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Old 03-21-2018, 11:49 AM   #1
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ESS Tuning Review

UPDATE ON PAGE 3.

I thought this info would be useful to forum members looking for a new Supercharger kit. I wasn't able to find much info on this specific kit, being that it's fairly new to market. I had a couple bumps along the way, that could have been easily avoided, but I completely understood that going into this purchase. When a new product hits the shelves, the first buyers are often given special promotional pricing, knowing they are helping the seller work out some kinks. I'm glad to say there aren't many.

I purchased the kit Jan 18 2018. Communication with ESS was excellent. Every email was responded to by next day at the latest. The kit arrived on Jan 25. There were a couple missing items in the package, but they were quickly overnighted and in my hand before I began the install. No big deal.

I downloaded the instruction manual from the ESS Tuning website, and got to work. This is where I'll have to ding them. Incomplete is an understatement. Lots of missing information. After contacting support (which is usually a 24hr response time), it turns out the instruction manual online is old. They emailed me the new version, but it wasn't much better. So I reached out to Fluidampner directly, since the mystery revolved around the crank pulley. Turns out you need to remove the already installed Fluidampner 8 rib pulley, in order to bolt on the ESS 10 rib pulley. Easer said than done. This would require a different type of pulley puller. Not the one you need for the stock crank pulley. So back to the store I went. (This is where I would suggest a change to ESS. Why not contact Fluidampner and have them not install the 8 rib pulley in the first place? Maybe it'd be cheaper?)

Once the ESS 10 rib crank pulley was bolted on using the Fluidampner bolts (not the suggested hardware in the instructions, wrong pitched thread), the rest of the kit went pretty smooth. I really liked the preformed silicon hoses. Super easy to install. The intercooler is a beast. I used a jack to hold it up while I bolted it on. (#worldsheaviestintercooler)

One thing to note: Apparently Vortech ships their head units with 4 OZ of preinstalled lube. After installing the unit, swapping out the flat plug for the vent plug, I checked the fluid level. Dipstick read full. However, upon startup and driving, the vent tube seeped a little fluid. This appears to be quite common. My recent web searches found several people had the same issue. They seem to only need 3.8 OZ or so, as my dipstick still reads full, and the seepage has stopped. I pulled the head unit and cleaned the mess.

Second thing to note: After installing the alternator bracket, make sure the bolt head doesnt rub your belt. Loosen all bolts, bang alternator over, tighten down so bolt head is parallel with belt.

I purchased a Tuner Kit, so this thread doesnt contain and info pertaining to the Fuel pump/fpcm/bap/injector install. I supplied them myself.

After dropping in some DW90# injectors (thanks rdpmotorsports) and flashing the injector data, I dropped it off at Redline-Motorsports. I was suprised that it ran as well as it did on the way there. No boost of course.

Up until this point I knew the hardware in this kit was good, even though I was a little ticked at the instructions. But once Redline tuned the car and saw the power it made, my frown turned upside down. Turns out the little V3 can move some air. On their Land and Sea Dyno-mite Dyno, it made 711whp @ 6100 rpm on 93 octane on 10.3#s of boost. Wish we would have revved to 6800! In comparison, my buddy's 2015 SS m6 with a Procharger P1SC, cam, exhaust, E85 @ 10.5#s made 651/575 on this dyno.

My tuner suggest not pushing the stock ls3 shortblock past 750whp, so as it sits, I think I'm done. No need for E85, or meth. Car is a blast on the streets! Shopping for some ET Streets and off to the track!

Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I'm sure the small issues I had will quickly be worked out by ESS. They're a very well know and reputable company in the BMW world, and I don't see an instruction manual holding them back for long

Here are some sideways pictures for your bent neck viewing pleasure.

Modifications are:

ESS Tuning Supercharger kit (tuner kit) w/95mm Pulley
Howards Cams ASA camshaft (226/236 525/525 110) not really ideal
PAC beehive springs
Trickflow 7.4 Pushrods
Texas Speed 2inch Longtube header (no cat)
Custom 3 inch exhaust w/xpipe
DW90# injector
ZL1 Fuel Pump
JRE MSD BAP
Redline-Motorsports Calibration
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:06 PM   #2
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:40 PM   #3
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Intercooler shot for those curious.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:33 PM   #4
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Nice review. Car makes good power for the mods. Enjoy!
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Old 04-29-2018, 08:46 PM   #5
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I am still teeter-tottering between the Heartbeat and ESS...

