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      10-14-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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ER Charge Pipe Installation + Review

My ER Chargepipe arrived in the mail today!

First of, i must say that they packaged it really well! For all the aftermarket parts i have bought, ER really took an extra amount of effort in their presentation.


The workmanship and quality of the pipe is pretty good, it felt like christmas, opening a box filled with shiny stuff.




The kit came with detailed instructions. Too detailed infact, and as i have never done any self installs (DIY) prior to this car, i got a little confused, however it is pretty straightforward. The biggest issue for me was that i had to remove my AFE intake, makes it alot easier having space around the CP. Fortunately for me, i managed to loosen and just lift the box up, allowing it to rest on the engine giving me space to work on the chargepipe.




The hardest part was removing the chargepipe which was connected to the intercooler, the O-ring could not just be unscrewed and pulled off. Instead you had to squeeze a flat head screwdriver in, and twist to break the O-Ring. It took me almost half an hour before it finally came off. The C-Clip was the easiest to get off BMW.
Here are the pipes side by side.



Next you just need to transfer the TMAP Receiver as well as a couple of screws over from the old CP on to the new. Sorry i don't have pictures of that, but anyway here is it finally installed.



All in all i have to say the install wasn't too difficult, but you really have to get your hands dirty. ER said it was a very easy install, on a scale of 1(easiest) to 5(hardest) they rated it as 1, but i don't think its a 1? Yes there are just a few bolts and clips, but you have to dismantle other parts of the engine bay, and for that i give it a 2.5/5.

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No butt HP gains, but my car is ALOT more responsive, im not sure if it is related, but i can hear the turbo spool even louder, and earlier in the revv range. For $300 i think it is definitely a good investment. For all the other mods you might have done to the car, this makes your BMW worry free again!

Just wanna say thanks to Mike and N54 tuning for hooking me up. Great service!
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      10-14-2011, 06:21 PM   #2
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Nice! That will be my next mod- looks as if I may be able to do it myself which is a plus. Why not just remove the entire intake system up top to give yourself more room? The only hard part about it is the three wires on grommets in the back/rear.

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ER Charge pipe is great! The N55 really needs it IMO.
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great review! i plan to pick one up very soon!
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Just wanna say thanks to Mike and N54 tuning for hooking me up. Great service!
Glad you're enjoying them and thanks for the review. I think that on the N55 this is a must mod for anybody running a tune.

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Adding some more pics









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nice. i need to install my cxracing chargepipe. Im to lazy to install and have heard its a little difficult. Prolly just have LT install it
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what tools were required. any chance you can send me a pic of the instructions, mine did not come with any. that would be much apreciated if not dont trip
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Thinking about picking this up, I have Vishnu CP but honestly the fitment is not ideal.
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Definitely going to pick this up after I get my car back from MAC. Since I'm car inept, definitely going to go to Matt to get this installed.
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Why are the meth bungs right behind each other? Doesn't that screw up the spray pattern if the rear one is firing right into the front one?
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Thinking about picking this up, I have Vishnu CP but honestly the fitment is not ideal.
the fittment of Vishnu's cp is not perfect?
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Why are the meth bungs right behind each other? Doesn't that screw up the spray pattern if the rear one is firing right into the front one?
The don't really fire into each other but fire inline with the nozzle,so they don't really interfere with each others spray patters.. They can be staggered if requested or spaced out more.

I do a lot of custom configs of bung placements for customers so anything can be done.

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Thinking about picking this up, I have Vishnu CP but honestly the fitment is not ideal.
Go for it.. Fitment on these is spot on just like the ER N54 pipe... Too bad about the fitment issues with the Vishnu pipe.

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very nice chargepipe -
-I've been lag'n on going down and pick'n up one.
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what tools were required. any chance you can send me a pic of the instructions, mine did not come with any. that would be much apreciated if not dont trip
Yo if you still need the instructions, i can scan the ones i got for my CP and email them to you.
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the fittment of Vishnu's cp is not perfect?
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Go for it.. Fitment on these is spot on just like the ER N54 pipe... Too bad about the fitment issues with the Vishnu pipe.

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Sorry, not to talk down at all, I have a lot of respect for Vishnu's work.. I mean it fits, but a.) uses standard worm-drive clamps everywhere and b.) takes quite a lot of finagling with the silicone fittings, you can get it to work but you really have to muscle it in to place. It shouldn't be that hard and I can't say I feel really secure with it. Hopefully no trouble but if so, this is where I'm coming.
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The install sucked. It wasn't too bad but I was simultaneously installing my intercooler so it just pissed me off.
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