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Old 06-09-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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I was EXTREMELY skeptical, but CAI delivered!

I'm not paid for my review, and am always skeptical of air intakes based on my experience with different intakes on my 98' WS6. I tried 3 different lids and FTRA (Fast Toys Ram Air) and finally realized that FTRA kicked ass! Now I'm seriously considering adding a scoop to my CAI intake.

I read the reviews. "Intakes make such a big difference, OMG it pulls so much harder, OMG it sounds better!"...I didn't believe a word of it. Then I read and analyzed the dyno results and realized that I can't at least TRY it for myself.

My only mods are resonator delete with x pipe in its place, stock mufflers deleted with Borla XR-1's in their place, and the notorious fuse pull mod. (which, BTW, was a definite SOTP difference). So I installed CAI's intake on Saturday morning. Before, I was kinda of upset that my exhaust mods didn't make a huge difference. SOTP difference was negligible, but the exhaust note was massively better. Up to ~3200 RPM the sound is great, but after that the flow obviously cuts off and it sounds almost stock.

After the CAI intake install, the sound is hugely different. 3k+ RPM is freaking amazing! You can hear the intake slightly, but the exhaust not difference is unbelievable. I'm extremely skeptical of mods that I haven't seen obvious gains with (IE headers, full exhaust, Yank 3600 converter, changing gear ratio etc), but this is by far the best $400 I've spent on my new camaro.

No dyno results, no videos of before/after, just a review from an extremely skeptical modder who is beyond happy with his investment in CAI intake. Thanks guys, now I don't feel like I wasted a single dollar.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:20 PM   #5
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Coming from multiple 4th gens, I hear ya.

So are you auto, and what diameter XR1's did you do? How does it sound?
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:24 PM   #6
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why skeptical about increasing flow and keeping temperature of air down?
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:57 PM   #7
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Coming from multiple 4th gens, I hear ya.

So are you auto, and what diameter XR1's did you do? How does it sound?
Auto, yes. 3" I/O for the XR-1's. Volume is a 30% increase up to 3k rpm. After the CAI it's full rpm range increase in volume. Tone is most noticeable under 4k. I'd guess because of the resonance characteristics of the stock manifolds. Mid-lengths would make my mid-range pretty sick. LT's for high rpm.

I understand the thermodynamics of colder intake air for optimal engine performance...I was just skeptical of people's claims. I'm super satisfied, however
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:00 PM   #8
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I'll post stock startup vs Borla (before CAI) when I can. I don't want to compress the file because you lose the true sound when you compress the audio.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:41 PM   #9
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:33 PM   #10
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"*I'm extremely skeptical of mods that I haven't seen obvious gains with (IE headers, full exhaust, Yank 3600 converter, changing gear ratio etc), but this is by far the best $400 I've spent on my new camaro."


Surprised that you didn't see gains from those examples, because those upgrades will show gains with our cars. Usually better gains over the CAI...
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"*I'm extremely skeptical of mods that I haven't seen obvious gains with (IE headers, full exhaust, Yank 3600 converter, changing gear ratio etc), but this is by far the best $400 I've spent on my new camaro."


Surprised that you didn't see gains from those examples, because those upgrades will show gains with our cars. Usually better gains over the CAI...
I worded that poorly. I meant that those mods showed obvious gains, and that cold air intakes on 4th gens were typically not a SOTP difference.
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I worded that poorly. I meant that those mods showed obvious gains, and that cold air intakes on 4th gens were typically not a SOTP difference.
Oh my bad.. gotcha!
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I worded that poorly. I meant that those mods showed obvious gains, and that cold air intakes on 4th gens were typically not a SOTP difference.

Right, I agree, the cold air intake on my 4th gen didnt do anything to me, I felt like I was just making a better channel for bugs to get into my filter lol
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Not to go off on a tangent, but 4th gen lids were worth a tenth on a light bolt on car. The FTRA and even more radical ram air kits make more power.

I had just a R2C cold air on my L99 car, and I felt the difference. But the sealed design of the CAI I think is the penultimate design.
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