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AMG Turbo Swap M157 to M278

AMG Turbo Swap M157 to M278

One way to upgrade power on a (non-amg) M278 is to retrofit AMG turbos into the M278 engine. People on MB World report they bolt up directly and just need a tune to work and also routing of liquid cooling. One issue to anticipate is the M157 turbos have coolant […]

August 10, 2020 0 comments Performance
Pulley Upgrade Supercharged / Kompressors

Pulley Upgrade Supercharged / Kompressors

One popular method of increasing performance on Supercharged cars is using a smaller pulley.  The smaller gearing increases the boost provided by the supercharger. Nearly every aftermarket tuner offers smaller pulleys. UPD suggests via its product pages that 80mm is safe without a tune and 77mm will require a tune […]

August 8, 2020 0 comments Performance
Road Trip DC to Orlando, Florida via Port Canaveral

Road Trip DC to Orlando, Florida via Port Canaveral

In January I took off for a 1000 mile solo road trip from DC to Port Canaveral, FL to get on what had to be one of the last cruises that sailed before the Corona Virus pandemic.   My son loved his disney cruise and unfortunately I was breaking up […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments Road Trips
Upgrade Mercedes Stereo

Upgrade Mercedes Stereo

Mercedes out of the factory in the USA come with fairly good stereos.  They can be upgraded but there are two different philosophies: Theory of Constraints Find the issues that hold back the factory system and address them. Replace Front Woofers In this method which, isn’t a bad way to […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments Electronics, Stereo
Most Popular Mercedes to Tune

Most Popular Mercedes to Tune

While I argue every modern turbo Mercedes may be a great tuner car, for example a 2013 or 2014 GL 450 can be tuned to nearly 500HP from it’s factory detuned 350HP as it is a very similar set up to the GL 550. That being said, there are some […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments Mercedes Models
Cooling Upgrades

Cooling Upgrades

As Mercedes shifted into forced aspiration engines cooling became an issue intake air temperature (IAT), heat soak, and more were only exacerbated by tuning. Tuning Superchargers or Turbocharged engines often looks at increasing the amount of compressed air into an engine.  Compressing air, as we know physics today, will always […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments Cooling
Cold Intake Air Spacers

Cold Intake Air Spacers

You may have heard about UPD air intake spacers, or Cold air intake (CAI) spacers, or VRP air box risers.  Let’s answer three top questions about them. What are they? In various Mercedes engines the air intake is actually fairly good, especially when blessed by tuners such as brabus.  However, […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments Air Intake, Performance
Road Trip DC to Hilton Head Island

Road Trip DC to Hilton Head Island

In this current time, an escape, a drive, along the coast is therapeutic. The miles are no longer a chore, but a welcome cinema of life where we have choice at each stage. I took my son Jonah to Hilton Head Island for his 6th birthday.  He loves to swim […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments Road Trips
St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance 2019

St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance 2019

There were some beautiful cars, weather, and scenery at the 2019 St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance.  Here are a few pictures of Mercedes I took.  As I fumbled with my cell phone camera I over heard two of the Mercedes Owners discuss they still drive their cars.  

August 7, 2020 0 comments Car Shows, Lifestyle
ECU Tuning & Hand Held Tuning Modules

ECU Tuning & Hand Held Tuning Modules

With the introduction of the turbocharged Mercedes Engine line up beginning with the v12, v8, and v6, it was realized that there were more impactful gains to be made from simple ECU tuning than in the past. The levels of ECU tuning were no longer 10-30HP and quicker response, but […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments ECU Tuning, Performance
Update Navigation and Entertainment Electronics with an Android Screen

Update Navigation and Entertainment Electronics with an Android Screen

On Alibaba there are quite a few direct sellers of Android Screens.  These android screens take the place of your existing Merceredes screen and integrate with the existing system keeping all original functions accessible. Beyond the original functions it is also possible to run android 10 apps including some which […]

August 7, 2020 0 comments Android Screen, Electronics
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