Best CAI?

Discussion in '96-04 - 4V Specific' started by RockstarMentality, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. RockstarMentality

    RockstarMentality Well-Known Member

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    I've finally made enough money this summer to add some power.
    But which one should i buy? :dontknow:
     
  2. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    it doesnt really matter. just get one that goes into the fender.

    ebay has cheepest. I got an ebay one for my V6 and it didnt quite fit right, but nothing a little engineering cant fix...

    JLT is "name brand"

    followed by MAC Midwest, BBK, etc.

    If you want budget build, i suggest ebay.
    if you want bragging rights, i suggest JLT.
     
  3. RockstarMentality

    RockstarMentality Well-Known Member

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    i dont want a budget build and i dont want bragging rights.
    i want ricers to eat my dust and to keep my strut tower brace
     
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    I suggest that you save for something that will make more of a difference...
     
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    if you want I will sell you my BBK! cai is mostly for look's no real performance gain's i mean you will get 2-3 addt'l horses but that is not going to be the difference between you losing a race and someone eating your dust!

    you want performance here is a short list of items that will help...

    headers
    x or h pipe
    cat back
    gears
    performance clutch
     
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    RockstarMentality Well-Known Member

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    headers
    x or h pipe
    cat back
    gears (cant find a shop that wants to work on an 8.8)
    performance clutch - i fail to see how this will make me any FASTER, but im waiting until it starts to slip and getting a stiffer clutch and a lightened flywheel
     
  7. MustangChris

    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    keep your strut tower means BBK or MAC Midwest....

    do gears first. just keep looking, drive it out of state if you have to. .... . .. gears have been by far my best modification...
    after gears i suggest your intake, and some kind of headers (preferably long tubes) ... then just leave it alone for a while until you get a really good build idea going...
     
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    uncltrvlnmatt Post Whore

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    CAI do not do much without other mods. Do long tubes, full exhaust, IMRC delete, CAI, and a tune. That should get you at around 300rwhp.
     
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    Dont waste your money.. If you decide too, go with the C&L.... I just got the JLT and the fitment was a PITA and the air filter is about 10 inches off the ground.. Noticed no difference whatsoever..
     
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    I have JLT's CAI. I can't tell you how much a difference it made since I installed it with full exhaust, but I was satisfied with the fitment and quality, and I like the way it looks more than any other setup. JLT claims its good for 16rwhp and 20rwtq. If you're really set on keeping your STB, consider that Kenne Bell claims the dent in the intake tube restricts power by 10hp.

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    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    i completely agree with the post before this one.
     
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    Thanks, Chris, I should also add that JLT has probably the best customer service I've ever experienced. My Dad ordered a CAI and tuner for his '08 Shelby. We noticed a flat spot in the acceleration, e-mailed JLT, and Jay Tucker himself has been emailing us back and forth. He personally sent us a new tune that I uploaded last night, and it fixed the problem.
     
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    nice.... i ate lunch with Jay one time... great guy.... hot daughter...
     
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    nuthing adds more power for the money than NOS works on any motor
     
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    MustangChris Post Whore Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    good idea. gears and N2O. lol.
     
  16. RockstarMentality

    RockstarMentality Well-Known Member

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    its a street car, no need for n2o.
    i crossed off headers, xover, and catback on the list, did yall not understand that meant i have those things? lol i have a custom exhaust from heads to dumps.
     
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    then I'd do gears next, there must be some place that will do it... then intake
     
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    Please don't add to the continuation of "e myths"
     
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    Removing weight is cheaper and far more beneficial than any so-called "CAI". Aftermarket air intakes look shiny and nice under the hood but the reality is that they don't actually add much more than 5hp (if you're lucky). You're PCM is going to compensate for that extra incoming air and just about cancel it out anyway (unless you get a tune).

    GEARS
    Remove unnecessary weight.
     
  20. JiMi_DRiX

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    I dont know how the Cobra's are, but I was able to get my JLT on with the STB still on. I just slid the tube under the brace instead of taking the brace off. I use to think it wouldnt fit. lol