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Old 03-16-2013, 11:47 AM   #36
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Would a CAI be worth getting or would it be just for looks?
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The CAI and the Exhaust complement each other. (sort of an analogy) the CAI basically allows your car to breath IN better and pull a little more air in, and the exhaust allows it to breathe OUT better. Your cars preformance will almost always be based on the more restrictive item in the line.

but someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:36 PM   #38
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The CAI and the Exhaust complement each other. (sort of an analogy) the CAI basically allows your car to breath IN better and pull a little more air in, and the exhaust allows it to breathe OUT better. Your cars preformance will almost always be based on the more restrictive item in the line.

but someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong
You pretty much covered it.

Keep in mind our pushrod sixes aren't as responsive to bolt ons like the newer v6s, so don't expect huge gains from any basic bolt ons.

I have exhaust, an American Muscle $75 CAI, and a tune...definitely woke the car up compared to its stock form, but I'm definitely not "fast". No GT eater here

Also in regards to the exhaust...23 must be the new 55 lol, because I also prefer a quieter, more mellow six over a loud one.

If I would've seen this post before your install I would've suggested dumping the exhaust under the car...that would've made it louder and still sound decent.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:00 AM   #39
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So would a CAI be worth getting next? Or should I just get a shift kit next instead? I have an auto by the way.
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a hand held if you don't have one...then look into a j mod
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And if I do go with a CAI next, would I get more hp gains from the CAI or a Tune?

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a hand held if you don't have one...then look into a j mod
By hand held do you mean a tuner? And what's a J Mod? Sorry, l am new to this.
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yea i mean tuner when i say hand held...and j mod is a home done shift kit basically...google it for a write up
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yea i mean tuner when i say hand held...and j mod is a home done shift kit basically...google it for a write up
Do you recommend a j mod instead of a shift kit? Is it possible to do both? I will google it now. Thanks for the tip.

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I will go with a tune next. What are the possible hp gains I can get with a tune?
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Where can I get a J Mod done? Just looked it up and I don't have the tooling or the experience with transmissions. Thanks for the J Mod tip!
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Where can I get a J Mod done? Just looked it up and I don't have the tooling or the experience with transmissions. Thanks for the J Mod tip!
Well if you go to a shop the cheapest I got a number around was 200 and they will only do shift kits. They won't do j-mods but j mods are better. Trust me its not that hard. Just read the instructions and take a lot of pictures
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Here is the J-mod and American Muscle has a combo kit that comes with a CAI (Cold Air Intake) and a Hand held Tuner from SCT
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Do you recommend a j mod instead of a shift kit? Is it possible to do both? I will google it now. Thanks for the tip.

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I will go with a tune next. What are the possible hp gains I can get with a tune?
I would do the jmod and get a few custom tunes from American Muscle or a similar custom tuning vendor. The custom tunes are uploaded to your car via a handheld tuner like SCT.

The CAI will not do much...in conjunction with a 93 octane race tune from Bama Tuning (from American Muscle) you might see ~7-10rwhp and similar tq. The real noticeable difference that you'll actually feel is the difference in your auto shifting. Between the jmod and the improved shift firmness/points set by the tune your auto will wake right the hell up.

I'd suggest getting an inexpensive CAI from American Muscle or the Bomz Ebay CAI if that's still around and install it yourself. You'll get in some wrenching time and get know your car better. The CAI install requires some basic tools (screwdrivers and sockets) and doesn't require a lot of teardown, so it's a great do-it-yourself mod.

If you feel more comfortable after the CAI install..do some research and consider doing the jmod. If you're still not sure about it, just get the custom tunes with the improved shift points. You'll be more than happy with those alone.
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I would do the jmod and get a few custom tunes from American Muscle or a similar custom tuning vendor. The custom tunes are uploaded to your car via a handheld tuner like SCT.

The CAI will not do much...in conjunction with a 93 octane race tune from Bama Tuning (from American Muscle) you might see ~7-10rwhp and similar tq. The real noticeable difference that you'll actually feel is the difference in your auto shifting. Between the jmod and the improved shift firmness/points set by the tune your auto will wake right the hell up.

