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      03-31-2011, 05:01 PM   #23
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PRO 5R is blue in color.... oiled filter... greater performance


Yeah...right...That's why mine lost so much friggin power with this element and surged like a MOFO.
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Can you further explain what u mean by "huge power loss"?

I am using aFe intake with bmw performance exhaust, everything ran smooth and no power loss as u mentioned...!
Me, as well.
This whole thing surprises me.
My PE hasn't been installed- probably next week due to 12" of snow due tonight but even with the oem exhaust, I never noticed a loss of power with the AFE.
Maybe I'm overly simplistic but...... I always thought more air is better. And with the PE I would hope to complete the equation.
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absolutely! high 5...

i dont know wat's wrong w/ them?! and they cannot clarify what is power loss means?! oh well


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Me, as well.
This whole thing surprises me.
My PE hasn't been installed- probably next week due to 12" of snow due tonight but even with the oem exhaust, I never noticed a loss of power with the AFE.
Maybe I'm overly simplistic but...... I always thought more air is better. And with the PE I would hope to complete the equation.
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have my AFE for about 8 months and a really like it, i dont have power loss like you said, not expecting for you to believe me. im a happy AFE guy. good for me what ever... bla bla bla
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alright guys, im soo damn confused lol
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LOL~ oh well... jus get it and try... then install PE as well all set...... go!!


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The aFe is really a hit or miss. You either get it right or get screwed. Unfortunately, I've been screwed.
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The aFe is really a hit or miss. You either get it right or get screwed. Unfortunately, I've been screwed.
I used to think like some of the above posters but for the most part AFE is a huge miss. Problem with AFE is the heatsoak that happens at low speeds, especially on take off. At low speeds the intake is pulling hot air from around the engine bay and there is no way to avoid this. A guy I work with also had the AFE intake and reported the same exact problem. At take off the AFE will make your car run sluggish and that's pretty much a given for everyone.

Also I'm no engineer but pulling in more air is not necessarily good, especially if your car is not mapped for it. I'm guessing this is why many AFE intake users tend to get the "engine running rich bank 2 (or 1) code.

And if you think about it both the stock and perfromance BMW intakes are CAIs. Both are set to pull incoming cold air and completly sealed from the engine heat. The AFE cai is situated in a position were is has no choice but to pull the hot air in.
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ya my car is not green either, so i ordered the intake without active steering...

PRO DRY S is in grey color.... less maintainence

PRO 5R is blue in color.... oiled filter... greater performance
Lol butt dyno's are great...


There is no way you could tell the performance difference between the oiled and non-oiled filter.
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Also I'm no engineer but pulling in more air is not necessarily good, especially if your car is not mapped for it. I'm guessing this is why many AFE intake users tend to get the "engine running rich bank 2 (or 1) code.
If you pull in more air, wouldn't that make it lean and not rich? More hot air? I have the EURO air box and I recently had 'engine running rich bank 2 code' and other codes related to VANOS and dealer replaced Int. and Ex. vanos selenoids. No more code yet. I had the vanos codes twice before the EURO box and the dealer couldn't find the problem.
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If you pull in more air, wouldn't that make it lean and not rich? More hot air? I have the EURO air box and I recently had 'engine running rich bank 2 code' and other codes related to VANOS and dealer replaced Int. and Ex. vanos selenoids. No more code yet. I had the vanos codes twice before the EURO box and the dealer couldn't find the problem.
Yeah you are right.. Rich is too much fuel and not enough air, lean is too much air not enough fuel. In case of the AFE CAI the typical error code was engine running rich. I had this issue as well as some other AFE CAI users, I stopped getting the code as soon as I went back to my modified stock air box. I'm guessing (and it's only my guess) the fact that the AFE CAI is pulling in too much hot air might have been the cause of the code.
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umm okay interesting debate... anyone has DIY anything to cover the afe intake to avoid suckin up the hot air to the engine?


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Yeah you are right.. Rich is too much fuel and not enough air, lean is too much air not enough fuel. In case of the AFE CAI the typical error code was engine running rich. I had this issue as well as some other AFE CAI users, I stopped getting the code as soon as I went back to my modified stock air box. I'm guessing (and it's only my guess) the fact that the AFE CAI is pulling in too much hot air might have been the cause of the code.
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umm okay interesting debate... anyone has DIY anything to cover the afe intake to avoid suckin up the hot air to the engine?
This is why I use the EURO box vs. AFE.

