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Old 07-21-2000, 10:06 AM   #1
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Thumbs up My DIY intake tested in heavy rain...

Just for reference, <a href="http://8complex.mwic.org/intake" target="_blank">my intake</a> is mounted just up under the main hood scoop, against the underside of the hood. It isn't sealed, but it gets the coldest air possible.

I was out last night about 15-20 miles from home and it just started to POUR. I was concerned about getting water in my intake, but I figured that if I noticed anything, I could just stop and wait it out or throw a towel over it.

So I started on my way home, just driving like normal (except for the fact that I had to drive around everyone cause they seem to think rain is an excuse for 30mph in a 45mph zone). I drove behind people, while it was raining really heavily, and even got splashed up on a few times.

I checked my filter when I got home and it was ever-so-slightly damp, barely damp to the touch. I couldn't believe it that all that driving and I could barely tell it was wet at all!

I think it may have to do with the fact that the topside of the filter is on a level that is <a href="http://8complex.mwic.org/intake/mi06.jpg" target="_blank">3/4" above the level of the hood</a>, so I wasn't picking up all the water that went into the scoop from rolling up the hood.

Anyway, just sharing an experience... I'm pretty psyched that it did so well and I just wanted to share with everyone since the big question was how it'd be in the weather.
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Old 07-21-2000, 01:26 PM   #2
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I am awarding you with an "Ultimate Kamikazi 2000 Award". I am glad you didn't hydrolock anything.
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Old 07-21-2000, 01:39 PM   #3
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ROFLMAO
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Old 07-21-2000, 04:16 PM   #4
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8, you definitely got some balls
 
Old 07-21-2000, 04:41 PM   #5
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Some things to think about:

Firstly, by the time you notice that something is wrong, your engine will be screwed already.

Next, because the engine is pulling a very strong vaccum, even if the filter gets soaking wet, it will not be obvious, because most of the water will be pulled through the filter. It definitely won't puddle up on the filter or anything.

Obviously you didn't hydrolock your motor, but I would still be careful.
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Old 07-21-2000, 06:57 PM   #6
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I forgot to mention, the rear half of the filter is behind the "barrier" in the hood scoop, sealing it off from the rest of the world. If the front half got so soaked that sucking air through it became a problem, I'd still have that rear half to suck air through that will stay dry regardlessly.
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Old 07-21-2000, 09:36 PM   #7
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On a lighter note, at least there wont be any carbon build-up in the combustion chambers hhehehehe

Back when I was doing alot of 2-stroke stuff we used to fill a windex bottle with water and spray a slight mist into the carb at a fast idle. Never hydro-locked one, but the chambers and exhaust ports were always purdy when it was time to change the rings
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