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Old 06-01-2009, 01:35 AM   #1
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There's a CAI at procarparts.com that runs at 29.99, 49.99 with a K&N Filter.

link: http://www.procarparts.com/product_i...mmeh7ca6qiqau3

Is it worth buying? Or should I shell out the 150 for the AEM? I'm trying to upgrade my car as cheaply as possible, and while I know the AEM is probably the best overall, I'm not really going to be taking my Sl2 to the track anytime soon. Just wanna get started modding the car so I can beat my friends' ZX2 in a drag.

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Old 06-01-2009, 07:12 AM   #2
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Well piping is piping. Well I should say mandrel bent piping is piping as long as its the same diameter. I would just pick that up and put a different filter on it. 150 for a AEM sounds like you are looking at a WAI or SRI, not a CAI. Those are like 250.

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Old 06-01-2009, 10:33 AM   #3
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Default Re: CAI worth it?

personally..thats alot, but i dont really like to purchase my products, cuz ive found alot dont fit right..

a K&N air filter its self usually runs $50...

but as to a CAI being worth it, HELL YEAH it is!
mines a custom 3" PVC piping(hey, its cheap n it works) with my filter where the drivers side fog light would be, and i can deff tell a difference.

ive had a stock filter, a WAI setup, a RAM air setup, and now a CAI setup..CAI works the best.

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Old 06-01-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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Two things...

1.) why is AEM better then K&N? Do you think it will honestly matter?

2.) I hope you don't have an automatic transmission.

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Old 06-01-2009, 12:09 PM   #5
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OnDaGround, it doesn't matter if it's an auto or not, that's a warm air intake for a 3rd gen... lol

I'd keep my CAI on more often but it rains alot, my car is lowered and I don't have the water bypass thing-a-ma-job to prevent water being sucked into my engine. I know my spare '97 would work fine with a 2nd ECTS drilled in and a EGR block off plate, but I really don't feel like needing to do that much work

AEM cold air intakes are/were $250. If it doesn't have ~4ft of pipe its NOT a cold are intake. Might be closer to 5ft for the 3rd gens...

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Old 06-01-2009, 01:06 PM   #6
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OnDaGround, it doesn't matter if it's an auto or not, that's a warm air intake for a 3rd gen... lol
ah... didn't see the top bend until now. you know I don't care about 3rd gen cars. lol

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Old 06-01-2009, 02:30 PM   #7
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OnDaGround, it doesn't matter if it's an auto or not, that's a warm air intake for a 3rd gen... lol

I'd keep my CAI on more often but it rains alot, my car is lowered and I don't have the water bypass thing-a-ma-job to prevent water being sucked into my engine. I know my spare '97 would work fine with a 2nd ECTS drilled in and a EGR block off plate, but I really don't feel like needing to do that much work

AEM cold air intakes are/were $250. If it doesn't have ~4ft of pipe its NOT a cold are intake. Might be closer to 5ft for the 3rd gens...
It's about 5 ft. long. It's a good sized snake that's for sure. LOL

When it rains hard here some of the streets end up with about 6"-12" or so of standing water at some of the bottoms of the dips & hills. It's even worse in the winter when the snow/ice clogs the storm drains. I know I've sucked in my fair share of water and stalled the engine a few times due to this. It stalled for a few seconds, but I still had enough speed while in motion.

Even just going down the highway if it is raining buckets, like enough to warrant slowing to a crawl or pulling over, the engine doesn't misfire, but noticably lacks power due to water getting in the air intake. I'm an optimist so I just see it as a good, free, effortless steam engine cleaning. LOL But I don't need an explanation of how this is bad for the engine. I try to avoid this when possible, but in every instance it is virtually inevitable.

At the end of the day these things happen so rarely that I'm not too concerned about it.

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Old 06-02-2009, 12:59 AM   #8
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OnDaGround, I actually do have an Auto tranny. I looked and it wont matter. Either way I just got my manual in a couple of days ago, and I'm trying to find a weekend that doesn't involve me going somewhere so I can take the thing apart and put the new tranny in.

And AEM vs K&N doesn't matter, I've just heard that out of all of the intakes, AEM makes the best.

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Old 06-02-2009, 03:27 AM   #9
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uh dude.. with the way CAIs are designed, you need the MANUAL shift vehicle, because the autofail trans filter usually gets in the way of things.

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Old 06-02-2009, 03:48 AM   #10
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uh dude.. with the way CAIs are designed, you need the MANUAL shift vehicle, because the autofail trans filter usually gets in the way of things.
Sounds like he's saying it doesn't matter because he's doing a manual swap anyway.

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Old 06-02-2009, 06:28 AM   #11
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OnDaGround, I actually do have an Auto tranny. I looked and it wont matter. Either way I just got my manual in a couple of days ago, and I'm trying to find a weekend that doesn't involve me going somewhere so I can take the thing apart and put the new tranny in.

And AEM vs K&N doesn't matter, I've just heard that out of all of the intakes, AEM makes the best.

Notice it says hes manual came in a couple days ago, and take the thing apart to put the new tranny in. Sounds like a manual swap.

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Old 06-02-2009, 09:59 AM   #12
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i like the AEM dryflow filter b/c of the ease of cleaning and no need for oiling.

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Sounds like he's saying it doesn't matter because he's doing a manual swap anyway.
Oh. But it's best to nail that fact into people's heads, just to be sure.

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Old 06-02-2009, 02:23 PM   #14
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So people actually put CAI's on these cars huh. lol

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Old 06-03-2009, 01:37 AM   #15
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Yeah they do.

Slight problem I ran into. The transmission I got from a junkyard a few states away (turns out none of the yards nearby had one) is a gen-3. My SL2's a 95.

Will a CAI really run into the trans filter? Or am I okay? I'm trying to find a place that'll get me a gen-2 tranny, (and actually know the difference) so I can do the swap, however the 'race' is coming up here in a few weeks, and I don't think I'll be able to get it done in time.

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I'm getting ready to buy the AEM Short Ram Intake. It might not get quite as much hp as the CAI, but... I have an auto transmission, i don't want to worry about water getting sucked into the engine, and I think the filter would get dirtier a lot more with a CAI near the tire. I'm not expecting a whole lot, I just think it will make my car sound better, get a few hp, and maybe a little better MPG. Plus, it will look cool under the hood where you can actually see it.

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To hydrolock a motor takes quite a bit of water.

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my friend was just telling me about these things called air bypass filter valves, that give your engine an alternate path to breathe so it doesn't suck up water.

anyone use one of these? they're $20 with shipping on ebay, so it'd be a good investment, imo. couldn't hurt anyway.

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Also, I just realized that the CAI posted on the website was made for the 01-03 SC1. I drive a '95 SL2. Will this be a problem? Or is underneath the hood basically the same?

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Yeah they do.

Slight problem I ran into. The transmission I got from a junkyard a few states away (turns out none of the yards nearby had one) is a gen-3. My SL2's a 95.

Will a CAI really run into the trans filter? Or am I okay? I'm trying to find a place that'll get me a gen-2 tranny, (and actually know the difference) so I can do the swap, however the 'race' is coming up here in a few weeks, and I don't think I'll be able to get it done in time.
Are you talking about a manual trans? If so, it doesn't matter that it's from a 3rd gen.

Yes, the small handful of CAI designs for the S-Series are routed where they will hit the auto trans filter.

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