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Is there a difference between the different brands of Cold Air Intakes? I'm planning to buy a CAI and a program tuner. I see the Bullydog Tuner seems to be the favorite. What is the best CAI I can get. I have a '08 2wd.
 

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AEM Brute Force....FTW
 

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With all the research i've done I feel like the AEM brute force is the best. Thats why I bought that one and I love it...
 

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I don't care for all the noise, therefore I personally prefer a "closed box type". S&B and Bank's Ram Air are both good choices.
 

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My "opinion" would be AIRAID. Why? Quality of their unit, fit, finish and most of all the quality of the filter and the filtration it offers.
 

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If I were going to buy a CAI for this truck I'd go with a Banks unit. However, every time I tow with it I'm reminded how loud the stock intake is and really don't want the added noise for hours on end.
 

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seems everyone prefers the AEM Brute Force Intake but I was looking at the CAI thread and it says the Injen makes the most power. Why do you guys prefer the AEM?
 

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seems everyone prefers the AEM Brute Force Intake but I was looking at the CAI thread and it says the Injen makes the most power. Why do you guys prefer the AEM?
Well I considered the Injen until I came across the AEM on eBay and won it and paid less than $200. The injen is pretty expensive and so far I've bought everything at reasonable prices. Maybe one day I'll consider doing a swap and paying almost double what I did for the AEM. But for now I'm pretty pleased with it.
 

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I like the INJEN. It is solid and is quality built. Get on it and it really sounds like it breathes deep. Easy cleaning and filter is re-usable. Just wash, oil and reuse. Also, Injen has a filter sock for additional protection for those in dusty areas.

Good luck...
 

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I have an Injen and love it. It looks great, didn't increase the sound at all, made a pretty noticable difference in throttle response and increased MPG by about an average of 1.5 overall. Doesn't sound like much, but I'll take whatever I can get in a truck that's terrible on gas and prices approaching almost $4.00 a gallon.
 

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Ok, here's another question. Please excuse my ignorance. I thought a Ram Air and CAI were the same thing but I just learned they're not. I read that the ram air boosts torque and the CAI boosts HP. I would prefer torque over hp but is the ram air going to increase fuel mileage? Anybody have any opinions, pros and cons, comparing the two.
 

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Ok, here's another question. Please excuse my ignorance. I thought a Ram Air and CAI were the same thing but I just learned they're not. I read that the ram air boosts torque and the CAI boosts HP. I would prefer torque over hp but is the ram air going to increase fuel mileage? Anybody have any opinions, pros and cons, comparing the two.
1. "Ram Air" is purely marketing BS. The intake charge doesn't become pressurized until you're going about 300 mph.... think airplanes.

2. A CAI is just a term for an air intake that draws most of it's air from outside of the engine bay. A more accurate term would be AAI for Ambient Air Intake vs. the OEM intakes which could be considered Hot Air Intakes :eyebrow:

3. In reality all of the aftermarket intakes do the same thing... they put a more efficient air tube and filter on the car at the expense of increased intake/engine noise (something engineers work hard to mute). They're all going to give you the same 10ish horsepower bump.... pick the one you like the best.

4. None of the kits I've seen take the filter out of the engine bay.... so an open filter in the engine bay will draw in more hot air than the OEM setup with the snorkle in the fender area. Thus, I'd just get a K&N drop-in and call it a day

My $0.02... most of the increased "power" people "feel" is simply from the engine making more noise and wishful thinking. It sounds faster so it is faster.
 
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I bought the AEM because it's a dry filter. I've had it for two or three years and I'm very happy with it
 

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I bought the AEM because it's a dry filter. I've had it for two or three years and I'm very happy with it
What does a dry filter do for you compared to any other filter?
 

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A Dry filter just gets cleaned when dirty and ai dried then re-installed.
The other version are cleaned and then oiled before re-installing.
I have A Nismo CAI and it sounds good and looks good to me. Like someone else said. They will all basically do the same thing. Get one that fits your budget.
 

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Ok I have another opinion, whether its right or not... Injen posts a ridiculous HP gain which could be true if you have a number of other part in tow. That being said. I dont trust a company that states things that are false...:confused:
 
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