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#1 (permalink) Old 08-12-2009, 09:38 AM
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hello im new here i own a 2001 318i, i live in townsville australia and looking to upgrade my car, atm im looking to upgrade my air filter exhaust and a body kit any info and help will be greatly appreciated thanks
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Body kit: Look at the M-Technic kit
Filter: Do you want a CAI or just a drop in filter?
Exhaust: Have one built for you. Not only is it cheaper but it's also custom!
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ok thanks but dont forget i live in australia townsville, there is only one guy in townsville that can service my car let alone help me with upgrades and im not that tach savvy thats y im asking for help, so the exhaust will be hard to do, as for the air filter it will be the first thing i do but i dont kno wat im doin i was thinking a pod filter, now with that ill have to get hoses and clamps for it right? and the body kit where can i find pics of the m-technic kit and possibly somewhere to buy one in australia cause shipping one in from europe might just be to far out of my price range till a couple years down the track
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Yeah, I hear you on the shipping parts to Australia. I had a buddy who lived out in Melbourne for a few years and he said to ship stuff from the States was crazy. The exhaust shouldn't be difficult to do as long as they have a mandrel. If they do have one it shouldn't be hard for them to do it.

Intakes are fairly easy to build. I found this link and shared it with somebody yesterday. Same basics apply even though it's on a VW. Click Here

Here is a picture of the M-Technic kit for the Sedan. It's actually part of the ZHP package but nonetheless I think it's the better looking bumper for your car



I'll see if I can find a parts supplier besides BMW in Australia for you.
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And here's a picture of the rear bumper as well. Sorry the image quality is not very good but it gives you the general idea of the look.

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ah k the M-Technic kit looks ok but im not a big fan of rounded kits, and well im gonna have to save up for it anyway i was thinking maybe even saving up 2-3k and but i wide body kit for it i saw a nice one on myhotbmw. com, it was a flastic GTR style fibreglass wide body kit, it looks real nice but again professional help is deffinettly recommended if not required and for where i am yea lol but a wide body kit it hink would look awsome but i am open to suggestions and even changing to something that looks nice i just havnt had much time to have a look at alot of body kits, and the exhaust i could pretty much do myself ive removed and put ones on before just after opinions and if anyone has hit snags while doin it, this is also a body kit the excites me

http://www.myhotbmw.com/bmw/Custom/B...dy_Kit/532628#

altho the back could be abit better but i could deal with it

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also i want a CAI, i have 2 picked out i have a injen sp short ram intake with mega ram technology or a afe magnum force stage 2 CAI, any help with which one would be better will be apreciated, im leaning towards the magnum force as it suplies a bigger power boost than the injen but i would have to get a heat shield for the magnum force i think and $200 more, so would it be worth the extra 200+ for the extra power
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When it comes to body kits I just recommend looking around on the internet and see what people have done/what's out there. The last thing you want to do is buy a body kit, paint, and install it and then find something else on the net that looks like something you would rather have. It took me a good 6 months to settle on the M-Technic kit for the E39 and I'm happy I took the time to make the choice.

For the intake, I do recommend you get something with a heat shield. Reason being is if the filter is exposed to an open engine bay all it can do is suck in heated air which essentially defeats the purpose of having a CAI to begin with. I know the aFe products are really good and I'm leaning towards that kit over the Injen.
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For example, this is the Conforti Eurosport intake on my E39. You can see how the heat shield seals the filter off from the rest of the engine bay.

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ah k yea well a heat shield is deffinettly something i want, only problem now is that i cant seem to find a single place that sells air intakes for 318i's im currently asking a mechanic ova in the usa, he is relaying msgs to afe rep to see if there is one that will fit it, if it doesnt do u kno of any that would fit it? cause i dont want to be buying a $200+ air intake to find out that it doesnt work wat so eva and would be better off using the original one i already got
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I don't know of a specific manufacturer that makes an intake with a heat shield for the 318i. I'll take a poke around the net and see if I can find anything.
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ok thanks mate, ive neva had so much trouble trying to find a cold air intake, we founf my mates s15 and a 180nsx intake for both cars in 10mins lol
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Does your intake manifold look like this?



Or does it look like this?

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diagram 1 is the maifold i got, any chance that a 323 or a 325 air filter will fit on?
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Alright, I just wanted to verify that you have the M43 motor and not the N42. I think the major difference between the two separate manifolds is the way in which the air box mounts the MAF ring (or in your case box).



Looking at the setup, I'm confident that the intake for the 325i or 328i is not going to work due to restricting in the way the intake is going to mount to the MAF ring. I think your best best in all honesty is to open your air box and de-baffle it. You may also be able to cut through the bottom of the factory air box and run an additional piece of pipe down into your front bumper. Add a filter and you pretty much have a CAI. I'm just not sure if any traditional CAI is going to mount up with the MAF rung on your car. That's just my main concern. I'll continue to look around and see if I can find anything definitive.
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