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Alright. Since I don't have a lot of money right now, I'm going to go ahead and make one mod at a time. And the first thing to go is the stock airbox. Now all I have to do is to decide on which one I want to get. What are advantages/disadvantages of these three intakes? How much do they cost and how easy are they to install?

it's pretty easy to find aems or injens but i've been having trouble finding comptechs. where can i buy comptechs for a reasonable price?
 

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dragontegz said:
Alright. Since I don't have a lot of money right now, I'm going to go ahead and make one mod at a time. And the first thing to go is the stock airbox. Now all I have to do is to decide on which one I want to get. What are advantages/disadvantages of these three intakes? How much do they cost and how easy are they to install?

I'm not quite sure how comptech icebox works. it's still inside the engine bay, right? how does it suck up colder air like aem and injen cai's do?
the icebox is a hybrid of a short ram and a CAI. its uses your stock piping but instead of having a resonator box thats connected to your filter box, it has a tube that goes from your filterbox down to where all the other CAI goes behind the bumper. did you know you can make your own icebox for around 10 or 15$.
 

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forget them all............ go with a ractive cold air intake......... the cheepest cold air ive found, and use it in my car...........it still has a KnN filter and the cold air comes in 2 pieces so u could convert it into short ram if u felt the need to............

RACTIVE all the way on this one....cheep and works just as good.
 

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AEM uses a one piece cold air because there is less restriction in the flow. Where the two pieces join together there is a slowing of the flow of air. It is the same principle as the 2 piece header. The AEM will give you greater gains.
 

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forget them all............ go with a ractive cold air intake......... the cheepest cold air ive found, and use it in my car...........it still has a KnN filter and the cold air comes in 2 pieces so u could convert it into short ram if u felt the need to............

RACTIVE all the way on this one....cheep and works just as good.
how much is it and where did you get it? i looked at driversfx.com but the pictures they had didn't look like a cai. what do you mean when you say ractive works just as good?
 

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Re: Re: AEM, Injen or Comptech?

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the icebox is a hybrid of a short ram and a CAI. its uses your stock piping but instead of having a resonator box thats connected to your filter box, it has a tube that goes from your filterbox down to where all the other CAI goes behind the bumper. did you know you can make your own icebox for around 10 or 15$.
really? how do i do that?
 

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It's basically your stock box without the resonator.
 

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it cost me like $100 (not including shipping)........... i got it out of an ad in a super street magazine......ill find out which company exactly and post it.................



all the cold air intakes are metal tubes with a KnN filter on the end............and because Ractive cold airs are 2 pieces make no difference in performence what so ever......its not like our cars need extreme amounts of air in the first place, andone little slit is not going to make a single difference....... I have driven another teg with an AEM cold air, and a cat back exauhst (same set up as me but my cold air intake is ractive),,,,,,,,,,,, and noticed no difference what so ever in performence.... in fact my teg and the one with the aem feel identicle,,,,,,,,... and because im a little better driver i beet my friends teg with the AEM all the time..

unless u really want an AEM decal, and want to spend a lot more money i would go with the ractive.....cause its pretty much all the same performence wise...
 

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The important question is, what kind of weather do you usually have in your area? If it's always sunny and dry, then I would choose AEM. But if the weather in your area is always rainny and wet, then I would choose Comptech Ice box.

AEM gives you a nice power hump at around 4000-4500RPM over the Comptech Ice Box. So if your weather permits, and your car is a daily driver, then it's AEM is a nice thing to have. The problem with AEM is water ingestion. I know there are people who ingested water with their AEM CAI's and blew up their engines. Trust me, it's not a pretty sight seeing pictures of hydrolocked motors. Installing a Bypass valve will cause you to lose some power, plus you will need to cut the AEM piping to install the bypass valve. And having the filter mounted in the fenders will dirty up the filter very quickly. More crap will get to the filter compared to the Comptech Ice Box.

The Comptech Ice Box doesn't give you the nice power hump at 4000-4500RPM, but you don't have to worry about water ingestion in rainny days, and you don't have to clean your air filter as frequent. Plus, you'll still have a nice power gain over the stock air intake box.
 

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i live in alaska.......i think i got everyone beet when it comes to crap weather..............in the real bad months in the winter up here i just convert the ractive cold air into a short ram since its 2 pieces........and in the summer and fall its all about the cold air baby!!!




(got a little too excited for no apparent reason.............sorry)
 

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Then in that case, I would choose Comptech Ice Box for sure. The AEM has no real big advantage over the Comptech Ice Box except for the little hump, plus with the Ice Box you won't have to worry about water puddles in the summer. Peace of mind is a nice thing to have!
 

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tuan, what ever happened to that one intake that was really fat at one point in the pipe, wouldnt have that one allowed the most air flow? please tell me you know what im talking about...
 

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It's basically your stock box without the resonator.
do i just need to remove the resonator or do i need other things to make this work? oh yeah, how tough is it to remove the stock resonator and what kind of effect would it have on my car performance and sound-wise?
 

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You'll need to jack up the car and pull out the fender in order to access the resonator. It's not hard to take it off, it just takes time and some brute force yanking it out.

Then you will need some tubing (dryer hose, ABS pipes, etc.) to route the intake. You'll probably feel your car is peppier and a nice grunt when you let your car rip.
 

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do you know where i can get a detailed instruction on this? it would be really helpful, thanks.
 

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well serious tunning or not............... my ractive feels the exact same as my friend's aem...........
Well first off, it may just be like a couple of horsepoewr which you aren't going to notice without putting it on a dyno. Secondly, you don't have any major mods so you wouldn't see much of a difference anyway. Put some fairly aggressive cams in your car and your friends with the AEM and see which one performes better. I'd be willing to put money on the car with the AEM cause with the cams the engine is gonna need more air and the ractive intake just won't be able to deliver.
 
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