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Old 11-11-2004, 03:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have read a lot of posts about the CAI's people use and it seems like the consensus choice is Dinan (for top quality).

I am a former Toyota guy and for the import crowd AEM and Injen are the big names. Great quality and top notch performance, plus the fit and finish are excellent.

Is there a reason that no-one here seems to use these 2 brands of intake? I know Injen makes a true cold air intake for the e36 body.

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you said it best... on the toyota or honda side they use aem. we prefer to not associate ourselves with anything referred to as "ricer" :P
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If you like that brand, get one. I didn't even know Injen made one for the E36. I'm sure if the quality is competitive with the others, it will gain popularity. How long have they had this fitment?

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If you like that brand, get one. I didn't even know Injen made one for the E36. I'm sure if the quality is competitive with the others, it will gain popularity. How long have they had this fitment?

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Not sure how long they have had the fitment, as I just searched it out today. I have been looking at CAI's since I got my car a few weeks ago and was suprised to see the 2 "big boys" AEM and Injen not having a presense in this market.

I was just wondering if anyone else had used them? Guess not. I think I will try the Injen though as I know it worked wonders on my Celica.
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you said it best... on the toyota or honda side they use aem. we prefer to not associate ourselves with anything referred to as "ricer" :P
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Easy Captian Elitist...not everyone who owned a Toyota or Honda made the mistake of "ricing" them out. No more than I would expect that everyone who owns a non "M" Bimmer re-badges them with "M" badges, shifters and moldings just because a few do.


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you're right, not EVERYONE riced them out, but I'd say 7/10 honda's that I see here in washington that are driven by people from the ages of 16-30 are riced out. And as many people here belive you don't put ///M badges on a non M car but this does happen and I try to stay away from those people as well and their antics.
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Now now fellas.

The reason Dinan is generally the top choice is because they are a company dedicated to BMW. Their R&D is spent soley on developing aftemarket parts for our beloved Bimmers. They are so well designed that one may purchase their products through your local BMW dealership and those who do retain their factory warranty. They would be what TRD is to toyota or Nismo is to Nissan.

On a side note, I hope to install my Dinan CAI this weekend. I've had it for almost a week, and have had no time to drop it in. I must say, it is well made, light as hell, and I hope worth the $$$$.
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Now now fellas.

The reason Dinan is generally the top choice is because they are a company dedicated to BMW. Their R&D is spent soley on developing aftemarket parts for our beloved Bimmers. They are so well designed that one may purchase their products through your local BMW dealership and those who do retain their factory warranty. They would be what TRD is to toyota or Nismo is to Nissan.

On a side note, I hope to install my Dinan CAI this weekend. I've had it for almost a week, and have had no time to drop it in. I must say, it is well made, light as hell, and I hope worth the $$$$.
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Excellent post, that explains the Dinan following. Makes perfect sense. Good luck with yours, I am sure you will no be disappointed.
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