Well, I needed to find a replacement for the cheapo intake I put on when I put in the D16Y8 (it was actually an APC Accord intake that I cut to make fit to my car). I read all over Honda- tech about the fake J's Racing and decided to try it out. I can't really compare the two intakes because the other one had a hole so it didn't really seal that well and I had a big hesitation before it would produce vacuum inside the intake tube and just pull air from the filter. But damn this thing is loud as hell. I had a stock header and stock exhaust (HX piping though, so no cat) and this thing screams when VTEC engages. I just put on an Apex'i WS cat-back and Carsound high-flow cat and at anything less than half throttle the very mellow, quiet exhaust is just barely louder than the intake, but at WOT the intake gets a helluva lot louder than the exhaust. It definitely needs a new filter though, because the one that comes with it is really small and then they put a "heat shield" which is just a piece of plastic over it. K&N has one that will fit the big ass opening on the end with a CF top for less than $50. I bought my intake for $75 shipped (actually it was a present from my GF). I like it, but it is definitely kind of loud.