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Old 11-11-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Vararam installed!!!

Ok, just finished installing the Vararam no tune intake. Overall it was pretty easy to install. The hardest part was getting the intake into the throttlebody rubber hose, but it wasn't too bad. I was a little apprehensive at getting this intake due to all the past problems. However, after getting it installed, firing up the LS3 it purred like a kitten. I let it idle for about 10 minutes per the instructions and then took her out for a ride. Now I did not get on it as the instructions say don't do that for a few miles, but I will tell you she drove smooth as glass. No idling problem whatsoever. My Cherrybomb Extreme exhaust is even a little bit louder. I am 100% satisfied with with this intake. The one thing I would suggest though is to NOT install the MAF sensor until AFTER you have the intake all in place. You have to use a screwdriver to pry the intake into the throttlebody hose and I scratched up the metal plate on my MAF while doing that. It was only cosmetic damage, but had I not removed it, I could have done some real damage. If you have any questions let me know. Here are some pics.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:10 PM   #2
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You will like it a lot.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:19 PM   #3
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Yes you will!! Very nice looking!!
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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I think one day I will be getting one of these! They look so nice
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:25 PM   #5
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I think one day I will be getting one of these! They look so nice
It cleans up the engine bay so much. It looks amazing in person.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:31 PM   #6
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:32 PM   #7
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Looks good.

How easy is it to remove the filter for cleaning?

Do you have a scanner? If you do, after a few days and the fuel trims have settle in, can you let us know how what they are?
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:37 PM   #8
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Looks good.

How easy is it to remove the filter for cleaning?

Do you have a scanner? If you do, after a few days and the fuel trims have settle in, can you let us know how what they are?
Yep, I have a dashhawk and will be monitoring this. I will let you know. Not sure about the cleaning. Looking at it though, there are two screws on either side that house the filter. Does not look too difficult to do.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:02 PM   #9
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:10 PM   #10
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Yep, I have a dashhawk and will be monitoring this. I will let you know. Not sure about the cleaning. Looking at it though, there are two screws on either side that house the filter. Does not look too difficult to do.
Cool on the fuel trims.

I've been looking at the pictures of the intake for a while and just wondered what you'd have to remove to gain access to the filter. The install looks easy enough, that even if once a year you had to completely remove the intake to clean the filter it wouldn't be a big deal.

I assume you have the good MAF? I checked mine last night and it is one of the good ones.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:11 PM   #11
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That looks nice. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:12 PM   #12
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Looks odd (is it sitting on plastic or some sort of flap?)... but the dyno don't lie!
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The only thing I haven't figured out what to do with the open space where the stock filter assembly sat.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:18 PM   #14
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Cool on the fuel trims.

I've been looking at the pictures of the intake for a while and just wondered what you'd have to remove to gain access to the filter. The install looks easy enough, that even if once a year you had to completely remove the intake to clean the filter it wouldn't be a big deal.

I assume you have the good MAF? I checked mine last night and it is one of the good ones.
There are two screws on either side of the intake. I believe if you undo those screws you will be able to pull apart the intake and gain access to the filter. Yep, I checked my MAF before I ordered and I had the good one. I tell you it runs great!
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:21 PM   #15
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Looks odd (is it sitting on plastic or some sort of flap?)... but the dyno don't lie!
It's a rubber mat they provide to shield the heat. It fits over the radiator.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:22 PM   #16
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The only thing I haven't figured out what to do with the open space where the stock filter assembly sat.
Oh, I love having this area open. With the stock box it was so cluttered.
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:25 PM   #17
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Those are some beautiful black buttcheeks!

Glad its working out for ya. Should do real well at the track.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:09 PM   #18
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:51 PM   #19
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Yep. Mine is flawless. 800 miles now and I have to say, I'm impressed. This isn't the old Vararam we'd originally been running. This is an entirely new deal. LOVE IT!!!
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:11 PM   #20
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How do I tell if it is a good or bad version of the Maf sensor...whats the difference. How much for the ram air Vararam?
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:11 PM   #21
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Cool... This is great news!!!
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I see they axed the extra screws on the top/bottom
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Yeah it looks like they changed it alot. I am glad it is working out for folks. Mine bucked liked crazy but it is one of the orginals. The heat mat should also help stabalize the radiator. They also moved the vacumn hose, it used to be across from the MAF but now they moved it back onto the rubber coupler going onto the throttle body.


Kind of wish they would replace the original ones with this one.
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Looks very clean
still trying to decide between Vararam and Halltech.
And I have to look at the MAF (good or bad one)

Is the radiator still enough bolted to the car since you don't have the top two screws?
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:37 AM   #25
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Just for reference, not like I have one...or maybe I do But you mentioned fitting the intake on the TB sleeve being a little tough. It also looked like that might be the case in the instructions, to me as well. Do you feel it might be easier to do the install by opening it up, temporarily removing the filter, and installing as two piece unit. Might not have to stretch the silicone coupler as much that way.
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