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Old 03-18-2004, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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is there a way to get rid of the tube ?
isnt this called de baffle ?
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Old 03-18-2004, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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this thing?

ive never seen one removed. why?
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Old 03-18-2004, 08:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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then whats the debaffle mod ?
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its got me baffeled
ok i'm gonna shut up now.
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I believe that is the debaffling mod, not sure what kind of gains you get.
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is this a 318? because i know that in my 325 my stock air box doesnt have one.
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holy craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap
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removing this was probally the best thing i have ever done..
all 3 series have a baffle of some sort.
it sounds like a CAI the good thing is it only roarrrs at 3 1/2 rpm and higher.
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it adds like 1-2hp i heard.
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Old 03-19-2004, 03:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
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yeah, removing it makes the air box much less restrictive. Its not unheard of for that part to be rmeoved a small tube run down out the bottom of the box to pick up even more air. There's link I have at home detailing how to do it on a z3 airbox.
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It looks like a missle or a bomb. My 318 doesn't have that in the airbox, it probably comes "debaffled"
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I hate bringing up an old thread but I decided to do this to mine for the hell of it. Problem is, my airbox seems to be epoxied shut and I can't get the little bugger out. I guess I'll just crush it and take out the pieces
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I believe that baffle is intended to reduce engine noise. I've got a '95 318ic and I removed it by pulling the whole box and replacing it with a heat shield from East Coast Induction Systems and a cone filter.

The engine revs a lot freer and the acceleration is a bit quicker, but the car is louder.
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NOW wat happens wen i hit a huge puddle, or wen it is DOWN pOORING?????
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uhm, Nothing? The baffle just reduces the intake noise from the engine and also restricts the airflow just a little bit. It's encased in the airfilter box.

If you have a CAI in the brake duct, your probably going to ingest some water and stall\mess stuff up.
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if you have the filter propperly oiled, you wont face any issues if you splash a puddle. As we all know, oil and water don't mix. Ergo, a well-oiled filter wont allow water in.

Now, if it get submerged, thats another story.
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