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Old 11-22-2004, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ok i spent $60 bucks and have a dinan type intake, heres how


1. i went to bmw dealer and purchased a 4" inlet X5 dinan cone air filter
2. went to lowe's and bought a 3" abs 45 degree elbow(found in plumbing department, one side is 4" and the other side is 3"), (2)3"-4" hose clamp, 4"-5" hose clamp and i also bought a 3" no hub coupling with the rubber sleeve on the inside
3. take out the stock airbox
4. take rubber sleeve out of the 3" hub coupling(you dont need the coupling, i went ahead and returned it without the rubber sleeve for full refund) and connected the 45 degree elbow and the mass air meter together, hose clamped the elbow side and mass air meter side to keep them together
5. put the 4" dinan X5 air filter onto the 4" side of the abs elbow and hose clamped it real tight

there you go, for $62 i got myself a dinan intake

i was thinking of taking some rain gutter and running it from the hole next to your foglights in the front bumper up to where the filter sits so it can suck the cold air in from the outside source, any suggestions on how i might go about it

i noticed a really significant difference in power and it sounds awesome and what makes it better is its DINAN

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Old 11-22-2004, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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looks nice man. do you have to oil the filter every so often? i did the same thing for my 300zx
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i dont know about oiling the filter, never heard anything about that, please ellaborate
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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omg how much did each part cost? will that work for my 92 325i sedan? i am seriously considering this
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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u gotta clean up that engine bay! thats filthy!
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the filter from my bmw dealer was 54.00 after tax, thats the expense right there the rest was under 10

yeah my engine bay is filthy, i had it detailed at 40,000 miles and right now im at 71,2xx ill be detailing again at 80,000
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Old 11-22-2004, 09:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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looks nice man im considering about doing that for my E36 M..is it possible?
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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do you have a 3" mass meter or are the m's a little bigger
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i Bought a 12 dollar filter off ebay and just put it on the end of my maf does the same thing i dont think theres any point of spending alot of money unless your getting a real CAI but dont think im putting yours down it looks good cool job
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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lol I thought you were gonna make an entire intake form lowes hardware.
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Old 11-24-2004, 11:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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those ebay air filters are cheap pieces of crap, they dont really filter anything, you might think its helpin but its not, its sucking hot air and that mesh crap allows little particles to enter the motor, very bad, i had a k&n on the end of my maf but then i made this intake and could tell a difference in power between the two, take that ebay filter off for real, that paper in it is basically for looks that mesh screen is the only thing filtering anything
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Old 11-25-2004, 12:10 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thats a good idea for an intake but it really isnt a CAI its more short ram and a dinan is made to go behind fog light to avoid engine heat and fan wash , but not to bash its actually awesome i love to see peple defy the overpriced bmw market

The link has the plans for the CAI i made
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Thats a really nice intake 325is1994 but it doesn't look like a Dinan at all. Here's pics of my Dinan.
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That's not a Dinan style CAI, Dinan CAI go gown into the bumper like the pictures from robbbins6103. Dinan stytle intakes don't need a heat shield because they get air from lower in the engine bay, yours looks like more of a RAM CAI which suck in hot air if you don't have a shield
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i didnt necessarily mean it was a dinan intake, what i was talking about was i used a dinan cone air filter that was made for a X5 cause they are 4" inlet
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