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First upgrade advice

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Dr.Lightman558 Denis Lightman
Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)   HRV
I have an mx5 mk2 and want to buff it up a bit from it's stock 108hp... considering it's first upgrade, i've been researching cold air intake systems... k&n's tycoon kit seemed perfect for the first upgrade, but i want to hear some professional opinions not just myself and google filling my head with perhaps wrong ideas. It's my first ever car that i plan to upgrade and tune.

A big thanks in an advance!

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SebbyA1sina Sebastian Alsina
Miami, FL, USA   USA
If I'm honest, I wouldn't recommend playing with the intake system. Although some people have managed to have good intake systems, the reason I wouldn't recommend it is that Mazda system itself is great. The Air Intake allows for COLD air to enter, and if you put an aftermarket intake, most of the time, the heat shields become unbearably hot, which after a while will hinder your performance. In addition, some aftermarket intakes don't even come with heat shields, to begin with. Lastly, your intake for the MX-5 NB has the headers right next to the intake, so you'd be putting hot air into the intake which is a big no. You'd be better off doing an exhaust kit first.

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