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Old 4/27/11, 12:45 PM   #1
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Steeda vs Airaid vs JLT - which cold air is best?? Look here

No, this is not a "STEEDA is the best" thread. So read on for some really good info!

A few months ago there was a similar thread which I believe got deleted cause I could not find it anymore. Myself and a few others questioned the results of that thread, as it showed one of the intakes with tuning to make less power in the midrange than a stock car which is not true, it also showed one of the intakes making a ton of low end power over the others which was also incorrect.

We knew from our own data for this to be incorrect. Our argument was that these intakes are all close and you really can't go wrong with any one of them. But for the data to be valid for presentation we needed to do pulls on the same car, same day, same dyno. Our data at the time was scattered and not from the same cars, days, etc. Only from the same dyno.

So a few weeks ago we finally got the intakes together for our own shootout, same car, same day, same dyno, etc......

The tunes for this test were setup so timing and fuel were completely stable & consistent, so the differences between just the cold air systems themselves would be revealed. We did not have a stock intake for this car to test, so we baseline the Steeda system with tuning, then swapped each intake, modified the tune to accomodate each intake and made another pull.

So did our shootout back up what we were saying all along???



Yes, it did. As you can see, you really can't go wrong with any of these intake systems. They all make comparable levels of horsepower and torque across the entire RPM range.

As we had argued in the past, due to its size the JLT trades off a little bit of low end torque, however to the average user this difference would not be perceptible. Any of these intakes given the same tuning will essentially feel and perform about the same. I am sure some of the JLT's torque loss down low could be minimized with further tuning, but that was not the intent for this test and would have skewed the results. We wanted to show what the intakes themselves will do compared to each other.

So the conclusion? Choose your cold air intake based on your personal preference, because from a performance standpoint, you will not be disappointed by any of the ones in this thread.

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Old 4/27/11, 12:54 PM   #2
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Awesome info Gus. You da man!
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Thanks Gus. Is that the standard tune that comes with your "Power Pack"? And I assume that was on 93 octane?
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Thanks Gus. Is that the standard tune that comes with your "Power Pack"? And I assume that was on 93 octane?
No, its not the same tune, but we did put some good timing in it to make sure all of the intakes put up good numbers. Its pretty close to what we normally do for our Power Paks.
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Looks like virtually no difference between the three, it would have been nice to see the stock in the mix too. They're so close I guess it really gets down to cost vs. Quality... What's the cost breakdown on each?
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Nice work Gus. Very happy with my intake package.
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Nice fair test and comparison. Cool to see that even though you may be biased towards one particular intake you didn't show it in your test or in your results.
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Was this with the insert in the Airaid or out?
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did the airraid have the insert in or out?
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When I got mine I spoke with Airaid and Bama and both said if you are adding a tune it should have the insert OUT. If just putting the Airaid on and no tune then the insert needs to be IN.
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Very happy with my Steeda tune, just gotta redownload it again cuz the actual speed i'm going is not matching my speedometer. Will recheck the parameters of the tune ,revs per mile and gear options.
Oh, and topnotch service from Gus and the boys over at Steeda.
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Was this with the insert in the Airaid or out?
Yes, we had removed the insert on the Airaid kit.
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Was the JLT CAI the carbon fiber unit? Just curious as that appears to be their high end unit.
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Yes, it was.
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I assume these all used the OEM mass air flow sensor.. I heard that some require a replacement air flow sensor thoughts on that ?
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I assume these all used the OEM mass air flow sensor.. I heard that some require a replacement air flow sensor thoughts on that ?
To my knowledge, all of these use the OEM one. I have the JLT and all I had to do was swap out the factory one.
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Yep, they use the stock MAF sensor, but use a different housing. The only ones I know of that had different MAFs were the 03-04 Cobra when you started pushing big power through them. I believe there's a conversion to MAP instead of MAF that requires a new sensor to do.
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