AKG Subframe Reinforcement Plates For BMW (E36/46) 3-Series

Posted on April 29, 2016 – 10:44 am

AKG Motorsport subframe reinforcement plates are available right here at Achtuning for your BMW (E36/46) 3-Series!  

Stress cracks in this M3’s body are the unfortunate result of the rear subframe design that bolts it right into thin sheet metal and is a common problem for E36 (non M)/E46 3-series BMWs, especially when they get put through their paces. See our process on reinforcing the M3’s body with AKG’s plates below.

The 4 points where the rear subframe attaches to (and eventually cracks) the body are cleaned and prepped after identifying the cracks.

AKG Motorsport subframe reinforcement plates welded in place.

AKG Motorsport subframe reinforcement plates sealed and painted prior to rear subframe reinstallation.

While the rear subframe is out, we are installing AKG Motorsport rear subframe bushings and rear trailing arm bushings to replace old, worn stock parts.

Concerned about the condition of your BMW? Give the Achtuning service department a call at 425-895-0000 and let’s get it checked out!


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Audi S3 gets APR’s Stage 3 Turbo Kit and StopTech Big Brake Kit

Posted on April 21, 2016 – 11:20 am

With great power comes great responsibility.

Matt brought us his Audi S3 for an APR Stage 3 Turbo upgrade, a +172HP/+135TQ increase over stock, and he will have us install StopTech’s ST40 Big Brake Kit to help keep that power in check. It is also worthy to note the StopTech BBK shaves a good amount of weight off each corner.

vs. stock…

On the car, the brakes look fantastic!

An APR Stage 3 Borg Warner EFR7163 turbo finds it’s new home.

We’ll report back on our social media pages with Matt’s feedback after he takes delivery of the car but we have no doubt he will be all grins for quite some time.


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Reinforcing The BMW E36 Body & Chassis

Posted on February 18, 2016 – 12:38 pm

We continue to stock and install AKG Motorsport subframe reinforcement plates at Achtuning! Scott’s got his BMW E36 328is track car with us to eliminate stress cracks we found in the under-body of his 3-series, the unfortunate result of the rear subframe design that bolts it right into thin sheet metal and is a common problem for E36 (non M)/E46 3-series BMWs, especially when they get put through their paces.

But we didn’t stop there. With the rear subframe out we made sure to also add AKG Motorsport’s rear differential mounts, rear subframe bushings, rear trailing arm pocket reinforcement plates, sway bar bracket reinforcement plates, rear trailing arm bushings, and SPC’s rear adjustable control arms

Concerned about your E36 (non M) or E46 and how its shell has held up over time? Call us at ACHTUNING (425-895-0000) and schedule an inspection!


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APR Upgrades For New Golf R

Posted on January 20, 2016 – 5:06 pm

With a recommendation from his local VW dealer, Eric gave us a call about APR goodies for his new Golf R. We talked about APR’s ECU upgrade and mentioned we install the APR Carbon Fiber Intake for free with that ECU purchase. That discussion quickly lead to the addition of APR’s Carbon Fiber Turbo Inlet Pipe and the APR Oil Catch Can, all of which we had in stock which made Eric’s decision that much easier. All we had to do was get him on the schedule. About a week later, here we are…

The APR goodies were on within a couple of hours and we have no doubt Eric’s drive home left him smiling from ear to ear. We’ll confirm that for you in a few weeks when he returns for a set of VWR Sport Springs! Looking for APR performance upgrades for your VW or Audi? Look no further! We keep their entire menu of performance options IN STOCK at Achtuning. Contact the sales team by calling 425-895-0000 or email sales@achtuning.com


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Audi TT Intercooler Upgrade

Posted on January 13, 2016 – 3:00 pm

We’ve got Candice’s APR K04 turbo kit equipped Audi TT 2.0T on our rack in “service position” with the stock intercooler out in preparation for a larger version from APR.

The APR Intercooler System dramatically lowers charge air temperature and resists heat soak far better the factory intercooler system. Through a massively increased core volume, superior intercooler core design and smooth, cast end tanks, APR’s engineers were able to create an intercooler capable of supporting power levels well beyond that of the factory unit. Expect increased horsepower and torque and dramatically prolonged performance. Just look at that size difference!

