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Ultimate Cooling – 2012-2016 BMW F2X/F3X Intercooler R&D Part 3 – Production Sample

It’s been a long time coming since we last left off with the development of this intercooler. While it might have been trying on your patience, and a little on ours, it’s not necessarily a bad thing that it took some time. Simply put, how are we going to make sure that what ends up at your door step is perfect if the first doesn’t possess the same qualities? And sometimes doing things a little differently takes some time. 021418_NLT_F30_INT_WEB_3 If you look back to our last post outlining the design plans, you’ll … Continue Reading ››

Ultimate Cooling – 2012-2016 BMW F2X/F3X Intercooler R&D Part 2 – Design Plans

When I last left off our engineer, Steve, was busy scanning and creating a 3D model of the F30 stock unit as a reference for our new design. There is an impressive amount of engineering that has gone into this intercooler project already, with more to come. One of the reasons for this attention to detail is because of the wide range of models that this new cooler is going to fit, as seen by our photo gallery. Another reason is because BMW has a pesky habit of living up to their moniker, “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” they leave little … Continue Reading ››

Ultimate Cooling – 2012-2016 BMW F2X/F3X Intercooler R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

Mishimoto prides itself on the ability to improve the cooling systems on just about any vehicle that rolls through the garage door. Intercoolers have become our bread and butter at this point. That being said, BMW’s are notoriously over-engineered, so improving on the meticulous German design isn’t going to be an easy task. It seems that the engineers at BMW wanted to make sure they provided the best equipment on their “Ultimate Driving Machine,” which means tight spacing. Peeling the front bumper cover from our loaner 2014 335i M Sport reveals a space no bigger than a toaster oven. A tricky … Continue Reading ››

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 ››