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Old 03-01-2011, 09:51 AM
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Is worth buying a generic or homemade CAI vs. name brand name CAI for my 03 Ram w/Hemi? The saving could be about $200 dollars if I go generic brand.
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The expensive ones have testing and engineering in them, cheap ones try to copy them for as cheap as they can. I wouldn't spend my money on one, but it's up to you! You could do a drop in filter like Amsoil EAA or K&N and make a new tube to the throttle body, it has been done a bunch of times!
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I went with a generic ebay CAI and then changed the filter to a K&N and still saved a couple hundred bucks and I noticed a big MPG gain in combination with an exhaust, So I say its worth it. no matter what it is still gonna be more free flowing than the stock unit. just try to find one with a heat shield as that will keep it as a cold air intake and not just an intake.
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id say go for a brand name.
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Spectre CAI is $140 ...Plus I love mine on my 05 and it's C.A.R.B approved in 49 states except California
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Is worth buying a generic or homemade CAI vs. name brand name CAI for my 03 Ram w/Hemi? The saving could be about $200 dollars if I go generic brand.
Stop by the For Sale section. You can get a brand name (Volant) with a brand new powercore filter for the price of a cheap knockoff. I am selling it because I have 2 as I got 1 for free from Volant when I bought the Hood Scoop to match my SRT-10 Hood.
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when I was beginning to mod up I used an ebay mopar clone (about $80) for awhile and just changed the filter to an amsoil dry filter. It worked great til I decided to move up to a ramhammer (bfi)..

did a homemade one first...


then the ebay clone...


then ramhammer..


powdercoated..


then the vararam if I'm in the mood..
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