05 CTS V 07 ESCALADE
After reading Trukks thread on the LPE CAI and tons of other threads, there is not a clear choice on CAIs for the V. Some say they are worthless, others say they are not cost effective. Still others say it's the tube not the box. So here I am looking at the stock V set up trying to decide what move to make. The Volant is pricey, the K&N looks pretty minimal and the LPE uses the stock tube. Which brings up a thought. Why is the stock tube split in 2 sections? I hardly believe it is cheaper than a straight tube, or that GM would spend extra money on a design that would deliver sub optimal performance. I would also think that there was some extensive flow testing on that set up for use with a OEM style flat filter. SO maybe it's the cone filter that delivers the performance in the aftermarket set ups??? As far as the metal tube "homegrown" setups, again I would think that this is the cheapest design GM could make for optimum performance but thay chose not to. BTW I heard metal tubes are a heat sync. So I'm taking the cowards way out and installing what looks the coolest (prettiest) because no one will ever get this CAI thing figured out. Who out there is happy with the CAI they're running now?