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      12-06-2018, 10:17 PM   #1
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Evolve Carbon Airbox Review/Introduction

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New to the forum. Long time BMW enthusiast and car lover. Figured it was time to join up with the forum as I plan on keeping my Z for many years to come. I have a small automotive YouTube channel called "BuzzytheBlue" as a bit of a passion project.

I'll save the personal details for a different post, I'm sure you're more interested in the airbox. I try to do some writing on the side and am building a portfolio of work. So, I wrote up a short and sweet review of the Evolve carbon box I purchased about a month ago and what I think of it thus far. (Spoiler, it's spectacular, as you'd expect).

Review: https://buzzytheblue.com/evolve-carb...ox-review-s54/

I'd love any feedback you can offer on my writing and look forward to answering any questions you have for me regarding the airbox. A note that I left out of the review, I installed it myself and it took about 5-6 hours (but I'm an awful wrench). Thank you and glad to be a part of the forum!

Also, here's a video of how the car sounds with the airbox and my RPI axle back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01jMFaG2YBs&t=180s
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I've watched your videos several times before this post! Awesome! Welcome!
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Solid writeup! This item (or similar) is on my to-do list if the car stays with me long term and experience more OEM+ upgrades. OEM CSL headers and European Section 1 await install this winter already.
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Thanks for sharing the write-up and video -- well done!

I've got an Eventuri intake and an RPi exhaust, and I really don't feel like I can hear the intake until I'm at about 7K RPM.

Can you actually hear the intake from inside the car with your RPi? I love the sound from outside of the car, but was always hesitant to spend that kind of money if the sound would just be overpowered by the exhaust anyways.
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Thanks for sharing the write-up and video -- well done!

I've got an Eventuri intake and an RPi exhaust, and I really don't feel like I can hear the intake until I'm at about 7K RPM.

Can you actually hear the intake from inside the car with your RPi? I love the sound from outside of the car, but was always hesitant to spend that kind of money if the sound would just be overpowered by the exhaust anyways.
Thanks guys!

To answer your question TurboDream, even with the top and windows up on my roadster I can hear the intake clearly. It isn't drowned out at all by the RPI. I can hear it from about 3,500 RPM when full throttle.

Honestly the induction sound is like 80% as loud as the RPI so you end up having them combine into an amazing tone.
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This might be a stupid question, but where does the air filter go?

Does it use the same air filter as the E46 M3 CSL?

I wonder just how much of the claimed 25-30hp gain would you say is coming from getting a remap and how much is coming from the carbon airbox design?

The Evolve website claims 15-24hp gain alone for just the remap HERE

And for only $799, it might be an excellent deal!

I know the sound of this carbon airbox is awesome. However, the cost is way way out of my price range.
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Thanks guys!

To answer your question TurboDream, even with the top and windows up on my roadster I can hear the intake clearly. It isn't drowned out at all by the RPI. I can hear it from about 3,500 RPM when full throttle.

Honestly the induction sound is like 80% as loud as the RPI so you end up having them combine into an amazing tone.
Thanks for the notes, very tempting. I wonder if there's much of a difference between the roadster and coupe...
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