What's up guys? I'm new to the forum and z's in general. Which type of cold air intake would be better a long one, which reaches to the front grill, or a short-ram? Or do both have pros and cons. Thanks a lot!
I would go with the AEM cold air. I did alot of research before I bought mine and im thrilled with it. AEM puts the filter in the drivers front wheel well area. Its all stainless and sounds great. my friend has the injen intake im not a fan of the silicone pipe it uses, doesnt sound as good either. short ram sucks straight hot air.
While there are quite a few to choose from there are a few very important differences. For the most part people use the JWT pop charger which is a upgraded filter with a heat shield. The upsides being most notably ease of installation, a solid 6.5rwhp/tq gain +-1 depending on other mods. it uses the stock airbox location so if you go through a rather deep puddle the filter element will not get submerged. Also it is priced rather well. at $120 its affordable and many owners say they love the sound.
Next is the Injen CAI which if i am not mistaken claim the biggest horsepower gains. its a little more expensive and typical of CAI's it places the filter element down close to the ground. Its much the same as the AEM. if you go this route make sure whichever CAI you choose comes with a water diverter/bypass to prevent any water from being sucked up the intake.
Drop in filters for the stock airbox are quite common . these are the cheapest of the intake mods. they use the stock airbox and make fair gains. its said to have the best $ for horsepower ratio.
Another common one is the K&N typhoon intake. Its a short ram air intake with the ram air being located on the top right(facing the car) portion of your front grill which feeds air to the replacement airbox. the replacement airbox houses the k&n filter element which has a breather inlet to ensure that if the airbox is filled with water that it pulls air from the engine compartment. Its one of the more difficult to install intakes but produces good HP gains. Also said to have a distinctive sound that many find appealing.
in the end its comes down to you with how much your willing to spend and what your trying to get. Personally i use a popcharger in my Z and love it. hope this helps.
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