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Old 05-29-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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cold air intakes

I just picked up a 2014 focus se, and I was looking into a cai. If u had a true cai where the filter is lower on the car, I would love to know where the filter is and if I have to worry about water getting sucked up or anything like that. Because I had a problem with the cai on my 03 where the filter was to low and it would suck up water if I hit a puddle. If u have pics tht would be great.


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this is the only true CAI i know of for the mk3

http://www.aemintakes.com/air_intake/ford_focus.aspx
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this is the only true CAI i know of for the mk3

http://www.aemintakes.com/air_intake/ford_focus.aspx
Yea thts the one I was looking at, I just want to make sure I'm not gonna suck up water with it.
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As long as you're not parking your car in a foot of water you'll be fine
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At first I was worried like you when shopping for a CAI...

I've tried to hit as much as water as possible with the Steeda CAI and quickly opened the hood to see if they where any water droplets around the filter area... nothing !

This thing is sealed thigh against the hood that's why i bought it!



and a bonus... you keep the front ram air from the focus.
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Now will I notice a difference by using aftermarket Intake over the stock one, cuz I'm getting g about 42 mpg with the stock setup and I kinda like it.
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Now will I notice a difference by using aftermarket Intake over the stock one, cuz I'm getting g about 42 mpg with the stock setup and I kinda like it.
No, CAIs are a waste of money. Cruising in 5th/6th gear, your ambient temps will be at most 3 F higher than the outside air. In stop and go traffic, your intake temp will be higher than ambient because of the lower fresh airflow, a CAI can't fix that and in most cases makes it worse.

Think about it, if Ford could get more MPGs or HP with a "cold air intake" they absolutely would do it. But they don't. Because they don't do anything. They make things worse.

Source: I have a ScanGauge hooked up 24x7
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Now will I notice a difference by using aftermarket Intake over the stock one, cuz I'm getting g about 42 mpg with the stock setup and I kinda like it.
42mpg? coasting at 50?

I drive about 80 and get 32ish, but cruzing at 50 I've got as much as 44.5.
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No, CAIs are a waste of money. Cruising in 5th/6th gear, your ambient temps will be at most 3 F higher than the outside air. In stop and go traffic, your intake temp will be higher than ambient because of the lower fresh airflow, a CAI can't fix that and in most cases makes it worse.

Think about it, if Ford could get more MPGs or HP with a "cold air intake" they absolutely would do it. But they don't. Because they don't do anything. They make things worse.

Source: I have a ScanGauge hooked up 24x7
CAI ain't about MPG....it's about engine throat sound :)
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No, CAIs are a waste of money. Cruising in 5th/6th gear, your ambient temps will be at most 3 F higher than the outside air. In stop and go traffic, your intake temp will be higher than ambient because of the lower fresh airflow, a CAI can't fix that and in most cases makes it worse.

Think about it, if Ford could get more MPGs or HP with a "cold air intake" they absolutely would do it. But they don't. Because they don't do anything. They make things worse.

Source: I have a ScanGauge hooked up 24x7
This isn't true as a general rule. It's also ridiculous to compare Ford's engineering because getting the maximum power or fuel mileage isn't their only requirement. Ford engineers are also designing around noise, harshness, physical constraints of the engine bay, etc.

A 'true' cold air intake pulls air from outside the engine bay. By definition, the AEM is the only currently available aftermarket 'true' cold air intake, along with the snorkel-delete and Newmission setups. As a general rule, if you are driving in deep enough water to clog any off those then you wee doing something wrong to start with.
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