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CAI for R56 (home made)

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Old 12-27-2007, 03:21 PM
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My original plan was to get the Alta CAI, but I didnt have the money at the time and I really couldn't think of anything else I wanted that would fit in my price range for Christmas, so I got the CAI and Boost tubes with some other stuff(non car related) rather than just the Intercooler.lol
Good choice! My current mods are the exact same as yours, just an H&R 19mm rear sway bar instead of H-Sport.

I'll be getting the ALTA turbo back exhaust installed next month and FMIC hopefully come Spring. I'm in the NE and wanna wait for warm weather so I can take full advantage of it. Their ECU may be somewhere down the line as well, but I'm currently on the fence...

Also putting on a set of lowering springs and 18" Enkei's with 215/35/18 non-runflat tires. Can't wait! Gonna be some sweet MINI's out there.
 
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:54 PM
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Good choice! My current mods are the exact same as yours, just an H&R 19mm rear sway bar instead of H-Sport.

I'll be getting the ALTA turbo back exhaust installed next month and FMIC hopefully come Spring. I'm in the NE and wanna wait for warm weather so I can take full advantage of it. Their ECU may be somewhere down the line as well, but I'm currently on the fence...

Also putting on a set of lowering springs and 18" Enkei's with 215/35/18 non-runflat tires. Can't wait! Gonna be some sweet MINI's out there.
You're gonna have one wicked ride. I'm on the fence with the ECU as well.
 

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Old 12-27-2007, 06:39 PM
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You're gonna have one wicked ride. I'm on the fence with the ECU as well.
Thanks! Lets just hope everything works out... College budget so plans are constantly changing. :impatient I want my MINI at max potential now.

I have my few reasons, but curious to know what has you on the fence regarding the ECU???
 
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Msteadman View Post
Thanks! Lets just hope everything works out... College budget so plans are constantly changing. :impatient I want my MINI at max potential now.

I have my few reasons, but curious to know what has you on the fence regarding the ECU???
Basically college and couple other reasons as well. Yea, I want mine maxed out right now too. I'm craving more power. haha
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by th3118 View Post
You may remember I did this mod a few months back:


So I bought a elbow and clamps and a joiner at www.siliconeintakes.com

1 xStainless Steel Joiner, 3.0"$7.991 xSilicone Reducer, 90° bend - 3.0" to 2.75" - Black$19.991 xT-Bolt Clamp for 3.0" Silicone Parts$2.601 xT-Bolt Clamp for 2.75" Silicone Parts $2.60


and I brought a new 9" filter at Pep Boys for $40.

Seems to fit better with no rubbing.
Does the Joiner go between the filter and the 3" end of the reducer? I am not seeing where you are using the joiner.

Thanks! Great Job!
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:33 AM
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Your correct, the joiner does go inbetween the filter and 3'' end.
 
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So the filter(s) will have a silicone end to go over one end of the Joiner? I am only seeing one clamp at that connection.
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:03 AM
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There is a clamp on the filter(it's really big, it comes with the filter. It's the silver thing right after the chrome part) and a clamp on the silicon.
 
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Gotcha. Thanks!
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:07 AM
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Yep, No problem!
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:13 AM
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Here's better picture of the clamps:
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:17 AM
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Cool! Nice setup. Are you going to try and isolate the airflow to the filter to make it a truer "Cold Air Intake"? Maybe a duct system from the hood scoop to the base of the old box?
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 09:52 AM
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I've been happy with how it's working now. It still has the stock air tube bringing air from the front of the grill into the bottom of the air box. I have removed the hood scoop blockage and added some gutter screen.
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:19 AM
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I've been happy with how it's working now. It still has the stock air tube bringing air from the front of the grill into the bottom of the air box. I have removed the hood scoop blockage and added some gutter screen.
Nice! I need to do something similar for my scoop. Right now I just have it wide open. Aside from that not being aesthetically pleasing, I'm worried about having my engine bay 'exposed to the elements' of sorts.
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:26 PM
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Have the same set up with a different filter, works great and saved $250!!
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:34 PM
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th3118 --- I can't find that filter anywhere. I think it is an AFE "universal bolt-on" filter, but can't find it specifically anywhere. When I search most sites, they require a make and model which doesn't work for a do-it-yourself CAI. I can find the AEM filter:
http://www.aempower.com/ViewProduct.aspx?ProductID=320
but don't want to pay that much.

Love the grille insert. I plan to dremel out the rest of the closed holes in my stock insert and them paint it red to match my pinstripes and mirror caps.

 
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:17 PM
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Got mine brand new in box on e-bay! 3"x9" long, it's dry flow so no possibility of messing up your MAF meter!
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:21 PM
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Hey Pete! I am heading your way for the Orange Bowl next week! Better have good weather!!!

What did you enter as your Ebay search?
 
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Old 12-28-2007, 02:35 PM
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Cool! It should be great weather it always is...except for rain and hurricanes! lol...I searched for AEM Dryflow 9", then i looked for the one with the 3" inlet. PM me if you need help.
 
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:29 AM
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Done.

$200 saved. May be a bit quicker. Noise is fun. May grow old but for now it's putting a smile on my face.

Thanks for all the help!
 
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:36 PM
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There are tons of dry filters available with a shorter length than the 9" long cone filter th3118 is using (and at much less cost). Would there be a significant decrease in breathability with a shorter cone filter? If not, then I am ready to order the parts.
 
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:01 PM
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Sorry, I was out of town for the weekend.
The filter I got from PepBoys is the same as this one:
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Summit only show it in red, you could call and I'm sure that could get blue, if that what you want.
 
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:20 PM
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Thanks! I would still like some input on my question. Any studies on flow rates of various sized filters to see if there is a negligible improvement going from, say, 5" to 9"?
 
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I read a good study by a guy who tested various filters and measured their pressure drop with a manometer. K&N was the least restrictive, but the others were not far behind (paper, foam). More importantly, the design of the inlet piping system had a much more profound effect on the over-all pressure drop and you may find that locating the filter closer to the turbo inlet will have a significant benefit. If you are only interested in the filter, the pressure drop is directly proportional to the area, so a 9" filter will flow nearly twice the air of a 5" at the same pressure drop. The equation is Q = A (dP), where Q is the flow in cfm, A is filter area in square inches and dP is the driving force or differential pressure across the filter.
 
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ordered my stuff for my hmcai yesterday . i got a true flow foam filter from summit its like the one ddm uses. red and black filter with a blue 90 elbow from silicone intakes. i wanted a lil color under the hood. hope it works good when i get my pnp uni-chip from alta. i just need to figure out how to fab a way to mount it witha bracket and bushings to keep it from moving around. i have to make atrip to the hardware store sometime this weekend and take a look.
 

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