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Old 06-10-2005, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to put in a cold air intake and i was wondering the ones i see on ebay for 30 bucks are they cheap and i heard about having a box or cover for it helps. so please help me and i was wondering what good do they do and do they make your ride rougher
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Old 06-10-2005, 08:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the ebay ones suck. the filters are horrible. Debaffle and buy a drop in filter for $40.
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Save the money and buy a good quality one. ECISbmw.com, turnermotorsport.com, cosmosracing.com. I bought the ECIS and like it alot, although my car may sound too aggressive(I wouldn't have thought that possible).

I don't trust ebay for much of anything anymore.
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Old 06-11-2005, 09:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If your driving a BMW... IMO you should only treat her to the best... dont go half assed... or it will put out half assed results...

Check the post above... very good resources for your purchase...

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Old 08-04-2005, 07:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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are K&N cold air intakes any good?
i ahve a 95 318is with a 5 speed
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Old 08-04-2005, 08:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have looked every where and there are no CAI for 92-95 318i Dinan has a CAI for 96+ 318i but is it really worth $400 for a 5hp@6000rpm increase? According to a friends of mine who upgrades and dynos BMW for aliving you get the same HP increase with a K&N filter and a tornado in the intake boot. It also makes a nicer sound than a CAI. For the same price of a CAI you can buy a K&N filter, tornado, and a high flow throttle body. and increase about 13-14 HP. (on a dyno not box HP)
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I have looked every where and there are no CAI for 92-95 318i Dinan has a CAI for 96+ 318i but is it really worth $400 for a 5hp@6000rpm increase? According to a friends of mine who upgrades and dynos BMW for aliving you get the same HP increase with a K&N filter and a tornado in the intake boot. It also makes a nicer sound than a CAI. For the same price of a CAI you can buy a K&N filter, tornado, and a high flow throttle body. and increase about 13-14 HP. (on a dyno not box HP)
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do they make a better throttle body? i saw one online but it looks like it needs an adaptor? im not looking for a massive increase in my 318is, im happy with it now, but i know K&N makes a CAI and i wasnt sure whether or not it would be worth it? its like $122. i already have a drop K&N and there really isnt a noticeable difference.
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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this is the one i was looking at for a 95 318is
http://www.knfilters.com/search/prod...x?Prod=57-0206
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally posted by jshearer+Jun 10 2005, 10:26 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jshearer @ Jun 10 2005, 10:26 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'>Save the money and buy a good quality one. ECISbmw.com, turnermotorsport.com, cosmosracing.com. I bought the ECIS and like it alot, although my car may sound too aggressive(I wouldn't have thought that possible).

I don't trust ebay for much of anything anymore.
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cosmoracing is posted on ebay, and started on ebay....so...doesn't that cancel out your statement about saving money and buying a quality one?

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are K&N cold air intakes any good?
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Yeah thats what i would've suggested.

the heatshield you can make through things from home depot. pretty easy to implement. besides, the ones on ebay btw would actually sometimes be a good bang for your buck if you just bought it for their aluminum bend and replace it with something like a K&N cone filter. Since aluminum is pretty much aluminum.
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Old 08-05-2005, 01:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yep heat shield not hard to make. While we are on the topic of Homes depot, you can make one yourself for cheap from home depot... then slap a K&N on the end of it and you are ready to go. Just a thought...
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do cold air intakes really make a difference in a 318? do u know how much of an increase? is there a better throttle body for that car?
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