So the hot air is less dense then cold air and that could cause it to run rich. The Intake Air Temp sensor would sense the hotter air and ? pull fuel out.
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umm okay interesting debate... anyone has DIY anything to cover the afe intake to avoid suckin up the hot air to the engine?
Not possible given the design of the intake.. Unless you make your own piping and stick the cone some where near the wheel well.
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Nobody has gained power and everyone has lost power with the AFE. Some just feel it more than others. When this came out on the 5 boards people were raving about it how they felt their cars were quicker and better. It usually was from the aggressive sound that played tricks. But when dyno after dyno started rollin in showing 10-20 hp loss with these things after anything more than 10 minutes of driving, it became real clear what was going on. Major heat soak with an open filter to the engine bay-terrible design.

This is evidenced by the inake in the m3 is now a totally sealed closed design and AFE even says they did this because open intakes have heat soak!

You can get away with this for a turbo since the air being sucked in is already hot (exhaust) so this will not matter but for an NA engine more heat is absolutely parasitic.
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then what should I do for engine sound? I already have a muffler. I need engine sound as well.
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haha go for BMW PI and PE then u will be completely satisfied !!!
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Nobody has gained power and everyone has lost power with the AFE. Some just feel it more than others. When this came out on the 5 boards people were raving about it how they felt their cars were quicker and better. It usually was from the aggressive sound that played tricks. But when dyno after dyno started rollin in showing 10-20 hp loss with these things after anything more than 10 minutes of driving, it became real clear what was going on. Major heat soak with an open filter to the engine bay-terrible design.

This is evidenced by the inake in the m3 is now a totally sealed closed design and AFE even says they did this because open intakes have heat soak!

You can get away with this for a turbo since the air being sucked in is already hot (exhaust) so this will not matter but for an NA engine more heat is absolutely parasitic.
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Majority of CAI's for the NA engine are actually HAI's (hot air intakes)..
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I'll concede that most of you guys know more than I- but my AFE is fairly well sealed from the engine compartment.
The sides, and the top which has sort of a weather-striping that makes a pretty tight seal.
And then the "compartment" is fed cold air from the outside just as the oem airbox is. Am I crazy?
I understand that the air surrounding the filter is not "cold", but I would think that is is somewhat insulated from the engine compartment.
Jeez, I don't know.

http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_1883.jpg

You can see the filter, so I understand it's not "sealed" like the airbox would be, but it is sealed in the rear, sides, etc. But the area around the filter/intake should be constantly fed with cool air assuming the car is in motion, no?
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I'll concede that most of you guys know more than I- but my AFE is fairly well sealed from the engine compartment.
The sides, and the top which has sort of a weather-striping that makes a pretty tight seal.
And then the "compartment" is fed cold air from the outside just as the oem airbox is. Am I crazy?
I understand that the air surrounding the filter is not "cold", but I would think that is is somewhat insulated from the engine compartment.
Jeez, I don't know.

http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_1883.jpg

You can see the filter, so I understand it's not "sealed" like the airbox would be, but it is sealed in the rear, sides, etc. But the area around the filter/intake should be constantly fed with cool air assuming the car is in motion, no?
So you actually trust the shed building material to keep heat out of your intake?
Tell ya what, you run your car one on one with a completely stock 328 and see what happens. I bet you'll be surprised.
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whats the safest thing to do for engine sound without loss of power???
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I'll concede that most of you guys know more than I- but my AFE is fairly well sealed from the engine compartment.
The sides, and the top which has sort of a weather-striping that makes a pretty tight seal.
And then the "compartment" is fed cold air from the outside just as the oem airbox is. Am I crazy?
I understand that the air surrounding the filter is not "cold", but I would think that is is somewhat insulated from the engine compartment.
Jeez, I don't know.

http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=IMG_1883.jpg

You can see the filter, so I understand it's not "sealed" like the airbox would be, but it is sealed in the rear, sides, etc. But the area around the filter/intake should be constantly fed with cool air assuming the car is in motion, no?
No you are still pulling in hot air on low speeds.
Only way around it is to:
1. rig the piping and cone so that it sit in the wheel well, a setup my friend has in his Mustang
2. completly enclose the intake, so that it is shilded on all sides

And do this little experiment
1. open up your STOCK box and cut out the carbon filter.. install the box back into your car. drive around for 15min or so and then do a take off

2. drive around for 15min or so (making sure engine is fully warmed up) and then do a take off with you AFE CAI.. this is a great test to do especially on a really warm summer day. Then you will really see what heatsoak is all about.

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