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      09-18-2008, 07:51 PM   #1
Blake
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Arrow DIY: Changing Air Filter/Installing AFE Air Filter for E9X M3's w/Pics

Install was pretty easy. Anyone with basic mechanical know-how can do it in about 15 minutes.

Tools Needed:
Torx screwdriver size 20
Flathead screwdriver

1. Locate the air box. You'll find 8 Torx 20 screws that hold it on. Use your Torx 20 screwdriver to loosen the screws. It is not necessary to completely remove the screws, just unscrew them enough so it gets loose (it'll help you keep track of your screws too! ) Be careful and try not to drop any screws deep down into the engine compartment because it's not fun to fish them out.



2. When all the screws have been loosened, pull off the air box cover. Easiest way is to pull up and to the right.


3. Loosen the clamp around the rubber intake.


4. Now you're ready to remove the filter. To the right of the filter is a piece of plastic that sticks out with a rounded end. That's a tensioner. Now all I did was pull up (you might have to give it a little elbow grease) and it came right out. The piece of plastic that connects the intake to the filter will probably come off with the filter too.


5. Reinstall the plastic piece to the intake. Ensure that you got it on properly. Tighten the clamp until its snug.


6. After everything looks good, begin to slide in the replacement filter. Depress the tensioner and install the filter. Some tensioners are looser than others, if yours doesn't give very much, just push the filter in. After the filter is in, ensure that everything is lined up properly and snugly.

Finished Product


7. Now you're ready to put the cover back on. Make sure you fit the cover back on the way it's supposed to be...specifically tucking the cover under this plastic duct piece:


8. Screw all the screws in and viola! All done. Enjoy!

Last edited by Blake; 05-05-2009 at 12:25 AM.
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