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      08-05-2013, 11:25 PM   #1
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Alpina B3 Flash DIY with Winkfp

I have posted this on other forums and finally had the chance to broadcast this on E90post.com

This guide is intended for personal use and anything that happens to your car is done soley by your choice.. This guide just provides the instructions on how to flash the software. I do not hold any responsibility if you damage your car.



Alpina B3 Flash DIY using WinKFP



DIY Guide to Flash Alpina B3 Flash:



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WARNING...If you dont know what your doing, dont be brave and blindly go into this advanced flashing of software into the TCU module.. If your not too confident in doing this, either pay someone or just do without it.....WinKFP is a very dangerous tool but yet its awesome and in terms of coding its pretty advanced.. Proceed after reading this warning if you choose to do so...

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This flash will make the transmission run smoother, gear change will be more precise and crisp, rev match downshift is unbelievable, rev limiter is increased and overall driveability is increased. You will have a new indicator for gear selection in D mode which display D1, D2, D3 ,D4, D5 and in DS mode you will see S1, S2, S3, S4, S5 and the same for the M mode. This single flash will make the car change gears more refined and crisp. You will no longer feel the lurching when the tranny shifts and it goes through the gears without even the slightest hesitation. It is indeed a must have flash if you own a E9x with a N54 engine...


This Alpina TCU flash works for model years 3/07 till present N54/N55 engine (some N55 engines which are rare, exhibit the rpms jumping down to zero on each shift but acts normal in every other way..This can be addressed if you update your DME version if you have this erratic rpm issue after flash). If your production date is before 3/07, your out of luck and cant flash your car! Before you attempt this you should have some knowledge in coding and setting software. You need to confirm INPA software is working and communicating with car. If you dont have INPA communicating, dont move beyond this point and go back and do some more research on getting it to work.. There are plenty of DIY guides for setting up INPA, Ediabas, NCSexpert and WinKFP,


You can purchase a proven cable that works...Please dont ask will this one work as it is cheaper if so.. Buy one that is proven and it will save you alot of headaches!

http://www.one-stop-electronics.com/...&product_id=16



Once you have configured your laptop properly with INPA, NCSexpert and WinKFP, you need to download Spdaten 49.3 which I have provided a link to download a condensed form for the strict purpose of this Alpina flash. The link for the SPdaten 53.0 is not the entire version and doesnt have the other data files needed to flash other modules if you need them, this is strictly for Alpina flash which makes the download much quicker...If you have any questions 1917-939-4980 or even email me Ccnoner@aol.com

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sb0bm1he0j7hto9/53.0.rar



Follow the guide how to import the SPdaten 53.0 data into Winkfp by downloading the PDF I have provided below..Once you have the data imported into Winkfp then you need to configure the Winkfp..follow this





Once Winkfp is configured correctly your ready to begin the flash of your new Alpina B3 software into your car!!


IMPORTANT..For those using Procede or JB4 make sure the tune is set to VALET map 0 before you start the flash..

Here we go:

-Make sure your battery is good if not get a battery charger

-Open drivers door and turn ignition ON (cluster guage on) Basically hit the start button twice without starting car..

-connect cable to obd connector of car

-Load Winkpf software

-Press (F1) comfort mode

-Press (F3) Update ZUSB

-Choose ECU GKE215

-Press (F2) Choose ZUSB

-Choose ECU GKE215 and next to it there will be ZB-Numbers..Find 7615835

-Click ok

-If you have done it correctly so far you will see at the top Assembly Identification number 7615835 (Alpina software ) and it will automatically reference 7591971

-Press (F4) Enter VIN ( make sure you double check you have entered the correct VIN numbers)

-click ok

-Press DONE (F8)

-Press (F3) Program

-Pop up window will say you can code the ECU 63 more times, click ok

-Flashing begins and you will have to wait till it reaches 100% twice..The first bar will finish rather quickly and then another bar progress of 100% will take about 3-4 minutes
the most and it will be completed...