After we put everything back together and hand the keys back to Candice we have no doubt she’ll feel the improved throttle response the second she leaves. And her K04 turbo’d Audi TT will appreciate the cooler temperatures which will assist in maintaining good power levels as she continues on with her drive. Have fun, Candice!


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BMW Oil Pan Baffle Installation

Posted on January 12, 2016 – 4:53 pm

Some of the best performance upgrades are the ones that help prevent your car from breaking.

We’re in the process of installing the VAC Motorsports Oil Pan Baffle in Scott’s BMW E36 3-series, a crucial upgrade for a tracked or hard driven street vehicle. The baffle is designed to keep oil surrounding the pick-up point at all times so that under hard cornering and acceleration, there is no loss of oil pressure which will eventually lead to catastrophic engine failure. As tire technology improves every year this product becomes more crucial, and since this is Scott’s dedicated track car the decision to add baffles was an easy one.

Interested in protecting your hard-driven BMW? Contact the Achtuning service team for more details.


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Happy New Year!

Posted on December 30, 2015 – 8:30 am

Happy New Year from Achtuning!  Continue to take advantage of sale pricing all throughout the Achtuning online store through the remainder of the year, with 10% off APR software and select hardware, 10% off AWE Tuning exhaust systems, and up to 40% off H&R suspension products!  Don’t forget to check out the Achtuning Garage Sale section, Hartmann Winter/”Blem” Wheel packages, and OEM Winter Wheel & Tire packages for additional savings not available in our online store.   Contact our sales team by calling 425-895-0000 or email sales@achtuning.com.  For service inquiries and maintenance quotes, please email service@achtuning.com.

Achtuning will have a half-day of operation on New Years Eve (Thursday, December 31st), closing at 2pm.  We will be closed on New Years Day (Friday, January 1st).   We resume regular business hours on Monday, January 4th.


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Outfitting New Wheels On A New Audi A3

Posted on December 29, 2015 – 9:00 am

George dropped off a new Audi A3 and picked out a set of 18″ Euromesh 4-GA (gloss-anthracite/machined) Hartmann Wheels wrapped with a set of all-season tires to replace the factory 17s.

The +45 offset leaves room for a more aggressive fit via wheel spacers if later desired, but we will leave that to George and his better half to add when the time comes.


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Nick’s Golf 7 R Is Winter Ready!

Posted on December 22, 2015 – 12:09 pm

Winter is here, and Nick is well prepared for snow covered roads after picking up a set of 18×8.5″ HRS4-DTM Hartmann Wheels wrapped in Winter rubber, his new and dedicated Winter wheel set-up.

Compared to other 18″ wheel options in the Hartmann Wheel line-up for VW (Mk5-7) Golf fitment, these HRS4-DTM wheels provide a better contact patch with a half-inch wider width, allowing our customers to run a 235/40 tire. The offset of the HRS4-DTMs are perfect, putting the face of the wheel just behind the edge of the fender for an aggressive look.

An APR Stage 1 software upgrade was also added to enhance this Golf R’s performance capabilities. The extra ability to grip the road with the slightly wider tire is an added bonus!

Since they share the same wheel specs, the 18×8.5 +47 Hartmann HRS4-DTM Wheels also fit the Audi A3 and TT, in case you were wondering. Call our sales team at 425-895-0000 and pick up a set, or visit our online store and we’ll ship a set out to you right away!


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Achtuning Holiday Hours

Posted on December 21, 2015 – 9:00 am

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Achtuning!  Take advantage of sale pricing all throughout the Achtuning online store, with 10% off APR software and select hardware, 10% off AWE Tuning exhaust systems, and 25% off H&R suspension kits and wheel spacers!  Don’t forget to check out the Achtuning Garage Sale section, Hartmann Winter/”Blem” Wheel packages, and OEM Winter Wheel & Tire packages for additional savings not available in our online store.  To contact our sales team, call 425-895-0000 or email sales@achtuning.com.  For service inquiries and maintenance quotes, please email service@achtuning.com.

Achtuning will have a half-day of operation on Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 24th) and New Years Eve (Thursday, December 31st), closing at 2pm.  We will be closed on Christmas Day (Friday, December 25th) and New Years Day (Friday, January 1st).  We resume regular business hours on Monday, January 4th.


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