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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-29-2014, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Caprice Cold Air Intake Versus Drop in Filter ....

I have a 96 Caprice 5.7 Lt1. What do you all really think about the CAI ? Will there be Hp gains from installing one like the ones on ebay for $40 ?? I have been debating weather I should throw a KN drop in filter, or get one of the inexpensive cai from ebay for $40 or weather I should just save all the money and leave the regular filter thats in there right now. I definately dont want to shell out $250 for the Raiss or the other high priced sets.

What do you guys think ??

I am leaning towards the $40 ebay cai but its real hot under the hood, I think it may be counterproductive to just be sucking in all that hot air into the motor... Anyone ever used an ebay cai and have better results with the car after putting it in or did it just about run the same ??

Do you think its better off keeping the factory airbox and using a better filter, such as a KN ??
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I would love to swap out my stock gears for 342's, I know that will make a world of difference, but I need to do that later on.

How will a ecu tune help temp. under the hood ?? Can the ecu be programmed to run the engine cooler ??

Has anyone else any input or experience with the ebay cai ?? or the KN drop in filter ??
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You sir, need to download the SS handbook, and get yourself up to speed.

Google is your friend, if you can't find it on the forum.

Good Luck, and enjoy your LT1 !
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or, if all else fails, look here: http://www.grail-ss.com/TechDocuments.htm

and then there's always... http://s368.photobucket.com/user/The...?sort=3&page=1

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Tested a coil by listening to MR.WOODS... ****ing coil WORKS just fine.... ass hole
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Wow ... That Hydra intake set up is awesome ! Im sure that intake is surely producing some HP ...... I would love to design something similar for my LT1.

I have also looked at the SS Handbook and its awesome too. I think for now, im going to just drill some holes in the stock airbox and drop in a k&n and put the little sticker on one of my windows.
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... drill the holes in the bottom/lower part of the air box...

But you knew that.

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Tested a coil by listening to MR.WOODS... ****ing coil WORKS just fine.... ass hole
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... drill the holes in the bottom/lower part of the air box...

But you knew that.

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I was just about to state that clarification.

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I drilled a bunch of holes in the lower part of the intake box. I took the bottom half out, drilled holes in the front, on the side that faces against the fender and also at the bottom of the box. I did not drill any holes on the side of the box that faces the engine, thought it would draw in hot air through that side. I dropped in a K&N filter, and I dont know if its just me playing a Jedi mind trick on myself, but the car seems to be a little faster ...........

I think it may have worked, , now I dont know how long this fix is going to last, because I bet Im going to want to do something else to the car very soon. Does the throttle body bypass work ???

Will plugging that hose to the throttle body produce noticeable increased performance ??
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This brings me back.... Haaa Haaa
"and I dont know if its just me playing a Jedi mind trick on myself, but the car seems to be a little faster ..........."

What you have is better throttle response, due to more air getting in quicker, i think.
And your SOTP gauge is telling you that. ;-)

If you did a test before and after at the track, the time slips may say otherwise,
but it's not about that.... "The Force is strong with this one...."
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The TB bypass works by re-routing your coolant so it no longer runs thru the TB (heating it up). Since the TB is cooler, the intake air is marginally cooler, and denser, so you make a.tiny bit more.power. cheap and easy mod.

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Tested a coil by listening to MR.WOODS... ****ing coil WORKS just fine.... ass hole
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