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Old 07-04-2004, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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are the gains from a CAI noticeable at all at any level when driving plaese only respond if u have one installed
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Old 07-04-2004, 12:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can tell a good solid difference in power in my 318 from RPM's 3k and up, it ain't a different car but it helps if you need just a slight power increase or response, plus you get a cool sound
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Old 07-04-2004, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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its hard to say, my CAI makes more noise than power. but im sure the powers there.... (just cant really feel it)
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Old 07-05-2004, 12:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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most cai sistems will make more sound then hp but any way when you will have the inpressin that the engine is much more responive
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Old 07-05-2004, 11:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The car will rev much easyer with CAI.

The power band will go on a little further in RPM's
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Old 07-05-2004, 01:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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hey
speaking of CAI, how much of a difference does it make it you get a dinan or jc one as opposed to a generic one from like cosmo racing ?
To me they seem to be the same theoretically with respect to the air flow, but i honestly am just guessing. thanks guys
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Old 07-05-2004, 02:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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just buy one on ebay for 20 bucks and u will be happy as all giddout
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Old 07-05-2004, 03:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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hey
on ebay for 20 bucks ? the cheapest one i found for a 328i 1996 was like $140.
if anyone finds one please do lemme know
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Old 07-06-2004, 10:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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wow that intake sounds just as good as like a turner one and its 15 bucks all ya need is a heat shield that a person could make
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Old 07-06-2004, 10:59 AM   #12 (permalink)
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hey
ya but that intake doesnt have the main pipe does it ? could not see it...also what kind of filter would it have if the whole thing cost 15 bucks ? not tryin to diss it or anything, i really want to get it , but also want to know what all i would need after i get it and will it mount just fine ?
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How could you "go cheap" on a bimmer. i'm not rich but i've experimented with cheap parts. they are sooo not worth the $$$ or lack there of.
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I would get it just for the pipe and then throw a K&N or Green filter on it and bam, the quality just skyrocketed...a mandrel bent pipe is a mandrel bent pipe regardless...It may fit crappy, it may fit fine, but generally speaking, you do get what you pay for...
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you do get what you pay for...
So true, so true. I didn't go cheap on my car, I'm not gonna go cheap on parts for my car. I doubt the fitment on that CAI is worth a crap, and if you want a K&N just get a drop in. I'm convinved the only way you will get a big improvement is with a true CAI that is long enough to draw air from the fender well or lower part of the front spoiler.

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