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Old 05-04-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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DIY: BMW Performance Intake Install on ESS TS2 M54B22



OEM BMW E46 Performance Intake Installation

With the prices going down, I managed to get the BMW Performance Intake from USA. The box is made for the M54B25 but as the B25 and B22 share the same MAF, it makes it compatible with my engine (M54B22). The M54B30 version has a larger MAF diameter and will not fit the smaller engines.

Arrived very well packed from USA:




Carbon fiber touches.


The filter element inside.




3rd Intake (does not exist on the standard airbox)


Make sure you empty it from the packing material, almost didn't notice that and you don't want it in your engine combustion chamber!


Filter revealed.


Inside of the bottom part of the airbox. Drain hole at the bottom for the rainy days


Made in UK by Mahle


Rubber o-ring for sealing with the MAF


Work lamp in proper position


Stock airbox to be removed.


2 Bolts, 1 clamp and 3 plastic clips later it's out of the engine bay.


2 Airboxes side by side. We will be re-using the lower intake plastic from the old box.




Stock airbox with dirty K&N Filter


Squeezing the MAF in place and securing it with the 2 metal clips. The MAF has an arrow showing the air direction to avoid installing it wrong


CF Goodies


Sliding the bottom part first. With the stock airbox, you can install it as a whole, but this one due to the 3rd air channel cannot be pivoted in place. I didn't screw or clamp anything until ALL components were in place.


Placing the top cover on and clipping it on the 4 sides.


Adding the stock intake as well. Everything fits without issues!


Same tight clearances with the s/c components as before!


Bleeding the radiator? Forget it with this setup!!!!




My 3rd engine cover feels more in place now!


Clamping the intake hose


Don't forget the clips around the airbox!


Last but not least, connect the MAF plug back.


This is it. I cleared the adaptations and got ready for the first engine start! Video included in youtube as I don't want to waste bandwidth!

Available clip here:


Overall impressions are excellent.

Fitment: 10/10
Looks: 10/10
Performance: 8/10 - I will dyno the car at some point to see the gains. They are definitelly there, the car just accelerates much more, specially over 3000rpm. Cost wise $270 for the upgrade, I believe it's worth it!

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Old 05-04-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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Nice, I also added that intake to my M54B22, one of my favorite mods to date.
Wheres your DIY for the ESS TS2?
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Old 05-04-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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Will this fit my 1999 328i?

It has a M52/TU

Or is there on for my engine.
Has the sam MAF size as my other 325i 2005
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:20 PM   #4
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:51 AM   #5
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Thanks!

Gotta love the factory fitment
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Old 06-05-2011, 06:21 AM   #6
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Great upgrade and clean look. One question though...Will you e able to get that kind of filter element from your local bmw when it gets dirty and needs replacement.....
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:57 AM   #7
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does anyone know if this intake will work on an 03 M3 comvertible? if so, any ideas on where to get it at a decent price. thanks!!
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:13 PM   #8
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Will this fit my 1999 328i?

It has a M52/TU

Or is there on for my engine.
Has the sam MAF size as my other 325i 2005
If you are 100% sure that the MAF is the same diameter, the yes it'll fit no problems.

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does anyone know if this intake will work on an 03 M3 comvertible? if so, any ideas on where to get it at a decent price. thanks!!
No, it wont work.
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If you are 100% sure that the MAF is the same diameter, the yes it'll fit no problems.



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what is the part number for the 325i?
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BMW just increase the price again! now it is at $700-900
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BMW just increase the price again! now it is at $700-900
Right - ECS had it at $1004 this morning. I inquired, now its down to $818. Yikes.

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why is it so expensive now? was that on special when you got it?

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Got mine 3 months ago from ecs paid $300.
why is it so expensive now? was that on special when you got it?

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I paid roughly the same from Tischer a few weeks ago.
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Is the intake noise any louder, does it sound like a cold air intake?
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