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pastorscott 05-16-2013 09:48 PM

Why CAI are calling me like a spell...?
 
So guys
Need your advice and also honesty... why is it that I know that CAI
dont work
waste of money
do nothing
let in more dirt
No more MPG
No more power
More Noise
YET I still want one ???????????????????????

Help me--- am I alone in this
P. Scott :banghead::confused:

jp2611 05-16-2013 09:55 PM

FWIW I put one on my '04 TJ Sport back in '06..I can not say it improved my mileage or horsepower or any of those other claims.....I can say I get "above average mpg" and IMO it works with the high flow CAT and Flowmaster exhaust that is on my Jeep.......I kinda look at it like any other MOD.... to each Jeeper their choice...BTW I can't hear the "neat whistle" since my exhaust is louder.

Last fill up I averaged 17mpg in town with 33" Duratracs on steel wheels and SL and BL.

pastorscott 05-16-2013 09:59 PM

Your Jeep looks like mine.. is that a 4 or 6 cyl ?
WHICH CAI do you have

And of the CAI

it just baffles me that they sell millions of these things that do nothing... at least thats what all the guys on the forum say..
Its a strange thing..
Maybe I should ask.. of all of the worthless CAI which one is the least worthless?

LOL

jp2611 05-16-2013 10:01 PM

The Sports are all 4.0 I6.....I went with Airaid after reading some reviews from JP magazine almost 7years ago.

pastorscott 05-16-2013 10:03 PM

Thanks...
Airraid.. hum, gonna check it out

turnbull 05-17-2013 12:26 AM

I would get the Edge Products Trail Jammer kit; comes with CAI, larger throttle body, and a chip for $350. I don't have one myself, but the majority of people who get it claim a noticeable increase in power and MPG. The cheapest CAI by itself I have come across was just under $200, so why not just spend the extra $150 for a greater guarantee of increased power/mpg? I plan on getting on for myself at some point.

jeepwayoflife 05-17-2013 12:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by turnbull (Post 3764337)
I would get the Edge Products Trail Jammer kit; comes with CAI, larger throttle body, and a chip for $350. I don't have one myself, but the majority of people who get it claim a noticeable increase in power and MPG. The cheapest CAI by itself I have come across was just under $200, so why not just spend the extra $150 for a greater guarantee of increased power/mpg? I plan on getting on for myself at some point.

How is this kit designed to work? I don't understand how any large gains would happen without all new cats, exhaust, and internal engine modifications. Its a I6 4.0 pulling something like 196 horsepower. What's 5-10 horsepower (or whatever they advertise) going to do for us? Better 1/4 mile times? I understand the attraction in MPG increases but how much can these kits really do without further upgrades like those listed above? If you want more power, supercharge it. Want a great all around vehicle that can accelerate like stock? Regear it to proper gearing. If someone has this kit, could they please post some dyno runs with and without it? Thanks.

idiot magnet 05-17-2013 01:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by turnbull (Post 3764337)
I would get the Edge Products Trail Jammer kit; comes with CAI, larger throttle body, and a chip for $350. I don't have one myself, but the majority of people who get it claim a noticeable increase in power and MPG. The cheapest CAI by itself I have come across was just under $200, so why not just spend the extra $150 for a greater guarantee of increased power/mpg? I plan on getting on for myself at some point.

Waste of money. No improvements. You can read all about how they don't help.
Better flowing exhaust will help more than the other gimmicks. CAI is fine if you are doing highline fenders and have no room for a stock airbox.
These Jeeps are not performance vehicles no matter how many little mods you throw at them. Now if you had a high performance car then many of these mods will work. The stock intake is a well designed unit that doesn't need any help.

