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Old 03-25-2009, 12:36 PM   #1
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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
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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.
Just my opinion of course.
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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.

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You get what you pay for. If you want performance, expect to pay $$$.
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You get what you pay for. If you want performance, expect to pay $$$.
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Save your money.

"FLIP-TIE"
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performance = dollars as stated you get what you pay for
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