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Or my personal favorite, having done it more times than i can count:

"The cheap man pays twice." You then end up spending more in the end lol.

I was always taught this lesson as, "Buy once, cry once." Has held true for any of my other hobbies (saltwater reefkeeping, firearms, homebrew, golf).
 
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I used to have an 08 mustang and I tried a Spectre CAI. Unfortunately, since most of their's at the time had chrome tubes, i could feel my car performing slightly worse. As the Texas heat did not play well with it. So after learning my lesson, I will only go with expensive quality parts.

Now I use a SynthaMax Airaid CAI. It has the kind of tubing you want as well as a heat shield. It also utilizes the snorkel from the grille. So in my opinion, it was well worth the $300.
 

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I already bought a sound tube from a 5.0 owner and I plan on installing it where VIG has installed his but I was thinking if I get an airaid intake tube that should get me even more intake noise. Am I on track here or is there a point of diminishing return here? If I go this route I'm curious to see how it's going to compare to an off the shelf cold air intake


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Instead of adding "fake" noise I just bought a cheap intake that will give me the noise I want. It might not give me much performance but most intakes do so that is that I went with since people are saying the airaid tube only mad a slight difference and for the same price I bought a new cold air intake that does both.


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Instead of adding "fake" noise I just bought a cheap intake that will give me the noise I want. It might not give me much performance but most intakes do so that is that I went with since people are saying the airaid tube only mad a slight difference and for the same price I bought a new cold air intake that does both.


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Only problem with the cheap intakes that are 50-100 dollars on eBay is you'll likely loose performance. If it's just an open filter Thats sucking in hot engine air and doesn't have the R&D that other intakes have into them


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True but I would say more of neutral performance rather than negative because it's really not going to hurt your performance even buying a cheap intake. It's just not going to gain very much if any.


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The one I bought has a heat shield and at cruising speeds the air will be rushed into the grill into the intake.


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The one I bought has a heat shield and at cruising speeds the air will be rushed into the grill into the intake.


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If it doesn't have the proper snorkel like the stock intake, it's pulling hot ambient air from the engine bay.

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I believe with the heat shield it is not though. Maybe at a stand still but not while driving.


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This from Ebaymart looks very similar to the so NAME BRANDS at a lower coin, I order one just for looks and a bit of sound. I like the clamps style , the shield black rubber molding, the reusable red filter and they sold it for 95$ shipped . $_57 (15).JPG :cool: Cold out side air will flow via the factory vent/snorkel behind the grill :cool:
 

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This from Ebaymart looks very similar to the so NAME BRANDS at a lower coin, I order one just for looks and a bit of sound. I like the clamps style , the shield black rubber molding, the reusable red filter and they sold it for 95$ shipped . View attachment 171205 :cool: Cold out side air will flow via the factory vent/snorkel behind the grill :cool:

I see where your MAF gets installed, but I do not see the one or two nipples to plug your vacuum hoses in (1 for stick, 2 for auto). Do they show in any other pictures?


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I see where your MAF gets installed, but I do not see the one or two nipples to plug your vacuum hoses in (1 for stick, 2 for auto). Do they show in any other pictures?


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It has both, look at the details on Ebay, this one is mention on the thread :thumb:
 

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It has both, look at the details on Ebay, this one is mention on the thread :thumb:

Yeah but if you look at the airaid, roush, steeda, etc they all have a lower piece to utilize the factory cold air track in the fender that connects directly to that lower piece. There is a reason it's 95 dollars. Again to each his own but when spending 20-40 k on a car why cheap out over 150 dollars for a cheap knock odd brand that clearly isn't build as well or had the R&D put into it.


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Yeah but if you look at the airaid, roush, steeda, etc they all have a lower piece to utilize the factory cold air track in the fender that connects directly to that lower piece. There is a reason it's 95 dollars. Again to each his own but when spending 20-40 k on a car why cheap out over 150 dollars for a cheap knock odd brand that clearly isn't build as well or had the R&D put into it.


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Agreed. If you don't have the money for a quality part, just be patient and wait.

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Yeah but if you look at the airaid, roush, steeda, etc they all have a lower piece to utilize the factory cold air track in the fender that connects directly to that lower piece. There is a reason it's 95 dollars. Again to each his own but when spending 20-40 k on a car why cheap out over 150 dollars for a cheap knock odd brand that clearly isn't build as well or had the R&D put into it.


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FWIW, R&D done and a copy can be duplicated , my brand new 2014 V6 was only 16,750 plus tax/tags, by today's standard a very economical daily driver.:cool:
 

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FWIW, R&D done and a copy can be duplicated , my brand new 2014 V6 was only 16,750 plus tax/tags, by today's standard a very economical daily driver.:cool:

Yeah but clearly by looking at the unit It deletes the factory cold air system. If It copied it effectively I would say go for it. But clearly it is a horrible copy that adds a little noise and probable has some negative impact on performance. I bet if you added a iat gauge and tested the eBay knock off and the stock intake the stock unit would give a noticeable difference in temperatures. I'm all for saving money but in certain areas Its worth paying a little more.


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I truly don't think it would be a noticeable loss of performance.


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