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Old 08-31-2006, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Confused on CosmosCAI

i just got my cosmos air intake today and i installed it. as i was installing this i began to notice how much it seemed like i was cobbing shit together. i dont know if its just me or not but it doesnt seem to fit with the whole bmw quality factor. every other aftermarket upgrade i have added still upholds a sense of good taste and quality. although it was only about $175 i think i expected a little more from the product. all it was, was a rubber tube and a k&n cone. if anyone else has this intake maybe you have some of your own opinions on it, id like to hear some
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Old 09-02-2006, 11:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My Cosmos is not just a rubber tube and filter...

Is your pipe not metal?
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ya bro my pipe is just a rubber pipe, ...did i get ripped off??? i didnt know it was supposed to be metal. fuck
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Yeah bro, I think you definitely got ripped off. I have a cosmos CAI and it has a powdercoated metal body with rubber gaskets. its nothing sweet, but for $90 its a great bang for the buck. if yours is all rubber, you need to find a real one.

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shit bro that pic helped out alot. the one i ordered was from Cosmos Racing not Cosmo Racing. when i seen your sticker im like shit diff companies. being as the one i have looks like a total fuck up i think i might order that one that you guys have, it looks alot better. i mean shit i paid 170 for a fuckin rubber tube and a k&n cone. how is it performance wise anyways did it seem to make a pretty nice difference?
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^^ def makes a difference... in MPG especially! sounds great too!
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Old 09-05-2006, 04:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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good deal man i think ill order me up one of those. thanks
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Mine is COSMOS Racing: Blank

It DOES NOT look like the one RexKing86 has. Mine is just plain matte black. And where his has 2 rubber connectors, mine only has 1 (where it attaches to the MAF).

On their site, it looks like they have a new version of CAI "V2":


That does seem to be made of a rubber... Wonder why they switched? What benefits would this cause?
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That must be it man, about the new "V2", your right though i dont know why the hell they would go from what yours seems to be to the way mine is. cause every time i open my hood now i just get pissed off just lookin at the shitty construction and how i paid $175 for a rubber tube. i really see no upside of going from a solid metal contruction to whatever you wanna call the new one. its sad
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This has minimal pics of what the old version looks like: BMW DIY (Do It Yourself)

And it was like $130ish...
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less heat soak. rubber is an insulator, plus it's not QUITE as loud as a reverberous metal tube.
RexKing86 I really like the look of that intake and I was slightly disappointed when I was fitting my V2, it never really fit right and the one you have looks like it's perfect.
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Thats what im sayin Bit, its not that my v2 is lacking performance wise but as far as fitment and installation it didnt seem to fall into place as it looks like with Rex's. Oh well im still pleased with the the nice sound and my gas mileage went up. Im actually hittin high 22's!
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I bought a Cosmo CAI about 2 years ago, and the blue doesn't look good in a BMW Engine bay I think... so I sanded down the coat of blue off. Also there were two parts included, one small curved pipe that goes into the air module and then a longer tube that goes down by the foglights, but that didn't fit hardly at all with my 4 cyl, so I just got rid of the smaller curved pipe and just have a straight pipe with the air filter on the bottom; the sound I think is probably louder than if I had both parts, and it doesn't go as low, so I don't have to worry as much about water getting sucked up the pipe. Just some thoughts. Picture of both installations below.

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did version1 include a k&n filter or some other brand? because if its k&n then its understandable why it'd cost more.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I cant be 100% sure it came with a k&n but more than likely i would assume it did. If v2 comes with the k&n they probably originally did. And Mikester your right the bright blue did look kinda ricey in the engine bay but the after the sanding it makes it look better, nice job man. I know my fitment was also a little tight where the air filter goes down into the foglight area but since mine was the v2, the rubber tubing gave it alot of flexablity so i didnt have to modify much other than moving the one horn bracket.
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