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TEXT BY SCOTT TSUNEISHI

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BUYER'S GUIDE

California has long been recognized as one of the major air pollution problem areas in the world, and the state is constantly plagued by ever-growing emissions laws. To those of you in the rest of America, sitting back laughing at our stringent motor vehicle code and thinking mandates like those set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) don't apply to you, you may be in for a surprise. In recent years, many states have experienced air pollution problems similar to those suffered by Californians. Instead of these states spending gross amounts of capital to enact their own sets of emissions laws, the federal government is offering them an easy way out: adopt California's requirements.

As of press time, thirteen other states have since adopted certain California standards: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Regardless of how much CARB legislation is enforced in your area, you can bet something like it is coming soon. We've complied a list of 25 CARB-certified performance products that can alleviate your fear of getting pulled over, hood-popped, and persecuted for tuning your import now and in the future.

INTAKE MANIFOLDS

EDELBROCK PERFORMER X INTAKE MANIFOLDS

APPLICATIONS: Honda B-series and D-series engines MSRP: $324.00 to $389.00 Edelbrock's Performer X intake manifolds are engineered for built, street/strip Hondas and Acuras. The larger-than-stock plenum volume and nine-inch runners are tuned for producing peak power at mid-high rpm. Ideal for all-motor and turbo applications, these offer bolt-on installation, and can be upgraded to an eight-injector system by purchasing a secondary fuel rail kit and drilling through the partially machined secondary injector bosses.

Note: Dual-rail conversion is not CARB legal. WWW.EDELBROCK.COM / 310.781.2222

EDELBROCK VICTOR X INTAKE MANIFOLDS

APPLICATIONS: Honda B-series engines MSRP: $331.00 to $351.00 Optimized for maximum power at elevated rpm (from 7,000 to 10,000 rpm), the Victor X manifold is designed for extreme turbo, nitrous, or all-motor applications. Engineered for high performance, this manifold has four additional bosses for nitrous or added fuel injectors. Also available with four extra machined injector bosses and an optional aluminum fuel rail. Note: Dual-rail conversion is not CARB legal.

WWW.EDELBROCK.COM / 310.781.2222

SKUNK2 RACING PRO SERIES INTAKE MANIFOLDS

APPLICATIONS: Honda B-series engines MSRP: $275.99 to $299.99

Skunk2's cast-aluminum Pro Series intake manifolds for Honda's B-series engines feature larger plenums and oversized runners when compared to Honda's Integra Type R manifold, resulting in significant horsepower and torque gains. Pro Series manifolds were designed for street enthusiasts who want more power but don't want to sacrifice mid-range performance to get it. Skunk2 offers applications for all B-series engines, thanks to three separate flange designs, and all manifolds are compatible with factory sensors and throttle bodies as large as 75 mm. Pro Series intake manifolds are available in raw aluminum, as well as black and red wrinkle-coated finishes. WWW.SKUNK2.COM / 951.808.9888

DECEMBER 2010 / ISSUE#141 IMPORT TUNER MAGAZINE

RACING BEAT HIGH-FLOW INTAKES

APPLICATIONS: '90-'05 Mazda Miata MSRP: $190.00 to $215.00 The High Flow Air Inlet Assembly for the Miata combines the advantages of a low-restriction K&N air filter with a smoother air passage into the factory air meter assembly to improve airflow. WWW.RACINGBEAT.COM / 714.779.8677

INJEN COLD-AIR INTAKES

APPLICATIONS: Various MSRP: $246.00 to $289.00

Injen offers induction kits and cold-air extensions for a wide range of import applications, including the Subaru WRX ('02-'06 unit pictured here). All intakes feature 6061 aluminum construction with TIG-welded brackets, CNC-milled flanges, and Injen's proprietary urethane filter with a built-in velocity stack. WWW.INJEN.COM / 909.839.0706

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K&N HIGH-FLOW INTAKES

APPLICATIONS: Various MSRP: $110.00 to $437.75 By replacing the factory air intake assembly, K&N's High-Flow intake is claimed to be good for a peak horsepower gains at 5,500 rpm in Nissan 350Z applications (shown here), with additional power produced throughout the powerband. Installation is purely bolt-on, using factory holes and included mounting hardware. WWW.KNFILTERS.COM / 800.858.3333

HKS RACING SUCTION RELOADED INTAKE KITS

APPLICATIONS: Various MSRP: $325.00 to $1,035.00 The Racing Suction Reloaded Intake series utilizes HKS's high-flowing, wet, two-layer dual-density polyurethane filter element to maximize performance. The Reloaded air filter assembly maintains HKS's race-proven and patented Super Funnel design, but also incorporates new technical advances for improved performance and filtration for street applications.

WWW.HKSUSA.COM/ 310.491.3300

JIM WOLF TECHNOLOGY POP-CHARGER AIR INTAKE SYSTEMS

APPLICATIONS: '07+ Nissan 350Z/ Infiniti G35, G37 MSRP: $184 to $395 At the heart of every J im Wolf Technology (JWT) POP-Charger is a six-inch aluminum venturi (velocity stack) that can maintain laminar airflow to over 600 hp and is the same unit included in all JWT twin-turbo systems. This intake is said to outperform extended piping systems without the risk of ingesting water due to remote filter positioning. Additional cold-air shielding is available for most models. WWW.JIMWOLFTECHNOLOGY.COM / 619.442.0680

AEM COLD-AIR INTAKE SYSTEM

APPLICATIONS: Various MSRP: $393.11 AEM's EVO X induction system is said to pack massive power and torque gains, originating from the all-new Stealth air box design. Each AEM intake system is flow-bench engineered and dyno-tuned to maximize broad-spectrum power/ torque performance in its particular application.

WWW.AEMINTAKES.COM / 800.992.3000

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