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    2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    i have an '06 V, came with a spectreworks air intake, problem is there is no heat shield and the company does not even make one! I know I could make a shield, but the clamp does not hold the filter very well either so I want to buy a completely new kit. I have looked at K & N, Lingenfelter and Volant. I like the look of Volant but on their website it seems like they only sell for the "04 adn '05 models. The Lingenfelter looks ok but does not include the intake tube. K & N has always served me well on my truck and my motorcycle so I would be ok with that BUT my first choice would be the Volant - just like the looks of that one. Anyone know if there is a volant that will fit the 2006 CTS-V?

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Lingenfelter has a better shield than K&N. K&N looks like it'll let plenty of heat in so your in the same boat. Don't know about Volant. But all you need to do is attach the breather hose to the intake tube to make it fit the 06/07 models.

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    ^ agreed, plus you live in manitoba. the world is your CAI.
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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Go Volant, I had K&N and sold it for a Volant after seeing my IAT temps in HP tuners!

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Quote Originally Posted by etcts-v View Post
    Go Volant, I had K&N and sold it for a Volant after seeing my IAT temps in HP tuners!
    Realistic HP #'s between the two..?

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mn800r View Post
    Realistic HP #'s between the two..?
    Really depends on the supporting mods you have and tune, by itself a CAI isn't going to do much of anything for you in these cars. But with other supporting mods where flow rate becomes more and more critical with each new component to get the most out of your lumpy cam & high flowing heads etc then it's anyone's guess what kind of HP gains you'll see between the two dependent upon your setup.

    The main drawback of the K&N is the weak sauce heat shield it comes with which allow engine temps to heat soat the incoming air which causes pre-detonation and subsequent knock in the cylinders which in turn impacts the amount of timing advance you can work with in your tune as well as the need to add fuel to cool the cylinders (which could lead to too rich of a mixture). If you're working with a stock car the difference between the IAT's you see from a K&N intake setup vs the Volant box setup won't matter. However if you plan power adders and stretching the most from your tune then hotter air is bad, cooler air is good!

    Here is a Dyno comparison that was done by the Base CTS guys so take it with a grain of salt, but still a fun read: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...tml#post481524

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Save your money.

    My tuner (StealthV who was well known on here back in the day) recommended staying with my OEM box and filter, and that's with a Maggie.
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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    Save your money.

    My tuner (StealthV who was well known on here back in the day) recommended staying with my OEM box and filter, and that's with a Maggie.
    Agreed, but a Maggie has a huge benefit of forced induction and intercooler, us N/A guys got to take path of least resistance for our air... lol

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Thanks for the replies. Hmm - yes the world is my cold air intake in winter here in Manitoba. In Spring and summer though it gets hot here too. Whatever I get has got to be better than just the open filter with no heat shield of any kind that is in place now. Right now I would probably lean towards the Volant - like how it looks.

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    I read the article, I now have a K&N CAI for sale!. Just didn't like how this whole thing was set up, where's a good place to buy a volant..

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    I just emailed Volant as their website only lists the package for the 2004/2005 CTS-V, see what kind of response I get tomorrow.

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    I bought mine on eBay and sold my used K&N for damn near the same price.
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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    There's a way to make the volant work on the 06-07 models. Just gotta do a search. It's a pretty simple mod to my understanding

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    Re: 2006-What's the best cold air intake?

    Well...they say not to drink and shop online...I don't care sailer Jerry has a good eye for a bargain... Just pulled the trigger on the volant on amazon $229...yep it's a sickness this car...I don't even have all the revshift stuff yet...ordered it all but the disc! Damn..I love my V...got a K&N for sale..

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    ^^ amen!

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