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      08-27-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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Thumbs up aFe Pro-Dry S Intake Review

Update - 9/6/2008
Dyno Results:
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=169169



I installed the aFe Pro-Dry S intake into my '08 E92 335i a few days ago, and I thought I'd share my experiences.

About my car:
My car is a 4/08 build and is victim of the notorous "turbo lag" issue, however, I don't know for sure whether or not I have MSD81 (I assume I do). Until the install of the intake, my car was completely stock performance-wise. It currently has 2400 miles on the clock.

Purchase:
I ordered the intake during the group buy care of Harold at HP Autowerks. The entire ordering process went without a hitch. HP Autowerks gave consistent status updates for the group and always remained professional. I highly recommend this vendor.
Vendor: 10/10

Installation:
The installation was simple, and the instructions that come with the kit are very easy to follow and include pictures. I didn't rate the difficulty as 1/10 because I did have some trouble with removing the stock intake, namely the rear intake hose/clamp. But overall it's one of the easiest installs you could ever do. It also looks fantastic in the engine bay!
Difficulty: 2/10
Time: 20-30 minutes

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Start Up:
After the install the car started up fine without error. I still had the hood open at this point, so the first I noticed right off the bat was the difference in sound. It definitely sounds like the car is breathing better!
Performance:
After letting the car warm up I decided to do some spirited driving around Bellevue. Again, right off the bat, I noticed the throttle response has improved substantially. The "turbo lag" that I had been experiencing isn't quite as annoying as it used to be (but it is still there)! With some heavier pulls and WOT's, I can feel a definite kick in added torque. I haven't smiled this much driving my car since I first brought my baby home!
Sound:
Revving the car you can really hear the intake go to work, with an aggressive yet subtle hissing as the throttle opens. Driving the car on the street, the sound is muted. Even with the windows down I could really only hear the intake when driving between tall buildings or through tunnels. But when it's audible, it's sounds great!
Smile Factor: 7/10

Bottom Line:
Although it's one of the higher priced intakes available, the performance and aesthetics make up for it.
Value: 6/10
Quality: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

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      08-27-2008, 09:55 PM   #2
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Nice review... thanks for taking the time to write that up.
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Nice review Eric!

I received mine today.

I will install mine this weekend.

BTW The sound of intake will be louder and louder !
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Sounds like there's gonna be a few of us NW'ers rolling with aFe. I've read some things about the sound and performance improving with adaptation. Looking forward to it!
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Can anyone upload a vid of the intake noise?? I'm thinking about changing from BMS to Afe but want to still hear some of the turbo spooling sound
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Sounds like there's gonna be a few of us NW'ers rolling with aFe.
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thx for the write up....makes me feel confident with my purchase...cant wait till it arrives!!!!!
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nice write-up. enjoy the intake.
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so many people with this intake with or without piggybacks now. we need dynos!!
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Sorry for the lack of dyno, guys. I am going to have my car dyno'd next Saturday (6th), but that doesn't really help anyone without a baseline.

I'll post the graphs up anyway if anyone's interested.
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With all the posts asking about dynos, I'm going to try my best to get a good stock airbox vs. aFe on the 6th. I'll just bring my stock parts with me.

Does anyone have input on what I would need to do for proper adaptation when I swap back to the stock setup?
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http://www.n54tech.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1686

JB3 + AFE Dyno = pewpie results.

Looking forward to seeing if your dyno differs.
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My car is a leased car. Should I be doing this ? Do i have to take the intake out everytime my car go back to dealership for service ? If so, is it hard to restore to factory intake ?
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My car is a leased car. Should I be doing this ? Do i have to take the intake out everytime my car go back to dealership for service ? If so, is it hard to restore to factory intake ?
You Can.

For a leased car - you should.

No, not really.
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JB3 + AFE Dyno = pewpie results.

Looking forward to seeing if your dyno differs.
I am too.

Funny thing I was planning all along to do a comparison dyno, but when the intake came in I couldn't stand to wait until the 6th to install it!

We'll see what I can work out with the dyno operator and see if he'll let me do separate runs.
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what's the difference between the pro dry S and the pro 5 R? anyone?

thanks..

http://www.afefilters.com/productrev...72/5411472.htm
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what's the difference between the pro dry S and the pro 5 R? anyone?

thanks..

http://www.afefilters.com/productrev...72/5411472.htm
Dry and oiled air filters (slightly more airflow with slightly larger holes, but relies on the oil to catch dust and debris).
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great review! I've had mine for quiet some time now but still havent gotten to install it yet. I think I might have it installed tomorrow with the RR catch can. My car is right now in a shop having the exhaust, intercooler, and oil cooler installed! cant wait
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Sounds like there's gonna be a few of us NW'ers rolling with aFe. I've read some things about the sound and performance improving with adaptation. Looking forward to it!
It sounds better after a couple weeks. At least mine did. It's nice and quiet when your cruising too.
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i walked in the door about an hour ago and found my AFE dual cone intake!!!...woohooo!
will be installing tonight...post pics later!
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SWEET.....just took it out for a quick boot around the block.....guess its really tough to gauge if there was in fact power gain.....
but it sure feels like it....and damn....love the new sound!!
A big thank you to Joseph at Trinity Auto sports!!!.....awesome service!


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I told you there's a difference in "butt dyno"!!!

Trust me, after a couple of days, you'll feel more pulls..
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