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SSR Performance 01-06-2016 01:40 AM

Walnut blast is a MUST on your N54!! (w/ pics!)
 
So last week we started our Intake Valve Walnut Blast Special and got lots of interest. For this reason we have made our walnut blast service an everyday special of Only $295 over at SSR Performance in Orange County, CA. We've gotten an insane amount of interest! Customers are coming in from North LA, Corona, Riverside, and even San Diego. It's very obvious why people are so anxious (if you're not, you probably should be) to get this done on their N54 motors when you take a little peek inside...

Here is a photo of the intake valves on a 32k mile 2008 335i (JB4 tune) we did 4 days ago. Before the cleaning the customer was noticing slow throttle response on WOT and a bumpy idle (if you're tuned, it is even MORE vital you get this done). It doesn't take a genius to see why after taking a look inside...

http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums/...psm0d37wmi.jpg

Since the N54 is a direct injection motor, the intake valves are only in contact with air and blowby gases from the crankcase breathing circuit, in which substantial quantities of fuel and oil can be found. This is opposed to non-direct injection motors in which fuel passes over the valves and acts as a cleaning agent so that the build of of carbon deposits does not occur. After several thousand miles of driving (approx. every 30k is when this service is recommended) deposits of carbonised fuel and oil in the intake tract can become fused on, as well as on the intake valves themselves. This process is often referred to as "carbonising", as you see in the photo above.

After some TLC (plus some sweat and elbow grease) from our team, these intake valves were looking like new...

http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums/...psligyqxhr.jpg

http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums/...psnhh6qndu.jpg

Every customer is left with a HUGE smile on their face when they see the before and after of their intake valves. :happy It takes about 2.5 hours per vehicle. This specific customer was very happy with the whole process. He messaged us the next day and couldn't stop raving about how much better his car feels at idle, as well as the very noticeable increase in throttle response. :burnrubbe

So if you have an N54 BMW with over 30k miles and have never had this done before today, hopefully this thread will show you the importance of why it is so vital that your direct injection motor get this service done as soon as possible. Sadly, there is no other way around it. If you have any questions about the process feel free to PM, email, or call us today!

Get your Walnut Blast done for only $295 Any day! Setup an appointment today, contact us anytime and we will make sure we work with you to setup an appropriate time and get your intake valves looking like new again! :)

yournamehere90 01-06-2016 04:12 AM

Good price, wrong forum.

TwistedTuning 01-06-2016 06:01 AM

I need to do mine. I actually don't have a blaster and was trying to decide whether or not i would buy one or see if any of my buddies local to me has one i can borrow so i can get mine done.

Boland01 01-06-2016 10:32 AM

That is a very reasonable price for the work involved. I just did mine myself and it wasn't too bad of a job but for $250 that's a bargain.

SSR Performance 01-06-2016 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by TwistedTuning (Post )
I need to do mine. I actually don't have a blaster and was trying to decide whether or not i would buy one or see if any of my buddies local to me has one i can borrow so i can get mine done.

Hey! Well if you're local, bring it on by! :)

SSR Performance 01-06-2016 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Boland01 (Post )
That is a very reasonable price for the work involved. I just did mine myself and it wasn't too bad of a job but for $250 that's a bargain.

Yup definitely. It's not rocket science, but it does take time and effort. That's why we're here!

Kommodore 01-06-2016 11:43 AM

When I do this for people I use a dental pick to clean out all the extra gunk that you don't normally see looking straight in. You can see some poking out in your closeup photo.

dawhiz 01-06-2016 11:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Kommodore (Post )
When I do this for people I use a dental pick to clean out all the extra gunk that you don't normally see looking straight in. You can see some poking out in your closeup photo.

I spent a lot of time with carb cleaner and going back at it until it was gone. I used a scope to to make sure i got it from all corners. I'd use carb cleaner and let it sit in a puddle, dry it out by placing a papertowel over opening and blowing air in, then hitting it with walnuts again. I reused over and over. Took forever to get everything perfectly clean but I suspect it won't take as long on refreshes. This summer i'll be replacing valve seals and i'll put it through again. So maybe 6,000-8,000 miles before doing it again.

