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I came across a cheap BBK intake, just wondering what your guys' thoughts on the CAI, will I gain any power or atleast MPG's?

It sounds appealing since I dont have to tune it, especially since i dont have a tuner and they are pricy. If i could, id get a JLT and tune, but ive hear good reviews on the bbk except for it throwing the lean code -_-
 

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I would say dont waste your money on it. Wait until you can afford a C&L Racer or JLT and tuner. Odds are you will still want one, because I did. I ended up selling the BBK one for cheap.
 

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is it used or did you find a good deal on a new one? i bought my c&l street cai, wasnt supposed to need a tuner but wound up hacing to buy one cuz i started throwing the too lean code. not saying itll happen to you but you run the risk of it happening. worst case you keep it on the side and save for a tuner and see even bigger gains :)
also, heres bbk's claim to hp increase, ripped from their site http://www.bbkperformance.com/product_images/product-dyno_pdf-52.pdf
 

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Haven't seen many with that one. Most will tell you C&L or JLT, or maybe Airaid, Steeda, FRPP or Roush. I went C&L w/ Diablo Predator, but if I knew then what I do know I'd have picked up the SCT over the Predator. I'd say save and get one of those with a tuner, do it right the first time. :yes
 

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Save for the C&L racer and sct tune. Was my first performance mod (not counting exhaust... we all know why) and you will be in shock how much power it unleashes. And now I'm going boost and my kit comes with a new tune and intake so I have to part with this eventually, what's my point? Don't something to upgrade it later. Save your money and do it right. Goodluck
 

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BBK CAI really has a bad rep. I think it was just something that had to do with the material they used or something. Just wait and get a C&L or JLT as mentioned by the others. Make sure you get a tuner as well, SCT preferably.
 

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Hell, just wait a month or so, and I'll sell you my JLT, I won't need it then.;)
 

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Hell, just wait a month or so, and I'll sell you my JLT, I won't need it then.;)
Haha Sounds Good let me know!

Yea the BBK Is used but for $50 Bucks soo It sounds like a pretty good deal you know?

SCT And JLT is what ive been Eying for a minute though, One question for you tuning guys, Is there a good 87 or 89 Tune? I Run premium but I use the car as a Daily Driver, Hey I dont mind paying for gas so dont bust my chops, but Ive heard the CAI increases HP and torque while improving Gas Mileage, I drive 36 miles Roundtrip to school 5 days a week plus another like 7 to work, Just trying to ride this recession out haha

like Benjamin Franklin said "A penny saved is a penny earned" and if he was alive now, hed prob use the pennies earned on other mods:D
 

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Just save your pennies for a SCT Xcal3 + C&L Racer or the JLT.

VMP Tuning has a good package for the SCT Xcal3 + C&L Racer.
 

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i still wouldn't buy the bbk. sure you may not have to get a tune from it, but personally i'd rather find a used sct tuner and buy a tune for your stock airbox before using just the bbk. you need a good quality cai w/ proven hp gains rather than something you'll want to replace later. however i'd bet for 50 bucks you can try it and if you decide you're ready for something else you can sell it for the same 50 bucks.
 

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i agree with psycho, 50 bucks for a cai is a hell of a deal, you might even be able to get more than your money back from it if you decide to go another route with the cai. there are other cai's that other people will recommend over the bbk(like the jlt or c&l), its just all about what you want and what your budget allows. the tuner is way more than worth the money tho, it may seem expensive at first but for me, i drive 30 miles round trip for school and 20 miles round trip for work, with the sct tuner i went from gettin around 16mpg to 18.5mpg on the street tune, and i also run premium. i went thru AM and have the bama tunes and have 0 regrets but i have heard nothing but good things about vmp. so either way....start saving for a tuner regardless if you get the cai or not....once you get it you'll wonder how you ever lived without one.
 

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So, I have the BBK, it came with the car when I bought it, and I've noticed nothing negative except the material...its metal and gets SUPER hot regardless of how hard you drive it...I know some say that our cars just run hot, but the CAI gets really, really hot, hot enough where you cant touch it for about 15-20 mins after the engine is off...I'm getting rid of mine as soon as I can, I would stay away if you plan on getting a better one anyway...you should probably just save for a tuner/cai package...you'll be way more impressed with the gains from a CAI and a tune rather than just the CAI...
 

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Put the $50.00 in a piggy bank and save up for a CAI/Tuner combo.

Take it from the many people (including me) who have been there and done that. You will end up ordering a tune for your no tune CAI sooner rather than later. I ran the Airaid CAI without a tune for 15 miles before I contacted LRS/BBR and had a custom tune done for my '06 GT. The before and after is not even close!! The reviews you read are true.

However, should you want to run a no tune CAI...I would go with Airaid. The fit and finish are second to none and you will notice a slight "butt dyno" improvement over stock. But on the 4.6 3V, the tune is where the biggest gains are to be had. There is so much more to it than just numbers in a tune too. Espcially if your car is an automatic.

Just my .02...
 

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Put the $50.00 in a piggy bank and save up for a CAI/Tuner combo.

Take it from the many people (including me) who have been there and done that. You will end up ordering a tune for your no tune CAI sooner rather than later. I ran the Airaid CAI without a tune for 15 miles before I contacted LRS/BBR and had a custom tune done for my '06 GT. The before and after is not even close!! The reviews you read are true.

