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post #1 of 20 Old 12-04-2012, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Volant vs. K&N vs. AirRaid -Best of the bunch?

Looking at getting a cold air intake soon, and I've heard reviews from different people about each.. Wanted to get a review from the best and most experienced people around! What do y'all think? Price is not a problem, as they're all pretty similar in that aspect.

So, Volant, K&N, or AirRaid?

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post #2 of 20 Old 12-04-2012, 10:47 PM
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In a thread on this forum, a CAI was voted in the top 5 of the most useless, wasted money mods you can make to a JK. Might want to check it out. Makes the engine sound louder, inrush air sound, seat of the pants dyno info only, no actual posted performance data shows they help the 3.8L engine.

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A CAI is practically useless on a JK. For the money you'll be pissing away, you can instead get some kickass side rails, windshield lights, balljoints, shocks, wheels, skidplates, a programmer, or several dozen other mods that will actually serve a functional purpose.

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post #4 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 04:15 AM
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Another vote for waste of money, but on the other hand there are things that we add to our Jeeps that to some are a waste of money too.


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post #5 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 08:04 AM
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Mods are done to increase enjoyment of driving your vehicle, right? CAIs increase joy. Better engine sound, much more linear throttle response, never buy a filter again, etc.

Airaid for the win...you can run it as an open box or close it up for offroad use like the stock box. And the sensor mounting design is slightly better than some other kits I've tried.

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Volant all the way.
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 08:40 AM
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new AC Delco air filter is all you need.

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I Went The Mopar Route & I'm Extremely Happy!
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-05-2012, 11:29 AM
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I Went The Mopar Route & I'm Extremely Happy!
Lol nice. I see what you did there.

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I have the Mopar unnit on my 2012 3.6 JK! Dyno 8 hp at rear wheels! But........the sound is worth every penny.

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any gain is going to be at he very end of the rpm band. with out a tune you can not add more air with out adding fuel. I think the motor is detuned, out of the box. how much more hard to say but i do not want premium fuel as well. no tune no gain. The stock will trap more fine dirt for me that is more important than even 6hp. < i question those claims too. i replace stock one about six months.


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any gain is going to be at he very end of the rpm band. with out a tune you can not add more air with out adding fuel. I think the motor is detuned, out of the box. how much more hard to say but i do not want premium fuel as well. no tune no gain. The stock will trap more fine dirt for me that is more important than even 6hp. < i question those claims too. i replace stock one about six months.
This. ^^^

You can't add more air without adding more fuel or you lean out the mix and lose power. Unless you are doing some custom reprogramming to take advantage of a higher airflow (or you can show that the stock box is chocking the engine), you aren't getting anything but more noise out of a CAI.

Almost forgot. You are also getting less filtration on most of them (this is how they increase air flow) and increase your chances of hydrolocking your engine.
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100% total waste of money. When looking at jeeps for sale I always know a "TOOL" owned it when it has a CAI on it for no reason. It makes me wonder what other "lovely" things they may have did to their jeep incorrectly........ anyways MORE DIRT GETS INTO YOUR ENGINE

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Stock filter, changed on a regular basis - or more-than-regular in dusty/dirty conditions - best option.

Put $250-$350 down on a gas card or save up for a quality lift and/or winch.
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Volant's a good choice. I put a Banks CAI and exhaust on my 2011 and loved it. Don't worry about all the negative responses. You'll also hear that regearing will give you a ton more hp and mpg lol
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