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Re: CAI: FAQ's, truth and lies...

Post by Jezebel » Apr Tue 20, 2010 12:50 am

Okay, I'm trying to get the overall view of CAI. Sounds like lots of people think they won't do anything- neither hurts nor helps. So would it be pointless for my 2009 A3? I know SLCgoth is stoked on his...
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Post by Rennwagen1 » Apr Tue 20, 2010 9:21 am

hehe. you will never get anyone to agree on them. I personally do like a true Cold Air Intake, that is, filter outside the engine compartment with mandrel bent tubing that is larger than the factory tubing. Your engine is essentially an air pump, so the more, colder, denser air you can get in, and out the more power it is going to make. They work best with exhasut and chip tuning, but they are not required. Also, them make the car sound awesome, which I am sure some would think is ghey, but to that I say, to each his own. I want to hear the car, personally. I say do it, if you can find a quality system. Stop shopping on ebay this instant!
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Re: CAI: FAQ's, truth and lies...

Post by Mikewire » Apr Tue 20, 2010 9:47 am

I agree with Aeron :laughing: . The Audi engineers designed the stock air box to flow very well so, as far as function goes, there is no gain. It does add some growl to the exhaust note, and it really helps to have a test pipe or high flow cat, upgraded downpipe and exhaust (and a tune) to really maximize air flow through the entire engine, intake to exhaust.

It's also hard to find a true CAI for Audi since the engine bay is pretty snug. Best combo I have seen for the A4 was a very short U shaped CAI and a heat shield make by a company called Blinktek. Nothing for the A3 currently :( It's almost impossible to keep hot air away from the open intake in a B5/B6 1.8T but the heat shield helps.

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Post by JayRyan » Apr Tue 20, 2010 8:26 pm

MikeWire wrote:Best combo I have seen for the A4 was a very short U shaped CAI and a heat shield make by a company called Blinktek. Nothing for the A3 currently :( It's almost impossible to keep hot air away from the open intake in a B5/B6 1.8T but the heat shield helps.:
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Re: CAI: FAQ's, truth and lies...

Post by mizzac » Jul Mon 22, 2013 10:24 pm

I hate to bump an old thread, but since this has been a good debate on CAI I was wondering what most of you guys are running?

I was looking at getting a CAI for my A3, but was concerned about getting to much moisture in it during winter. Something such as this http://www.urotuning.com/EVOMS-V-Flow-A ... 2vf_a3.htm or with a full box. I was also looking at a neuspeed p-flo system or AFE which is just your standard drop in filter to the stock air box.

Anyone have any advice to give? My filter needs to be changed anyways so i figured an upgrade couldn't hurt, just don't want to waste it if a CAI is useless in Montana due to the winter.

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Re: CAI: FAQ's, truth and lies...

Post by Leifro » Mar Sat 19, 2016 9:01 pm

My advice is the moisture is good thing!
They use to make an adapter plate to sit below the carb on old air cooled vw's that would spray a mist of water...
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