Tune-up

Results presented down below are from modified engine:

  • 3.0 bar fuel pressure
  • Three-inch stainless exhaust
  • ported M30 cylinder head
  • 0.6 bar boost pressure
  • M102 wastegate
  • 93 mm forged pistons
  • chipped 013 ECU

With NTK meter following afr numbers were tracked:

  • Idle 13.5 to 14
  • Cruise 15.5. to 16
  • Full throttle 12 to 12.5

For better understanding operation of 745i engine, installing wideband air/fuel-ratio meter is best thing to do. Even on non-modified car it gives very usable information. There are several manufacturers of meters (NTK, AEM) to pick from. Sensor should be installed away from turbo, according to NTK at least 0,5m down turbine. Before metering basic tune-up items should be covered (injectors, distributor, filters, plugs, valves, idle speed and throttle body). Adjusting basic ratios can be either done via air flow meter or with adjustable fuel pressure regulator.

Idle is smooth in this setup, leaning idle to 14.5 makes car run little rough (fuel pressure 2.5 bar). Cruise afr numbers are at 100 km/h speed with fourth gear locked. Full throttle afr needs more reliable testing, afr of 10 and 11 show up but seem to average above 12. On sport with open throttle from stand-still car seems to hesitate bit when shifting up to second gear. Timing/injection maybe off due modifications, swedish binary file inside control unit is helpful. Rich mixture can make feel of power loss momentarily, but this all is guesswork for now.

Acceleration on full throttle with free flow exhaust and no floor insulation makes you really consider ear protection. Cruising generates exhaust resonation between 1500 to 2000 rpm, especially on highway speeds. Irritation is all forgot after acceleration in a tunnel, forged pistons play well along. Window down second gear in – sound past 3000 rpm is absolutely breathtaking. After this it is impossible not to grin and repeat. Idle tone is on heavy side but does sound promising performance wise. Any stock system flow restrictions are gone.

Numbers listed up above give guidance what one should expect while metering. According to Autospeed article on afr ratios idle can be around 13 to 13.5. Cruise ratio around 15.5 to 16 is fine due light load conditions. High load afr on boosted engine should be 11.6 to 12.3. Most factory boosted cars will run very rich, like afr of 10 being common on high loads. This is safety feature which helps protecting engine by cooling down mixture with excess fuel. It does not go well with best power but can help combat high intake temps or lesser quality fuel.

On highway full boost is seen above 2000 rpm on fourth gear locked (economy) and before 3000 rpm on locked third (sport). From stand still full boost comes on second gear. Off boost engine is easy going and old eh-transmission makes smooth job on economy. Part throttle acceleration response is great and less easy going on boost, traction is lost quickly on slippery surface. Up shifts are quick on sport mode and speed builds up in no time. On sport transmission down shifts aggressively when throttle is opened and can come as surprise.

Following meters while driving can be difficult. For reliable results data logging is needed. There are special logging devices that accept analog signals from engine and can supply voltage for standalone sensor. Devices save data to memory card or directly to computer via USB. AFR meters usually provide analog output, beside this boost pressure is needed for rudimentary logging. Boost can be measured by MAP sensor, it needs own voltage supply. Australian company eLabtronics sells USBP Module for 5-channel logging with single supply voltage.