do cai or ram air really improve performance rather than just better filter

domindart

Test Drive
Location
ATL ga
I want to get good gains in performance and mpg by upgrading intake. Can I do this by just getting a AEM air filter, or should I spend the extra money on a weapon r?
 

Cptpackrat

Bumpers Installed
Location
Gillette WY
You will not see any major improvements doing a CAI setup. I would suggest picking up a K&N panel filter as it is cleanable and performs better than a normal paper filter.
 

domindart

Test Drive
Location
ATL ga
Ya, I've heard it is minimal.... Just want to maximize throttle response and mpgs,I drive for work. AEM makes a washable filter also which is probably what I'll go with if I keep the stock box..
 

Cptpackrat

Bumpers Installed
Location
Gillette WY
basically there is 2 baffles attached to your airbox, one is under the hood on the rear of the box, the other is in the fenderwell, just remove them and then go to home depot and find plumbers expandable plugs that fit the holes
 

Muadeeb

Bastard Admin from Hell
Admin
Location
Dallas
There's a resonator behind the left headlight that I've removed in this pic:
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In the bottom, there's a 1 1/2" test plug with a hose clamp sealing the hole.

There's another box coming off the intake hose that you seal with another test plug:
intake%20mod.jpg


Better view of the tube:
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2" is the normal recommendation, but the one I used split the tube. Wound up with a 1 1/2" threaded pvc plug in there.

The 3rd one is a large baffle under the left fender. Remove the screws holding the liner below, then reach up and yank it out. Will take some time, and probably some scrapes, but could just fall out. No plug needed for this one.
 
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Prime

Some Kind of In Charge?
Admin
Location
Denver-ish
Any of the aftermarket filters are going to be tight in the air box. But just get the K&N. It's proven.
 

TheFauxFox

Titan Swapped / SAS'd
Founding Member
Location
Huntsville, AL
Arguably, K&N filters provide more power. This is due to their design where the filter is less restrictive; therefore allowing a greater flow rate air. Conversely, this also results in dirtier air.

I don't have a study to back up either of these statements.
 

granitex

Skid Plates
Founding Member
Location
Columbus OH
until you open up the exhaust the actual gains are going to be pretty minimal. that being said I am still sold on the k&n filter, glad that I did it years ago
 

domindart

Test Drive
Location
ATL ga
I have been running a generic open cone air filter and it runs fine, no surging or anything, I was going to put in a heat shield too but it didn't work out . Just running the air filter and it runs fine, I think there's more power now.
 

Richard

Bought an X
Location
Oregon
I have been running a generic open cone air filter and it runs fine, no surging or anything, I was going to put in a heat shield too but it didn't work out . Just running the air filter and it runs fine, I think there's more power now.
I assume you have the V6 right?
 
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