Go with the CF one from Bav. CF does not conduct heat as well as aluminum and that is a +. The sock keeps dirt away from the actual filter but restricts airflow a little more. Go without.
I wish I had $260 for a CAI.
There are cheaper options for a CAIs on eBay. I went with a Typhoon intake for $50 and it works fine! I felt a performance increase right away, and the sound is a pure symphony However, if you have the extra bucks go with the CF system, you get an advantage of the extra heat shield using CF. Plus it'll probably fit in a little smoother since bavarian does a pretty good job usually. (I had to fiddle around with mine to get it to fit properly)
I attached a pic of my CAI...
Originally posted by El Presidente@Mar 24 2004, 10:04 PM A CAI is a CAI. What matters more is the heatshield.
I don't have dino results to prove it, but it seems to me that since the CAI reaches so far down (right behind the bumper cover) the heatshield is not as critical... but I guess it doesn't hurt to have one.
Heat sheilds are ment for intakes based in the engine bay. They keep the engine heat from warming up the intake temperature. Atleast, they're supposed to. I stick firmly to my decision on just placing a performance filter in the stock box. Do the tests and you won't see much of a difference, if any! I have.
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Originally posted by bimmer_boy@Mar 24 2004, 11:18 PM Heat sheilds are ment for intakes based in the engine bay. They keep the engine heat from warming up the intake temperature. Atleast, they're supposed to. I stick firmly to my decision on just placing a performance filter in the stock box. Do the tests and you won't see much of a difference, if any! I have.
Does anyone have anything to say about this. Is there enough difference in performance gains to warrant the difference in cost between a DECENT CAI (not $50 off ebay) and just replacing your stock filter with say a K&N?
Performance gains from CAIs are realistically between 5-15HP as far as I know.
Usually I also defend the statement "you get what you pay for" but there ARE exceptions. Sometimes big companies take advantage of their strong reputation, make a product look fancy, put a logo on it and sell it for 5x its value.
I think with a comparatively simple setup as the CAI there are no major differences between brands... except CF vs. Aluminum or with heat shield vs. w/o.
The only noticible difference for me was the fitting. The more expensive kits fit in easier. The buyer has to decide whether that is worth the $200 to $300 extra.
Like I said before, that only applies to "simple" mods. If it's something complicated or a high friction part (suspension, brakes...) I would most definately put in the extra bucks for high quality.
active autowerke intake is swett. that is the one i would go with i live right by bavarian auto i should go take a look at it and see if it is up to par. also demon does your intake suck water when it rains
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