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The Emulator Control Unit (ECM) - The Solution for Your OPF-Delete and more...

I can confirm today that the Emulator Control Module or ECM is now available at pre-order. You have heard me talking about it for months now and finally it is available for a large number of cars.

The development took long and was done by a technical genius. Now the box is ready to be pre-ordered and shipped out with a large number of variants being available, because the ECM doesn't offer one function but many. Standard the box offers disabling of the ASD and auto start/stop. If you don't want those disabled, tell the seller before shipping.

Other features are OPF-Delete, CAT-Delete / Delete-R and valve control via the cruise control toggle on the steering wheel. You can opt of seven different variants that offer a mix between these features. At this moment, seven variants are being offered. Additional changes to the features in the box are not being offered right now, but further developments are of course on the cards for 2020. For now this product is available for clients that need a solution for their OPF-Delete and Delete-R, and for those who want to switch between OPEN, CLOSE and AUTO on their exhaust valves.

The ECM is connected to the CAN bus of the vehicle and therefore ECU or DME tuning is not required to disable any sensors. Therefore your warranty is not impacted.

However for us M2C owners there is a catch. The M2C and M4C with OPF are a pain in the ass. Since they are based on an architecture connected to the S55 engine, the OPF delete feature set of the ECM hasn't been finished yet. It will be finished in November with testing on-going as we speak. For a range of Fxx and Gxx models it is already available.

We are almost there people!

For more information and pricing read more here: https://www.manhart-performance.de/s...-control-unit/

Specific product page for the BMW M2C https://www.manhart-performance.de/s...petition?c=363
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The long awaited Manhart Emulator Control Module is here. The answer to a growing demand of clients who are looking for a suitable and easy solution that deals with the removal of OPF/GPF-filters, catalytic converters, automatic start/stop, Automatic Sound Design (ASD / fake exhaust sound in the cabin), and/or valve control via the buttons on the multifunctional steering of their BMW vehicle, which is part of the Fxx or Gxx model series.

The ECM was also developed to answer the questions from many clients on how to deal with the newly released OPF/GPF-filters in case an exhaust system is being replaced. Customers that opt for an aftermarket exhaust system on their vehicle might run into issues with engine warning messages and limp mode sequences, which could only be dealt with via an ECU/DME mapping, remap or tune. For people who want to replace their exhaust with a new aftermarket cat-back system or a non-homologated slip-on/axle back system and donít want to ECU/DME tune their car due to warranty concerns, the ECM is the solution since it will deal with any OPF/GPF errors accordingly. OPF-Delete is now a piece of cake and you donít have to worry losing your factory warranty!

For customers who require additional functionality in connection to the installation of de-cat downpipes, the ECM is also the solution. No tune is required when you want to remove the stock downpipes and install de-cat downpipes. The installation of the ECM will take care of the Delete-R functionality. A combination of both products is available among the variants which you can select in the dropdown.

To explain the new ECM in more depth, we need to touch on each of the functions that are available in the box. Standard the little box comes with the option to disable the Automatic Sound Design (ASD / fake exhaust sound in the cabin) and automatic start/stop. The box will disable both in all variants available in this store. If you want to keep the ASD and/or automatic start/stop enabled, then please let us know.

OPF-Delete

Removing the OPF/GPFs from the car has major impact on BMW vehicles produced after July 2019. Specific pressure sensors are able to detect that the flow through the exhaust becomes quicker when you remove the filters. The pressure alters and the sensor will throw an error message anywhere above 5000 rpm. This means that you cannot fully use your car that might have a brand new exhaust system without disabling this sensor. The ECM will deal with the OPF-Delete and make sure that you wonít have any errors anymore when you decide to change your stock exhaust for a new aftermarket system. Disabling the sensor via an ECU/DME tune is not required anymore.

CAT-Delete / Delete-R

Removing the catalytic converter(s) and replacing the stock downpipe(s) by de-cat versions has major impact on BMW vehicles. Specific sensor(s) are able to detect that the flow through the exhaust becomes quicker when you remove the catalytic converters. The sensor(s) will throw an error message on the dashboard of the vehicle. The ECM will deal with the CAT-Delete and make sure that you wonít have any errors anymore when you decide to change your stock downpipes for de-cat versions. Disabling the sensors via an ECU/DME tune is not required anymore.

