Review 3 of 22
, from Athens, GA, USA|
from Car came with DAC; e
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1998 Honda Civic EX
Great sound, particularly with the extension . . . if you want a fast, "quiet" car, you probably shouldn't buy a 4-cylinder import. Significant HP gain (don't know the numbers, but it's noticeable). Looks nice under the hood (except for the scratches . . . *grumble*). DEFINITELY go with the cold air extension; the power gain and sound change are worth it.
Polished aluminum finish is easily scratched, so be careful during install. Support bracket installation "instructions" are a joke, but didn't find the bracket necessary; the fit is pretty snug. I just bolted it in a place that looked like it would keep it from rattling. ;-)
For the first several thousand miles I owned my car, I only had the DAC . . . I soon noticed that my performance increased noticeably with outside temperature change. Kind of annoying.
I recently added the cold air extension, and the difference is highly noticeable. Gone is the significant HP change with the weather, and the powerband is most definitely wider . . . more push at both low and high RPMs. The extension even enhances the signature sound of the DAC, in my opinion . . . it's more "throaty."
There is the concern of water . . . just be careful. I haven't had a problem, but I have yet to run into a situation where I'm forced to drive over standing water (and usually don't).
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I've used the the DAC both with and without the cold air extension. Adding the extension creates a significant performance gain, *and* changes the sound even further.