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Old 11-24-2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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Looking for input on CAI to pick

I wanted to send out a request for some constructive feedback on which CAI to pick. I've narrowed the field down to ADM Performance, Cold Air Inductions and FastLane. I've got a lean toward one of them but not to sway any input I will simply state my thinking and take the feedback.

I'm doing my performance updates in two phases. The first phase will be done shortly which consists of LT headers, 3" X-pipe, exhaust and CAI. And the dealer doing the install will be doing a dyno tune on the install. The next phase will be adding a MagnaCharger in hopefuly the next 3-5 months. So I want to make one CAI purchase so I can use it now and use it later still.

All three units from my research currently seem to be able to buy once and use in both senarios. At least I think that is correct.

I like th fact that the FastLane and CAI designs could be painted or some other treatment done pretty easy to change its appearance. The ADM unit uses couplers to make up most of their tube which would mean color selection is limited.

The FastLane unit probably is shedding a few extra pounds as it is replacing the washer bottle with a smaller unit. The ADM Race also replaces the washer bottle and you can get another one from them to mount elsewhere but the fact that it uses a box probably negates the weight savings.

There is a concern about water effecting the FastLane filter with it being so low.

I know who won the shootout and all in all all three units did very well and considering the car will be tuned after install all three could possibly produce even greater results. But I'm looking also at cosmetic, fit/finish, etc. as well as performance.

Now if the FastLane unit was ceramic coated on the inside like the others then that could make things even more interesting.

Like I stated I'm looking for constructive feedback with no bashing of anyone's intake to help me make a final decision.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:32 AM   #2
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I went with the Cold Air Induction Inc. CIA. Got an e-mail that they are trying to get all preorders out by next Friday.....Yeah!! I will be getting a custom tune after install, just to squeeze everything I can.

Initially I liked their look to begin with, then Teds independant test sold me. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48202

Just my thoughts- others may feel different

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Old 11-25-2009, 05:39 AM   #3
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I went with the Cold Air Inductiuon Inc. CIA. Got an e-mail that they are trying to get all preorders out by next Friday.....Yeah!! I will be getting a custom tune after install, just to squeeze everything I can.

Initially I liked their look to begin with, then Teds independant test sold me. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48202

Just my thoughts- others may feel different

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I too was torn between the ADM and the Cold air Inductions and after ted did the testing, it came down to cost and looks and i just couldnt justify spending the extra hundred dollars and went with the Cold Air Inductions.
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:52 AM   #4
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I really like the fit & finish of the AirAid kit. We also offer the TSP cold air induction that will be finsihed & shipping this week. I'll test both on the magnacharger asap!!

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Old 11-25-2009, 09:18 AM   #5
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I was going to say wait for varara, dyno numbers b4 buying. But, it appears that you probably took into account the fact that the stock version wouldn't fit the SC'er. I hear a lot about cold air inductions kit. Maybe a good pick?
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:40 AM   #6
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I went with Cold Air Inductions too, I liked the look/price. Waiting for my order to be filled.
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Old 11-25-2009, 10:22 AM   #7
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Now shipping the Halltech Yellow Jackets

More in stock Friday. NO TUNING REQUIRED. TUNING WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

Order now and use the Coupon Code "Forum" for a $50 discount.



Dyno tested now at 5 different speed shops all over the USA. Lowest numbers were 14 RWHP 10.6 lbs-ft torque, just bolting it on the stock Camaro. 34 RWHP when added to one with headers and cam.

One dyno showed 406 RWHP with the Halltech Yellow Jacket, American Racing Headers, high flow cats and exhaust. Simple bolt ons. That is 477 HP!

Simple instructions, ISO 5011 Certified Filtration for no warranty issues, and a lifetime warranty on our intake.



You are in good company purchasing a name brand cold air intake from Halltech. We are the largest manufacture of Corvette intakes in the World, and used exclusively by Katech Engine Development, Livernois Motorsports, Nickey Chicago, and many GM Chevy Dealers nationwide

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Old 11-25-2009, 12:22 PM   #8
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I went with CAI based on Ted's test. I have not heard or read any negative comments on fit or finish of their product. Order #19 anxiously waiting. I am also doing Corsa cat back and and a tune. Maggie later when I have an extra $8k. I was told that there are no issues with fit using the CAI with a Maggie
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for the feedback and keep in it coming.

Looks CAI has been very popular. And I really can't find any negatives on any of the units.

I was initially waiting on the Vararam, even on the pre-order list, but the unit still is vaporware to the general public with no confirmed ETA when it will be, no independent testing done & published and no support for a Maggie until an undetermined time and no info. on will have I to buy a new version or can the first unit be adapted to work. Can't keep waiting on them any longer.

With regards to the warranty statement, the dealership where the car was purchased is doing the installs and doing the tuning. All bolt-ons done do not void any warranty. They've been installing Maggie's, full exhausts, etc. on dozens of customer cars already.

Again thanks for the feedback.
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:03 PM   #10
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You can't go wrong with CAI or ADM .. I have the ADM street unit and love it ..

