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Old 12-27-2005, 10:40 PM   #76
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SO I have been seriously thinking of just putting a 3 inch K&N filter on my stock tube with one of those MAF air adaptors.. has anyone had any experience with this? any gains? I have a 2005 rs
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:07 AM   #77
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Here is a nice looking one. I'm not gonna try it, but if anyone was interested.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/COLD-...ayphotohosting

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LOL... in this post, i said I wasn't going to buy it.

after waiting 5 weeks for cobb
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I bought it... and man am I happy
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Old 12-28-2005, 04:07 AM   #78
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Just to tell the rest of you on Gagan's progress, he has had some fantastic results with that ebay intake also. Turns out its a complete OBX rip off.
Actually, my intake, the one in that link, is an OBX intake.
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:44 AM   #79
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Here is a nice looking one. I'm not gonna try it, but if anyone was interested.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/COLD-...ayphotohosting

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That's the same intake I ordered. From the same seller! Except UPS lost mine. Well, their site says they delivered it to my front door (dec. 13th at 3:30pm if you're curious) but I was home at the time and they sure the hell didn't. When I called them up the rep told me that the driver left my package at the front door as per the website. If that's the case, then the inconsiderate mofo didn't even bother to ring the doorbell or knock. I emailed the seller and got him to file a claim with them but he clammed right up when I mentioned a replacement. It's a damn shame because I wanted to see what kind of a difference there would be going from a hot-air intake to a cold-air.
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:39 PM   #80
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That's the same intake I ordered. From the same seller! Except UPS lost mine. Well, their site says they delivered it to my front door (dec. 13th at 3:30pm if you're curious) but I was home at the time and they sure the hell didn't. When I called them up the rep told me that the driver left my package at the front door as per the website. If that's the case, then the inconsiderate mofo didn't even bother to ring the doorbell or knock. I emailed the seller and got him to file a claim with them but he clammed right up when I mentioned a replacement. It's a damn shame because I wanted to see what kind of a difference there would be going from a hot-air intake to a cold-air.

I remember reading about some UPS drivers who don't like driving to the ends of their routes. They will input a successful delivery, but the package goes back to the distribution center. There was one guy on another forum had several packages "delivered" but they were found at the distribution center when he called.
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Old 12-28-2005, 03:45 PM   #81
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I didn't want to comment on the Ebay intake(s) but I think I should say something on this. These intakes are not bolt-ons. You can't just purchase an Ebay intake and expect to just install it without issues.

They have to be modified. For example, the IAC valve and hose may have to be enlarged. You may have to drill a hole or somehow tap into the intake to attach an IAC, PCV or valve cover vacuum hose. 'May' is the key word since all of these intakes are not alike. I only tested this one version that was modified this one way by Shaun.

Also, you probably are going to have to purchase a Maf adapter. I didn't use the one that was provided by the owner (Shaun). I used the maf adapter I have for my Minnam intake, which is a perfect fit. It looked like Shaun had to modify a maf adapter to make it fit.

3rd note is that some of you ARE NOT going to like the air filter. I was going to include pics but when I swap cars, I left my digital camera in the other car. I'm sending this intake back today and it's all boxed up so I can't give you detailed pics. What I can tell you is not the quality of the filter element but the top of the filter looks similar 'to a thin metal screen'. Sure it will filter out some stuff but it's not an 'air filter' type of material. It's almost like sticking a panty hose over your maf sensor.

There's a reason why it's cheap. That wasn't the point of this thread. I wanted to see if the intake actually made or lost hp/torque and where it did it at. I was very curious. I'm putting up this post now because I feel some what responsible if a noob hurries up and go out and purchase one of these, only to be left at a standstill when they are ready to install it because they can't. Now you know!
I had absolutely no problem installing mine. It fit perfectly and yes it was a no name manufacturer. As soon as it arrived, I trashed the filter it came with, measured all aroung the c/a intake filter area and went to advanced auto to buy the biggest k&n cone filter w/ a 3" outlet I could find. Bam, now I have a k&n cold air intake for all of $85.00.

