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I was thinking of putting a replacement k and n filter to replace the stock paper filter. I noticed those cheap air intakes on ebay. Are these any good? Not looking for any major performance. Just have an 04 2.0L LX. Just want to get a little better MPG and a little beter HP. Anyone know if this will even fit my car? Or should I stick with the K and N replacement?

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It doesn't say it fits the SOHC so you should make sure it does. As for if it's any good, I have a cheap short ram from ebay, and it does the Job just great. Forget about HP though, you wont get any, but it makes a pretty sweet sound! :)
 

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Thanks for the input.
Dirtbiker

So the engin compartment layout is the same ....just the size of the throttle body is different?
 

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I wouldn't go with a CAI, especially if you live in a wet environment, like I imagine Hawaii is. Go with a SRI intake. Invest in an AEM SRI. A little more expensive than a no-name eBay intake with a crap filter, but well worth it. I've had mine for two years now.
 

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The k&n drop in filter will likely net you as much power as those cheap ebay intakes,
and you won't have to worry about the crappy quality from getting an ebay intake.
If you want more sound from your intake just take the resonator box off the side.
If you want max performance, and awsome sound, and a high quality intake, get the volant intake.
I have one, and I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.
 

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The ebay filters are bad for longevity. Every one I have seen is rusting after a short time. There's not much difference in the piping but you would certainly want to upgrade the filter.
 

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I'm more worried about MPG.... Anyone know effects on mileage?
with any high quality aftermarket air filter comes, if marginally, an increase in MPG. I have the drop-in K&N on my svt and noticed a sustained 1-2 mpg increase depending on driving habits. Its not much but it definitely wont be a negative change.

I tend to lean away from aftermarket intakes just because I live in a rainy region and i'm dead scared of hydrolock.. even short ram intakes can bust your shit since my focus (dont know about yours) has an open bottomed engine bay. And I definitely wouldnt go with an ebay intake... partially because you never know what kind of crappy material its made of, partially because i dont like to support worthless chinese products...
 

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with any high quality aftermarket air filter comes, if marginally, an increase in MPG. I have the drop-in K&N on my svt and noticed a sustained 1-2 mpg increase depending on driving habits. Its not much but it definitely wont be a negative change.

I tend to lean away from aftermarket intakes just because I live in a rainy region and i'm dead scared of hydrolock.. even short ram intakes can bust your shit since my focus (dont know about yours) has an open bottomed engine bay. And I definitely wouldnt go with an ebay intake... partially because you never know what kind of crappy material its made of, partially because i dont like to support worthless chinese products...
It's next to impossible to hydrolock with an SRI. A massive amount of water would have to somehow get all the way to the bottom of the hood, and unless you drive into the bay, that's not going to happen. Even to hydrolock with a CAI, you would have to drive through a deep puddle of standing water without a bypass valve.
 

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the piping and such is almost the same just worry about the filter
 

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hydrolocking is not a very serious problem even in wet regions just dont drive through big puddles and if its raining dont drive liek a maniac and actually focus on the road and be on the look out for water and your fine u need alot of water to hydrolock a few drops wont do nething its when ur actual cold air gets inside a water puddle
 

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Stay with a K&N drop-in. I mean, I don't have anything against aftermarket intakes, but I think if you really want to do something that's going to cost you around 250 bucks, just find a used SVT intake and snorkel, and then you'll have the perfect combo, especially if you do a K&N drop with that.
 
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