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Old 02-25-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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Is it worth it to sell my existing CAI for a vararam unit?

Is there a noticeable advantage over a insulated CAI vs a vrararam ram air intake at the 1/4 mile traps/times?

And I don't care about dyno numbers Ill sell my CAI setup right now if there's a decent increase in times.

Ive seen the comparison for dyno numbers on the stickies, but that just shows me that there is a increase over stock, but pretty consistent from one CAI to another as far as times are concerned from what I have seen/read.

Another reason being, my k&n keeps oiling up my maf making me idle ugly!
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:11 PM   #2
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I'm confused. What brand are you using? K&N or CAI?

If using K&N then yes personally I would get the Vararam. If you use the CAI then save your money as both perform so close you'll never notice the difference.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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One thing is the K&N is over oiled. Ive never had one oil up my MAF on any one of my cars. They come over oiled from K&N even on purpose for evaporation while its on the shelf. I clean mine when they are new and reoil them properly, doesnt take much.
Two, I wouldnt worry with it. Once you get up into the larger name brand kits your splitting hairs. If you have a good intake keep it, if you dont just buy the one that looks the best to you among the better name brands.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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Your splitting hairs. I don't think you see a noticeable difference between brands
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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Vararam "tune" model! Ftw!!
You might find a used one in the classifieds. I'm sure you'll have better times! The dyno comparisons were just that on a dyno and not in the real world. Just my .2
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:27 PM   #6
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Vararam over K&N? probably not much 'butt dyno' difference.
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Vararam "tune" model! Ftw!!
You might find a used one in the classifieds. I'm sure you'll have better times! The dyno comparisons were just that on a dyno and not in the real world. Just my .2
Correct, the tuners I know tell me you cant do a real good tune on a car with a OTR intake on the dyno. Has to be street tuned to finalize the driveability. Hard to create 60+mph winds on the dyno.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:33 PM   #8
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I'm confused. What brand are you using? K&N or CAI?

If using K&N then yes personally I would get the Vararam. If you use the CAI then save your money as both perform so close you'll never notice the difference.
its a CAI with a 4" k&n cone filter. Hope that helps.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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Well mine is headed in for some serious work at Lethal.
I have the CAI Inc one right now and asked this same question.
he said add the scoop and the relocate and they are very very close..
and you can also add the Vararam Wedge and make up some of that as well.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:37 PM   #10
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Vararam "tune" model! Ftw!!
You might find a used one in the classifieds. I'm sure you'll have better times! The dyno comparisons were just that on a dyno and not in the real world. Just my .2
In theory, the ram air OTR is the wiser choice. The ls1 style FRA or the SSRA or chrs1313 showed 2mph without tuning on traps. If I can get some sort of reassurance that these indeed help you trap higher then I wouldnt mind buying one in a heartbeat.

BTW i dont think its splitting hairs if you want the best there is. However, if it really truly is nothing MPH wise then I wont bother. If there is it'll only be about 100-150 dollar difference after selling the old CAI, its basically brand new with the k&n cone filter i put on it.
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if you have a k and n sell it. if you have a cai inc get the scoop and washer relocate.
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http://www.vararam.com/power-wedge.html

add this to the CAI Inc one. as well as scoop and relocate..
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:52 PM   #13
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K&N < Vararam
Yes no comparison there.
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its a CAI with a 4" k&n cone filter. Hope that helps.
You will be fine with this setup.
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