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Old 05-17-2008, 10:13 AM   #1
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Question Introduce myself and yeah another intake question

Hi all, I'm a new SVTF owner. I replaced my zx3 with a 2004 Sonic Blue SVTF.



I have some noob questions and the search has not answered them. The previous owner has put some aftermarket goodies on the car and one of those goodies is an intake. I'm thinking about replacing the intake because I don't know what make it is, how long it's been on there, and whether it's clean or not. By the looks of it though, it should probably be cleaned. So I could use some help deciding on what type of intake to replace the existing one with and where to buy it.

Some concerns of mine:

1. It gets real hot here in Phoenix and if heat soak truly is a problem then I'm thinking a cai or possibly returning it to stock. I'm not against a sri but, engine heat + outside temps make it real warm under the hood. I'm not worried about sucking up water with a cai. Dust is a big issue here so an intake with a dust cover as an option would be a big bonus.

2. The current intake makes such a nice growl when the skinny pedal is applied and I really like that. Would I lose that if I go back to stock?

3. I plan on getting one of Tom's tunes when the cash is available so, I want to make sure that whatever intake I get is gonna be compatible with the tune. I'm not sure if this is even an issue.

4. Another option is to just replace the filter on the existing setup. Would I be able to buy any filter or would i run into any fitment issues?

5. I guess whichever set up I choose will determine where I can buy it but, who do you all recommend? I'm more worried about good customer service than price.

Here is a pic of the current setup if someone wants to take a stab at identifying the intake. TIA!!





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Old 05-17-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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It looks like a homemade SRI, and yes it does look fairly dirty. I have the stock intake setup on my car, but when I remove the intake resonator on the airbox, I get a nice noticable growl also.

If dust and heat soak are big issues, my recommendation would be a stock setup, resonator removed, K&N filter. This way, you can have the cool noise, utilize the stock snorkel to cool things down, protect against dust, and maybe get a few more hp with your high-flow filter. You really get the best of all worlds with this setup...unless of course you have plans for big horsepower...

Whichever route you go, let your tuner know your mods for best results.
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It looks like a homemade SRI, and yes it does look fairly dirty. I have the stock intake setup on my car, but when I remove the intake resonator on the airbox, I get a nice noticable growl also.

If dust and heat soak are big issues, my recommendation would be a stock setup, resonator removed, K&N filter. This way, you can have the cool noise, utilize the stock snorkel to cool things down, protect against dust, and maybe get a few more hp with your high-flow filter. You really get the best of all worlds with this setup...unless of course you have plans for big horsepower...

Whichever route you go, let your tuner know your mods for best results.
No plans for big horsepower. I am somewhat leaning more in the direction of the stock setup but, and I know this is probably a silly reason, I really like the sound. It just makes the driving experience that much more fun, ya know.
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It looks like a custom intake.

I would just go back to stock and replace the stock filter with a K&N. After 2-3 years with my SRI, that's what I did just over the winter. You don't get the sound anymore, but I'm sure it'll be better this summer. I'm in Maryland and it gets pretty hot here. I couldn't imagine using a SRI during the summer in Phoenix.
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So by the sounds of it, I should rule out a sri. Which leaves the stock setup or cai. Any other suggestions?
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The stock intake w/panel filter upgrade really does work well. The European ST170 has pretty much the same setup without the S-shaped additional intake in the side of the airbox that the SVT does. In a really hot environment, I'd think about blocking that under hood feed and just pulling air from the forward hood scoop.

If you have the ability to measure intake restriction, it would be interesting to see just how much the S-shaped additional intake reduces the restriction..if it actually does at all. I'm suspecting that it was for intake noise 'tuning' by SVT more than an actual performance enhancer.
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Old 05-18-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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i just ordered an AEM CAI from CFM for 220$ and a filter cover i have a SRI and it gets so hot out here its just gets heat soked = no power....

i just got toms tune not to long ago and its awesome
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having had a SRI, CAI, and the stock setup, the CAI feels the best. the only issue there is the filter getting wet even with a shield over it. I'm currently running the stock system with a k&n while i try to figure out something better for the CAI
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I've run both a short ram and a CAI. I'm now back where I started...Stock intake with a K&N panel filter. Sound aside, the stock setup gives you the benefits of a CAI with none of the drawbacks.
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i too have experienced SRI's and the AEM CAI, i now run the stock airbox with a K&N. though i have a ram air setup instead of the OEM snorkel
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