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I would go with cold air, but be careful in driving in deep puddles, this link has some good information about intakes, even header, and some exhuast.
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Why AEM? they are #3 in the Cold Air Market Now. Injen and Comptech have surpassed AEM. Really they have.:eek:
I would have to agree, from what I've read. BUT AEM is still very very very good.
 

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I had the AEM CAI, and now I have the AEM Short ram. If you want pure power gains, get the CAI. With the Short ram you lose some power, but the short ram gives that nice low growl when you hit the gas. Altho the CAI does sound alot louder at 5800 RPM. Also there's no risk of sucking up water with the short ram, and it's around $75 cheaper. When I removed my CAI, the filter had mud all over it, so muddy water had spashed up inside wheel well and at least gotten to the filter.

My advice is......if you are planning on getting an exhaust and header, go with the short ram, you will sacrifice a lil power but it will sound better and be cheaper.
 

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cai w/bpv hp=short ram hp because the bpv is a restriction in the intake, taking away hp. if you get a cai you're supposed to clean the filter like once a week because you get dirt and dust on it from it sitting so close to the road. it's already been said but i'll just repeat: if you want maximum hp (w/some inconviniences) get a cai, if you want to sacrifice a horse or two and not worry about it get a short ram (you can get a no-brand short ram for 40 on ebay).
 

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The ram-air will give you more hp if it's set up right, but then your risking the water induction. So CAI is the way to go with a street car. I personally don't trust those AEM water things. I don't have a good reason not to like them, I just don't.
 

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I did not install the bypas valve on my CAI and I love it. I wouldn't really be to worried about sucking in water, even when its raining it doesnt get in there unless you hit like 3 or 4 inches of water which I am sure you could see in front of you before you run through it. I have had my filter on for about 4-5 months and it is still clean.
 

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The main reason you lose power with a bypass valve is because you cut the pipe to install it.

In answer to you question:

CAI will give you more power, but not by a huge amount.
 

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if u want the most hp gain from an intake system...........get a cold air intake and take off ur right side front bumper light....... that way u have a ram air and cold air....... i acutally found my car to have slightly faster acceleration (at high speeds) with the bumper light off........
 

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ive had my AEM on some pretty bad rainy daze and i never had any probs. but if u go through an flooded area that will soak ur filter just dont press on the gas alot and youll be fine. i think puddles cant harm much, but the ram air shouldnt be used on the street, too risky. on the track is a different story.
 

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Ram Air is when ur filter is completely exposeed and has and opening so that air can go straight to it . so as u drive fast air goes in there faster and firces air in there............ hence the term ram air..........most ram air systems on cars such as the pontiac trans am have ram air in the hood...........but u get rid of the bumper light the filter is right there(ifu have a cold air).........and thus u have a ram air system............
 

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you could try the Weapon - R ram Air and try the stage 2... I have it and i notice a higher top speed with stage 2 heat sheild but with stage 1 (with out the sheild its like short ram with a ram air hose) it had a better take off
 

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but u get rid of the bumper light the filter is right there(ifu have a cold air).........and thus u have a ram air system............

I wouldnt call it ram air. True, air flows more through the bumper with the light taken out, but its not ram air. If anything it would probably just have cooler temps.
 

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ram air is more of a gimmick than anything else. it looks cool on the muscle cars and was a cold air intake for carburetors, but thats all its good for on a street car.

you never think youll hydrolock your motor until it happens. i know from experience.

spend the extra loot and just buy the comptech ice box, sure its not chrome but what really matters here? the comptech ice box with stock intake tube makes more power than the aem(i have dyno plots if you want). be unique and dont buy some generic tube everybody and their mom has modified to fit their escorts, cavaliers, neons and s10s.

respect your honda and give it a product from a honda only company.
 

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ram air is more of a gimmick than anything else. it looks cool on the muscle cars and was a cold air intake for carburetors, but thats all its good for on a street car.

you never think youll hydrolock your motor until it happens. i know from experience.

spend the extra loot and just buy the comptech ice box, sure its not chrome but what really matters here? the comptech ice box with stock intake tube makes more power than the aem(i have dyno plots if you want). be unique and dont buy some generic tube everybody and their mom has modified to fit their escorts, cavaliers, neons and s10s.

respect your honda and give it a product from a honda only company.

You're right comptech makes great products however, dyno'd plots of cai's arent going to be all that truthful, the temps in the wheel-well are going to be a hell of a lot different while you running down the road at 60 mph then sitting in a garage.
 
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