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I find it hard to believe any HP gains over 3 for any CAI or RAM air intake. Maybe a little bit more with a reprogrammed ECU. Either way, can anyone explaine the difference between brands of intakes? Besides the obvious things like Brand X is made of carbon fiber while Brand Y is made of powder coated aluminum. Those things make a difference as far as air temp is concerned (allowing the air inside the tube to be cooler than ambient temp), but I can't see where they would make any other difference (especially if they are pulling in that same ambient temperature). IMO, the main difference between CAI and other short pipe aftermarket intakes is that cold air is denser than warm air, therefore more 'air' enters the engine. Wouldn't it make sense to pull that air from an area closer to the ground and farther from the heat of the engine bay?
For thought -
1) Assuming 3 inch diameter throttle body, would a three inch diameter run of the mill PVC pipe (or aluminum) not work as well as a three inch diameter brand name pipe? Why/Why not?
2) Assuming you are using a heat sheild, what gains would carbon fiber CAI have non-carbon fiber?
3) Assuming no heat sheild and short pipe aftermarket intake, what gains would you have if you are still pulling in the same temp air as the rest of the engine bay? Would it only be larger volume of air?
These things are what keep me from spending large amounts of money on a CAI (and other aftermarket products). I, for one, am not a brand whore. If Brand X works as well as Dinan\Hartage\Shnitzer what's the point of spending the extra money just for the name? It's the same shizzle, so what's the dizzle?
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