I'm close to purchasing a Heartbeat from Ted@JRE, BUT MAN, the ESS promo pricing of $2000 cheaper (I THINK?) over a Heartbeat kit, is making re-think all of this AGAIN

yeah YEAH, both will make me happy, I know I know.....

The pricing of the ESS kit, and eleSthree's dyno numbers cannot be ignored, they are WOW.

Anyone else using the ESS kit other than eLeSthree on here?
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:11 PM   #6
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Hey guys! I know responses on here have been lacking, so for anyone needing info on the ESS kit, feel free to shoot me a PM, and i can get you pointed in the right direction.
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:03 PM   #7
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Hey guys! I know responses on here have been lacking, so for anyone needing info on the ESS kit, feel free to shoot me a PM, and i can get you pointed in the right direction.
Are you a new user of the kit, or a new reseller?

Looking back at my review, i sounded a bit negative. Ive got just about 350 miles on the kit so far and Iím very happy with my purchase.

Also wanted to mention, you have to swap the locations of the vortech vent plug and dipstick. In any v3si application the vent plug should always be in the highest position, relative to the fluid line.

Once i grt this new clutch fully broken in, im thinking about dropping down to a 93mm pulley to add a few pounds of boost. The iats are so low, i cant see a reason not to.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:10 PM   #8
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Fast forward 5 months. I couldnt get traction without a drag radial, so put on some Mickey Thompson ET streets. Hooked so good I toasted my clutch. Then I installed a Mcleod RXT HD. Also installed a DSX Aux Fuel Pump and Flex fuel kit.

Clutch is broken in and the car is hauling butt, but I cant leave good enough alone. Iím heading back to the tuner to see what the small Vortech will do on E85. While Iím there I will also be swapping blowers. Iíve been working closely with ESS Tuning and Iím excited to see what their ďG3Ē blower option can do! Iíll be gathering data and providing feedback to help them test this badass head unit. At this point all I can say is that its a self lubricated, 2000cfm capable, extremely efficient head unit that drops right into the ESS Tuning bracket.

I think it would be pretty cool if you could buy one supercharger that could meet your needs at 500whp or at 1000whp. And you dont even have to tap the oil pan. .

Ill post info as it becomes available.
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Old 11-30-2018, 04:45 PM   #9
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ive been looking at the tuner kit aswell!
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:40 PM   #10
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ive been looking at the tuner kit aswell!
The full kit is actually a good buy. I just had some of the parts already, and prefered a different injector.

The new blower arrives tomorrow.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:11 PM   #11
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:11 AM   #12
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That kit really does sound amazing, you almost had me talked into it. I actually called Janetty with a credit card in hand ready to place my order but he was busy with another customer. By the time he called back a little while later I had started leaning back towards the LSA, it just seemed like a better fit for me and my goals. I'm sure I would've been happy either way though. You're probably lucky I didn't go with ESS, I would've drove you insane with questions since you're pretty much the only one here who has it. I can answer almost all of my LSA questions by using the search feature, that was a pretty good selling point for this FI noob.
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:27 PM   #13
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The full kit is actually a good buy. I just had some of the parts already, and prefered a different injector.

The new blower arrives tomorrow.

yeah i already have a zl1 pump and can get injectors cheap af in the classified section, so will probably watching your results close haha
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:55 PM   #14
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Parts have arrived.

Glad to be participating in some R&D with ESS Tuning. They shipped me a box of goodies. Including their badass new blower. With a 4.3:1 gear setup ratio, ceramic bearings and 75,000rpm capability, uhh it sounds pretty sick. Should flow upto 2000cfm, but I doubt Iíll be spinning it that fast.

I guess iíll bolt this stuff on and hit the dyno. Iíll be running E85 this time around.
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