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Unread 01-04-2016, 05:05 AM   #1
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I am planning to purchase a cold air intake for my 2009 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab 4Dr 4WD. What brand should I go for?
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OEM. CAI kits are a scam unless you get a tune to go with them (assuming they actually do anything to increase air flow). This is of course a generalization as there are SOMETIMES cars that do get gains without a tune (look up the Mighty Car Mods S2000) but by and large they do absolutely nothing for you.
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Really, from my experience on multiple cars, the brand doesnt mean much in terms of performance. They all achieve the same goal equally well. I think it really comes down to looks, brand recognition, and cost.

I have used AEM, AFE, and ETS intakes. Not one stood out as better than the other. On a Ranger, I cant imagine you are going for a particular "look", so for that, I would grab whatever big brand kit is the most affordable.

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OEM. CAI kits are a scam unless you get a tune to go with them (assuming they actually do anything to increase air flow). This is of course a generalization as there are SOMETIMES cars that do get gains without a tune (look up the Mighty Car Mods S2000) but by and large they do absolutely nothing for you.
While this is typically true, they do add the advantage of easier, often reusable filters to change/clean, improve the look of the engine bay (if that matter), and the definitely improve the sound of the engine. The difference in sound alone was worth the $400 i spent on one for my Tundra.
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While this is typically true, they do add the advantage of easier, often reusable filters to change/clean, improve the look of the engine bay (if that matter), and the definitely improve the sound of the engine. The difference in sound alone was worth the $400 i spent on one for my Tundra.
That is a fair point. I certainly have one on my car and I don't even have to replace it. Just remove, clean, add new oil, and reinstall.

Of course I have my car tuned as well so that's just an added benefit.

OP, I suppose the discussion could benefit by knowing the reason why you want to add a cold air intake.
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