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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-11-2016, 08:27 PM
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So a couple months ago I purchased a 2008 535xi and I am very happy with it. But recently I have been wanting to get it a little more power. I am looking for a good air intake to get in my car that is not crazy expensive.

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Old 09-12-2016, 06:10 AM
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Air Intake

You only have only two real choices AFE or Dinan.

I recently went with Dinan and I'm loving it! The car breathes better and low end torque has improved in my opinion. I'm going to do a write up about it after I've driven at least 50 miles to give a real account of Dinan's cold air intake.


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Old 09-12-2016, 07:09 AM
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Hi,
So a couple months ago I purchased a 2008 535xi and I am very happy with it. But recently I have been wanting to get it a little more power. I am looking for a good air intake to get in my car that is not crazy expensive.

Any recommendations?
Dual cone intake from burger tuning. Low cost and very effective.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:19 AM
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Dual cone intake from burger tuning. Low cost and very effective.
yup I agree.

here is what it looks like installed on the 535.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:21 AM
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From what I've researched, intakes (even the BMS) won't do much for power by itself. From the sounds of it, an MHD backend flash with a WedgePerformance map (< $200) is the best bang for buck (+10%); thereafter a Stage 2 fuel pump ($450) so you can run 40% E85 ... that should get close to 400hp, and at that point the BMS intake makes sense. Beyond that you'll probably need a better cooling system (larger radiators etc).

At least that's my plan, once I get my wheel / tire situation squared away.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:38 PM
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Air intake on a stock motor without any tuning has to be the largest waste of money that there is. I can't believe people are still buying into this crap.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:16 PM
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Air intake on a stock motor without any tuning has to be the largest waste of money that there is. I can't believe people are still buying into this crap.
if i had a 528 i wouldn't waste money in the engine department either. the guy asked what intake to purchase for his vehicle. he didn't ask about how you felt on how he should spend his money.
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:24 PM
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Spend the money on a tune first and then get DCI's.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:42 AM
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if i had a 528 i wouldn't waste money in the engine department either. .

Well that's about the dumbest thing I've heard in a while. It would seem that on lower hp vehicles one would want to try and do something to increase the hp if they were unhappy about it but I guess the 528 must have a pretty awesome intake system on it to begin with if it would be a waste to spend money on it for a few more hp. Come to think about it it would seem as if an air intake would be more beneficial on a NA car than on a FI car.
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Old 09-13-2016, 01:55 PM
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You just contradicted yourself.

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Air intake on a stock motor without any tuning has to be the largest waste of money that there is. I can't believe people are still buying into this crap.
so YEA it would be a waste of money for your 528.
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Old 09-13-2016, 05:35 PM
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You just contradicted yourself.



so YEA it would be a waste of money for your 528.
l1tech was referring to the 535 which is turbocharged, it is no use to get a clod air intake if you don't have a tune. 528 is naturally aspirated, so you do see a difference by using a cold air intake. No contradiction if you are very specific.
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