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.
I also have a Dinan CAI and absolutely LOVE IT!!! I just put a Dinan throttle body in to go along with it....a little extra kick I must say, I think I will notice more of a difference with the throttle body when I take my car to the Dinan specialists and have them map out a Dinan chip for me.
Finally good to hear someone else's thought on their Dinan CAI, not too many people around have one....they will never understand either, I know exactly what your talking about. I'll just be driving around fat, dumb, and happy until I come screaming around the off ramp pushing 80 in 3rd...man that baby is sucking some serious...well you know what. I wish my girlfriend would take after her a little bit more!
I bet if you went about 15 mph... and turned the steering wheels to the left/right.. and paided attention to the way your car reacted and thuse turned more into the corner... rather than pushing through the corner... but yes... as el presidente said.... adding a cross brace../x-brace... will help more than anything to tighten the rest of it up... a long with some anti roll bars underneath.
Yeah, roll bars are part of the Stage 2 Suspension I'm considering. If I get the throttle body, i'll need to get new software, correct? The guy at the bmw dealership said it's bad for the engine if i do modding like that, and don't reprogram the computer to know how to handle/use it correctly.
Also, how important is exhaust if I have the intake now? Does the air have anywhere to go? o_O
No, I sharked it, so if I did the conversion I'd lose that. =/ Does the conversion involve any hardware changes, or is it just software reprogramming? Then if I do that, will the Dinan software install on it the same and work as well without any problems? Also will this give me any trouble with emissions?
With the strut tower braces, or any brace really, you won't notice a difference until you are at the abesolute limit of your car. And then you notice it is a little bit farther than before. Basically all that it does is help to keep your car from pushing though corners, which only happens at the limit. That stage 2 though will be very noticable. You will also get better use out of your brace, with the stage 2.
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