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Old 06-03-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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Ok, has any official maganize, kind of like "Consumer Reports", and actually rated the various brands? I want to get the best one but not by personal bias but data to bavk it up.
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Forums are the best place to get tips for stuff like this, you can talk to real people with real experience with the objects. I would take that any day over any sort of magazine, critics are not always the best people to ask.

That said, SCT is by far the most recommended by enthusiasts as a whole
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I have an Airaid CAI with the SCT iTSX tuner using a BAMA tune and I can't say enough about it.....that being said, the Steeda CAI worked well for me in the past.
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After countless reads and reviews...air raid and steeds seem to be front runners for consistency. Consistency being key word.
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After countless reads and reviews...air raid and steeds seem to be front runners for consistency. Consistency being key word.
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Ok, has any official maganize, kind of like "Consumer Reports", and actually rated the various brands? I want to get the best one but not by personal bias but data to bavk it up.
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Go to.a magazine who.favors whoever they are reviewing at the time or pays the most for an add?
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Thank you for your experience and advice.
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Steeds worked with FRPP on there model of CAI. Just what I read and will be purchasing when the time comes.
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Go to.a magazine who.favors whoever they are reviewing at the time or pays the most for an add?
This. There are no "consumer reports" for aftermarket parts. All the magazines are in bed with some parts company or another. They survive on ad revenue (the $15/yr you pay for a sub is a laughable portion of the operating cost) and it will always be like this.

Not to mention - you write a bad review about someone's product, and you never get another one to test. Ever. This hurts you since you don't get to review their products, and you lose subs since your competitors review more popular products. When you lose subs, advertisers pull their funding. It's a pretty vicious world that I am glad I don't live in.
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Could not have stated better.....

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Such a corrupt industry
It really is. Companies pay so much to people to run certain products. To have them claim they are the best etc. A buddy did real world testing. He paid for a jlt, roush, airraid, steeds. Did the track testing to see any real gains. Datalogs of maf signals etc. Steeds then sent him there boss intake free to test. He tested it and gave them his reviews. Here is his review. His car is a full bolt on auto. Boss swapped engine. A real boss engine. He bought it and pulled the regular 5.0 engine. His car has been 10.9's. He DD's it. Does his own tuning with software only a few people have. He also tuned the fastest bolt on auto in the country that went 11.00@124. Here is his review.

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Wow, who would've thunk it! LOL
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So, get this. I was driving home after getting my quarter windows tinted black before I install my louvers. I saw JLT! Yep, didn't know the company is about 2 mi from my house. Chesapeake VA. Anyways, I go in and ask if they are cheaper than AM, not really. With the discount AM beats them; even with the middle man.
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So, get this. I was driving home after getting my quarter windows tinted black before I install my louvers. I saw JLT! Yep, didn't know the company is about 2 mi from my house. Chesapeake VA. Anyways, I go in and ask if they are cheaper than AM, not really. With the discount AM beats them; even with the middle man.
Its jlt I expect nothing less.
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So, get this. I was driving home after getting my quarter windows tinted black before I install my louvers. I saw JLT! Yep, didn't know the company is about 2 mi from my house. Chesapeake VA. Anyways, I go in and ask if they are cheaper than AM, not really. With the discount AM beats them; even with the middle man.
Pretty hard to justify the price of such a "cheap" product... Plastic tube, filter, couple clamps, couplers, and a mediocre heat shield... I really doubt the r&d could be extensive enough to rack up the price...
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This. There are no "consumer reports" for aftermarket parts. All the magazines are in bed with some parts company or another. They survive on ad revenue (the $15/yr you pay for a sub is a laughable portion of the operating cost) and it will always be like this.

