We all know that the ribbed flex pipes can cause less flow. Most of us would love to go get some 3" mandrel bent stainless pipe and have them powder coated. The problem is, not all of us have money coming out of our ears, so we work with what we have. I don't know about everyone else, but if I had an extra $300 and some time it probably wouldn't get spent on the dream CAI (thanks to my ex-wife...b****). Even with flex pipes, it still ends up far better than stock.Originally posted by madness_spirit@May 30 2004, 12:16 PM
hey I dont want to knock anyones CAI but really if you people want better air flow why is everyone here using flex pipe and stuff. really the best way to go is to use solid pipes. All those ribs add turbulance and decrease air flow. Stop going cheap, Best way to get a CAI is to have some pipe mandrel bent then powder coated. Then you have a super smooth surface for the air to travel over and I guarantee you will get much better air flow that you will with dryer hose or that flexible plastic pipe. Wasnt someone working on making CAIs for us? Besides a nice powdercoated peice of pipe looks so much nicer in your engine bay, then you have something to show off, well it looks a lot better than flex pipe.
93taurusSX,Originally posted by 93taurusSX@Jun 1 2004, 11:21 AM
Point of the matter is, our engines (vulcan, duratec, essex, etc.) don't really suck as much air as anything a 3" pipe would fully allow to begin with. With that being said, you can use solid pipes, but then what's the point when the engine will breathe just as well with flex pipe tubing? If you want to free up the intake even more, I would P&P the upper and lower intakes, get a bigger TB and MAF, heck even a better exhaust, THEN would I start considering going all out on a "true" CAI system.