The free account will allow for the creation of two Car projects and downloads of free files, such as OEM based 3-stage tunes for MSV70 & MSV80.
Future tiers will include "Advanced" and "Pro" which will include significantly more functionality, including custom tuning and the use of the Bimmerlabs tuning database.
You may have noticed a lack of updates in 2019 - at least visible updates (many upgrades happened in the background). I have simply been unable to be as responsive as I'd wish. For that, I apologize.
Recently, our security certificate expired. Mostly due to an issue with missing admin notes, accidentally deleted a couple months ago when I discovered Azure had taken up all of the server's disk space with log files. Anyhow, that is now resolved (we always take security extremely seriously).
Bimmerlabs is not dead or going away anytime soon. It's been several months since I had started working on some major back-end upgrades, which I hadn't quite finished due to some personal/family issues. But we've re-grouped, and this year, we'd like to realize one of the major goals this site always had - namely, eliminating ourselves as the middle-man, and allowing users some ability for self tuning for the most popular models of BMWs.
This does mean we'll have to scale back our original ambitions. We'll probably never support anything past the E-series BMWs. That's fine - there are millions of E-series cars out there, waiting to be tuned. Also, we'll probably be sticking to WinKFP for flashing, as rolling a flash-app for a phone has proven to be basically impossible (I have had many offers, but no follow through - it's always harder than it appears). For more than a year, we've have a beta stand alone flash app for the PC, but it would only be difficult to ensure it's as reliable as the factory BMW flash software - WinKFP.
The good think is, WinKFP is actually extremely reliable - it's virtually impossible to brick your DME, even if you try. It does mean we'll be limited to flashing on PCs, and we'll have to work on improving the automated scripts that flash the DME for you. But given we can hardly keep up with the support requests we already have, that's fine too. You're always free to use alternative flashing methods with Bimmerlabs files as well.
The primary goal in the next few months: complete support for the most common use cases of E-series BMWs. Enable self-tuning, including pre-selected tuning options. The idea is to make the site not rely on me or anyone else having to answer an email; instead you can pick what you want, and the site will develop the tune, or you could access the maps directly. This would cost a reasonable fee, but it will also allow us to continue to run this site. We want the site to be sustainable so that your tuning needs can be met at a reasonable cost, without us getting in the way; benefiting everyone.
Expect some sort of major update here in the 1st quarter of 2020. Until then, I'll try to answer some of the 3 bazillion emails I've not been able to get to in the last couple months. :)
A group of enthusiasts from all over the world got together and 'cracked' the DME - basically, we just figured out what made it tick. Now an EWS delete/flash tune that used to cost $3000 is less than 1/10th that price.
As we were working on the E46 M3 computers, we started to develop skills in things like disassembly and hex editing. We were also using programs like TunerPro extensively (and somewhat, WinOLS and programs like it). However, the abilities of these programs left lots to be desired - building an XDF for TunerPro its very time consuming (MSS54, which I'd consider 'simple' by modern standards - has ~4,000 unique parameters), and it has bugs and lacks features. WinOLS has more power, but it's locked up and expensive.
At some point, we realized automated XDF generation made a lot more sense. But another issue is for each car, there could be 20 or more program variants - which means every one of them has different addresses, or 'offsets', for each parameter. Each parameter for each program version had to be found by hand - again, time consuming and nearly impossible to do manually.
We started Bimmerlabs because existing tools could not effectively solve these problems. TunerPro can hardly even handle the amount of parameters on a modern car (10,000+), and if you have files from two program versions you can't do anything with them. WinOLS has some abilities to align files from different programs, but licenses are expensive and the scale of it's abilities didn't fit our goals.
Bimmerlabs.com is basically a web-based API for accessing these tools, and a launch-pad for things like custom DIY tuning and flashing of a large number of modules.
Currently, the 'beta' version (0.9.05) of Bimmerlabs has a number of capabilities - although these aren't all exposed to the public.
See our list of fully supported DMEs here.
The current tools allow us to offer 'Stage 0' tunes for specific N52B30 powered models - which allow you to run a factory '3 stage' tune on lower-powered models at no cost. For example, a factory '330i' tune for the E90 328i never existed - but we have created one! We can also offer several other services that aren't available for DIY use - swap tunes, EWS deletes, etc.
This is just the beginning of what we are working on - the eventual goal is custom DIY flashes for basicaly any BMW model, including BMW transmission tunes. Editing of files will be done through the Bimmerlabs API - no external software neccesary.
All you need is a supported modern browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge)*, a BMW and an internet connection.
If you would like to contact Bimmerlabs for any reason, please send us a message via our email form.