"Look guys I have a cool CAI that does nothing except remove money from my wallet keeping me from adding better mods I could have spent it on"

kdilly 05-17-2013 01:39 AM

I like my CAI solely for the purpose of raising the air intake above the hoodline. Its great for the moments when something ends up being deeper than you think it is. Also, it looks much better than a snorkel and doesnt depreciate the value by cutting holes in the body. I think if I bought a jeep without one, a CAI would be my first upgrade hands down. Especially since it doesnt break the bank :thumb:

tweeds2 05-17-2013 02:41 AM

I think there not worth the money for a slight increase in power and MPGs, the stock intake can flow much more than that 4.0 needs and it's very high off the ground right where all your other breather tubes are, invest your hard earned money in other, more useful mods, just my $.02

pyrilampes 05-17-2013 05:12 AM

This is the best article I have found on this. Makes sense to look at the after cat systems first. http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticl...ing_true_lies/

BigCrave 05-17-2013 05:29 AM

The most significant gains are made in the 4000-5000 rpm range. Who wants to run their jeep at those kind of rpm's?

joeinajeep 05-17-2013 07:02 AM

On a stock motor, you could easily spend over $1200 on a CAI, throttle body spacer, larger throttle body, and full exhaust system, and still not notice significant gains.

The computer controls the air/fuel mixture, and the stock intake provides more than enough volume as is. Similarly, a 'free flowing' exhaust doesn't change (much) of how fast exhaust gasses are pushed out by the pistons.

Now, for the same money, you could install a new camshaft and chip, while keeping the stock intake/exhaust, and notice larger gains.

That said, I myself have a custom intake with an AEM filter (to make room for my York compressor and truck horn). And I have a straight piped exhaust with a glasspack, because I like the sound. :)

Patrick H 05-17-2013 07:11 AM

It's your Jeep. You don't have to let anyone here or anywhere else decide what you should do with it. If you want a CAI, buy it and be happy..:)

joeinajeep 05-17-2013 07:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick H (Post 3764770)
It's your Jeep. You don't have to let anyone here or anywhere else decide what you should do with it. If you want a CAI, buy it and be happy..:)

I agree. Plus some of them look pretty nice under the hood. :)

O_M_Jeep 05-17-2013 07:38 AM

A CAI is like a motor mount lift, on it's own it doesn't do you much good, on my 2.5 I noticed a little more responsiveness in the "butt dyno", but certainly no other increases. If you want to have a CAI that's effective (and it's still going to be argueable how much better it is) then you will need to also look at upgrades in your exhaust and ECU programming.

As for why the CAI calls to you OP, that's easy, they look cool, and if anyone here is going to give you crap about doing something because it looks cool, well, Mr.Kettle, meet Mr.Pot lmao.

It's your Jeep, do what makes you happy. :)

joeinajeep 05-17-2013 07:54 AM

I've never understood the assertion that an upgraded exhaust could help an upgraded intake...

pastorscott 05-17-2013 07:58 AM

They do look cool... how bout this one...cant get cheaper then this



Fit 1997 2002 Jeep Wrangler SE Sport 2 5 2 5L I4 Air Intake Red Black | eBay

MFsoftball22 05-17-2013 08:56 AM

I have the Superchips Trail Jammer Package, which includes the CAI, Throttle Body and Programmer. Honestly the only thing that i noticed is a slightly better throttle response. Thats it! it looks good and sounds cool but there were better things i could have spent my money on, but the great thing is its my money and i can spend it how i want.

I stay away from Ebay stuff but again its your money.

CheepJeep2001 05-17-2013 09:16 AM

Can't say I noticed anymore power. But my milage defiantly improved. Not by lots but if you gain 1/2- 1 mpg with every mod then by the time your done 6-7 mpgs makes a by difference. CAI are one of those things that helps out other mods. The more you do to you jeep the more it gains. And if your looking for mpgs don't underestimate a fluid change, grease gun and clean air filter. You'd be surprised.

Jerry Bransford 05-17-2013 10:33 AM

In my personal opinion, there is nothing about a CAI when installed onto a Wrangler TJ engine that is going to help improve performance, HP, or mpg. Despite the marketing hype that makes all that seem so plausible to some folks.

And those .5 to 1 mpg increases some think they're getting with each mod is just not going to happen. Think about it... the EPA/Feds are ALL OVER the automotive manufacturers to improve their fleet CAFE mpg averages. Jeep extracted every last possible mpg out of the 4.0L and 2.5L engines they could before they were forced to abandon them and install the newer technology engines where better mpg was possible. If it were only as easy to get .5 to 1 mpg with each minor bolt-on modification, they would have jumped at them. Don't fall for the glib marketing hype.

