2008-2013 Cadillac CTS Performance Mods Discussion, Air intake! in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; Hi everyone, so my birthday is coming up and i'll be turning 18, My dad asked me if i wanted ...
- 09-30-13 11:14 PM #1
Hi everyone, so my birthday is coming up and i'll be turning 18, My dad asked me if i wanted something for my car for my birthday and i said yes, and i've been looking around for about a month at Air intakes and studying a lot about them, but i want to see what people say about what they do how the affect the car. I have a 2009 Cadillac CTS. Would it be worth it for me to get one? I've been looing at Spectre 9912W i believe that's the item number.
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I'm wondering if it's something worth doing and what i'll expect to get out of it? I read around and people say higher mpg, but others also say it doesn't improve your mpg, so i'm confused about it.
What air intakes do you guys recommend?
- 09-30-13 11:53 PM #2
Did your dad ask if you wanted to use the search function? If you've studied as much as you claim, I highly doubt you'd start this thread. Moving on.
I have an Injen CAI, and I have zero complaints. Bought it because the filter sits low and away from the engine, close to my driver side fog light, in hopes it pulls in slightly cooler air. Others pull air from where your stock box exists, and I don't see how that can be very beneficial.
They sound wicked and make a lot of noise, and some may agree that's all they're good for. Keep in mind, tuning your car is critical in helping make the most of other mods (maybe ask dad for that first). As for MPG, I can't claim to have noticed a difference. My coupe is at WOT most of the time, so my mileage will always be awful.
- 10-01-13 12:09 AM #3
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I had used the search feature and only found one other thread. It was a bunch babbling and some trolling, so i couldn't really take anything from the posts. Thanks for your input. Over exaggeration is something that a lot of people tend to use also. I didn't literally sit here for a month and continuously stare at my computer screen researching about CAIs. I did it on and off as i saw fit.
- 10-01-13 03:07 AM #4
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I my honest opinion don't get any kind of CAI. Cadillac did a wonderful job of silencing or tuning out annoying engine noise from the front of the car and a CAI will just create a racket from the engine bay. I realize a lot of people like that throaty sound of a CAI and I am not knocking them but, I feel our Cadillac's are to nice to just slap a crummy CAI on. IMO leave CAI and fart cans for the Import/Rice crowd, this car is just to good to throw crummy parts on.
I agree that tuning is probably the best option with our cars.
My car actually feels really fast stock, probably due to RWD and six speed manual or possibly the lower ratio rear end. I actually haven't even considered any performance mods however I did experiment with my stock exhaust a little bit (just wanted a little more exhaust note), lol.
- 10-01-13 12:21 PM #5
If your looking for sound get the cia or have pops get some mufflers. But you wont notice any gains from either. If u want more power do the intake spacer, or hi flow catalytic converters. Or both lol
- 10-02-13 08:55 AM #6
Lol. Oh boy some of the replies are fun.
The kid is 18, I promise you he isn't interested in a low noise car. Promise.
If you want a CAI I would get the volant, it's a great one and it has a scoop that brings air in from down below. I have it on mine. And as far as power, eh, it will seem a little bit faster to you, but to really get performance gains you have to combine mods, such as CAI, exhaust, tune, spacer, whatever, no one mod by itself will give you a ton of power.
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- 10-02-13 11:47 AM #7
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If you just want for it sound beefier just remove the air box and remove the silencer. It does nothing for mpg or mph but it does make the car sound meaner especially at wot. Just look on this page for instructions and photos. It's a 20 minute job and probably allow you to accomplish your goal. Then let your dad buy you some new wheels.
- 10-02-13 10:10 PM #8
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Thank you for your input, unlike other people who just want to talk crap on a 18 year old who just wants information. I will look into the volant!
I am hoping to buy new wheels by myself sometime in the next few months! Thank you for your input though!
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