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Old 09-12-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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CAI vs cat-back

If you could only do one right now which would it be. I am looking at the CAI intake and the Flowmaster AT Cat-back. Budgetary constraints mean one now and one in a year. Which would you do first?
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
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Depends on what you are looking for.

The mufflers are going to do more to remove some weight and change the sound of the car vs adding HP to it.

The cold air, while it isn't going to increase the volume of the car, will pick up more HP and will generally require a tune to work 100% correctly.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:06 PM   #3
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Catbacks give minimal to no gains so its whether you want sound or performance.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:05 PM   #4
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I'd go CAI. Will be my next mod for sure. Followed by HF Cats.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:19 PM   #5
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I would go catback exhaust because the stock exhaust just sounds to weak
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:24 PM   #6
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I would go catback exhaust because the stock exhaust just sounds to weak
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:31 PM   #7
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exhaust. a CAI is not going to do much to a stock car. do you really want to drive around with those ugly stock mufflers and quiet camaro ? i didnt think so
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:30 PM   #8
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I'd want my Camaro to sound good first... contact us for a combo deal. Maybe you can get both at the same time!
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:32 PM   #9
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CAI and muffler delete.

Get some performance and better sound.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:37 PM   #10
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I went CAI Inc. first and then the Borla S axleback about 6 months later. They both cost about the same.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:23 PM   #11
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that's easy, cat-back first...your LS3 should hold you over performance wise for a year and the improved exhaust sound will turn some heads
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:47 PM   #12
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If I had it to do over again, I'd do catback last. I could care less about noise (though it's fun ). I would do in this order: CAI, headers/cats, torque converter, then a tune. If I ever thought the weight of the trashcan stock exhausts would be best removed, I'd just go axle-back. The stock resonator (L99) is fine.

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If I had it to do over again, I'd do catback last. I could care less about noise (though it's fun ). I would do in this order: CAI, headers/cats, torque converter, then a tune. If I ever thought the weight of the trashcan stock exhausts would be best removed, I'd just go axle-back. The stock resonator (L99) is fine.

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Thats a good order performance wise. A torque converter makes a ton of sense for auto cars. It really is the best bang for your buck.

I'd still get an exhaust though, can't stand quite v8s. Being on a budget a muffler delete makes sense. Or a simple muffler swap.
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there you have it witchdoctor92...a variety of answers! As the first poster indicated, it really depends on what you want!
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CAI and muffler delete.

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