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What is the best after market product to boost horsepower?

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself)' started by michaelanthony, Sep 3, 2013.

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    michaelanthony

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    I just purchased a 2011 328i and was wondering if anyone has done any modifications to increase the horsepower and what they would recommend to others.

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    Michael
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    MR.E-Nigma Never settle on the Rest, Focus on the best!

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    congrats on the new car, i haven't started on performance just yet but i was going to start with the exhaust from remus, intake from afe. I do recommend if you haven't gotten it yet the BMW performance brake, i have them and they are great so far.
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    charlson89

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    Nice new ride, the engine in your vehicle is called a N52 and that engine is pretty well tuned from the factory. The best upgrades for this engine is a cold air intake, software for the ecu, exhaust. Other then that not to much with out going extreme like turbo, supercharger.
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    michaelanthony

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    Thank you for your suggestion, it's on my list.

    Michael
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    Terry Sayther

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    Make sure you don't get a HOT air intake! Many of the aftermarket 'free-flowing' intakes do not wall off their air source from hot under hood air. Hot air is lower density than cold air and will actually lower HP compared to stock.
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    michaelanthony

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    Thank you, are your familiar with familiar with Bavarian Auto parts? I was thinking about this product?




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    If you want more power out of your BMW, you need to let more air in! To keep engine noise at an "acceptable" level, BMW encases the stock air filter in a restrictive housing. Installing this aFe Stage 2 intake kit replaces that housing, allowing more air to enter the engine for 56 percent more airflow. You get stepped-up performance you can both feel and hear. This kit produces an additional 12 horsepower and 15 foot pounds of torque over stock. Installation is a simple, bolt-on procedure that directly replaces the stock air filter housing.
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    steven s

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    I think the best way to get more out of your car is a BMW CCA driving school.
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    Terry Sayther

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    Steven is absolutely correct AND that BAV AUTO filter looks good.
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    charlson89

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    Yes the filter looks good it is made by a good company AFE is well known. I have used bav auto many times and is a very good company.
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    wellardmac Ninja World Traveler

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    Agreed.

    A CAF is a waste of money. A lot of hype, but not a lot of horsepower... but they do often make their owners feel like they've done something. My 911 had one that was installed by the first owner when I bought it. I recently removed it, as I was tired of it tripping a check engine light from contaminating the MAF and noticed no difference. Those that have put their cars on a dyno before and after install typically see changes that are within the margin of error for the test.
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    steven s

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    Agreed.
    I have a CAI and love the sound. Requires more maintenance in cleaning the foam filter.
    I can't remember the last time I cleaned it. :(
    If it was a stock drop in filter I'd change it more often.
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    wellardmac Ninja World Traveler

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    Yeah, they're a pain in the ass. I never cleaned mine, as it never got to the point where it needed it, but I went through 3 mass airflow sensors due to that POS. Factory oiled and great at killing the MAF.

    With regard to noise, I've heard people say they make a nice noise. On my car it made no difference when I removed it, as I also have an aftermarket exhaust system and the noise from there sets the sound of the car more than the CAF ever did.

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