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BMC Panel Filter (S3)

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by mattyboy199, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. mattyboy199

    mattyboy199 Active Member

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    Just sort of noticed these exsist, how do they rate against K & N ? Same thing i recon ? Also at less than 40quids i think their a bargin.

    Matt
     
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  3. pablo

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    I cant imagine they make much odds mate.
     
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    All the panel filters are about the same really, cotton gauze or foam there just less restrictive.
     
  5. ChriS3

    ChriS3 hud at ye bam

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    I'd agree that they're all basically the same, but they're no less restrictive than the standard paper filter as long as it's changed regularly. They may give you a bit more induction noise.
     
  6. Jonesy

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    go for one that isnt oiled, the k and n can damage the engine, the bmc is dry thats why i went for it, dont no if its made any difference cos only had the car a few days before i changed it.
     
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    Another vote for the standard filter...
     
  8. PaulRS3

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    stick with standard, change every 10K miles.
     
  9. ChriS3

    ChriS3 hud at ye bam

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    Wow, that must be an expensive hassle for you Paul. I'd recommend every 10,000 miles :haha:
     
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    im thinking about this cant decide wether to change the currnet filter in the box for a K&n panel or should i go for something like a cone and remove the box altogether? Ive heard you actually loose power though doing this?

    What you think? Cone or replace panel filter?


    Jason
     
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    Yes you can loose power...when it's hot and the engine is drawing in hot air, you're loosing power over the standard airbox, when using a cone filter.

    A K&N in the standard airbox won't give you any more power either...

    The standard airbox is pretty good - good enough for 400BHP or so - and the standard filter isn't restrictive if clean...so why bother?

    Unless you want more noise / bling...then go for it.


    Cone filters can apparantly contribute to MAF failures...
    Never heard of a tie up between the panel filters and failed MAFs...
    Standard was good enough for me.

    If you must go aftermarket, then a BMC or similar is probably the better option as long as you can route the inlet hose to a cold feed...which isn't easy on an S3.
     
  13. The Slug

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    My pipercross is fine, just spray a fine mist of oil and it'll be all good, and for 20quid cant grumble, i did notice the throttle response was a tad better tho. Hope that helps
     
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    a little off topic here but what's the benefit / drawbacks of oiling the panel filter - i've recently got a pipercross filter for my A3 but can't decide whether it's worth oiling or leaving it as standard and just wash it out regularly?

    hijack over
     
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    if u spray to much oil it will get suckked thru and onto the MAF, but like i said b4, just very little spray and let it dry out overnight and it'll be fine
     
  16. mattyboy199

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    i havent looked yet but is there any de-restriction with the airbox. I will probably go for a BMC filter seems good value.
     

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