Newsletter No 62


26 May 2009






We received a very handy portable spotlight the other day, called the Stubbie.

As you can see, if works extremely well as a Bakkielig.


The price is R 890.00 incl. VAT


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I expect the next huge K&N shipment to land this week, so you can collect new stock next week.

Mercedes Benz and Maybach Owners Get Even More Performance with K&N Air Filters

The Maybach 62 is all about getting what you pay for, and if you have to ask how much it is, you might not be able to afford the nearly $400,000 plus price tag.  It is a first class ticket to ride with a 6.0 liter 12 cylinder AMG made twin turbo engine. The Mercedes-Maybach is the cousin of the Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG.  Both models are ridiculously fast with engines producing 604 horsepower.

K&N 33-2412 Replacement air filter for a wide range of 2002 - 2009 Mercedes Benz and Maybach makes and models
K&N 33-2412 Replacement air filter for a wide range of 2002 - 2009 Mercedes Benz and Maybach makes and models

K&N is in the business of horsepower and has designed two lifetime replacement air filters (33-2412) for a variety of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Mercedes Benz and Maybach models. See the complete list of vehicles below. Part 33-2412 consist of two K&N air filters because two air filters are required for all of these models.

The twin turbo engines on these vehicles use two OE filters because the engine has two air boxes, one for each cylinder bank. The engine on the Maybach is almost mirrored and the two air boxes are located on the left and right front corners of the engine bay.

These K&N air filters are made to fit directly into each factory air box and no cutting or fitting is required. The 33-2412 are made with extended seals to make sure no dirt gets between the lid and the base of the air box housing. Simply remove the OE filters and replace them with the K&N air filters for additional performance. These are twin filters and there is no right side or left side.

K&N's washable, reusable high flow air filters are designed to increase horsepower and acceleration while providing excellent filtration.  K&N air filters will not void factory warranties.

Handmade in the United States, K&N air filters are made from the best materials available.  K&N’s stock replacement air filters for street vehicles are covered by the famous K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty and will be the last air filters your vehicle will ever need.

Porsche's Street-Legal Race Car Receives a Massive 24 Horsepower Increase with K&N

K&N air intake system installed in 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with the 3.6L engine
K&N air intake system installed in 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with the 3.6L engine

Dyno chart for 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with the 3.6L engine

Dyno chart for 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with the 3.6L engine

Not since 1973 has Porsche's legendary RS name plate been available in the U.S. market. In 2007 the 911 GT3 RS hit American soil once again, creating much excitement among racing enthusiasts. The 911 GT3 RS has been described as a street-legal racecar intended as a homologation model for a range of racing series. Wearing a celebrated name like Porsche means the 2007 GT3 RS won't disappoint and neither will K&N's Performance Air Intake System, part number 63-7001.

K&N's 63-7001 Performance Air Intake System for the 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3.6L H6
K&N's 63-7001 Performance Air Intake System for the 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3.6L H6

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

With the addition of K&N's new Performance Air Intake System, part number 63-7001, GT3 RS owners can realize a gain of nearly 25 horsepower at the wheels! K&N's Research and Development Department tested a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 3.6L H6 on our in-house dynamometer. Results showed an increase of 24.65 horsepower @ 6726 RPM. K&N's 63-7001 provides increased performance while maintaining that "O/E" look with a rotationally molded high-density polyethylene tube.  Check out the video overview of this air intake for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

K&N intakes are designed to dramatically reduce intake restriction as they smooth and straighten airflow. This allows your vehicle's engine to use a larger volume of air than the OEM air filter assembly. More air means more power and torque when you need it. With a K&N Performance Air Intake System, consumers can count on extra horsepower whether driving down the Las Vegas strip, or twisting through the famous "Corkscrew" at Laguna Seca.

The 2007 GT3 incorporates ultra lightweight materials throughout. Keeping with the carbon fiber theme, the 63-7001 air intake system uses a conical shaped, carbon fiber top, high-flow air filter (RP-5167) and powder coated two-piece aluminum heat shield in place of the vehicle's stock air box. The result is an air filter that captures harmful particles, flows more air, and increases service life. This K&N air filter performs for up to 100,000 miles before service is required depending on driving conditions. Improving the air path between the filter and the engine is the rotationally molded high-density polyethylene tube. It offers the most flexibility in design and outstanding horsepower numbers. 63-7001 takes about 90 minutes or less to install, with no cutting or drilling, and is covered by K&N's Million Mile Limited Warranty. Watch K&N's 63-7001 Air Intake Installation Video to see the simplicity of the installation process.

For increased protection and style, K&N includes Drycharger® filter wrap part number RF-1037DK with this air intake. Drycharger® filter wraps are made from a durable polyester material containing uniform micron openings which will stop small dirt particles and repel water; yet add little restriction to the airflow of your filter.

Find a K&N product for your vehicle using the K&N application search


I know a lot of people call those stubby things at the bottom Branches. We developed the headers above them for torque


Even more torque and Hp is achieved with my Exhaust system pictured in the foreground against that of a fitment centre’s modification in the background.

(Keeping in mind that we are not a conventional fitment centre; we are a performance exhaust development centre).


I am really getting tired of people who call on me to fit branches onto their FreeFlow system & expect a performance guarantee. The Header with FreeFlow is a single system !

