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cold air intake - opinions


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I am new to the 996 world (and the Porsche world, for that matter) and would love a more aggressive sound out of my 1999 996. I have been researching cold air intakes as a cheep alternative to installing a new exhaust (but w/o the power gains).

For those of you out there that have a cold air intake, or modified yours, does it really change the sound that much? I am not too worried about spending the $225 (fabspeed) - I just would like a more aggressive sound if I do. Also, anyone seen a difference using the BMC air filter along with it?

Thanks for all the help.

Adam

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Try the orange cap mod.

I am new to the 996 world (and the Porsche world, for that matter) and would love a more aggressive sound out of my 1999 996.  I have been researching cold air intakes as a cheep alternative to installing a new exhaust (but w/o the power gains).

For those of you out there that have a cold air intake, or modified yours, does it really change the sound that much?  I am not too worried about spending the $225 (fabspeed) - I just would like a more aggressive sound if I do.  Also, anyone seen a difference using the BMC air filter along with it?

Thanks for all the help.

Adam

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I am new to the 996 world (and the Porsche world, for that matter) and would love a more aggressive sound out of my 1999 996.  I have been researching cold air intakes as a cheep alternative to installing a new exhaust (but w/o the power gains).

For those of you out there that have a cold air intake, or modified yours, does it really change the sound that much?  I am not too worried about spending the $225 (fabspeed) - I just would like a more aggressive sound if I do.  Also, anyone seen a difference using the BMC air filter along with it?

Thanks for all the help.

Adam

I have the Fabspeed and I love it. The sound had neglegible change but the throttle response was better.

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I am new to the 996 world (and the Porsche world, for that matter) and would love a more aggressive sound out of my 1999 996.  I have been researching cold air intakes as a cheep alternative to installing a new exhaust (but w/o the power gains).

For those of you out there that have a cold air intake, or modified yours, does it really change the sound that much?  I am not too worried about spending the $225 (fabspeed) - I just would like a more aggressive sound if I do.  Also, anyone seen a difference using the BMC air filter along with it?

Thanks for all the help.

Adam

i have the fabspeed kit and feel that it is not really worth it. 225 for a fake carbon ring and a silicon hose. the sound was ever so slightly increased but i do agree the throttle was sharpened.

i still have it as a back up (for when i have to get it smogged) but i replaced it with the new evo v-flow. if you want extra sound this is IT. at wide open throttle, over 4K it has an absolute wail. very intoxicating. you do get extra horses too and sharp throttle but you get even more HP if you get you ecu flashed with the giac program (claimed 25~30HP). it is 300~400 more than the fabspeed kit but you actually get a new airbox, cone filter and smooth walled aluminum intake pipe.

i am very satisfied with it so much so it sounds like i work or am sponsored by evo ;) but no affiliation just very happy. :thumbup:

click my sig for pics.

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I am new to the 996 world (and the Porsche world, for that matter) and would love a more aggressive sound out of my 1999 996.  I have been researching cold air intakes as a cheep alternative to installing a new exhaust (but w/o the power gains).

For those of you out there that have a cold air intake, or modified yours, does it really change the sound that much?  I am not too worried about spending the $225 (fabspeed) - I just would like a more aggressive sound if I do.  Also, anyone seen a difference using the BMC air filter along with it?

Thanks for all the help.

Adam

I have EVO Systems intake, coupled w/PSE the sound is awesome

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WOW...!!

I wonder how good a business might it be of providing artificial sound enhancement via the in car sound system but synchronized with the engine RPM/loading/gear ratio.

Better and a lot less expensive than using a 300HP engine to produce 300 watts of sound power.

A set of earphones on the driver and we could get by with as little as 3 watts. Bose sound cancellation headphones in reverse!

$300 a pair or priced equal to an otherwise useless K&N retrofit?

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WOW...!!

I wonder how good a business might it be of providing artificial sound enhancement via the in car sound system but synchronized with the engine RPM/loading/gear ratio.

Better and a lot less expensive than using a 300HP engine to produce 300 watts of sound power.

A set of earphones on the driver and we could get by with as little as 3 watts. Bose sound cancellation headphones in reverse!

$300 a pair or priced equal to an otherwise useless K&N retrofit?

I leased an Alpha Romeo 166 a few years ago when I lived in Italy. It was diesel fueled and from the outside it sounded like a truck. Inside the cabin it sounded awesome. I swear it had to be artifically created.

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Hey Karlooz, I have seen your calipers painted red. How did you do it? what kind of paint and where can I buy it and how much? how did you do the decal? a lot of question but I want to do the same with my calipers. Thanks

i got some high temp caliper paint from auto zone. worked really well. just clean well, mask well and go light on the coats (you don't want to have runs). you can get vinyl caliper decals and clear coat over them or do what i did. i bought the decals from ebay and requested the "negative" of the porsche script. i used it as a mask and spray painted the script on. much more permanent this way.

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