Category Archives: BMW 1-Series E8X 135i/is Catch Can 2011-2013

Protecting the N55 – Catch Can R&D, Part 3: Test Results and Final Look

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Nothing ruins a weekend drive through your favorite back roads more than an unexpected check engine light (CEL). That is, nothing except a flashing check engine light.  Having driven my fair share of Volkswagens, Audis, and more recently Subaru’s, I’ve become quite accustomed to the warm, orange glow of a lit check engine light.  A solid CEL is something that no longer worries me; it’s something that I, and most people who modify cars, have come … Continue Reading ››

BMW N55 Direct-Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 2: Protect What Matters Most

You spend hours washing, waxing, and polishing. Not a single drop of water or speck of dirt is left on the paint’s surface when you’re done. The interior is the same story; the carpet, seats, and dash look better than on the day you picked up your new BMW from the dealer. You spend precious time and effort protecting your investment from the outside, but what about the places you can’t see? I don’t mean that spot under the seat where you have to break every bone in your hand to retrieve your phone. I mean the heart of the … Continue Reading ››

An Elegant and Complex System – Direct Fit Catch Can R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

This is it. The leather seat grips your back as hard as your hands grip the wheel and the tires grip the road. The pavement is your playground and nothing can break the connection you have to its twists and turns.  Your mind is calm, but calculating, guiding the wheels through every turn with finesse as the headlights cut through the darkness.  Smooth is fast, and this car is certainly smooth.  When you finally coax yourself to go home, stepping out into the cool night air, you think to yourself, “This is it.”

The Dark Horse of Combustion: Blow-by

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