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Old 12-10-2003, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default Ebay Intakes for N/A Hooray!

Ok, I know this is a cheesy post but I must ask. I keep looking on Ebay at the tons upon tons of CHEAP intakes for the Impreza. The ones in particular that I'm talking about are the ones for the N/A Imprezas (Maf and Map). A lot of them have 'buy it now' prices for $25.00 towards $50.00 which seems like a steal. Now I understand that they are not Cold Air intakes but they are intakes nevertheless.

Has anyone purchased any of these intakes? If so, what is your take on them? I've searched and came up with two different threads in N/A about it that weren't directly related to what I'm asking. And if you throw in the 'it ain't making hp because it's not drawing in cold air', well....that may not necessarily be the case.

So lets here it from you Ebay intake owners and your thoughts on these. Heck, I can purchase 8-10 of them for the price of some of the 'better' intakes for the Impreza.

BTW: I'm asking this because I may purchase one of these for both of my scoobies. I'm cheap!

They actually do not seem that bad. Here's one to go:

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Old 12-10-2003, 12:30 AM   #2
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And here's another one to go that's cold air for a $44.95 'Buy it now' price.

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Old 12-10-2003, 01:01 AM   #3
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The cold air one looks very similar in construction to my Injen intake. I imagine it wouldn't be too hard for someone to copy an established design. Only way to know about build quality is to actually buy one and see what you get.

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Old 12-10-2003, 01:43 AM   #4
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Well just the material cost alone in comparison to those prices makes up for the cost. (I mean, go price all that stuff out seperatly and it will cost more than those things do, which is good I guess)
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Old 12-10-2003, 07:46 AM   #5
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hmmm that 2nd oneis kind of tempting to try playing with.
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Old 12-10-2003, 08:56 AM   #6
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Pics seem to look good in terms of potential quality - but most of the ones that I saw on there were asking $20+ for shipping, making a $25 intake turn into $50 real quick.
$20 to ship using UPS ground - they must be kidding, I almost sent one guy an email to inquire what kind of shipping he was planning on using.

The second CAI looks pretty cool though.
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Old 12-10-2003, 10:03 AM   #7
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I just got one of these intakes off of ebay from the seller "Autobacs". The intake itself is good quality, although most of the stuff did not fit. the throttle body pipe he sent me did not fit snuggly onto the throttle body. the hoses that come with it are too small in diameter to fit onto the engine block so I had to use hose reducers so I could connect the OEM hoses and the intake hoses. Also the throttle body pipe was too big so I had to cut off about 2 inches. Other than that everything else was fine. I havent been able to try it out because my car is put away for the time being. Just be warned if you buy one of these ebay intakes that you will need a MAF adaptor for the earlier subarus which you can get from www.kartboy.com, and that these intakes are most likely not "easy bolt on, no modification installation" intakes.
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Old 12-10-2003, 12:11 PM   #8
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I bought my indiglo gauges from autobacs.

Which intake did you buy? The CAI or the more common j tube one? It looks like from the pictures that they both replace the torque box, correct? Does it look like you could hack part of it off to keep the torque box on? How's the construction of the tube, good? aluminum?
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Old 12-10-2003, 04:25 PM   #9
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It is just the common J-tube one. Torque box? Do you mean the air box cuz if so yes you remove the old air box. The tube is very good, it is aluminum. The thing is though that this could actually be a CAI because if I had not cut the tubing and took out the fender tube and made the fender hole large enough I could have had the filter inside the fender for a CAI. But I did not do this. BUT the filter is right up against the fender tubing so it is sucking cold air from the fender as well as warm engine air.
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