As some of you may know, I sharked my car last week. This week my moding consisted of me driving over an hour to a Dinan reseller, buying a grand worth of parts, and getting them installed. I got a Dinan Cold Air Intake and a Dinan Front Tower Strut Brace. My thoughts:
CAI) The intake coupled with my conforti software makes a hell of a difference to the power of the car. I'm sitting at a red light, it turns green and bam. I'm at 20. At first when I was reading reviews on the Dinan intake, some people thought it was too loud, so I was a bit skeptical. I can now say I think the sound is PERFECT. At low rpms (cruising around busy areas or slow speeds) the car sounds normal. A nice low stock bimmer rumble. I could drive for an hour and no one would know I had done any modding at all, but the second I hit the gas hard at all, the entire world knows. That thing roars and pretty much yells out "get the fuck out of my way ricer".
I love that intake.
FT Strut Brace) This little baby set me back $450 (well thats normal price, it cost me around $400 cause i'm a member of the bmw car club of america). After installed, when I pop the hood, it looks sexy as hell. A nice sleak shiney piece of metal with Dinan engraved on it, neatly layed across my engine. As for performance differences... what difference? So far I've noticed almost no change in handling due to it. Maybe I'm not looking for the right things, but so far the only gain I've noticed from it is open-hood show off value, bragging rights, and putting me 2 points closer to my dinan lid badge.
My modding for next week will hopefully be either Dinan Stage 2 Suspension or Dinan Exhaust and software.