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ls2poweredgoat
07-02-2009, 10:41 AM
$307 for an AEM cold air intake for my car?? Are you shitting me?? Not like I drive a Mustang Cobra or Corvette, I drive a 4-banger Accord, I doubt it would make THAT much of a difference anyway.

It will be a cold day in hell before I spend more than $100 on a piece of pipe and an air filter.

At $307 it better come with a ******* and a reach around.

:wow:

SplAffair
07-02-2009, 10:43 AM
ebay seller chromeintakes makes good stuff

andrewmoore13
07-02-2009, 10:46 AM
ebay CAI's are cheap. IDK how well they work. i went with an AirRaid (air rade) idk how to spell it but i like it.

SomeDonnieDude
07-02-2009, 10:48 AM
I wouldn't even bother with it for that money. It's just an accord lol.

Louisiana_CRX
07-02-2009, 10:48 AM
get a dry filter

Louisiana_CRX
07-02-2009, 10:49 AM
build one yourself with parts from autozone...they have all the parts you need

papo783
07-02-2009, 10:50 AM
My V2 intake was 350 on ebay from AEM. It is because there 50 state legal, they meet all the requirements, they increase horsepower, and the filter is a lot of the cost. I would buy another one if I had to.

audioatg
07-03-2009, 06:23 PM
build one yourself with parts from autozone...they have all the parts you need

I secound this. Pepboys crazy enough has things for building your own intake as well. Not to bad stuff. Or go to lowes or home depot. Get some PVC and a air filter and build away. I did that with my dodge dakota.

SWFL
07-03-2009, 06:26 PM
i went with a zerotek or something like that i think it was and it does the same as an other CAI

HypnoticCure
07-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Built my own for my CTS-V. Got the pipe off eBay cheap and some couplers as well. Then got a C5 battery box out of my vette because it really isn’t needed and a K&N from kragen. I spent about $100 in all including a replacement battery shroud for the vette. pics below.... you can do similar on your GTO!
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i170/WantedRawb/CTS/ctsbuild005-1.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i170/WantedRawb/CTS/ctsbuild006-1.jpg
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i170/WantedRawb/CTS/ctsbuild007-1.jpg

KyleBechtold
07-03-2009, 06:30 PM
I secound this. Pepboys crazy enough has things for building your own intake as well. Not to bad stuff. Or go to lowes or home depot. Get some PVC and a air filter and build away. I did that with my dodge dakota.

don't use pvc...


go to autozone or w/e get couplers some piping and an airfilter.. you will need to drill holes for your sensors.

HypnoticCure
07-03-2009, 06:30 PM
I should correct myself, by your name i figured you drove a gto....

thevic24
07-03-2009, 06:32 PM
spectre is the brand that autozone and pepboys carries. they mak diffrent types of tubes(plactic and alum.) in diffrend shapes so you can make your own intake system.
they have diffrent adapters for temp and maf sencers and so on.
they make their kits in 3 and 4" and also have plenums to make kits for carbed stuff as well.

MmatsDude
07-03-2009, 06:33 PM
weapon r ftw

KyleBechtold
07-03-2009, 06:36 PM
you need to look at your space too.. some cars stock boxes are about as efficient as you can go.. a short ram is required in some.. and being in FL a CAI is not the best idea..

phemps
07-03-2009, 06:37 PM
Your paying for the name at that price

thevic24
07-03-2009, 06:42 PM
got to be careful if you ever have to drive in deep water but here are some pics of a few i have done.

bronco with a 351w and a holley 750

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t82/thevic24/PICT0012.jpg
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t82/thevic24/PICT0014.jpg

99 chevy blazer 4.3
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t82/thevic24/PICT0011.jpg

and a 93 olds with a 3.1 (short ram style) i used the bottom of the factory air box to make a splash shield with.
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t82/thevic24/PICT0006.jpg
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t82/thevic24/PICT0004.jpg

Brian_smith06
07-03-2009, 06:47 PM
i have considered building one for my car, but that is just so i can make some room to add a second battery under the hood :) i could care less about any performance or anything else i could potentially benefit from it.

KyleBechtold
07-03-2009, 06:50 PM
i have considered building one for my car, but that is just so i can make some room to add a second battery under the hood :) i could care less about any performance or anything else i could potentially benefit from it.

theres not enough performance to make a difference.. that batt would weigh it out..

gotparts90
07-03-2009, 06:50 PM
https://www.daimi.au.dk/~danchr/tmp/polished-turd.jpg

cold air intakes lol

here is a better idea

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IlwcTx9Q628/R8lAnpgWZdI/AAAAAAAABYE/1B2AEXpddNQ/s400/turd-polish.jpg

thevic24
07-03-2009, 06:52 PM
imo they are hit and miss with any actual gains.
i had a 97 s-10 and installed a k&n fip kit and ran a cat-less full exhaust with a headder(2.2L). i did both of thoes at the same time and it seemed to help some but when i went from a belt driven cooling fan to the electric kit, that made 3 times the diffrence in felt preformance over the cia and exhaust.

the short ram intake i installed on the olds in the pic above, now that made a very noticeable diffrence in power and economy. i was very suprised by that one.

