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Old 09-24-2012, 02:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello there!
I was wondering about cold air intakes.
Are they difficult to mount by oneself? And do they make a difference in hp and sound of the car? Also I found on on eBay would this one be good enough for a 2006 Mazda 6i?
What's the difference between this rather cheap one and the more expensive ones?
Also why are there two different types of pipe shapes to choose from?
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Here's the one I found!
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.ca/viewit...id=90684114683


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The ebay intakes works just fine, it is recommended that you use a different air filter because the one that comes with it is cheaply made. They are pretty easy to install and do give you anywhere from 5-10hp and better fuel economy and a very nice growl in the higher rpms. I have an injen short ram intake with a injen filter and its loud from 2.8k-6.5k rpms and when i change it to a cold air its louder and deeper sounding from 4k-6.5 rpms. If your on a budget get a ebay intake and replace the filter with AEM/Injen/K&N and you will be set. **note you might get e Check engine light but that can be fixed usually with a rubber washer or air straightener.
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I'm in the same boat trying to decide between the CAI and the SRI. The only thing I am worried about is the damn water getting in with a CAI. Is it an easy switch between the two? I may do like a winter/summer switch if its easy.

Also, damn warranty wants a stock brand CAI installed. If I go aftermarket if I have problems, I could just throw the stock filter back on and act like nothing happened right? Shady but what else to do?
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I'm in the same boat trying to decide between the CAI and the SRI. The only thing I am worried about is the damn water getting in with a CAI. Is it an easy switch between the two? I may do like a winter/summer switch if its easy.

Also, damn warranty wants a stock brand CAI installed. If I go aftermarket if I have problems, I could just throw the stock filter back on and act like nothing happened right? Shady but what else to do?
Ebay and Injen both offer a intake that can be changed from a sri to cai or cai to sri.

You can change the intake back when you take the car to the dealer but that is not being honest and they will be able to tell. Ask the dealer if they will still hold your warranty if you buy an aftermarket intake some do and some dont. About the whole hydrolock, just dont drive thru standing water and from what i remember isnt spokane pretty flat? havn't been there in awhile.
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The dealer can not void your warranty unless the intake cause the failure of another part. There is a law in place for this. They won't be able to tell if you revert back to stock either.
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Their is no way in hell that the dealer will be able to without a doubt prove that you had an aftermarket intake on there. LOL.

Just buy the ebay CAI and get a good filter. K&N, AEM, Injen, any of these will suffice.

As for water, as long as you have your splash shields in, you'll be fine.

And no offense, but if you're the type of person who drives a car through a foot of standing water, you deserve to hydrolock, because that is fucking stupid.
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2002-07 Mazda 6 CPE Air Intake

Here's a nice one. Maybe he's willing to ship it to you. I was going to buy it but I have a 6cyl. This one is for the 4cyl according to the seller. Looks like it needs a new filter or at least have it cleaned. The mafci makes a big difference on the v6. Not sure what it will do for the I4
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hello. newbie here, i bought the ebay intake and a spectre filter and performance was about the same as an expensive K&N, i only spent about $75 for the whole set up. only one thing......

the intake solenoid valve, its a 2006 mazda6 2.3 i4. i cant find a way to run it together. as of right now it is not plugged in and engine is running fine, idles lower around 800Rpm and seems to rumble as if i have subs when i come to a stop. not throwing codes so should i let it hang or find a way to rig it up? open to suggestions thanks.
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I would zip tie it to something more secure. But it's fine to let hang.
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