BR Performance

BR Performance Intake with K&N filter

[11/18/2003] Reviewed by: Jeff Chipman -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Replacement intake for 2003 Canadian Miata using a K&N filter. Includes stainless steel heat shield (washer bottle relocation kit required for Canadian models, but not absolutely necessary as I just re-drilled mounting holes in the bracket).

I've had the intake installed for 5 months (since August) and have been very happy with the purchase. It cost about $170 Canadian with taxes, duties and conversion. Couldn't really notice any difference in performance, but love the sound and it grabs attention going through tech spec at the local autocross. I have noticed more apparent performance gains over the past few nights as the temperatures have dropped down close to 0 each night.

I like the quality of the whole setup, but had an installation issue. I ordered the intake through Moss and they forgot to mention that Canadian models need a washer bottle relocation kit ($45). I had already taken the old air box out and couldn't get the new intake in the space required so I called Brant who said that he would call Moss to inquire about the miscommunication. In the hour between phone calls with Brant, I decided to re-drill new holes in the stainless steel heat shield and made it fit nicely. As a note, drill slow when using stainless steel. Other than that issue, I have been very pleased with the purchase.

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BR performance intake with K&N filter

[7/10/2003] Reviewed by: Jim Smith -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Br Performance intake with K&N filter and stainless heat shield

I just installed the intake on my 95 Miata and took it for a short test run. I could feel a definite power increase at about 4000 RPM.

The growl from under the hood along with my low restriction exhaust was worth the price of the intake. BR performance shipped promptly and the instructions were great. At $100, it's money well spent.

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BR Performance Intake

[1/17/2003] Reviewed by: Anonymous

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

This kit is just a cone shaped K&N air filter with a metal heat shield.

This product was very easy to install. The price was alot cheaper compared to other intake kits. Makes car sound a little meaner.

I noticed some loss in low end torque because it is placed next to the headers so it sucks in some hot air. But after 3k rpm is when the power kicks in. Basically you get what you pay for.

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[12/21/2002] Reviewed by: Andrew Clark -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Stainless steel flange with K&N RU-0910 High-Flow air filter.

I bought and installed this intake only because I installed headers and catback without considering the fact that Racing Beat 4-1 stainless steel headers will melt the stock intake snorkel on the first test drive. The kit was complete and well made easy to install and included step by step instructions with pictures. I was running the stock intake less snorkel with a K&N replacement filter and really did not notice a change in performance or sound. A nice kit Iím happy with the purchase, I just installed it today so long term feed back will be forthcoming. Fit and finish were great.

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[4/11/2002] Reviewed by: Toby Weir-Jones

Applicable to: '90 - '97 '99 + 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

K&N air filter with custom-fitted heat shield assembly. Preserves use of air temp sensor in M2 applications.

Very pleased. The powdercoated heat shield was nicely finished and fit without any additional work. All necessary bits and pieces were included.

I am highly skeptical of most aftermarket intakes available for Miatas. I had a JR CAI on my '96, it made a neat noise but for the money I think the cost/horsepower was really high. Even $169-$189 for an air filter and some plumbing seems unreasonable to me for the minimal power increase users are likely to see. But the BR Performance kit is priced comfortably under that threshold of expecting *significant* changes in the character of the car. For the cash involved you get a nice growl for your ears, and, according to Brent's dyno efforts, a couple of horsepower. I haven't dyno'd my '99 since the installation but my finely-calibrated buttometer suggests something has changed. My girlfriend also claims to have noticed a difference when she drives. I think Brent's price point is exactly right -- roughly $45-$50/horsepower is my limit. The product makes no outlandish claims and is successful in its goal of adding a bit more to the overall miata experience.

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[1/16/2002] Reviewed by: Jeff Farrell -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Replacement for standard air box, using K&N filtercharger unit.

Very straightforward to install. The instructions were excellent and everything fit perfectly. Slightly noisier than stock, but a good noise at high RPM. A nice rasp without being obnoxious. No obvious performance increase, but there may be something there. It sure sounds faster, though.

The price was right - far cheaper than the competition - and the red powder coated heat shield looks really cool. No interference with the Freedom Design strut bar. Is it CARB legal?

