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    Default MaxFlow Cold air induction Kit

    Seen this on ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

    what does this do in comparison with the K&N induction kit, Any ideas ???

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    youve got to go back to basics here. A lot of people just go sticking random bits of tning gear on their car, add up all the bhp increase and expect to get huge results. Unfortuntaly it doesnt work like that.

    The first place to start when tuning an engine is the breathing. ie filter and exhaust. If you can help the car breath quicker, then it will perform better. Sticking on a air filter isnt going to do anything without being able to get the increased airflow out again. If you are gonna fit an air filter then expect 1 or 2 or even a loss in bhp. Fit and exhaust at the same time and expect 5-10 depending on the quality of the kit and how badly the car was muffled to start with.

    Its all about working out what the engine needs next and doing that rather than following a set route.

    K&N are a market leader along with pipercross and ITG. All 3 companies are tested in the motorsport world and know how to produce a filter that works. I would stick to one of these 3.

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    thanks for that Andy.

    When you say mod the exhaust, would that be from cat back, or from the manifolds back ?

    Also i have a 1.8 petrol engine, is there any chips, or ECU upgrades out there for this ?

    and what kind of gains can be expected ? My car is over 3 years old now and is beginning to feel very sluggish.

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    I think it is fair to say that a standard 1.8 is on the edge of being underpowered. I think mine is.

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    well if you take a look at the middle box on the vectra C, you'll see which is the most restrictive part of the system. Its almost the full length of the car lol. I think for any real gains you'll need a catback system and even then some poeple fit 'sports cats' although how these work i dont know.

    There will be a superchip or dastek available for your car although its worh noting that chipping should really be done last. This is because the chip 'tuner' will map the chip to your car and all its current mods etc. if you fit a chip and then add a different set of cams for eg, the whole engine map will be out and you'll probably lose power.

    I'd start by getting it serviced and then do things in stages. Fit an air filter but dont expect noticble gains till you fit and exhaust (cat back). The look at things like different cams, extra fueling, etc etc it all gets expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste
    I think it is fair to say that a standard 1.8 is on the edge of being underpowered. I think mine is.
    well there is the argument that its not worth modifying the 1.8 as you will spend a massive amount of cash when you could have just bought a GSI for the same power (and probably less insurance cost too!!)

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