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GQ540 Apr 18, 1:41am - #157694 

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Cold Air Intakes - is it worth it on a GT?

I've considering getting the one made by AEM. According to their spec sheets, compared to a stock GT, maximum horsepower gain is 6.1 HP at 6750 RPMs. Maximum torque gain is 6.3 ft-lb at 4000 RPMs. Again, these values are the maximum difference compared to what it would be for a stock GT at those RPMs.

Considering CAI systems cost around $200 - $300, is it worth it considering the (minimal) gains listed above?

For those that have GTs and have a CAI system installed, can you actually notice a difference in Performance? I know that it will SOUND a lot better, but it terms of Performance, I wonder if it's worth spending $200 - $300 on.

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eric_h Apr 18, 1:57am - #157695 

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definately, there arent very many other ways to beef up the gt, i would do it...wait i did! thumbsup

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CeLlYgT04 Apr 18, 2:10am - #157696 

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Yup, go for it! thumbsup
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GTQuentin Apr 18, 2:37am - #157697 

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Thats what ive been thinking. What about just getting a new filter. TRD and K&N make filters that soppsilvely give you more hp. Do the filters give you any power?

Also I what about pulleys. I heard there less than $100 and give you like 3 hp.
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qbanprepster21 Apr 18, 2:42am - #157698 
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yes it is worth it, but in my opinion, id say get an Injen, AEM, gives more hp down in the lower rpms, Injen gives it to you in the higher end, since gt has more tq then gts id say go with Injen, thats what i did!!

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PolarisNV Apr 18, 2:43am - #157699 

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Originally Posted by GTQuentin
Thats what ive been thinking. What about just getting a new filter. TRD and K&N make filters that soppsilvely give you more hp. Do the filters give you any power?

Also I what about pulleys. I heard there less than $100 and give you like 3 hp.


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totally not worth it, i have a GT with Injen CAI and i love it, that IS worth it...AEM works too but im kinda anti-AEM...(dont really know why but i just hear they make cheap parts and lie)

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Sultan Apr 18, 3:08am - #157700 

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Originally Posted by eric_h
definately, there arent very many other ways to beef up the gt, i would do it...wait i did! thumbsup


get the AEM CAI... also, pulleys will give at most 1 hp gain not 3+ - but get that as well. Like eric stated, there aren't many Performance mods for the GT so utilize those that we do have...
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hephaestus Apr 18, 3:31am - #157701 
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R3DLIN3GT Apr 18, 4:13am - #157702 
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i have a gt also and most people say Injen is much better
but i dont know until i get mine
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eric_h Apr 18, 5:07am - #157703 

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Originally Posted by R3DLIN3GT
i have a gt also and most people say Injen is much better
but i dont know until i get mine


heres the thing, Injen has been reported a few times of holes in the tubing(how would you like to get some dirt or a rock in there and blow an engine) AEM so far has a perfect record amongst celica owners

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CelicaRacer05 Apr 18, 5:11am - #157704 

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Originally Posted by qbanprepster21
yes it is worth it, but in my opinion, id say get an injen, aem, gives more hp down in the lower rpms, injen gives it to you in the higher end, since gt has more tq then gts id say go with injen, thats what i did!!


if you have a gt auto like me go with AEM, you will need the trq in lower rmps just to help you off the line, when your zooming down the highway, boost preformace isnt a factor anymore... gaining speeds at lower speeds is easier then at higher speeds.
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eric_h Apr 18, 5:16am - #157705 

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spaztikid Apr 18, 7:06am - #157706 
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i love my AEM ... get it... its awsome thumbsup
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NorwayGT Apr 18, 7:19am - #157707 

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just think of this... stock i ran 16.2 in the 1/4mile. after Intake, exhaust, and a little weight reduction i ran 15.5...its definately worth it

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5280vvti Apr 18, 8:26am - #157708 

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xmangt1 Apr 18, 8:33am - #157709 

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I thinl I'm gonna get the AEM CAI.

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i am leaning towards an Injen... cool
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grcelica Apr 19, 1:03am - #157711 

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Originally Posted by qbanprepster21
yes it is worth it, but in my opinion, id say get an injen, aem, gives more hp down in the lower rpms, injen gives it to you in the higher end, since gt has more tq then gts id say go with injen, thats what i did!!


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eric_h Apr 19, 2:48am - #157712 

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all in all i would say CAI on a gt is the MOST worthwile mod, any takers on that?

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tbone8ty Apr 19, 4:10am - #157713 
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just get a AEM replica cold air on ebay and replace the filter with a nice K&N, its the same thing as a real AEM !!!!! only with out the name and a hell of a lot cheap.
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Chico Apr 19, 5:58am - #157714 

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Hey the Cold Air Intake is one of the basic mod in Performance wise! Hum Yeah Cold Air Intake in a must.. you will gain HP and oh yeah, they are noticeable! thumbsup.. I have an Injen Race D... and its good, you can feel the extra boost.. but it wouldn't be bad to have it also with the lower RPM! and those K&N, TRD stock filters are a waste of money.. no HP gain! thumbsdown.. so I think that you should get a CAI.. goodtimes
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stefanoc Apr 19, 6:01am - #157715 

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if not for the power, i would do it for the sound. so if you ever worried about hydrolocking, then get a Short Ram. i think an Intake is a must on any celica.
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Speed4TheNeed Apr 19, 11:22am - #157716 

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Originally Posted by stefanoc
if not for the power, i would do it for the sound. so if you ever worried about hydrolocking, then get a short ram. i think an Intake is a must on any celica.


i'll ditto that. shortram is a bit cheaper and will make a similar sound.

also, if you get an exhaust or header the gains made by a CAI or shortram will also increase (it won't just stay at 2-3 whp).

CAI and shortram produce similar power on an otherwise stock celica. if exhaust components are added the gap widens (in favor of CAI) and the differences become more noticeable. thumbsup
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