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An Introduction to the BMW Shark Injector
This amazing hand-held unit upgrades your BMWs engine software to the our Jim Conforti Performance Software, increasing both horsepower and torque for maximum acceleration.
The BMW Shark Injector programming tool connects to your cars diagnostic port and uploads its performance tuned custom software directly to your BMWs engine computer. At the same time, it makes a safety copy of your BMWs original "stock" software, so that you may revert back to stock engine software at any time, in just minutes. This makes this upgrade completely reversible.
It has been dyno-tested to provide a safe increase in power by altering fuel enrichment, cam timing and ignition timing specifically for use with premium gasoline. The BMW Shark Injector OBD-II Performance Engine Software also provides an increase in the factory rev-limit allowing for optimum shift points for maximum acceleration. Not only is part-throttle fuel and spark re-mapped, other areas of chips other tuners don't touch are re-mapped - such as acceleration enrichment, transition fueling, how the car responds to rapid change in pedal, and VANOS control as needed to optimize the vehicle for operation on premium fuel
A Friendly Reminder !!
-The BMW Shark Injector is for US and Canada models only.
-The BMW Shark Injector CANNOT be shared or used on multiple cars. Once installed, it belongs to the specific car. This item is NOT refundable once it has been installed.
-A battery charger (10 amp or higher) IS REQUIRED during the software installation process
How does the Shark Injector work exactly?
The Shark Injector's software replaces the stock BMW software but not all of BMW's
programming is changed. When plugged in and the button is pressed, the Injector reads the
stock software and stores it for later retrieval if necessary. It also records the VIN number
and other required information. Then it programs the DME with its new Shark Injector files.
After programming, the Shark Injector verifies that the transfer of data was completed.
What octane must be used?
The minimum octane rating for the Injector is 91. Many states are abandoning 93
octane in favor of 91.
Do I really need a battery charger?
Yes! The installation of the Shark Injector requires power from the battery. It needs more
power than the battery can provide without the alternator generating a charge (and its
obviously not possible to have the engine running). This is why a battery charger is
necessary. BMW dealers use battery chargers when updating your car. Can you install the
Shark Injector without the charger? No. The Injector checks for voltage several times during
its programming. If at any time it detects voltage levels are too low it will give you an Error
Code (123 or 124).
Does the Shark Injector void my warranty?
No. Federal law prohibits a manufacturer from voiding a warranty simply because
aftermarket parts are present. The installed aftermarket part has to be the cause of a failure
on the warranty part (the Magnuson-Moss Warranty & Federal Trade Commission
According to BMWs own literature on the subject, "the BMW warranty on a component is
void due to a modification where the modification, alteration or installation of an
aftermarket part was directly responsible for the failure."
Is the Shark Injector tuned for a CAI and exhaust?
Yes. The Shark Injector is compatible with a Cold Air Intake such as the one designed by
Jim Conforti (also the designer of the Shark Injector). It is assumed that software will not
be the only modification that you make to your vehicle and the Shark Injector software
takes that into account. Cat-back exhaust modifications do not need special programming.
Is it possible to "share" the Shark Injector?
No. Because the Shark Injector needs information from the car's DME that is specific to the
car itself, the unit cannot be used on another car. The Shark Injector will give you Error
Code 162 if it has been previously installed on another vehicle.
A note about eBay or buying from the Classifieds: the Shark Injector is designed to be used
on one car and only one car. Once it is used on a car the Shark Injector cannot be used on a
different car. Even if the Injector was removed from the car, specific vehicle info is stored
for the next time and the Injector will not work on another car. In other words, once it has
been plugged into the car and the button is pushed, it stays with that car.
Does the Shark Injector cause any Check Engine lights?
No. The Shark Injector is only refining certain parts of the BMW software to maximize the
greater potential of higher octane fuel. Changes are made to the timing and fuel maps to
achieve this. If the Check Engine light does appear, it is the BMW software telling you there
is a problem with something else and not caused by the Shark Injector.
Does the software "go away" over time and will the Shark need to be re-installed?
No. BMW software is adaptive to your driving habits but, no, the Shark Injector software
never disappears from the computer.
Will the Shark Injector work on a car with an automatic transmission?
Yes, but it does not alter the transmissions programming. In other words, the shift points
and maximum allowed rev limit remain the same as before. All of the benefits of the Shark
Injector are there and including the horsepower gains.
Can the Shark Injector damage my ECU?
No. The procedure that the Shark Injector follows is really no different than the one BMW
uses to update your car. As long as you follow and understand the instructions the
procedure is painless and transparent. In the end, this is software that is being loaded into
the car; the hardware remains the same.
Will my car ping with the Shark Injector?
No. Pinging/detonation/knocking can occur with or without the Shark Injector installed. The
greater cause of this issue is the quality of the fuel available to you. The vast majority of
customers with the Shark Injector and Conforti Cold Air Intake do not experience pinging
problems. However, there have been instances with other aftermarket products, which have
led to pinging when used with this poor quality fuel. Your car is equipped with knock
sensors, however, so the risk of permanent damage to the engine is kept very low.
How do I know if my car has been Sharked?
The only way the end-user will be able to tell, other than the increase in power, is by
probing the new rev limit. On most BMWs this is raised to 7000 rpm. On cars equipped with
automatic transmissions it will difficult or impossible to reach this point without performance
software for the transmission. Keep in mind if the Injector runs into any trouble during its
installation it will give you an error code and you will know why the installation could not be
How do I un-install the Injector?
Follow the same procedure as you did for installation. When doing a Restore function you
will see both the green and red LED lights light up.
Do I ever need to get the Shark Injector updated?
No. Generally speaking, BMW's engines are so finely tuned from the factory that further
updates are not usually necessary. Jim Conforti has spent many years tweaking BMW's
software to the point that the engine is at its peak efficiency when the Shark Injector is
installed. As a general rule, updates to the Injector are not necessary.
What do I do when I have to take the car to the dealer?
If your car needs to visit the dealer for a new upload of BMW software you should perform a
Restore function with the Shark Injector. This will allow the BMW dealer to upgrade your
software without over-writing the Shark Injector's performance software. New software is
not always strictly necessary and you can always refuse when the dealer wants to install
What should I do when my Check Engine light or Service Engine light comes on?
A) You can bring your car to a BMW service facility and have them read the trouble codes
from the car's computer. Or B) you can purchase the Peake Fault Code Reader from Bimmerzone.com and save yourself a trip to the dealer. This will tell you exactly what is wrong
with the car; however, it will not be caused by the Shark Injector.
Is it legal in California?
These products are not CARB-certified or legal for sale or use in the state of California on
any pollution-controlled motor vehicles.
Will the Shark Injector work on a Euro-spec car?
No. European-spec cars - and the software used on them - are not available in the U.S. The
software in a European DME will be different than on a US car and the Injector will not
install. The Shark Injector works on cars that are sold for the U.S. and Canadian markets
For US-spec cars in a foreign country (people in the military, business overseas, etc) it is
recommended NOT to have the local BMW dealer perform any software updates on your car.
This can lead to the Shark Injector not re-installing after the BMW update. BMW may have
different versions of their software in a foreign country than in the U.S. and Canada. And
these foreign versions of the software are not available to Jim Conforti.
Why is there a better gain on a 323/328 than on a 325/330?
While being similar, the M52TU engine in the 323/328 is actually very different than the
M54 in the 325/330. Jim Conforti tuned the software of each to safely gain horsepower
without sacrificing drivability and reliability. More could be gained from the 323/328
engines, as the tolerances and sensitivity are not as close as in the 325/330.