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Significant Differences - Ram Air Intakes?

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I have reading some info re the ProFlow +, Vortex, and TRIC intakes which seems to indicate that:

1. They are all decent quality (except TRIC which is "TRICK")

2. They all pretty much produce the same power increases.

Can anyone confirm this??

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And they all take air away from the radiator.

Something I'm not willing to do with hot weather here...
I have the TRIC installed on my car and it has been 97-100 degrees outside in FL. Haven't noticed a difference with the A/C in this deadly heat.
Well, I've seen it hit 108 here in the past year, and I frequently sit in traffic. Like I said, I'm not comfortable taking air from the radiator.
I have a Vortex, and on a 100 degree day with a 180 stat and a reprogrammed computer or Powerloader, you car will not go above 205 degrees, I kid you not. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
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On 2001-07-20 13:33, mgarfias spewed forth this drivel:
And they all take air away from the radiator.

Something I'm not willing to do with hot weather here...
Wouldn't the screens in the front direct air towards the engine compartment, i.e. radiator?

I'm not talking about the inlets for the brake ducts.
Well, it sure sounds like the radiator issue got a good airing out. But to get back to my original questions regarding comparison of ProFlow+, Vortex, TRIC???

Anyone have experience with the performance diferences - if any?

Thanks again. And BTW, I do plan to install one of the TSTAT, fan swith control setups - I know these cars run kinda warm - just like my C4s did... Definitely lose some power with 220 water temps.
We really need FRC TOM here. But the way I understand it, the real bump in HP is not determined by the amount of air but the TEMP of the air coming in. The lower the temp the greater the gain. As for the added engine temp in traffic or exterme heat, I have never experienced a problem operating my Z in VERY HOT SE Florida, no increase over stock. FUBU69/LES
SOTP, A little bump with the Donaldson. A HUGE bump with the complete Vortex system.JMHO Also love the sucking sound ALOT!!! You may not see any with the Donaldson in '02 unless you cut the shroud and use a cold air box, because of increased air flow in the new stock intake.FUBU69/LES


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The real answer as to the relative power increase of the three air intakes you've listed is: no one knows for sure. This is because it would take before and after tests of each intake on the same car and the same dyno preferably on the same day with the same dyno operator.

I did a before and after test of the addition of the Halltech Tric with cobra on my Z06 on the same dyno using the same dyno operator, but different days. Converting the results to SAE is supposed to standardize variations of temp/humidity/baro pressure.

Anyway the Halltech bottom breather with cobra produced a net add of SAE +10 rwhp and +15 rwtq.

Virtually all who do this mod LOVE the results no matter which system they choose. That's a pretty good indicator that its really won't matter that much which one you choose.

Suggest you do some searching here and over at the other Forum for threads on this topic. There has been a lot written about it.

They all produce about the same amount.

It all depends on how deep your pockets are and your preference on looks.

In my opinion, the Halltech is hard to beat. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
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Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. No question the Halltech is the best quality and looks the best. However, I also hear that the intake is closer to the ground than the others, and some may have issues with water ingestion - hydralock?

Sorry for all the questions!!

Thanks again fer all your inputs!
Halltech has made a "CONDOM"; nickname provided by FUBU. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif

This has solved the problem so far. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
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I talked to FUBU today and I think I need to ordr two of those condoms for my Zs. He says they work really well. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif
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The Halltech condom fits over the Vortex filter perfectly. I also have the newer Carbon Fiber Power Duct redesigned and fabricated by Ernie Francis {President} of Breathless Performance. It is a real beauty. I willm bee purchasing the Halltech Tric system for my '02 EB Z shortly. FUBU69/LES
Vortex doesn't have to be DULL /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

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On 2001-07-21 19:29, Black_Magic spewed forth this drivel:
Vortex doesn't have to be <B>DULL
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Nobody said the Vortex was DULL.

It looks real good but just not my style.

Nice custom work on the Vortex.

On 2001-07-21 22:28, VPRKLLR spewed forth this drivel:

Nobody said the Vortex was <B>DULL.


I installed the HallTech TRIC+cobra and was very pleased with the results. But I think that any of the "cold air" mods will work about the same if the air filter areas are the same. The HallTech has a **big** filter.

That gets to the second point, the HallTech filter sits fairly low in the radiator intake duct. Some people are concerned about water intake. But to get water into it you would have to drive in 1' of standing water or be going very fast when you hit the standing water. I don't have the "condom" because I don't think normal heavy rain is a problem. The radiator duct is not hit by spray from the front wheels.

Third, there is so much air going through the radiator duct that the small amount taken by the engine is a drop in the bucket. In really hot weather with the A/C running I can see no difference in my coolant temp.
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