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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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A cold air intake Question ?

Can someone tell me the diffrence between name brand cold air intakes VS no name like the one's you find on E-bay for 60/100 dollars complete.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:45 PM   #2
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i dont think are any differences between them all.I orderd an ebay cai sat. itll get here on mon.the only diff can be the filter, and price.i ordered the bomz racing cai.what else can be different a tube is a tube.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 08:01 PM   #3
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quality, fitment, customer service, reliability, etc.
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most of the time it's just a crappy filter, b/c i mean its just a tube.
yet some times it could also be fitment.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 09:10 PM   #5
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its just really cheap stuff - sometimes its incomplete, alot of the time its fitament and quality
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Old March 24th, 2008, 05:32 AM   #6
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I was thinking of buying the V2 but thats about 300.00 but if they all do the same thing i guess i'll try to get something less xpensive.Thanks
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Old March 24th, 2008, 06:46 AM   #7
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Well the name brand products usually have some R&D behind it, with tests to back up their claim (their product is "always" better than competitors during tests ).
The product probably has the same effect on the cars air input and you could probably build one yourself for fraction of the cost. The main problem would be the pipe, try to get something that can take the high temperature and rust resistant parts. Just remember that if something goes wrong and you get dirt or some melted plastic, the engine might not like it much.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 07:50 AM   #8
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just change the filter, and the hose coupling, and clamps and you will be fine.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #9
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ebay is not all that bad..it depends on which seller you buy it from..but the quality of the pipe is pretty good..just replace the cheapO filter and you'll be good..
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #10
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So njhustler, this is what you are going to put under your hood?
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Sorry, but I still think the V2 is better. Is it worth hundreds more? Maybe, maybe not, but dual chamber is better than single.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:18 PM   #11
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So njhustler, this is what you are going to put under your hood?
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Sorry, but I still think the V2 is better. Is it worth hundreds more? Maybe, maybe not, but dual chamber is better than single.
explain why dual chamber is better than single besides the fact that it looks cool, and has AEM v2 written all over it.
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explain why dual chamber is better than single besides the fact that it looks cool, and has AEM v2 written all over it.
Multiple frequency sound waves yo!
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:52 PM   #13
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These companies R&D must not be that great. Cuz I havent seen a 15-20hp gain from an intake yet! Like nighthawk said, change out the filter, hose coupling, and clamps and you'll get the same results.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #14
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you won't see that significant of a gain in the 10-30 HP range unless you have a monster of an engine that has been so restricted by the stock air box, for example if you throw an intake on a HEMI or SRT8.. you'll see some monstrous gains.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 03:01 PM   #15
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Yeah we had a GTO at my dealership that had an intake and had a gain of 19hp. But these kind of cars are the exception to the rule that I didnt feel were worth mentioning for the sake of the engines we're working with.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 03:06 PM   #16
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Yes. I've seen cars with ebay CAI's dyno at less WHP than stock because they don't stack pressure waves nearly as well.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 05:25 PM   #17
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explain why dual chamber is better than single besides the fact that it looks cool, and has AEM v2 written all over it.
If it works like its suppose to, when the air in one chamber is moving faster than the other, it creates a vacuum which helps draw in more air. This is how the Weapon-R Secret weapon intake is suppose to work. When I called AEM and asked them about their V2 vs. Weapon-R's Weapon, they got real quite and just said their V2 works on a different design. Ok? Two chambers is two chambers, what else could they be doing?
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Old March 24th, 2008, 05:41 PM   #18
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K&N claims 12HP gain with their CAI, i think its BS. too much HP gain for our cars, since V2 was claiming like 6HP or so
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If it works like its suppose to, when the air in one chamber is moving faster than the other, it creates a vacuum which helps draw in more air. This is how the Weapon-R Secret weapon intake is suppose to work. When I called AEM and asked them about their V2 vs. Weapon-R's Weapon, they got real quite and just said their V2 works on a different design. Ok? Two chambers is two chambers, what else could they be doing?
Actually having owned both inakes I can honestly say the AEM is made much much better than the Weapon-R and also the design is pretty different; yes same idea but much different application. The Weapon-R outside tube is the same diameter as a normal 3" intake, it just has a shorter smaller inside tube that's (gasp!) rivited on and is on the throttle body side of the intake. The V2 outside tube is like 4+" and tappers to 3" to create more of a chamber and the interior smaller tube is welded in and is located in the middle of the tubing in between the air filter side and the throttle body side. After buying a Secret Weapon intake once I'd never ever do it again. AEM FTW!
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Actually having owned both inakes I can honestly say the AEM is made much much better than the Weapon-R and also the design is pretty different; yes same idea but much different application. The Weapon-R outside tube is the same diameter as a normal 3" intake, it just has a shorter smaller inside tube that's (gasp!) rivited on and is on the throttle body side of the intake. The V2 outside tube is like 4+" and tappers to 3" to create more of a chamber and the interior smaller tube is welded in and is located in the middle of the tubing in between the air filter side and the throttle body side. After buying a Secret Weapon intake once I'd never ever do it again. AEM FTW!
Cool, nothing like a good comparo! Wasn't it you who said the Weapon-R intake "looked like it was built in a High-School shop class"? Lolz.
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I think something to pay attention to is the coupler between the throttle body and tube.
I wanted to make sure that this area is where it funneled into the smaller diameter. A good design is to have one side of the coupler the size of the throttle body and the other side larger to maximize air flow from a larger dia. tube.
Common sense told me if there is going to be a bottle neck make sure it is the throttle body itself and not the tube.
So when I see CAI with straight couplers from the body to the tube I think "Cheap....bad design."
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Cool, nothing like a good comparo! Wasn't it you who said the Weapon-R intake "looked like it was built in a High-School shop class"? Lolz.
Yep, that was me! LOL! It's true. Shizzit was rivited together and the little rivit ball was rattling around in it. I was definitely disappointed in the quality, not to mention it hummed like a UFO when I finally got it on. Oh, and the instructions are photocopies of photocopies.
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Yep, that was me! LOL! It's true. Shizzit was rivited together and the little rivit ball was rattling around in it. I was definitely disappointed in the quality, not to mention it hummed like a UFO when I finally got it on. Oh, and the instructions are photocopies of photocopies.
Wow, I think I'm taking that POS off my Ebay watch list
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Wow, I think I'm taking that POS off my Ebay watch list
Here's a picture. There's the inside tube riveted on top and bottom. The rubber tubes were those really cheap flimsy thin soft kind and like I mentioned before the instructions were the worst I've ever seen with any product. Universal mounting bracket FTL. Makes me wonder how they stay in business.

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Old March 25th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #25
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Those intakes just 'look' nice but they perform like pure crap. They run terrible on FI cars also. Tried this out once.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 09:34 PM   #26
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I'd stay with name brands because of R&D, quality, better filters, etc. If you're going to modify the intake system, highly recommend the V2. Why, because I have it and it was money well spent. Love driving my car on cold nights/days.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #27
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I like K&N because all ready cut for bipass valve
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