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[1/15/2002] Reviewed by: bryan cabatic -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Hi-flow air intake (K&N filter) with heat shield.

I removed the stock box and intalled the new heat shield and K&N filter in less than 30 minutes. Fit tolerance was a little tight for the AFM unit to the piping but manageable. I ordered a red heat shield and the finish on the part itself could be a lot better. Contaminents in the paint and scratches could be found on the heatshield. Once installed these blemishes are not too noticeable. Overall, I am happy with the Hi-flow intake from BR Performance. You can really hear the growl from 3/4 throttle on and it does seem a smidge quicker in throttle response and it looks great under the hood! A bargain compared to the other $100++ 'dressy pipes' to mount a K&N to! B

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[1/11/2002] Reviewed by: Anonymous

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

A K&N Filter with powder-coated heat shield.

Fantastic product! OK, no dyno but realistically how big a difference are we going to see short of the ram-air type intakes. Well made, powder-coated heatshield (red in my case), K&N cylindrical filter, extremely straightforward installation with clear directions including pictures and all for less than $100.00-about time too. Great sound and sure feels quicker.

Quick delivery, excellent product, exactly as described-ordered with machined race pedals which I will review after install

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[1/7/2002] Reviewed by: David Michel -

Applicable to: '90 - '97

Intake kit for 90-93 Miata, included a K&N Filter Heat sheild and everything necessary for installation.

I picked up this intake kit from Brant at BR Performance. The product is very well made out of alluminum, the machine work done on it looked very nice. When ordering the kit I told brant that I had a RX-7 airflow meter and wanted to be able to use it, and would it be compatible with his kit. He modified the kit so that it would work with the RX-7 meter, and it worked great.

The installation was very easy to do, even with installing the RX-7 meter at the same time. Everything fitted right where it needed to and looks a lot better than the stock box. I would definately recommend the kit. The performance was a very noticable increase in High RPM power, part of this is probably due to the RX-7 meter, but this intake kit made it all work together well.

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[1/1/2002] Reviewed by: Richard A. Kataoka -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Heavy duty stainless steel bracket to hold the air fuel meter, temp senor and support the K & N filter charger.

Excellent instructions. I have added many replacement parts and this is possibly the most straight forward installation since the shock tower brace.

I had already removed the intake snorkel and was amazed at the improved intake growl at WOT. This product is a 100% improvement over that and if you have not removed the snorkel it will be a 1000% improvement. For some reason the intake growl in 2nd gear is better than in 1st. Sounds great. Got this on Ebay for an embarassingly low price. Worth every penny.

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[12/28/2001] Reviewed by: David Boushie -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Open end air filter that attaches to the AFM. Includes heat shield.

Installation was a breeze and took less than 20 minutes. I did not unplug the AFM as per the instrutions. Not sure if unplugging the AFM would give me a "check engine" code.

Car seams to rev easier. The heat shield looks great and adds an aggresive look. The intake sound is not too loud, just right. No real seat of the pants power increase. A good choice for the price.

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[12/9/2001] Reviewed by: Chris Halstead -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Hi-flow intake for 1994-1997 1.8L with stainless steel heat shield.

I ordered this intake from BR after confirming with Brant at BR that it would be compatible with my Freedom Design shock tower brace. As advertised, the intake bolts on in almost no time and there is no conflict with the STB. I did have to muscle everything a *tiny* bit so that all the holes lined up just right, but nothing like I had to do with my Hard Dog roll bar. Once in, the intake looks great and definitely sounds much sportier than stock. As with all open intakes there is a slight hissing sound present at idle, but this disappears as soon as you give it any gas at all. While driving around town you won't notice a sound difference until you pass 3/4 throttle or so...but once you do you get rewarded with a deep intake growl. Throttle response seems better and it seems to rev somewhat easier into the higher rpm's, but I don't really feel much difference aside from that. I expect I'll feel more once I replace the stock exhaust and bolt on a he! ader.

For the price I am extremely pleased with this product. I just couldn't bring myself to spend $170 for an aluminum elbow and a $35 filter. For $100 less I got all the looks and 98% of the performance. This kit is also a great alternative to the typical DIY intake.

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