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Old 12-02-2018, 05:59 PM
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Will I notice any difference in performance if I change out my Vararam CAI for the CF Momentum aFe?
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:12 AM
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Someone must have an educated opinion on this.
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:28 AM
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Will I notice any difference in performance if I change out my Vararam CAI for the CF Momentum aFe?
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Other than possibly the sound, no.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:41 PM
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Will I notice any difference in performance if I change out my Vararam CAI for the CF Momentum aFe?
Thanks.
Let me see if I can help you on this .
In our flow bench testing the intake in question flowed 238.8 CFM vs 252.68 CFM for the VR @ only 1.5inches of water.
In real world use the VR cools down faster and delivers higher velocity airflow as can be seen in a MAP pressure Data Log.

When we see 18-20 deg differences or more in real world use and MAP pressure numbers that are up to a half pound higher than the competition ,That will make you stand up and take notice . None of that happens on the Dyno because a Dyno is not the road , no matter how you cut it. The load is simply not the same , unless you think you can put your car in 4th gear drop to 2,500RPM floor it and in 4 -5 seconds hit 6,000RPM and 140+ MPH . If your car can do that on the road , I want your car!
Plus, who drives around with the motor cool , the hood open and a fan blowing in front of and over the car helping to feed the intake system? Nobody.

In the end on a "stock LT-1" tune for tune etc.. there is only about 18hp to be had. There is a chance to gain far more Torque than power . That's why we guarantee that gain. My personal car saw 23HP over 10 pulls.
One intake vs another testing on a dyno without looking at throttle positions and AFR numbers and a host of other info is a waste of time .
Some intakes lean the cars down dramatically and pull a great number on the dyno during a test . Only to have the ECM learn it out in 75 miles after the dyno test. Then the car feels flat again. We engineered to keep the AFR close to OEM + or - 1-2%. I have seen some intakes dip into the 13.0-13.20 to one range , hold timing temporarily , then by pull 3-4 start pulling it out and richening the AFR. It depends on the amount of load from the dyno/ type of dyno etc...
We do 12-16 second pulls ( watch the video) it sounds like the Rods are about to come out of it!
On the road it will pull it from the moment you hit WOT. You simply have to be aware of what the stock ECM program is doing and how it reacts.
A good custom tune is always a good idea once you have all the parts you wanted on the car.
Lots of great tuners out here on the forum.
Hope this helps
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The AFE CF does look nicer.

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Old 12-04-2018, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by VaraRam Industries View Post
Let me see if I can help you on this .
In our flow bench testing the intake in question flowed 238.8 CFM vs 252.68 CFM for the VR @ only 1.5inches of water.
In real world use the VR cools down faster and delivers higher velocity airflow as can be seen in a MAP pressure Data Log.

When we see 18-20 deg differences or more in real world use and MAP pressure numbers that are up to a half pound higher than the competition ,That will make you stand up and take notice . None of that happens on the Dyno because a Dyno is not the road , no matter how you cut it. The load is simply not the same , unless you think you can put your car in 4th gear drop to 2,500RPM floor it and in 4 -5 seconds hit 6,000RPM and 140+ MPH . If your car can do that on the road , I want your car!
Plus, who drives around with the motor cool , the hood open and a fan blowing in front of and over the car helping to feed the intake system? Nobody.

In the end on a "stock LT-1" tune for tune etc.. there is only about 18hp to be had. There is a chance to gain far more Torque than power . That's why we guarantee that gain. My personal car saw 23HP over 10 pulls.
One intake vs another testing on a dyno without looking at throttle positions and AFR numbers and a host of other info is a waste of time .
Some intakes lean the cars down dramatically and pull a great number on the dyno during a test . Only to have the ECM learn it out in 75 miles after the dyno test. Then the car feels flat again. We engineered to keep the AFR close to OEM + or - 1-2%. I have seen some intakes dip into the 13.0-13.20 to one range , hold timing temporarily , then by pull 3-4 start pulling it out and richening the AFR. It depends on the amount of load from the dyno/ type of dyno etc...
We do 12-16 second pulls ( watch the video) it sounds like the Rods are about to come out of it!
On the road it will pull it from the moment you hit WOT. You simply have to be aware of what the stock ECM program is doing and how it reacts.
A good custom tune is always a good idea once you have all the parts you wanted on the car.
Lots of great tuners out here on the forum.
Hope this helps
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VR Tech (name?) :-),

I have recently purchased your 'cold air' as well as ARH 1 7/8 long tube, catted. Would you kindly give me an approximate gain, before and after a tune. If you could give me a guestimate (NOT holding you to this) number it would be appreciated. I know tunes vary, so lets assume a good one with AF ratios in safe ranges.

2017 GS, stock otherwise

sincerely
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I have the Vararam installed on my LT1 and I did baseline 1/4 testing before and after keeping track of temps and DA
Its not about HP gains on a dyno and all about delivering all the HP that the car can make
The ECM starts to pull timing at 85 degrees IAT my logs proved that down here in the south mine was pulling a lot of timing and after the install ....it was not.
With a 2500 DA and outside temps in the 90's on a track that had marginal grip I was running at best 12.2 .....consistantly using Launch control to reduce that variable as my 60 ft times stayed the same at 1.7 on stock runflats
Same DA Same track same temps but added the Vararam and the first run out of the gate was a 11.9. 1.7 60 ft time with several more 11 second runs as the night progressed
I measured the same type of results with my C6 before and after the Vararam installation

This made a believer out of me , i love my VARARAM

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I have the Vararam installed on my LT1 and I did baseline 1/4 testing before and after keeping track of temps and DA
Its not about HP gains on a dyno and all about delivering all the HP that the car can make
The ECM starts to pull timing at 85 degrees IAT my logs proved that down here in the south mine was pulling a lot of timing and after the install ....it was not.
With a 2500 DA and outside temps in the 90's on a track that had marginal grip I was running at best 12.2 .....consistantly using Launch control to reduce that variable as my 60 ft times stayed the same at 1.7 on stock runflats
Same DA Same track same temps but added the Vararam and the first run out of the gate was a 11.9. 1.7 60 ft time with several more 11 second runs as the night progressed
I measured the same type of results with my C6 before and after the Vararam installation

This made a believer out of me , i love my VARARAM

Dave
Great Job!
I Love to see customers using their C7's for something other than waxing !

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Old 12-06-2018, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by VaraRam Industries View Post
Great Job!
I Love to see customers using their C7's for something other than waxing !

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And sometimes it even gets wet lol lol
Never had one once of problem with my snake charmer on my C6 as far as fit or installation and the IAT reduction was substantial but I was not sure how the design of the C7 was going to match the snake charmer

Like I said above , the C7 Vararam has exceeded my expectations not to mention the sound that the intake track makes now is so cool that I find myself pressing hard on the gas pedal just to hear it

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Old 12-06-2018, 10:31 PM
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Yes, the sucking vacuum sound from the secondary entrance at initial -1/4 throttle input is a welcome addition.
After all ,...if its not pulling from 90% outside air ,its never going to get cold air in a 185 deg engine compartment.
When I get back from PRI , I will have them update the data section to show the data logs from the LT-1 and we will start sneaking out LT-4 data as well.
You will see 20-30 deg differences "inside the plenum of the manifold " between intakes on the road ,even at WOT when they should be pulling cool air.
Heck, they are Hotter than factory by up to 20 deg!
Anything they gained from flow was lost to heat soak.
Enjoy the power!

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Looking forward to your next post . As soon as our track opens back up in April I will also update the posts with some data logs

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