-If everything is done correctly, then you will get a pop up screen saying programming done, click ok

-Shut off car by taking key out. Lock car with key, wait 5 minutes and start the car..If everything works correctly you will not
have any warning signs or check engine lights...Enjoy your newly transformed AT Alpina B3 software

NOTE::::::

For newer build cars after the flash the paddle shifters no longer works...If this is the case you would follow part II of this DIY..

Alpina B3 flash Part II: DIY for NOT-working paddles shifters after flash


Alpina B3 flash Part II: DIY for NOT working paddles after flash




The Alpina B3 flash has been a huge success so far for performance gains as well as fixing many issues that has plagued the N54 platform for years. It has undoubtedly given the performance gains in which everyone could enjoy. The only minor glitch during the flashing was on new model years in which once the car is flashed the paddle shifters now longer worked, unlike the earlier build model years which didn't exhibit this. This was quite bothersome to me so I had to find a fix as it seemed unthinkable it wouldn't work. Here is your solution!


You guys need to use NCSexpert and have the latest SPdaten 49.3 or even 48.1 loaded up to both NCSexpert and Ediabas. There are tons of literature on this so do a search on it. If you not comfortable doing this or the actual coding, you can find a local coder and pay to have this coded....


Warning: If you dont have the Spdaten 48.1 or 49.3 updated correctly into Ediabas and NCSexpert, after doing this coding the car will be Dead and show a gear warning on cluster but this can be fixed by correctly updating the NCSexpert...


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Here is what you do:








0-Start ignition with cluster lights on

1-Load NCSexpert

2-File Use EXPERTMODE profile and click ok

3-(F1) Vin/ZCS/FA

4-(F3) SG ausw

5-Choose E89 chassis click ok

6-Choose CAS click ok

7-(F6) Back

8-(F4) Read ECU and pick EGS module click ok

9-Press F3 (execute JOB)

10-After it says coding ended your done!

11-Close out NCSexpert




At this point 3 things can happen:




**A)There are no errors and the car starts fine and the paddle shifters are working and your happy!




**B)The car starts but then when you drive off, the shifting of gears are all screwy and changing incorrectly.




**C)The car starts but you get the dreaded GEAR error and it wont even go into drive at all..
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If you have either B or C then you issue is the update of the Spdaten 48.1 or 49.3 was incorrectly done...Go back and check installation and start again




Reverting back to stock software...

Anyone that wants to go back to stock software for whatever reason, its really simple to do...Follow the same procedure and choose 7601492 as the ZB number instead of the 7615835 (alpina software zb number).




Have fun modding!
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      08-06-2013, 06:27 AM   #2
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if you update winkfp with bmw coding tool it work also

thanks steven you're the man!
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BMW tool doesn't work. Please don't attempt to use it to update Winkfp. You will error out during the flash. I understand some have done this with success using BMW tool but many have failed so I wouldn't use the tool as it's not 100% effective.
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BMW tool doesn't work. Please don't attempt to use it to update Winkfp. You will error out during the flash. I understand some have done this with success using BMW tool but many have failed so I wouldn't use the tool as it's not 100% effective.
ok good to know
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      08-06-2013, 03:13 PM   #5
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This awesome. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I like your format more than the how to video one. And, you shared the files.

I will be doing this tonight.
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      08-06-2013, 05:13 PM   #6
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I am having trouble getting a concrete response on whether or not I can actually flash my car to the Alpina upgrade. I have 02/07 build e90 328xi with the GM 6spd AT.

Can anyone answer for certain? Thanks.
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I am having trouble getting a concrete response on whether or not I can actually flash my car to the Alpina upgrade. I have 02/07 build e90 328xi with the GM 6spd AT.

Can anyone answer for certain? Thanks.
I stated in the DIY that's its for a 335 with Either N54 or N55 that's the production date has to be 3/07 till present. It DOES NOT work for 328 N52 platform.
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Im looking to have this done and willing to have someone do it for me. PM me what is needed and what it will cost to do the flash thanks.
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What will happen if you do this to a 06 n54 ?
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All I can say is a massive thank you for putting this together. I was going to pay a pro to do this but I was so keen to have the flash that I couldn't wait so did it myself.