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No dyno #'s yet but love the fit and finish of Roto-Fabs CAI!!!!!
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Old 11-25-2009, 02:25 PM   #12
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I went with Cold Air Inductions, Great looking plus performance results....
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Old 11-25-2009, 03:43 PM   #13
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Just an FYI to share...Got word from Cold Air Inductions that they are not sure at this time if their current model will work with a MagnaCharger. They are going to be testing and should have confirmation in a few weeks. If the current tube doesn't work they will get one that will work.

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Old 11-25-2009, 05:04 PM   #14
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I have the Fastlane. Check out the pics in the link closely. That is not what I expected for $460. The welds are mediocre at best, and you can see the difference in weld placement on the 2 systems pictured. The filter is down low, but that area is actually closed up pretty good toward the front. My IAT temps were staying pretty high on the dyno because we couldn't get a good flow of air to the filter. However, once I was out on the road they stay close to the ambient outside temp.

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Old 11-25-2009, 05:35 PM   #15
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I have had the Roto-Fab on my car for two weeks now, and highly recommend it. I have had numerous air intakes on my previous cars including K&N, AEM, BBK, Injen, etc. and the Roto-Fab is the highest quality of them all. It is among the least expensive of all options, and it made solid gains on the Jannety's independent testing.
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Check out the roto-fab cold air intakes. They work and look great and are on Sale! http://www.************.com/ro20cav8coai.html
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A plastic one. The metal ones will heat-soak quicker.
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Thanks for the feedback and keep in it coming.

Looks CAI has been very popular. And I really can't find any negatives on any of the units.

I was initially waiting on the Vararam, even on the pre-order list, but the unit still is vaporware to the general public with no confirmed ETA when it will be, no independent testing done & published and no support for a Maggie until an undetermined time and no info. on will have I to buy a new version or can the first unit be adapted to work. Can't keep waiting on them any longer.

With regards to the warranty statement, the dealership where the car was purchased is doing the installs and doing the tuning. All bolt-ons done do not void any warranty. They've been installing Maggie's, full exhausts, etc. on dozens of customer cars already.



Again thanks for the feedback.
It is against Federal Law to void a warranty when adding an aftermarket filter or intake system. It is a fact, however, that if you mess with anything in the ECM, even defeating CAGS, your drivetrain warranty is gone. Trust me.
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I have the Fastlane. Check out the pics in the link closely. That is not what I expected for $460. The welds are mediocre at best, and you can see the difference in weld placement on the 2 systems pictured. The filter is down low, but that area is actually closed up pretty good toward the front. My IAT temps were staying pretty high on the dyno because we couldn't get a good flow of air to the filter. However, once I was out on the road they stay close to the ambient outside temp.

http://www.h-towncamaroclub.com/showthread.php?t=163
Did you complain to them? If so, what did they say?
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Did you complain to them? If so, what did they say?
No, I was out of time. My tuner was only in the area for a week. I just spent some time fixing the cosmetics and had it ceramic coated. I actually really like the design, and I'm satisfied with the performance. I just expected better craftsmanship for the price they were charging. I just chalk it up as a learning experience, and will stay far away from their future products.
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I'll keep your words on them in mind, Blk.
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Airaid is doing a tube specificly for the maggie. This proto picked up 40+ rwhp over the supplied maggie system. Edelbrock is also having Airaid do a tube for their supercharger to use this airbox also.



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It is against Federal Law to void a warranty when adding an aftermarket filter or intake system. It is a fact, however, that if you mess with anything in the ECM, even defeating CAGS, your drivetrain warranty is gone. Trust me.
No offense but I think I will trust the dealership who sale and service the vehicles and gives you their warranty coverage in writing.
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I would recommend CAI because they enclose there filter. You have easy access to the filter and the ceramic coating inside the tube just shows how the company doesn't skimp and produces high quality products. Just remember that like everything else in life; trial and error. I know these things aren't cheap, but no matter what you buy there are going to be things about the unit you will like and dislike. No one fabricates the "perfect" unit. And if they did then there would be no competition and prices would go through the roof!

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I have the Fastlane. Check out the pics in the link closely. That is not what I expected for $460. The welds are mediocre at best, and you can see the difference in weld placement on the 2 systems pictured. The filter is down low, but that area is actually closed up pretty good toward the front. My IAT temps were staying pretty high on the dyno because we couldn't get a good flow of air to the filter. However, once I was out on the road they stay close to the ambient outside temp.

http://www.h-towncamaroclub.com/showthread.php?t=163
Thanks for the feedback on the FastLane. I was leaning a bit to this one as it did when the HP portion of the Jannetty tests and since I would doing a tune it should be able to smooth out any quirks and maybe get a few more hp. And because I like the look it brings to the table.

I was going to look at getting the inside ceramic coated to help with heat soak as there is a shop nearby who does a lot of the coating work for some NASCAR cars and also look at opening up a better air flow from the lower grille with some sort of air diverter.
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