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Old 04-28-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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Which Mod Combo for LLT?

For my next mods I'm getting a combo of two of the following

1a. Injen Cold Air Intake
b. Vararam Intake

2.a. Mace 25mm Insulator
b. Black Iceolator

Which two should I go with? I'm interested in best overall performance, but also best overall value. I have no other engine mods at the moment and these may be the only two I get besides a ported throttle body, so I want to make the right decision.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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Injen and Black Ice. If you go with the Injen, get the SRI version with a dry filter and install the ADM kit and windshield washer bottle relocation kit.

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Old 04-28-2013, 04:32 PM   #3

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Vararam Hands down
Then Vmax/Rx throttle Body
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:47 PM   #4

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I vote for Vararam- I don't own one but many members here on C5 who's opinions I respect swear by their's, and I've been won over by their intensity of support.

Pair it with the Mace 25mm. I do own one of these and it has a larger impact on performance in the midrange RPM, which is where we normally operate a street driven car. It makes a 3.6 L engine feel BIGGER.

Vararam for top end response and Mace to cover the middle.
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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1.b. Vararam Intake
2.b. Black Ice
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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Vararam - Vmax TB - insulator - catch can. In my opinion being the 4th person to own one best on the market. They replaced my first one free of charge when the revision came out.

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Old 04-28-2013, 06:26 PM   #7
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I currently have the INJEN. I am at the point of looking to mod my mods. There is a good chance by next spring I will be looking to run a Vararam. They were not available at the time I bought my Injen. I am thinking about switching because I am currently # 7 on the 1/4 mile drag race. I was running in perfect conditions the other day. Set a new PB. With the amount of mods I have I should have seen more top end speed. My thought is my Injen is starting to restrict my top end air flow. HP?

As your first mod, I would get a good catch can thou.

After the CAI (Vararam)I would look to get the insulator. Either one will work. I have the Black Ice-olator and it works great.

Good Luck and keep us informed on what you decide.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:28 PM   #8
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Seems like vararam and black ice are the two most popular. I was leaning towards that combo to begin with actually. I probably won't be buying either for a few weeks but ill update this thread when I do
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #9
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From that group I'd pick Vararam & BlackIceolator. Of course personally I'm partial to CAI inc. but performance wise I think Vararam is maybe a little better. I just think it is ugly IMHO.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:33 PM   #10
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With the options you gave I would have to say the Vararam and the Black Ice. Personally im not a fan of the Vararam with the way it looks in the engine bay so my opinion would be to get the CAI inc CAI with the Apex scoop and washer relocation kit.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:07 PM   #11
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My car is a DD and not a show car so what everything looks like under the hood doesn't matter much to me. I'm just looking for best performance to cost and it seems like the vararam/black ice fits the bill
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #12

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have to say injen and doesn't matter which insulator/isolator you get.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #13

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I actually like the way the Vararam looks, but I think I'm in the minority lol. I know at shows when people see it, they can't figure out how the heck it breathes.

I was talking to one older guy about it, and I'm pretty sure he thought I was just some guy with no clue. Oh wells....can't win em all.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:41 PM   #14
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Just wanted to update, I've decided to go with the vararam and Mace. Initially I thought the Black Ice would be better for me but I really do mainly city driving and would much rather have more pull down low. I'm also looking into doing an RX Catch can and either Ported TB and/or IM. Some people say it really only pays to have one. I'm currently talking to some members who are selling their vararams and will probably have one soon. After that I'll look into the Mace, then the TB and/or IM. Catch can is gonna be last. I know everyone says it's the most important first mod but my car already has 40,000 miles on it and to some extent I think oil leakage is a foregone conclusion. Not to mention, I can only imagine the type of mess there will be to clean up for when I get it installed.

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