Finally an upgrade which is amazing and FREE

I was seriously considering a gearbox swap to DCT or even a manual but now I love my 6AT.

It is not as fast as the DCT but for daily driving the 6AT is better IMO and faster off a standing start because In reality your not going to use launch control every time your at the lights.

So once again thank you for your efforts on the DIY

SO I CAN GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY I AM UK BASED IN MILTON KEYNES AND HAVE ALL THE TOOLS TO FLASH THE ALPINA TCM ON LOCAL 335i's

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https://mega.co.nz/#!lt1TUYLT!d8slHi...9NXgK7F7DdR83s

SP-DATEN for Alpina flash
https://mega.co.nz/#!F1cW2SiA!O5eMxF...zuQNaJbEE-WvVE

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Hi cn555ic, thanks for sharing. Can I use daten 50.2 instead of the 49.3 you posted? thanks!!
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I have the latest full version of SP Daten 50.2 (~45GB): Would I be able to do the Alpina B3 flash from the files contained within that, or must I specifically use the 49.3?

I'm thinking I could use 50.2, but I need to be absolutely sure that I don't brick anything in case somehow BMW made changes that are for some inexplicable reason won't work on any non-Alpina model.
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Just wanted to say thanks for this write up - initially there was no way I was going to do this as was worried about bricking the car, but it's actually a relatively straightforward process. Did wait until I'd spent several weeks doing option coding first however to make sure I knew what I was doing.

I used the latest SP Daten when I did mine.
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I attempted to do the paddle fix but it seems that the new NCS Expert has different labels but I want to be sure!

I'm using NCS Expert 4.0.1 (Included in Standard Tools 2.12) and have tried many "Expert Mode" profiles provided by various people but I never get the "SG ausw" button after first selecting "Vin/ZCS/FA" on the first page. The third button along reads either "ZCS/FA f. ECU" or "ZCS aus SG" but never "SG ausw". When I press this button, it next has an option to choose chassis code then CAS but I do not want to take any chances unless somebody confirms for sure that this button is the exact same button with a different name. I've had too many scares with both my DME and TCU flashes to do anything unless I'm 100% sure!

Any help/confirmation would be greatly appreciated!
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Any links to these files- INPA, NCSexpert and WinKFP?

I have a windows 8 laptop, will all this software install and run under widows 8?
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I dunno who to thank for this post cause it seems to be on all the boards. But whoever originally posted this...Thanks! Worked great.
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I updated the first post with the condensed version of Spdaten 53.0 This link is strictly data to load onto WInkfp to perform the Alpina flash.
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So, after a year, how are everyones trans holding up to this flash??

Also, as a newbie to bmw...but a computer nerd, and not too new to tuning....how hard would it be for me to get everything I need to get this on my 07/07 335?
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I attempted to do the paddle fix but it seems that the new NCS Expert has different labels but I want to be sure!

I'm using NCS Expert 4.0.1 (Included in Standard Tools 2.12) and have tried many "Expert Mode" profiles provided by various people but I never get the "SG ausw" button after first selecting "Vin/ZCS/FA" on the first page. The third button along reads either "ZCS/FA f. ECU" or "ZCS aus SG" but never "SG ausw". When I press this button, it next has an option to choose chassis code then CAS but I do not want to take any chances unless somebody confirms for sure that this button is the exact same button with a different name. I've had too many scares with both my DME and TCU flashes to do anything unless I'm 100% sure!

Any help/confirmation would be greatly appreciated!
Hi - Did you get any response to this? I am in the same position with NCS Expert 4.0.1 and can't match up the headings with the instructions here...

Thanks!
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It's ok - I found the answer on another forum!

Basically, the process in NCS 4.0.1 is very similar to old except buttons have different labels. follow the steps below; they worked for me and I am now all set with working paddles after the transmission flash!

FIX - Load NCS Expert, Load EXPERT Profile. Follow normal steps, F1, F3, F6, F4, EGS, then F2, SGCODERIEN, F3. This will reset the EGS and your paddles will work.
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What will happen if we run WinKFP before updating the SPDATEN files..?? Will this not work as good..?? Whenever I update my WinKFP it goes corrupt...
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