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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-28-2008, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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K&N Air Filter vs. Cold Air Intake?

Hi my name's Brandon, I recently bought a 2007 Cobalt LS 5 spd and am pretty new to modding/tuning cars. Right now I have the K&N High Flow Air Filter in my cobalt but was wondering if I'd better benefit from an actual cold air intake??



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you would unless u did the airbox mod like me and that improves it's airflow
way better. take a peek. Cobalt SS Network
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just checked it out, looks good man thanks a lot!! I'll definitely give that a shot this weekend
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I'm pretty sure no matter what you do to the airbox/stock intake/stock filter... A CAI is always going to be better, I could be wrong, but something about plastic intakes just screams "replace me"...
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you would unless u did the airbox mod like me and that improves it's airflow
way better. take a peek. Cobalt SS Network
That's to remove the silencer, not really the "airbox mod". The airbox mod requires cutting of the airbox and using a cone filter.

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I'm pretty sure no matter what you do to the airbox/stock intake/stock filter... A CAI is always going to be better, I could be wrong, but something about plastic intakes just screams "replace me"...
In most situations the CAI intake is better. In most ways except for the amount of time it takes for the air to get to the engine, because CAI setups place it considerably further from the engine than most.

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In most ways except for the amount of time it takes for the air to get to the engine, because CAI setups place it considerably further from the engine than most.
But that placement further from the engine is how it gets the cooler air to the intake. Also, they usually allow MORE air in than stock.
 
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Think about it ...Cold Air Intake sucks in the air where the coolest air sits from the motor VS just an aftermarket replacement drop in filter where it still has the restrictive air box and the lower snorkle thing



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But that placement further from the engine is how it gets the cooler air to the intake. Also, they usually allow MORE air in than stock.
I know that, but you clearly didnt understand what i was saying.

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I know that, but you clearly didnt understand what i was saying.
Your argument about the distance the air has to travel I would say is wrong and or irrelevant.

You're talking about an extra foot or so of piping ONLY if your talking about the Injen CAI or a custom intake. If your using the stock airbox/filter still, those too pieces make up that difference in pipping right there, not to mention they're larger and more restrictive. The stock intake itself it just a oke imo, what is the point of that huge plastic "thingy" right over the TB? The K&N CAI is actually a shorter distance. Not to mention the CAI intakes usually have much larger piping allowing for more air, less restriction, faster airflow. Logically to me, a CAI is better from every stand point.
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