Tag: modification

Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Heatwrapping The Intake Tubes

A mod which has been tested on MBworld already, heatwrapping the intake tubes to keep as much heat out of them as possible. I had white heatwrap lying around, so I used that 🙂

Small supporting mod and a very easy DIY.

Work in progress



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Converting The 12v Socket to 2x USB With Voltage Gauge

Modified the cigarette lighter with a voltage gauge and 2x USB charging ports, which is way more relevant nowadays.

Took some small modification to make it work, but it looks good and is very useful.

The OEM unit as is
Rearside, you have to remove the KeylessGo module and a small bulb holder. Then use some force to push the plastic retaining clips and wiggle the cigarette lighter out
End result
This is how it looked like on the Mini



Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, How To Replace The TCU

When I searched for a step-by-step video for replacing the Transmission Control Unit (TCU), I could not find one for the CLS. Therefore I created one myself, to help out others who want/need to swap out this unit.

My tuned unit was stamped with:

Siemens A0355457532
KEIN Seriensteuergerat
Speedshift+ Race
Ubersetzung i=2.65

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Upgrade To LED License Plate Lights

Converted the license plate lights to LED units (thanks to Aliexpress). Instantly gives the car a more modern look. I applied some dark window tint film, to tone down the intensity. Too much LED light gives off a “chav” image, which is something I want to prevent at all times.

License Plate LED Lights not tinted yet in this picture

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Mercedes CLS55 AMG W219, Air Intake Flaps Modification

Made a small modification to the intake flaps, by removing a small portion of them. This should, in theory, make sure that air is able to enter the intake pipes directly (instead of indirectly).

Intake flap removed
Intake flap still intact

All CLS55 AMG pictures here in my Google Photos album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6SP5PFAUXCqanoSX9




Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Airbox Intake Modification

I wanted to replace the stock air pipe, as it contains a resonator which keeps it silent. It’s also not optimised, leaving room for improvement.

Used 2 aluminium joiners/couplers and flexible piping. Very happy with this cost effective result! Also, I love the supercharger whine 🙂

I also ordered a K&N RU-3190 filter, I didn’t know the previous owner fitted a Pipercross PX1875. In the end I sold the K&N as the fitment wasn’t good.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Airbox Intake Modification

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Pipercross PX1875 vs K&N RU-3190


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW – Vacuum Gain System VGS Modification

As usual, the Mini Cooper S with the Eaton M45 supercharger also has a bypass valve, which helps with fuel economy and lighten the load on the supercharger during idling (for instance). On NAM (North American Motoring forum) I noticed a popular mod, which is also known as the VGS or Vacuum Gain System modification.

Basically, the VGS mod changes the way the Bypass valve is operated. From indirect vacuum to direct vacuum, allowing faster response of the butterfly valve, but also keeping it shut better so no boost is lost.

I liked it in the beginning, but it makes for a rough driving experience. So in the end I reverted and never went back. Thats why we experiment 🙂

Source: https://www.northamericanmotoring.com/forums/how-to/38268-drivetrain-operation-vacuum-gain-system-vgs.html

Changing the vacuum line routing.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Bypass Valve VGS Mod

Brand new Bapmic Compressor Bypass Valve (CBV).

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve

Modifying the bypass valve.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Compressor Bypass Valve


Volvo S80 2.4T 3rd Brake Light Mod

Bought a long LED strip and mounted it next to the 3rd brake light cluster.

Should be a lot safer and looks good 🙂

Volvo S80 2.4T 3rd Brake Light Mod


Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust

I heatwrapped the new stainless steel Gravity Performance catback exhaust. Unfortunately I ran out of titanium heatwrap, so I ordered some more (black) and finished the job.

It will help with scavenging and is a supporting mod for extracting more horsepower and torque from the Mini.

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust

Mini Cooper S R53 JCW Heatwrapped Stainless Exhaust


Volvo S80 2.4T Old Key to Flip Key

Bought a flip key on Aliexpress and went to the key service to get it working. Looks much better and takes less space in pockets etc.

Highly recommended modification!

Volvo S80 2.4T Old Key to Flip Key