KyleBechtold
07-03-2009, 06:54 PM
imo they are hit and miss with any actual gains.
i had a 97 s-10 and installed a k&n fip kit and ran a cat-less full exhaust with a headder(2.2L). i did both of thoes at the same time and it seemed to help some but when i went from a belt driven cooling fan to the electric kit, that made 3 times the diffrence in felt preformance over the cia and exhaust.

the short ram intake i installed on the olds in the pic above, now that made a very noticeable diffrence in power and economy. i was very suprised by that one.

you had the cia in your car? you have drugs or something? WMD?

thevic24
07-03-2009, 06:55 PM
you had the cia in your car? you have drugs or something? WMD?

damit man, like i said your ona roll.:D
got me, iam a few beers in to it with a side of jim beam black ftw.

Brian_smith06
07-03-2009, 06:57 PM
theres not enough performance to make a difference.. that batt would weigh it out..

thats what i figured. i dont care about performance though. i would just like to gain that small area back in my trunk from putting that battery up front

HypnoticCure
07-03-2009, 06:59 PM
ported my tb at the same time i did my cai and there was a SOTP difference. nothing magical but much better and of course the sound is nice...

thevic24
07-03-2009, 07:01 PM
ported my tb at the same time i did my cai and there was a SOTP difference. nothing magical but much better and of course the sound is nice...

when you ported your throttle body, did you use a bigger throttle plate?

Proximity
07-03-2009, 07:01 PM
I spend about $200 for mine i think.

cotjones
07-03-2009, 07:04 PM
Yeah the K&N cai for mine was quoted around 300.

I say **** that, for the price of 10 cai's i'll turbocharge the *****.

KyleBechtold
07-03-2009, 07:08 PM
Yeah the K&N cai for mine was quoted around 300.

I say **** that, for the price of 10 cai's i'll turbocharge the *****.

why would you buy 10? or even bring that up?

KyleBechtold
07-03-2009, 07:09 PM
thats what i figured. i dont care about performance though. i would just like to gain that small area back in my trunk from putting that battery up front

just take the drivers seat bottom out and use the batt as a seat?

HypnoticCure
07-03-2009, 07:11 PM
when you ported your throttle body, did you use a bigger throttle plate?

No, i smoothed the interior ridges and on the rear of the LS6tb its reduced for an odd reason. I have a DBW tb on my vehicle so messing with the blade even a simple butterfly grind on it is more often then not found to cause idle issues. If i had a cable drive system i would of gone more port with a new blade and more mods on it. In this car it was a mild port job though but worth it.

Brian_smith06
07-03-2009, 07:11 PM
just take the drivers seat bottom out and use the batt as a seat?

that would be comfy :cool:

KyleBechtold
07-03-2009, 07:13 PM
that would be comfy :cool:

don't get sweaty *** though or you will be in for a shocking surprise...


ZING

Proximity
07-03-2009, 07:19 PM
why would you buy 10? or even bring that up?

For 100 CAIs you could buy a Lamborghini.

cotjones
07-03-2009, 07:24 PM
why would you buy 10? or even bring that up?

cause why would i buy something that will give me like 8 hp for 300$

when i can get an entire turbo kit for under 3K?

bernser1er
07-03-2009, 07:26 PM
check andymotorsports.com
$307 for an AEM cold air intake for my car?? Are you shitting me?? Not like I drive a Mustang Cobra or Corvette, I drive a 4-banger Accord, I doubt it would make THAT much of a difference anyway.

It will be a cold day in hell before I spend more than $100 on a piece of pipe and an air filter.

At $307 it better come with a ******* and a reach around.

:wow:

cotjones
07-03-2009, 07:28 PM
check andymotorsports.com

looks like a browser hijacker.

brmcm15
07-03-2009, 07:38 PM
get some of this stuff, its nice. just get a filter for it
4" and flexible

Link (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BLUE-Flexible-Cold-Ram-Air-Intake-Duct-Tubing-Hose_W0QQitemZ170255583225QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotor s_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item27a40607f9&_trksid=p4506.m20.l1116)

thevic24
07-03-2009, 07:43 PM
get some of this stuff, its nice. just get a filter for it
4" and flexible

Link (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/BLUE-Flexible-Cold-Ram-Air-Intake-Duct-Tubing-Hose_W0QQitemZ170255583225QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotor s_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item27a40607f9&_trksid=p4506.m20.l1116)

you do not want to use that after the filter. i have one of thoes coming out in the center of the filter in this short ram. its to help get cooler air to a short ram setup.
the plastic is very, very thin and tears very easily.
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t82/thevic24/PICT0004.jpg
this is the only pic but you can see the adapter plugged into the center of the filter, didnt really seem to do much though imo.