Not to mention - you write a bad review about someone's product, and you never get another one to test. Ever. This hurts you since you don't get to review their products, and you lose subs since your competitors review more popular products. When you lose subs, advertisers pull their funding. It's a pretty vicious world that I am glad I don't live in.
Just find some random shmoe on YouTube with before and after dyno videos or 1/4 mile videos for reference
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Just find some random shmoe on YouTube with before and after dyno videos or 1/4 mile videos for reference
And how can you be sure that the "random schmoe" isn't working for or being paid off by that company? I believe the OP was looking for something more reputable.
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And how can you be sure that the "random schmoe" isn't working for or being paid off by that company? I believe the OP was looking for something more reputable.
I guess you can't... I'd think that anyone reputable would be more inclined to advertise for pay though
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Re: CAI & Tuner

Steeda gets very high marks. ISO 9001 company that spends big bucks on R&D. Great quality and a BIG improvement in performance..
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I really like my steeda CAI and boss manifold setup. Fit is good too.
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Don't waste your money on a CAI. Just get a drop in K&N and tune. Save that money for a Off Road X Pipe or Boss Manifold
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Yeah, thats what im leaning towards now. It does look cool under the hood but the gaunscarent worth it.
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Yeah, thats what im leaning towards now. It does look cool under the hood but the gaunscarent worth it.
Dude hearing my jlt suck in air when I throttle
It is reason enough for purchase lol, and it looks better than the oem air box, since you care about coolness, how could you not get a CAI?

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Don't waste your money on a CAI. Just get a drop in K&N and tune. Save that money for a Off Road X Pipe or Boss Manifold
http://forums.corral.net/forums/s-19...-n-filter.html waste of money?
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Dude hearing my jlt suck in air when I throttle
It is reason enough for purchase lol, and it looks better than the oem air box, since you care about coolness, how could you not get a CAI?

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http://forums.corral.net/forums/s-19...-n-filter.html waste of money?
Dyno results mean crap when comparing open filter with Hood open. How many cars you know drive around with their Hood open in the air. GIVE YOU A HINT NONE.

Several people have done test. Jlt claims .1-.2 in the 1/4. Guess what. All test showed the tune gained the cold air didn't help gain crap.
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Dyno results mean crap when comparing open filter with Hood open. How many cars you know drive around with their Hood open in the air. GIVE YOU A HINT NONE.

Several people have done test. Jlt claims .1-.2 in the 1/4. Guess what. All test showed the tune gained the cold air didn't help gain crap.
Open hood vs open hood... So no air gets in the engine bay at 40+ mph?
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I have an AEM and like it. It's an enclosed type filter, close to stock. Honestly I bought it because I got a great deal on it but I'd buy another no problem. Never hear them mentioned or see write ups on them, I guess it because it's not open like the other CAI. Oh it fits with my Boss intake also.
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So, I haven't been in a vehicle with a CAI. Can you really hear it suuuuuuuuck in air over the pipes?
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So, I haven't been in a vehicle with a CAI. Can you really hear it suuuuuuuuck in air over the pipes?
Yes. I didn't like it and it's part of the reason I sold it.
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Yes. I didn't like it and it's part of the reason I sold it.
On my JLT you can plug up the sound tube, would that have helped?
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I have talked to the two most reputable tuners here in Charlotte and both recommend the JLT if you plan to push more than 400 HP at some point in the future. The others are all fine, but fall short in higher power applications. I had a C&L on my 06 and it worked great. I plan on putting the JLT on my 2013 5.0. To me the tune is as, if not more important. BAMA is good, but will not touch a true "dyno" tune by a custom tuner. If you have a programmer and your CAI it's probably the best $250 to $350 you can spend. I agree, SCT is the way to go.
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I have talked to the two most reputable tuners here in Charlotte and both recommend the JLT if you plan to push more than 400 HP at some point in the future. The others are all fine, but fall short in higher power applications. I had a C&L on my 06 and it worked great. I plan on putting the JLT on my 2013 5.0. To me the tune is as, if not more important. BAMA is good, but will not touch a true "dyno" tune by a custom tuner. If you have a programmer and your CAI it's probably the best $250 to $350 you can spend. I agree, SCT is the way to go.
Just a tune puts some of these cars over 400rwhp I don't know what they are getting at with that! Second some of the fastest cars around use the steeda and airaid cai. And last unless you can get a dyno tune from a shop that is experienced at tuning the new 5.0 then a email tune from a reputable shop is better. Some shops have been tuning a long time but the new 5.0 is a new world. And they all use sct...
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Very true. One of the shops I mentioned, the owner drives an 11 and has been tuning since they have been out. They have seen 430 RWHP with just tune and CAI. But would highly advise checking out the reputation of anyone who touches your car. Test n tunes are a great place to ask around.
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