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Old 10-14-2009, 03:05 PM
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Okay, so I have looked at e-bay intakes before. I figured the same thing, why not get a kit with everything included? Lets break down what one company (and most others that fit in this category)

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More air comes to the engine means more horsepower. You can expect an average increase of torque (6-12lbs/) and a 5-15 HP boost (results may vary), more power at your wheels when revving higher in your lower gears. You will definitely notice the deep intense roaring sound every time you touch your gas paddle!

So, get what your car deserves!

haha, okay... nice selling points..."more power at your wheels when revving higher in your lower gears"

This intake system comes bundled with:

1) 2 of 3" diameter T-306 heat-resisting Premium Quality Chrome Polished Aluminum Intake Tubes

Your throttle body is bigger than this... your stock system does not bottleneck this bad, why would you want an after-market one with smaller tubes? The tube is not thick walled either. I have held a few from people I know, the temperature properties are not what they describe.

2) Mounting hardware: Brand New Vacuum hose, Couplers and Clamps

So they charge you for a bright vacuum hose and the intake comes with a hole for it. In a DIY project, you can get rid of this, or make it more descrete than this. The couplers are band clamps too, very cheap. On my BFI, I have polished T-clamps which are extremely strong. In a DIY project, you can choose to use band, or t-clamps and the finish of them.

3) A ChromeINTAKES washable and reusable high-flow performance cone air filter

Oh sweet, a filter smaller than my fist! I have a spectre filter at home from someone else's ebay intake. I can fit that filter, inside of my BFI filter. In your case, you are getting a real K&N filter that you can take care of, not a cheap one included in these kits. And even for you, if you go offroading, I would never trust these filters that come in the kits. They are cheaply constructed.

4) Basic Installation Instructions & All Necessary Hardware will be included.

Again, like you need to pay for instructions and 10 cent grommets.

5) Mass Air Flow Sensor Adapter will be included for vehicle which is required

wait, we have a MAF sensor? haha. I'm sure this is referring to other vehicles they offer an intake on, but I don't trust the fit and finish of the pipe and holes. Any small aluminum fragments entering the engine spells disaster. When you do one yourself, you control the precision.
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