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Old 03-24-2004, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for an intake for my e36 325iC

Does this one off Bavauto look suitable?

Power Flow Cold Air Intake Kit - Carbon Fiber - ON SALE! $260.95 (Reg. $289.95)

It doesn't give any details about it, so I'm wary.


OR, should I shell out the extra $40 and get this one from benferperformance.com:
Aluminum Cold Air Intake - $300+ (color, air filter sock)

http://www.benferperformance.com/main.pl?s...uct=BMW-E36-CAI
And what is the difference of getting one with the air filter sock or without?
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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.
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Get a $40.00 K&N filter to drop in your stock box. Better yet, go green! Green is a new filter company I recently went with. Proves more hp and Tq gain on dyno tests than k & n.

I don't see too much gain if any with the cone style filters Vs. the stock arm with an aftermarket high quality drop in filter.

Much cheaper also.
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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)
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Our sponsor carries better intakes than that.

PM him and he can hook you up.
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what intakes are better than that dinan?
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A CAI is a CAI. What matters more is the heatshield.
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I carry the Active Autowerke Intake

$349 for the AA Tuning Intake with Heatshield.

Proven at least 80 Degrees cooler air into your engine with the heatshield. Much much better for the engine than stock or other intakes without the heatsheild.
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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.
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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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I agree with that drop in statement. Cost VS power difference is marginal.

However daemon, you'll also notice the first CAI has a heatshield. Even though the filter is not in the engine bay, heat still radiates toward it and the fan can still blow warm air in its direction.
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I have the benfer and love it. But had I known I would have gone with the typhoon from ebay
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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?
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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.
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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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