There are 3 reasons why headers exist:

1          To enhance the efficiency of the vehicle, coupled to a tuned length exhaust

2          To replace the cracked/warped stock manifolds

3          To remove heat next to the engine. Modern v6’s often have the cat as part of the header- ugh


I get a lot of calls going “I have just fitted a K&N/Snorkel/Exhaust… my car is now using more fuel than before”.             This is quite a natural occurrence.

Firstly a lot of snorkels restrict the intake, whilst a K&N invariably lets through more air than any other filter.

A K&N on a stock vehicle must make it use less fuel, but once a vehicle is “chipped”, the story changes because your Air flow sensor/throttle position relationship changes. When we Unichip a car, we set it up perfectly for the conditions the car will operate under- called tuning. Change one parameter like the Exhaust and it can run leaner or richer, both not good for fuel economy and power !

The obvious solution is to have your vehicle re-tuned, to run perfectly again after you have “things” done to it.

Talking about tuning, please follow this correspondence:

Yes Nick,

    The BM behaved beautifully with average fuel consumption 2-up fully loaded was 15.2km/l at around 120+km/h. Previous best average 14.5 (0ne person only) and now going to WDH was 12.5km/l only. So I am very pleased. It starts without choke immediately but needs throttle applied. So ek se baie dankie vir die tune-up and do recommed you to include this for boxer owners.



Lekker om te hoor dat jy tevrede is.

Ek doen dit net vir jou & ek.

No way would I want to prostitute my girlfriend !


Ek sal die throttle vandag nog op order sit.

Waiting time kan tot ‘n maand wees.

Of wil jy liewerste by Danric bestel ?



The part of the throttle is that I order BMW motorcycle parts as a hobby.


a lot of people have the problem of asking for advice, but then not taking it, but still holding the advisee responsible.

It happens to me daily: “Nick have you got a 276 cam for my Polo 1.6”

“I would not advise such a hefty grind on such a small motor, besides the cam, being the brain of the motor, is the last thing to modify”

I take you a bet that this person will come back to me after consulting his crony’s and subsequently purchasing a ridiculous cam-grind, with a car that really pulls badly, hardly idles and gives him 4 km/L asking me to chip it right.

There is no way anyone can chip such a mistake right. I can only lessen the humiliation the person must be feeling by getting the vehicle to run better.

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Amongst those things I learnt over the years was that “I will buy no 2’nd hand grey import and expect to make that into a fire breathing monster on an economy budget”

The Nova in my shop will cost me an easy 100 000+ to turn into a reliable muscle car.

Anybody who narrates about his 40 000 Rand hot rod, forgot to tell you that they either had to live with a toolbox in the back of said vehicle or never toured it to Cape Town and back.

I mention this because I’ve been through this painful experience myself and want to save you all the agony.


Hi nick I have a j2 1.6 elantra and would like to find out if a t2 turbo wil damage my standard pistons if no can you supply me with a t2 turbo kit


Why must I reply to such a request that comes from my website, where most information can be found ?

I am sure to have touched on this in a previous Newsletter.

I get this daily; people going on my website and then being too lazy to surf further firing off an eMail that is ill-constructed.

I have no problem if such a person first does his research and then asks me questions to which he cannot find an answer.

Why must it be a t2 turbo ? I guess he means the Garrett T2 turbo, which is possibly too small for this application. I’d then go for a hybrid or T-25.

There is no way a Turbo on it’s own will damage any piston. Excess boost pressure can, as well as timing, Air/fuel ratio etc.

I would rather supercharge such a job at 25 000 N$ and counting.

Turbo’s generate immense underbonnet heat. The Turbo & manifold will cost over 10 grand and the rest of the work ? I prefer not, thank you J


A friend of mine forwarded me the link to a Blog, that goes:

looking for a good, professional tuner (chip and/or power box) in namibia.
any good addresses???
it will be for a hilux 3.0 d-4d, hondo civic type r and one golf v tfsi.

I have been in Business here for over 15 years and this person cannot get hold of me ?

Somewhere in the thread this pops out

And yes, we can do the tuning on all the car's mentioned. We are actually the only ones able to do professional tuning on the Honda Type R (also Subaru, Mazda, Lancer EVO I-X, etc.). We offer tuning through OBD, direct on the ECU or we got Add on's for vehicles not possible to be tuned direct on the ECU (e.g.: Hilux D-4D).

Since I know this person has no Dyno, his definition of tuning is interesting.

And when it ends with

and how about the quality of techpower, eichoff and peco trading.
i am talking only for a chip, no mechanical jobs!
as far as we kn ow nick's racing can't do the golf and the honda....
do you have any experience with one of them?

I am convinced that going to a Blog is an absolute meaningless exercise in Futility.

I will excuse the horrendous spelling on the grounds that our schooling system has vastly deteriorated since I attended it in the dark ages. But the opinions expressed…

 Let the case rest, but allow me to say that we have done plenty of D4D’s, Golf’s (ever been to the drags and checked out how many cars have been through my shop)and am sure that the type R is not more difficult to do than the imported 2.2 Accura V-tec with 4Wd steering etc.


Till next time, I log off with


"What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

Bob Dylan