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Jul 29, 6:13pm - #236000 
injen SRI or AEM CAI?...need help deciding

i am getting a good ass deal on SRI n CAI,but dunno which one to put on.if i put CAI,i am worried about getting hydrolocked.if i put the SRI,the gains r not gonna be as good.what do you guys think i should put on?

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Jul 29, 6:24pm - #236001 
also r all the Intakes same from 00 - 04??just want to make sure b4 i buy.


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Jul 29, 8:04pm - #236002 
AEM CAI also the 00-04 models are all the same.

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Jul 29, 8:07pm - #236003 
CAI..get heat shield..cover ur wheel well good so no water can get in it..just becareful when driving in rain..


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Jul 29, 8:39pm - #236004 
pros of a CAI:
-slightly more power (1-2 more whp over SRI). however, if you add exhaust components such as an exhaust or header this gap will widen even more in favor of a CAI

pros of an SRI:
-virtually no opportunity for hydrolock
-better 'show' (looks better when you pop the Hood)
-easier install
-easier maintenance (don't have to take the bumper off to change or clean the filter)

cons of a CAI:
-hydrolock POTENTIAL (although there is very, very low chance of this it does happen occasionally)
-harder install
-harder to change or clean the filter (usually have to take the bumper off)

cons of an SRI:
slightly less power than CAI


so you really have to answer your own question yourself--what do you value more?? if you want the extra horsepower (which is a very legitimate reason) then go with a CAI and stay away from really deep puddles & flooding (you basically have to submerge the whole filter to get hydrolocked)

if you like power but are more interested in style and ease of maintenance, then go with an SRI.

in EACH case..get the heatsheild/splash guard -- an SRI will get an extra whp or so with the heatshield by keeping even hotter air out and it will also do you good with a CAI by keeping excess water from the filter thumbsup

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Jul 29, 9:13pm - #236005 
^^^
pretty much all you need to know concerning the issue

- personally I'd go with the CAI every time

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Jul 29, 9:54pm - #236006 
or you can get TPR. you can convert your CAI to SRI anytime you want.

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Jul 29, 9:55pm - #236007 
SRI with heatshield baby! Bling bling!

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Jul 30, 7:54am - #236008 
when i had my SRI on my GT it was great. when it gets going it picks upo very well...heatsoak is a bitch though thumbsdown


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yoru such a clown, i wish you lived in nyc, i would love to just give you the beating that youve probably never gotten in your life.
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Jul 30, 8:02am - #236009 
you really don't need to take the bumper off to clean/change filter for the CAI. just peel back the wheelwell plastic, and you're there. short is does looks better in a way. this is my second car w/SRI, and i can honestly tell you that i feel no difference compare to stock airbox...

by the way, where is a good site to get the Injen heat shield for cheap???

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Jul 30, 9:10am - #236010 
For a CAI heat shield down in the wheel well where not having the Injen logo is not a big deal, then this is a good way to go.

$17.99 RTEC(R) Polished Heat Shield Fits on all Air Filters with 2.5" - 4.5" Inlets

http://www.2kracing.com/product_info.php/cPath/23/products_id/3494

But for a SRI where presentation is important to most, then $51.00 is a good price for Injen heat shield

http://www.cardomain.com/item/INJHS5000P

(example pic of wheel well access to CAI)

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Jul 30, 9:34am - #236011 
/\/\/\ is that an AEM or Injen CAI in the pic?


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yoru such a clown, i wish you lived in nyc, i would love to just give you the beating that youve probably never gotten in your life.
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Jul 30, 9:59am - #236012 
That was my old Injen CAI.

I've since taken it off. The top end Performance was great but the low end bog just plain sucked.

I'm still debating about what to replace it with, AEM, K&N, or TPR CAI's are my choices.

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Jul 30, 10:44am - #236013 
Originally Posted by GTS2003BLK
That was my old Injen CAI.

I've since taken it off. The top end Performance was great but the low end bog just plain sucked.

I'm still debating about what to replace it with, AEM, K&N, or TPR cai's are my choices.


OMG!!!! you're in oregan!!! WHY ARE YOU EVEN DEBATING?? TPR all the way thumbsup

i'm in cali...the carb#+CHP powns me thumbsdown...been pulled over, went though testing and court...never again. as soon as TPR gets the carb nod...i'm so there


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yoru such a clown, i wish you lived in nyc, i would love to just give you the beating that youve probably never gotten in your life.
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Jul 30, 10:57am - #236014 

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Jul 31, 1:36am - #236015 
Yeah I really like the science behind the TPR CAI, fins, proper dimensions for MAF environment, and good dyno numbers. thumbsup The versatility of being able to switch back and forth between CAI and SRI mode is very attractive given the fact that it freakin rains allot up here (except in the summer). only problem is the TPR is really hard to get a hold of. frown

AEM has good dyno numbers and a proven history and they are readily available.

K&N also has good numbers, a strong rep and is not in such short supply, and has a special sock like filter cover for wet weather to repel water and still let air in.

Who knows spineyes , I'm getting tired of waiting so it will probably be an AEM or K&N.

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Jul 31, 1:44am - #236016 
can anyone post a picture of tpr Intake?
anyone thought of putting a AEM sticker on tpr Intake and then when the cop pops the Intake open, and doesnt see the carb number, gives you a ticket you buy an AEM Intake with the same color and put it in there and show it to the cop that you got a carb number on it and it was a factory defect.

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Jul 31, 1:51am - #236017 
Here is a pic of a TPR taken from this thread:

https://www.celicahobby.com/ubbthrea...&PHPSESSID=

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Jul 31, 2:25am - #236018 
Um, I don't have my stock hoses anymore. How difficult is the transition from an Injen CAI to this one?


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Jul 31, 3:16am - #236019 
I really can't imagine it being that difficult, they are very similar devices, on the off chance you needed hoses or clamps that stuff should be readily available at any auto parts outlet.

more TPR pics from that other Celica site:

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Jul 31, 4:33am - #236020 
Originally Posted by ragingpaseo
this is my second car w/SRI, and i can honestly tell you that i feel no difference compare to stock airbox...


when the difference is only 2-3 whp, it's impossible to feel the difference thumbsup

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