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Old 05-17-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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CAI or Drop in filter??

I'm new to this world and I have read mixed reviews online so I finally figured I'd come ask you experts...

Is a CAI worth the $$$ or just get a drop-in replacement filter??

Thanks in advance guys!
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I'm new to this world and I have read mixed reviews online so I finally figured I'd come ask you experts...

Is a CAI worth the $$$ or just get a drop-in replacement filter??

Thanks in advance guys!
Definitely CAI!
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:06 AM   #3
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A CAI is only worth the money if you get one that works with a tuner. There are many sold that do not require a tuner; these provide nice under the hood looks, and a sound (like the sound tube installed on the GT's) that folks like to hear, but do little in added air flow. Ford did a great job with the stock airbox; it flows great. They installed a "muffler" in the stock tube side that drowns out the sound folks like to hear when they stomp the pedal.

If you plan to buy a CAI for cosmetics, or for the sound, than any CAI will work for you. If you want all that plus some performace gains, buy a CAI that works with a tuner, as that's whats going to give you the best of all worlds.
Personally, I'd avoid any CAI that states "does not require a tuner", as these are basically stock replacements for looks and sound only. If your creative, you could cut the muffler (sound deadner) off of your stock setup, fiberglass the hole, then repaint.
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A CAI is only worth the money if you get one that works with a tuner. There are many sold that do not require a tuner; these provide nice under the hood looks, and a sound (like the sound tube installed on the GT's) that folks like to hear, but do little in added air flow. Ford did a great job with the stock airbox; it flows great. They installed a "muffler" in the stock tube side that drowns out the sound folks like to hear when they stomp the pedal.

If you plan to buy a CAI for cosmetics, or for the sound, than any CAI will work for you. If you want all that plus some performace gains, buy a CAI that works with a tuner, as that's whats going to give you the best of all worlds.
Personally, I'd avoid any CAI that states "does not require a tuner", as these are basically stock replacements for looks and sound only. If your creative, you could cut the muffler (sound deadner) off of your stock setup, fiberglass the hole, then repaint.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:05 AM   #5
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CAI without a doubt. You can buy combos CAI with the tuner. U won't feel much gain if any without the tune.
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If you don't want a tune

I had the K&N drop in filter and even though it did sound better then the stock filter when full throttle it had no different feeling with throttle response.

I put on the Airaid because of just the good looks it will have when I put the hood up at car shows. ( Eye Candy) It Doooo look great.

I was totally surprised when I got in and rolled away the first time after installing the Airaid. The throttle response is improved 100% compared to what it was before the Airaid. I have no tune. I'm sure with a tune it would work even better but I don't race or auto-X anymore so the stock tune works OK for me. There is no downside of having a CAI that I can see. I do not think it was a waste of money because it does add the Eye Candy I wanted with the bonus of a great sound and excellent throttle response.


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cai or keep the stock.


The drop in is crap. Bob the oil guy did a test and the k&n is the middle if the road performance wise. The pro: is that it is reusable.

The no tune Cais are just as good as the others unless you can feel an extra 4 hp ( steeda and ??) Most of the ones on the market are no tune required but the tune will help you get the most benefit. I haven't seen any negative responses in any cai other than they fit snug in a few.

I do think the are too expensive for what they are. I think the price should be around 150-175. But that's just me.

I don't regret mine. I noticed 0 performance gains but did notice better throttle response and it did make the car sound more aggressive and looks cool when I pop the hood. Combined with the tune I later got then I awakened the beast.


Do what makes you happy. It's your car and there's no downside other than you are spending money. Then it is all downhill as it becomes addicting.
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I had the K&N drop in filter and even though it did sound better then the stock filter when full throttle it had no different feeling with throttle response.

I put on the Airaid because of just the good looks it will have when I put the hood up at car shows. ( Eye Candy) It Doooo look great.

I was totally surprised when I got in and rolled away the first time after installing the Airaid. The throttle response is improved 100% compared to what it was before the Airaid. I have no tune. I'm sure with a tune it would work even better but I don't race or auto-X anymore so the stock tune works OK for me. There is no downside of having a CAI that I can see. I do not think it was a waste of money because it does add the Eye Candy I wanted with the bonus of a great sound and excellent throttle response.


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