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Old 08-02-2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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which cold air system is best

Hey ya'll, Trying to figure out which cold air induction system I should buy. Any body know which system works best, looks the best installed, cost, etc.....
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:55 PM   #2
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I am waiting for the vararam sytem its an over the raadiator setup so i feel its in a better place to suck in more air. New era also offers this type of system. New era is around $500 and the vraram system will probably be close to that. Everyone else that advertises a CAI most of them are what i call short ram or side mounted intakes, they give better piping than stock and a better filter and all basically similiar. They are going from $300 to $400. Whichever you pick look for the dyno numbers and see what gains they advertise. Vararam comes with a pretty nice guarentee and the seem to be really concentrating on fine tuning their product before launch. Most everybody else pushed out some piping and a filter in a hurry to get into the market.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:11 PM   #3
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:19 PM   #4
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I'm trying to figure out the same thing, which one is better. I want to buy one locally and pay cash for it -vs- ordering one and putting it on a credit card. I don't want to hear about spending MORE money on the car from my wife and family.

Any idea where I could find one locally?

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Old 08-02-2009, 02:23 PM   #5
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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Russ Hunsaker I'm trying to figure out the same thing, which one is better. I want to buy one locally and pay cash for it -vs- ordering one and putting it on a credit card. I don't want to hear about spending MORE money on the car from my wife and family.

Any idea where I could find one locally?

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Just try checking your local tuner or speed shops they should be able to order let u pay cash and have it sent to their shop good luck
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Great suggestion John, now if I just knew which one to order!

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Great suggestion John, now if I just knew which one to order!

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wait a little while and let other people post on what they bought .
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I got the Hennesey. You can here the diffrence of the amount of air coming in the engine. Seems to be working well for me & i love the extra sound under the hood under full throttle.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:02 PM   #10
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:07 PM   #11
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The major restriction is in the 90 degree bend, Vararam works!
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:07 PM   #12
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I carry the NEw Era, the Roto-Fab, and the VaraRam.

I do not know if there is one I would push more than the others, they all have great gains, sound good under the hood, and look much better than stock.

I have sold all 3 of these (ordered the vararam), and each customer has been happy so far.

Of course there is probably some difference in power gains, but they will still be very similar, and all are better than stock. If there is a look you like better, then go with it.

If you have any other questions or are looking to purchase one, feel free to get in touch, and I can take care of you.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:02 PM   #13
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I bought the Hennessey and was completely disapointed with it. I had a severe MPG drop and the system got too hot to touch. It was recommended that I run a few tankfulls of gas throught the car so after about 450 more miles on the car, nothing improved. I have decided to get the plastic RotoFab system, so in the meantime I put my factory air intake back on. Guess what.......my MPG went back up immediately with my next tankfull of gas. My car had gone from 22.5 to 14.5 and is now back up to 21. I reset the system everytime I fill up.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:08 PM   #14
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I got the Hennesey. You can here the diffrence of the amount of air coming in the engine. Seems to be working well for me & i love the extra sound under the hood under full throttle.
No issues here either... may have picked up 1mpg or could be from break in... Definitely didn't lose any.

Try touching a New Era if you want to talk about HOT!!!
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:23 AM   #15
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I got the Hennesey. You can here the diffrence of the amount of air coming in the engine. Seems to be working well for me & i love the extra sound under the hood under full throttle.
HMMMM, this is one of the most interesting comments I have ever heard from someone about a cold air induction system. Generally the idea isn't to have more noise, rather you want to increase power and throttle response. I could care less about how the air sounds.
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:38 AM   #16
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I'm curious, why would the CAI get hot? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:53 AM   #17
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I'm curious, why would the CAI get hot? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?
CIA's do get hot because they're under the hood with the engine (gets very hot under there). The CIA's that are NOT made of plastic tend to get extremely hot.

That's why most companies use plastic intake tubes for their intakes.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:09 AM   #18
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HMMMM, this is one of the most interesting comments I have ever heard from someone about a cold air induction system. Generally the idea isn't to have more noise, rather you want to increase power and throttle response. I could care less about how the air sounds.
CIA's are known for increasing engine/intake noise. Some guys like it, others don't.

The stock OEM intake is designed to be very quiet.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:21 AM   #19
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The reason for a CAI is not extra sound under the hood ( if you want more sound pull of the air box ), Or the look you like better (buy a chrome cover), It is more power in your car, Faster ETA's and Faster mile an hour, and faster 0-60 times, That is the test of a good CAI, at this time i think that is a VaraRam, That is what works on a vett all the high $ CAI from all the rest don't come closes.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:30 AM   #20
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ZZ, you said you sell all 3(roto-fab, vararam, and new era) possible you can get us a shot of all 3 together for a visual comparison. i kno the new era is all metal but haven't seen the other 2. thx
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:31 AM   #21
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IMVHO, the Vararam (pending...), New ERA, and Fastlane(?) are probably going to be optimal in terms of performance because they are getting the coolest air, since it comes from outside the engine compartment. However, at the same time, there are many who say that because the air is in the intake system for so little time that heatsoak isn't a really a concern. What I know is that my '02 was very sensitive to air temperature.

I think the intake test proposed in another thread would be a great test (if done correctly) to determine if there is a clear "winner".

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I bought the Hennessey and was completely disapointed with it. I had a severe MPG drop and the system got too hot to touch. It was recommended that I run a few tankfulls of gas throught the car so after about 450 more miles on the car, nothing improved. I have decided to get the plastic RotoFab system, so in the meantime I put my factory air intake back on. Guess what.......my MPG went back up immediately with my next tankfull of gas. My car had gone from 22.5 to 14.5 and is now back up to 21. I reset the system everytime I fill up.
Your going to see a MGP drop with any CAI.

The intake is now getting more air for less effort. Well the maf says "shit Ive got more air to use, better dump in some more fuel."

Get it tuned.
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I wont be happy with any cold air intake that is just a filter under a hot hood.
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