Why don't you just stick to a new panel filter only? The e46 OEM airbox is meant to be very very good already. You will still hear a slight difference with a new panel only.
Are you setting up a dedicated cold air feed? All I've heard about aftermarket induction kits is that they give worse performance than stock as they cannot provide sufficient heat protection. Waste of money IMO.
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Yer I'll be setting up a dedicated CAF and intergrating the original air feed. I'm also planning on insulating the surround with neoprene to keep al the nasty hot air out.
Not quite the same I know...but I used to have a Powertec fitted to my old 406 V6 coupe (I miss that car ) and it sounded fantastic.
That said, it really wasn't the best in warmer weather due to the heat soak.
As has already been said, a performance panel filter in the stock airbox is probably your best bet, if you are prepared to sacrifice some noise.
i agree with everyone else here ! i had a powertec cone filter on my old 318is and it sounded lovely but when i put the standard air box and filter back on it was quicker and it had better mpg
I used to work for the official raid (ramair) uk importers and in tests for filtrations and longevity k+n never did very well, I would go with the powertec or try to find a raid maxflow kit
Well... as you said you want noise get a K&N filter RU-2590... its got a 100mm Neck... Its real good for noise...
but you wont see much power... Not the best video but it does show it very well!!! on a turbo car so N/A is going to be nil!
Not much power to be gained with a CAI and with the sound proofing to there will not be much noise to get either ...combine it with an exhaust then you may get a nice rumble
It depends on the car mate, we have the Mk4 Golf R32's in quite often and with a cold air intake kit fitted they do around 10bhp more than the stock air boxes with stock or performance panel filter, but other cars can loose power.
I remember one R32 and it was on the rollers with the stock intake then on again with a cold air intake and it made 15bhp more, this was based on a stage 2 mapping with full exhaust system, again the Mk5 Golf GTi's the stock air intake are really quite rubbish, an air intake on its own does not make a massive difference but when fitting with other parts and remapping they do much more with an aftermarket intake than stock.
Personally I would go K&N we use them and it is extremely rare to have them back for warranty problems. Again we use Pipercross but really with Pipercross is it recommended to replace the filters quite often.
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