CAI Debate

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  1. csigler6

    csigler6 Hellcat Member

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    AFE or BWoody? I have read most of the forum discussions on which is best. I don't see how the AFE can gain an extra 37 hp, when removing the OEM filter completely has shown 12 to 14 hp gains only. I like the looks of the BWoody, but again, what is the hp gain?
    Maybe the best way to get more air is to have a very high flow replacement filter with minimal filtering to use at the drag strip only. Removing the OEM filter while racing is a gamble, and could cause damage.
    Any thoughts?
     
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    I vote for leaving it stock and not wasting money on a CAI that shows little or no improvement. In the case of our cars, I think FCA got it right.
     
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    I'm going to sit back and wait before I buy, but I like AFE.
     
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    rayzazoo DRIVESRT.COM Gold Supporting Member

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    Neither unless you're planning to tune the car as well.
     
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    Top Cat Gold Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member Fastest Cat/Record Holder HCC Charter Member

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    I doubt anyone, including myself could feel 10-14 HP gains, but with a tune and a pulley that's a whole different story. We tested the OEM with the filter, filter taken out and even a home made version of the Bwoody that had even more filter area and for stock engines the OEM worked the same, it was only after modifying the engine that we could take advantage of more air..
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    goingsolo2 Beast will be back bigger and better than ever! Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    BWoody released flow numbers on their intake. It was 700+ cfm over the stock intake system. Will you feel anything significant, probably not in a 700hp car...but...that added flow will come in handy when adding exhaust, pulley, tuning, etc. aFe hasn't released any flow numbers so who knows there. The CAI is a supporting mod, that's it. Do you want more supercharger sound...then go BWoody. Do you want an enclosed CAI...then go aFe. Personally, I went BWoody and could not be happier...easy install, sounds amazing, definitely feel a bump in torque, less expensive, and looks really nice in the engine bay. Good luck!
     
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    I went with aFe and then removed the box. Looks just like the wood. i didnt feel like returning it or switching so just took advantage of what i had
     
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    goingsolo2 Beast will be back bigger and better than ever! Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    Excellent idea:)
     
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    Paladin06 Have Guns Will Travel Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    ill leave mine stock.....if i cant feel it, why bother....
     
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    You say that you've read most of the discussions on the AFE, so why would you even still consider it. They claimed BS numbers that the unit never delivered. Those of us who've been modding long enough remember several CAIs with similar claims, and none have ever really produced more than 10-12hp in optimal conditions.

    So the AFE isn't even a consideration, ask the several dozen forum members currently awaiting refunds.

    The BWoody seems like a good option for a louder S/C whine, but no real proof that there's a bump in performance.

    Unless you're doing a lot more work (exhaust, tune, underdrive pulleys), the factory airbox will be the best performer.
     
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    I had the aFe and saw no improvement, which granted in a 700+ HP car you likely won't notice 37 more HP. When numerous members, including Top Cat asked for flow numbers and nothing was ever produced let me to believe they don't exist (otherwise why not make the data available). Then when DAK showed a -6 HP loss of power, that was what convinced me to return to stock.
     
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    What tune and pulley and any other mods on hellcat ?? And #s
     
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    Once the weather cools down I will test my aFe on the dyno. If it loses HP, it's going to be sent back.

    I may try removing the housing to see if there is more blower whine, just not a fan of having the filter directly below the hood vent.
     

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