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Vararam ram air intake

This is a discussion on Vararam ram air intake within the Corvette forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; My c5 came with fog lights, do you have to remove them in order for the intake to work? Or ...

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    Vararam ram air intake

    My c5 came with fog lights, do you have to remove them in order for the intake to work? Or is it just overall a better performance upgrade if I remove them if I get this intake?

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    I'm almost positive you have to remove them
    I remember reading a nice write-up on a C5
    I'll see if I can find it...

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    It looks like you retain the fog lights, if that's what you meant
    I found two great links with awesome step-by-step instructions that show you what to do

    http://www.cajundude.com/vararam.htm

    http://www.zbramotors.com/vararam/VaraRam.html

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    But if I remove the fog lights would I get more power rather than keeping them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99-SS-Conv View Post
    But if I remove the fog lights would I get more power rather than keeping them?
    I haven't actually seen a C5 with that set up, but I would have to say that it will depend on the placement of the fog lights. Obviously if a part of the bezel is obstructing the air passages is going to negate full performance...
    For what I could see in the picks, it looks like free and clear install...

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    I bought the vararam, and I was totally disapointed. I seen all these people talking it up so much, on this site and others so I bought it. When I got it and looked at it, the cuts and build on the plastic pieces made it look like somebody had "manufactured" it out in the shed. I'm sorry, not trying to be a jerk, just being honest. It was a pain to put it on, and after all that, the power difference wasn't even noticeable. If I had it to do over again I probably would have went with the K&N FIPK. Again, I'm not trying to be malicious, but it does not deserve the hype it is getting. AKA RIP OFF!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelSniper View Post
    I bought the vararam, and I was totally disapointed. I seen all these people talking it up so much, on this site and others so I bought it. When I got it and looked at it, the cuts and build on the plastic pieces made it look like somebody had "manufactured" it out in the shed. I'm sorry, not trying to be a jerk, just being honest. It was a pain to put it on, and after all that, the power difference wasn't even noticeable. If I had it to do over again I probably would have went with the K&N FIPK. Again, I'm not trying to be malicious, but it does not deserve the hype it is getting. AKA RIP OFF!!
    I think you're right on some accounts. The material quality is not the best along with some reported fitment issues

    I've been aware of all those issues and what I've learned from people actually done the install themselves is that, they have reported no problems with the install, and others have had issues; however the performance gains outweigh the hassle for what I've heard...

    How did you measure its performance?
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    I really like mine..the worst part of it was the install....just lots of tight spaces....

    The performance gains are most noticable at speeds above 50 mph..it is after all a ram air system
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    I think that with all the hype I would be at least able to feel a little something, yes even at higher speeds. I didn't test it at the track or nothing, but if its a couple of tenths faster, I would think you could at least feel it. Anyway I'm thinking about trading it in and finding me an '04 Z06 this summer, and if I do, I guarentee you it won't have a Vararam on it.

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    I put one on my car last year and I pickup over 3 10s , but the best part was when it got hot outside all the cars with blackwings and air boxes took a dump on speed, cars that ran 13.3 in May was running 14.9 in July heat, you can't tell me sucking hot air though your radiator is better than the outside air from your leading edge of your car and there is no dyno numbers on it because it is Ram air and you can't fake Ram air on a Dyno.I have put two of on and it took some time, if you have a auto take the transmission cooler off and clean out everything you will be surprise what you find in it!

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    Well, I finally got my Vararam installed
    Pain in the ass to install?
    Yes!
    Worth the hassle and the hype?
    Absolutely!
    My car running uphere at altitude gained 2.5mph and 3/10ths on the 1/4 mile

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    No Dont Remove Them My Buddy Has A Z06 And He Has A Vararam Intake And He Has His Foglights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06-Goose View Post
    Well, I finally got my Vararam installed
    Pain in the ass to install?
    Yes!
    Worth the hassle and the hype?
    Absolutely!
    My car running uphere at altitude gained 2.5mph and 3/10ths on the 1/4 mile
    Nice gains!

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    wonder what the hp difference is between k/n FIPS and vararam

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    Don't those screens restrict some of the air flow on your yellow c5?


    Quote Originally Posted by BitViper View Post
    I really like mine..the worst part of it was the install....just lots of tight spaces....

    The performance gains are most noticable at speeds above 50 mph..it is after all a ram air system


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