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Old 27 Jul 2005, 10:10 pm
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Alright, I was looking on ebay to try to find a cold air intake. Why are there so many different ones? Some are like $3.99 & some are $299. Some say short air intake & others do not specify. My thinking is only K&N is the best. Right? Are there any other mods I need to do when I install? Tomorrow I will go to the library & get the Chilton automotive book on the Cruiser. Maybe that will help.

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Old 28 Jul 2005, 12:08 am
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Put a K&N drop in filter in your stock airbox. You'll get the same benefits as an open CAI but you won't be sucking in hot engine air. It is also a lot cheaper. Spend the money you save on other mods.
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Old 28 Jul 2005, 07:19 am
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The K&N FIPK is the pricest - if you look carefully at it, the intake tube gets gradually larger as it nears the Throttle body, and has gentle curves. It also has a plate to block some hot air from the engine.
Short rams are a simple piece of bent tube and a filter at the end.
Much debate about this topic - I feel cold air is better, but once you're moving, underhood air temp isn't the issue, flow rate is. I believe (have no proof) that the K&N flows better than the stock ribbed hose. Whether it's worth the price is another story - shop around - I picked mine up from a forum member for about 1/2 list price.
One thing nearly everyone agrees on - the stock intake can be improved on - minimally, take the small, white plastic tube (silencer) out of the intake and put a K&N replacement filter in.
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Old 28 Jul 2005, 09:56 am
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[ take the small, white plastic tube (silencer) out of the intake and put a K&N replacement filter in.
I am not mechanical incline, where is this white tube. I opened the airbox ans the only thing I found was a small foam on the left side of the box. On the outside left side I saw a black tube going to the airbox. Where is this white tube, and how easy it is to disconnect. Do I need any tools for this mod. (2005, PT cruiser convertible, 2.4 Liter turbo). By the way I do not have any white ring inside my airbox, only the small foam.

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Old 28 Jul 2005, 01:26 pm
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[ take the small, white plastic tube (silencer) out of the intake and put a K&N replacement filter in.
I am not mechanical incline, where is this white tube. I opened the airbox ans the only thing I found was a small foam on the left side of the box. On the outside left side I saw a black tube going to the airbox. Where is this white tube, and how easy it is to disconnect. Do I need any tools for this mod. (2005, PT cruiser convertible, 2.4 Liter turbo). By the way I do not have any white ring inside my airbox, only the small foam.

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It's in the top half. It's short and tapered, pulls out.
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Old 28 Jul 2005, 01:51 pm
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I've already installed a K&N replacement filter. I noticed a small increase in horsepower on the road & even a little more on the highway. I can actually pass people! If the air intake system is going to be basically the same performance as the K&N replacement, I will probably just keep it. I do not know what white tube you are talking about. My Cruiser is still in the shop so I can't look at it. I will check it out as soon as I get it back. Does removing this tube increase the horses a little more?

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Old 29 Jul 2005, 07:44 am
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Does removing this tube increase the horses a little more?
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Yes. It's a silencer - by cutting intake velocity it makes it quieter, but costs a bit of power.
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Old 29 Jul 2005, 08:25 pm
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I installed an Injen air inake, which is basically a K&N FIPK minus the shield and the pipe is metal not plastic. Injen makes a heat shield which you can purchase separately. K&N makes Injen's filters, so you'd have the same gains for about half the cost. I too had a K&N replacement filter, but switched to the Injen and had a noticeable difference.
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