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Is a CAI worth it? And if not dealer installed does it void warranty?

I am really thinkin about buying a CAI. First of all I would like some suggestions on a tru CAI, because I have heard there is a huge difference in some of them because some just use hot air. Also, is it really worth the 150 dollars or however much? It adds like 6 hp right? And is it tru that it improves gas mileage and by how much? Also, does it void the warranty if I install it, because I did buy my car for the warranty. Gettin it installed probably wouldnt be too expensive, but its still extra money which blows. Feel free to answer my 2345345 questions lol.
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idk about all the differences but yes a CAI will improve gas mileage. and its never going to be true "cold" air, cuz of course its still around the engine which is hot as all get out. but its colder air than you're getting. and the only way it would void the warranty is it that specific aftermarket part messes up the car. like if you hydrolocked your car..that would pretty much not be covered under warranty because with a stock intake it's a hell of a lot harder to do. you can install a CAI yourself, its relatively easy and comes with instructions *most do at least* and with the gas mileage it kinda pays for itself though. and as far as some of them using hot air, there is Short Ram Intake and Cold Air Intake. short ram is going to be warmer and most likely come with a heat shield which helps, but its still in the engine bay. please anybody correct me on this because i more than likely got all this info from everyone on this forum when i asked the same questions a few weeks ago and i might not have gotten all the info down correctly
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it's not going to void anything ... the hp gain is minimul. but it is worth it ... better gas milage and it makes your engine sound deeper(you'll notice the diff in sound) i personally have the injen cai and i love it ! that's my two cents

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for the most part you got it all. SRI will give you a bit more low end power and CAI will give you a bit more top end. CAIs are lower to the ground which can suck in water if you drive over a big puddle etc. both give the same amount of hp btw, but it all depends on where you want that little increase in power. i suggest you go with the Injen CAI or the K&N SRI. a question that you need to answer is whether or not you have SAI first before you look into intakes. there is a thread on here about SAIs so that should help you out. also it is very very very hard for the dealer to prove that one part has damaged the entire engine thus making it almost impossible to void your warranty. but like ^ said, if you hydrolock it will pump water into your engine and thats no bueno. then again if the water level is that high i wouldnt be driving. any other questions just ask.

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but technically jnicks...lets say he does hydrolock that bad boy, what if he throws on his stock intake again? lol, just a thought that is in no way relevant to helping his decision :P
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well the water will already be in the engine and you would have to drive your car into a lake in order for them to believe your stock air box caused it. and if you drive your car into a lake im pretty sure that will harm your warranty anyway. lol

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lol, damn. now you and i must sit here and ponder up a way to make the dealer believe it was necessary to drive into that lake...um...i had to drive into this lake to avoid being hit by a truck. lol but yeah t-balt...im actually looking to save up for the injen intake as im not to partial on SRI because it just doesnt make sense to me to pay that money and still have pretty much the same basic stock air box just w/out the top on it. IMO.
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A CAI is worth it to you if you want a little extra sound and a little more throttle response. If not then don't get it.

If you are worried about your warranty, don't ever mod your car. It's pretty simple really.

As for switching back to stock parts for warranty work, well that's fraud, dealers aren't that stupid, and you'll go to jail if you get caught. Have fun with that. If you hydrolock, it's not going to be covered by warranty anyway. That falls under the "you were stupid and broke your car" category, not warranty work.

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lol, damn. now you and i must sit here and ponder up a way to make the dealer believe it was necessary to drive into that lake...um...i had to drive into this lake to avoid being hit by a truck. lol but yeah t-balt...im actually looking to save up for the injen intake as im not to partial on SRI because it just doesnt make sense to me to pay that money and still have pretty much the same basic stock air box just w/out the top on it. IMO.
the SRI is a lot better than the stock air box trust me. the stock air box just has an air filter where as the SRI actually sucks in more air creating more power. all we have stock is really just a hose to the filter. im not trying to sway you into the SRI im just merely informing you correctly ;)

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lol, thanks for the information. but one thing about the stock air box, and sorry if im jacking ur threat a tad i just have one question. when everybody does the oh so famous air box mod, i know it makes it a whole lot louder, but if you follow that silencer down doesnt it suck in air kinda towards the bottom? and by taking it out wouldnt we then be taking in hotter air?
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