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Old 10 Jul 2010, 01:46 am
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Default whats the best cold air intake for a civic?

im looking for the best performance
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 02:01 am
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save your money,for the most part, these intakes are little more than sewer pipe with an air filter stuck on it about the only real thing is you can hear the air sucking in the intake. This does not equate to horsepower and in most cases and engine light pops on too. If you look at the stock well engineered intake on your car now, and follow it to where it goes into the fender, this is the best cold air factory intake out there.An engine light could possibly indicate a lean condition, this is not good. Any horsepower change will be minimal at best, and no where near what the company claims, and they also don't tell you it may be at 3 4 or 5 thousand rpm, this would be completely worthless for most applications anyway.

sooper dooper pooper scooper nopower power chips are another marketing gimmick, for new and newer vehicles, mostly diesels you can trade longevity and durability for some big horsepower numbers, but for the 80s the 90s and early 2000 there were no computers back then that controlled the engine as much as the new cars. Some new cars can have a hundred sensors or more, and if you build an engine to be tunable then you can tune it. small tiny engines designed for durability and longevity along with fuel mileage are making fantastic horsepower already, anything you do to change that makes it wear out faster. If you have any questions, I suggest talking to the mechanic that works on your car, that's what I did, some chips have been responsible for engines wearing out sooner and blowing up, this is not what we want or need.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 02:31 am
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AEM cold air intake, or short ram. guy above probably bought ebay sourced brand intake or another not very known brand that he thought had a cool legit name and f**** up his motor. the real brand name intakes come in a much better material, that doesn't heat up easy, does'nt break easy, lets air flow in better, and is perfectly curved to allow air to rush in the best way possible. the ebay brand intake would heat up insanely, then break, then have chunks of metal f*** up your engine. the ebay air filter doesnt free flow very good and the stock airbox holds back air. it, keeps it inside the box, then slowly allows the air to enter your engine. not the best material for tubing, so mostly because of how slow the air will travel, by the time it gets in the engine, the air is already hot. the AEM intakes was the first to make those curves that let air in the most efficient, with best quality materials used which showed improvements in cars which was why they are so successful. it is not just any metal pipe with a filter at the end attached to the engine.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 03:01 am
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AEM, Injen, BBK, Fujita. Personally I've liked AEM the best.

When upgrading your air intake, you always want to buy from a reputable dealer that actually sells it as a kit. Never go out and just buy a filter and random pipe. Intakes engineered by companies such as AEM are specifically designed for each vehicle for max airflow and do actually have dyno proven results that show gains of horsepower, unfortunately though it is true that you pretty much won't actually feel the power gain because it is only a small amount.

It's also not just about the tubing but the filter as well, AEM's Dryflow filters work great and are very free flowing, low maintenance and have a lifetime warranty as well as the tubing. Also most of those horsepower gains are true, just it's at the flywheel not the wheels. It will add the 10-12 hp gain or whatever they say, just by the time it gets to the wheels it's really only a 2-3 hp gain.

You also won't get the most out of it without further modifying the engine.

@dick car guy, those "well engineered" stock intakes aren't engineered very well, they are made out of the cheap materials the keep costs at their lowest and are not there for maximum airflow, just simply to get the job done, they just are nowhere near as free flowing as aftermarket intakes.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 03:16 am
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Really all the aftermarket cold air intakes are the same. I used an AEM on my civic and probably payed a little more for the name but i really liked it. its a great brand all around. but if you are looking for raw power this is not the mod you want... cold air intakes sound really nice, you can really hear the car sucking in a ton of air but as far as horse power you'll gain almost none, especially on the tiny 4 cylinders in the civic. however i would still recommend it because it does allow the engine to run cleaner and smoother, not to mention your gas mileage will sky rocket!!! i was pulling close to 40 mpg with mine in the city driving like a bat out of hell!

oh and that dumb shit that said it sets off the engine light obviously doesn't know anything about them. There is a sensor, called the mass air flow sensor on the air intake. If you unhook that sensor, yes it will set off the check engine light. If you buy a decent brand air intake, such as the AEM it will have a spot for the sensor to stick right in so your car reads the sensor correctly
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