'98 Legacy Outback Cold Air Intake

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Lanika
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'98 Legacy Outback Cold Air Intake

Post by Lanika » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:27 pm

Hey guys. New to the forum, but I am interested in getting a cold air intake for my 1998 Legacy Outback Limited. Has anybody had any experience with a CAI in a similar Subaru. Also, what brand should I look to get? noticeable differences? where should I buy?

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Re: '98 Legacy Outback Cold Air Intake

Post by wtdash » Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:41 pm

HI - and welcome.
This forum caters to the older '89-'94 models, but your '98 is similar. LegacyGT.com and UltimateSubaru.org site may also have good info.

Most- if not all- Subarus (as do most brands) had CAI from the factory. If you look at where your air comes in, it's from inside the fender liner on the passenger side (US-spec cars). CAI usually just move the powerband UP, so if you have a 5-speed you can rev it higher where the HP/torque may be a bit better. With an Automatic trans - not so much.

You can do the snorkel / snorkus -delete mod, which will add a bit more noise.

Any CAI that terminates under the hood is exposed to engine heat.
This is NOT a CAI:
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This is better:
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Even better (coming from fender):
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Remember that anything that pulls air from the stock location, BUT w/out the snorkus will also have a better chance of sucking in water. Especially if you like to, you know, Offroad the Outback.

CAI is a well-covered topic online, so suggest spending time w/Google, too.

GL,
TD
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