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I heard the stock SVT intake is pretty good. Which aftermarket intake is better than the stock and is the best? I dont want to suck water into the motor :p
I want to get a sport sound.

I want everybody's opinion. I was trying to do a search but it's not working.
 

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nothing is better flowing than the stock airbox with a k&n or itg drop in, if you want more sound and no water soak, then get a sri, but you will be spending your money just for sound, it wont flow any better. there are many threads on this, do a lil more searching and you'll get your answers
 

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I run an AEM cai and I'm in the process of adding a bypass valve to keep water out if there is lots of water on the road. I ran the K&N panel for a while and it wasnt bad, but I wanted the awesome sound the cai makes.
If you dont want to go stock my personal opinion is that cai is better than sri.
 

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CAI hands down. I've run nearly every setup and the most responsive and powerful was the CAI. I really couldn't tell a difference between my stock setup and a SR. CAI all the way.
 

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the best CAI is a Powerworks kit, with the aftercooler (heat exchanger)


you will pick up a few WHP with that [grinking]
 

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Unless you are going to go with a full length CAI (with the recommended bypass valve, unless you like water in your engine), a drop in K/N or ITG performs just about as well as any SRI out there. The stock system, with it's larger diameter snorkel for fresh air that runs to the front of the car, actually flows better with the panel than I've seen some SRI's perform. The short ram sucks in so much hot air, especially in warm weather, that it can bog the engine. And.....I think we all know that the last thing that an SVT needs is more bog off of the line.
 

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tune = no bog
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CAI with no Bypass valve = very clean engine after rain storms.

I know you should have seen the white smoke my car would throw out when it rains.

but steam breaks up carbon so no biggie. Car runs really good so no harm done.

this is why i run a factory box with a top quality amsoil filter.
 

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Sound only? Short ram. Performance... K&N filter in stock box w/ported stock TB and tune.
 

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I like the sound the SRI makes, but I'm running the stock box with the K&N drop-in and its wonderful.
 

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when I was running the stock box, I just took the snorkle off to get a little airflow noise out of it. I eventually chose to run cai over sri because of heat soak. there's so much hot air in the engine compartment already, I just cant imagine how bad an sri would suck in east Texas.
 

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Stock airbox with a ram-air. Cant beat it with anything especially if you block off the horn on the side.
 

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^^Agreed ;)
 

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or remove it.
still love my cai though :)
 

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ive had everything on mine.

Stock w/ K&N dropin
SRI w/K&N cone
Stock w/ Mike's Ram air w/ K&N dropin
AEM full length CAI

im gonna have to say that the AEM is the winner here. after numerous intake setups on my car, i will agree with they dynos that have proven it. the AEM CAI performs the best over everything else.

filter shield FTW! i also had my AEM powdercoated gloss black to match the car...sexy!

btw, i have the scoop from Mike's RAM air kit if anyone wants it. PM me

the biggest reason i took the scoop off is cuz i desimated a possum with it. when i hit the possum, the scoop took NO damage, but since its bolted to the radiator support, it bent the support down and cracked up the radiator deflectors. it also decreases your approach angle. i have a dip right in front of my garage, so the scoop would normally pic up small gravel on the way out. id hear the bits and pieces tinging the underside of the car when they would fall out. and one more thing, we get snow here in the mid-atlantic. i can see this scoop getting shoved full of snow and really ruining my day....

sorry for the rant


AEM CAI FTW[headbang]
 

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Tell me why a cai would be protected from engine heat. The material of the cai can conduct as much heat as cold air? MY mom has a honda accord with a cold air intake and during winter she can't even reach the normal engine temperature. It's too cold. It seems scary to me.

I want the best performance out of my svt zetec for the climate here.
 

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Well, I used to have a SRI. I got rid of it after using it for a couple years and after taking the nitrous kit off (because of the hole in the intake). I didn't like the heat soak I was getting during the summer anyway. Now I have the stock box and a K&N filter.

I think the best set up would have to be Mike's style intake.
 

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Tell me why a cai would be protected from engine heat. The material of the cai can conduct as much heat as cold air? MY mom has a honda accord with a cold air intake and during winter she can't even reach the normal engine temperature. It's too cold. It seems scary to me.

I want the best performance out of my svt zetec for the climate here.
uh.. your moms thermostat may be broken.. or a sensor.. b/c a CAI will not keep a car from reaching it's normal operating temperature...
 
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