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    Hello everyone! So I had a few questions hopefully someone will help me with.
    I just bought this CAI off ebay eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices
    It sends the filter down into the fenderwell so that it is truely cold air. I understand my stock filter sends cold air through a tube into my stock paper filter/air box, and that the box keeps heat away but offcourse i'm looking to get more surface area...now to my questions
    Q1) Now that i have more surface area and have more air comming in, is it cold enough? or do i have to go get a heat shield?
    Q2) If the answer above is no, it's still getting hot from the engine even though it's so far away and i need to get a heat shield...where can i get one? Or do i have to fabricate one? And if i fabricate one what materiels should I use?
    Q3) What other not too pricey mods can i do to get a little more oomff? Headers? New Exhaust?

    Thanks for your time everyone
     
     

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    I cant see the link at I am at work... So from what you said...

    Your going to need a heat shield no matter where you place the Induction Kit it in the engine bay - Best stuff you use to shield it from the heat is Carbon Fiber IMO

    If you want more power... get a Remap that should get you around 10bhp more and a bit more torque...

    Hope that helped!


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    Since you don't see the image i have to emphasize the filter is quite far from the engine. It's sucking the air from underneath the car...So I just feel i should reask because i can assure you it truely is quite far from the engine.
    So is there anywhere i could get a carbon fiber heat shield? I've been looking around and i can't even find a stainless steel one :(

    i hear remaps are great, do you reccomend a certain brand? I drive a petrol not a diesel so is it still worth it? Also, remaps are just unplugging the original ECU and putting in the new one correct? Or am i mistaken..
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by e46xi View Post
    Since you don't see the image i have to emphasize the filter is quite far from the engine. It's sucking the air from underneath the car...So I just feel i should reask because i can assure you it truely is quite far from the engine.
    So is there anywhere i could get a carbon fiber heat shield? I've been looking around and i can't even find a stainless steel one :(

    i hear remaps are great, do you reccomend a certain brand? I drive a petrol not a diesel so is it still worth it? Also, remaps are just unplugging the original ECU and putting in the new one correct? Or am i mistaken..
    It cant be good to have it near the floor... I must say I have never heard of one there... plus the pipe is going to be long... very long... post a picture of the kit please so I can see and not guess

    A re-map is some one plugging into your ECU and I cant recommend a brand as there is none... plus I cant even recommend a company as your in the USA... Its worth it if you want the extra power...


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    Oh So i would just go to someone who can remap my ecu for me than?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by e46xi View Post
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    Oh So i would just go to someone who can remap my ecu for me than?
    That is correct! Do a google search for some of them and some research to go with them...

    That does look like a good kit! I would still get a heat shield though... I think you would have to find someone to make one up for you...

    Get one made up with Stainless Steel - you must have some metal workers in the USA to do it... then get some heat refective cloth...

    Also it would pay off for a pipe to run from the front of the car to the filter... for the cold air


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    The Chrome Intake in your pic, "Looks Good + Probably sounds different", but I would guess that in reality its got MORE Negatives than Positives for an optimum set-up! I do not know what the local weather conditions are like in Massivechewsets, BUT! If it was to rain heavily and you are the type of person that like to drive through areas of standing water then that filter is WAY too Low and I would worry about my engine suffering! Also the chrome pipework is travelling for a fair distance within the engine bay so is going to attract residual heat (as it is metal!) Also the distance between the MAF and the Filter is a bit excessive you will get increased Air friction (But!! Chrome is better than plastic in that scenario!).

    If I had too!!?!! i would pick a system that draws air from the area JUSt! below the position of the current OEM Airbox, giving protection from the ingress of water and relatively fresh supply of air and a short(ish!) pipe that you can effectively shield.

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    with regards to Q3, heres a free mod to get more oomph, bin that POS CAI and put your original airbox back on with a new filter.
    youll get moar powah from an mtech badge than a CAI
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by bratty View Post
    The Chrome Intake in your pic, "Looks Good + Probably sounds different", but I would guess that in reality its got MORE Negatives than Positives for an optimum set-up! I do not know what the local weather conditions are like in Massivechewsets, BUT! If it was to rain heavily and you are the type of person that like to drive through areas of standing water then that filter is WAY too Low and I would worry about my engine suffering! Also the chrome pipework is travelling for a fair distance within the engine bay so is going to attract residual heat (as it is metal!) Also the distance between the MAF and the Filter is a bit excessive you will get increased Air friction (But!! Chrome is better than plastic in that scenario!).

    If I had too!!?!! i would pick a system that draws air from the area JUSt! below the position of the current OEM Airbox, giving protection from the ingress of water and relatively fresh supply of air and a short(ish!) pipe that you can effectively shield.

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    Well ya see, I live in a very dry area for the most part.
    I was worried about that yes but i never drive/probably never will drive through much water at all so that is at the bottom of my concerns. It gets wet here yes but not much more than a few puddles. To clear my conscious should i still be worried if i drive through a few puddles?
    Oh also there's SOMETIMES heavy rain but it doesn't normally collect as a big puddle to drive into, is heavy rain a worry?
    If so i have seen a piece that goes onto performance filters to protect them from water...i haven't researched them but should i consider getting it?

    regaurdless thanks for the help
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by add View Post
    with regards to Q3, heres a free mod to get more oomph, bin that POS CAI and put your original airbox back on with a new filter.
    youll get moar powah from an mtech badge than a CAI
    not true at all. It's apparent to me you don't fully understand the science behind CAI's and if you want i can teach you..
     
     

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