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Old 06-24-2005, 04:14 PM   #1
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Default Are intakes supposed to be this loud?

sounds fine under normal driving, sound slike a damned indy car at WOT or even in the 3500+ RPM range.

i bought a no name intake consiting of an aluminum pipe, 3 vacum hoses and a k&n knockoff (as in imitation) filer. The filter itself is a normal looking cone filter, but the end of it is wide open except for a mesh screen over it. I thought these filters pulled air in from the sides of the filter itself...can i either

a) cover the open end of the filter
b) ditch the knock off and get a k&n or green

also...when i first put it on it tossed a CEL on first start, but after that it went out. There is also what looks like an air-flow sensor that mounted on the front of the original airbox, which i assume is a cali-car thing because ive never seen anything like it before. There was no place to mount it on the intake, but i can always just drill a hole for it. right now its taped to some other wires until i can figure out what to do with it.

car doesnt act funny. accels abit more fierce but the exhaust doesnt reek of unburnt gasoline, it isnt idling odd or acting dumb. is there an easy way to tell if your car is running to rich/lean after one of these?

also, someone suggested wrapping the tube in dynamat to help keep the tube from heating up and therefore causing the air inside to get too hot. how feasable is that?
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:36 PM   #2
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wait, im having a very hard time understanding this....




did you say you taped your MassAirFlow (MAF) sensor to a bunch of wires near the intake? ....and the car runs?

i cant begin to imagine how ridiculously lean you may be running


put the stock airbox back in until you buy a name brand intake with a proper sized housing for the MAF sensor.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:37 PM   #3
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also...when i first put it on it tossed a CEL on first start, but after that it went out. There is also what looks like an air-flow sensor that mounted on the front of the original airbox, which i assume is a cali-car thing because ive never seen anything like it before. There was no place to mount it on the intake, but i can always just drill a hole for it. right now its taped to some other wires until i can figure out what to do with it.
Uh.. Isn't that your MAF? Seems like it wouldn't run right if that wasn't hooked up.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:38 PM   #4
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:39 PM   #5
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just ditch the intake for a few reasons:

1) maybe gained 2hp
2) probably messed up your MAF sensor hence the CEL making it rich/lean. (not sure what intakes do for a OB)
3) its a knock off, if your set on the idea that you want a intake, just spend the extra 50-100 and get a name brand one.
4) if you think something is wrong, most likely it is (speaking from personal experience)
5) its just not worth the benefits/risk

goodluck with whatever you decide to do.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:43 PM   #6
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take that off your car asap. before you rreally break something...
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:43 PM   #7
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ill take pics for you guys tonite or something so you can see exactly what im talking about..i dont want to assume things and give you guys the wrong info.

but in all seriousness, it the car runs fine heh. at least....it feels and sounds like its running fine
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:44 PM   #8
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lol, your in safe mode..
that's your maf sensor..
you need it.

throw away the intake.
quit screwing arround with things you don't understand.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:45 PM   #9
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ill take pics for you guys tonite or something so you can see exactly what im talking about..i dont want to assume things and give you guys the wrong info.

but in all seriousness, it the car runs fine heh. at least....it feels and sounds like its running fine
until KABOOOOM!
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:45 PM   #10
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seriously tho, take it off you car before you blow something
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:48 PM   #11
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How much did you pay for this knock-off? Maybe you should have just got a K&N drop in until you could afford something more expensive.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:54 PM   #12
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car doesnt act funny. accels abit more fierce


I like that part the best.
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Old 06-24-2005, 07:42 PM   #13
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I made a mistake on my Intake when I first put it in, ( i know what ur thinking, why would I bother with an Intake??)

But I put the MAF in backwards, boy did I feel like a jackass.
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Old 06-24-2005, 09:21 PM   #14
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accels abit more fierce
[GTF]Intakes are for pussies.[/GTF]



Really though, just put the stock airbox back on, before you regret it.
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:23 PM   #15
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i call shenanigans
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Old 06-25-2005, 01:22 AM   #16
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NO..... nooo.. dont mess with the MAF! bad.. NoO!

Make sure u didn't blow ur MAF ... if u did, subarus gonna want like 250+ for it more than likely
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:51 AM   #17
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Sorry to flatten the tires on the bandwagon, buts its a temp sensor, not MAF. I had a real mechanic look at it (yes, one who works on subarus and other imports).
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Old 06-27-2005, 09:00 AM   #18
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Sorry to flatten the tires on the bandwagon, buts its a temp sensor, not MAF. I had a real mechanic look at it (yes, one who works on subarus and other imports).

if the piece was round, it's not a MAF. If the piece was square, shame on you for not plugging it back in.

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Old 06-27-2005, 09:11 AM   #19
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To answer your original question...........

YES..it will be that loud.....I put a Cobb intake on my wifes 2.5 na Baja and at WOT its almost funny..the car sounds like its doing something, but its really not..I chuckle everytime I do it....
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Old 06-27-2005, 10:47 AM   #20
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This is the best thread ever!!!!
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:13 AM   #21
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I agree with wrx2.0 555. I recently installed a K&N Typhoon Intake... like so many of you were suggesting. The car sounds louder, and the turbo spool is also a LOT louder.

Sounds very nice, actually... I love the sound of the turbo spooling...
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:24 AM   #22
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Sounds very nice, actually... I love the sound of the turbo spooling...

I REALLY love the sound of the turbo spooling in the WRONG FORUM. Kinda like nails on a chalkboard. This is about intakes for an N/A vehicle. BIG difference.

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Old 06-27-2005, 01:09 PM   #23
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it was round and looked like a temp probe. i mentioned MAF because i had seen people talking about it in earlier threads. I assumed after the install that it WASNT the MAF since the car started and ran (and has since continued to run) perfectly fine.

I'm sure the accel is pure placebo, and its not like it was a COLD air intake (that i wouldnt bother doing unless i had an engine worth doing it to).

Its loud, its pretty, its cheap...whatever car's doing fine, im doing fine and the mechanic said ill continue to be fine so i shall worry no longer.
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Old 06-27-2005, 01:25 PM   #24
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Great that it is not the MAF. But, get a new filter. If the end of it is wide open except for a mesh screen you are not filtering any air. That mesh is the only thing between dust and water and crap and you internals. That is also why it is so loud. Get a filter that covers the end of the tube completely. Also watch out for water and rain until you get that covered.

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Old 06-27-2005, 01:58 PM   #25
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Great that it is not the MAF. But, get a new filter. If the end of it is wide open except for a mesh screen you are not filtering any air. That mesh is the only thing between dust and water and crap and you internals. That is also why it is so loud. Get a filter that covers the end of the tube completely. Also watch out for water and rain until you get that covered.

Peace,

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for now i got a 5" heavy-duty rubber cap (used for plumbing but the heat rating is high) over the end of the imitation filter until i get a REAL filter.

Thanks to all who replied in a serious/non-judgmental way
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