I'm no guru, but here's what I know. You can choose between short ram induction and cold air. Going short ram makes absolutely no sense if you want more power. Right now, your air is being sucked from inside the fender, which is pretty good. A good SRI will have a higher flowing filter than stock, and the pipes shouldn't have any radical bends in them, which would constrict airflow. But a SRI will move that filter into the engine compartment where the air is A LOT hotter.Originally Posted by 1moblubeast
You want your intake air to be cold so it'll be dense and contain more oxygen, Your O2 sensors will read that and pack in more fuel. That combination means more power. I think an added 9 hp is a reasonable estimate.
Your coldest air is going to be in front of and below the engine... read front bumper. That's where mine is now, and I'm getting more power at all rpm's.
I went with AEM's CAI with high-flow filter and I'm really pleased with it. You can cut your intake tube and insert a bypass valve if you're worried about water ingestion with your filter lower and in the front bumper. It will sense the drop in air pressure which would accompany your filter being under water, block the wet air, and cause air to be sucked in where it sits, usually in the engine compartment. Only AEM has that... Ingen has a low tech shield which protects well against splash, but you can salvage and use the stock shield.
What are you planning to do do with your exhaust gas?