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What is the difference between CAI or cold air intakes and short ram air intakes? Why are short ram intakes cheaper?
Short ram air intakes usually are less expense and geared toward cars rather than trucks. Most common are import applications. The short ram induction systems are much like cold air intakes except the intake tube itself is shorter and doesn't relocate the short ram air filter to the wheel well or front grille like CAI systems. Short Ram intakes are most common on Honda, Acura, Mazda and etc.
Although the short ram air intake has its down sides it also has key features that sometime make it a better choice than the cool air intake. Since the short ram intake is shorter it keeps the ram air filter out of harms way and safely tucked away near the throttle body under the hood. Most CAI systems run down to the wheel well which is great for sucking up more cold air, but the intake can also suck up water or snow depending on where and how you drive.
The shorter ram induction intakes do not give the same HP gains as cold air intakes and most ram induction kits do not come with a heat shield. A heat shield is a great addition to any intake because it keeps engine heat away from your air filter. The more cool cold air your intake can suck up the better horsepower gains you will receive.
The more expensive intakes, the Cold Air Intakes are famous for being the cheapest upgrade for the most gains. There are many brands to choose from when buying a cold air intake.
K&N cold air intakes come in many colors and styles and boost a oiled filter guaranteed for life. The FIPK and 63 series Air Charger kits are ABS plastic and get the best horsepower increase, and the 77 Series polished intakes look great under the hood. K&N Typhoon intakes is there version done right of the Short Ram.
Injen, AFE, AEM and Weapon R cold air intakes are all great brands and vary in price. At Coops Customs we are direct distributors and keep our prices the cheapest anywhere.