said the exhaust side was a few teeth off I believe.

      Well here is the next dyno, pre-tune just vanos aligned properly.


      Getting better right? Now for the fun. Time to tune.


      So lets get this straight, I drive in with 274 HP and leave with 307 HP? Wow not bad for a 106k mile car.

      Here is the final comparison:


      Now let me finish by talking about the feel of the tune. If you are curious its not magical, its still no supercharged car, but I can honestly say, I don't miss my old car anymore.

      - The car is smoother, it feels like I have more torque in the bottom end and I don't have to make the car work as hard to get up to speed. I am old enough now that I appreciate the smoothness.

      - The car pulls a lot harder. Enough said.

      - Sport button memory. This is a perk to a tune. Must have for me.

      - Piece of mind. I know the car is running right and that everything is in spec, including the valves (thanks Dave).

      I am not sure if Frank is on this forum, but I wanted to say thanks for helping me fall in love with my car. It's nice to have a good guy like you near by.

      I will update later in the week once all of the adaptations have taken effect and give a review of my normal commuting and drive-ability.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: My Frank Smith Tuning Experience / M3 experience Saga started by bmw_knight View original post
      Comments 34 Comments
      1. bmw_knight's Avatar
        bmw_knight -
        Next mods will be pulleys, electric fan and intake elbow. I will post back here when I add these.
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Great results.
      1. S62R's Avatar
        S62R -
        Which correction factors and which mode?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Those are great results and some very healthy gains! Nicely detailed.

        Now who the hell is Frank Smith?
      1. bmw_knight's Avatar
        bmw_knight -
        Ha sorry tuningtechfs.com
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw_knight Click here to enlarge
        Ha sorry tuningtechfs.com
        Well I'm mildly retarded considering they are our newest vendor.

        This works out perfectly though as I have plenty of info for an intro now.

        Thanks man.
      1. bmw_knight's Avatar
        bmw_knight -
        Glad to help.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Promoted to the front page. @bmw_knight
      1. bmw_knight's Avatar
        bmw_knight -
        Wow, cool. Hope it helps others.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw_knight Click here to enlarge
        Wow, cool. Hope it helps others.
        It will. You've already helped me and Tuning Tech FS. Nicely done!
      1. Stevenh's Avatar
        Stevenh -
        33whp gained from a tune only? Looks to me like 14whp gained from VANOS alignment and 19whp gained from the tune...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stevenh Click here to enlarge
        33whp gained from a tune only? Looks to me like 14whp gained from VANOS alignment and 19whp gained from the tune...
        You're right.
      1. stosh1's Avatar
        stosh1 -
        Congrats OP & welcome to the TTFS tuning club! Very solid gains there, bet it feels like a different car on the street. Frank is very easy to deal with...top notch customer service.
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Damn, so it was off the timing chain. Surprised the car didn't throw any codes or anything. Anyways, great gains and good to know the car is fixed. Lets hear the car with the headers and that exhaust.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by stosh1 Click here to enlarge
        Congrats OP & welcome to the TTFS tuning club! Very solid gains there, bet it feels like a different car on the street. Frank is very easy to deal with...top notch customer service.
        More people know about TTFS than I thought. Awesome, glad to get their forum presence stronger.
      1. Stucks's Avatar
        Stucks -
        Saw this post in our local bimmer alliance group. Frank smith really knows how to tune. I've seen him tune countless other e46 m3's and some as high as 320whp with just n/a bolt ons and 93 octane pump gas. Its cool to have all these tuners (frank smith, jake @ ptf) local lol.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Stucks Click here to enlarge
        Saw this post in our local bimmer alliance group. Frank smith really knows how to tune. I've seen him tune countless other e46 m3's and some as high as 320whp with just n/a bolt ons and 93 octane pump gas. Its cool to have all these tuners (frank smith, jake @ ptf) local lol.
        320 whp NA is serious power out of the S54. 100 wheel horsepower per liter... no joke.
      1. KhanArt's Avatar
        KhanArt -
        Congrats OP. I'm glad Dave was able to fix that vanos issue and solid gains from Frank's tune. Would love to meet you and your new car one day.
      1. GG///M3's Avatar
        GG///M3 -
        Very nice. I should be having headers installed within a week or so as well. Are you running the stock maf, or alpha N?
      1. flipm3's Avatar
        flipm3 -
        Thank for sharing @bmw_knight

        It's such a tedious job working on the VANOS on our S54s and any slight and minute inaccuracy can have huge ramifications on top end power. Great to hear that you got everything sorted out and most of all tuned.

        I brought up some questions on the other forum, but I also was curious and wanted to clarify.

        Are dyno runs R16487.001 - .003 all before Dave retimed your motor?

        Thanks again!