Acura2Lex, here are some of the things I have read on intakes. With a busy work schedule, the only thing I've had time to do is start the engine. I'm hoping to test drive my car this weekend. Needless to say, I can't answer how the tower strut feels at this time sdclique. I will have to get back in another post to answer your question after test driving my car. I also agree the clearance between the tower bar and the v bank cover is tight or (1 - 1.125") inches and it's recommended to do as you suggested. So in a nutshell, no there isn't enough clearance and you must lift one side, otherwise you run the risk of scratching your cover autoplak. No, I don't have coil overs. I'm considering, but haven't pulled the trigger. With the new intake the engine is still quite on idle up to around 3k or so. I also have to add my 02 still has the OEM mufflers. Sadly, I don't drive my car as much as I would like to. My car has 24k miles and is in showroom condition.
I learned about the Suruga Air Chamber Intake from another member in a previous post. What I love about the intake is very minimal mods to your intake system. I still use the OEM air scoop, filter case and MAF. There is no need to cut your v bank cover like other members who installed Injen intakes. The intake also comes with the four clamps and silicon hose. You'll need to purchase other items from your local auto part store, or online. I had to add a T from the OBD value to the hose leading to the intake, providing your car has this device. I learned some later models are set up differently. Like any mod I recommend you do your homework first reach out to members who have insight, experience and lastly wisdom. I must add I love the growl and the bling these mods add to my car. Are they really necessary? No, it's what we want or are willing spend our money. :-)
Here is the website where I purchased the intake and tower strut from Japan.
Stock air intakes, otherwise known as original equipment manufacturer (OEM) intakes, are the ones included in vehicles that are fresh from the dealer. These intakes are characterized by having multiple bends that muffle the sound of the engine. Additionally, they also make use of paper filters to capture fine particles that may damage the engine.
Cold air intakes are a type of ram air intake systems that work by drawing in cool air from outside and into the vehicle’s engine. This type of intake often has minimal bends and has a long duct with access to cool air. With cooler air coursing through the engine, combustion requires less heat and fuel.
Short ram air intakes suck in large amounts of heated air within engine to help in efficient combustion. These short and wide pipes are often found on high-performance vehicles and aircrafts. Because it uses a shorter pipe than the cold air intake, it only has access to warm air near the engine. To make up for this, it sucks in more air than cold air intakes.