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      06-02-2012, 12:09 AM   #1
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Can only do one. Intake or Air Filter.

Guys so I gathered enough money for an upgrade. Which would you rather upgrade: Air Filter or Intake. Also can you give me a brand that you recommend. Thanks fellas

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      06-02-2012, 12:12 AM   #2
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People are gonna say get the DCI's because their cheap. ($100)

I personally prefer the look of the AFE duel cone. (Yes it's more expensive but it's a quality looking part)
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People are gonna say get the DCI's because their cheap. ($100)

I personally prefer the look of the AFE duel cone. (Yes it's more expensive but it's a quality looking part)
He has an N55. Theres no DCI for it. The intake won't give you really much performance mod, but if you're looking for the cool whoosh sound, then i'd say get it over the filter. I ended up swapping my AFE filter for a BMS intake and I love it.
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He has an N55. Theres no DCI for it. The intake won't give you really much performance mod, but if you're looking for the cool whoosh sound, then i'd say get it over the filter. I ended up swapping my AFE filter for a BMS intake and I love it.
why didnt u keep the filter and install the intake as well?
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It's one or the other man. The intake is technically your new filter.
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I like the stett intake, true CAI
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What i think about intakes...

Open intakes just suck hot air from the motor bay... If you wan't a bit more sound from the engine... ok it's nice, but thinking of performance... it is a big NO!

Stock intake can cope with a lot more HP! And if you really wan't more performance, take a bigger closed one Like the Alpina one!
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It's one or the other man. The intake is technically your new filter.
Bro that makes so much more sense cuz I've been looking and no one really does both. Thanks for clearing things out. I want the sound but don't want to sacrifice some power.

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What i think about intakes...

Open intakes just suck hot air from the motor bay... If you wan't a bit more sound from the engine... ok it's nice, but thinking of performance... it is a big NO!

Stock intake can cope with a lot more HP! And if you really wan't more performance, take a bigger closed one Like the Alpina one!
I look into that man thanks.
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You're welcome

If you are thinking about JB, why don't you buy a dp instead of the intake? It would bring you so much more I would save some more and get that
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I tried the replacement filter, then the BMS intake.
The BMS intake is alot better.

It also doesn't matter where the intake is cause the air being pulled in goes through a very hot turbo then through the FMIC,
The FMIC is where the air is cooled before going into the engine.

An intake will not give much power unless you are fully bolted on, and even then it's minimal.
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It also doesn't matter where the intake is cause the air being pulled in goes through a very hot turbo then through the FMIC,
The FMIC is where the air is cooled before going into the engine.

An intake will not give much power unless you are fully bolted on, and even then it's minimal.
You know that the turbo works at his best with low temp intake air

It is pretty simple:

OPEN intake: nice sound
CLOSED intake: stock performance, temp better stabil
UPGRADED CLOSED intake: possible higher performance

For me upgraded intake comes after dp, exhaust, fmic,...
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there already were a couple cases long before this..
It's not as notorious as it was on the n54's when they first came out,
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