Valve control

The Manhart Emulator Control Unit offers valve control which gives you the option to open and close the exhaust flap at any time via your multifunctional steering wheel. The module will automatically configure itself to the respective vehicle, because it includes an integrated auto-configuration feature. Therefore, it is not necessary to order a vehicle-specific module. Only the appropriate cable set must be ordered, but it comes in the package ordered here.

Via a push on the steering wheel the electric exhaust flaps are operated independently of the stock AUTO and CLOSE mode. To control the electric exhaust flaps, the existing cruise control buttons are being used, which comes standard on any vehicle with a multifunctional steering wheel. You can now choose between AUTO, CLOSE and OPEN. To prevent a double function of the keys, the functionality of the flap control can only be operated if the cruise control or speed limiter function is switched off.

Select and install your choice

Make sure to select your version via the dropdown in the menu above. You will find 7 variants to choose from. Each variant comes pre-setup and is ready to be installed in your BMW. The installation of the ECM box is done under the dashboard and connected to the CAN bus of the vehicle.

The plug and play installation will take approximately 20 min and can done at home using the visual instruction manual, but we suggest that the installation is done by a local specialist. No soldering or cutting is required.

The key important factor of this product is that you wonít have any error messages, which are generated in the memory of the engine control unit and no aftermarket engine tune is required. If you have any specific questions, than please feel free to reach out to the team at Manhart Performance.
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Very well! But why should I pay 400 or more euros for this emulator when for the same price I can have a BM3 that has these features and many others?
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Very well! But why should I pay 400 or more euros for this emulator when for the same price I can have a BM3 that has these features and many others?
This will be suited for people who do not want to flash their factory ecu for warranty reasons and be happy with an exhaust swap for their OPF based car. This appears to be a canbus based module that simulates the existance of the OPF's + some other canbus functions.

Pretty much MR summed it up in his second paragraph.

"The ECM was also developed to answer the questions from many clients on how to deal with the newly released OPF/GPF-filters in case an exhaust system is being replaced. Customers that opt for an aftermarket exhaust system on their vehicle might run into issues with engine warning messages and limp mode sequences, which could only be dealt with via an ECU/DME mapping, remap or tune. For people who want to replace their exhaust with a new aftermarket cat-back system or a non-homologated slip-on/axle back system and donít want to ECU/DME tune their car due to warranty concerns, the ECM is the solution since it will deal with any OPF/GPF errors accordingly. OPF-Delete is now a piece of cake and you donít have to worry losing your factory warranty!"
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You lose your factory warranty replacing the exhaust, this is obvious.
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Very well! But why should I pay 400 or more euros for this emulator when for the same price I can have a BM3 that has these features and many others?
Some people don't want a tune on their cars, nor a performance increase! Lots of people are worried about a tune on their cars and with the current situations of constant updates of your software at your dealer you might want to choose for this solution that is not visible and has no impact on your warranty.

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You lose your factory warranty replacing the exhaust, this is obvious.
That is bullsh*t. All the cars I ever owned had aftermarket systems I never had any dealer complaining about warranty. They all allowed it.

The only thing I did not have is factory warranty on the exhaust. Give me a dealer that tells me that I can't have warranty on something else because I changed the exhaust.

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That is bullsh*t. All the cars I ever owned had aftermarket systems I never had any dealer complaining about warranty. They all allowed it.

The only thing I did not have is factory warranty on the exhaust. Give me a dealer that tells me that I can't have warranty on something else because I changed the exhaust.

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Believe me, here it's better and safer to put back the oem exhaust if you need a warranty service on your powertrain, especially if you replace something like the OPF/KAT with sensors and whatever If instead you need a warranty service for something not related to the powertrain, no problem of course

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https://www.bmw.it/it/fastlane/deale.../BMW_BMWI_BMWM
Believe me, here it's better and safer to put back the oem exhaust if you need a warranty service on your powertrain, especially if you replace something like the OPF/KAT with sensors and whatever If instead you need a warranty service for something not related to the powertrain, no problem of course
Time to move country hahah

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Regarding exhaust valve control, is the override setting retained or do you need to continuously (every 10 minutes) set it like you do with the OBD adapter/app setups?
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Hi. Thanks for the Work and Information.
I've the AK-Motion Display in my M2C and only need the OPF delete
functionality.
Is the Emulator Control Module working if the AK-Motion Display is installed?
With no errors for on both Products ?

