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I would personally take a filterbox with a properly designed accelerator tube over something like the vararam. The Vararam does nothing for increasing your intake velocities, which is a very important thing with our intake design. The vararam is just fine if we only had a single plane manifold like the old carb engines that just needed a large reservoir, but our design requires air to be moving as fast as possible through the throttle body to reach all the chambers in an efficient manner.
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I would personally take a filterbox with a properly designed accelerator tube over something like the vararam. The Vararam does nothing for increasing your intake velocities, which is a very important thing with our intake design. The vararam is just fine if we only had a single plane manifold like the old carb engines that just needed a large reservoir, but our design requires air to be moving as fast as possible through the throttle body to reach all the chambers in an efficient manner.
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But as other stated above, you will feel the vararam more with a few more mods bundled with it.
I personally sell both the K&N and Vararam among others and I personally switched from the K&N (got annoyed with the resonance in the cab on acceleration) and went with the Vararam.
There is a slight benefit on WOT, but every day street driving its like anything else.
It does have the cool factor and yes it does seem flimsy.
But when you hood is closed, it is rock solid and tight

How do I know? I remove my grille and shut my hood and reach in through the little cracks and tried shaking it.
It was snug.
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I just installed my vararam yesterday and I can't really feel Amy additional performance maybe a little once you get going. The design is very flimsy and the filter pops out of its seat due to the flimsy materials. I have a similar style CAI on my 96 impala SS but it is made out of sheet metal and is a way better design. All in all I'm disappointed in the vararam and wouldn't recommend it. My .02.
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I just installed my vararam yesterday and I can't really feel Amy additional performance maybe a little once you get going. The design is very flimsy and the filter pops out of its seat due to the flimsy materials. I have a similar style CAI on my 96 impala SS but it is made out of sheet metal and is a way better design. All in all I'm disappointed in the vararam and wouldn't recommend it. My .02.
Did you remove the lid at any point?
Either way, if yes or no simply get it back into place and turn those 2 lock nuts to squeeze it down tighter and all should be good.
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Did you remove the lid at any point?
Either way, if yes or no simply get it back into place and turn those 2 lock nuts to squeeze it down tighter and all should be good.
Yah I actually did. I tried installing the system and then the filter and I couldn't get it to seat at all. So I pulled it all off and watched the video on how to seat the filter and installed it. But after I drove around it would be raised a little in the corner.
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Hmm. Wow. Im thinking of just dropping in one of the Green stock replacements and calling it a day.
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dont buy the mopar one its wayyyyyyyy over priced the k&n is the same thing for a whole lot less i love my k&n with custom air tube
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Hmm. Wow. Im thinking of just dropping in one of the Green stock replacements and calling it a day.
Wise choice. even if it only adds 2 hp, it's worth every penny because I will never have to replace it. I swear the greeny improved my throttle resonse and keeps the truck in MDS/ECO more than the stock filter.
My dad just did the cheap intake mod to his with 4" flex duct running to the lower grill. He said he really can't tell any difference. Maybe a tad more when cruising at highway speeds but we have now way to prove it.
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Hmm. Wow. Im thinking of just dropping in one of the Green stock replacements and calling it a day.
Wise choice, IMO. I don't think ayone can argue that would be the best performance gain per dollar spent. You really don't need more than that until you get into forced induction and/or improved internals.
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But as other stated above, you will feel the vararam more with a few more mods bundled with it.
I personally sell both the K&N and Vararam among others and I personally switched from the K&N (got annoyed with the resonance in the cab on acceleration) and went with the Vararam.
There is a slight benefit on WOT, but every day street driving its like anything else.
It does have the cool factor and yes it does seem flimsy.
But when you hood is closed, it is rock solid and tight

How do I know? I remove my grille and shut my hood and reach in through the little cracks and tried shaking it.
It was snug.
Thanks.

The biggest benefit of a vararam (if you can get a true 100% seal) is the true cold air from the tubes at speed, it's nothing spectacular when cruising around but it does help at highway speeds, just like most other intakes out there. It does have a certain nostalgic throw back to the muscle car era with the oh so lovely filter canisters with the lovely wingnut top.
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