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Don't know much about modifying but is it worth the money or time to get a cold air intake for a solstice that is a base model? If so which one, and will it affect my warranty? Thanks for any advice
 

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I put an HPS on mine. Don't know about power, since I didn't dyno it, but mileage went up about 3 mpg. Sound is much better too. Second Solstice I put one on, and same result with both. Well worth the $199 I paid, and it includes a K&N filter. If you have an 07, your factory warranty is dead anyway. But CAI's should not affect warranty if you happen to have one.
 

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Don't know much about modifying but is it worth the money or time to get a cold air intake for a solstice that is a base model? If so which one, and will it affect my warranty? Thanks for any advice
Fabeandles, many of the threads I read dissuaded many from doing it. Here's my synopsis of the hundreds of threads in my opinion, I'll save the well learned regulars on here some time maybe and take a novice crack at it:
-Most if not all found absolutely no increase in horsepower.
-The standard one is very well designed.
-Some who changed to a non factory CAI fouled their sensor(s) with the oil, threw error codes etc. (MAF sensors I think).
-Some made the change and the sound, though louder, seemed worse like a croaking frog, as the factory air intake has some well engineered sound baffles and many though that was actually a good thing after hearing it.
-Those who liked the sound only got the sound. If memory serves me correctly one guy documented with Dynos before and after no increase in anything good.
-Occasionally someone says they like it and it seems to help ___ <-insert positive comment here - no offense to those who have a +


Here's some I searched for ya. Used the keyword CAI:
http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=68318
 

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A few of my cars have or had CAI on them I like the look and got a few more miles per gallon, as far as performance gains it depends on the engine some benefit more than others . That said I have one on my 2.4 which was offered as a dealer installed option so no warranty ,error codes or sensor issues. I will be selling it and a DDM Works Solo header because I installed a Hann turbo system and no longer need them they have about 1200 miles on them the CAI has 2 filter socks the GM Performance and a red one .I will be willing to give a forum member a deal on them before they go on EBAY, PM if interested
 

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I did the mallet mod on the NA to make it sound better. if you are getting a CAI for sound and looks then go for it. if you are getting it to increase HP, save the money and get a tune if you don't already have one.
 

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^^^ Yeah I wouldn't disagree with that. A cold air intake sure looks better than that big hunk of plastic under the hood though.
 

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^^^ Yeah I wouldn't disagree with that. A cold air intake sure looks better than that big hunk of plastic under the hood though.
A polished system looks tons better, and you can actually see the left side of the engine. The increase in MPG was enough for me to do it on the second Solstice. The first one had a Fujita F5. Did it on my 2010 Camaro, and got a similar 2-3 MPG increase. (huge sound difference on the Camaro, no so sure about any real power increase. At lease not that you could feel) But, hey, the sound puts a smile on your face.
 

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Just a reminder to all that posted. He said a base Solstice and not a GXP.
He can do a very minor update by removing the sound baffle piece and plugin it.
A long tube header with a tune would give you a little bump in HP.
If you want a lot more then Force induction is the ONLY way with a base model.
 

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Another benefit is if you want to get into any chassis performance bracing, the Solstice LVFCB "Venom Brace" by DDMWorks will take 10 minutes to install after you install an aftermarket CAI.

In the base, the air box on the left side of the motor gets in the way and needs to be removed...Not described in installation instructions...Speaking from experience...With bloody knuckles.
 

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No the air box doesn't have to be removed to install the LV brace. I installed one on ihawk95’s NA with the airbox still on the car. Was it a pain to get the bolts on that side? You bet!!!
 

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Thanks for the help guys! Also, I found replacement headlights on Amazon 521.00 for both. Brand new, but it is aftermarket. Anyone know where to get new ones for cheap or is 521 a good buy?
 

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Thanks for the help guys! Also, I found replacement headlights on Amazon 521.00 for both. Brand new, but it is aftermarket. Anyone know where to get new ones for cheap or is 521 a good buy?
No-one does aftermarket ones. Those will be GM parts. Cost is about par - you can find them a little cheaper from some of the online GM parts places, but the shipping will put them over the top.
 
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