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:hmm: :hmm: Being new to this site and reading various threads, can someone educate me here on aftermarket CAI units, especially the Volant CAI on which there currently is a group purchase? Why are these better then the one lasstss created in his thread 'Intake Replumb' on 6/19/05, wherein he used the existing airbox but swapped an aluminum tube for the stock plastic pipe and replaced the stock filter with a K&N filter?
Is the Volant box that much better designed and are the cone filters better then the flat K&N filters? Is there any other feature these aftermarket CAI units provide over the mods by lasstss I am not aware of? Any comments would be much appreciated.
 

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Having been an early adopter I chose the Lingenfelter. If I had it to do over I'd get the Volant. I believe the Volant will outperform the other "open" CAI's on a hot motor. Which is 95% of our driving.
 

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I bought the Lingenfelter but got lazy when it came to the install. Then the Volant came out and I liked the idea of not having to adjust the box to the hood to get a good seal (as you have to do with the Lingenfelter). The Volant has its own top. The Volant also comes with its own and less restrictive intake tube (as opposed to using the stock one) from the box to the motor. I can't remember if the Lingenfelter came with its own intake tube but I don't think it did.

The Volant is a very clean unit. So far no hassles/whistles etc. with it.

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CVP33 and 51PHFTY: Tks for the reply's, I do appreciate your comments on this. But bottom line - why would the Volant CAI be better then the one lasstss created? Is there something with the stock setup, aside from the intake tube and filter, the Volant improves on?
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Not sure what lasstss came up with. I like the fact the Volant retains a closed/sealed air box and addresses the flawed factory TB to MAF pipe. My custom piece fixed the TB2MAF pipe issue but with the open Ling' element I'm sure on a hot day, hot motor I'm losing more than I'm gaining. I could be wrong on this, but I doubt it.
 

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CVP33 and 51PHFTY: Tks for the reply's, I do appreciate your comments on this. But bottom line - why would the Volant CAI be better then the one lasstss created? Is there something with the stock setup, aside from the intake tube and filter, the Volant improves on?
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I also don't know what Lastss built, so I can't tell you anything there. With regard to improvements besides the intake tube and the filter itself, the Volant (and the Lingenfelter for that matter and the Moore also) let a lot more air into the box. You can't see it from the pictures, but the front inlet portion of the Volant is about twice as big as stock and the fender side of the Volant is cut out to draw cold air from a hole in the inside fender wall although the Volant does not seal against the inside fender wall, its gets close.

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I built the same CAI as lastss (well, very similar). We simply removed the restrictive accordian/snorkel, I mean intake tube, with a 3.5" aluminum tube. Rubber elbows and hardware were purchased online. I previously had the More intake, which I hated because it cut my filter's rubber tube (one of the main reasons I decided to build the custom CAI). I used the heat shield from the More kit that I already had, btw. I then purchased the K&N filter that comes with the Lingenfelter kit somewhere online. All said and done it cost me around $70 for the CAI. Not bad; it was cheap, looks bad ass, AND it was a DIY upgrade, my favorite!!!!!
 

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I just put the Volant CAI on recently and I must say it was an easy install and the performance on it is fantastic. I am not as techincal as some of the other guys on this forum so I went with a kit to make sure everything worked correctly. This was the best $262 spent on a mod I have ever done. The LS6 breathes a lot easier and has a little more rumble on the top end.
 

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4drvette -
Where did you get the Volant for $262?? I have only seen it for around $300 and above. While $40 isn't all that much, I will take it anyday.
 
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