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Hi. Thanks for the Work and Information.
I've the AK-Motion Display in my M2C and only need the OPF delete
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Is the Emulator Control Module working if the AK-Motion Display is installed?
With no errors for on both Products ?

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We haven't tested this set up yet! At this moment I don't have access to a AK-Motion display.

I have an Awron display and we will test both this and that display next to each other over the coming weeks.

Where are you located? If you are willing to help us out, then let me know and I will see if I can hook you up with a box to do some testing.

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Regarding exhaust valve control, is the override setting retained or do you need to continuously (every 10 minutes) set it like you do with the OBD adapter/app setups?
It is retained! You switch it using your cruise control toggle on the steering wheel, and it stays there and doesn't move to another mode until you change it again. I believe it doesn't even change if you switch on or off your car.

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We haven't tested this set up yet! At this moment I don't have access to a AK-Motion display.

I have an Awron display and we will test both this and that display next to each other over the coming weeks.

Where are you located? If you are willing to help us out, then let me know and I will see if I can hook you up with a box to do some testing.

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Hi .
Thank you so much. I'm located near Munich.
If I can help, I will do.
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Thank you so much. I'm located near Munich.
If I can help, I will do.
Drop me a PM please, than we will connect.

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Very well! But why should I pay 400 or more euros for this emulator when for the same price I can have a BM3 that has these features and many others?
with 400 i tune your car and you will have anything you want...far better than bmw
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with 400 i tune your car and you will have anything you want...far better than bmw
Yep that works, just make sure your dealer doesn't find out you tuned it

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of course but every mods will delete the warranty so it is pointless.
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of course but every mods will delete the warranty so it is pointless.
Nope it doesn't... It removes the warranty on that particular part. If you have a dealer that is going to have a discussion about this with you move to another dealer. Give me one dealer that removes your warranty on your parking sensors when you have a new exhaust...

I have had more than 10 years experience with dealers going down that route and I never had issues. The tune is the warranty breaker, also because there is a chance BMW HQ sees it.

I have never ever had a dealer removing my complete car warranty when I replaced an exhaust! Never ever... Especially not when they don't have an option available in their accessory list.

The ECM solves the ECU tuning issue that many dealers see as the deal breaker between warranty lost or not. Not only that! Non-homologated slip-on systems have the tendency of throwing errors and also that the ECMs solves. You can also add valve control to your stock system or slip-on system via ECM... There is a lot more to it

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of course but every mods will delete the warranty so it is pointless.
Nope it doesn't... It removes the warranty on that particular part. If you have a dealer that is going to have a discussion about this with you move to another dealer. Give me one dealer that removes your warranty on your parking sensors when you have a new exhaust...

I have had more than 10 years experience with dealers going down that route and I never had issues. The tune is the warranty breaker, also because there is a chance BMW HQ sees it.

I have never ever had a dealer removing my complete car warranty when I replaced an exhaust! Never ever... Especially not when they don't have an option available in their accessory list.

The ECM solves the ECU tuning issue that many dealers see as the deal breaker between warranty lost or not. Not only that! Non-homologated slip-on systems have the tendency of throwing errors and also that the ECMs solves. You can also add valve control to your stock system or slip-on system via ECM... There is a lot more to it

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Same things applied to the tune. You tune the engine and they don't honor the windshield wipers warranty? C'mon..

Regarding the exhaust everything is good until something expensive happens and it requires a technician opinion. In this case they will find a way to not pay.

You have 10 year experience with dealers...I am a dealer...
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Same things applied to the tune. You tune the engine and they don't honor the windshield wipers warranty? C'mon..

Regarding the exhaust everything is good until something expensive happens and it requires a technician opinion. In this case they will find a way to not pay.

You have 10 year experience with dealers...I am a dealer...
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