View Full Version : 1998+ airbox or intake on 1997 and older?

09-11-2011, 09:57 AM
so as you guys know i have the 1997 camaro with the side intake. could i just change out the front throttle body and to a straight one and slap a front intake or airbox on it? im assuming not or a lot more people would be doing it.

i dunno if there is a thread already pertaining to this and if so im sorry.


09-11-2011, 12:26 PM
The new intakes are drive by wire, 95-98 are cable driven, so the PCM, pedaels all the wiring would have to be changed out. Way more work then it would be worth. Just get an eBay CAI form seller chromeintakes, cheap, looks good and works great.

09-11-2011, 01:12 PM
Yeah. Its not worth the effort. The gains wont be much

09-11-2011, 09:00 PM
thats what i was thinking but i was looking for confirmation. thanks men!

09-19-2011, 10:28 AM
so which one should I get the $70 kit or the $90 kit from chromeintakes? they have about 3 or 4 setups that they sell for the 3.8 clearly the cheaper setups are not worth the effort as they still use much of the stock piping.

09-19-2011, 10:59 AM
id say either but im sure someone will weigh in. hell splurge and spend the extra 20!

09-19-2011, 01:20 PM
whats the difference between them?

09-19-2011, 01:27 PM
On seems to stop were the stock box is the other bends down some


09-19-2011, 01:32 PM


09-19-2011, 02:18 PM
i have the 90 dollar one on my car

the $90 is harder to install. especially with an after market filter. the filter has to be install from the bottom. but it will pull cooler air from the bumper which will result in a slightly better performance over the 70

the $70 is easier to install but may not get as good results as it will pull air from the engine bay which is warmer, unless you build a barrier between them. there are kits for that too.

just fyi, the intake is in 2 pieces with a coupling in the center. ebay photo doesnt show this see my setup below.

note: the gains between the two as far as cooler air vs warmer air will be miminal (~1-3hp)

here is mine (i painted mine black)


09-19-2011, 03:04 PM
if you have a little extra time and money to spend to get it set up, i say get the $90 one JMO

09-19-2011, 03:25 PM
dam I only paid $60 for mine back in 06.


09-20-2011, 10:40 AM
I'm running a 1le elbow and the K&N FIPK. Only cost me 70 for all of it.

Atrum Rosa
09-20-2011, 03:24 PM
I don't remember the full kit costing quite so much, but its definitely the way to go. Bitch to install though, I had to use a bucket of ice water and a hair dryer to get the parts to fit together.

09-27-2011, 12:41 AM
they have a cheaper one with their own brand of air filter but the one with the k&n is the ones I posted above...I thought about getting the one with the cheap filter and then getting the k&n later since I am on a tight budget at the moment.