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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, Feb-23-2017, 03:17:17 AM   #21
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Default Re: Intake elbows and filter - what's your favorite?

A csl intake is worth maybe 10 whp but k&n is worth 19,right
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My personal hang up is more of how some intakes are the same basic design for all car models, works on some cars better than others.

I am not questioning the gains, I am just wondering where they come from with the elbow. I am just thinking any aftermarket elbow can only differ from stock so much. It is also interesting how much they can gain considering it is only one small piece of the intake. Just want to know what characteristics of the elbow increase performance.
I can't imagine it helps tremendously, but the silicone elbows are supposed to be smoother and reduce turbulent air. Was thinking about getting one but its $100 I could easily spend elsewhere... I'll probably stick with stock until I go either csl box or turbo
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Iím goin back to the stock elbow with the Eventuri. I had the AFE elbow. When I removed it, I had tons of dirt in the elbow. I never felt like it had a good seal and apparently it didnít. The combination didnít fit well either. The elbow was pressing down on my heater control valve wiring connectors.


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I too had one of these weird looking silicone elbows. Then I realized they look cheap and did nothing. Put the stock elbow back on and couldn’t be happier. Easier to keep clean, looks good, and fits so much better. I do recommend a dry afe filter (not for added power but for easy maintenance).
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I too had one of these weird looking silicone elbows. Then I realized they look cheap and did nothing. Put the stock elbow back on and couldnít be happier. Easier to keep clean, looks good, and fits so much better. I do recommend a dry afe filter (not for added power but for easy maintenance).
Agree about the elbow. I actually felt slightly more torque going back to the paper filter (new) and stock elbow from BMC and bimmerworld (they're all the same). Kinda like going back to stock on exhaust setups (sect 2 and/or 3).
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I've been running an AFE for awhile, it's pretty non-exceptional. One day I decided to put the smoke machine on it at the shop and it was POURING out of the silicone joints. No amount of fiddling/lube/alternative clamps would get it to stop so off it came. Not a huge deal since I don't have a MAF, but still. I'm also pretty convinced the cone filter it comes with is too small, that thing got dirty REAL quick.

Now I'm back to my stock intake with a Mishimoto elbow. The elbow definitely helps the engine breathe better up top, you can feel it from ~6k+. I've also confirmed in logs that's actually flowing a bit more. Definitely lose a bit of midrange.. maybe I'll go back to my stock elbow for awhile. The silicone is a PITA to get on.
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