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This is a discussion on For 2008-2012 WRX's only. Post your opinion on your intake experience. within the Engine Modifications forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Cobb is also a big name and pretty much the best in the Subaru world. I have the AEM and ...

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    Cobb is also a big name and pretty much the best in the Subaru world.

    I have the AEM and who knows if it gives me more power. It doesn't lose any power.

    The key thing is to go with a true CAI and not SRI. You need it isolated from the engine bay heat. Last weekend even the Porsche mechanic doing my tech inspection at the track noticed this and said "It's nice to see an intake done right with it in the fender well."
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    Cobb is also a big name and pretty much the best in the Subaru world.

    I have the AEM and who knows if it gives me more power. It doesn't lose any power.

    The key thing is to go with a true CAI and not SRI. You need it isolated from the engine bay heat. Last weekend even the Porsche mechanic doing my tech inspection at the track noticed this and said "It's nice to see an intake done right with it in the fender well."

    I can see why people would pick the Cobb set-up as it does isolate the filter well and probably keeps it cooler than a standard SRI. I also can see why an intake outside of the engine bay completely would help too.

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    Here is mine. Probably one of the prettier intakes available. HKS Sri with the Kansai service carbon fiber cold air box. The box is set up identical to stock but has a rather large hole where a cai would go.

    First off, it's LOUD. Sounds great when in boost. But sounds annoying when it isn't. Whooshing sucking sounds can get annoying.

    Didn't notice much of a performance increase until I had Eric Mineheart take a stab at tuning the MAF. Made a huge difference after. Pulls harder all the way to red line on a stage 1 tune. If I were to do it over I would sell the box and intake for an insane profit and go with the cobb Sri and box.

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    I have the Cobb SF intake with the air box and im happy with it, makes a great sound
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedMed427 View Post


    Here is mine. Probably one of the prettier intakes available. HKS Sri with the Kansai service carbon fiber cold air box. The box is set up identical to stock but has a rather large hole where a cai would go.

    First off, it's LOUD. Sounds great when in boost. But sounds annoying when it isn't. Whooshing sucking sounds can get annoying.

    Didn't notice much of a performance increase until I had Eric Mineheart take a stab at tuning the MAF. Made a huge difference after. Pulls harder all the way to red line on a stage 1 tune. If I were to do it over I would sell the box and intake for an insane profit and go with the cobb Sri and box.

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    Looks interesting.Haven't seen that before.How much does the setup cost?Any links?
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    Got the box on Japanparts.com

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    does make the engine bay look nice. So do you feel that after the tune the intake had a lot to do with it pulling better or do you think the stock set-up would have been just as good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Methodical4u View Post
    does make the engine bay look nice. So do you feel that after the tune the intake had a lot to do with it pulling better or do you think the stock set-up would have been just as good?
    Eric said he was able to increase the timing a bit more with the intake. He said it will make an even bigger difference when I go stage 2+.

    I ran the intake for a few days without a tune and it ran no different than stock, it was just louder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedMed427 View Post
    Here is mine. Probably one of the prettier intakes available. HKS Sri with the Kansai service carbon fiber cold air box. The box is set up identical to stock but has a rather large hole where a cai would go.

    First off, it's LOUD. Sounds great when in boost. But sounds annoying when it isn't. Whooshing sucking sounds can get annoying.

    Didn't notice much of a performance increase until I had Eric Mineheart take a stab at tuning the MAF. Made a huge difference after. Pulls harder all the way to red line on a stage 1 tune. If I were to do it over I would sell the box and intake for an insane profit and go with the cobb Sri and box.
    Very nice clean setup. How much was it for that carbon fiber part? I'm guessing it wasn't cheap! Definitely the cleanest setup I've ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    Very nice clean setup. How much was it for that carbon fiber part? I'm guessing it wasn't cheap! Definitely the cleanest setup I've ever seen.
    I'd really rather not say. It was more than I spent. I could've got two, almost three cobb Sri w/box intakes for what I spent. Not to mention it took 3 months to get here

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedMed427 View Post
    I'd really rather not say. It was more than I spent. I could've got two, almost three cobb Sri w/box intakes for what I spent. Not to mention it took 3 months to get here

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    What CEL?
    Quote Originally Posted by Methodical4u View Post
    Pretty surprised by how many Cobb intakes there are. I would have thought AEM would have been king since it's such a big name in intakes.
    'P0112' code for Intake Air Temperature Circuit Low Input. I had the top of the Air Box pushing against the MAF so every time the car stalled the CEL would show. I only stalled because I was picking up my car from getting new tires put on. The tech lost the wheel lock key, which was outside on the ground about ten feet from my car, and I was too pissed to remember the car was in first. So I took the SF Intake out and put the stock airbox back in. I'll be installing it again correctly when I go Stage 2 with an Invidia Catted DP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amaterasu View Post
    'P0112' code for Intake Air Temperature Circuit Low Input. I had the top of the Air Box pushing against the MAF so every time the car stalled the CEL would show. I only stalled because I was picking up my car from getting new tires put on. The tech lost the wheel lock key, which was outside on the ground about ten feet from my car, and I was too pissed to remember the car was in first. So I took the SF Intake out and put the stock airbox back in. I'll be installing it again correctly when I go Stage 2 with an Invidia Catted DP.
    Hope you do it soon... I look forward to seeing your numbers if you are going to protune by chance.

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    Probably by the end of the month, but I'll be using the AP for the Stage 2 tune. I'll be going with a protune after I get gauges, some suspension mods, and a few others.
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    I have an AEM on my car but have the Cobb intake here as well. It's a very nice product but the downside for me is the filter on the Cobb is way smaller, it's an oiled filter, louder than the AEM, and being a short ram I'd imagine it would see higher temps.

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