Sounds pretty cool. Are there any specs about this intake yet?
Another problem with just changing the air intake is that the computer quickly learns the change in airflow and adjust everything back to factory programmed specks. After a tank or two of gas all you have is a louder sounding intake, nothing else. And if using oil impregnated filters like a K&N you are risking contaminating the thin probe wires in your MAF which will result in loss of performance, just the opposite of original intention. The proper way is to increase the air in with a CAI and free up air out through a catback exhaust. Then retune the ECM to take advantage of all the increased free flow. Doing that on a factory 400 HP motor might yield an 18 HP increase. With a 140 HP CH-R motor that might amount to 6 1/2 HP increase. When paired to a CVT transmission this would amount to 0 performance gain.I was considering the TRD as well, but after looking at it, it seems extremely similar to stock minus the badging. Plus yeah, zero claims on performance gains which from the looks of it, would only come from the filter.
Agree. Now any improvement in air intake to an engine will yield modest results. Will you notice this in the CH-R? Probably not. Is it worth doing? Probably is. ANY Air Flow restriction to ANY internal Combustion engine is BAD. Yes Computers will make adjustments via your MAF and other sensors to compensate. Having said that more air flow will cause the computer to compensate with slightly more fuel but remember we are talking about a stock standard ECU with a stock factory tune, so do not expect much from this. Adding an exhaust system that offers better flow and scavenging will again only result in very modest gains. Unless you re-tune the ECU to allow for these mods then you are only gaining better sound and very modest gains. Even re-tuning we are dealing with very small displacement motors that were not really built for strong performance, they were built to move the car along reasonably well and be safe and economical as well as reliable. Seriously......if you want a fast car then go and buy a fast car. These little CH-R's are a good fun car to drive that look great, that is why we bought one. Hey zbyra? If you find that pixie dust shoot me a PM......I will be very interested. You make a very valid point and I felt like adding to some common sense here. Oh and as a word of warning to those looking at "MAIL Order Tunes".............DO not do this. You will end up burning some sort of Proprietary software into your ECU that can not be removed. They say you can switch back to factory tune when you take your car to be serviced and then switch your New tune back on after! DON'T DO IT. If you really want to do something then go to a reputable DYNO TUNER and get it done right.:wink2:Even if there was magic pixie dust that would add instant 30 HP to the motor, you would not feel or see much if any performance increase. The problem is the CVT, as designed and implemented in CH-R the power will never reach the wheels as you would expect. Owning and playing with some very high end sports cars I know from experience that CIA's and cat backs at best yield 3/4% power increases. Again you would never know it in a CH-R. Tuning the transmission torque band would yield best performance. No one is doing it yet as CVT is fairly new concept but with increasing number of vehicles being produced with them I'm sure mail tunes and ECM flashes will become available. Save your $$$ for worthwhile projects, just my $0.2 on the subject. This is strictly my personal opinion, i'm sure others will differ. I just ask they would be courteous enough to show proof with real gains numbers. Peace out >
Lol, it does exist but it's $$$$$. Ask me how I know :wink2:Hey zbyra? If you find that pixie dust shoot me a PM......
LOL Yea I know about pixie dust too. Yes it will cost $$$'s Mucho! The engine in my landcrusier has plenty of spooky dust and some other bits from the tooth fairy! I agree with you. When I drive my Wife's NEW CH-R she is always telling me to slow down in the turns. I told her this is what you got AWD for! They are as fun to drive as they are good looking. Cheers!!Lol, it does exist but it's $$$$$. Ask me how I know :wink2:
The C-HR is actually a fun car to drive. What it lacks in mid acceleration it nicely makes up in handling. I actually took it down Spring Willow track between runs with my other car. In the three laps which started with "hold my beer" I actually had fun doing it. What I lost in acceleration on straightaways I easily gained back in turns. Surprised couple guys running miatas, they would easily pull away in straights but found me putting pressure on them at the end of each turn. Speed is not just measured by how fast you can pull away from a traffic light. Save those $, go to some driving events and have fun, it's the best mod you can do :grin2: