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      06-30-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Custom Autozone N54 DCI

What's going on guys.

Okay, so I finally decided that I want to start modding my car, and where else to start but with the intake filters, it's easy and cheap. I like the simple set-up that BMS offers but I wanted one in blue, so I decided to build my own with Autozone parts.

This is not going to be a step by step DIY, I just wanted to share to you guys that there is another option.

I don't know these filters quality compared to the S&B filters that BMS offers but I figured, eh, it's going to be better than stock that's for sure. Okay so I picked up two blue Spectra filters from Autozone for $25 a piece, two 3" to 2" couplings from Lowes, because the filters flange is at a minimum of 3". That cost me about $4 each. I then found some black PVC pipes in my neighbors shed and he let me have em. So this whole set-up only costed me about $60. Which is almost a 50% savings if you were to buy the BMS.

I finally test drove my car after everything was done, and OMG the sound is freaking intoxicating. I'm not sure if it was just me but I felt a way better responsiveness from my throttles. However, it was a fun build and I hope you guys enjoy this one! Cheers.
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      07-01-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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Looks good. I dig the blue.
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I respect the DIY-manship
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Looks good. I dig the blue.
Thanks man, yeah it looks great with the montego blue.
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One of the most interesting DIYs I've seen in a while. Not a little people look at what they're buying and think "hey, that just x and y, I could do that myself." Very cool.
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One of the most interesting DIYs I've seen in a while. Not a little people look at what they're buying and think "hey, that just x and y, I could do that myself." Very cool.
Haha, thanks! Yeah, and ultimately I wanted to save some money because these BMW mods starts to add up!
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      07-06-2012, 10:52 PM   #7
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Very smart, Once I bought my DCI, I felt like an idiot....
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We need an* intake box DIY!!
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We need an* intake box DIY!!
Look up the Mr. 5 intake bro
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I dont see how you clamped the cone to the oem pipe... from what it looks like you stuck the oem pipe INSIDE the filter neck and clamped ?
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http://burgertuning.com/support.html

Boom! Done, haha. There's actually an intake box DIY somewhere in this forum but I got too lazy to look for it. But that link will direct you to the BMS Tuning website that has a video of how you can take the intake box out, along with a lot of other instructions for different mods.
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I dont see how you clamped the cone to the oem pipe... from what it looks like you stuck the oem pipe INSIDE the filter neck and clamped ?
Oh, no.

So basically once I took the box out, I'm left with two OEM pipes and clamps. I stuck the 2" PVC pipe in the OEM pipes and clamped that down, and from the 2" PVC comes the adapter and then I clamped that adapter to the filters.

So from the OEM pipes>2" PVC Pipe>Adapter>Filters. I hope that helped you out a bit. I can take a closer picture for you if you're still lost.
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Very smart, Once I bought my DCI, I felt like an idiot....
Haha, what did you get? BMS??
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smart but looks like a ridiculously tight fit. might just be the angles but my dci doesnt look as tight of a fit...
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smart but looks like a ridiculously tight fit. might just be the angles but my dci doesnt look as tight of a fit...
No, you're right, it is a pretty tight fit haha. I had to angle the OEM pipes a little bit in order for everything to fit, but fortunately the OEM pipes are made of soft plastic so it's pretty forgiving.
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No, you're right, it is a pretty tight fit haha. I had to angle the OEM pipes a little bit in order for everything to fit, but fortunately the OEM pipes are made of soft plastic so it's pretty forgiving.
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Haha, what did you get? BMS??
Yea BMS, I mean I am happy with it, but its just 2 cones =/

bought them used for 50$ shipped on this forum. The seller cleaned them with a kit, so they looked new...
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Very true...
the same thing is true for the BMS filters and setup, the rear filter is very tight. I have a question what about hot air from other engine components? In some setup I have seen scoop around the filter. Does it make it a difference?

Also do you know how long in lenght the 2" PVC pipe has to be? thanks.
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