I had the Dinan front strut tower brace and the rear shock tower brace installed this past Friday. The braces give the car a stronger/meaner appearance. Im not sure the car will truly benefit from the front & rear braces but it can't hurt. It is definately eye candy, just like the Active Auto Werkes CAI system. I have the A.A. CAI setup on my car and again, Im not certain it actually does anything for our cars but it sure looks good! In my opinion, your paying/buying the two mentioned items more for its appearance factor than anything else. Back to the front & rear braces. My local Dinan dealer installs these in so many M5 cars that they can practically do the install job blind folded. They completed the entire install task in 2 hours flat! It was a very clean and professional install job! The front took a little less than 30 minutes and the rear brace was approx. 90 minutes. I timed the technician. Now here is my question for anyone who cares to provide me with their opinion/input.
Even though this dealer banged out the job very fast, they still charged me the scheduled fee from the Dinan labor chart, meaning they charged me/billed me more time than they actually spent on my car. I was annoyed at this. Am I wrong to think that they should have charged me only the actual time they spent on my car? Or is it their right to charge me the allowable time fee based on the Dinan labor chart? Is the fact that this dealer can do the job a lot faster than what Dinan quotes the labor time as being, to their advantage, so they have the right to charge the allowable labor fee? Please let me know, okay.
Also, the Dinan dealer was doing a complete S2 package, on another M5 car. This Dinan dealer seems to be doing Dinan S2 packages every time I walk into their shop. They install S2 packages like I-HOP sells pancakes! I honestly can't belive this but this appears to be the case! The technician doing the S2 package showed me the Dinan headers, as he was installing them. We began to speak about "other" aftermarket headers being available for our M5 cars. The technician stated that yes, companies such as SUPERSPRINT do have headers but do not have the proper software to re-program the DME. He said that without a doubt, the M5 engine would actually lose horse power if one simply bolted on the aftermarket headers and did not
re-program the motor to operate with the new headers. The technician stated that the headers would actually make the engine "LEAN ITSELF OUT", thus losing power. This made me think of EVOSPORT, POWERCHIP and BEASTPOWER. Now if POWERCHIP has actually made an agreement/contract of some type with EVOSPORT that will more than likely resolve any issues of our motors leaning out from the addition of an aftermarket header such as the SUPERSPRINT headers. So, if this is in fact the case, what becomes of BEASTPOWER
Beastpower is selling HAMANN headers but according to Brad of EVOSPORT, POWERCHIP will not share/sell their newly developed header software to BEASTPOWER. So without a GOOD software, the aftermarket headers are useless, true
If this is true, is BEASTPOWER sh!t out of luck, when it comes to selling his Hamann headers??? I am not being scarcastic with this question, but very serious! I like Daniel of BEASTPOWER and think he is a nice person. We've been told that Hamann software is total junk. So what could a guy like BEASTPOWER do?
Any thoughts, comments and opinions on this would be appeciated. Thank you.