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Old 11 Oct 2009, 06:46 am
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Default K&N Filter : Civic Type-S 1.6L Help Needed?

I have a Civic Sport 1.6L 2004 model. I think it's the 7th generation. I was wanting to purchase a decent AirFilter to improve performance + mainly sound. Any recommendations on what I should be looking for, I don't wanna buy one that wont fit. Budget it around 100 Plus or Minus. Cheers!
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Old 11 Oct 2009, 07:46 am
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Waste of cash. You won't notice any increase in performance as it doesn't work like that. Honda would fit K&N if they had any worthwhile effect. Good maintenance and fully synthetic oil is the best you can do. Unless you have real money to pay a tuning firm.
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Old 11 Oct 2009, 08:01 am
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The noise and air flow improvement you get in this type of car is from replacing more than the filter. You need to switch to an open-style air intake, like a CAI or WAI. CAI is often used to maintain cold air flow to the engine, improving performance. WAI is used to maintain warm air flow to the engine, decreasing performance and increasing fuel economy. Both typically have a open cone filter at the end of a 2-4" pipe. It is the sucking noise and resonation sounds from the pipe that you probably like to hear, as that is what makes them popular with others.

CAIs are easy to find and there are different styles, such as those with and without devices to block accidental water ingestion (AEM offers a way to prevent vapor lock and Injen offers a CAI that offers best performance with no protection against vapor lock). Vapor lock is what happens to your motor when you ingest water into the air intake.

WAIs are typically custom-made. You can create your own using flexible intake tubing and adapters from your local auto parts store. In California, Autozone carries this equipment. Otherwise, you can buy a CAI and cut it to fit. WAIs draw their air from the engine bay, often close to a heat source, like the radiator, a header, or other area.

If you plan to spend 100 quid, I suggest you make your own intake. It won't be perfect, but it will do. Also, if you opt out of a CAI/WAI, you can just buy the K&N air filter. The sound and performance will diminish when compared to an open-style intake, but will be marginally better than stock.
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Old 11 Oct 2009, 08:17 am
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K&N filters don't do anything to improve performance
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