I noticed no performance gain at all with My CAI. It did allow me to get rid of all that plastic under the hood however, and with the DDMworks top end cover installed, got rid of the rest of the plastic hiding the engine. Engine bay looks dramatically better and all the engine accoutrements are much more accessible now.
In my old school muscle car with factory ram air (which itself is a misnomer, it's cool air induction) I had to re-tune my carb's idle circuit after I got the ram air air cleaner finally located purchased and installed. It really did introduce cooler air at idle. The only tangible positive effect it had was at idle and quite low speed I am sure; the scoops are not in a high pressure area. And what am I talking about, half a hp? One maximum? None at all? Cool as hell, but a gimmick for most 'ram air' cars.
In the Sol GXP, you're getting the same warm air you got all along. But the CAI cleans up the under hood area for sure, and looks good.
In my old school muscle car with factory ram air (which itself is a misnomer, it's cool air induction) I had to re-tune my carb's idle circuit after I got the ram air air cleaner finally located purchased and installed.
For the 2.0 cars, the CAI offers no improvement in performance. The factory air cleaner is very well designed and as a result the CAI does not help at all.
If it DID offer any performance gain, if your 2.0 car has the factory tune, that tune will "learn down" any improved performance gains.
The "cold air intake" isn't. It draws air from the same location as the factory intake filter so there is no improvement to be gained.
The factory airbox design does a great job at making the intake quiet. When you remove the factory box and replace it with a CAI you get a LOT more intake noise. When you first start the car it sounds like a dieing chicken screaming in its death throws. Every time you let off the gas you will hear the blow off from the turbo. Some like it, some dont. There are instances of people going back to the stock airbox because they did not like all the noise. I like it but cant hear anything but the exhaust anymore .
For the 2.4 cars, there is not much you can do to make more power. The tunes I have seen are more for "drivability" than power increases. Unless you put boost on the intake to force more charge into the engine, its pretty much where its going to be till the end of time. People have put a lot of effort into getting another 5-7 HP out of it based on my reading.
There are really only two reasons to go with a CAI.
You like the looks
You like the noise
If you use an oiled air cleaner you run the risk of MAF contamination. Early on, many members bought and installed the reusable, oiled CAI filter. Several of them ended up with a contaminated MAF. Not all, but enough so it was a topic for discussion for a few months and became a "known problem"
I have an 07 Solstice GXP with a CAI and a Street Series Magnaflow Exhaust. I live in Pa. and I was wondering if I get a Trifecta Tune would the car pass the Emissions Test next year when I get it inspected. Does anyone live in Pa. who can help me with the answer to this question.
Looked all over but cannot find a front windshield sun shade that fits the Solstice. Each year I buy a new one, in some sort of cloth and cut it to fit...never get it right. Cannot find a cardboard sun shade which would be ideal. Anyone have any luck with this?
Hi guys (and gals)! Can someone tell me the "normal" temp reading on the dash instrument panel. While riding around, I notice the temp fluctuates between 190-210. Had the antifreeze changed a couple of years ago at a GM dealer. 2006 Soltice with 29000 miles; number 110 in production. THX!