do cai or ram air really improve performance rather than just better filter

domindart Sep 4, 2017

  1. domindart

    domindart Test Drive

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    I want to get good gains in performance and mpg by upgrading intake. Can I do this by just getting a AEM air filter, or should I spend the extra money on a weapon r?
     
  2. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    You will not see any major improvements doing a CAI setup. I would suggest picking up a K&N panel filter as it is cleanable and performs better than a normal paper filter.
     
  3. domindart

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    Ya, I've heard it is minimal.... Just want to maximize throttle response and mpgs,I drive for work. AEM makes a washable filter also which is probably what I'll go with if I keep the stock box..
     
  4. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    have you removed the intake baffles and plugged the holes?
     
  5. domindart

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    No how do I do that?
     
  6. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    basically there is 2 baffles attached to your airbox, one is under the hood on the rear of the box, the other is in the fenderwell, just remove them and then go to home depot and find plumbers expandable plugs that fit the holes
     
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  7. Muadeeb

    Muadeeb Bastard Admin from Hell Admin

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    There's a resonator behind the left headlight that I've removed in this pic:
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    In the bottom, there's a 1 1/2" test plug with a hose clamp sealing the hole.

    There's another box coming off the intake hose that you seal with another test plug:
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    Better view of the tube:
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    2" is the normal recommendation, but the one I used split the tube. Wound up with a 1 1/2" threaded pvc plug in there.

    The 3rd one is a large baffle under the left fender. Remove the screws holding the liner below, then reach up and yank it out. Will take some time, and probably some scrapes, but could just fall out. No plug needed for this one.
     
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  8. Cptpackrat

    Cptpackrat Need Bigger Tires Supporting Member

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    ^ basically all that. I was looking for a guide but never found it.
     
  9. domindart

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    Just watched a YouTube vid on this so thnx I think I understand now.
     
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  10. domindart

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    I heard the AEM filter is a very tight fit in stock air box. Anyone heard about this?
     
  11. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Any of the aftermarket filters are going to be tight in the air box. But just get the K&N. It's proven.
     
  12. TheFauxFox

    TheFauxFox Titan Swapped / SAS'd Founding Member

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    Arguably, K&N filters provide more power. This is due to their design where the filter is less restrictive; therefore allowing a greater flow rate air. Conversely, this also results in dirtier air.

    I don't have a study to back up either of these statements.
     
  13. domindart

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    How much oil do you guys apply to the filter?
     
  14. Prime

    Prime Some Kind of In Charge? Admin

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    Until the filter is a uniform pink color.
     
  15. domindart

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    So I need hose clamps to go along with the plugs?
     
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    Need? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    I did it to ensure they didn't fall out
     
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  17. granitex

    granitex Skid Plates Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    until you open up the exhaust the actual gains are going to be pretty minimal. that being said I am still sold on the k&n filter, glad that I did it years ago
     

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