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Old 09-11-2011, 01:22 AM   #1
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ROTO Fab Cold Air Intake Vs. Cold Air Intake Systems??

Love all the charts and stuff proclaiming the CAI pretty much the best cold air intake system?
But every time i see tricked out 5th gens i see a ROTO Fab under the hood!

So what do folks here have and which is the best and of course in just your own opinion?
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:52 AM   #2
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I got the Rotofab for the open top and my ram air hood. I've heard nothing but good things about CAI and I probably would had went that direction if I didn't give intakes a second look, making me stumble on the Rotofab.
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:58 AM   #3
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pretty sure roto was out before, and it was a pretty good system. a lot of people bought it. but honestly they both are great, i personally just like the idea and looks of the CAI better.
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:24 AM   #4
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Roto-Fab CAI IS GREAT

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Old 09-11-2011, 06:45 AM   #5
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I had a airraid, and switched to cai in black.. most of the camaro owners I know have cai vrs rotofab.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:05 AM   #6
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Both are nice. I have the rotofab and am very happy. I liked that I could customize it a lol by having air box powder coated red and red hoses
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:08 AM   #7
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Went with the Roto Fab because they had one that worked and fit well with the E-Force Sujpercharger.

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Old 09-11-2011, 09:47 AM   #8
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I was thinking about either a CAI, Inc. or Roto-Fab. I have read great things about both. I ended up going with Roto-Fab for two reasons.
1. I was concerned about how the clear window would look after a couple of years of use.
2. I could get the red hose couplings with the Roto-Fab.

I'm sure either is great, it comes down to personal preference.

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Old 09-11-2011, 09:54 AM   #9
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I'm going thru the same questioning, but have decided on the cai due to I think it looks nicer.
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Old 09-11-2011, 11:12 AM   #10
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The problem with the CAI is that the black one runs 450 bucks, but you can get the Roto in at least black for 100 less.

Do both create equal sound improvements? I am going through the same tough choice on which to get and it really isn't going to come down to if I want 5 more hp gain or not. It'll be sound and appearance at this point.
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Wow awesome views and points given everyone, i think personally the Roto Fab for me? At least im'm leaning towards the Roto Fab more!
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:10 PM   #12
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For us, the CAI was worth it. You pay a little more, get a few more ponies... and I like the look. Some people will prefer the look of the Rotofab and I think both are excellent products. There was a great comparison thread on this, I think it was stickied somewhere...
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:10 PM   #13
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I was impressed with CAIs independent numbers with Jannetty racing.. that is why I went with CAI

HOWEVER! Roto fab rules the car shows I go to... they offer so much for engine bay dress up and their kits look cool as hell in addition to posting good numbers...

You cannot go wrong with either.
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:11 PM   #14
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Correct me if I'm wrong guys but didnt the air raid give u the most torque at lower rpms? If so why aren't more people running with those cause thts where I'm leaning
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I believe the Air Raid has to have the washer container moved?
Correct me if i am wrong.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:50 PM   #16
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If my choice was between the two, it would be CAI Inc. all the way. It has a closed top compared to Roto-Fab which relies on the hood to seal. How confident are you that it will seal each and everytime and what kind of wear and tear is that putting on the hoodliner. Just something to think about. Me, I got the Vararam and have never looked back.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #17
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I had a rotofab on my G8 and I loved it
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:04 PM   #18
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Honestly driving the car, they are the same intake. We sell more Rotofabs I think because of a all the colors you can get. They look great under the hood!
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:24 PM   #19
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I believe the Air Raid has to have the washer container moved?
Correct me if i am wrong.
Yes, you are wrong. You don't have to remove the washer bottle with the Airaid.

I debated between the Rotofab, CAI and Airaid, and went with the Airaid because I could get it locally and see and touch it before purchase. Plus it was cheaper than either of the others. I like the Airaid's bigger filter, more gradual radius in the pipe and it has a velocity stack on the filter end, which Rotofab just added. I'd love to get one of Rotofab's radiator covers, but because of the Airaid's radius it overhangs the radiator more.
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Yes, you are wrong. You don't have to remove the washer bottle with the Airaid.

I debated between the Rotofab, CAI and Airaid, and went with the Airaid because I could get it locally and see and touch it before purchase. Plus it was cheaper than either of the others. I like the Airaid's bigger filter, more gradual radius in the pipe and it has a velocity stack on the filter end, which Rotofab just added. I'd love to get one of Rotofab's radiator covers, but because of the Airaid's radius it overhangs the radiator more.
Do u notice a performance increase?
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Do u notice a performance increase?
ok....

INDEPENDENT TESTING... this is why I bought CAI. It doubled the numbers of both in discussion. Roto still put up great numbers..and I almost bought them for car shows I do.. but the numbers are with CAI. Period. The only one I want to see is VR's new setup tested.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?...=1&output=html

OP, you stated you already saw the charts. If your interest is looks primarily, than do what you wish.. then go with ROTO. They are a great company and the number aren't bad. IMO they are among the top 4 providers available to us.. but CAI performance is proven and isnt shy to provide their product for testing. Again, I just wish vararam would get involved in these independent testings.
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Both are great, but with CAI you can do this
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Performance-wise, a CAI mod will benefit you at higher horsepower levels. The one thing you need to remember about the RotoFab unit is the seal against the hood, which is somewhat crucial to its operation- no/poor seal could raise the air intake temp 25 degrees or so by sucking in the hot air from the engine compartment.

I had to modify the RotoFab box itself when I upgraded to a ACS SS9 fiberglass hood. Luckily, I was able to remove/grind parts of each end to fit the new hood. All is well. And I absolutley love the carbon fiber pieces that you can get from them. That is an appearance (And functional heat transfer piece) item that is one of the best engine bay mods you can get.
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If you're looking at the HP gains and are watching your $$'s, the Halltech Yellowjacket and CAI were tied for first place in Jannetty's test yet the Yellowjacket is priced $100 cheaper. Just something else to consider.
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