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    Panel Filters???

    Hi guys and gals...

    I am doing a service tomorrow, and having looked at the euro car parts website I have realized that they do a straight swap K&N panel air filter for my car.

    Now... My question is:

    Do I spend 50 on a K&N... Or should I stick to the 10 Bosch one? Does it really make a difference or is the only benefit being able to recycle it by stiking it in the washing machine???

    Thoughts and suggetions welcomed.

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    Stick to the original mate, if you do a quick search, you will see that this has been discussed in depth on many occasions, i believe the stock filter is good for upto 350bhp....so unless you are going over that, then stick with the standard and a bit of extra beer/petrol money in your pocket

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    Thanks matey... Should have known not to believe all the online hype. hand>face!

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    i'd also say the same as nilz, i don think there is any proven evidence that a performance panel filter is better than the original one. you just might have to change the orginal ones more often, but for a tenner who cares. lol

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    Sounds like good sense... That's 5 years worth of Bosch filters. lol
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    I am not techical in the slightest when i comes to this, but will having something like a K&N pannel filter make for more of a sportier sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdas03 View Post
    I am not techical in the slightest when i comes to this, but will having something like a K&N pannel filter make for more of a sportier sound?
    you may hear a slight change in exhaust note and the dv will be slightly more audiable, thats about it though

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    you can pretty much get the whoosh sound by grinding the fins out of ya airbox.... conundrum you have is pay 50 for K+N or work out how many paper filters your gonna buy in the cars life span
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    you can pretty much get the whoosh sound by grinding the fins out of ya airbox.... conundrum you have is pay 50 for K+N or work out how many paper filters your gonna buy in the cars life span
    conundrum number two, if you want the 'whoosh' sound do you pay 50 on a filter or spend an hour or so flattening out your airbox? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny87 View Post
    conundrum number two, if you want the 'whoosh' sound do you pay 50 on a filter or spend an hour or so flattening out your airbox? lol
    I prefer to save my pennies and buy a bigger turbo for my oil burner. ;-) The whoosh sound is loud as it is in my tdi. I am happiest when I leave cars for dead in what looks like a granny wagon. lol

    Now are we all saying that smoothing the airbox gives better air flow? Tomorrow me thinks... Along with the service (Oil/filters/coolant/changing stat/etc...), cleaning EGR & MAF, now also modding the airbox... Whtever next??? This car gets more love from me than my mother. :-/ lol
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    or just turn your DV the opposite way around

    if you have a mini grinder the fins will take 10 mins to get out, then smooth over with sandpaper...simples altho initially i couldnt be bothered, until i had a day where i just wanted to do something to it
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    is there any performance gains with smoothing the fins off the air box?

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    Instead of a K&N at 50, what about a Pipercross or Green Cotton at about 35?
    Makes sense to me.

    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_t...All-Categories

    (I can't seem to insert a proper link, so that'll have to do^^^)

    Here's the K&N for 40...

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/K-N-Air-Filter...item5d25c983ce
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    Chris - nothings been proven although i think this coupled with a few other mods like silicone piping would make some difference...although the jury's out as to how much
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    smoothing out the airbox certainly wont hurt, and as animal said theres no proof of gains, but theres no proof of losses either

    if youre bored, do it, doesnt cost you anything then you can make your own mind up if it was worth it or not

    js1500, where did you see a green cotton filter for 35, cheapest i seen was 50?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny87 View Post
    js1500, where did you see a green cotton filter for 35, cheapest i seen was 50?
    Hmmm, you've got me wondering now Jonny... I'm sure i've seen Green Cotton for 35 somewhere... I'll have to have a look around!
    Will post where if I can find it again!

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    I have gone OEM... I decided that the extra pennies would go to this: http://www.jvc.eu/kd-avx44/

    TBH... I don't think an aftermarket air filter would make a diffrence to my car being diesel powered. But flushing the old oil out did... She spins in 2nd and 3rd now...
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    I like the extra sound gained from a green panel filter. The engine is pretty bland sounding standard afterall.

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