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Old 08-07-2014, 07:30 AM   #1
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Vararam intake

Shopping for intakes is somewhat confusing. There are so many choices and the pricing is erratic to say the least. I have seen a few on Ebay for under $100.00 and then you see some over $400.00. I don't really care about the money so much as getting the best performance.

What is the main difference and why such a price disparity?

I did find this however:



http://www.jegs.com/i/VaraRam/937/VR...FSsSMwodKnoAdw

I love the whole vibe here, retro looks and seemingly fantastic performance gains. Anyone have any knowledge of this?

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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What I like about a CAI is it's simplicity, I can have my K&N-77 off in a matter of minutes. The more complicated the system the more it'll take to remove it for maintenance. Just food for thought...
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:48 AM   #3
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Apparantly the vararam is one of the best intakes (together with the discontinued ramhammer), it looks good from a distance but the build quality is to be honest utter crap, flimsy plastic,...

However since it's supposed to be the best I'm still running it, did make some modifications:



Original plastic parts are riveted together and shake loose, drilled them out and fitted stainless bolts.



Fitting bracket that comes with the vararam is 'crap', put this in its place, one one either site, attached to a ac compressor bolt (ac compressor is gone in this pic) and on the alternator bolt the other side.
Advantage is, you can easily get the vararam nice and level with this.



Installed the vararam along with Efan and a different tune and definitely has more power now!
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:30 PM   #4
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After some research, I am going to pass on this product. The reviews are very good as to performance, but lousy as to construction and maintenance.

Greg is right... keep it simple. I'll just find a good CAI.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:52 PM   #5
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I like my AEM brute force intake. Very solid, easy maintenance filter... For what its worth.
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I like my AEM brute force intake. Very solid, easy maintenance filter... For what its worth.

I really like the design on this one. I can't find any pictures of where the filter sits in the bay. It looks as if it may be up towards the radiator? I have seen a few with that design and it makes a lot of sense as the incoming air would be much cooler.

I am still amazed at how much some pipe and a filter costs...

You could buy a good filter (K&N etc...) and build your own system for half the cost.
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I believe I have decided on this one...

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/harleynace_2272_1192803447

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I love the look and the filter sits up close to the radiator. That seems to be a good spot for cold air flow.

Any thoughts?
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I believe I have decided on this one...

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/harleynace_2272_1192803447

injenairintakes.com

I love the look and the filter sits up close to the radiator. That seems to be a good spot for cold air flow.

Any thoughts?
They appear to be metal or chrome plated which defeats the purpose of a COLD Air Induction system, as they will heat up from engine heat, thus heating the incoming air. If you buy one of these you will need to wrap the tube in insulation to protect it from the engine heat.
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They appear to be metal or chrome plated which defeats the purpose of a COLD Air Induction system, as they will heat up from engine heat, thus heating the incoming air. If you buy one of these you will need to wrap the tube in insulation to protect it from the engine heat.
I considered that, but assumed they knew what they were selling. Is it just the lure of shiny objects that would make them create such a product?

I admit, 50% of my interest was pure cosmetics.

Thanks for the tip.
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Unfortunately an effective CAI is not particularly good looking. Cas in point.
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