View Full Version : Intake shoot out???

03-01-2004, 06:19 AM
Does anybody have any idea which brand of intake have the most power gain(Dinan, ECIS CAI, Jim Confortie CAI...etc)? Or just the K&n drop in filter will do just the same? Let's hear some suggestions. Thanks guys.

03-01-2004, 03:58 PM
I have the K&N Filter drop in but I can't speak for any of the actual cold air intakes. From everything I have read, the filter drop in does little if anything. In some cases I have read a clean stock filter has better performance than the clean K&N filter but when both filters have been in the car a while and are dirty, the K&N performs better than the stock one. I think it would also depend on if your going for more look or actual performance. The Dinan one is expensive but looks the best but I think the ECIS has some of the best power gains but its kinda ugly looking. Just my $0.02 worth.

03-01-2004, 08:26 PM
i have k&n and been using it till january on the coupe. it sounds a little different than the stock, performance? i dunno maybe a little bit.

I had ECIS CAI before on my e36 m3 and it sounds a little bit wilder than the stock/k&n filter. FOr the power gains, ECIS is one of the best out there. Or ECIS + Jim's filter = good gains too.

03-01-2004, 10:19 PM
FYI Jim's filter = ITG Filter...

Better flowing than paper filter/K&N.

Best regards,


03-02-2004, 12:37 AM
when cornered, Carbonio had nothing for me*sad*

03-04-2004, 01:03 AM
I have the JC CAI aka ITG... it sounds great, not sure about the performance gain.

97 Z3 2.8
03-04-2004, 05:31 PM
JC here.

I bought used when I helped Tom with his SC install. It has a throaty sound, but not all that loud. I can hardly hear it with my Brullen exhaust makin all that racket.

Not too sure about power increase, last time I drove my car it was not tuned properly yet and running way too lean. It runs very strong now, but I have to re-phase my intake cam and e-test it to update the plates.

BTW- If anyone wants a K&N drop in a 12 of beer (Keith's please) is my price.

03-05-2004, 08:20 AM
I have heard of people doing a homemade cold air intake before. I was wondering if the cold air intake kit off a BMW E36 3 series would work since they are the same engine? Was just wondering if anyone had tried this. Here's a link to a cheap looking one on Ebay, but they also have AEM ones if this would work...


97 Z3 2.8
03-05-2004, 04:31 PM
If it's got a heatsheild it won't match up. The inner fenders are different.

03-05-2004, 06:38 PM
Here's my ECIS.

I added some aluminum foil on the heat shield to further prevent heat from getting in. Don,t know if it helps, but the ghetto bling look is to die for... :P



03-06-2004, 12:52 AM
Used to have the JC ITG one for about 3 months... (same one is in the 3.2 kit)... I think it's a really nice looking intake but price wise it's definately not the cheapest (580 with taxes from teutonic)

BTW Bill, I have the cleaning stuff for that ITG filter that came with the kit along with the oil spray. Drop by to pick it up :)


97 Z3 2.8
03-08-2004, 04:26 PM
Nice Tin Hugo!!!
I wonder how much that does. Isn't the ECIS heat sheild already insulated, or is that a new thing?

03-09-2004, 02:25 PM
Bill, yes, there's a heat shield with the ECIS, but I glued some foil out of a windshield sunblocker thing. :)

03-09-2004, 04:01 PM
Originally posted by Hugo
I added some aluminum foil on the heat shield to further prevent heat from getting in. Don,t know if it helps, but the ghetto bling look is to die for... :P

That's just for decorations man!