TwistedTuning 01-06-2016 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by SSR Performance (Post )
Hey! Well if you're local, bring it on by! :)

unfortunately, im located in NY, haha

Grand_hustle17 01-06-2016 06:43 PM

Err ma gerd im in MD... I would bring it today for $250

Ocean 01-06-2016 07:54 PM

Make sure to add a new gasket. Around $35 I think.
$250 is a STEAL!

SSR Performance 01-06-2016 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Ocean (Post )
Make sure to add a new gasket. Around $35 I think.
$250 is a STEAL!

Definitely! Just to be clear guys, I forgot to mention, we DO replace all of the intake manifold gaskets for the $250 price. If replacement of the throttle body gasket is necessary, we add on the $10 cost and replace it for a grand total of $260. Hardly ever is it necessary to replace the throttle body gasket.

SDbboy 01-07-2016 12:16 AM

Where is your shop located?

brokenvert 01-07-2016 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by SDbboy (Post )
Where is your shop located?

Its in their signature. Huntington Beach, CA.

Hey SSR, are you in that industrial park near the RMR shop?

SSR Performance 01-07-2016 12:12 PM

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Originally Posted by SDbboy (Post )
Where is your shop located?

Quote:

Originally Posted by brokenvert (Post )
Its in their signature. Huntington Beach, CA.

Hey SSR, are you in that industrial park near the RMR shop?

Hey @SDbboy, we are located in Huntington Beach, CA as brokenvert pointed out above. Let me know if you want to schedule an appointment. You can call us or email us for shop directions and available times.

Hey @brokenvert, no we aren't in that exact industrial park. However, if I'm not mistaken we are only a couple blocks (2 min) down the road

BigTwigg 01-07-2016 12:44 PM

Recently purchased my car.
Have been really interested in getting this done.
The car has 62k on it, but I do not know if the previous owner did the blasting before or not. Is it possible to look inside the engine to check before committing to the service?

Thank you

SSR Performance 01-07-2016 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by BigTwigg (Post )
Recently purchased my car.
Have been really interested in getting this done.
The car has 62k on it, but I do not know if the previous owner did the blasting before or not. Is it possible to look inside the engine to check before committing to the service?

Thank you

The answer is yes, it is possible. However, whether you should go through it or not is a totally different question. Essentially the amount of work that would have to go into just being able to look at the intake valves directly and then putting everything back together is about 80% of the total work it takes to get the Walnut Blast done. If you take it to any shop, they will charge you to do this. So unless you're doing it yourself, I wouldn't suggest it.

My suggestion to you would be to take a chance and just get the service done. Chances are that the previous owner did not get this service done, and even if he / she did, there is a high possibility of it being back to where it was. The risk you take by not doing it is a lot bigger than the small price you pay to have it done.

To put it into perspective, here are some photos of a 74k mile 135i we did day before yesterday...

http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7bawqou3.jpg

http://i1379.photobucket.com/albums/...ps979kgdkm.jpg

As you can see, these look vastly different (A LOT worse) than the photos from our original post. This is what they end up looking like in the higher mileage N54's.

Hope this helps @BigTwigg! :)

andydna15 01-07-2016 03:07 PM

Pm sent

BigTwigg 01-07-2016 03:47 PM

Thank you very much for the response.

I will be calling sometime next week to schedule an appointment.

SSR Performance 01-07-2016 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by BigTwigg (Post )
Thank you very much for the response.

I will be calling sometime next week to schedule an appointment.

No problem, thank you for reaching out. Glad I could help. Sounds great! Can't wait @BigTwigg

Nitrousbird 01-07-2016 09:19 PM

$250 is a steal. I'm am an avid DIY person but would pay $250 for this job. Too bad you are very far from me.

SSR Performance 01-08-2016 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Nitrousbird (Post )
$250 is a steal. I'm am an avid DIY person but would pay $250 for this job. Too bad you are very far from me.

We try our best to hook everyone up with the best possible deals around ;) no "BMW tax" here...

SSR Performance 01-15-2016 01:10 PM

bump!

Junkyarddogg 01-21-2016 08:31 AM

So would you recommend every 30K miles or is that overkill?

ericono 01-21-2016 02:23 PM

Is there something that can be done to prevent, or at least minimize, this situation, like adding an oil catch can to the system? I realize you'd still need to clean the valves once, but if you didn't have to keep doing it over and over again, that would be nice.

Eric


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