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Old 05-16-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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Has anyone heard any good things about this brand? I've heard good things about jlt bbk c&l and steeda but from my understanding they all require a tune which I don't have money for ATM. But airaid doesn't require a tune but I haven't heard anything about them.
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I've read sone people love it whereas others who say it's a good start but the tune really gets you what you're looking for with better acceleration and more hp. My buddy has a k&n cai with no tune on his 06' GT & his acceleration is definitely better than my stock air box on my 07.
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Re: Airaid cai

its a solid piece, I would try to find some dyno before/after to find the one that works best.

JLT for the money is great, so is C&L race CAI
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its a solid piece, I would try to find some dyno before/after to find the one that works best.

JLT for the money is great, so is C&L race CAI
I'm saving up my funds for the JLT & Tuner. It's good to see someone else support the JLT CAI I'm wanting to invest in.
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Re: Airaid cai

may not look the best compared to others but ive heard good things about it
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Has anyone heard any good things about this brand? I've heard good things about jlt bbk c&l and steeda but from my understanding they all require a tune which I don't have money for ATM. But airaid doesn't require a tune but I haven't heard anything about them.
When I had my bbk intake it didn't require a tune. They just recommended 91 octane or better and I never had an issue after 2 years of use.
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When I had my bbk intake it didn't require a tune. They just recommended 91 octane or better and I never had an issue after 2 years of use.
Ever get the impression that the CAI companies get kickbacks from the tuner companies for suckering people into buying the tuners? My buddy with a K&N CAI has been using it for a year+ and has NOT thrown a code in his 06 GT.
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Ever get the impression that the CAI companies get kickbacks from the tuner companies for suckering people into buying the tuners? My buddy with a K&N CAI has been using it for a year+ and has NOT thrown a code in his 06 GT.
Lol very possible. I know as long as the diameter of intake tube isn't bigger than the factory intake where the mass airflow sensor is metering a tune isn't required, the computer can figure it out on it's own. Where the tuner comes into play is when it is sized up. Basically the bbk and k&n get rid of the restrictions of the factory intake but don't upsize the intake tube so they make power just not as much as the ones that require a tuner.
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When I had my bbk intake it didn't require a tune. They just recommended 91 octane or better and I never had an issue after 2 years of use.
anyone that would say just use a higher octane without a tune obviously should not be giving advice on what to do for a newer car... octane without a tune is 100% waste of money.

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Ever get the impression that the CAI companies get kickbacks from the tuner companies for suckering people into buying the tuners? My buddy with a K&N CAI has been using it for a year+ and has NOT thrown a code in his 06 GT.
There is a VERY good reason on 05+ to get the tune checked, most 05+ require a tune. The car might "sound" ok but it could be dangerously lean~ the computer can compensate but you just never know. If you want the best performance and a safe car you must get the car checked on a dyno and adjust if needed.
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anyone that would say just use a higher octane without a tune obviously should not be giving advice on what to do for a newer car... octane without a tune is 100% waste of money.

There is a VERY good reason on 05+ to get the tune checked, most 05+ require a tune. The car might "sound" ok but it could be dangerously lean~ the computer can compensate but you just never know. If you want the best performance and a safe car you must get the car checked on a dyno and adjust if needed.
Like I said, the computer can safely compensate as long as the diameter of the intake isn't changed that's where problems occur. Thousands if people have ran bbk and k&n with no tune and I have never heard of any problems nor have I had any. They will run a little leaner than stock but the stock tune is rich.
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spector v this is bbk's words on the octane i was just quoting what i read when i installed mine years ago. this is copy and pasted directly off there install sheet.

SPECIAL NOTE
Due to the increased airflow and performance gains associated with this product, a slight detonation or lean condition may occur if used with low octane fuels (Regular). If this happens we recommend switching to a fuel with a higher octane rating (Premium, or Super).
In addition, if you are installing this product on a vehicle that has been previously modified or has a "tune" other than stock, you may find it necessary to have the tune adjusted or modified to accommodate for the increase in airflow that this product provides.
Please visit us at BBK: BBK Performance Parts to view a fully photographed installation of this and the many other BBK products available to help maximize the performance potential of your vehicle.
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airaid doesn't require a tune
You are right - they are sold with the understanding that a tune isn't required. But for the small increase vs. the cost, IMO its not worth it. You can buy your CAI twice and waste money, or save up and do it right the first time. A good CAI with a tune can give you more hp by a factor of 2-3 times over one that doesn't. Do your homework - the info is out there.
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