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    Cold Air Intakes

    Are cold air intakes a sure fire way to improve a vehicle's fuel efficiency and horsepower?

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    Member SuperSSguy's Avatar
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    I think so.Properly tuned they can give you a little bump in each category.

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    They help but not so much in that there's a clear yeah that gave me more power.

    It doesn't hurt to have them either as long as you keep them clean and dry. Filters like K&N you have to use oil on them after washing. You have to let them dry otherwise that oil will ruin your MAF sensor over time.

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    2001 Trans Am Vert

    Completely depends on the system they are replacing. Some they help and others they add nothing. Many marketed as cold air put the filter where they are actually pulling hot air and can even hurt performance.

    Keep in mine that KN allows 100X more particulate through the filter.
    2001 Trans Am Vert

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    Senior Member Whamhammer's Avatar
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    '02 Trans Am WS-6, 6M

    Depends on the factory systems, and the one that is replacing it.

    I replaced my 02 WS6 air plumbing with SLPs lid and smooth below. The lid smoothened flow nicely, compared to the factory lid and baffle (which was deleted), and the factory below was horrible and leaked in air, dirt, leaves, etc. With no tuning and a factory filter, I felt drivability improvements and a small boost in power.

    If the factory equipment had been top notch, I dont think it wouldve fixed a whole lot.
    SLP Air Lid/Smooth Bellows
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