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Was looking to buy a CAI on ebay (well in fact I was looking for mats and saw some CAI)

Now in my all Newbiness, I found 2 interesting CAI and was wondering if some of you knew or used them.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=8011034489&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT

is a heat shield filter would really help here? What more can it bring, or is it one of those all for the look and add nothing else.

And also

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=8012351755&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT

Valve B 94, is it really usefull and is it doing what they it is? Or is it doing like the bypass valve and just kill the HP increase a plain CAI would bring you?

(lots of "is it.." should remedy to that)

But if I read other threads correctly, any Ebay CAI is worth a Hotshot CAI.

(not planning to install it before spring anyway with snow coming)

thx for any feedback
 

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I'd get the second one, the IAF it comes with is not a big deal. :ewink:
 

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I have a problem with the IAF:

By Air Pass Valve


  • The IAF sits between the air filter and throttle body along the tract of the air intake pipe. The IAF is engineered to improve the performance of your air intake system by controlling the incoming air at different RPM ranges
  • The IAF is designed to take in large volumes of air with a sudden thrust of the gas pedal and will safely level off and switch to your primary air filter as you coast on the highway. This translates to more power when you need it and less when you don't
  • The IAF is constructed of solid chrome plated aliminum body, stainless steel filter screen and an inner second stage filter element.
If their description is correct, when you are at WOT the bypass valve opens to let unfiltered (small mesh screen) air into the car? If this is true, DO NOT install that valve on your car. An air intake bypass valve should ONLY open if your filter is submerged in order to prevent hydro-lock. Any other time it opens will be allowing dirt to get into your engine.
How would letting hot engine compartment air in help when you are at WOT? That defeats the whole COLD air intake.

Anyways, if you use the second one without that valve, you would be fine. Just don't drive through rivers.
 

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RevZempoe said:
^^ Isn't that after it's already been filtered cold from the air filter though?
No. Its a bypass valve. When it open to allow air in, the air is being sucked in by the valve, which is higher up in the engine bay, close to the VAF. Like I said, this is only beneficial if your CAI is submerged and should not open at WOT.
 

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The problem you'll find withe the ebay specials are, the filters are mostly to small.
The first one you posted, I would say falls into this catagory since it has a chrome heat sheild around it, the filter will be small. You will not get enough air flow on the top end.

The second one, as stated above, if you leave off the bypass valve, looks decent. The bypass valve, although will allow more air flow, will take in hot less dense air from the engine compartment, and unfiltered.

I purchased a basic CAI off of ebay. The polished aluminum tubing and silicon adapters were worth it alone. I just repalced the filter with a bigger cone, also purchased off of ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/93-94-95-96-97-MAZDA-MX-6-MX6-COLD-AIR-INTAKE-SYSTEM_W0QQitemZ8012693817QQcategoryZ38634QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
or
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/93-97-FORD-PROBE-MX6-MX-6-626-MAZDA-GT-COLD-AIR-INTAKE_W0QQitemZ8011709214QQcategoryZ38634QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

You'll want a bigger filter than both come with...
 
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