Originally Posted by tongy89
I'm thinking of getting the C&L, then getting a dyno, hopefully ill notice some gains.
The C&L will produce gains that are noticeable. But you should get a tune once you put the C&L on so that you can reap the full benefits of the CAI and protect the engine from going too lean.
Don't just throw stuff onto the car because you read about it somewhere. Most manufacturers of mods will say you will make this HP or that HP. In reality each car reacts differently. On average you might make it near the claimed gains. However, sequentially slapping on mods does NOT mean that the sum total gains = the sum of each individual mod's gain. Each mod you put onto the car may impact a previous mod.
For example a cold-air kit may deliver 6-8 RWHP when you place it on an otherwise stock car. Adding a better free-flowing exhaust may allow the CAI to make an additional 6 to 10 RWHP. Swapping out an H-Pipe for an X-Pipe may gain you some more HP at the high end but you may loose some low end torque. Then putting a tune to the car to get the A/F ratio right may provide more HP and TQ gains or it may cause the car to lose a little. It all depends on the individual car's reaction to the mods being done.
There is plenty of info out there on the WEB to understand what mods work and which don't, what order based on bang on the buck, what ones work in conjunction with other mods, and what to expect by way of actual performance gains.
One other thing...if you intend to get a Shaker there is no way to actually test for gains from the Shaker setup on the dyno because the Shaker's function in today's day and age is really an additional way to direct cooler air to the intake. Any pressurizing of the air box that may occur by the Shaker only happens at speeds of 70 MPH or greater...that condition just cannot be duplicated on the dyno since the car is just sitting there on rollers.
Take your time, spend your money and have fun!