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Old 12-05-2007, 08:45 AM   #126
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Oh yeah, one more thing I wanted to note... the CARB approval only really means something to those in California

...and SiFuSpEc, I'm not disagreeing with buying an ebay intake, just putting notes out there to those looking to buy an intake that yes it will provide gains, but it can be a PITA to install without the right knowhow, and to add a good quality filter that actually does it's job and increases performance will cost probably $40 minimum unless you find a good deal somewhere. So if you spent $50 on an ebay intake, and $40 on a good filter, you're at close to $100 and you may have to modify piping etc... to make it fit, which without the right tools (which many people looking to buy cheap don't have) can take lots of time to do, and without the knowhow would have to have someone else do it, which costs money. Even say a cheap rate of $20, now you're over $100, with something that may or may not fit 100%. From what it sounds like, it's hit or miss whether you get an intake off ebay that doesn't need to be modified much, but for the guy looking to order the intake and install it right away, if said person doesn't have all the right tools, they may want to look at a branded intake (even a used one)

Then again, many people don't care about the cheap filter being on there, and for those the ebay intake is a perfect choice. They will see a power gain, but may not be able to simply bolt it on. Just trying to help people make an educated decision and that cheaper might be best for you, but for others cheaper may not be an option
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:36 PM   #127
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Theres always the Cosmoracing intakes that are inbetween the price of a Ebay and an Injen. SRI cost me $95 shipped. Extra piping could be had for around $20 to make it a CAI.
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:54 PM   #128
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if you don't swap out the useless ebay filter with a good one you are asking for trouble. take it from someone who knows and who had to clean all the dirt out of his intake pipe when he realized that maybe the screen-door screen at the tip of the cone filter probably wasn't the best design idea in the world.

Cn's; the filters that come w ebay intakes will let an entire gravel pit waltz right through.
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Old 12-11-2007, 01:42 PM   #129
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same thing here. i bought an intake for my civic "ebay" it's kinda hard to install and needed tons of mods.I was thinking of buying one for my 97 impreza outback. Should I buy the Ebay or the Weapon R or AEm if they have it.
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Old 12-11-2007, 02:53 PM   #130
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I bought an OBX CAI off ebay and it was great. I paid $65 for it opted to go with a AEM dryflow filter ($35 from a local shop). The fit was perfect and I didn't need to modify it in any way.I know its buyer beware when it comes to ebay but I highly recommend this intake for the pirce.I was a little worried about how low it sat in the fender well but I had no problems all summer, even in heavy rain.I'm sure gains were minimal but for the price I'll take it.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:09 PM   #131
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Thanks for the reference to COSMORACING earlier. I checked and can get a short ram that will actually fit without mod/homebrew for less than $100 or a cold air version for just over $130 (around $175 shipped to the house).

I checked out E-Bay and asked 2 or 3 sellers (who claimed in the ads that their short-ram kit would fit my 98 without modification) about a MAF adapter since none were shown in their pictures.

I got 2 replies from sellers who didn't know what I was talking about in regards to having to have an adapter to mount a cone filter onto the RS MAF with the flange mount. The 3rd seller claimed that if MINE had a MAF, then the kit would not fit but only would fit the "98-99 Impreza RS 2.5s WITHOUT a MAF"...

I think I will avoid THAT seller and just go with something a bit more but still not waaay overpriced. I don't really see the common sense in spending close to $300 (plus shipping) for a CAI that will deliver MAYBE 5-7 actual HP. $300+ would be a great down payment on other more efficient power adders (though admittedly not nearly as pretty!).

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Old 05-15-2008, 09:36 AM   #132
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Yeah, I know this is a long and tired thread but there is a bit of useful nfo to be found here for those of us "noobs", especially those of us with families who can't or won't afford $300 CAI systems when there are alternatives...after all that's what it's all about if you are doing the stuff yourself, as efficiently and economically as possible.

Just for those interested in the E-Bay intake. I did get one response today from an E-Bay seller who said that the short ram system he is selling comes with the MAF adapter, if it is required, so should be little or no mod/homebrew required. The link to the item as follows:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ME:X:AAQ:US:11

Hope that helps...

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Old 04-27-2010, 02:42 AM   #133
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Here is mine on a 2002 GD8 2.5RS





Around $30 shipped on Flea-bay (Ebay)

K&N RC 4180 $25 new Flea-bay auction

4 ft black silicone hose (10mm) $15 (siliconeintakes.com)

this thing is tits better gas mileage and i've noticed improved accel/ and high rpm power. only thing is when the engine is ice cold it gets sluggish. not after the engine temp gets up tho....

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Old 04-16-2015, 07:50 PM   #134
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I am about to purchase one on eBay. I took that box out from the fender and made my filter separated from the engine compartment. But the filter is not at the lower part of the fender as a cold air would.

It is a 98 Impreza outback sport manual.

I will post pics to be more specific.
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:26 AM   #135
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It actually turned out good. I get a better sound at WOT and feel the small gain. it's not letting me put up pics right now but I had to buy a 3" to 3" coupling to fit it from the intake piping to the MAF sensor. And it works pretty good.

Now on the intake hoses I had to modify.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:23 PM   #136
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Interesting thread. Oftentimes there are DIY home options that can run with the big boys!
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