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Old 02-03-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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For those who have had the $80 CAI's from American muscle for a while. Does the metal rust? I've had visual problems with cheap intakes before because quite frankly the CAI's look like s*** if they get rusty. Let me know! Thanks
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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No rust and i had it for over 3 years. If your really worried just sand and paint it
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Thank you. Tempted to buy the K&N or Stack racing one so I don't need to worry. I would like to save the money for other mods if it has been good to everyone. No need to paint a brand new product.
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Think if you sanded it down and plasti dipped it, it would hold up?
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Had one for the better part of 3 years. No problem here.
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Just go with a plastic K&N cold air intake. That's what im going to do. And also a bbk throttle body
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Think if you sanded it down and plasti dipped it, it would hold up?
Honestly, I don't want to put that kind of effort into an eighty dollar CAI
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:29 AM   #8
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My k&n was well worth the extra money. If my assumption is right i believe by using a metal intake its bound to retain more heat from being in the engine compartment then one made of plastic would. Therefore defeating the ourposr of a "cold air" intake
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My k&n was well worth the extra money. If my assumption is right i believe by using a metal intake its bound to retain more heat from being in the engine compartment then one made of plastic would. Therefore defeating the ourposr of a "cold air" intake
Once the engine is at operating temp everything becomes heat soaked.. The only place you 'might' see a difference is at the track starting with a completely cold engine and letting it cool completely between passes. The gains on a V6 are so minimal anyway I doubt very seriously it makes any difference at all in DD on a daily basis.
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That sounds logical.
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That sounds logical.
No worries, I'm sure someone will roast me for it lol that's how logic is generally treated
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No worries, I'm sure someone will roast me for it lol that's how logic is generally treated
Tell me would you prefer a honey bbq glaze or would you rather have that el natural smoked flavor ;D haha.
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Ugh... Neither lol
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But... ive already got the cole slaw D:
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Lmao..
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Once the engine is at operating temp everything becomes heat soaked.. The only place you 'might' see a difference is at the track starting with a completely cold engine and letting it cool completely between passes. The gains on a V6 are so minimal anyway I doubt very seriously it makes any difference at all in DD on a daily basis.
So what you're saying is, plastic or metal, it's gonna heat up? Makes sense because it is a DD.
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Re: AM Cold Air Intake

seems to be holding up fine for me...for the price, if it gets nasty, get another one. the difference between all of them is negligible from what I have heard...especially on our sixers..windstar intake might be upgrade once you wear current one out, or better path if you havent bought one yet.
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Re: AM Cold Air Intake

For a dd i would just get a drop in filter for your stock air box. You get the only real benefit from just the drop in anyway which is the cool little whistle
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So what you're saying is, plastic or metal, it's gonna heat up? Makes sense because it is a DD.
Exactly what I'm saying. From home to the store, maybe not idk.. 10,15,20,30 miles I don't think it matters what it's made of, it will be heat soaked. Now I've seen pics of ppl with wraps around them before.
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Re: AM Cold Air Intake

I actually have mine heat wrapped it was only like six bucks and i figured it couldn't hurt.Down side is it doesn't look as pretty
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BUT I WANT IT TO LOOK PURDY! Lol that's a good point. Decisions
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Get hydrographic work done on it.. it take care of the look and wont mess up or scratch off
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Re: AM Cold Air Intake

I had the AM CAI for about 3 weeks. It appears to be well made, and it fit together nicely. It took a while to get used to the intake noise.

Shortly after that I learned about, and then purchased a VAP Windstar kit (which also comes with a CAI). I combined components from each kit to customize my setup. I like it where it is now.

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Just go with a plastic K&N cold air intake. That's what im going to do. And also a bbk throttle body
I have a 65mm BBK throttle body for sale ( BBK 65mm Mustang Throttle Body (01-04 V6) 1652 - Free Shipping! ). I used it for about 3 weeks, which was probably less than 200 miles. I don't need it because I ordered my Windstar kit with the optional 65mm TB. PM me if you are interested.
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I had the AM CAI for about 3 weeks. It appears to be well made, and it fit together nicely. It took a while to get used to the intake noise.

Shortly after that I learned about, and then purchased a VAP Windstar kit (which also comes with a CAI). I combined components from each kit to customize my setup. I like it where it is now.

I have a 65mm BBK throttle body for sale ( BBK 65mm Mustang Throttle Body (01-04 V6) 1652 - Free Shipping! ). I used it for about 3 weeks, which was probably less than 200 miles. I don't need it because I ordered my Windstar kit with the optional 65mm TB. PM me if you are interested.
How do you like the windstar intake kit? I recently bought a cherry 35th anniversary and I'm not sure I want to bend crap and some stuff required to install. The car has 48000 miles on it and it super well maintained.
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How do you like the windstar intake kit? I recently bought a cherry 35th anniversary and I'm not sure I want to bend crap and some stuff required to install. The car has 48000 miles on it and it super well maintained.
My car was similar to yours in that it was absolutely flawless in appearance, not a scratch or a dent. Mine had 120,000 miles on it though...

Bending, prying, and sawing was a little intimidating for me as well, however, after reading a few hundred posts from other people, I became confident enough to go ahead and tackle it head on. Everything went as planned with no surprises. It was WELL worth the investment.

I could not possibly be happier with the results. The overall driving experience is SO much better now. My gas mileage went up 4 mpg in town and 1 or 2 on the highway. It's kinda cool that I can drive 100 miles on the interstate, pop the hood, and grab onto the Windstar without burning my hand!

If you swap back to the stock intake the cutting and bending won't have any effect. Those parts can stay as they are. The only thing you will have to do is replace the Windstar EGR bracket with the Mustang bracket.

I have NO idea why anyone would ever want to swap back to stock though...
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I think I'm going with the upper intake from super six

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I plan to gradually complete the whole power pak
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I think I'm going with the upper intake from super six

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I plan to gradually complete the whole power pak
Your smart. **** that windstar intake. That power pack was what I'm going with.
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Just seems like a better idea for the vehicle
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If your willing to invest in it I'm sure it would provide some nice gains.
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Re: AM Cold Air Intake

Why you hating on the windstar intake its just hands down a better intake for your v6 and the only bolt on that you can actually feel unless you get an intake spacer which is pretty much the same idea cuz your increasing runner length
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