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      04-30-2012, 08:04 PM   #111
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All this and I just sold mine, lol....
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      05-01-2012, 07:27 AM   #112
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why did you sell it?
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      05-01-2012, 09:28 AM   #113
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I just ordered the aFe snorkel kit to upgrade to the stage 2 Elite SI. I will be opening a sperate thread from this one since it is a different setup all together.

I am going to be sporting this intake for our upcoming May 6th 2012 Palm Beach International Raceway private event http://www.streetcardrags.com/

One thing for sure I will not have to worry about is the DME adapting as there is no waiting line. When ready you go and burn rubber. No hulk cars pissing on or ripping up the asphalt.

I already have the aFe air scoops, been had them on since I put in the K&N filter on the stock intake box.

Expect some results to come dialing in after May 6th 2012....later
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Where did u get that aFe snorkel kit? Also what type of caulking did you use?

Keep up the good work!
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      05-02-2012, 11:31 PM   #116
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Where did u get that aFe snorkel kit? Also what type of caulking did you use?

Keep up the good work!
You can order the aFe snorkel kit directly from aFe. I am not sure if the resellers offer it by itself as an upgrade

So if you get the stand alone aFe Stage 2 SI that used the stock snorkel you can upgrade it to the Stage 2 "Elite" by getting the snorkel kit

They are claiming 14-hp and 27-tq over stock with the elite version. Not sure if this is whp or wtq rated but it will be clarified.

If it is whp/wtq rated then I should see minimum 5 whp / 15 wtq gains on the next dyno
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I have the SI version for my 135i, I wonder if I can get the snorkel to work on my car. How much was it from afe?
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I have the SI version for my 135i, I wonder if I can get the snorkel to work on my car. How much was it from afe?
Doesnt look like the current snorkel kit is compatible with the 135i N54 "yet". If anything, the price would probably be the difference between the Stage 2 SI and the Stage 2 SI Elite.

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.....Also what type of caulking did you use?
Black / Permanent Waterproof Seal / All Weather

Weeks later I pulled the intake to clean it up. Used a sharp nife to cut the ugly caulk bleed and added more seal and smoothen it out. This can be done the first time though to do it right
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      05-03-2012, 08:11 AM   #119
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^ that's good to know, I'll have to get my RTV ready.
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      05-14-2012, 07:32 AM   #120
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I installed mine over the weekend. I see what others mean by the quality. I'm not going to complain but I can say that there aren't any untrue statements in here. Oh, and at least put your logo on the right way... this will drive me nuts:


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      06-10-2012, 06:47 PM   #121
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Overall, definitely better than stock intake, power comes on earlier than before. All I can do now is wait for aFe to release their new version based off of my concept of what this intake is suppose to be for those of us that are tuned.
Any idea when aFe will start making the intake with your "suggested revisions". Debating between buying this & making the changes myself or waiting for the aFe build version.

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      06-11-2012, 08:52 AM   #122
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Any idea when aFe will start making the intake with your "suggested revisions". Debating between buying this & making the changes myself or waiting for the aFe build version.
Last I heard they were preparing to make the "gasket kit" for the current Stage 2 CAI product, and after this is when they will start on the Stage 3 enthusiast or extreme model
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I installed mine this weekend. Super easy install. So far so good. I'll also spring for a gasket kit when they become available (maybe even upgrade to the Elite version).
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Last I heard they were preparing to make the "gasket kit" for the current Stage 2 CAI product, and after this is when they will start on the Stage 3 enthusiast or extreme model
So there's a Stage 3 new intake design coming??
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So there's a Stage 3 new intake design coming??
There is a new intake module coming for the N54 yes. If it will be called a Stage 3 or not is just a misnomer being used

Tuesday October 2 2012

"Honestly we have been very involved with other development the last few quarters. We are about to release a module for N54, N55, N63 and N20 but itís definitely for the simple bolt-on owner, not the highly modified vehicles like yours. My engineer has been loaned out to help the Diesel team and once he is back, he will jump on BMW again."
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There is a new intake module coming for the N54 yes. If it will be called a Stage 3 or not is just a misnomer being used

Tuesday October 2 2012

"Honestly we have been very involved with other development the last few quarters. We are about to release a module for N54, N55, N63 and N20 but itís definitely for the simple bolt-on owner, not the highly modified vehicles like yours. My engineer has been loaned out to help the Diesel team and once he is back, he will jump on BMW again."
Interesting... We need a focus to make a DCI boxed/sealed setup. This would be my ideal intake design for people with all the Bolt on mods and tune.
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There is a new intake module coming for the N54 yes. If it will be called a Stage 3 or not is just a misnomer being used

Tuesday October 2 2012

"Honestly we have been very involved with other development the last few quarters. We are about to release a module for N54, N55, N63 and N20 but itís definitely for the simple bolt-on owner, not the highly modified vehicles like yours. My engineer has been loaned out to help the Diesel team and once he is back, he will jump on BMW again."
I just called aFe and spoke with Shawn over the phone. I asked him about the new intake and he said he has not heard anything about releasing a new intake. The new "module" apparently is their "scorcher" module which is their piggy-back tune.

Hopefully Buraq is right on the development of an even more improved intake, but I think there probably won't be a new CAI coming from aFe anytime soon.
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I just called aFe and spoke with Shawn over the phone. I asked him about the new intake and he said he has not heard anything about releasing a new intake. The new "module" apparently is their "scorcher" module which is their piggy-back tune.

Hopefully Buraq is right on the development of an even more improved intake, but I think there probably won't be a new CAI coming from aFe anytime soon.
Sometimes the front is not aware of what the back is doing. I can only go by what the lead contacts tell me. We will know soon enough though.
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Sometimes the front is not aware of what the back is doing. I can only go by what the lead contacts tell me. We will know soon enough though.
Yeah, that's what I hope too. Since I only have a few more pieces in my E90 upgrade project left that I'm doing and the CAI is one of them.
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so any updates on this. Im interested.
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so any updates on this. Im interested.
Nope, Nada...looks like I am going to have to find someone to make these if and when I get the opportunity. I am much more confident with the intake now since I am pushing 18 - 19 psi running the PTF E50 map and is keeping up with the turbo demands.

I think what is really needed is a gasket for the cover only. Cealing up the side is so easy and cheap but then again not everyone is a DIY person
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