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Old 04-22-2005, 09:23 AM   #1
Dan C
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Default Ram Air/ Cold Air intake

I want to either install a cold air intake or a ram air intake on my 2004 Baja Turbo. I was wondering if anyone knew how to find information on how these two affect gas mileage, and what kind of power gains would be expected. I also was wondering if anyone had personal experience with either and how the power band was affected - did the cold air hurt low end power? Did high end make up for it? Does the ram air really give you a seat of the pants difference coming off the line? How much louder is the car after the install? I appreciate any help.
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Old 04-22-2005, 09:46 AM   #2
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It's a turbo, no need to have ram air. That's what the intercooler does, cools the air. You will not find many turbo guys that will suggest it. Brian.
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Old 04-22-2005, 09:51 AM   #3
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More air, and cooler air is always a good thing. With an intake however you will not feel any power gains(you may gain an hp or two). But when you hear your turbo spool and BOV go off for the first time with your intake on you will be very happy. There is no need to do anything expensive for an intake either. Any $25 ebay special will do as long as it is stainless steel and the MAF senser matches up. The filters with them aren't good, but you can buy a K&N for about $50. Total cost, around $75 and in my opinion well worth it.
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Old 04-22-2005, 02:04 PM   #4
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It's a turbo, no need to have ram air. That's what the intercooler does, cools the air. You will not find many turbo guys that will suggest it. Brian.
So, do you think a Ram Air intake would have a positive effect on an NA Baja?
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Old 04-22-2005, 02:39 PM   #5
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So, do you think a Ram Air intake would have a positive effect on an NA Baja?
On an NA baja its a different story, Yes its a good thing.

ON a turbo...well I am not positive. Everything I have seen says spend your money elsewhere, but Ive yet to test that myself so its youre call.
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Old 04-22-2005, 02:51 PM   #6
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One thing to consider about the ram v. cold air intake is the ram is a quick install whereas most installs I've seen with the cold air intake involve running the pipe into the wheel well area, which means having to take out the "sporkle." It's not hard--just one more thing to do.

I installed the short ram as part of some other mods so I can't comment on what it did for me on it's own. Love the sound though. My wife calls my Baja Darth Vader's car...
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