What is a Cold Air Intake and what will it do for my BMW?
Contrary to the popular belief, a "cold air intake” is more than a cone filter one the intake inlet. In reality, a true cold air intake changes the routing of the intake to draw in air from a cooler air source outside the car, pulling from the fender well or inside the bumper, rather than suck in the hot air inside the engine bay. True Cold Air Intake systems often come with some sort of heat shield to separate the intake further from the engine bay to minimize heat. Because colder air is denser in oxygen content, it results in a better air/fuel mixture, allowing the engine to make more power.
On Turbocharged BMWs like the 335, 135 and so on are especially responsive to modifications, churning out an additional +25hp in some cases. Most BMW Intake systems, though well engineered, are designed to keep sound levels down to a level that will please most luxury car consumers. This quiet operation comes at the expense of air flow, and that in turn, costs horsepower. By installing a free-flowing intake, you're allowing your German engineered motor to achieve its full potential. We offer "Cold Air Intake" systems from aFe Intake, Berger Motor Sports (BMS), Cobb Tuning, Injen Technology, Logic HVi, GruppeM and BMW Performance.
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What are Ram Air Intakes? What does a Ram Air Intake do for my BMW?
A Ram-Air intake and a Cold-Air Intake are similar, in that they change where the engine is sucking in air from. What a Ram-Air intake typically does is move the intake opening to the front of the car, right in the path of travel. In the case of the Gruppe M Ram Air Intake, the intakes are relocated to draw air in directly from behind the kidney grilles.
The idea is, as the car travels forward at 60+ mph, air is no longer just being sucked in by the engine, additional air is being pushed into the intake by the car as it cuts through the air, ramming the air into the intake. This acts like a very rudimentary turbo to pressurize the intake manifold with positive atmospheric pressure. A handful of true Ram Air systems exist, and though they are not common today they remain effective. We offer true Ram Air Intake Systems for E9X precision engineered by Gruppe M or RPi Ram Air Intake Scoops.
What is a Short-Ram Air Intake for BMW?
A short-ram air intake is, at its simplest, just fitting a type high flow air filter to the intake inlet, often right at the mass air sensor, shortening the intake tract and thereby increasing response. This is one of the least expensive ways to upgrade the intake of your car, however this primarily benefits throttle response and the sound of your intake.
The downside of course, is that without a heat shield, the car is ingesting in hot air from underhood, instead of denser, colder air outside. We offer short-ram type air intake upgrades from Berger Motor Sports (BMS), Cobb Tuning, Injen Technology and Logic HVi.
What is a Drop-In Air Filter Upgrade?
This is the simplest and easiest form of upgrading the intake system of your BMW, and one of the least expensive. This straightforward "OEM+" level upgrade just means replacing the restrictive OEM Air Filter with a high-flow replacement filter. We offer Drop-In performance replacement filters from aFe Intake, BMC Filters and more.
Can ModBargains Equip My BMW With A Performance Intake System?
Yes, we can - we've fitted hundreds of BMWs with Intake upgrades, we're BMW Enthusiasts ourselves and are very familiar with the unique characteristics of servicing a BMW. From drop in filter replacements to turbo upgrades, we can do it. If you’re local to Southern California, we’re located in La Habra, CA, hardly 20 minutes from world-famous Disneyland. We specialize in the aftermarket installations that most other shops just can’t handle. With three lifts (Coming Spring 2014), an Alignment Rack (Coming Spring 2014) and even an AWD Dynamometer, we're well prepared to handle nearly anything. Call us today at 714-582-3330 to make an appointment!
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