On a side note, anyone foolish enough to buy an AEM intake would do well to look at the filter. It's a k&n, which costs $50.00 at advance auto. The rest of the $230.00 cost is basically a cheap pipe with an AEM sticker on it.
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Old 12-29-2005, 06:17 AM   #82
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That's the same intake I ordered. From the same seller! Except UPS lost mine. Well, their site says they delivered it to my front door (dec. 13th at 3:30pm if you're curious) but I was home at the time and they sure the hell didn't. When I called them up the rep told me that the driver left my package at the front door as per the website. If that's the case, then the inconsiderate mofo didn't even bother to ring the doorbell or knock. I emailed the seller and got him to file a claim with them but he clammed right up when I mentioned a replacement. It's a damn shame because I wanted to see what kind of a difference there would be going from a hot-air intake to a cold-air.
Man. It does say on their ebay page that they are not responsible for anything that happens once UPS picks up the package, and they are right. They pack the box well, it comes with shredded paper has cushioning.

I'd try to get something going with them again. what do you mean by clammed up?? refused to send a replacement? refund?

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Old 12-29-2005, 06:33 AM   #83
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On a side note, anyone foolish enough to buy an AEM intake would do well to look at the filter. It's a k&n, which costs $50.00 at advance auto. The rest of the $230.00 cost is basically a cheap pipe with an AEM sticker on it.
Or at least realize that the AEM short ram is $150 at the most

I did, however, buy the Ebay intake for my Teg and will be swapping the crappy filter out for an K&N... full cold air set up for like $40 is nice... I got the K&N free from back in my Honda days.
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Old 12-29-2005, 08:58 AM   #84
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Holy cow. I just was cruising rallitek.com and saw that the weaponR intake is the ebay intake but with more clamps and probably a different filter. Price ranged from $150-200. I got mine for $15 with no filter.
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Old 12-29-2005, 09:31 AM   #85
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Gagan- I mean, the seller stopped answering my emails. He would reply within hours up until I asked if there was the possibility of getting a replacement sent to me for the one that got lost. That was on Monay. Never heard back since....
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:46 AM   #86
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Gagan- I mean, the seller stopped answering my emails. He would reply within hours up until I asked if there was the possibility of getting a replacement sent to me for the one that got lost. That was on Monay. Never heard back since....
They might be taking the week off. Lets see if you get an e-mail back on the 3rd or 4th. If not, give them a ring.

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Old 12-29-2005, 01:06 PM   #87
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Yeah, that's what i'm thinkin. However, I can see that they have completed some sales and shipped out product this week. In fact, they even got on and left some buyer feedback on the 27th. Maybe they're just playing catch-up...
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:19 AM   #89
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Well... Got my OBX cold-air intake kit (97-99 Impreza) yesterday. Seems like the UPS driver "misplaced" my package instead of delivering it like the site said. Go figure. Anyways. To my dismay, this kit ended up being a half-assed collection of crap that didn't fit without hardware replacement and modification.
All I got aside from the pipes and filter was: 3 hoses that weren't long enough, 2 couplers, and a handfull of random sized hose camps, none of which fit without having to be opened up all the way and forced. No MAF adaptor was included as opposed to the picture. Luckily I already have one as well as the correct hoses and clamps. The filter they sent me wasn't the one in the picture and actually needed MORE hardware to install, which was not included. You need a 2nd maf-adaptor-like plate and a 2.75" coupler.
Installation was way more painful than it should've been. I had to cut off the mounting bracket, sawzall the hole in my fender to a completely different shape, and then jam the fender pipe through there, only to discover that it ends up at a weird angle in the bumper which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to fit the included filter into the space it's supposed to occupy. I ended up using the filter off my current intake and contorting it to fit.
(Oh, while I was down there I also discovered that my car had been in an ACCIDENT before I bought it. The bottom of the front of the frame is actually bent out of shape on the passenger side but the bumper hides it nicely.)
So anyway, I finally got the damn thing installed and started the car up. It sounded sweet when I revved it up a couple times so I backed it out of the driveway, dropped it into first, and it died on me! No CELs, no sputters/bucks, just straight died. Now it refuses to start. I'm changing back to my old intake today to see if it makes a difference.
The moral of the story is, if I didn't already have an intake and a sawzall I would NOT have been able to install this kit. The picture and ad are really misleading, so be careful fellow MAF-users. Plus I have bad luck.

EDIT: Turns out the intake wasn't what killed my car... So after my bloodlust had sufficiently subsided, I contacted the seller about my issue and he had no clue it would need extra hardware for a MAF-based car. He was under the assumption that the OBX rep knew their shyte and that the kit would fit ANY 97-99 impreza. I also hit him up to compensate me for my frustration/disappointment and wasted time as well as misinforming me and possibly hundreds of others (yeah I laid it on a bit thick). No response yet.

