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Old 11-24-2011, 04:02 AM   #251
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So, all-in-all, which system gains you MORE horsepower? CAI or Short Ram?
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:19 AM   #252
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^Cold Air Intake if its true. A True Cold Air Intake is located in the fender. It will give the engine fresh and cold air. The risk though is of driving through a puddle and splashing water into the CAI and HydroLocking the Engine. Short Ram Intakes are not bad, but they are still in the same area as the engine and the engine is producing heat thats why CAI is best. Another Good mod is to get a svt snorkel or powerstroke snorkel and air box etc. Many people also cut the little bump on the piece of plastic around the hood latch to get more air. People have also connect vacumm hose to the hole on the air box and ran it down to the lower grill with good results.
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With a true Cold Air Intake (which sits in the fender), is there anything you can add to protect it from splashing water and stuff? Like some sort of shield? (without affecting its air sucking abilities)?

Random question.... so does that mean if I got a true CAI and drove up in the mountains in the dead of winter (on the highway - no snow) that I would get a TON more power because the air is so freezing cold? (compared to the air in town which is warmer than the icey mountain air)


I am having a hell of a time finding an intake online that will fit my car. Every one I look at, it says it wont fit. I drive a 2006 ZX4 SE Sedan. Can someone link me to a true CAI and a short ram that will fit my car? I need help!

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Ya you can make a shield if you want. CAI will make the engine breath easier. It won't ad a whole lot of anything. The CAI helps down the road with more engine/performanc mods the more you do the bigger the additives will be. The CAI might add a few horse power but nothing huge. You most likely have a duratec engine so look for a duratec CAI or SRI
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Ok, sounds good.

Man though, it sucks to hear that adding ONLY a new intake wont add much of anything in terms of power, excpet better sound and gasmileage. Any idea how much power/get-up-and-go I could get from: CAI + Exhaust + Header + Racing/Heavy Duty Spark Plug Wires + Tune (by Tom)? Any idea what that might cost; ballpark?
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All those things will definitely help. A tune from Tom is $350, exhaust is from $150-$300, SVT Header swap is $250-$350. You'll see a gain of about 10-15 hp give or take. To achieve really good numbers you'll need to do head work. Or go forced induction

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25 tp 40 hp? Your nuts. A tune is no more then 6 horseppwer to the wheels , exhaust is a mere 1 maybe 2 horses, and intake ill even be generous since its a duratech and say 5. Thats 13hp and thats being generous. Heavy dutie plug wires wont add any hp btw, just are nice to have for cold starts and i guess its more of a placebo effect. If you want power, a cossie manifold is for you, a bigger throttle body, a nice intake, full 2.5 in exhaust with no cat, and no tune and itll be about 15 horsepower if your lucky..
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Is a 10-15 HP increase enough to feel a difference?

It almost sounds like it's not worth the money to get any of this stuff. I mean, I know it sounds cool and lets your engine breath better, but if you're not getting that much of a power increase, then what's the point?

I don't want to spend gobs of money. Certainly nothing over a $1000. I was hopeing to do the intake, exhaust and header without going overboard and spending a small fortune.

And you say the heavy duty/racing spark plug wires really don't do anything but make the car start better in cold weather? I'll probably pass on those then.


Are headers legal in Cali?
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HAha didn't even notice that 1hotfocus thanks for the correction. Like I said bolt ons will give you a little to get more u need to do head work, pistons etc. 10-15 horsepower increase won't be very noticeable maybe in the butt test. Most people with zetec N/A are right around 160-170 hp Duratec is probably close to that too. For $1000 its possible to get forced induction. Tom sells turbo kits for a very good price and they're not chip "universal" kits either. Just depends on what you want to do.
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Ya you can make a shield if you want. CAI will make the engine breath easier. It won't ad a whole lot of anything. The CAI helps down the road with more engine/performanc mods the more you do the bigger the additives will be. The CAI might add a few horse power but nothing huge. You most likely have a duratec engine so look for a duratec CAI or SRI
When you say "make a shield" what do you mean? Do they not sell water-shields for CAIs? Because if they don't, I wonder how exactly I could make a shield and fit it up there and if it would truely help to keep the water out, especially from splashing through puddles?
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