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Old 07-04-2009, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default What do you guys think of a SPT intake? What do you have?

I am thinking about purchasing a Spt intake and I wanna know your opinions!?
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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what are you expecting out of it? sound or performance? if you are expecting performance from it, and your car is stock, there are better things to buy. if you are stage2 or planning to go stage2 with it, then its a worthwhile mod to supplement the higher boost levels. since majority of everyone goes stage2 at one point or another, getting an intake such as the spt is never a bad idea.

if you just want the "pshh" sound, then i think its a lot better than buying a BOV. just be sure to run it with a heatshield whatever you do.

i would recommend the cobb short ram intake with the cobb airbox, much better combo than the spt intake/spt heatshield.

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Old 07-04-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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Its definitely one of the good ones. As long as you get the heatsheild. And on an 06 WRX you will see some gains, small but real. Once you go into more mods you will see much more worthwhile gains from it though. As for the Cobb, the problem is that Cobb no longer sells the airbox, and they were semi hard to get ahold of when they DID make them, so I wouldnt bet on finding one used very easily.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:34 PM   #4
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i dont think the OP ever mentioned buying a used one, but if he is getting a new one, i see a few when i search it on froogle.com

but why did cobb stop making that box? it was a simple but effective design.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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I just bought one and installed it about a week ago. Despite what some will say there was an increase in performance (not big, but noticeable) and my car is otherwise stock. The increase in sound was more than I expected, to the point that on a road trip I could see it becoming quite annoying. Like others have said make sure you get the heat shield. Flatirons did a test on intakes that helped me make my decision to go with one.

http://flatironsrally.typepad.com/fl..._intakes_.html
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:02 PM   #6
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i would say that it gets annoying if you're going around town a lot, on and off throttle = too much noise.

i actually like the noise though... i'll never get tired of hearing the turbo spool lol.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:06 PM   #7
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I just had a Perrin CAI installed yesterday (09 WRX) with a bunch of other mods (TMIC, pro tune, etc). I am very happy with the cool hissing sound it makes when the boost kicks in, its different than the "BOV" sound, more like a loud, mean, hiss. With the windows down its loud, with them up you can hear it ok but not loud at all. I liked the Perrin unit BC it places the intake opening down into the wheel well and out of the engine compartment so the charge should be a bit cooler. No probs for the tuner either. I wouldnt choose a "short ram" and have it right there in the engine bay, it was 102 deg yesterday here.

The cool thing is, with my relatively quiet COBB CB, observers on the outside hear the hiss and turbo whine really loud. Usually the exhaust noise covers this up, rarely have I heard this noise from any car, usually all you hear is exhaust. Me like.

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Old 07-05-2009, 12:39 PM   #8
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i had the spt intake with heatsheald and didnt like it........on really hot summer days i felt like i was losing power because all i was doing was sucking reallyt hot air into my intake. plus i dunno if i had a defective one or not but the air filter kept falling off the intake tube even when i tightened it perfectly. stock intake is best
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:07 PM   #9
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I just had a Perrin CAI installed yesterday (09 WRX) with a bunch of other mods (TMIC, pro tune, etc). I am very happy with the cool hissing sound it makes when the boost kicks in, its different than the "BOV" sound, more like a loud, mean, hiss. With the windows down its loud, with them up you can hear it ok but not loud at all. I liked the Perrin unit BC it places the intake opening down into the wheel well and out of the engine compartment so the charge should be a bit cooler. No probs for the tuner either. I wouldnt choose a "short ram" and have it right there in the engine bay, it was 102 deg yesterday here.

The cool thing is, with my relatively quiet COBB CB, observers on the outside hear the hiss and turbo whine really loud. Usually the exhaust noise covers this up, rarely have I heard this noise from any car, usually all you hear is exhaust. Me like.

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I installed one about a week ago from Perrin. Love the sound much better then the BOV. Draws a ton of looks.
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Old 07-05-2009, 11:52 PM   #10
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don't know much about the SPT...but it looks good though...am using APS POD air intake...most likely changing it to the APS CAI intake soon...
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:22 AM   #11
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I have had the SPT and the K&N. Both of them are the better of the intakes on the market but I agree that unless you are going large, it isn't worth it. It wasn't to me anyways. The sound was nice but I didn't feel much gain in performance and it gave me a dirty MAF sensor.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:51 AM   #12
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I've done a ton of reading on this matter, and have owned various short rams for my sti which I never liked.

CAI > Stock air box > Short Ram

There are SO MANY opinions on this and the only definite conclusion is that the CAI is the best intake style because its not sucking in hot air from your engine.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:42 AM   #13
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I am running an SPT shorty with the heatshield and I like it. There are a few things that you can do to increase the performance of it....

