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Old 04-28-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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I'm looking at Weapon R Secret Weapon Air Intake System, anyone heard anything about it or any other air intakes?
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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I have an 03 baja sport n/a. I was going to buy that since it was the ONLY one I could find online for it, but I ended up going to Autozone and piecing together my own for under $100. It may not look great, but it works. The company that makes the pieces for it is called "Spectre" or something like that.
I have a friend that has a mock up kit just for the Spectre pieces, so that ended up being the better deal for me. It defenitely woke up the engine a little and sounds more agressive, but dont expect too much out of it. One bonus is an additional 2-3 mpg on average.
It is a shame how underpowered the 2.5L SOHC engines are without a turbo. I dont know about you, but I feel like I could get out and push it faster sometimes. One of the funniest yet most truthful reviews I read about the baja before I bought mine was "Acceleration is by appiontment only." How true...
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:09 PM   #3
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yeah I know what you mean, I moved up from a 2200 Toyota engine to a 2.5L SOHC Subaru engine, I thought I would be moving up in the torque area. That's what I'm trying to fix with Intake and hopefully exhaust. I want to try to keep it on regular gas now for my family and eventually get another car as a real project car. I still don't want to leave this car stock in power or appearance.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:59 AM   #4
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I had a NA (non-turbo) Baja before I traded it in for the Turbo.
I put on it a cold air intake system from AEM(#21-472) and it fit perfectly. They don't make one for the Baja, but that one will work- I think it's referenced for an impreza.
Unfortunately when I traded it in for my 06' Turbo, I left the AEM intake on the car.....but I kept the box it came in.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:01 AM   #5
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I had a NA (non-turbo) Baja before I traded it in for the Turbo.
I put on it a cold air intake system from AEM(#21-472) and it fit perfectly. They don't make one for the Baja, but that one will work- I think it's referenced for an impreza.
Unfortunately when I traded it in for my 06' Turbo, I left the AEM intake on the car.....but I kept the box it came in.
how much did aem cost you?
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:44 AM   #6
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i have the weapon-r dragon intake. it is less $ than the secret weapon and works and sounds great.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:08 PM   #7
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Got one... I got the cheepie off of Ebay.. it works great no HP again I think but who cares the car shounds great and the motor winds up a little quicker
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:34 PM   #8
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how much did aem cost you?
If I remember right, around $350 for the AEM.

The AEM is a cold air intake that goes between the fender and the car(Behind the plactic in the wheel well) and uses their Dry-Flow filter. It was worth every penny!
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:52 PM   #9
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If I remember right, around $350 for the AEM.

The AEM is a cold air intake that goes between the fender and the car(Behind the plactic in the wheel well) and uses their Dry-Flow filter. It was worth every penny!
Thx, but I think that is a little to expensive I was hoping under $200 dollars. I was also really hoping that someone tryed out the secret weapon intake. If anyone hears anything about just let me know.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:59 PM   #10
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I recently bought a Cosmo Racing short ram intake for $100, including shipping. My stock air box was hitting a protruding part from firewall when I got a body lift kit. So far the sri is working like it should. Maybe a little loss in low end torque but kicks in at around 4000 rpm. Gets pretty loud from 5000 rpm to red line. Here is the link, the website is a bet tacky but whatever...

http://www.cosmoracing.com/productin...d=226&pid=1201
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:29 PM   #11
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I have the secret weapon on my n/a 2006, it makes the engine sound a bit more aggressive hp gains are about 8+ and mpg has gone up about 2-3+. I got mine on ebay from erz for about $185.00.
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Old 05-06-2009, 05:55 PM   #12
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yeah I know what you mean, I moved up from a 2200 Toyota engine to a 2.5L SOHC Subaru engine, I thought I would be moving up in the torque area.
For what it is worth the Baja motor must have a pretty darn good torque curve, as I've had no problem moving heavy loads (like towing over a ton of stone in our utility trailer).

I THINK you might mean you expected more hp...
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:58 PM   #13
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If you get a cold air intake, you wont be able to go to a FMIC in the future... Don't spend more than a hundred bucks on a SRI. Mine is a GP Moto SRI, works great.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:05 PM   #14
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For what it is worth the Baja motor must have a pretty darn good torque curve, as I've had no problem moving heavy loads (like towing over a ton of stone in our utility trailer).

I THINK you might mean you expected more hp...
The Camry had a lot of low end tq for some reason probably because it's a inline engine.

I must sound like an idiot, but whats FMIC?
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:40 PM   #15
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Front mount intercooler. Doesn't apply to Sport models.
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:42 AM   #16
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Front mount intercooler. Doesn't apply to Sport models.
I did not notice that it was for a N/A. Oops!
I suppose if you were going to add a turbo to your sport though, a FMIC would be a pretty good way to go (no hood scoop needed)
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:53 AM   #17
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The Camry had a lot of low end tq for some reason probably because it's a inline engine.
I still couldn't see towing a ton of stone or our boat with something like that...
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Old 05-08-2009, 09:42 AM   #18
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I did not notice that it was for a N/A. Oops!
I suppose if you were going to add a turbo to your sport though, a FMIC would be a pretty good way to go (no hood scoop needed)
You should post pics and details about what needed to be cut for yours anyway.
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:28 PM   #19
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I still couldn't see towing a ton of stone or our boat with something like that...
no but I could kick a grand-am's but with it. I didn't buy the baja for that kind of stuff anyway, I bought it cause I thought was different from what everyone else had(goal was to make it faster than a mustang gt, but I soon realised it wasn't going to...I hate 72 and newer Mustangs)
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:10 PM   #20
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no but I could kick a grand-am's but with it. I didn't buy the baja for that kind of stuff anyway, I bought it cause I thought was different from what everyone else had(goal was to make it faster than a mustang gt, but I soon realised it wasn't going to...I hate 72 and newer Mustangs)
Yup, again that plays into my point about hp vs. torque -

besides, if you wanted the Baja to be quick, then you should have gotten the turbo

I do like how it's different for sure.

And personally I didn't get the turbo because I wanted ONE vehicle that I didn't need to use self-restraint in/on
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