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Old 18 Mar 2008, 01:01 am
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Default AEM V2 short ram intake for my civic, is it any good? or is CAI still better?

I heard that it is a really good intake for being a short ram, is it really all that when compared to typical Cold air intakes? 2nd question: would a cold air intake even fit in my auto 2004 civic? i heard they dont3rd question: if i do decide to get the aem v2, should i also purchase the heat shield for it, or would it be a waste of $?please give me your expert advice! i dont know a lot about cars!
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Old 18 Mar 2008, 01:16 am
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There are positive and negatives of getting both. Ill start with the Negatives first. For the short ram intake, you risk getting hot air into the engine, and engines like cooler air. And in the summer, the risk is higher. For the Cold air intake, An extended tube is attached so it can draw in air from a cooler source, like near front bumper. The downside is, if you run through a puddle, the risk of getting water into it is very bad. You typically dont feel a big difference on the performance of the car. But it will sound louder.
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Old 18 Mar 2008, 01:31 am
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skipping all negs and pos. On a dino you will gain more horsepower with the V2
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Old 18 Mar 2008, 01:46 am
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Cold Air Intakes take air in from the bottom of the car so u get risk of sucking up water( i don't recommend). Short Rams give you more HP(like 10HP more) like the cold air without the risk of water getting in. The heat shield is to prevent the intake from taking the hot air that is next to ur engine so it is not a bad accessory. I could feel the change in acceleration after putting the Short Ram Intake on so i recommend the V2. AEM is good company, but i saw so bad reviews about its intake performances. I prefer the Injen IS intakes because better for a little more money. I got my Injen one for about $105. Hope that helps man. Good Luck.
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Old 18 Mar 2008, 02:01 am
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AEM offers three designs of high-performance air intakes:- short ram- cold air induction (CAI)- V2, CAI modelThe short ram ingests air from within the engine compartment, and of the three versions, generates the smallest power gains. This is because radient & convective heat coming off the engine bay rarifies the air (lower density of oxygen). The power gains realized probably come from the elimination of restrictions through the stock air intake (resonator) box, and flow gains through the K&N type filter.The CAI version produces all the benefits of the short ram, but with the added gains from sucking air in cooler from outside of the hot engine compartment. Typically, the filter is located in the left fender well area. Cooler air equates to higher density of oxygen & accompanying power gains. The AEM, CAI V2 model offers the benefits of their standard CAI, plus a mild resonance tuning effect that 'pulse charges' the cylinders, similar to a mild supercharger effect. More & more sport sedans now offer some version of VVI (aka, Variable Volume Induction), which is based upon the same principle.Also, not all AEM intake versions are offered for all car models...best to get onto the AEM website & do a search for your specific vehicle.Heat shields do help somewhat. They insulate the intake pipe, keeping it a bit cooler, which reduces the heat transfered to the air flowing into the intake. Another (and more effective) approach to also consider is to install phonelic heat barrier spacers between the throttle body & the intake, and between the bottom of the intake plenum, and the top of the head. These replace your stock gaskets, and serve to greatly isolate conductive heat transfer from the engine to the intake components. You might check out OUTLAW ENGINEERING.COM to see if they make a model that fits your car.
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