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post #1 of 20 Old 05-11-2011, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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CAI or SRI, 2009 WRX, Moving to Cold Weather Soon

I'm moving to Northern Arizona for school soon, but I live in southern cali where it gets hot as shit.

I hear CAI's are supposed to be shit on WRX's UNLESS they are tuned for them.

I have an accessport and plan on tuning for an AEM CAI if I purchase one...

BUT I could also tune for a COBB SRI

Im conflicted though, a short ram could be nice, thought about the COBB short ram since they work better in WRX's and I will be in cold weather quite a bit where I'm moving for school...

I'm just not sure if I want a short ram in my car when i come back to Cali for summer and its over 100 degrees...

Thoughts? I know this is a timeless question, thats why I am trying to state my circumstances.

Im also under warranty for another 60k miles

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you dont want a short ram. there to hot and mess with tuning.

a CAI is good anywhere! i live in ohio and your not going to beat my rain, snow, and temps and my turbo XS CAI has not failed me once and ive checked it a few times after hitting some big water puddles.

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Word up, did you feel any gains from your CAI?

I was more worried about my car running lean I heard it can mess with your Air/Fuel, however I will be tuning for 91 octane TP Stage 1 + AEM CAI as soon as its installed, so I was thinking that would solve the problem and it would be all gravy from there am I right?

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Can anyone fill me in on the above ^

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parts dont gain power, tuning does. the more parts you have the better air can flow, more fuel you can run etc. also the easier the turbo breaths and spools the easier it is to make good boost, like 10HP per pound of boost vs 12HP per pound.

no your not right. stick with this rule of thumb- any part you add needs a custom tune for your car only. not some off the shelf map someone half way across the country sent to you. so save up a bunch of parts and go tune all at once, that way you save on cash.

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wow northern AZ cold is cold weather, haha thats funny. so man just giving you a hard time.
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wow northern AZ cold is cold weather, haha thats funny. so man just giving you a hard time.
Its was snowing in the spring and im from socal man gimmie a break haha.


And I have an Accessport...the tune for the CAI will correctly utilize the airflow, thats the point of getting the maps from COBB tuning I thought, If it doesnt whats the point of having an accessport lol

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Its was snowing in the spring and im from socal man gimmie a break haha.


And I have an Accessport...the tune for the CAI will correctly utilize the airflow, thats the point of getting the maps from COBB tuning I thought, If it doesnt whats the point of having an accessport lol
Plus I cant void my warranty, so I'm just getting the CAI as the last internal mod for a bit

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^ That's what I was trying to say.

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And I have an Accessport...the tune for the CAI will correctly utilize the airflow, thats the point of getting the maps from COBB tuning I thought, If it doesnt whats the point of having an accessport lol
off the shelf maps suck. there not made for your car. they were made for a car at cobb and then tweeked to run your car else where. think about it. you really think a car tuned at cobb will run that great in Denver in the winter along with somone in Florida in the summer? get whatever you want and get a pro tune for your city, gas, elevation etc, your car will thank you.

PS, "And I have an Accessport..." your warrenty for motor parts is gone son. once flashed the dealer will see it and deny any work. sorry, wish someone told you about that before you bought it.

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off the shelf maps suck. there not made for your car. they were made for a car at cobb and then tweeked to run your car else where. think about it. you really think a car tuned at cobb will run that great in Denver in the winter along with somone in Florida in the summer? get whatever you want and get a pro tune for your city, gas, elevation etc, your car will thank you.

PS, "And I have an Accessport..." your warrenty for motor parts is gone son. once flashed the dealer will see it and deny any work. sorry, wish someone told you about that before you bought it.
I wasn't trying to be rude man, and I'm not your son...I obviously take the tune off before I bring it in. I did it when they changed out my block for a bearing being spun.

I'll have money for a pro tune soon enough anyway. It'd be smart to get a tune for Cali and a tune for Flagstaff like you said

No need to get heated I just had a different impression of the Accessport, I bought it with the car

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i was being simpathetic. you can take the tune off if you want, the dealer will still deny the work. flashing the ECU leaves a mark and they see it. the bearing issue was done on everyone without a question asked. it was a one time motor deal. they will NOT do another since its 10k+ down the drain. a few people have been through it before. they will find any chance they can and its not the dealer its SOA.

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