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No flames plz!!! I did a search and came up with nothing so don't crucify me!!!
anyways, I was thinking about getting a cai for my lude and at the local shop, Speed of Sound. I have two options, a PRM cai for $480CAD or a AEM cai with air bypass valve for $620CAD, ya I almost choked at the prices too!!! anyone have any knowledge or experiences with the PRM intake?

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Here's their web site: http://www.prmracing.com/

I've never owned one, but supposedly they're pretty good and have less chance of Hydrolock than AEM. One of the dealers used to import them, but I think they were having trouble meeting demand, so customers just went away. Maybe that's why we don't see too many.
 

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Whoah, that's far too much for the AEM. I'd stick with the AEM and foget about the bypass. It really isn't necessary. I'm in Vancouver, BC and we get a ****-load of rain here and I 've not seen any problems. Just about everyone I know who runs an AEM CAI does it with no bypass and no problems. Shop around, you should be able o get an AEM CAI for about $450CAD, that's how much I paid for mine.
 

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I like the look of the PRM, but wouldn't trade my AEM for it. Don't worry about the bypass valve. Yeah, it works, but how necessary is it? Get the one-piece AEM. With as much rain as I saw in February, I have complete confidence in mine.

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Even $450 is still too high for the AEM. You should be paying near $350 for it. That is the regular price. Those clowns where you have to get off the pipe because that is just highway robbery.
 

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dude, search around the on the "for sale" forums for a used AEM....they are always floating around.

I got mine for $140 american, which worked out to about 200 CAD....then buy a K&N cleaning kit for 10 bucks, and the setup is as good as new

those by pass valves are for cars like the civic that have no splash guards around the wheel wells
 
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Try goin with PRM, you can be unique and maybe spread some good info to others about it. It looks like it could be pretty good, plus you don't have a chance of hydrolock.



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I think I'm gonna go with the PRM just to be unique like H22Apowered said, plus I think the piping has silicone to keep the aluminum pipe from warming up. It just sucks how the Canadian dollar took a dive lately!!! We must unite against the American aggression!!! heheh, just kidding, my mom is an American citizen so I think she would spank me if she saw my post!!!

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i can get an aem cai for 320$ in ontario.

where the heck are you getting these prices?!

also, dont bother with that bypass valve... aem only made it to cure the paranoid. i've been in some pretty nasty wet situations and i havent have hydrolock.

just have to make sure you clean the filter religiously
 

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do you think you can give us a butt-dyno review of the thing?
i was set on getting AEM cai... but that PRM intake looks really good.


<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Phuong47:
I think I'm gonna go with the PRM just to be unique like H22Apowered said, plus I think the piping has silicone to keep the aluminum pipe from warming up. It just sucks how the Canadian dollar took a dive lately!!! We must unite against the American aggression!!! heheh, just kidding, my mom is an American citizen so I think she would spank me if she saw my post!!!

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I used to have a PRM "Street" kit. It's a nice design but the filter is a little too small for my tastes. Also, that metal pipe you see just barely extends into the resonator area. The "Race" version adds a silicone pipe to replace the stock intake pipe.

 

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White98SH:
how is it performance wise?

do you have any experience driving a lude with AEM cai? if so, could you give us a comparison?

[This message has been edited by jkoc (edited March 22, 2001).]
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by jkoc:
White98SH:
how is it performance wise?

do you have any experience driving a lude with AEM cai? if so, could you give us a comparison?

[This message has been edited by jkoc (edited March 22, 2001).]
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Sorry, forgot to mention I have AEM now. Butt dyno tells me there's a improvement in top end power (from 6-8k) so that's why I sold the PRM.

On the other hand, on my friend's Probe GT the PRM made a significant improvement over his K&N cone filter and Home Depot cold air ducting. I think this mostly has to do with the position of the K&N filter which doesn't allow for much fresh air, whereas with the inline PRM filter it's much easier to direct fresh air to it via dryer hose.

Also, this may be pointing out the obvious, but using the PRM will NOT prevent hydrolocking if you submerge the metal intake pipe (although it will allow an extra 4-6" over the AEM).


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Phuong47 if your coming down to Toronto any time soon, you'll have a better chance of getting a AEM CAI for less.

If you have any friends in Toronto you should be able to find a good deal. I've heard or I've read good things about the PRM but haven't seen or heard of them over the last year and half.

Appearently it's one guy who makes them out of a shop in his back yard. There was a write up about it in the Toronto Star last year some time.



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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by White98SH:
Sorry, forgot to mention I have AEM now. Butt dyno tells me there's a improvement in top end power (from 6-8k) so that's why I sold the PRM.

On the other hand, on my friend's Probe GT the PRM made a significant improvement over his K&N cone filter and Home Depot cold air ducting. I think this mostly has to do with the position of the K&N filter which doesn't allow for much fresh air, whereas with the inline PRM filter it's much easier to direct fresh air to it via dryer hose.

Also, this may be pointing out the obvious, but using the PRM will NOT prevent hydrolocking if you submerge the metal intake pipe (although it will allow an extra 4-6" over the AEM).


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how was it in comparison to AEM?
 

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Hey dudes,

Well I think I'll be a guinea pig and the PRM and post the results of the butt-dyno when I get it installed, just have wait for my tax returns to come in. If they don't show any good gains, then I'll talk to some of my T.O. buddies. Does BC Auto & Design in Toronto have a good rep.?

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ok i just got back from the shop. i asked about the "prm cai".

i dunno if it was an isolated experience or something, but the guy said he installed one of those in a VW and he said it was crap. the build quality was very amatuer and performance was blagh. He said the tube was really skinny and he after one test drive, he found crap inside the aluminum tube (like leaves, bugs... etc). that would really block air flow huh?


obviously, VW's arent preludes. but i dunno... that design did look neat, but after hearing about how crappy the build quality was... and how easily it gets dirty, i think i'll stick to AEM CAI.

........ which by the way, i just bought (red aem cai)

anyway.. take it for what its worth...
 
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