Since the flash tune program's inception in 1996, the one requirement was that the tune needed to be installed at a Dinan authorized dealer. This forced those in the international market or those in rural areas away from our core markets to either send in their DME for a bench flash or to simply live without Dinan tuning. No one should miss out on the chance to experience a Dinan tuned BMW so for those not near an authorized Dinan dealer a solution to tune your BMW is finally available in an easy to use DIY package. Complete with the various interface cabling that is needed for the vehicle the kit enables the end-user to be able to flash their own vehicle in the comfort of their own garage. The kit will also allow the user to flash the vehicle between stock and Dinan at a moment's notice whenever the need may arise.
1. When ordering please ensure you have your VIN ready for the checkout process. It is crucial that it is typed in accurately and completely at that time. While we offer the DIY kits in Stage 1 form the additional stages will need to be purchased and installed at an authorized dealer as they require hard parts to function properly.
2. DIY software is at your own risk. Dinan is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to a failed flash. Please be aware of reccommendations for programming as referenced on page 8 of the installation manual (linked below) for optimum success. The programming cable does not have a recovery service and will require ISTA or similar BMW dealer tools in the event the ECU needs to be recovered.
Dinan Performance Engine Software unleashes more power from your BMW 540i E39 by re-programming the fuel mixture and ignition timing parameters of the engine management system. Furthermore, the software safely raises the rev-limit, giving your BMW a broader power band and greater road speed potential in each gear. Significant gains are also achieved at part throttle, making extra power available where you spend the bulk of the time driving. The top speed governor has also been eliminated, enabling the vehicle to achieve its natural top speed.
More Power: Max gains of +9 HP @ 4500 RPM and +11 lb-ft TRQ @ 2000 RPM
50 State Emissions legal; CARB EO # D-176-26
Top speed governor removed
Improved throttle response
Smooth and predictable power delivery
Includes programming cables and software license for a single VIN
Dinan Point Value
Factory Rated HP
Factory Rated Torque (lb-ft)
Labor Time (Hours)
Max HP Gain
9 @ 4500 RPM
Max Torque (lb-ft) Gain
11 @ 2000 RPM
DIY Flash Kit
This part is legal for sale and use on Emissions Controlled Vehicles, in all 50 states, when used in accordance with the manufacturers application guide because it has a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) number.
The following vehicles are considered Emissions Controlled Vehicles:
1966 and newer U.S. manufactured California Certified vehicles
1968 and newer U.S. manufactured Federally Certified vehicles
Not compatible with the 540i (E39) from 1997-1998.
This kit may not be compatible with your vehicle as BMW employed multiple connection methods during the year range in question. Before purchase please consult the installation instructions linked above to verify a K-LINE connection method is valid for your vehicle. If a round under hood connector is present this kit will NOT work for the vehicle.
*Free Shipping & Handling only offered to the contiguous US on orders over $100, excludes clearance parts and oversized packages.
Some parts are not legal for use in California or other states with similar regulations.