Keeping that in mind, would you recomend the simota box? You say the dyno showed zero gains, presumably it also showed no loss? If the simota CAI is not good enough, are there any CAI kits in the £200-250 price range that will improve sound while merely MAINTAINING performance. Again, I am fully aware that I will not get any perfomance gains. If there is any chance of a kit decreasing performance, I don't want it, but I most definitely do want the improvement in engine noise if possible.
Also, I assume I can safely fit a panel filter in the standard air box with no risk of adversely affecting performance - which would be the best panel filter for sound improvements?
Sorry for the typo in my previous post (now edited that post)
Is this the AFE system you are talking about?
Is this the only induction kit I can fit with no risk of performance decrease?
If there are no induction kits that can provide sound improvement with zero performance decrease, what is the best non oiled panel filter to place in my standard BMW airbox?
I assume I should NOT make any modifications to the box in the hopes of improving sound as I could harm it's heat shielding and vacuum producing capabilities?
Thanks again, appreciate everyone's patience, I'm obviously one very confused newbie!
ps. GAP, I just noticed you mentioned you don't want to lose you AFE kit - you have one installed in your car? How is the sound? I'm assuming the performance is uneffected as you have it fitted?
p.s.s GAP - Sorry, I totally missed your post where you explicitly stated you have the AFE Kit and that it was a great kit! I think you posted it when I was still in my "I don't care about the sound" phase! After hearing some you tube videos, I completely changed my mind, I didn't realise how addictive the sound could be!
Can I ask how easy it is to fit the AFE Kit? Do you need to have any experience or special tools? Would you recommend getting a mechanic to the install to be safe?
The AFE is slightly out what I was hoping to pay, are there any others out there which are cheaper or do you think it's best to wait until I can afford to go for the AFE - I would rather pay the premium if it's worth the cost.
Thanks again and apologies for missing your post!
modding the airbox on bms doesn't consist of drilling holes in the sides like on say vauxhalls!, i do believe there is things in side that you remove to make the air flow movement better, as for noise, its only a little bit loader than stock, but with a remap the gains are there to have. panel filters go straight in the standard box. most applicatoins do help the breathing of the cars engine but mainly when other mods make the car ask for more air to make them work as they should. the choice is yours, i like my car stock looking, but with all the benifits of improved parts, and help with breathing is defo a must if you are remapping!, it is a persons own preferance as to what they like, i don't like cones or induction kits! others do.
RIght - getting a stage 1 remap and vanos seal replacement from Mike at AL Tuning - he's a really helpful guy and their prices are very reasonable.
One question - I asked him about the CAI and he mentioned that they supply the Carbonio system, here's a link to the system:http://carbonio.com/performance/bran...99-intake.html
How does this compare to the AFE kit. I was pretty much set on the AFE kit, but this seems to be comparable? I would rather get everything from one place, so if this kit is just as good as the AFE, I'll get everything from AL, but if you guys think it's worth buying the AFE myself, I'll do that instead (both sound awesome!)
Looking at the installation guide for the Carbonio Kit seems to indicate that it doesn't use the stock intake tube but takes in air from the lower passenger side of the grill...is as "safe" as the stock tube in terms of good cold airflow and in terms of sucking up water, bit of rubbish etc?
Scorched - good luck with the tuning (I have read with interest as I am likely to buy a 330 next as its the most sensible one on the list in terms of performance and running costs).
I had never heard anything about changing the pulleys to gain power (other than in supercharged cars), so boshed it into Google and this si the first thing it ame up with...(I know it is aimed at the E36, but I guess the same principles apply).
scorched soul (30-07-2010)
Gap - that's what I wanted to hear!
I think my plan is set in stone now. Gonna be remap, vanos seals and the AFE CAI. Total cost just a shade over 750 quid, so bang on! From my research, the remap and vanos seals are probably the 2 biggest things you can do for performance and also happen to be the two best value mods. The AFE is more for that awesome sound - seriously, I know it's hard to tell from youtube, but you cannot tell the difference between the AFE equipped 330's and normal M3's, they sound amazing.
Sam - Good luck with your search, the 330 is an incredible car for the money. I'll make sure to report back with the results so you can decide what mods you wanna do!
Good link on the pulleys - the makers of the pulleys do address this issue and claim their products don't cause any problems and they only offer the pulleys for the power steering and water pump but to be honest, the cost of the pulleys doesn't seem to be worth the results, and of course there is the increased risk of cooling problems, fatigue etc. Not really worth it in my opinion.
I was reading about the pulleys and they did make some good points re the level of understanding between BM's engineering department and an aftermarket company (especially for items that can seriously muller your engine). The cooling system is a weak enough point on BM's, without making it any worse.
I think the search for my 330 may take some time (a high spec'd manual in an ideal world, if not a high spec auto).
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