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I've done the computer update and am considering the exhaust and/or the suspension. Anybody out there who's done it already, I'd love to hear your opinion.
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Jim
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Mark, you mention the Stage II. Why not the Stage III?
 

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Mark, did you get to test drive the difference between II and III. I've heard that the camber plates remove most of the understeer tendency. In 2 weeks I will be driving another M5 locally that has the Dinan exhaust, Stage III, and the strut bars. I'm sure I'll want to do it all, but choosing between the II and III will be the hardest choice.
 

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I had my Tri-Flo installed at a Dinan authorized place. I asked them to call Dinan to get a status on the cold air intake. They were told that it would be mid-late Nov. and that the chip would be updated with optimizations for the new intake.
 

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Did not get the chance to drive with the camber plates. After driving on Road Atlanta for driving school, I definitely want a set. But, I would like adjustable plates to return the car to normal adjustment for everyday driving.
My car is an everyday driver so that was my concern for the non adjustable type that Dinan is offering.
Anyway, the jury is still out for me as to whether I'll get the Dinan. I may just say to heck with it and have them installed next time I'm in. We'll see.
Still waiting on the Cold Air Intake. That should make a major difference in response.
Mark
 

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Do you know what the expected HP increase is supposed to be for the cold-air intake?
 

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I have the Phase III suspension from Dinan and it is fantastic. The car carves turns and makes me much more confident at high speeds.

As far as tire wear, I have not had the upgrade long enough to comment. However, the improvement to handling is worth the cost of the rubber.


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I have the STAGE III and exhaust and front and rear strut braces......the car corner amazingly...... i dont even leave my seat (no understeer whatsoever) The DINAN people told me that the camber plates are only bad if you drive only on straight highways (like in a desert).... I live in NY and im always making turns (tires are fine). BTW, i love the new exhaust NOTE.......
 

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Hey Dave, I'm looking forward to meeting up with you in a couple of weeks. I was at Habberstad last week and spoke with Tony. They all seem to know and speak highly of you and your cars, but turbo's on an 850?
 

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Ride is great, very little change in overall stiffness and comfort, but amazing control on the road.
 

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JIM....... they always mess up....im having the 850s engine port and polished and massaged to 500hp (naturally aspirated) at KORMAN AUTOWORKS.....
 

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Oh, OK that sounds a little better. By the by, where's Korman?
 

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Hank or anyone else who has done the Stage 3 suspension upgrade, how much did the parts cost, and how much was installation? Did you get it installed at Dinan?


Originally posted by hank:
I have the Phase III suspension from Dinan and it is fantastic. The car carves turns and makes me much more confident at high speeds.

As far as tire wear, I have not had the upgrade long enough to comment. However, the improvement to handling is worth the cost of the rubber.


 

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Although I haven't done it yet, the prices from my Dinan-authorized dealer are:
1) Stage III= $1883 parts & $990 labor
2) Exhaust= $1998 parts & 270 labor
3) Front strut brace= $544 complete
4) Rear strut brace= $569 complete
If anyone else has different numbers, please post for comparison, listing your location.
 

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I am scheduled to go in Friday for the software upgrade, basically to remove the limiter, which I haven't hit yet, and up the revs.

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DrJim's numbers are almost identical to my experience. I did not get my upgrades installed by Dinan, I got them installed by SF BMW. I told them the prices listed on the Dinan web site and also the number of units of work required to install the components. They agreed with the estimates and used those numbers which worked out to be very close to DrJim's.

The suspension is fantastic!
 
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