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Old 02-14-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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my ebay CAI

got this in later today and i must say it doesnt look too bad. I know its ebay i know its cheap and its a knock off but guess what? I dont really care. Ive seen the aem one for the svt before and i didnt see many difference. Paint looked ok, shape and bends look ok only problem is the filter it came with besides it being cr@p its like 2'' wide and its impossible to fit in the tube. I also dont care why? cause i was going to replace it any ways. The K&N cone filter should be here tom.

also as soon as i got it i started wrapping it in heat wrap, but i ran out half way. ill have this on before the week end















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Old 02-14-2012, 08:21 PM   #2
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all i have to say is you get what you pay for
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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i paid $5400 for my svt.... does that mean its a bad car?
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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It all depends. lol I dont know if you are saying 5400 was overpriced or underpriced. Depends on the miles I suppose. But I imagine its a nice car :D I paid $3700 for my zx3 with 91k miles. And I definetly love it! haha Oh and good luck with the CAI btw. Its always fun to experiment and be different and try something not many other people do.
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could just mean its got high miles like i said do your homework anyone running a early build aem short ram intake will notice their cars idle weird look it up it might not be a bad buy but more often than not ebay junk is just junk
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^ i know, but ill recheck the sensor welds tom, thats a probl. i did notice some metal shaving still stuck inside, ill grind this down. My bro still has an ebay cai in his zx3 and never had problems after about 4 years of using it. This one looks ok, im putting a bypass valve and the k&n filter, that should do the trick.

the filter it came with is so cr@p though lol! ive seen a few ebay/china made filter but this one takes the win. It doesnt even have the cloth fiber inside, its just a metal mesh like thing
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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 filber in water
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Dear OP,

But it's still a good intake, and you'll see the same gains from this that you see people spending $100's on an AEM one. Just keep an eye on the worm clamps and the condition of the couplers with the heat of the engine. And the black valve cover vent hose is crap, block off the nipple on the intake pipe with duct tape, and dump the valve cover vent to the ground or catch can.

You DON'T a bypass valve on this CAI, if you have your driver side inner fender well shield installed correctly. I've driven in some HEAVY rains going back and forth from Socal and Portland, never had a problem. And the Bypass valve foam starts to rip from the engine movements anyway later down the road.

Enjoy your new "turbo" suction noise the CAI emits when you jump on the throttle, and sell the cheap filter on your local CL...

and if you really want that AEM feel, just buy a $2 AEM vinyl off eBay and slap it on there. No one will know except you.
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its does start smaller then end larger.... any problems with this? will the mixture lean out or something? i dont remember if the aem was like this or not...?
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its does start smaller then end larger.... any problems with this? will the mixture lean out or something? i dont remember if the aem was like this or not...?
the AEM CAI is exactly like this, and no you won't have any problems. AEM has to run their intakes through a series of test to get CARB approval, so a knock off version will be fine.
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