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    Cold Air or Short Ram Intake ?

    I'm stuck on deciding which type of intake to get. I would just like pros/cons of both of them to help me decide, FYI I live in NJ if that helps in (if weather is involved).

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    Colder air is better. What modifications are done to the car already?
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    The only downside to a cai i could think of is water. I've driven mine for 2 years with an injen one on and it sits right behind my fog lights. Filter get's dirty real quick but no problems.

    Other than that cai will make more power due to cooler air induction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acrdys View Post
    The only downside to a cai i could think of is water. I've driven mine for 2 years with an injen one on and it sits right behind my fog lights. Filter get's dirty real quick but no problems.

    Other than that cai will make more power due to cooler air induction.
    Or hydrolock your motor because you hit standing water doing 55mph on the interstate.
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    my car is completely stock, BTW don't I have to get a tune for a CAI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutFittedWRX View Post
    my car is completely stock, BTW don't I have to get a tune for a CAI.
    To be safe you should get a tune any time you do an upgrade. Intakes arent really necessary since your stock airbox was designed, and frequently operates, for 400hp applications. Start with exhaust and a tune and then go from there. Unless you really really REALLY want to hear your turbo spool and diverter valve while making trvial power gains.
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    well, for now then I guess i'll get a SRAM since next month I'm receiving a lot of $$$ from financial aid. Probably getting a catback as well since I don't know how much a tune will cost me. FYI I'm receiving 1900, and I'll spent probably 900 of it. Hopefully that is enough for a catback, downpipe, tune, and something else.

    I'm just worried that getting a CAI is a bad idea, especially my friends and my subaru specialist said getting a SRAM is better for where we live. (Jersey City, NJ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutFittedWRX View Post
    well, for now then I guess i'll get a SRAM since next month I'm receiving a lot of $$$ from financial aid. Probably getting a catback as well since I don't know how much a tune will cost me. FYI I'm receiving 1900, and I'll spent probably 900 of it. Hopefully that is enough for a catback, downpipe, tune, and something else.

    I'm just worried that getting a CAI is a bad idea, especially my friends and my subaru specialist said getting a SRAM is better for where we live. (Jersey City, NJ).
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    Uppipe, TBE, tune

    If you shop used, you might be able to do everything for ~$1000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Uppipe, TBE, tune

    If you shop used, you might be able to do everything for ~$1000.


    I try to go for new tunes most of the time.. you never know what the previous owner might have done to a used tune.

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    for 2011 sti whats better sram intake or cai and would be driveing it everyday and do i need to tune it.

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    You don't really NEED an intake for your 2011 STI. If your looking for power gains.. You're better off with a TBE and tune. Like someone mentioned previously.. the stock airbox works fine for 400ish WHP applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2008wrxsedan View Post
    for 2011 sti whats better sram intake or cai and would be driveing it everyday and do i need to tune it.
    AEM. They make lots of OEM intakes too.
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    You don't really NEED an intake for your 2011 STI. If your looking for power gains.. You're better off with a TBE and tune. Like someone mentioned previously.. the stock airbox works fine for 400ish WHP applications.
    Sorry, but I have to disagree. Keep in mind I'm probably the biggest anti-intake guy out there, but on the '11 STI, it does give some benefits over previous years.

    For the '11 STI, I'd go with an AEM intake and a tune. The cats in the downpipe flow much better than previous years, so there's not a big difference in stage 1 versus 2.
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    ok, guys tell me if this is a good plan or not (remember I'm new) since I'm really scared of hydrolock and everyone warning me about it I've decided to get an SRAM. I'll probably buy a K&N short ram intake in the end of this week since I got a great offer (new-$100). Then next month I'm going to buy either a tactrix cable or an Cobb Accessport v2 as well as a catback. Then basically start from there, tuning to stage 1 I think.


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    The only way to know is to have somebody hook up and read what the current settings are. If you go with a short ram, keep in mind all you're getting is sound. You'll probably lose power, plus cause MAF issues. The stock airbox already flows more air than the engine can use. So now you're just pumping hotter underhood air into your engine.
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