after some info came out about how the airflow past the hoodscoops REALLY flows, i can see that the vararam actually isn't a bad setup.Late to the party.
I have a Vararam and have dragged many an ass of higher hp cars on the street. 9 years of driving in the florida rain with unplugged hood vents and absolutely no problems. Bone stock with just the vararam 12.81 @ 110.6. Stock with vararam and Pypes H box / resonated tips [email protected] Those times are stock tune.
The true otrcia like the X-air are obviously better. But anyone saying the vararam is just plain junk grab a lane and let's see whats up
this came off doushy. I meant to say I like the vararam for what it is, which isn't as bad as what a lot of people think.
..............sorry not sorry
I would like to see that, but my svede with H/C/I and all my other mods and true ram air with my cut banshee works really good.i would like to see a svede vs xair comparison on an engine that needs significant airflow. like back to back on a h/ci/e ls2, and then a back to back on a boosted motor.
i'm sure the difference in filter size will become pretty apparent then.
To me, the worse part was the bespoke filter. The plastic started to crack on the back with the complex curves and the filter started to have holes in the media.The worst thing about a vararam to me to is how it looks. Fuggggggin ugly.
Would definitey be interesting to see a back to back comparo with an x-air style intake.
My butt dyno felt improvments over the stock box. Picked up about 2-2.5mph in 1/4 untuned. And it was $300 at the time and not $500. Now If someone one headed me an x-air or duspeed id switch it out in a heart beat.
I appreciate all the detail you put into it, and you were waffling on the same points that I was over the last year.To me, the worse part was the bespoke filter. The plastic started to crack on the back with the complex curves and the filter started to have holes in the media.
I patched both with RTV FPFQ style as a replacement filter is $73. $300 for a $73 filter and $227 poor fitting piece of molded plastic that screws with MAF readings in the low frequencies? Trash.
That said, if I had to do this again I'd go VCM.
The plastic quality of the X-Air feels like it was cheaply cast, where as VCM does injection molded ABS. The fit and finish of the VCM on my SS was a 9 out of 10 and the GTO unit is cheaper than X-Air.
The X-Air came with a bung for an breakout IAT sensor that I didn't order so I had to plug that myself. My radiator donuts were already cut in half for the Vararam and it took tons of massaging to get the X-Air to fit under the hood (still not perfect and not draining the radiator for that).
On the positive side of the X-Air, the design of the intake is solid and it has plenty of a neck to work with the silicon couplers. The MAF-less coupler you receive has plenty of material to cut what you need to make the MAF fit. I did have to wrap the MAF inlet with F4 tape to increase the outer diameter of it and reusing the red Vararam silcon MAF piece made things easier to install.
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All of that, and the serviceability of the X-Air is much better than the fragile Vararam plastic. It's actually enabled me to work on making some ducting for my hood vents thanks to the extra room around the radiator.
impromptu X-Air review done
Definitely NOT. XAIR come out of New Zealand. VCM are in Melbourne, Australia.......... the xair appears to be a rebranded VCM........
You just have to apply a little bit of air filter grease around the perimeter and it seals just fine. Not entirely uncommon with the sometimes ridged K&N filters (though the K&N filter in the DuSpeed is anything but rigid itself).Dusspeed May look good but don’t seal properly between the air filter and housing.
Interesting setup. How was the engine noise?Made this back in 2004 when the car was new.
All PVC pipe. Hand ported to fix the mating areas and added a venturi at the entrance, before the "step up" rubber coupler after the MAF. At the time, made more power across the board over every aftermarket kit available back then. Still have it buried somewhere in the shop.
Didn't notice much difference when it was stock...Interesting setup. How was the engine noise?