Hey guys I thought I would shed some light on this subject seeing that Ive noticed a few posts by members asking the same question. Which CAI do I get?
Most recent posts have been in reference to these types of CAI's Volant, K&N, Airaid, Spectre, and last but not least Summit Brand.
Seeing that im wanting to change out my custom CAI to another that is designed for our vehicles Ive spent some time researching a few of the above brands, Spectre, K&N, and Summit.
I have personal experience with a K&N and Spectre set up on some of my other vehicles.
This unit utilizes an alluminum Chrome plated tube, Alluminum mounting bracket, and an Oil free Filter
Pros: Reasonable Pricing, Easy install, Nice dress up components, Dry style filter (doesnt require oil maintenance)
Cons: Alluminum tube (this draws more heat than any plastic style tubing creating hotter air injection into the engine)
This unit utilizes a plastic tubing, Molded box, Different style filter.
Pros: Recoginized name brand, Plastic intake tubing(allows for cooler air to pass through), Easy installation.
Cons: A bit pricey, Uses an oil required filter(This has a potential danger of sucking the oil into the intake...Not Good),
Summit Brand: These are two different options they offer for their "House Brand".
As you can see both of these units are similar in looks. The only noticeable difference that I could see was 1 uses a molded box over the other being alluminum. Also different shaped or style filters. Other than that no other difference.
Pros: Cost effective, Plastic tubing, Option plastic box, Comprable filter to other brands.
Cons: IMO there are none.
Here's what some people might not know about summit products...Their house brand labled products are mostly made by your big name brand companies just with a different logo. In this instance their intakes are manufactured by Trick Flow Corperation. Trick Flow makes several performance parts to compete with companies like edlebrock, holley, CompCams, Brodix.
After viewing these examples you've seen that there are very few differences between them. A CAI is indeed a must do when it comes to mods however understand that no matter your choice of brand its only going to do so much without a supporting cast. The MPG increase between them are all going to be very close. Biggest factors for HP gains is tubing material and filter size.
In closing CAI vary in prices from $140 to $400. If you got deep pockets and dont mind spending a bunch of money on a CAI thats great but If you are what I like to call a BUDGET RACER than you might want to consider a less expensive set-up as they all are going to do the same thing. IMO only I would recommend going with one of the lower to middle price range set-ups in this particular mod and take the money saved and buy a supporting mod to go with it.
Hope this helps answer some of the questions or concerns you might have. And Good Luck with your modding