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Unread 07-17-2013   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cold air intake questions....

Ok, so...I get that a CAI offers greater air flow and a better filter than the stock air intake. What I don't get is how the air it gets is any different than the stock intake.

My '02 has the air intake in the lower left corner of the engine compartment (as you look at the engine). It's encased in a plastic housing and the tube is relatively without bends going back to the throttle body.

This looks nearly identical to all the photos of CAIs that I can find among the vendors and websites. The CAI is typically in the same corner, has a heat resistant plastic housing, and the top is open to air from under the hood so it would seem that it is getting the same heated air.

What am I missing?
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CAI add more noise and that's about it, IMHO. If it's not one that seals and actually sucks hot air out of the engine compartment is it really a cold air intake? No in my book. A true CAI should place the filter outside of the engine compartment where it can get cold air and only cold air.
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I could see it if the CAI mounted outside the engine compartment, like some that mount to the sidewall with a filter that extends into the fender well. Other than that, I'm just not seeing how there's a significant temperature improvement. I get the other features that are improvements but this aspect has always had me scratching my head....
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