Dextreme 05-17-2013 10:52 AM

I love my AirRaid...On my 5.9 Cummins. But on a Jeep where you are more prone to get water splashing up on the engine, having a wet soggy CAI filter kills engine performance and may not even run until it drys out. The stock airbox is designed to keep the splashes out. Stick with the OEM air box!

SuicideSaints 05-17-2013 11:31 AM

I have a weird opinion in them. I have the airade (however it is spelled), a TBS and flow master exhaust. This all came on my jeep when I bought it. Do I like all this stuff? Yes I love the look and sound, but would I buy all this if my jeep didn't come with it? Probably not. Am i going to take all this stuff off? hell no!!!! I would go functional mods first, lift ( done right), tires, bumpers, lockers, winch. Ultimately it is your jeep, do what makes you happy. Do what you like cause it is your jeep not anyone else's.

Patrick H 05-17-2013 11:48 AM

Why is everyone telling the OP they don't have any benefits? He knows that already. He stated so in his first post.

joeinajeep 05-17-2013 12:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick H (Post 3765665)
Why is everyone telling the OP they don't have any benefits? He knows that already. He stated so in his first post.

It's Friday and we have short attention spans? I dunno...

SuicideSaints 05-17-2013 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joeinajeep (Post 3765767)

It's Friday and we have short attention spans? I dunno...

Sometimes I ramble (ok most times) until someone slaps me.......

Black Magic Brakes 05-17-2013 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Patrick H (Post 3765665)
Why is everyone telling the OP they don't have any benefits? He knows that already. He stated so in his first post.

Sortof. He says he knows it, but he doesn't really know it and he's hoping someone will give him a reason or a glimmer of hope that he was mistaken.

His parents probably never let him stick his hand in the fire to know it will in fact, actually burn you. They just told him it would and protected him from knowledge.

pastorscott 05-17-2013 04:55 PM

Yes guys.. guess I am looking for a glimmer of hope to the CAI yes I know it does nothing but Im 50 years old my jeep is my toy and know what Im probably going to just buy one anyway.. maybe what I should ask is this..
WILL IT HARM anything or what are the DOWNS to having one.. I dont mind my jeep staying to same after the change but will I loose anything..

Boys with their Toys...
Should see my 65 Comet Cyclone..

P.Scott :flowers:

turnbull 05-17-2013 08:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife (Post 3764356)
How is this kit designed to work? I don't understand how any large gains would happen without all new cats, exhaust, and internal engine modifications. Its a I6 4.0 pulling something like 196 horsepower. What's 5-10 horsepower (or whatever they advertise) going to do for us? Better 1/4 mile times? I understand the attraction in MPG increases but how much can these kits really do without further upgrades like those listed above? If you want more power, supercharge it. Want a great all around vehicle that can accelerate like stock? Regear it to proper gearing. If someone has this kit, could they please post some dyno runs with and without it? Thanks.

From what I have heard, the throttle body/CAI allow more air into the engine, which normally would not be very helpful because the ECM is not designed for that additional airflow. The chip reprograms the ECM to accommodate the increased airflow. I have yet to see someone who has actually bought one of these kits and hasn't noticed any improved, and most people note significant improvement.

They advertise 20% increased HP, which is a very optimistic number if you ask me, considering that is near 40 HP, but from what I have read, people have noticed 10%+, which is still around 20 HP. I'm not sure why people assume that we want more HP for "1/4 mile times"; i just want more HP to turn my 35s, to reduce the number of downshifts, and to increase fuel efficiency.

SeVeReDiStOrTiOn 05-17-2013 08:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pastorscott (Post 3766526)
Yes guys.. guess I am looking for a glimmer of hope to the CAI yes I know it does nothing but Im 50 years old my jeep is my toy and know what Im probably going to just buy one anyway.. maybe what I should ask is this..
WILL IT HARM anything or what are the DOWNS to having one.. I dont mind my jeep staying to same after the change but will I loose anything..

Boys with their Toys...
Should see my 65 Comet Cyclone..

P.Scott :flowers:

If you spend a lot of time in dirty/dusty conditions I can see a CAI not being all that great for the engine. The best way to find out is by doing a before and after used oil analysis. You may find that you need a pre-filter wrapped around the cone filter...defeats the purpose if you ask me. If you have never done it before you can request a free test kit here Blackstone Labs .


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