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Old 16 Apr 2011, 05:31 pm
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Default whats up with these cold air intakes?

ok so i messed up my regular intake for my car so right now its all retarted and the filter keeps on falling off anyways. whats the difference between these filters cause they look like the same type of set up but different name brands.

this is the cheap price one

this is the expensive one

they both look like they come with the same peices but different colors but way different prices. so tell me people whats the difference should i just buy the cheaper priced one cause it looks the same. thanks
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 05:42 pm
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Default Re: whats up with these cold air intakes?

Well first off they're for two different cars. Second if you're going to spend 250 on one, you're better to spend a little more and go with something like aem.

From the sounds of it you're just trying to replace the damaged oem one. I'm also not sure what car you drive. Unlike a muscle car a SRI or CAI won't make a huge difference for you unless you're making a lot of power. Personally I'd just go buy a cheap short ram intake if you're just replacing stock. It'll let your car breath a little better and make some noise but it'll only cost you like $100 and it'll come with a cone filter which you could upgrade to a K&N filter.

The main problem with CAI are that they can hydro lock your engine if you go through large puddles or through water. A SRI is more like the stock intake where it pull air from higher up in the engine bay but it is much less constricting. IMO SRI is the way to go unless you're building a track the car.

If you really want a cheap 3" CAI go to a hardwear store and use 3"pvc or exhaust tubing and pipe it to wherever you want it cuz it'll work just as well as some sketchy $200 ebay one.
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 05:46 pm
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The cheaper one I belive is actually a ram air. Which stays in the engine bay. The more expensive one is a actual cold air intake. The difference is a cold air intake goes out and sits beside your tire behind the bumper. Which is better because it can suck in more air.
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 06:01 pm
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so this is the best I can tell you.. Both filters are Junk!!! As far as the rest of the intake goes its all the same.. your best investment if you want to stay cheap is to buy the cheap kit and buy a K&N filter for it.. The filters that come with the kit are junk.. they restrict air flow pretty badly. as far as that expensive kit you got showing. its a gimmic.. dont fall for it.. just trying to rip you off big time.. If ure ganna spend over $150 then just go with a true K&N kit.. good luck..
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 06:16 pm
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aside from being for completely different cars, one kit is a cheaply priced low quality kit, the other is a hugely overpriced low quality kit.
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 06:31 pm
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Both kits are bad choices.

The $35 "intake" is just a shiny tube with a super cheap ineffecient filter. It is also not street legal in many areas. The $200+ one is the same thing but just over priced.

It's not about what's on the outside of the tube, the size, or how nice it looks but it is about the design of the intake on the inside. These cheaper intakes are poorly designed on the inside and can severely ruin air flow. The higher end intakes by makes such as AEM, Injen, GReddy, Edelbrock, etc...have been researched and designed to improve air flow as much as possible by reducing turbulence - something these eCrap parts don't do. The filters included in the kits from said companies are also designed for real durability, maximum air flow, and the best filtration possible.
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