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Old 12-07-2003, 03:11 PM   #1
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I went to install my intake today and I am pretty sure I have what is considered a "cold air intake" because the cone filter is right on the fender tubing, drawing in cool air from the fender, instead of the warm engine air. Is this considered a CAI or am I missing something. Any pics of CAI's would be appreciated. Thanx
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Old 12-07-2003, 03:25 PM   #2
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ya sound about right. If its drawying air from outside the engine bay or if it has like a heat sheild.
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Old 12-07-2003, 11:33 PM   #3
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sounds like a CAI to me... here's a pic of my COBB if you need confirmation.

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Old 12-08-2003, 05:36 PM   #4
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Well my cone filter is still in the engine bay although the opening on the top of it is right in the fender hole/tubing, not all the way inside the fender like yours is. So would mine be considered a CAI? Thanx
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:46 PM   #5
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Well my cone filter is still in the engine bay although the opening on the top of it is right in the fender hole/tubing, not all the way inside the fender like yours is. So would mine be considered a CAI? Thanx
Nope, but it wouldn't be hard to fabricate a box that isolates the filter from the engine bay, and allows the air to be drawn from the fender.
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Old 12-08-2003, 08:51 PM   #6
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What if I put some aluminum/metal sheet material between the filter and the rest of the engine. Would this help draw in more cold air, and therefore be considered a CAI? Thanx
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Old 12-08-2003, 11:21 PM   #7
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Try some ABS plastic (not PVC). You could probably fabricate something cheaply to make yours look like SjYankee's (sorta, it might be ugly). Stop on down to Home Depot or Lowe's and see what you can come up with.

I wouldn't get too caught up with lables, but if you want a "true" CAI, you'll need to pull air from outside the engine bay because it's hot in there. Truth be told, your intake is probably fine as is. Have you noticed a difference with it?

If you're looking for a cheap alternative to spending a bunch on a new CAI you could either make one yourself from the afore mentioned ABS (do a search for DIY intake in this forum). Or the folks at PDM said they would have parts in for their CAI sometime in January. It's only $50 and uses the factory air box.
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Old 12-08-2003, 11:33 PM   #8
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just get a garbage can and cut it to fit, i know at least 1 person here has done that, theres pics floating around somewhere
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Old 12-08-2003, 11:53 PM   #9
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I did a "wannabe" CAI with the factory box. Needless to say, no noticable performance gains but it made a cool sound at 2.5K rpm.



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Old 12-09-2003, 03:22 PM   #10
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I havent been able to really try it because after I installed the intake it was snowing and could not test it out real well, and now my subie has been put away for the winter It is sorta a CAI because there is an opening on the top of the filter and that is sticking right against the fender opening although the filter is still in the engine bay. I would probably not consider it a CAI but it sucks warm engine air and some cold air from the fender.
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Old 12-09-2003, 04:05 PM   #11
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So you have a cone filter in the engine bay, yes? If you look on scoobymods, I think it was peaty, he has a pic of a cone filter + heat shield. It should give you something to work on over the winter
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Old 12-09-2003, 09:04 PM   #12
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Peaty, Do you happen to have that pic of the heatshield? Could not find it on scoobymods. Thanx
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Old 12-09-2003, 09:19 PM   #13
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It was by kastle

I've seen others using various materials, including cardboard with aluminum foil.
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