1)Take the ram air piece from your stock induction that would normally take air from the front of the car and deliver it into the snorkus. Cut it so that it dumps onto your short ram instead of the fender wall.

2)My friend and I are in the process of making a DIY ram-air kit that will take air from the front passenger side of the car (where your fog light/cover would be), channel through the fender and deliver it right into the short ram. I've heard of this being done before and I decided to give it a go.

I might end up doing both of these to increase the cold air delivery into my intake. I cant go with a CAI b/c of the rain and nasty winters here in Chicago. Best of luck to ya in whatever you choose!
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:36 PM   #14
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The increase in sound was more than I expected, to the point that on a road trip I could see it becoming quite annoying.
I had the dealership install mine as part of the deal when I bought my car. I've never known a WRX sound without it till my sister-in-law bought a 06 WRX over the winter. I keep thinking something's missing on her car.

It is kind of annoying on long road trips. Unless the highway is completely level and you have the cruise set at 70, you're going to hear it most of your trip. Sounds like a toilet that runs all the time....

Only other problem is you cannot clean the filter, you have to replace it. I haven't looked into other cleanable filters for the end (like K&N), but I think I'll be looking into that in the near future.
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:54 PM   #15
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2)My friend and I are in the process of making a DIY ram-air kit that will take air from the front passenger side of the car (where your fog light/cover would be), channel through the fender and deliver it right into the short ram. I've heard of this being done before and I decided to give it a go.

I did this years ago on my GC8 using the stock airbox and 3" brake duct tubing. Needed to cut one hole in the inner fender liner to get the hose back into the front and down to the little space below the fogs. Worked great. If I were to do it again, I'd put a bit more engineering into water capture and expulsion (never had an issue, just need to engineer for it). The stock airbox below the filter is not sealed completely, so it worked pretty well.....along with the distance up and gravity.


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Only other problem is you cannot clean the filter, you have to replace it.
Why couldn't you use a K&N filter charger kit? It would turn your SPT cone red, but who cares?

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I did this years ago on my GC8 using the stock airbox and 3" brake duct tubing. Needed to cut one hole in the inner fender liner to get the hose back into the front and down to the little space below the fogs. Worked great. If I were to do it again, I'd put a bit more engineering into water capture and expulsion (never had an issue, just need to engineer for it). The stock airbox below the filter is not sealed completely, so it worked pretty well.....along with the distance up and gravity.


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Awesome! Thanks for the info. I'll be looking into water capture and expulsion. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:34 PM   #17
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I got the spt for warranty reasons, never had a problem. I did however cut the stock ram thingy so it directs air to the filter. And I really never heard it cruising at 70, road noise was overpowering.....

Since going stage 2, I only hear the bpv now anyways.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:05 PM   #18
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just upgrade the stock box, I have a Perrin filter with smooth intake runner(essentially a smooth hose) I also have a TXS intake I would sell you cheap if you like the psshhhtt sound. PM if interested
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:14 PM   #19
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I have an SPT + heatshield + modified intake tubing to dump cooler air in the short rams enclosure. I had it tuned with that and a few other mods. Works just fine...

Noise is barely noticeable too me, however I have an Invidia N1 exhaust that overwhelms the little bit of noise it makes. I can hear the BPV venting back into the intake a lot better. I've had people ask me if I had a BOV.
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:25 PM   #20
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I have an SPT intake and heat shield in my trunk, still in the box. Mine doesn't make any noise at all, don't know what all the fuss is about.
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I am thinking about purchasing a Spt intake and I wanna know your opinions!?
I use to have one. They are pretty well constructed. high quality stuff. Looks great! The couplers are thick rubbers, comes with t-bolt clamps, instructions are well documented.

With the intake installed, you can hear a mild turbo spooling,wheeezzing sound when you step on the accelerator. then when you let it off on the gas, it goes Pssst!!! Its cool for awhile then gets annoying.
Make sure you get the heatshield too. But I think its better to get the one that sucks air from the fender.
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I have an SPT intake and heat shield in my trunk, still in the box. Mine doesn't make any noise at all, don't know what all the fuss is about.
Didn't you tighten down the clamps to the spare tire? You probably have a vacuum leak.


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Old 07-07-2009, 12:18 AM   #23
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i have this setup
spt intake w/ heatsheild
and its pretty good
i get looks when i drive around now
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Damn it! knew I forgot something. It's no wonder my carpet is always dirty.

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Didn't you tighten down the clamps to the spare tire? You probably have a vacuum leak.


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Only other problem is you cannot clean the filter, you have to replace it. I haven't looked into other cleanable filters for the end (like K&N), but I think I'll be looking into that in the near future.
i have a thread started on that
all i got was K&N and the AEM Dryflow intake filters
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