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Well, after an impulse buy yesterday, I got free overnight shipping from PA and the intakes now on the car. I must say I absolutely LOVE it! The stock intake was a complete pain to take out, and putting the new one in was no picnic either, taking about 3-4 with me and one of the guys from the customs shop where I get work done. Once it's in there though it's extremely snug and sits great. With the hood open you can hear the turbo spool sooo easily, and the stock wastegate is easily heard. You can still hear both even with the hood down, it's not a huge difference noise wise while driving, but definitely noticeable. <p>As for power changes, I definitely notice more boost right when I hit the gas, not as much turbo lag as there was before by any means. You can cleary tell that the engine seems to be breathing easier with the new intake. So after 4 hours, it was completely worth it so far! Knock on wood that everything is still as good as gold tomorrow! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>For those of you wondering about the Strut bar with the intake, this one seems to rest a little higher over the engine, and I think it may be a tighter fit trying to get a strut bar on there. Not sure though. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by makonyy15 at 7:41 PM 8-6-2006</i>
 

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Re: My K&N Review- About 4 hrs after Install (makonyy15)

Thought I'd add a picture for those of you who want to see it instead of digging up the older pictures. <p><IMG SRC="http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/615000-615999/615774_58_full.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: My K&N Review- About 4 hrs after Install (makonyy15)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>makonyy15</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">With the hood open you can hear the turbo spool sooo easily</TD></TR></TABLE> Does this mean you had the car on a dyno? Because I doubt you'd drive around with the hood up and there's no boost in neutral.
 

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Re: My K&N Review- About 4 hrs after Install (cicatrizdare)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cicatrizdare</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No, but he might've sat with it idling and just revving. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Exactly. I mean I wasn't going crazy trying to kill the car, but just to hear it and get the idea. After driving it more and more, you can hear the stock wastegate with no radio on whenever you let off the gas after a decent acceleration, it's great.
 

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Re: My K&N Review- About 4 hrs after Install (cicatrizdare)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cicatrizdare</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No, but he might've sat with it idling and just revving. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>The turbo doesn't boost in this case. The computer knows there's no load.<p>Tom.
 

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Eh so my bad on the terminology. I'm trying to learn more and more each day but hey, these swede's really did me in! haha. Well anyway sorry for the mix up but still a great buy!
 

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i'm looking for an intake as well however i was looking at the K&N website and couldn't find the one for our cars.. any chance you'd have a part number?<p>thx<br>
 

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<A HREF="http://www.knfilters.com/search/product.aspx?Prod=69-9000TP" TARGET="_blank">http://www.knfilters.com/searc...000TP</A><p>You're right, it doesn't list it for the V50 but it does for the S40. I'm fairly positive that the engines are identical.<br>
 

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Quite a bit less expensive ($240) here, including free shipping:<br><A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FPX5MU/ref=wl_it_dp/104-5080241-4323141?%5Fencoding=UTF8&colid=DYG8FIP1YOFH&coliid=I3P9IWR2RZ7CT1&v=glance&n=15684181" TARGET="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...84181</A><br>
 

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Re: My K&N Review- About 4 hrs after Install (makonyy15)

I don't mean to be a mood spoiler, but doesn't the factory intake cool the ECU? Wouldn't the K&N change that fact, hence be bad for the car? Or is it not a big deal? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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We noticed that when we did the install. I ran the idea of installing the intake by my dealer and they said you won't have any problems besides maybe a sensor giving you a CEL. The cars going in for a new windshield washer pump soon, so they'll probably tell me if it's too much of a bad thing. <p>Seeing as I've got the fender vents it has helped to vent some hot air from the engine. Can't be proven except for the fact that right after parking the car you can feel hot air pouring out of both vents.
 

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Looks awesome, nice job. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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AMSOil now makes a filter exactly like that K&N if you guys are like me and very skeptical of their "wet gauze" filter and its improved "flow" <p>Do note, that I have used K&N in the past and although they did an okay job....I was always concerned with how much their were actually filtering. <p>Now that there is a decent filter for this thing I might just have to buy it...but I do have my concerns about the ECU not getting proper airflow so I may wait just yet. Please keep us updated on how the car is performing makonyy <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> (feel free to ask me any questions about it)<p>As a side note (i just thought of this while typing) what if we could liquid cool it somehow? Like surround it in copper piping that would have water pumped in it....just get like a computer cooling kit and see what we can rig up....hmmmm........i smell another investigation! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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There is a kit to cool it using liq CO2, i noticed after someone posted the link in the intercooler spray thread. Apparently they can be used together and you would have basically dual stage cooling. They actually have it so you can cool the fuel as well, that was new to me. here is the link expensive but could be worth it.<br><A HREF="http://www.designengineering.com/products.asp?m=sp&pid=5" TARGET="_blank">http://www.designengineering.c...pid=5</A>
 

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I'll definitely keep you updated. I could also see the ECU having some problems in the long run, but I'll just have to keep checking for 'wear and tear' I guess on the exterior of the casing, if that's even possible seeing that it's metal. With so much room in the engine bay now though it'd be easy to fit a cooling resevoir for the IC and ECU, but I don't think I'll be the first one trying to figure that one out!
 

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Actually....what about like a mini radiator? That would be fairly simple do to and a company called Koolance makes all sorts of liquid cooling products. I went ahead and asked them if their pumps would be remotely compatible with a 12V system or what would be needed to do all that. Condensation wouldnt be a problem either since the ECU is pretty sealed up from the elements. This could be a very lightweight dual purpose system (the other being aquamist <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ) <p>Man, i think I might have to take the plunge (no pun intended) soon and get all wet!<p>And from what im gathering...I think it can all be done for less than $100 if you DIY. Thats pumps, reservoir, radiator, and tubing (minus misc. hardware). But this thing would definately keep the ECU way cooler than even the old "air by-pass" cooling system that it worked off of before. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>*Correction* Total DIY cost would be $130-150 depending on the configuration. Basic line is Pump/Reservoir-->Radiator-->Cooling Block-->Back again but the good news is that I talked to a tech and he said it should be able to connect directly to the battery power without blowing the motors<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Tarheelvolvo at 3:37 PM 8-8-2006</i>
 

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Tarheel- I got your specs from the ecu. The ECU itself is roughly 4"x6", but if you count the brackets and everything it's 5"x7", not including 'ports' that are plugged into the ECU itself. I did try and measure, but seeing the way it's mounted that's the best/most accurate I could get. Hope this helps!
 

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sounds good, i just sent you a bunch of PM's <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>thanks for the specs, I think I have the perfect solution!
 
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