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Old 05-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Roto-Fab vs CAI

Does anyone have any idea which of these air intakes are better? Also, on the roto-fab, what is the difference between the oil filter and the dry filter?

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Old 05-29-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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Does anyone have any idea which of these air intakes are better? Also, on the roto-fab, what is the difference between the oil filter and the dry filter?

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Well,I have the Roto-Fab and have no complaints at all. Don't have the CAI so can't compare. The filters are dry means just what it says. Its a dry filter just like any other filter. The oiled one means there is oil on the filter which catches dirt better. They need to be cleaned every so often,and its not hard. But its definetly a slow process,because you have to remove all the dirt and old oil,then it has to dry completely. After that you re-oil it and wait till it soaks in and has complete coverage. I have both,oiled isn't to bad to clean. But its not a 10 minute job. But read oiled captures more dirt.
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i have the rotofab too. i havent heard anything bad about either rotofab or cai. Its more personal perference. I wanted more of a red theme under my hood so i went with the rotofab because of the red box. And dry filter are easier to clean just vaccume them every 10,000 miles or when they look dirty. Oiled you can either buy a new filter or clean and oil your old filter
i went with dry becuase it was easier all personal perference you cant go wrong with either
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Sounds good guys. Im also looking for more color under the hood, trying to paint stuff red white and blue (I have 45th). Figured the red Roto-Fab would be a good start!
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Here are a couple of links to articles on our blog that discuss some of the things you asked about. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up.

What Is The Best Air Intake System For The Camaro?

Choosing a Dry or Oiled Media Filter for Your Vehicle
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To be perfectly honest, you cannot go wrong either way. Any cold air intake that is the "no tune required" type, will give about the same performance gains. It comes down to personal preference on how you want it to look under the hood.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:01 PM   #7
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Does anyone have any idea which of these air intakes are better? Also, on the roto-fab, what is the difference between the oil filter and the dry filter?

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http://shop.roto-fab.com/product.sc?productId=45

http://www.coldairinductions.com/che...ated-black-103
I have the Roto fab and I haven't any issues with it. I installed it right after I got my 45th.
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I have the Roto fab and I haven't any issues with it. I installed it right after I got my 45th.
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Love the RotoFab. I opened up one we've got here a couple days ago and it's just a gorgeous piece of work, something that really changes the look of the engine bay

Anyone else got a Roto-Fab??
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I love opening up my hood and see that huge white filter from my roto-fab.
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+1 roto fab
does the same job at a cheaper price


spend 1 -2hundred more if you want a cap over it
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:23 AM   #16
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spend 1 -2hundred more if you want a cap over it
It's more than just a cap, there is an insulated airbox and ceramic coated intake tube both inside and out to keep heat from penetrating the tube. Also consider the fit in the engine bay which is excellent and tight.
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It's more than just a cap, there is an insulated airbox and ceramic coated intake tube both inside and out to keep heat from penetrating the tube. Also consider the fit in the engine bay which is excellent and tight.
i guess it also depends on where you live. i do not need ceramic coating or insalation to keep it from heat soak. roto fab sits perfect aswell and the walls surrounding the intake snug tight to the top of the hood.. i also dont know if c.a.i has the bottom cap .that being said i wanted air to reach the intake rather than to lock it out
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CAI claims a 16HP Rear Wheel gain, I do not see anything listing the rotofab gain. Anyone?
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I doubt you would find a single HP difference between the two. I have the CAI and bought it only because one of the more vocal tuners on C5 recommended it over the others. The CAI alone made a measurable differnce in my 1/4 mile ETs, although I also have the "race scoop". CAI claims 16 HP, as someone posted, but I think the scooped mod makes quite a bit more. Good luck on your choice.
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i guess it also depends on where you live. i do not need ceramic coating or insalation to keep it from heat soak. roto fab sits perfect aswell and the walls surrounding the intake snug tight to the top of the hood.. i also dont know if c.a.i has the bottom cap .that being said i wanted air to reach the intake rather than to lock it out
CAI is open on the bottom, removal of the washer bottle opens up an expressway for fresh air.
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I doubt you would find a single HP difference between the two. I have the CAI and bought it only because one of the more vocal tuners on C5 recommended it over the others. The CAI alone made a measurable differnce in my 1/4 mile ETs, although I also have the "race scoop". CAI claims 16 HP, as someone posted.

i agree, both do the job..takes out restriction and is practical
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i guess it also depends on where you live. i do not need ceramic coating or insalation to keep it from heat soak. roto fab sits perfect as well and the walls surrounding the intake snug tight to the top of the hood.. i also dont know if c.a.i has the bottom cap. that being said i wanted air to reach the intake rather than to lock it out
Let me try and clarify a few things:

1. The ceramic coated intake tube and insulated airbox is not for warmer climates or higher ambient temperatures, it to reduce the heat soak caused by the heated air of the engine bay. No amtter if you live somehwere that is 70 degrees or 100 degrees your engine is creating heat, which heats up the air in your engine bay, which can soak through your cai and affect your IAT. For that reason we insulate our cai to prevent that heat soak as much as possible.

2. Not sure what you are reffering to abou the bottom lid?? Our intake box is designed to keep out hot air and suck in cool air. For that reason we put a lid on it so it does not suck in hot engine bay air, and the bottom is open and pulls air from outside of the vehicle where it is coolest.

The whole point of a CAI "Cold Air Intake" is to keep the air as cool as possible. For that reason we insulate and close off the intake from the hot air in the engine bay, and we pull the air from the coolest place possible, outside. That is why we can keep IAT within an average of 2 degrees of ambient while driving.

Your engine is essentially an air pump, and if it is naturally aspirated it is only going to pump or pull in so much air. On a N/A vehicle more important than trying to pull in more air, which isn't going to happen because the KPA will be the same anyways, cooler air will get you more HP and other gains. That is why we focus as much as possible on keeping the IAT low. Afterall, you're spending your hard earned money on a cold air intake....right?

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My vote is for CAI Inc.

They put a LOT of thought and engineering into the design, fit, and finish. I was amazed at how well it was built. I put on a lot of different cold air kits on different cars over the years, and this was the best fitting one yet.

After the install on a stock car, my KR (knock) went away in the 1/4 mile and the IAT's went down a good bit. Also averaged 24.9MPG driving from Alabama to the indy500!!!!

It looks good, and sounds even better.
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I'd also ask around about the "roto-fab" rubbing issue. Heard more than one people swap from RF over to CAI Inc.

Saves money to buy right the first time IMHO.
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CAI, researched on here and it netted more gains consistently and I liked the idea of a sealed box rather than relying on the hood to seal.
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