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Old 06-03-2009, 08:27 AM   #1
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I am looking at putting a cold air intake on my 09 V6. One question I can't ever really get an answer for is how much more actual horse power I would get with one. I read some articles saying manufacturers tend to overstate and others saying they understate. What have some of your experiences been with them?
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I am looking at putting a cold air intake on my 09 V6. One question I can't ever really get an answer for is how much more actual horse power I would get with one. I read some articles saying manufacturers tend to overstate and others saying they understate. What have some of your experiences been with them?
Truth is that on most vehicles you will see any where from a 0-10hp gain. Nothing that you will significantly notice. You may pick up a slight tone or even a little bit better throttle response with it. As you continue to add bolt-ons and mods it will help produce better numbers across the line. Like if you had a blower the CAI might actually provide 15hp instead of 5hp.
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Yah, those companies that boast 10-20hp instantly gained just by bolting the CAI up is b.s.

I got my cai from american muscle for $70. I noticed a deeper tone out of my exhaust at idle and during mild acceleration. The throttle response is better, no more 1-2 second lag just after giving it wot. I'd say I gained maybe 5hp. Like saleenfiend said nothing too significant.
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3 to 7 HP is about the best you can expect
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Re: Cold air intake power

through the past 10 years in the v6 community the average is 5-6rwhp and 3-4rwtq from the basic CAI~
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5-8hp max and no one intake is better then other. Don't matter if it's a $40 ebay system or a $250 KN FIPK GEN2, they all get around the same HP increase. Most BBK, MAC, KN intakes are 50 state legal and would be something to think about if your state test for emissions.
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I live in Edmonton, AB Canada so not worried about emissions testing. But thanks for the input definitely appreciate it!!!
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The 09 will need a tune after putting a CAI on. The new computers are not able to compensate for the increase in air flow alone.
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