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      09-28-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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does every 335i have air scoops?

I noticed my car has air scoops behind the kidneys - similar to something like the RAM air scoops (mine are black)

i have m-sport if that makes a difference

anyways, i don't know if they came with the car or if the previous owner just left them on

(stupid question, I know)

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      09-28-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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Black plastic? My 2011 has them.
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No, that's a aftermarket part.
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aftermarket; free scoops for you i guess haha
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Do they improve performance?
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The scoops are suppose to increase a bit more air flowing into the snorkels and into the airbox.

I think the performance gains are negligible, and only at higher speeds.
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The scoops are suppose to increase a bit more air flowing into the snorkels and into the airbox.

I think the performance gains are negligible, and only at higher speeds.
Thanks, I do a lot of traveling at high speeds maybe it will help the mpg!
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      09-28-2012, 02:05 PM   #8
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I noticed my car has air scoops behind the kidneys - similar to something like the RAM air scoops (mine are black)
Stock 335i does not have any air scoops behind the actual kidney grille (which is the upper roundish pair of openings).

Meanwhile, stock 335i has black plastic air scoops (and ducts) behind the lower meshes on the left and on the right. All cars have air ducts that lead from lower side-meshes to the front brakes (you can see the other end of the duct inside each of the front wheel wells). Also, Sport and M-Sport cars have an additional scoop+duct on the passenger side that leads to the oil cooler installed in front of the right-front wheel. Finally, Performance Package 2 cars have an additional scoop+duct on the driver side that leads to the additional water cooler.

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pics bro
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I'll take some pics tomorrow for anyone interested.

If they're not stock, i might take them off and paint them red!

pretty psyched i got them for free
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      09-29-2012, 02:15 PM   #11
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so i know these are shitty pics and it's really hard to see, but i don't have the tool to take the kidneys out right now

but for those who are interested, here's some pics of the scoops
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^ air intake system is aftermarket. On another note, fix them bumper holes man... that's definitely an eyesore.
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aftermarket and they are worthless, id remove them. i prefer better cooling over the 2whp at 80mph lol
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Do they improve performance?
It directs the force of air directly into the intake snorkle
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^ air intake system is aftermarket. On another note, fix them bumper holes man... that's definitely an eyesore.
ik i was gonna buy those plugs, but you can't really see the holes unless you're up close so it's kind of a low priority
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aftermarket and they are worthless, id remove them. i prefer better cooling over the 2whp at 80mph lol
I do a lot of cruising over 100mph, it may improve more than 2 whp? How about mpg?
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I do a lot of cruising over 100mph, it may improve more than 2 whp? How about mpg?
more power = more gas
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more power = more gas
I love driving fast on the autobahns here in Germany but I don't like the fuel stops @ $4.38 a gal. then
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They don't improve performance for those that say they do. These are turbo cars, the air is getting sucked in no matter what. All they will do is maybe push cooler air to the DCI's at higher speeds.
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You don't need any tools to remove the kidney grills.....it's held in by a bunch of clips, just pull hard on the grill and the should pop right out. Don't pull TOO hard though.....
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You don't need any tools to remove the kidney grills.....it's held in by a bunch of clips, just pull hard on the grill and the should pop right out. Don't pull TOO hard though.....
yeah but you need to remove the torx screws right above them to get to the clips

at least thats how i've always done it
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The torx screws you're talking about, does it go to the front part of the snorkel? Like right above the kidney grills?

If not, that's different from the Pre-LCIs then....
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