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Old 06-05-2013, 01:07 AM   #1
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CAI vs Fastlane vs ADM Cold Air Intakes

Currently what is the best one as far as acceleration, sound, no lag, no maintenance?

From tests it seems like Fastlane was on top but people say it looks like its made out of crap. For $500 dollars I don't want a 'home depot thrown together pipe'
Another concern about the Fastlane CAI that I had was how well can you drive in the rain and through puddles with it since it is located not far from the ground?
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:28 AM   #2
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Currently what is the best one as far as acceleration, sound, no lag, no maintenance?

From tests it seems like Fastlane was on top but people say it looks like its made out of crap. For $500 dollars I don't want a 'home depot thrown together pipe'
Another concern about the Fastlane CAI that I had was how well can you drive in the rain and through puddles with it since it is located not far from the ground?
Well If you have concerns what so ever about Fastlane then cross them out. Reason why I ended up with the ADM race intake was due to the fact that the MAF sensor is boxed in with the filter for cooler temps. It also has the scoop and been driving it in the rain all last week and its fine. Just sharing my opinion.
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Currently what is the best one as far as acceleration, sound, no lag, no maintenance?

From tests it seems like Fastlane was on top but people say it looks like its made out of crap. For $500 dollars I don't want a 'home depot thrown together pipe'
Another concern about the Fastlane CAI that I had was how well can you drive in the rain and through puddles with it since it is located not far from the ground?
I personally don't like the fenderwell style intakes because of the potential of driving through deep puddles. I love my Vararam intake, but outside of that I would get an underhood style intake that is sealed off and has a scoop.
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Vararam is probably the best performing system on the market and is USA made
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:14 AM   #6
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Vararam is probably the best performing system on the market and is USA made
Vararam has a weird style to it doesn't it? Any pics of it under the hood?
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:17 AM   #7
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:33 AM   #8
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Vararam has a weird style to it doesn't it? Any pics of it under the hood?
Yep, lean the radiator in and install. They're great intakes but I'm not a fan of the "radiator lean" look.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #9
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Not a big fan of leaning the radiator either, but it does work well. . Don't get one with a metal tube because of heat soak. I personally like roto fab but most of them perform about the same. It's a 12hp part, it's not going to make or break your car. Enjoy
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I gave my report of this very intake just the other day. Its on this very forum page titled pipeline.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:51 AM   #11
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ADM all the way if your on the fence! Vararam does make good power but I don't care for the look at all. ADM intake IMO has the best balance of looks, quality of materials and design, and performance! And add the scoop and she's a bad b!tch! Plus Andy at ADM is excellent in customer service!
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #12
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If your car is a 12 or newer, that would eliminate the VR.

The rest are EASILY found with a simple search. Just type the name of the intake you're wanting information about in the "search this form" box, found in each section.
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I have the Vararam and I'm very happy with it. I think it looks good and performs just fine. The installation is a little off but I never had an issue with it in 9 months that I've had it. I'm taking it off soon to replace with a CAI and that's just because I'm installing a Magnacharger and Vararam won't work. The tilting back of radiator is really easy and isn't noticible once installed. Not saying its better them others just that I like it and like the idea it gets air from outside engine.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:35 PM   #14
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Vararam has a weird style to it doesn't it? Any pics of it under the hood?
It's a unique style. Yea you have to lean the radiator back to install it. But you probably won't notice it once the intake is installed. I was a little skeptical of it at first but it is a simple install. And leaning the radiator has no affect on cooling.
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The CAI is nice too. High quality materials and great, flushed fit. I dropped about 4 something for the intake, which came with the ADM scoop and washer bottle. Installation wasn't bad and it looks great under the hood. I've heard good things about all of these intakes. either would seem to be a good bet.
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Vararam is probably the best performing system on the market and is USA made
*on the market currently*

How about that K&N? 20hp gains, knocks your socks off.
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*on the market currently*

How about that K&N? 20hp gains, knocks your socks off.
Don't forget 24tq.

Pair it up with a long throw shifter and shorty's and you'd have a monster.
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Don't forget 24tq.

Pair it up with a long throw shifter and shorty's and you'd have a monster.
Not only that, but it'd give a retro feel.
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But will it void my warranty?
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But will it void my warranty?
Only if you have window tints.
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Only if you have window tints.
Will window tints made my exhaust louder like a CAI does? If so I'm gonna limo the front glass!
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Will window tints made my exhaust louder like a CAI does? If so I'm gonna limo the front glass!
The window tints only make the exhaust louder if you have a long throw shifter.
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I heard removing all the glass makes the cars aero better at top speed.
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I heard removing all the glass makes the cars aero better at top speed.
Seems legit...
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