However, should you want to run a no tune CAI...I would go with Airaid. The fit and finish are second to none and you will notice a slight "butt dyno" improvement over stock. But on the 4.6 3V, the tune is where the biggest gains are to be had. There is so much more to it than just numbers in a tune too. Espcially if your car is an automatic.

Just my .02...
Will do, SCT and JLT is a nice combo if not The tuner itself sounds promising, Especially if it adds HP on the stock car and Raises MPGs. :mad::eek::tomato Should have been the first mod I invested in.....
 

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So, I have the BBK, it came with the car when I bought it, and I've noticed nothing negative except the material...its metal and gets SUPER hot regardless of how hard you drive it...I know some say that our cars just run hot, but the CAI gets really, really hot, hot enough where you cant touch it for about 15-20 mins after the engine is off...I'm getting rid of mine as soon as I can, I would stay away if you plan on getting a better one anyway...you should probably just save for a tuner/cai package...you'll be way more impressed with the gains from a CAI and a tune rather than just the CAI...

second this. when i had mine on it would get ridiculously hot.
 

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Haha Sounds Good let me know!

Yea the BBK Is used but for $50 Bucks soo It sounds like a pretty good deal you know?

SCT And JLT is what ive been Eying for a minute though, One question for you tuning guys, Is there a good 87 or 89 Tune? I Run premium but I use the car as a Daily Driver, Hey I dont mind paying for gas so dont bust my chops, but Ive heard the CAI increases HP and torque while improving Gas Mileage, I drive 36 miles Roundtrip to school 5 days a week plus another like 7 to work, Just trying to ride this recession out haha

like Benjamin Franklin said "A penny saved is a penny earned" and if he was alive now, hed prob use the pennies earned on other mods:D
This is an excellent question.....I would LOVE to buy an intake/tuner combo, but having to buy anything other than 87-89 octane would surely be too costly for me, IS there a tune that works with 87?
 

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I came across a cheap BBK intake, just wondering what your guys' thoughts on the CAI, will I gain any power or atleast MPG's?

It sounds appealing since I dont have to tune it, especially since i dont have a tuner and they are pricy. If i could, id get a JLT and tune, but ive hear good reviews on the bbk except for it throwing the lean code -_-
The BBK isn't a BAD intake, there's just better out there. I would recommend the JLT intake or the C&L Racer. The JLT intake is going to provide you with the same or better HP than any other intake on the market, plus it's affordable. Any intake worth having, does require a tune. We have some great deals with Free Bama Tunes for Life on our site, and also offer a forums discount, so we can save you some cash on a package deal with the programmer. With our price matching, we'll always be the same or cheaper than our competitors.

The Bama tunes are all R&D'ed in-house on our Dynojet dyno, and then tested around the streets of Malvern, and many local race tracks. By going with SCT's largest volume dealer in the world (Bama), you know that we are CONSTANTLY getting feedback from our customers including dyno graphs, etc. You'll get the same amount of performance as any of our competitors, and world-class customers service and accuracy/consistency.

Let me know if you have absolutely any questions, whatsoever! You can give our Bama specialists a call at the hours/number listed in my signature and they'll be glad to help out!

05-09 CAI/Tuner Combos at AmericanMuscle.com - Don't forget the forums discount of 6%!
 

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This is an excellent question.....I would LOVE to buy an intake/tuner combo, but having to buy anything other than 87-89 octane would surely be too costly for me, IS there a tune that works with 87?
There are definitely good 87/89 octane tunes. So the power gains are going to be a little less, but all of the driveability is still insanely improved. Throttle response, automatic shifting, getting rid of that factory throttle hang, smoother powerband, better gas mileage. There are a ton of things still improved, even though at wide-open-throttle you're only picking up half the amount of power that you could. Hope this helps!
 

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AMChris I don't want to hijack this thread but you might be the guy to answer my question. I have a 2010 GT. Are the the gains I would see from an aftermarket CAI and tune vs the factory CAI with drop in high-flow a/f (K&N i.e.) and tune really worth the difference in price? I have been trying to get a definitive answer to this for sometime but I haven't really got one.
 

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The BBK isn't a BAD intake, there's just better out there. I would recommend the JLT intake or the C&L Racer. The JLT intake is going to provide you with the same or better HP than any other intake on the market, plus it's affordable. Any intake worth having, does require a tune. We have some great deals with Free Bama Tunes for Life on our site, and also offer a forums discount, so we can save you some cash on a package deal with the programmer. With our price matching, we'll always be the same or cheaper than our competitors.

The Bama tunes are all R&D'ed in-house on our Dynojet dyno, and then tested around the streets of Malvern, and many local race tracks. By going with SCT's largest volume dealer in the world (Bama), you know that we are CONSTANTLY getting feedback from our customers including dyno graphs, etc. You'll get the same amount of performance as any of our competitors, and world-class customers service and accuracy/consistency.

Let me know if you have absolutely any questions, whatsoever! You can give our Bama specialists a call at the hours/number listed in my signature and they'll be glad to help out!

05-09 CAI/Tuner Combos at AmericanMuscle.com - Don't forget the forums discount of 6%!
Thanks! Good info will be ordering the jlt and sct soon!
 
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