BSH True Seal Intake

Original article circa summer ’09 – I’ve split the article into its two components: the intake and the diverter valve kit.

This kit is for the 2.0 T FSI engine.

I received this intake kit awhile ago.  The design is top notch and well made.  It includes single piece piping, a heat shield, a proprietary filter, a Forge diverter valve and all necessary clamps and hoses.  Installation is relatively simple if you have the proper tools.  One highly recommended tool is a hose clamp remover.  I think the newer kits are being shipped with them.

After a few months with this kit, I feel that this is the best intake for the GTI out there right now.  It solves the issue of failed diverter valves and relocates the valve itself to the front of the car.  No dyno runs on the intake yet but midrange and the top end feel better.  The torque curve seems to have shifted slightly to the right, but nothing crazy.  This intake is not very loud, if you are looking for noise, look elsewhere.  Otherwise, it’s a nicely designed piece and a great company to deal with.

If you are chipped, you don’t have to worry about any more torn diverter valves.

Review Redux: updated (1/27/2011)

The BSH Trueseal intake for the FSI engine is just one of many intake systems available for the GTI.  There isn’t much deviation as far as filters on a stick go but this one offers a few unique features of its own.  It offers a built in relocation bung as well as a heat shield which isolates the filter from the engine bay.

 

Sorry for the horrible picture, a much nicer one will be up soon, I promise

The intake itself is very simple with 2.75 inch piping in powder coat black.  The heat shield is relatively thick sheetmetal, also powder coated black.  The edges of the heat shield are covered with a rubber seal that presses up against the hood liner, thus creating a box around the filter.  The silicone and associated clamps are all high quality pieces.  The filter is a proprietary specification that is narrower than most other filters in order to fit into the heat box.  Despite that, a similarly sized filter from another vendor will most likely fit.  It is oiled but I have not had any problems with the oil contaminating the maf sensor.  It has since been changed out for an AEM Dryflow filter which filters better and requires no oil.

I can’t really comment of how much power this intake makes as I have not put my car on the dyno with it.  You’ll probably gain a few horses, nothing to write home about.  Those gains will increase as you pile the mods on though, especially with chipping.  Just don’t believe the +15 hp ads that you see regarding intakes.  It does wake up the engine a little on the high end and provides a very nice sound.  It’s not loud by any means, so if noise is what you want, look elsewhere.  BSH’s intake provides a very mature sound, no doubt due to the heat shield surrounding the filter.

Here’s something important, and since it’s important, it’s going to get its own break.  MAF sensor placement is very sensitive on these cars.  Some intakes will drive the sensor nuts and in turn your car, causing all sorts of chaos.  Fuel trims are adversely affected by incorrect maf calibration.  STFT and LTFT (short term and long term fuel trim) will be incorrect if the maf placement on the intake is off.  There was an early run of BSH intakes that had incorrect maf holders.  The fuel trims are not too bad on these early intakes but in reality you want it to be as close to zero as possible.  If you buy used, be sure to know which version you are getting.  The older maf holder sticks out about an inch or more from the intake.  The newer ones are much closer to the piping.  Reference the following picture of the older MAF holder:

The newer one is much smaller than that.

Older BSH MAF Holder

Finish is not BSH’s strong suit.  The intake is well made and will hold up but doesn’t look the part.  I know it’s nitpicking but it’s all part of the show.  The welds on the intake are very visible and lend a homebrew look to the whole thing.  The relocate bung is sealed with an ugly vinyl cap if you’re not using it.  The rubber seal on the heat box looks like it came straight from your local hardware store.  The intake also doesn’t secure too well in the box.  I eventually added additional rubber to secure it.  There is certainly none of the flash you get from other manufacturers such as AWE, Eurojet, Forge and APR.  If you’re looking for flashy, this isn’t the intake you’re looking for.  For those that are looking for functional bits, this is it.  It has a great heat shield, a built in relocation port and all the growl a normal adult needs.  Despite the visual flaws, the BSH intake still gets a recommendation from me.  It is priced far below the other premium intake options such as the Forge Twintake, and AWE carbon intake and works just as well.

~ 270 from BSHspeedshop.com and other dealers

Here’s a link to an AEM Dryflow filter that fits in the BSH heat shield.  The fit is a little tight though.  AEM Dryflow

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6 thoughts on “BSH True Seal Intake

  1. Thanks for the review, do you recall the part number of the AEM dryflow filter that was used? I’m going for the same setup but there are just too many dryflow filters. Also where is the prefilter wrap from?

    Thanks!

    • Hey, the AEM filter was 21-202DK. The filter is a little tight in the heat shield area. I don’t know if you saw it but here is a short article I wrote about it: AEM Dryflow

      The prefilter wrap is from Injen. You can find them pretty much anywhere, eBay or Amazon carries them. I don’t remember the size because I’ve had it for quite a while. You need one that will fit a 5 or 6″ filter. Let me know if you need more info.

  2. Great thanks,

    How tight exactly is it, is the hood contacting it at all? Bending the filter at all?

    Thanks

  3. There isn’t any bending that I knew of but I did notice that the hood liner was being contacted. Nothing major, but keep that in mind. The AEM filter does not taper at the end and is about 1 inch larger in diameter. I used extra rubber around the intake to heatshield lock to keep the filter off the heat shield. Filtration benefits of the filter outweigh these issues if you are willing to make some tweaks to the fitment.

  4. Hello! I m from Italy . But on my BSH intake i can see that the place of the MAF sensor is wrong because it’s contrariwise. Is it normale???

    • Hello, do you mean it is reversed from the stock direction? If so, then that is not normal. It should face the same direction as the stock intake.

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