October 10, 2017
Not so cold.
This intake is manufactured relatively well, though for what you pay you wouldn’t expect to have to modify or use parts off the stock intake. The CNC billet MAF housing looks excellent, but contributes to higher intake air temperatures if you’re at a standstill, like a day to day commute where you encounter traffic, and/or traffic lights.
I don’t expect any cold air intakes to actually run cooler than the stock intake, as that was never more than five to seven degrees warmer than ambient air even at idle, but I understand that the volume of air is what contributes to the power increase.
At just above idle after being at a stop light and watching intake temps go up to 143, you can feel some hesitation when you go to take off.
The coupling from the MAF housing to the throttle body tube is of some concern as it didn’t quite fit well, along with the fitting-and-grommet combination for the PCV, and vacuum lines. They’re not held in by anything besides just a very slight pressure. I actually almost lost one because it popped off while trying to put the fitting through it. They’re not terribly secure.
Then there’s the rubber seal for the air filter housing to hood. Dear lord. The bends in the air filter housing were definitely not designed with the weatherstripping in mind. It is absolutely atrocious and will not fit well. It is not very pliable and will not stay put. You can either choose to have it sit on the straight parts of the housing or on the curves. Not both.
I haven’t yet received a tune for this intake from VMP. Still waiting the 7-10 days, but I used both the SCT tune on the device for a stock engine. Felt a very very minimal difference. When I installed the intake and ran that tune, however, it was definitely night and day difference. The power curve feels totally different and the ability to move the rev limiter just a couple hundred more revs is very welcome, as it provides you with adequate time to shift before hitting the soft limiter that cuts power.
All in all, while this intake paired with a tune definitely, definitely makes power, I would purchase a different intake. This is probably the best looking and by far the least branded intake on the market, though, and that partially contributes to why I purchased it. Honestly, I could forgive all the other faults, but the metal MAF housing is what makes me feel like I cannot strongly recommend this product, as well as being less finished and having to reuse a part of the stock intake.
It’s thrifty where it needs to be and flashy where it doesn’t, but perhaps like Steeda claims, the metal housing provides a much better, truer reading and is the reason why it performs as well as it does.
I’m teetering on three and a half stars, but the actual power delivery when paired with just a standard SCT tune makes me round upwards towards four stars. It’s a tough call because I genuinely think I would prefer to go for an enclosed, all plastic and silicone intake.