I'd suggest getting an inexpensive CAI from American Muscle or the Bomz Ebay CAI if that's still around and install it yourself. You'll get in some wrenching time and get know your car better. The CAI install requires some basic tools (screwdrivers and sockets) and doesn't require a lot of teardown, so it's a great do-it-yourself mod.

If you feel more comfortable after the CAI install..do some research and consider doing the jmod. If you're still not sure about it, just get the custom tunes with the improved shift points. You'll be more than happy with those alone.
Thanks, will do. Will the CAI affect my car when it comes to passing smog? (I live in California)
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Thanks, will do. Will the CAI affect my car when it comes to passing smog? (I live in California)
No, get BBK or K&N both are carb legal
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Will not pass smog. But you're saving a buttload of money with a cheap CAI. It's not too bad taking it off every two years for smog
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Will not pass smog. But you're saving a buttload of money with a cheap CAI. It's not too bad taking it off every two years for smog
Ya it won't pass smog....but it only takes 15-20mins to take Cai off and put stock back on..cheap Cai best way to go...k&n is not even a cold air bcuz it sits next to engine getting hot air...eBay brand works great ur basically paying for the name not hp
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Will not pass smog. But you're saving a buttload of money with a cheap CAI. It's not too bad taking it off every two years for smog
Would have to get it re-tuned when switching back to stock intake when doing the smog test?
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Would have to get it re-tuned when switching back to stock intake when doing the smog test?
Yes just to be on safe side .... If u have the handheld tuner from AM takes 5mins
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Yes just to be on safe side .... If u have the handheld tuner from AM takes 5mins
So I should order a tuner the same time I order the CAI? If so, which tuner and CAI do you recommend?
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So I should order a tuner the same time I order the CAI? If so, which tuner and CAI do you recommend?
If you have the money ya tuner is the best mod u can get especially from AM bcuz of the free tunes for life....Cai honestly I get a cheap one from eBay like $50 but u can get a Cai and tuner combo from AM I think but I think its pointless for paying a lot of money for a intake for the name....

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If ur car is a auto u will be amazed with the tuner.... I love it its night and day with the shift points now
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Thanks for the tips! I will check out AM for tuners now.
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Thanks for the tips! I will check out AM for tuners now.
Good luck... Np
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Yeah, I have my CAI with no time and I feel no difference. I wouldn't say you have to retune the computer. It's just a short drive to the smog place and back home. But just to be safe you should change the tune every time you add or discard a mod
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Yup i got my flowmaster exhaust and the American Muscle CAI.... i fell more power over 3000rpm, but now i`m gonna grab the tuner soon... I heard so good thing for Automatic... but not much about manual... so that`s why i hesitate so much... Is there anyway owner with the tuner and a 5 speed tranny?
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Yup i got my flowmaster exhaust and the American Muscle CAI.... i fell more power over 3000rpm, but now i`m gonna grab the tuner soon... I heard so good thing for Automatic... but not much about manual... so that`s why i hesitate so much... Is there anyway owner with the tuner and a 5 speed tranny?
The tuner will tie all ur mods together so they are working together...plus it will set ur air fuel ratio and I love.it bcuz its also a obd2 reader incase I get a check engine light use the tuner to find out what it is.
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exactly, true duals you will have two pipes with either an x or h pipe. or you could go divorced duals, no x or h pipe. and two mufflers. 650 isn't bad but to give you an idea, it's different in different areas, but I got my cats taken off, divorced, and a flow master catback all for $400.
Mine was about the same price ~450ish. Just depends on location.
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Mine was about the same price ~450ish. Just depends on location.
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Is it possible or reasonable to try for quad exhaust? Instead of the dual pipes?
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I have divorced duals with no mufflers....I wake up ny neighbors and set if car alarms...
Cats and muffs keep the peace.
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I run an h pipe with dumped magnaflows.
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Is it possible or reasonable to try for quad exhaust? Instead of the dual pipes?
if you want something different, sure. But have fun cutting into the bumper getting it to look good! It wouldn't look right with the v6 rear bumper.
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Ive seen a quad exhaust....looks weird on our narrow cars
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I see.. Hahha do it te side port roush way that might be an improvement ish
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my buddy did that to his car but with a Cobra rear bumper hers a picture

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That looks cool actually

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