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Wil
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Wil Aug 11, 3:26pm - #35041 
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generic intake

Has any USED one of those generic Intakes, like the $40 ones from eBay? I am curious if there is a noticeable performance difference between these and name-brand ones, or if there are other issues with using these. I bought an Air Filter from Jiffy Lube. 4 months later, the glue between the filter and seal gave way to create a 5" gash, letting particles through. I wonder if these generic Intakes have similar problems, or others, such as oxygen sensor issues.

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Gen7fan Aug 11, 3:29pm - #35042 
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you get what you pay for, so don't buy cheap shit.
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DiabloGTS Aug 11, 3:29pm - #35043 

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you're better off buying a $40 K&N performance filter if you're concerned with money.

You don't want to be cheap and cut corners on your Intake, it's the blood line to your engine.

If you're trying to be economical, buy a K&N filter. If you have some money, buy a brand name CAI or Short Ram

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Barrett Aug 11, 3:35pm - #35044 
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Yeah buying performance parts from e-bay is bad ju-ju. On the other hand buying appearance stuff (gauges, corner lenses, etc..) is ok by me
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Gen7fan Aug 11, 3:36pm - #35045 
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Originally Posted by Barrett
Yeah buying performance parts from e-bay is bad ju-ju. On the other hand buying appearance stuff (gauges, corner lenses, etc..) is ok by me


I'll agree with that.
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VSGTS14 Aug 12, 12:47am - #35046 

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cheap = piece of crap

why buy a 40 dollar Intake?
it is probably made of plastic

think about it...
220 dollars vs. 40 dollars...
which one do you think has the better quality, is manufactured to fit, and actually works?

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edge202 Aug 12, 12:50am - #35047 

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Originally Posted by Gen7fan
you get what you pay for, so don't buy cheap shit.


True true
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Steven Aug 12, 4:14am - #35048 
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Originally Posted by Gen7fan
don't buy cheap shit.
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SurreyCelicaGT Sep 9, 6:13am - #35049 

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Hey i just bought a Injen Short Ram, For my 2000 gt.
does any1 know why its so quiet, is that how it is, if so that sucks, iv heard 40 dollar Intakes sound 20x louder?


any1?

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Steven Sep 9, 6:15am - #35050 
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the longer the Intake tube, the more noisey it is.
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spaztikid Sep 9, 6:28am - #35051 
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Originally Posted by SurreyCelicaGT
Hey i just bought a Injen Short Ram, For my 2000 gt.
does any1 know why its so quiet, is that how it is, if so that sucks, iv heard 40 dollar Intakes sound 20x louder?


any1?



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GjGts Sep 9, 7:44am - #35052 

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well i hate to be the bearer of bad news but I did a little research of my own, i bought a AEM CAI and ebay CAI and guess what they both dynoed here identical in vegas, its perfect metal and comes with all instructions, not only that it works fine sounds good, it also came with a genuine k&n sealed in the box with all k&n stickers an what not. Not tellin you to trust me but lol hmmmm 270 for name or 40 for no name. o well you guys decide im not here to criticize anyone. i use my AEM one for paperweight. thumbsup tongue grin
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DJ_Curtiz Sep 9, 8:16am - #35053 
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Originally Posted by GjGts
well i hate to be the bearer of bad news but I did a little research of my own, i bought a AEM CAI and ebay CAI and guess what they both dynoed here identical in vegas, its perfect metal and comes with all instructions, not only that it works fine sounds good, it also came with a genuine k&n sealed in the box with all k&n stickers an what not. Not tellin you to trust me but lol hmmmm 270 for name or 40 for no name. o well you guys decide im not here to criticize anyone. i use my AEM one for paperweight. thumbsup tongue grin


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celica2kgts Sep 9, 9:00am - #35054 
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i know couple celi owners that have the ebay CAI and it sounds and preforms like my AEM doesn't mean i would trust it but theres have been on for quite some time now
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Immo Sep 9, 9:06am - #35055 

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I wonder how you can make one CAI perform much better than another. It's just a large wide tube with a filter on it.
The idea is there is no obstruction getting air into your engine.

So I doubt there is little difference in performance.
However I DO believe there is much difference in quality of the filter, the tubing (maybe the paint/powdercoating will come loose and go into your engine) and fitment.

Besides telling you have Injen or AEM sounds way better than telling you have a no-name smile

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dvs1 Sep 9, 12:23pm - #35056 

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I have one & it does fine. I bought a good filter though & it's gonna get replaced soon or later. If I saw them making 50hp or something them maybe it would really be worth debate. Next year people will say Injen sucks, remember the Powerhouse Racing CAI that came out for us a few years back or the Rod Millen Intake that was must have?
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celi4me Sep 9, 6:08pm - #35057 

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and with name brand you usually get the proof of exemption so you will not get a ticket.
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Sara Sep 9, 7:30pm - #35058 

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Originally Posted by celica2kgts
i know couple celi owners that have the ebay cai and it sounds and preforms like my aem doesn't mean i would trust it but theres have been on for quite some time now


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shox Sep 9, 9:52pm - #35059 

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i HAD it in my celi b4, i took it out because i was afraid it was gonna damage my engine. i don't think it did, i don't know, but i can say first hand that it sounds great and you can feel the power difference. mostly torque tho...

but yea, quality over price for sure, but its up to u. i would get an Injen or AEM but i'm too lazy. saving up for body kit and new paint job!
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saspence22 Sep 9, 11:36pm - #35060 

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I bought one...and knock on wood, its been great so far!! It sounds mean, I notice a gain in HP...but a pain to put on..no directions. thumbsup

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MxReb0 Sep 10, 7:56am - #35061 

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BKilgore02 Sep 10, 9:53am - #35062 
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I had a custom Intake that I made on my gt and it was ok. I baught one from Ebay and my friend baught an AEM they weigh the same, sond the same and they mass ir flow fits the sam don't waste you money on going with the brand name. If it don't do like you want it to do, you have only lost forty bux. Mine has been great and it really sound good. Also check out the exhaust on Ebay. They are pimp. I just ordered on of those for my 90 crx. I'll post how it does in a few days.

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CelicaPrincess Sep 10, 3:44pm - #35063 
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actually I knew 2 people that had the cheap ebay Intake...it worked fine for one and the other guy's broke so idunnoPersonally I would get anything cheap like that to put in your car...just start to save so you can get AEM or Injen
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