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Can anyone explain why there is such a huge difference in cost between CAI manufacturers and their product. Additionally, even though they appear to be the same ie. BBK and K&N; is there something different between the way they are made, their efficiency, or the materials used. Thanks
Can anyone explain why there is such a huge difference in cost between CAI manufacturers and their product.
Larger companies actually have an engineering / R&D department, and can back up claims with real numbers. Quality is usually better and they actually spend money on advertising. With all this said, they can justify charging more money for a better item than a piece of pipe and a chinese filter on EBAY, and some people will not mind spending more for quality.
Additionally, even though they appear to be the same ie. BBK and K&N; is there something different between the way they are made, their efficiency, or the materials used. Thanks
Absolutely. Do some homework and you'll find out the differences.
The K&N FIPK filter, for example, has carbon fiber endcaps, but for the most part, plastic and aluminum component costs to the manufacturer/vendor will vary according to how many they buy from the fabrication/injection/blow molding house. And don't forget about the amortization of tooling costs which can be very high, depending on the process.
Expect to pay a minimum of $250 and as much as $500 for a decent-to-high-quality intake system.
2001 Mag-Red Coupe 6-Speed, 1SC, Z51, Born: May 17, 2001, delivered June 7th, 2001
315.9 RWHP 337.7 RWTQ (Dynojet) 6/8/02 (no mods)
328.8 RWHP 352.2 RWTQ (Dynojet) 5/22/04 (mods listed below)
Quad Round Borla Stingers 9/6/03
Halltech Stinger-R intake system 4/17/04
Cold-air scoop mod 5/20/04
TPS Z06 shifter (replaced BPP on 12/26/11)
Intake install, oil trap, and CAI mod: http://www.conceptualpolymer.com/corvette_c5_corner.htm