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      05-26-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
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Installed my Ape Performance Air-Filter this weekend... Impressions.

First, I'd like to thank APE for their great prices and service. Taylor really goes above and beyond, and it sounds like that good feeling is resonating among other customers, too. So, keep up the good work!

I installed the "drop-in" air-filter that Taylor has made by S&B. Install was a breeze, but I had to rescue my Torx 20 from the engine tray as it wasn't as secure in the driver as it should have been. If it wasn't for fishing around with a telescoping magnet thing and a flashlight, this install would have literally taken 5 minutes.

Didn't really push it for the first 30 miles or so on my journey this weekend to the shore. There was local traffic and I wanted to give the car a little mileage to adjust to the new filter. Then I got on it...

Now, it goes without saying that if you have incredibly high expectations for a drop in filter it probably isn't the mod for you. However, for $75 shipped, it does feel like it smooths things out a bit and the sound changes slightly as well (for the better).

I guess the easiest way to describe the difference is if you are in a higher gear at low RPM... say 4th gear at 3k RPM... When you nail it, it doesn't feel like it wants to "bog" as much. I don't want to say that this is "mid-range torque" without any kind of dyno proof, but that is my perception. If any of you guys had an S&B/Streamline filter on your old e46 M3s, it's pretty much an identical change in feeling/response. I think I paid $100 shipped for the e46, so $75 from APE is a steal!

Great bang for your buck mod!

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PS - Forgot to mention, over my 150 mile trek I averaged just right around 0.5mpg better after installing the filter in mixed highway/local driving conditions.
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      05-26-2009, 08:28 AM   #2
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      05-26-2009, 08:38 AM   #3
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so the fitment is good, no rattling?
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      05-26-2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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so the fitment is good, no rattling?
Perfect. Zero rattles. Now, the nail I picked up near my sidewall is going to be a $500 headache, but that's another story
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      05-26-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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Perfect. Zero rattles. Now, the nail I picked up near my sidewall is going to be a $500 headache, but that's another story
thanks.... that's all i needed to know. I will be placing an order soon
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      06-02-2009, 11:31 PM   #6
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Agree

Taylor at Ape is a great guy who is very helpful, send him the buisness, I will be ordering from him.
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      06-02-2009, 11:44 PM   #7
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thanks.... that's all i needed to know. I will be placing an order soon
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Taylor at Ape is a great guy who is very helpful, send him the buisness, I will be ordering from him.

I have one for sale http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267830
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      06-03-2009, 12:01 AM   #8
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I have to agree that Taylor gave GREAT service.
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      06-03-2009, 09:02 AM   #9
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Agreed. I ordered late last night. Taylor rushed to the PO and with only 2mins left, he got my order shipped.
Highly recommended!
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And just got my tracking number! Great service!
With so many good vendors it's hard to trust a new one. But, everything shows Taylor is good at what he does. In the end, the buyers benefit with quality service. Fortunately, there are many good vendors on M3post.
Thanks Taylor!
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Agreed. I ordered late last night. Taylor rushed to the PO and with only 2mins left, he got my order shipped.
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And just got my tracking number! Great service!
With so many good vendors it's hard to trust a new one. But, everything shows Taylor is good at what he does. In the end, the buyers benefit with quality service. Fortunately, there are many good vendors on M3post.
Thanks Taylor!
Thank you Thomas!
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      06-03-2009, 06:23 PM   #13
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Taylor is local to me you should all be jealous. He met me half way across town, just for some painted reflectors and a blacked out M3 badge. Customer service is top notch. APE FTW!!!!
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      06-03-2009, 09:01 PM   #14
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      06-16-2009, 03:08 PM   #15
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Pics of the filter? Or installed pics?
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      06-16-2009, 05:29 PM   #16
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I just installed mine this weekend and felt similar improvements to the OP. At lower RPMS, you can stomp on it and it picks up much faster than with the OEM filter. With the OEM filter, there was a bit of hesitation and then the engine picks up.

BTW, Taylor's service was awesome
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I just installed mine this weekend and felt similar improvements to the OP. At lower RPMS, you can stomp on it and it picks up much faster than with the OEM filter. With the OEM filter, there was a bit of hesitation and then the engine picks up.

BTW, Taylor's service was awesome
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This mod is probably worth 5 or 6 hp and 3 to 5 ft lbs. Too bad no one dynoed here, but I'd expect it to be comparable to the Macht Schneel, which I dynoed at 6 hp gain. This is some of the cheapest easiest hp you'll ever find, besides 100-octane gasoline.

The butt dyno just isn't refined enough for these small gains.

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This is some of the cheapest easiest hp you'll ever find, besides 100-octane gasoline.
Actually, the filter is cheaper than a tank of 100 oct in my area

After a few days with the filter in, I noticed that induction noise is noticeable louder especially when you get on the throttle. Also, the car seems much more eager to rev to redline. Not sure why but the response to mashing the pedal just seems a little different since the filter went in.
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Actually, the filter is cheaper than a tank of 100 oct in my area
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Ah so, but the gasoline will give about five times as much power.

Oh yeah, you need to look at the price difference, not the gross price.

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Just put mine in and it is exactly as Patricius describes it. Less bog and great sound. Without a doubt great bang for the buck.

Also, I third or fourth the great customer service from Taylor. Good guy.
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