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Old 04-22-2010, 09:10 PM   #1
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Short Ram vs. CAI and Why?

I have always leaned towards CAI for the main reason that it has a constant fresh and cool source of air but as I do more research short ram doesnt sound as bad as I thought it would be. Just wondering what people have or prefer and why they like it or it is better performance wise.

oh and before we start I think its been well documented and understood that CAI are more vulnerable to hydrolock so no need mentioning it I am talking from a strictly make you go faster performance point of view


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SRI on a ~40 degree night after sitting at a light for ~30 seconds then pull up to 65:



Intake temp dropped from 106 to 52 in under 30 seconds. The heat soak when sitting still is terrible, but when it rains around here the roads flood quite a bit. I can't afford to have a CAI.

It should be noted that once youre moving the heat soak is not an issue.
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I would say neither for performance wise unless you're going FI.

An intake won't give you much, if any, performance wise. I've always thought that the SVT stock airbox is still the best for a N/A SVT.
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^^ With a drop in K&N Filter.

Really these other intakes ... are great for a show look.

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I started with the stock intake with the K&N filter then got the Steeda SRI. I noticed more responsive throttle response in the mid range but no more power. The sound is amazing though, it changes the tone of your whole engine.

As for heat soak, id you leave the bottom piece of the stock airbox in with the SRI, and rest the filter there, it's not bad
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I agree with the sound. I use to love love the whine and sound of the CAI when i had mine. As far as performance goes, i don't know, i went to a SRI shortly thereafter, and am now using stock box with K&N panel filter and i can't tell the difference between any of them. I know you said not to mention it so i wont, but rain is the only reason i took mine off.
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I LOVE MY CAI!!! that's all I have to say

its just the way it sounds, and, and, ............. it is just AWESOME lol

I didn't feel any change at all when it was cold outside, now that it is getting warm it does feel a little different, but overall it just sounds cooler
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I don't like how dirty my filter got after 4000 miles and that when I removed it, there was dirt on the throttle body like I hadn't seen before

just get a K&N drop-in, save the $$, be happy and don't think twice about it
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$200 for an intake, new.

$50 for a k&n filter.
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I hear taking out the intake resonator on the stock intake improves sound also. I've been debating putting my stock intake back on
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