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Old 09-04-2007, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default $74 Ebay CAI intake review

Ok well i was excited to get home today as my new intake had arrived.


so here it is -


so out with the old



in with the new




the only issue that I had was with the U shaped piece that screws onto the brake dist. block in the fender...it was not wide enough to slide onto the threaded post...So I had to modify it a little...took a little time but no biggie. The quality of the product is ok..the piping is a little thin and seems to scratch/pit easy but I plan on paiting it anyway as I want it red.

Performance wise it is alot quieter that just having the snorkis removed like I had but the butt dyno feels like it's a little quicker.

All in all for 74 bucks shipped with a K&N filter I would buy it again and so far recommend it, just be ware of the issue with the mount that needs to be widened.

also make sure that you install the pipe the correct way or the maf will be backwords and your car won't start ...........like mine did.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:22 PM   #2
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reset the ecu.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:28 PM   #3
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reset the ecu.
oh yes i did that too. before taking it for a spin.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:45 PM   #4
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Put the air diverter back in (forgot the name).
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:24 PM   #5
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I wonder how the ECU likes that gigantic bend where the MAF sensor is?
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:07 AM   #6
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I wonder how the ECU likes that gigantic bend where the MAF sensor is?
it's actually not bent where the maf is...it's just the angle that the pic is at...it's in a straight piece of the intake.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:14 PM   #7
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reset the eccu.
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Old 09-05-2007, 06:16 PM   #8
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oh yes i did that too. before taking it for a spin.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:22 PM   #9
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Noice. So what made you go with this? Are you worried about having the same problems that you did with the K&N drop in?
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:29 AM   #10
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Noice. So what made you go with this? Are you worried about having the same problems that you did with the K&N drop in?
So far so good..i wanted something to help clean up the engine bay...and i got to thinking that the issue may have been that the fac. intake was sucking in alot of heat since i just removed the snorkis and nothing else. It was free (anniv. present) from the inlaws soo i fig. i had nothing to loose..i am going to paint it as it does scratch pretty easy being raw aluminum. the filter that came with the kit is very large...looks like it would have more surface area than just a stock sized panel filter too.

Been on the car for 3 days and is working perfect.

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Old 09-08-2007, 07:20 PM   #11
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So far so good..i wanted something to help clean up the engine bay...and i got to thinking that the issue may have been that the fac. intake was sucking in alot of heat since i just removed the snorkis and nothing else. It was free (anniv. present) from the inlaws soo i fig. i had nothing to loose..i am going to paint it as it does scratch pretty easy being raw aluminum. the filter that came with the kit is very large...looks like it would have more surface area than just a stock sized panel filter too.

Been on the car for 3 days and is working perfect.
Ah, no problems with MAF sensor that you know of?
Oh, and happy anniversary!
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Old 09-08-2007, 07:25 PM   #12
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After 1 week I would recommend disconnecting the ECU (aka resetting it) and then cleaning the maf with JUST a can of MAF cleaner. Found at advance auto.

That way you can see how much (if any) build up takes place on the maf in that setup.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:45 AM   #13
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so what company sells these on ebay? could you post a link? thanks
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:08 AM   #14
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looks genuine to me....
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:52 PM   #15
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checked your Air/fuels post install?
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:46 AM   #16
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CAI with no tune?



yikes...


I'm gonna make a "Engine blown" thread prediction...
Hopefully you saved everything you need to go back to stock so you can get some warranty work if/when you need it.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:16 AM   #17
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You can get an ebay CAI that has the correct size MAF tube (no maf correction needed) for like $40 shipped.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:26 AM   #18
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You can get an ebay CAI that has the correct size MAF tube (no maf correction needed) for like $40 shipped.
Link plz
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:46 AM   #19
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You can get an ebay CAI that has the correct size MAF tube (no maf correction needed) for like $40 shipped.
just because it's the right size doesn't mean no maf correction is required. Turbulance is also something you need to look out for. I don't think there's a CAI on the market that DOESN'T require a re-tune. Even the prodrive has a MAF variance of like 10 percent. Which, IMHO is enough to warrant a re-tune. You may say "Well, the Cobb setup doesn't require a re-tune." To which i say, the Cobb setup isn't a CAI. It's a short ram, and it has air straighteners built in and a crap load of r&d, which is why it doesn't cost $74. Sorry, but even my 2002 bugeye is too valuable for even the possibility of problems.

To the OP, i hope this works out for you. Good luck
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/IMPRE...spagenameZWDVW

Its a cheap knockoff of buschur's CAI. everything is pretty much the exact same.

I logged before and after the install on my stage 2 tuned car. almost the exact same readings as my stock intake gave. Not saying it work for everone, but it worked for me.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/IMPRE...spagenameZWDVW

Its a cheap knockoff of buschur's CAI...
Which is a knockoff or just about every CAI for the WRX in existence. AEM, Prodrive, Buschur, ebay, they all look the same.
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Cheap knockoff... for some odd reason I see a big red flag when I hear that.
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I'm pretty new to this whole scene. Anyway, where and how would you go about getting a re-tune/ computer chip, etc?

I have an '05 RS that I just put an intake on with a generic pipe and K&N filter. It seems to run great so far.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:09 PM   #24
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The MAF sensor being right in the middle of a bend worries me.

the accuracy may change as RPM's climb.

Please have good tests done.

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Old 09-18-2007, 10:40 PM   #25
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The MAF sensor being right in the middle of a bend worries me.

teh accuracy may change as RPM's climb.

Please have good tests done.
It's not in the middle of the bend...where the maf is it is completely straight.


I will clean the maf as instructed above and report back on the findings. The one posted above to ebay looks exactly like mine but mine came with a k&n filter..see here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...148991143&rd=1


So far over 1000 miles with nothing at all different. even my gas mileage has been the same. I would think if this were to screw up you a/f ratios then that would be a sign ( i could be wrong) that something is wrong but nothing is diff. still getting 23 mpg which is the same as before the install.
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