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Thoughts on panel filter upgrade

Ben S3 8P3 Feb 19, 2013

  1. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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    Today I fitted a £35 'high-flow' pipercross panel filter instead of the paper filter. I have read mixed reviews with people saying they have felt gains and some people even noticed a loss!

    From about 15 miles driving I have concluded... (Audi S3 8P3)

    - No increase in induction nose
    - Small but noticeable increase is turbo air whistle/sucking sound
    - Slightly better throttle response in 3rd/4th when above 3000RPM
    - Small but noticeable increase in torque, pulling more smoothly through 3000-6000

    For £35 you can't really go wrong if you purchase one, especially if your old filter is dirty.

    It may not be worth the ridiculous hassle to take the engine cover off/apart (took nearly an hour to fit)

    Finally, I have seen some people put on a Carbon intake where the cold air feed is. I can't see this giving any benefit at all with the standard air box? Correct me if I am wrong.

    So there you have my fantastic panel filter
    review....

    Ben
     
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  2. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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    And may I add, a possible increase in exhaust noise, but might be imagining it :unsure:
     
  3. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    the reason for the carbonio is the sound
    have you been in a car with 1 fitted ?
     
  4. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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    nope I haven't, but it just replaces the plastic intake so I dont understand how there would be a difference? If it gave a sound increase with standard air box I would buy one!
     
  5. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    it doesnt it replaces the box
     
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  7. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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  8. hades-

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    thats the airbox in your pic
    not just a feed pipe
     
  9. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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    ahh right is it, so is that a replacement cover with no air-box inside?
     
  10. Ben S3 8P3

    Ben S3 8P3 Member

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    why do they come with a pipercross air box filter then :s
     
  11. WALTO TDI

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    is that not the same?
     
  12. WALTO TDI

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    are there any advantages to having an induction kit over a panel filter on a TDi??
     
  13. hades-

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    the cover is modded for a good look
    or it wouldnt have an engine cover
     
  14. hades-

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    only noise and looks
     
  15. RedDejavu

    RedDejavu Well-Known Member

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    no there is no extra gains over standard paper filter
     
  16. S3Alex

    S3Alex Rarely neutral Team Ibis TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Audi S3 DSG

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    I think that applies to pretty much all of the panel filters.

    The real gains come from a proper CAI on a mapped car.
     
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  17. WALTO TDI

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    does that apply to a turbo diesel car?
    my tdi is mapped but has a ITG panel filter. would i notice a difference with a carbon induction kit such as the BMC CDA?
     
  18. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    as above only the noise and looks
     

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