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El Cheapo CAIs!

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by Citizen_Insane, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Citizen_Insane

    Citizen_Insane Senior Member

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    I was just wondering if the super cheap cold air intakes that you can get off ebay for $25 are any good. They look similar in design to the aem ones, so do they still function in a similar mannor? (I know, i shouldn't just look at it because it doesn't tell me anything, but they look so shiny and pretty:D) Thanks for the info.

    -Kai
     
  2. Jeef

    Jeef NO MA'AM Moderator VIP

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    I have one on my crx and its not too bad. I havent had any problems with it. I want to put a better filter on it. It made somewhat of a difference in power and has a nice grunt to it.
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    just get the cheapo CAI
    hit it with some ceramic heat sheilding paint (inside and out)
    use a K&N filter
    and youve pretty much got an AEM
     
  4. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    I was using a cheapo CAI on my civic even if they suck ass VS the AEMs the 1 HP you lose by saving 200 bucks is worth it IMO
     
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    sportlinecrx Banned

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    yea the cheapo ones are usually just as good as the name brands. the only difference usually is the filter. they usually come with a not-so-great filter that doesnt flow as much air as a K&N. (K&N makes the filters for pretty much every name brand intake). you can just replace the original filter with a K&N for about $30.
     
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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    I made my intake...heres a picture
    [​IMG]
    A little ghetto but only cost me $2 for the reducer
     
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    civicious FüK-VTEC VIP

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    your intake would work much better if you had a throttle body.


    :pie:



    all an intake is is pretty much a pipe and a filter.
    no matter what brand.
     
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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    :unsure: didnt think anyone would notice...lol

    yea i know, my car would also run. gotta wait for my 3rd TPS and It'll move, wish i wasnt so picky and never took my old one off (ran ok except for the surge between 1500-2000 rpm).
     
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    h22bubbleback Senior Member

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    BAHGAHAHAHAHHA
     
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    I used a el cheopo unit and worked great, I bought the piping for like 40 bucks, painted it with heat repellant spray and also wrapped it with heat repellant tape, and put on a blitz filter. Worked awesome.
     
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    BlackFrog Neighborhood Lush

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    ditto to the above. I got a cheapo Toucan intake, with my brothers old AEM (K&N) filter on it. works great. Only difference is that the cheap ones usually dont have the mounting brackets and what not, so they might rattle sometimes. But nothing that a little foam tape wont fix.
     
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    Prowler Super Moderator

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    or zip ties. that's what i used to hold my matrix intake in my accord.
     
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    zip ties are the shit!

    use them anywhere I can :D
     
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    handlebarsfsr Senior Member

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    short ram+ original airbox= ghetto cai. and i have zip ties on there too..

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  15. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    i hope you have a filter on the end of that
     
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    handlebarsfsr Senior Member

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    yup, put the filter that was on the sri on there. works just fine, ive had it for several thousand miles.
     
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    sportlinecrx Banned

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    on speed channel they were talking to one of the top fuel racing mechanics and he said they use something like 1,500 zip ties on their race car!
     
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    thats sweet! :eek:
     
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