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Old 05-04-2008, 12:01 AM   #1
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Let'* put it this way, my current fenderwell kind of sucks, and not in the way I'd like it to. I think it may be a restriction at this point.

Here'* a pic at a recent car show, I had my now installed PLIM on display as well:



It consists of a PVC pipe reducer (3.5 to 3 inch) connected to a 3" chrome plated intake pipe, which connects to some 3" accordion style tubing, leading down into the fender wherein lies a now slightly rusty APC air filter.

The prices of the Intense FWI'* scare me, so here is the plan.

Two of these:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3-5-I...spagenameZWDVW

(one at the throttle body and the other at the filter)

One of these:

http://cgi.ebay.com/3-5-Intercooler-...2em118Q2el1247

Along with two or three feet of Intense tubing and one of their 3.5 inch inlet K&N filters.

I don't know how much of a restriction my current 3" pipe is, would I lose anything simply by getting some 3" Intense tubing and a 3" filter instead? I'm completely satisfied with my intake as far as the pipe and connector are concerned, up until the accordion tubing and cheap filter.

Thoughts?
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The prices of the Intense FWI'* scare me, so here is the plan.
well worth it for what you get...

9" K&N Filter ($45 on the INTENSE site)
Custom molded throttle body adapter (custom, probably worth $50)
30" of INTENSE 3.5" intake tubing ($12 a foot, so $30)
Two thin-walled aluminum couplers (probably worth $8 each, they are only pieces of cutoff aluminum pipe that are also deburred
All necessary clamps. (probably worth $15, they are high quality clamps)

Two of these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3-5-I...spagenameZWDVW

= $29.98 shipped

One of these: http://cgi.ebay.com/3-5-Intercooler-...2em118Q2el1247

= $19.99 shipped

Along with two or three feet of Intense tubing and one of their 3.5 inch inlet K&N filters

= $70-75 shipped

Total = $120-125

Suddenly, the $169.00 price tag doesn't seem so bad

http://intense-racing.com/Merchant2/...3800_Induction
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Yeah I know, but I'm such a cheap fool.

Which actually is why my intake is the way it is now.

When you put it that way though, it is worth the extra $40 for something that will be a direct bolt on and that already has an IAT sensor hole, I would have to make my own with that other setup...

And here I was saying I wasn't going to spend any more money. I should've known that was going to be a lie.

I guess now we can have conclusive proof once I get it installed that the Intense tubing performs better than that accordion stuff, or that the K&N works better than those cheap ricezone filters, provided of course that is what my butt dyno conveys. This way, anytime someone comes around with either one and doesn't believe his intake is a problem, you can point to this thread and say "yeah, well this idiot had the same thing and look what he said..."

Ordering now.
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Rogue, where is my commission?

Glad you made the right choice. Please do us all a favor and throw that old intake directly into the garbage
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While you wait for the new FWI, please put your stock airbox back on. It'll probably be an improvement.
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While you wait for the new FWI, please put your stock airbox back on. It'll probably be an improvement.
I would, but I sold it.
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Yeah I know, but I'm such a cheap fool.

Which actually is why my intake is the way it is now.

When you put it that way though, it is worth the extra $40 for something that will be a direct bolt on and that already has an IAT sensor hole, I would have to make my own with that other setup...

And here I was saying I wasn't going to spend any more money. I should've known that was going to be a lie.

I guess now we can have conclusive proof once I get it installed that the Intense tubing performs better than that accordion stuff, or that the K&N works better than those cheap ricezone filters, provided of course that is what my butt dyno conveys. This way, anytime someone comes around with either one and doesn't believe his intake is a problem, you can point to this thread and say "yeah, well this idiot had the same thing and look what he said..."

Ordering now.
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And likewise. I wish I had one on both, but it'* not in the budget for the 95. There'* not a single person with an INTENSE FWI on this Forum that didn't believe it was worth every penny, and the best performing intake they've ever had. I've had various versions of intakes on both cars in the last (nearly) 6 years, and the FWI is far and above the best solution.
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As I said earlier, I'll be sure to post my butt dyno results comparing this intake to the Home Depot/ricerzone version. That way, you can shun any future nonbelievers to this thread.

I did notice that while I was revving the engine to burp the coolant, my car did not have the intake roar I would have expected. Perhaps that will change!
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Intense puts the delivery estimate at the day after tomorrow...which is way way better than the end of the week like I was expecting. This means I'll be able to install it the night before I help my friend move upstate. Oh, fun.

I just hope he'll be able to keep up with the car carrying most of his stuff with his Sunfire.
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