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#1 (permalink) Old 11-03-2004, 05:31 PM
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Ok, I have done a bunch of searches and read the DIY, but I just can't believe it's as simple as it looks to install an intake on my 328i.

judging from the DIY it's just a matter of unhooking the stock airbox and hose and installing the new intake hose and filter then bolting on the MAF and voila, it's done. Would take 20 minutes max!

What am I missing? I only ask because I installed a Cold Air Intake on my 2001 Celica GTS and it was a mess of tubes, hoses and connections that took me about 2 hours to do. Then I lived with a Check Engine Light for the rest of my driving days until the car went bye bye for the Bimmer.

Are there any fuel mapping issues I should expect? Any hidden connections I don't see? C'mon, there must be something....

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hmm none that i know of ( changed mine with JC Intake) and it is that easy... like the DIY..

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What kind of Intake?

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I installed a Dinan style intake, it took about 30 mins. That was only because I decided that I wanted to remove one of the horns and associated mounting brackets to get the cone as deep as possible into the brake duct area.

You could probably do the whole thing in 10-15 minutes if you don't care about the horn.

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Yep, intakes are pretty standard. Mine took about 20 min, and that included oiling up the filter.

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Does it make that much of a differance if you put it down lower, i just haven't gotten to that yet, so at the moment its just a cone filter, should i move out the horn and drop it in there.
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Ehh, you can. It makes it more of a TRUE CAI, but unless you live where it's 100 degrees all the time you aren't going to notice a difference really.

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I have one question about installing a new intake. Does it increase the noise coming form the engine compartment?
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Yeah, its a bit louder...but I think it adds more tone really.

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Here's a picture of my intake to give you some idea what it looks like. I like mine because the intake pipe which is silver matches the engine silver.

In the second picture I circled the area where I drilled a perfect hole for the air sensor, i could barely get it in there, and it ain't coming out, even if you tried wiggling it out, it's possible but fairly hard to pull out. Let me know if this helps at all heh.

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Thanks for the replies everyone. I guess it IS just that easy...who knew.

I think I'll stick with the short Ram as opposed to a real CAI just to make things even easier (it's not like I will get a huge boost in power either way).

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One thing... if you make the intake too low, be careful going through flooded waters. Just a thought.
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make sure to get a heat shield if you are using a short RAM CAI. You may actually lose power becuase you'll be sucking in engine wash which is less dense than the outside air.

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