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Old 11-22-2009, 02:33 AM
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AEM C.A.I NEED EXPERIENCED HELP ASAP!

hey guys i got a few questions that i really need some help with.. this mainly refers to people who actually own or have owned an AEM cold air intake for the 5th gen lude. i recently purchased one (a red one to match my car lol) but havent had a chance to install it. it arrived the other day and looks great but its just one whole piece.... i was expecting a two peice... how is it supposed to be? and my other question is i was reading the installation instructions and it was telling me that i may need to make the hole under the factory air filter bigger to allow the cai to fit through to the bottom... for those of you who have one, did u really have to do that or does it fit in just right? and my last question is bypass valve... i live in sacramento california and it doesnt flood here but there are quite a few puddles... but my main concern is car washes.. is it still ok to go to one without the bypass valve? and if my intake piping is all one piece, were the hell would i put it? all the way up directly connecting it to the intake manifold?! please reply as soon as possible. i really appreciate your help.
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Re: AEM C.A.I NEED EXPERIENCED HELP ASAP!

I don't have much experience about CAI but i know how to install them. First, you need to remove the original air intake; there is a hole that go through under the bumper. Second, look under car at the passenger' side near the bumper, you will see a piece of black plastic cover. I believe there is some nuts that hold the piece; remove them. After remove the plastic thingy, you will see there is enough space to fit the new air filter. Place the new air filter in and connect it with the new tube and the other end of the tube is go to the engine.
I definitely recommend to install bypass to reduce the risk of water get into engine.
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Re: AEM C.A.I NEED EXPERIENCED HELP ASAP!

yea i know that how to install it, im just curious if all prelude owners with an aem cai have a one piece like me, if that hole like you said under that plastic cover is big enough for it to fit through, and were can i install the bypass valve if my intake piping is all just one long piece...
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Re: AEM C.A.I NEED EXPERIENCED HELP ASAP!

sadly. you haven't searched.
and i know this because you would have found the answer.
so like many people that follow me will say.
please use the search feature.

EDIT: the simplest answer i can give you is.... DON'T DRIVE THROUGH PUDDLES.
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Re: AEM C.A.I NEED EXPERIENCED HELP ASAP!

Yes it's normal, the AEM CAI comes as one piece. And yes it'll fit through the stock air box hole already in the engine bay. And no don't install a bypass, it just negates the whole purpose of the CAI, If your worried about hydro-locking then just leave your stock intake, and just remove the resonator from within the bumper "black box"

Some key points:
- It's already been dyno proven that unless your car is tuned, a stock air box w/ K&N drop in filter makes the most power.
- If your going to get a tune then yes a CAI will make the most power.
- You won't hydro lock, unless the filter is ATLEAST half submerged in water and your on the gas.
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Re: AEM C.A.I NEED EXPERIENCED HELP ASAP!

this has all been covered before
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