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About Gearhead60

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    I'm been a gearhead as long as I can remember. Always loved Minis and finally bought one!
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    Manassas, VA
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    Cars, IPAs (the hoppier the better), Photography, Firearms, Ebay, Estate Sales, Airplanes.
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    Project Manager


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    Cooper S Clubman
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    Digital Blue
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  1. Gearhead60

    K&N Intake for F55

    Apples to Oranges in my opinion. Read this article, especially down at the bottowm where they cover the F series cars.... http://www.motoringfile.com/2018/04/20/need-cold-air-intake-system-mini/ If you are looking for relatively inexpensive performance gains, buy a Dinan Dinantronix tuner ($300 new, or less used) or the NM Module. I have the Dinantronix and it is a noticable gain in power and performance that is worth the money. I have the earlier model which increases HP by about 30hp, but they now have what they call the Elite model which is a lot more money with substantial more HP.
  2. Gearhead60

    K&N Intake for F55

    Looking at the picture, it would seem that the area where the cone filter sits is sealed by the hood. Assuming this is correct, the feed of air is still coming from the air snorkel, that directly fed the old air box, positioned in front of it. So, it follows that the amount of air the CAI can pull in is no more than when the air box was installed. The only way you will see a chance of increasing performance is by increasing the volume of fresh air to take advantage of the bigger surface area of the filter. I now see why no one publishes a measurable increase in performance with a CAI on the F series cars. BTW, CAI is really a bad label for this part as no more cold air comes into this area than before..... On the issue of heat sink, I would think with the factory air box supplying fresh air through the snorkel, it likely provides an insulating effect from the engine heat, thereby cancelling out any effective heating of the air from the engine, especially at idle. Aside from the difference in sound, the visual appeal and the butt dyno feel, I would have to conclude that for performance sake, these intake systems are a waste of money....
  3. Gearhead60

    K&N Intake for F55

    I wasn't willing to spend the money for the CAI so I opted for the AFE filter. Butt dyno says about 1% increase in power and sound quality.....
  4. Gearhead60

    K&N Intake for F55

    My concern about these open air filters under the hood vs. drawing from the outside is the temperature of the air. We all know that a cooler, denser charge makes for more power.....
  5. Gearhead60

    DCMM Annual Club Picnic

    We'll bring Brownies.....
  6. Gearhead60

    Found something to code

    Not a problem....always have adapter with me.....
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  8. Gearhead60

    Photography run

    Don’t worry there will be other chances or you could visit Manassas and bribe me with IPAs.
  9. Gearhead60

    Photography run

    I did this one. Hated the damn disclaimers....
  10. Gearhead60

    Photography run

    Mine has the same issue. Don't see that Carly has a fix for that. Might be considered a security thing that they don't what to mess with.
  11. Gearhead60

    Photography run

    If there is interest, I would encourage you to review what coding options are available on your particular model through the link provided. It can be a tedious process, so picking 3-4 changes you would like to make will give everyone an opportunity if there is a high demand for some free coding.
  12. Gearhead60

    Photography run

    Although I'm a maybe on the RSVP, I do plan to be there, but sh*t happens so I am leaving it at maybe. If I do make it, I would like to make available to anyone interested with F series and some R series cars the Carly phone app and adapter that allows coding on these cars. http://support.mycarly.com/knowledge-base/code-bmw-what-is-possible/
  13. Gearhead60

    Motoring to Magnolia's at the Mill

    Dragon Hops looks like a good destination.....maybe after a few, we can spin over to Summit Point and take drive around the track!
  14. Gearhead60

    New Member Benefit

    Brain Cramp! I actually got my loan and pricing through USAA not PFCU, although I belong to both. I even priced my car through the buying service and got $4300 off the retail price.
  15. Gearhead60

    New Member Benefit

    Sounds like a great benefit to those who don't already belong to a CU. I would certainly look into belonging if I didn't already belong to Pentagon Federal CU. I had their financing in hand when I bought Lilli. Mini at the time was offering 0% financing, so Mini won on this one!