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> CAI, Just installed a CAI. Here's what I think so far.
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post Mar 25 2010, 09:37 PM
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Hey guys,

I just installed a cold air intake, and wanted to let you know my thoughts and opinions. I will keep it updated with my latest reviews as I own it longer and longer.

I purchased a 2 piece 94-97 Accord CAI off of E-Bay for $38 (this includes shipping costs).

I do not recommend installation for a total amateur, but anyone above that level should be able to pull this off. Removed the old air intake system. I didn't jack the car up, I just turned the steering wheel all the way to the left, and I was able to reach in all that I needed to, although I'm sure it would have made installation a little easier. I left the battery in the whole time, just moved it around a bit. I only had to make some minor/easy modifications to get the new tubes to fit into the original air intake hole in the fender. No biggie. I unplugged the ECU fuse when I began so when I plugged it back in it could relearn the new system (I didn't feel like disconnecting the battery and having to reset my clock because sometimes it acts screwy, and I didn't want to lose my radio stations).

I took it out for a drive, and thought I was missing something because I was as quiet as the stock....this is until I got onto a main drag and gave it some gas. It sounded great. Not overbearing at all. I was fearful that it would be too loud for my liking (like one of those fart-can Civics). I didn't want something that would turn heads when I drove by. Just a nice little purr, and that's what I got. Once I hit about 2500 rpms there is a purr, and you get a real growl when pulling onto a highway. Cruising speeds on the highway were as quiet as stock. 

I drove it for about 30 miles after it was installed. Half highway and half city.

I can definitely feel a nice gain in power. I will keep you updated on the gas mileage. 

I'll keep you guys posted. Any questions please feel free to ask. 


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post Mar 25 2010, 09:57 PM
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glad to hear it.mine is going back on this weekend.Lets see some pics.


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post Mar 25 2010, 10:19 PM
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Definitely. I was going to take some after I put it in, but it was too dark. I'll put some up this weekend. It has been really hard to fight the urge to go out for another drive and throttle up.


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ohh yea i hear you there.


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Sorry for the quality in advance..they were taken with my Blackberry.










  

This post has been edited by elantragt: Mar 27 2010, 09:42 PM
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Really nice install. Thanks for the pics.


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Thanks a lot. My next project is going to be cleaning that filthy engine compartment. I haven't had a chance since I moved to Miami in August (I live in an apartment and park on the street so it's tough to do). Miami sure has taken its toll on my car. I live right up to the water.

I went through a car wash today with the CAI, and I was a bit nervous, but it wound up being totally fine.

I left the heat shield in there because I found after a few drives around the city that the radiator fan was blowing hot air right onto the intake pipe.


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Great pics.Good job.Sticky?For noobs


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Haha..thanks, slow.

I am falling more and more in love with this intake the more I have it.

The only thing I'm upset about is not putting this on sooner.


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Nice install and great pics man! B)


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nice intake for a great price... a couple suggestions.

1) pick yourself up a bypass valve to replace the cupling by the battery. where you filter is now you run the risk of sucking up water. been there done that! just check ebay for "intake bypass valve", they range from $10 - $50 but its worth it.

2) take off the plastic piece that is going around the batter. no need for it and will make the enginebay look a little nicer.

otherwise nice work and dont forget to always keep it shiny!


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I'd leave the heat shield. Will keep the pipe from warming up as fast. I remember reading either on HMA service or another hyundai document that with the stock intake system, the heat shield really did make a difference in intake air temp... I don't remember the numbers, but significant enough that it was worth keeping.


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