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Why should you install a cold air intake?

Author's Note

This article reminded me of working on my brother's car back when we were in high school. We made several modifications to his turbocharged Eclipse (ok, it was a Plymouth Laser but it's the same engine!) and the intake was one of the things we changed. It definitely seemed to increase the power, or at least it sounded like it. I'm pretty sure that mod went better than the time we replaced the intercooler pipe and it popped off during our test run. There's nothing like thinking you blew something on the engine only to find out the pipe just needs to be reconnected! That car was so light and fast that we could get into some good races on the highway. I'm not condoning it...but it was fun.

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