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To: "Suzy's List" <e36m3_at_topica.com>
From: Rob Hatrak <hatrak_at_ix.netcom.com>
Subject: [E36M3] JC Intake - My experience
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2000 14:47:37 -0800
I have had the JC intake in my car for about a week now, and have been
loving every minute of it. I have outlined my experience thus far below:
1995 M3 with the following respiratory mods: Euro HFM, enlarged throttle
body, 1995 Dinan-modified exhaust, and JC chip (if this applies to the
There are no sounds that come from the kit that don't belong on an M3. Part
throttle and cruising give away no secrets as to how this sharked car
breathes. Full throttle yields a wonderful baritone shriek. I love it. I
video taped a couple high speed runs past a video camera, and the sound
would make the DTS people drool.
The easiest way to explain the performance is as a loss of weight on the
car. The previous discussion about three people getting out of the car is
right on the money. The power increase was startling, and must be
experienced to be believed. This mod is without doubt the best I have
purchased to date.
When I opened my box, I was treated to the nicest packaging that I have ever
seen. Everything was neatly sealed in what looked to be anti-static bags.
None of this really matters as far as performance or installation, but it
was a pleasure to see the care that went into the kit's assembly. Every
single nut and bolt that might be needed was included, as well extremely
thorough directions with pictures.
Installation took roughly 20-25 minutes, as it really is an easy job.
Remove the old Euro airbox, remove the cruise control, clean the chassis
underneath, drop the shield in, secure three screws, install the tube,
attach the filter, re-attach the cruise control, adjust hood stops, wash
hands, burn rubber.
The fit of the shield is out of this world. EVERY nook and cranny of the
car was taken into account on the shield, and it fits like a glove because
of it. If it wasn't for the headlight, I wouldn't be surprised to see this
thing hold water.
COMPARISON TO OTHER INTAKES
My car has run with three other intake kits. The Dinan kit, the euro
airbox, and an early ECIS kit. The Conforti intake is the clear winner (by
a long shot) using quality, fit & finish, ease of installation &
maintenance, and performance as the standards of evaluation. It truly is
the only intake of the four my car has seen that made power that I could
As is my usual experience working with Jim and Josh, it was a pleasure.
After my install, I called Josh with a few notes about my installation.
These notes included the fact that I, in my attempt to install the kit too
quickly, damaged my intake tube. Josh not only didn't care that is was my
fault, he over-nighted to me (at his expense) a new tube, along with another
replacement part for my car that he didn't even originally sell to me.
"Just send me the broken tube and the old part, and we'll be square." That,
my friends, is customer service.
Thank you Josh & Jim.
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