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How to Install a Cold Air Intake

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Once You Choose The Right Brand, Here's How You Install

  • Make sure your engine is cool to the touch.
  • Disconnect your battery cable from the negative terminal.
  • Remove your old air intake.
  • Attach the silicone coupling that came with the cold air intake kit to the throttle body.
  • Secure the coupling by tightening a hose clamp at the end.
  • Place another hose clamp on the front of the coupling, but be certain not to tighten it yet.
  • Slide the intake tube into the silicone coupling, and ensure that your intake pipe is running from the throttle bay away from the engine bay.
  • Tighten the silicone coupling and secure all brackets on the tube.
  • Plug the mass air flow sensor into the new cold air intake system.
  • Reconnect the battery.
  • Enjoy the new power boosts immediately!

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Cold Air Intakes Customer Reviews

2002 BMW 325ci

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Reviewed by KARL F (Naples, FL Reviewed for a 2002 BMW 325Ci—2007-02-21 19:57:19

Very nice addition to the car. Noticable gains in acceleration and good sound to the engine. AutoAnything came through with the best price and had it delivered on time as scheduled. K & N instructions were clear and easy to follow. Took less than 90 minutes. Fit and finish were first rate. I reccomend AutoAnything and also K & N products.

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Sealed Cold Air Intake for BMW N54

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Reviewed by John S (Redmond, WA Reviewed for a 2011 BMW 1-Series—2012-04-02 17:28:27

A well-made product that is significantly less restrictive than the stock air intake. Installation wasn't difficult, but did require working in tight areas. In addition, the aFe intake did not incorporate the harness retainers that are built into the factory intake.

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