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Old 02-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #11
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I thought the bypass filter was a waste, only if you were FI? Id replace it every year before I take my chances with hydro locking it... I hydro locked my Focus only 12hrs after buying it... NOT FUN.

Obviously avoid puddles, but for me it was go thru (about 4in of water) or be clobbered by a semi... I took my chances with the puddle (flooded intersection)
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:59 AM   #12
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lol! ill keep all that in mind and thanks for the comments guys... but im not a rookie at this... i am to the svt though

I ran a trd cai in my M-xrs for about 7 years no problems at all, the filter was about 5'' from the ground and all those 7 years where in puertorican weather (rains every afternoon)

and my turbo genesis had an aem CAI which was about 7'' from the ground, i later switched to a sri because it was better for the turbo

I did find times where i had to accelerate the car, shut off the engine, cross the puddle while running the turn the car back on on the other side, yup stupid but it worked.

my bro ran an aem bypass in his focus and never really had any problems, its made of hard plastic so it hardens and snaps/breaks after a few months because of the engines heat and movement so i know about that.

thanks for the comments and suggestion, lets see how this goes.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:15 PM   #13
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This looks a little different than my arm CIA. The aem lower pipe is wider than the pipe that goes into the tb. As for the filter not fitting properly, have you tried a heat gun to warm the rubber to expand it onto the pipe.
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This looks a little different than my arm CIA. The aem lower pipe is wider than the pipe that goes into the tb. As for the filter not fitting properly, have you tried a heat gun to warm the rubber to expand it onto the pipe.
I have no intentions what so ever to use this filter, even if it was 3'' like the lower pipe. Before ordering it i already had plans to replace it with a aem or k&n 3''. The lower pipe is 3'' the upper pipe is 2.75ish so i guess the lower IS wider

the filter it came with is 2.5'' it doesnt even fit the upper pipe :( lol
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:32 PM   #15
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Okay, couldn't tell from the pictures. Good find.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:32 PM   #16
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the bypass is a waste of time and money i bought one then read up on them they dont keep water out unless you completly submerge the filter in water
Which is the exactly reason why you get one! It's like a cop and their gun: rather have it, and not need it, than need it and not have it.

I hyrdo-locked my first engine because I was stuck in a flash-flood and didn't have a beater car as an option. Now I do and the focus never goes out in the rain. Look at it like this: less than a hundred for a bypass, or over a couple thousand for a new engine/labor
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:35 PM   #17
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actually $20 for the one im thinking about and like $55 for the aem one... ill prob get the $20 one... i can just wrap something around it when its not raining making it useless then when it rains ill just open my hood and vent it so it works...

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all i have to say is you get what you pay for
I say, good purchase Mate! As long as it does what it's designed for and doesn't cause issues from poor materials or construction... I paid $389 for my AEM cold air kit, and I ended up off the road last winter (for shame, no snow miles... GASP!). The car would crank, no problem, and even start everytime; but once the thing 'caught' it would just die on me. I chased parts and what I eventually thought was an electrical gremlin, and one day decided to look at the MAF after I'd already bought a new one. And to what did my prying eyes discover:


This little chip of the powder-coating had vibrated/sucked loose from the inside-end of the intake tubing and lodged itself betwixt the hot-wire and the plastic holding it! I took it out and the car fired right back up after all that time...

You gotta watch out for yourself, that's true; but the industry has some fun secrets that are designed to separate you from your income. Like the fact that only three companies manufacture batteries or motor oil... You'll just pay double for a major name battery or oil (synthetic oil being an exception).
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #19
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The only reason people pay for aem is its legal to have on ur car mainly. Basicly paid extra for that real c.a.r.b. legal sticker EO #. Yes cali sucks but it makes up for it with the nice weather lol.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #20
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^ that sticker can also be bought, its $15 lol
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