Good Bang for the Buck, But at a Cost.
July 04, 2013
So here's the deal. This SR Cold Air Kits is NOT a bolt-on breeze.
Let's talk about the good stuff first... Well, for $70 you really can't get a better true cold air kit. In fact, you can send a lot more for a lot less if you go with many of the other kits out there in this price range. The tubes look great, feels custom without being boy-racer-ish. Good polished finish, seemingly good quality aluminum. The fender wall plate is very much a desiding factor in buying this kit. Again, giving a clean custom look and function without having to cut, bent of weld a single piece. Most of the required parts are included in the box.
Now on to the sort comings... Well, sad to say it, but much like much out there, this kit is made in China and shows in from the moment you open the box. You will find notably absent directions of any kind. Also you will find out that the pipes themselves are a bit off in length and angle of bend. This means when bolted up, nothing fits quite right. Requiring machining in order to work as intended. Plus you will be additionally required to relocate the mass air assembly onto a bracket provided in the kit. It's a one-bolt set-up that is not as robust as the factory bracket. You will need to source a sturdy sheet metal bolt and three sturdy rubber bushings to mount between the new bracket and mass air assembly. This serves two vital needs. Firstly it's help isolate the assembly from vibration like the factory bracket, and secondly, maintains a similar mount hight to stock for proper fitting of the new pipes... Why the kit designers didn't simply take advantage of the excellent oem mass air bracket I do not understand... *Please note that if you do not mount the mass air assembly with bushings you will need to use shorter screws than stock... Then we have the connector hose & claps. While the clamps are good quality standard worm style claps, the connecting hoses are not. This is really where this kit shows its Chineseness and cost cutting. The smell of this rubber will be familiar to anyone who's ever enterered a dollar store. And while I can get passed that. I cannot get passed the fact that these connector hoses will not stand the test of time. Mine started deforming days after installation... They are useable, I just wouldn't advise it... I invested in a superior set of connecting hoses from Silicone Intakes .com. It costs a bit but well worth the peace of mind knowing that the connections won't fail at the worst moment down the line. Now on to the filter provided. Well I won't beat around the bush. It's darn small folks. Plus it hasn't been pre-oiled so you'll have to head to your local car pasts place and pick-up a kit to oil it up. The filter itself looks nice but is very much an attempt at looking performance but not being it. It's not branded SR and while being made of better quality rubber, it's still in the same family as those sorry connecting hoses... I opted to simply go with a much larger K&N clamp filter. It's pre-oiled for one thing, it's much better quality, and gives a better performance. You will notice a very pleasing sound coming from your fender under heavy acceleration! lol... The one I chose is quite large and ran $70. Basically the cost of the whole kit, I know. lol... But there are literally dozens of less expensive K&N filters to chose from. Slightly less massive ones are as little as $30. Anyway. I'd recommend upgrading the filter, it is after all a very important piece.
Bottom line is this. The $70 SR Cold Air Kit is good for the money, with many good features and pieces I like a lot. It's a pretty straight forward installation even without directions. You can use this kits pretty much as is. You will need some time and patience putting it together though. You will need to drill a mounting bracket hole, machine the pipes to fit, find shorter mass air mount screws/ cut them down/ or buy bushings, lastly you will need to oil the SR air filter.
I would recommend this kit without hesitation, but only with a few tips.
The way I went looks like this:
SR Cold Air Kit...$70
K&N performance air filter...$70
Silicone double reinforced connector hoses...$40
Sway bar grade rubber bushings...$5.00
Corrosion resistant mounting bolt...$1.50
Sold my unused SR air filter for $20 on Craigslist. Makes the total $166.50
Not the cheapest, but certainly less than a BBK or K&N all in one kit. I'm very pleased with the result in performance and appearance, so I really don't mind the extra expense. Should look and run well for many years to come.
Hope my expirience was helpful. Buy the kit and have fun!!