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Old 12-30-2005, 05:04 PM   #90
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Well... Got my intake yesterday. Seems like the UPS driver "misplaced" my package instead of delivering it like the site said. Go figure. Anyways. To my dismay, this kit ended up being a half-assed collection of crap.
First off, it's missing pieces of vital hardware to install. All I got aside from the pipes and filter was: 3 hoses that weren't long enough, 2 couplers, and a handfull of random sized hose camps, none of which fit without having to be opened all the way and forced. No MAF adaptor was included as opposed to the picture. Luckily I already have one as well as the correct hoses and clamps. The filter they sent me needed MORE hardware to install, which was not included. You see, the base of the filter doesn't have a nice hose with a clamp on it that just slides over the pipe, but a metal plate with a hole in the middle of it that's about as big around as the fender pipe. Around this hole are 4 smaller, threaded holes for mounting another plate. This would then need to be connected to the fender pipe with another coupler.
Installation was way more painful than it should be. I had to cut off the mounting bracket, sawzall the hole in my fender to a completely different shape and jam the fender pipe through there, only to discover that it ends up at a weird angle in the bumper which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to fit the included filter into the space it's supposed to occupy. I ended up using the filter off my current intake and contorting it to fit.
(Oh, while I was down there I also discovered that my car had been in an ACCIDENT before I bought it. The front of the frame is actually bent out of shape on the passenger side but the bumper hides it nicely.)
So anyway, I finally got the damn thing installed and started the car up. It sounded sweet when I revved it up so I backed it out of the driveway, dropped it into first, and all of a sudden it died on me! No squeals, no sputters, just straight died. Now it refuses to start. I'm changing back to my old intake today to see if it makes a difference.
My point is, if I didn't already have an intake and a sawzall I would not have been able to install this. The ad is really misleading, maybe even deceptive in my case. Plus I have bad luck.
um, which ebay intake did you get???

My install was not that hard at all! It was an OBX for 97-99 (MAF cars)

Here is the write up of mine:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...&highlight=obx

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Just cut a hole in your fender and stick the filter out through the hole.
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Here you guys go. This was my install. It was a cake walk and I loved the results. Granted, some impreza owners will have a different install, because of the stock piping but should be pretty close.

http://www.sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?t=1479&start=0
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:10 AM   #93
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um, which ebay intake did you get???

...It was an OBX for 97-99 (MAF cars)...

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It's the same one you and I talked about earleir in this thread.

Oh, as for my car not starting- I think I managed to figure out what's wrong.
Here's what I came up with: Unplugging the MAF would have cause the car to start if it was the problem, but it wasn't. When cranking the engine, you could smell gas out of the tailpipe so the fuel system wasn't the issue. The lack of spark when I pulled a plug out and cranked the engine clued me off to the ignition system. Fuses, plugs, and wires checked out OK. That left the coil pack... I measured resistance across the connectors on the coil pack wiring harness and they checked out fine. Hence, the primary coils weren't the issue. I then measured resistance across the secondary coils via the spark plug connectors (1-2 and 3-4) and they read 13.1 KOhms. They should read 18 at minimum. Bingo! We have our culprit!
So, once I get my new coil pack in I'll let you guys know if I'm an idiot or if the butt-dyno reads a difference from the new intake!
EDIT: Coil #2... Resistance is only 14.5...

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Old 01-04-2006, 03:05 AM   #94
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Thumbs up ebay intake=$10, "wwwahhhhhht" sound= PRICELESS!

so i just posted my review of the $10 ebay intake:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...1#post12191726
-so i won't post the whole thing here.

i had a great time modifying it and it works better than anything for 10X the price!!

here a pic of the installed pipe:
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Old 01-04-2006, 10:52 AM   #95
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my injen had no problems at all .. ha

mad doe though
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I am doing a write up on everthing i can find with proven performance gains. I have a 98 L with the EJ22 motor in it. the only performance mods i have is the Ebay CAI with a K&N Air Filter and the Borla Cat back. and here is my dyno. this is not a before and after


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Old 03-20-2006, 11:51 AM   #97
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Finally got mine re-installed this weekend. Haven't had it on since I put on a high flow cat. Seems like a nice mid-upper range gain.
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no MAF, DJ 9iron??

and now i just need to fashion a dam to separate the filter from the rest of the engine bay so it's not sucking warm/hot air.
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Looks damn nice in that engine bay, much nicer than mine ever did.

Now its sporting the largest Nasioc.com sticker I could fine.
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