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Half of the members are just going to shake their head when they read your question because it should be obvious, the other half (the ricey half) are going to say get the FMAI since it should work so much better.

I'm in the first half .......

Three letters ... A ....... E .......... M. ;)
 

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Why would you want to look like you have an intercooler? The FMAI won't get you any more gains then an AEM. Save that space for a real intercooler down the road.


Daremo said:
Half of the members are just going to shake their head when they read your question because it should be obvious, the other half (the ricey half) are going to say get the FMAI since it should work so much better.

I'm in the first half .......

Three letters ... A ....... E .......... M. ;)
I am right with you in the second half.
 

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Well first of all the FMCAI (front mount cold air intake) is tacky obviously. Should you race someone who thinks they stand a chance against your car on boost then you will get your ass handed to you on a silver platter. Aesthetically speaking it's not attractive to see the air filter in the front either. You can actually see the filter and it has a pinkish look to it, not cool looking at all.

From a technical standpoint, I notice that you live in Minnesota. Minnesota has lots of moisture in the form of snow and rain right? That FMCAI is just asking to hydrolock your engine. Hydrolock is a terminal engine problem where water gets into your cylinders and kills your engine. With nothing but air in between that intake and the moisture of Minnesota, I'd give your car little time on the road before you encounter some serious cylinder issues. The CAI isn't too much better of a choice in your location either. Even the bypass valve can prove useless against harsh northern weather. If you must have one then get the AEM CAI, they're a good brand and problems with their product are generally rare. I personally would use a short ram intake, which is a wider tube that never goes down towards the ground. Here's a picture of mine:

This vritually completely elminates the chances of hydrolock during daily operation of your car. I live in WA, a very rainy state and I feel much safer with just the short ram setup :).
 

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Lame thread.

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speaking of fake intercoolers, does anybody know if lj garcia actually has a turbo on his show queen h22. last time i saw it, there was an intercooler hooked up to nothing. i just think its funny because everybody sweats his nuts.
 

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why would u get the frount mount intake that looks like an intercooler so u look fast but then your really not?? oh ya!!! its called RICE!!! :( :eek: ,just get the AEM, u'll get better gains and thats all that matters, plus the AEM doesnt look that bad either.
 

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The whole point of having that intake mounted in the front was so that it'll get more cold air into the engine. However if a rock or something hits the intake, the filter will just rip leaving the intake useless and itll start suckin up rocks and other debris into the engine. Arospeed also has that protective fiberglass or wutever u put in front of the intake so that it'll protect the intake from any harmful debris that could rip the filter. However, that protective covering ruins the whole purpose of having it in front of the car by blocking the air and making it go around the covering. Making the air go around the covering will slow the incoming air and therefor ruins the whole purpose of having it out front.
 

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The theory behind the FMAI is a good one, however it is not practical for the everyday driver. The principle is the same as people removing a headlight at the track to route their intake through the opening.

It is a good idea in theory, but not for the street.
 

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I don't think you understand what I am saying. I am saying that putting the intake out front where air can be forced in due to the moving car is a good idea. I am not saying the FMAI design is a good idea, I am saying the principle is a good idea.

Edit: Damn Neouser, where did your post go?
 
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