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Old 10-01-2011, 04:15 PM   #1
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Wait for Vararam or....

So im kind of in a dilemma..i want to get an intake done to add some power, as well as increase MPG a tad while doing interstate driving- come to find out the vararam isnt compatible with 2012 models, and they need to make a new one..i cant decided on whether to wait..or but a CAI inc intake with a scoop and the washer bottle relocate kit...will be more than i really want to pay for an intake setup..but i cant really decide right now on which to do..

what would you guys do?
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:26 PM   #2
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Maybe look in the market place for a few used CAI Inc CAIs? I remember seeing a black one up for sale not too long ago.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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I love my vararam I'd say wait.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:58 PM   #4
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I love my vararam I'd say wait.
i really want one...but when i call vararam i get that "ehh he hasnt got to it yet" kind of attitude..im sure theyre busy though.
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:43 AM   #5
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i really want one...but when i call vararam i get that "ehh he hasnt got to it yet" kind of attitude..im sure theyre busy though.
As much as I like my Vararam, the original units had their share of issues. Based on the comment you got, it will most likely be a while. I'm also not sure If you'd want the first batches/versions of the 2012 intake when its released. It usually takes several versions before they get everything worked out.

But, Vararam has always stood behind their product. They will refund your money, if you are not completely satisfied.

I had my original unit (1st original waiting list back in the Spring of 09) replaced with one of their newer units at no cost. So I'm a pretty big fan of Vararam.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:37 AM   #6
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So im kind of in a dilemma..i want to get an intake done to add some power, as well as increase MPG a tad while doing interstate driving- come to find out the vararam isnt compatible with 2012 models, and they need to make a new one..i cant decided on whether to wait..or but a CAI inc intake with a scoop and the washer bottle relocate kit...will be more than i really want to pay for an intake setup..but i cant really decide right now on which to do..

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Old 10-02-2011, 09:20 AM   #7
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CAI inc... Upped the throttle response quite a bit and the fit and finish was first rate
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:43 AM   #8
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I called CAI and they were awesome! He told me they were working on it as fast as they could and I've already preordered it. If you want to be the first you have to pay a little extra, that's just how it goes. I should have it in a couple weeks. They're making it a priority to get it out to people first. I also like how it doesn't count on the hood to make the seal. Injen, Vararam and CAI seem to be the most common I've seen people using on this site.
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Old 10-02-2011, 09:44 AM   #9
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What is new on the 2012's that the present VR will not work? Just wondering!
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Old 10-02-2011, 10:34 AM   #10
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:25 AM   #11
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What is new on the 2012's that the present VR will not work? Just wondering!
I'm curious too...what's different on the SS?
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I'm curious too...what's different on the SS?
I believe the radiator cap is in a different location.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:57 AM   #13
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That'd certainly make it need to be different.
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I believe the radiator cap is in a different location.
Yes that would need some work then!!!!!!
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Not even sure of the change- i just was told it wasnt workable- so sent it back to vararam..i guess ill just wait for now..
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:13 PM   #16
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Not even sure of the change- i just was told it wasnt workable- so sent it back to vararam..i guess ill just wait for now..
You wouldn't regret going with a CAI or a Roto-fab. They both make top notch intakes.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #17
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i really want one...but when i call vararam i get that "ehh he hasnt got to it yet" kind of attitude..im sure theyre busy though.
Unfortunately, last time I was over at Vararam, they were busy working on something for the 5.0 Mustangs. I'm sure they'll get back to the Camaro intake soon enough...anyone in Houston with 2012 V8 want to be a test mule for them?
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:29 PM   #18
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i would go with the cai inc/ scoop/ washer bottle relocate- but after looking over it it looks like its a lot more involved install, and it requires cutting into my new car. Not sure i want to be cutting on the car.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:56 PM   #19
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i would go with the cai inc/ scoop/ washer bottle relocate- but after looking over it it looks like its a lot more involved install, and it requires cutting into my new car. Not sure i want to be cutting on the car.
You just have to cut a bit of the plastic off of the front air break to fit the scoop through. The scoop pics up air just behind the front lower grill.

The washer relocation/scoop install is not hard at all. If you have done any type of work on cars in the past it will be no problem. Even if you havent...it is really not hard at all.

The CAI intake and scoop has shown a 19rwhp gain...I dont see a reason to wait for anything else IMO

My car made very good power with it...
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I had a vararam on my car, it felt like it had better throttle response but didn't pull as hard under WOT. Car went 13.teens@109.5 stock and after a few hundred miles with the vararam it went 13.2's@108-109 in better weather and same 60'. I took it off and went back to stock. Went out a few weeks ago and ran 13.0's at almost 110 bone stock again.
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