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Old 11-15-2005, 02:49 PM   #1
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Ok fellas this is my first official post on this board just signed up. First and for most i can already tell i love the hell outta my BMW and will probably never drive anything less ever again. I look forward to being a member of this board, dealing with everyone, and im sure its going to be a great ole time. Down to business, I just purchased a used e46 m52 99' with 103K on the ticker, has most all service records and runs amazingly. Dealing with my first rear left Broken Window regulator right now!!! First of many I can tell!

Only aftermarket part on it right now is, a Dinan Cold Air.

Question is and im pretty much a DIY'er but how the heck do you get access to clean out that filter i dont even see how the air gets in the compartment where the filter is routed? I was just going to wait and see what everyone thinks and HOPEfully i will not have to take the bumper off to get access to it. From the looks of it, dosent look too easy to just pull it straight up outta the hole it sits down in. Thanks for your time

Next upgrade is going to probably be a UUC exhaust.
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Old 11-15-2005, 03:34 PM   #2
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Here's the trick to removing the filter without removing the bumper:

1. remove driver's side wheel.
2. remove wheel well plastic.
3. filter clamp should be within reach for you to remove.

Good luck, glad to have you on board.
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Old 11-15-2005, 08:31 PM   #3
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nice ill be checking that out this weekend then.
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