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      11-02-2019, 03:24 PM   #1
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Bench flashing 2020 DME's

I've been wanting to tune my 2020 M2C but as we all know the only way is to "bench flash"
And no I don't want to ship my DME off anywhere and looking for a shop in Cali that is capable of flashing it themselves. Are you guys aware of any shops who can flash BM3 themselves without shipping off my DME??

**Preferably in the bay area**

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      11-04-2019, 11:28 AM   #2
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I would check with EAS
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      11-04-2019, 03:01 PM   #3
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I would check with EAS
Any in the bay??
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I've been wanting to tune my 2020 M2C but as we all know the only way is to "bench flash"
And no I don't want to ship my DME off anywhere and looking for a shop in Cali that is capable of flashing it themselves. Are you guys aware of any shops who can flash BM3 themselves without shipping off my DME??

**Preferably in the bay area**
Autotalent can benchflash and apply BM3
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      11-14-2019, 12:26 AM   #5
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Autotalent can benchflash and apply BM3
Yeah so far they are the only shop that I know that can bench flash locked DME's.
I'm from the bay area though so really trying to find a shop not 7hrs away lol not to mention no e85 on the way back as I want stage 2 e30
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Yeah so far they are the only shop that I know that can bench flash locked DME's.
I'm from the bay area though so really trying to find a shop not 7hrs away lol not to mention no e85 on the way back as I want stage 2 e30
Isn't it possible to flash willy nilly once the DME's unlocked? I was under the impression that once you get your DME unlocked, you can flash whenever you'd like.

Doesn't help the fact that you have to go down here for the unlock though...
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      11-14-2019, 07:02 PM   #7
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Isn't it possible to flash willy nilly once the DME's unlocked? I was under the impression that once you get your DME unlocked, you can flash whenever you'd like.

Doesn't help the fact that you have to go down here for the unlock though...
Yeah once you're are unlocked your good to go. Not sure what the confusion is
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Yeah once you're are unlocked your good to go. Not sure what the confusion is
Oh ok, so I suppose you could take a trip down. Unlock DME then go back using a 91 or 93 stage 2 tune. Then flash the e30 tune once you're back up north where there's plenty of corn juice.
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Exactly. I was hoping by local carbahn tuner would unlock my DME since they are able to bench flash and port their own tune BUT.. these assholes gave me the run-around after I told them I only wanted my DME unlocked without their tune and they suddenly said oh we can't unlock your dme 🖕🏽
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      01-14-2020, 12:11 PM   #10
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Autotalent can benchflash and apply BM3
I've had a horrible experience with AutoTalent and would not recommend them to anyone.
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Autotalent can benchflash and apply BM3
I've had a horrible experience with AutoTalent and would not recommend them to anyone.
Interested to hear the details as I was planning on going to them for my bench flash
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Interested to hear the details as I was planning on going to them for my bench flash
Interested as well as my other option would be for my local bimmer tuner would send over my DME to them and ship it back to tune with bm3. Curious please share
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      01-15-2020, 01:41 PM   #13
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Interested to hear the details as I was planning on going to them for my bench flash
Purchased Wheels from them and pre-paid in 50% in March. Wheels were supposed to arrive in May. Come mid May and I didn't hear back from them after countless PM's and Emails I'm told the Wheels won't arrive till June. June comes around and after another round of countless PM's and Emails I get told only the fronts arrived but no rears. Finally in Aug after hounding then for a week all 4 wheels have arrived and I go to pick them up to find out that they forgot to order center caps and the correct valve stems. I finally got my Center caps in Dec 9 months after I placed my order 6 months after the promised date. I'm still missing valve stems to this day and have to follow up.

I get some of this is the Distributors issues but AutoTalent's customer service sucks. There is zero follow up or remorse on their end. No "I'm sorry for all the inconvenience" or anything like that and I shouldn't be the one having to PM/Email and call multiple times just to get answers or status. I think I've experienced better customer service at the DMV. IMO once they get their money they could give 2 shits about you. I would suggest staying as far away from them as possible, especially with something like a ECU flash. Once you pay them to flash and it doesn't go well good luck getting any support from them. I'm willing to pay a bit more at this point from a different vendor with better service.

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Check with The Racers Line in Concord. Neal there works with Zach previoulsy from Delicious Tuning and he tells me they do BMW, Supra, and 86 tunes. He is VERY busy though so best is to try to reach out to him via email and then make an appointment through his website.
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Oh, so that's where Zach went. I used to work with him and delicious tuning a ton back on the 86 platform. Good to know. thanks!
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Oh, so that's where Zach went. I used to work with him and delicious tuning a ton back on the 86 platform. Good to know. thanks!
No problem. He tuned my supercharged BRZ in the past and i hope to bring it to him and Neal if and when i get my M2C
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[QUOTE=xxyion;25795541]Check with The Racers Line in Concord. Neal there works with Zach previoulsy from Delicious Tuning and he tells me they do BMW, Supra, and 86 tunes. He is VERY busy though so best is to try to reach out to him via email and then make an appointment through his website.[/QU
He had his M2 benched there? Well regardless I msgd the shop so we'll see.

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Give AutoTalent a try

I've used them for tuning/mods for the last 12 years and never had an issue that they could control. Obviously anything out of their hands is understandable but always had good experiences on my end.

Sucks the guy who ordered wheels got delays and received wrong/missing items. Curious what wheel manufacturer you chose.

Also this is just from experience even outside of cars. If we nickel and dime anyone we usually don't get put on a priority list. Not saying that was the case just that 9/10 it happens when we do.
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Give AutoTalent a try

I've used them for tuning/mods for the last 12 years and never had an issue that they could control. Obviously anything out of their hands is understandable but always had good experiences on my end.

Sucks the guy who ordered wheels got delays and received wrong/missing items. Curious what wheel manufacturer you chose.

Also this is just from experience even outside of cars. If we nickel and dime anyone we usually don't get put on a priority list. Not saying that was the case just that 9/10 it happens when we do.
I live in the Bay area so I'm trying really hard to find a local shop to bench flash instead of having to ship my DME off which is what I don't want to do but willing if I can't find a shop.
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From what I understand they can do the bench flash without even opening the DME by using just wiring contacts. I'm surprised more shops can't manage it.
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From what I understand they can do the bench flash without even opening the DME by using just wiring contacts. I'm surprised more shops can't manage it.
When you say they can do. What shop are you referring to?
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When you say they can do. What shop are you referring to?
I've just read in other threads that it's not necessary to open up the DME anymore as was the case in the past. I have no first hand info.
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