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Although I drove the car for only a few miles, I have to admit that this filter should be standard for all Masers. There is truly a noticeable difference in acceleration as noted in past reviews. Throttle reponse is slightly quicker. The shifts are definitely faster. The anit-slip comes on more often during hard accelaration, even on second and third gear.
Bought it for about $108 from kevin and worth every penny. Install was pretty easy done without a lift, just my wife's truck jack.
 

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I have a stupid (and newbie) question -- is this BMC filter simply an engine air intake filter? how come it makes so much difference? And lastly, does anyone know where I can get one in Canada?

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Most air filters sold today use synthetic fiber, foam, or paper. These materials have very small fibers that restrict airflow. More air entering the engine increases the efficiency of the combustion process creating more horsepower and torque. Horsepower is a measure of the engine's maximum power while torque measures how quickly you can accelerate.

More O2 more bang bang...
 

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Get it from Kevin... I bought mine directly from BMC and it was arround $135 with the cleaner but the last time I checked BMC had jacked up the price on their online store by more than 10 EUR.

http://www.bmcairfilter.com/

4.2 CAMBIOCORSA 390 01> Cylindrical 349/12 $81.55EUR
 

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Thanks for the explanations which make a lot of sense -- but what is the trade-off? Do the wider pores of the BMC filter allow more airborne particles to enter the carburetor and with what effect?
 

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bimbo-

correct, it's the wire mesh not the carbon... haven't seen one for maser. I doubt we have any room for the carbon CDA anyway. I suppose the filter i bought would also fit GS.

nev-

that's why oil is part of the equation. It's a good idea to get the cleaning kit at the same time. it needs to be soaked in oil after cleaned.
 

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thebimbo,
I don't think the CDA would fit in the maserati, but when I asked about the venturi admission system (VAS), they told me it'll filter and I'm waiting for my order.
 

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Haha is correct,
Kevin at NAPERFORMANCE.COM can get it cheaper however, Bimbo, you should find out the cost of shipping to Switzerland.
Also, when I took out the old filter I noticed that it was quite dirty, even though the car has only 6300 miles. Hmmm.
 

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Link says the filter is U$ 81 plus shipping. Are you guys quoting Canadian dollars?
I am a little skeptical about HP gains from a filter swap, but I am lining up if someone here or the manufacturer has dynoed it....

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haha said:
Get it from Kevin... I bought mine directly from BMC and it was arround $135 with the cleaner but the last time I checked BMC had jacked up the price on their online store by more than 10 EUR.

http://www.bmcairfilter.com/

4.2 CAMBIOCORSA 390 01> Cylindrical 349/12 $81.55EUR
 

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I am a little skeptical about HP gains from a filter swap, but I am lining up if someone here or the manufacturer has dynoed it....
the HP gain should not be significant as the engine is already very well tuned. likewise i'd love to see it dyno'd to prove the 10 to 15HP gain. anyhow, the CC characteristic is surely improved with the airfilter.
 

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You guys can just order them off the website now instead of having to call it in. Suprised the interest these filters have and while the gain may not or may be 10-15hp for less than $150 any gain is sufficient.
 

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I just installed my BMC filter.....It felt like I had to take apart half of the car ! The lower pan has to come off. That was at least 18 bolts and 6 screws....Then the inner fender shield needs to go and wiggling it out is fun. Then you are facing 4 funny boss shaped bolts holding the airbox "door", and finally the R&R can take place. I used a low profile jack. I guess with air tools, previous experience, and a lift, this would have been a 20 minute project, but mine was just over an hour. Still...it was good to do something with your hands (I stare at a glowing box all day for a living). The car lost a little bit of the backfire on decel (I have a muffler bypass), and the initial tip in throttle response feels a bit better, but no major differences, otherwise. I will try to rev her up on the way back. I suspect any seat of the pants stuff would be more pronounced at higher RPMs, not that 5-10hp would be that noticeable on the 400 hp scale.
 

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I have a BMC filter on backorder from NAPerformance. How often does the thing have to be cleaned and reoiled? My understanding is that this is necessary at some interval.
Given the apparent challenge in getting at the air filter, I am concerned that the payback may not be worth the effort. Did you discover any shortcuts during your initial installation that would reduce the effort for future access?

Kevin
Does the filter come with any sort of installation instructions? Given what Luke had to go through, I am not sure I would have been able to figure out that was the approach without directions of some sort. I am not necessarily shy about doing what Luke had to do, but, without instructions I might have dismantled the wrong side of the car, or took stuff off the topend instead of the bottom, or whatever.... There are always a few tips and warnings that can make a job like this a lot easier.
Thanks
Mike
 

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you can see where the intake pipe goes under the hood.....you need to get at the driver's side. It was not that bad. I was mostly complaining about modern cars, where everything is plastic and you need to get 4 things out of the way to get to a frequently serviced assembly. It was actually fun to do it....And no, the filter did not come with instructions. I did not oil mine when it went it, it did not come with the usual packet that K&Ns come with. I am assuming it is OK...Cleaning of the filter should probably happen at the same intervals as the paper exchange. I will probably see if the bmc website has some instructions, but gotta run now....
 

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MikeA said:
Luke
I have a BMC filter on backorder from NAPerformance. How often does the thing have to be cleaned and reoiled? My understanding is that this is necessary at some interval.
Given the apparent challenge in getting at the air filter, I am concerned that the payback may not be worth the effort. Did you discover any shortcuts during your initial installation that would reduce the effort for future access?

Kevin
Does the filter come with any sort of installation instructions? Given what Luke had to go through, I am not sure I would have been able to figure out that was the approach without directions of some sort. I am not necessarily shy about doing what Luke had to do, but, without instructions I might have dismantled the wrong side of the car, or took stuff off the topend instead of the bottom, or whatever.... There are always a few tips and warnings that can make a job like this a lot easier.
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Mike
Mike,

I doubt they'll come with instructions, but let me know when you do the install in advance and I'll call Maserati of Central Florida and have them give me step by step instructions since they've installed quite a few of these.

Regards,
Kevin
 
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