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fmorelli

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More headroom, easily wired for more pumps. Set and forget basically.

Even though you can cool the ekp3 you will never get stranded with a bmp4 no matter what you run of it.
Makes sense if looking at future multi-pump. I was just curious if you had run into issues (since you show parts for upgrading the EKP.) I'm running a Z4, where multi-pump is a PITA ... and with a POD and 535 I'm expecting it to be smooth sailing, given the amperage chart for the 535.
 

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They're back in stock as of TODAY, however, orders made before about 6/18 will need 2-3 business days for me to put the POD packages together. Have everything, just need to make the kits. After 6/18 should go back to the normal shipping business day after ordering we typically try to do.

Chris
 

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They're back in stock as of TODAY, however, orders made before about 6/18 will need 2-3 business days for me to put the POD packages together. Have everything, just need to make the kits. After 6/18 should go back to the normal shipping business day after ordering we typically try to do.

Chris
Awesome!!! I’ll go back and try to order it again.
 

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Thanks for the fast shipping PFS...Looking forward to installing it this weekend!!

To anyone else ordering this make sure you let them know if you have an upgraded fuel line. I didn't realize this came with a 6AN line that connects to the fuel line under the drivers side feet. Sent them an email as soon as I figured it out, and they came up with an easy solution right away. Waiting for the custom fuel line to come in then I'll be able to install.

One other thing I'm a little worried about is that I have the PR manifold mount ignition cables, so I'm hoping it doesn't block the line into the fuel rail since its centered instead of on the side.
 

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Thanks for the fast shipping PFS...Looking forward to installing it this weekend!!

To anyone else ordering this make sure you let them know if you have an upgraded fuel line. I didn't realize this came with a 6AN line that connects to the fuel line under the drivers side feet. Sent them an email as soon as I figured it out, and they came up with an easy solution right away. Waiting for the custom fuel line to come in then I'll be able to install.

One other thing I'm a little worried about is that I have the PR manifold mount ignition cables, so I'm hoping it doesn't block the line into the fuel rail since its centered instead of on the side.

Oh snap just realized I have the manifold location PR coils also and I was about to place the order. Let me know how it goes!
 
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Oh snap just realized I have the manifold location PR coils also and I was about to place the order. Let me know how it goes!
Ya it doesn’t work lol….the middle coil pack is in the way. I cut the brace in half, so only one screw is holding the coil pack to the brace. It’s also still slightly touching the fuel line. PR told me buying the relocation kit is $199. I’m thinking I might just go with nexus, since it’s a cleaner look.

The installation of the pod is super easy. It took me about 45 minutes to do. I have billet engine snd trans mounts, so I have quite a bit of NVH from that. You can kind of hear it at the beginning if you’re really listening, but after it warms up I can’t hear it anymore.
 
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Well looks like I’m the first to have my vacuum pump cover to crack. Just under 1000 miles. Car was tuned by v8bait. Looks like the head of one bolt snapped clean off and two ears of the cover completely cracked off. Car was running great. First thing I noticed was a massive oil leak, I was about 40 min from home and had to add a quart right away. On my way home I noticed the brakes got really hard at low speed. Also by the time I got home I had already lost about the entire quart I put in right before I left. Not trying to bash at all I’m still using the pod, just wanted to put this out because it can happen. Everything was installed and inspected for leaks after install before I got tuned and there was nothing leaking. Car does have 175k miles on it. For now I went with the spool billet vacuum plate because it’s cheaper and easier than replacing the whole vacuum pump.
 

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Well looks like I’m the first to have my vacuum pump cover to crack. Just under 1000 miles. Car was tuned by v8bait. Looks like the head of one bolt snapped clean off and two ears of the cover completely cracked off. Car was running great. First thing I noticed was a massive oil leak, I was about 40 min from home and half to add a quart. On my way home I noticed the brakes got really hard at low speed. Also by the time I got home I had already lost about the entire quart I put in right before I left. Not trying to bash at all I’m still using the pod, just wanted to put this out because it can happen. Everything was installed and inspected for leaks after install before I got tuned and there was nothing. Car does have 175k miles on it. For now I went with the spool billet vacuum plate because it’s cheaper and easier than replacing the whole vacuum pump.
Scary stuff pfs really needs to come out with a billet plate option, I would be way to scared to recommend this to any customers of mine without the minimum of a vacuum plate made out of billet.
 
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Update: I finished installing the POD back on my car using the spool billet vacuum plate. Everything seemed to fit up fine however my POD is no longer working. My car starts with zero codes but my rail pressure is at 70psi! Then it continues to drop into the 50s psi and I get a code for my hpfp. Going to take it all off and recheck but I know for sure my hpfp is plugged in because I can reach my hand down and feel it. Thinking there might be an issue with the spool vacuum plate and the POD.
 
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Update 2: tore everything down and realized the nose on the POD had fallen off. I found it laying in my tool box where I had set the pod down at when I took everything off the first time to replace the the vacuum cover. So makes sense that the pod wasn’t spinning because nothing was contacting the vacuum pump. I guess be contacting PFS to see what the next move is.
 

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Update 2: tore everything down and realized the nose on the POD had fallen off. I found it laying in my tool box where I had set the pod down at when I took everything off the first time to replace the the vacuum cover. So makes sense that the pod wasn’t spinning because nothing was contacting the vacuum pump. I guess be contacting PFS to see what the next move is.
Dam this is scary stuff. I just installed my own a couple days ago.
 

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Update 2: ... I guess be contacting PFS to see what the next move is.
Thanks for all the updates. Glad is all is ok and bummer to see that you had this issue. I followed everything you said until this last piece. What do you mean, "what the next move is." ... I assumed the spool billet piece and you figured you were good to go. I must have missed something? Thanks and good luck!
 

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Update 2: tore everything down and realized the nose on the POD had fallen off. I found it laying in my tool box where I had set the pod down at when I took everything off the first time to replace the the vacuum cover. So makes sense that the pod wasn’t spinning because nothing was contacting the vacuum pump. I guess be contacting PFS to see what the next move is.

That's not an interference fit item; it's snug but needs to have a little room on it to move for alignment purposes. This is by design, a simple email would have cleared it up without concern. Originally we were going to ship them with them uninstalled, but I was talked into installing them by a tester -save the customer a step. The downside is if POD is removed and that piece comes off, the requisite freaking out is the next concern.

Once installed it is captivated, i.e. cannot come off. Put 'er back on, reassemble and drive it!

Chris
 

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Thanks for all the updates. Glad is all is ok and bummer to see that you had this issue. I followed everything you said until this last piece. What do you mean, "what the next move is." ... I assumed the spool billet piece and you figured you were good to go. I must have missed something? Thanks and good luck!

It was a misunderstanding, a removable piece came off and the customer was not aware it was a removable piece. Thought it was broken, waiting for fix steps. None required, slap 'er back together and run it!
 
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Super. My suspension just got completed. I need to turn a few more pieces on a lathe to wrap up the rear brake conversion. Some electronics go back together and this phase is done. I'm looking forward to building out the fuel system, which is the next step before the ported head, cams, turbos, etc go in.

Good to see you here, Chris! (@PFS)
 
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