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Old 10-04-2004, 09:45 AM   #1
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Cool Feeler: Custom made cold air intakes CAI

I have decided to go with a different setup and I am going to sell my CAI. This is a completely custom system designed and manufactured by yours truly.

I compared many Cold Air Intakes form various BMW performance companies and came to the conclusion that I could make one myself that would be 100% more efficient, look 200% better and would be only 75% of the cost.

I fabricated the heat shield from 1/8 aluminum sheet metal that is welded solid at all seams. The outside of the shield is covered in aluminized heat shielding to provide double the heat reflection. I used a mandrel to bend 3 aluminum show tubing for the intake. A heat shield cover was machined using a Wire-cut EDM then chrome dipped. I use rubber well-nuts and stainless steel screws to mount the heat shield cover. I also used rubber seals everywhere as you can see in the pictures. I incorporated clips on the 3 tube to the MAS sensor so the CAI can easily be disassembled by simply unclipping the tube.

For anyone that has heard my car, you will agree that this CAI sounds amazing because the sound resonates the aluminum shield (as opposed to cheap plastic)!

I am open to offers on this unit and I am also deciding if I should go into full production with these units.

It would be comparable in price to AA and ECIS if not cheaper and I will guarantee that mine would work better. I would offer it in standard mode (much louder) and also with a 2nd layer of heat shielding (also more quiet). They will work with Euro ellipsoids, ZKWs, InPros etc. What would you guys be willing to pay for these?
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Old 10-04-2004, 10:49 AM   #2
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For anyone that has heard my car, you will agree that this CAI sounds amazing because the sound resonates the aluminum shield (as opposed to cheap plastic)!
it really does sound AMAZING ! i was gonna buy this for my car, for the sake of the sound, but it wont fit.

i have the sound clip, if any buyer is interested in.
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Old 10-04-2004, 10:56 AM   #3
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Does this intake shoot any lasers or rockets?
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Old 10-04-2004, 11:49 AM   #4
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it really does sound AMAZING ! i was gonna buy this for my car, for the sake of the sound, but it wont fit.

i have the sound clip, if any buyer is interested in.

YEA! post the sound clip!
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Old 10-04-2004, 11:50 AM   #5
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Does this intake shoot any lasers or rockets?
It could for the right price!
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Old 10-04-2004, 12:32 PM   #6
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Will this work with the stock cruise control setup (which I believe is bside the airbox)?
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Old 10-04-2004, 12:43 PM   #7
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Will this work with the stock cruise control setup (which I believe is bside the airbox)?

Yes sir! Take a look at the pictures (#5) and you will see the cruise control unit.
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Old 10-04-2004, 01:04 PM   #8
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Old 10-04-2004, 01:09 PM   #9
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Considering that the AA unit goes for $350 US, how about in the neibourhood of $350 Canadian? If I get a large order then I can reduce the cost even more. This woud even come with the air filter.

If there is no interest in mass production then I will sell mine for $250

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Very amazing work as always man!
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How many people would you need for it to be considered mass?
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Old 10-04-2004, 04:16 PM   #13
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How many people would you need for it to be considered mass?
5 people - worth my while to produce
10 people - target amount
25 people - mass
50 people - I make a die to stamp them and cost goes down $50
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I'm liking it.....Picture look really nice especially with that sweet cover on it........if you were to produce them is there a chance of getting some Dyno results to show, cause I'm leaning towards an ECIS right now because of sound and dyno results (proven 10rwhp, 6rwtorque)....looking for min 10rwhp if I'm gonna spend the $$.

As far as sound goes, I'm looking for a nice roar at higher revs and WOT (over 4000) but want to be able to drive to the end of my street in 2nd without waking people up...Will the second plastic heatshield accomplish this??

What type of set-up is this one? It looks like an easy install/clean system like the ECIS or JC.....I'm not up for a pain in the ass bumper removal like the Dinan style. Thanks -BJ
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Old 10-04-2004, 06:59 PM   #15
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I'm liking it.....Picture look really nice especially with that sweet cover on it........
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if you were to produce them is there a chance of getting some Dyno results to show, cause I'm leaning towards an ECIS right now because of sound and dyno results (proven 10rwhp, 6rwtorque)....looking for min 10rwhp if I'm gonna spend the $$.
I will not waste profit to get dyno results. The reason I can save $100 from the ECIS unit is because I am cutting overhead. I can guarentee that you will be getting better quality then ECIS and if they say 10rwhp then mine will produce the same if not more because of the aluminum double sheilding and 1/8" aluminum wall intake pipe. It is the same principale as theirs but mine is MUCH higher quality- K&N - tube - heat sheild so why waste time dyno testing when they have already done it.

As far as sound goes, I'm looking for a nice roar at higher revs and WOT (over 4000) but want to be able to drive to the end of my street in 2nd without waking people up...Will the second plastic heatshield accomplish this??
A plastic heatshield will not sound 1/2 as good as my aluminum one. As I said before, the sound from the intake resonates the aluminum and amplifies it as opposed to plastic which absorbs it. Dude, you should hear my car! P.S. an intake will not make the difference of waking people up. If you were talking about exhaust then I would be concerned.

What type of set-up is this one? It looks like an easy install/clean system like the ECIS or JC.....I'm not up for a pain in the ass bumper removal like the Dinan style. Thanks -BJ
VERY EASY. Does not require you to remove anything other then the old air box.

Len......... POST THE DAMN INTAKE SOUND!!!!
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