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Old 07-31-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Hydro locking issues

So I just bought my fswerks cold air intake. Figured I may as well so I can match all my other fswerks parts. Everyone on this facebook page I'm on tells me I'm dumb for buying it and the first time I run into rain I'm gonna hydro lock my engine and blow it up. I find this hard to believe. Now I've heard of this happening on other cars before but if this was an issue on our cars surely I would have heard about it. Now sure yes I'm sure if I bail off into 2 to 3 feet of water I'm just asking for it but a little rain shouldnt hurt nothing right? Just wanna be able to sleep a little bit better at night lol.


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Old 07-31-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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the only way you will hydrolock your motor is if you drive it into a lake, most CAI have some sort of bypass valve you can put on it or you can buy one if you dont feel comfortable driving with out one
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I would remove yourself from that Facebook page.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
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I would remove yourself from that Facebook page.
step 1, less facebook.

step 2, install cai

step 3, enjoy



Ive had my FSWerks CAI on for several years, driven in many different types of precipitation; down pours, drizzle, storms, snow/slush. I have not hydro-locked my car. My car is also a lowered a few inches, putting my filter even closer to the ground. Think of the CAI as a straw, straws only work when they are full submerged. The CAI tucks into the bumper/fender and out of direct contact of water/rain. So unless you are daft enough to drive through standing water, you will be fine. Relax and get to installing it
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:53 AM   #5
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The FSWerks intake doesn't have a bypass valve, but if you're dumb enough to drive through deep water, you deserve the consequences, IMO.
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The FSWerks intake doesn't have a bypass valve, but if you're dumb enough to drive through deep water, you deserve the consequences, IMO.
right, the CFM CAI (here) comes with a bypass... Same idea as the FSWerks intake but includes the option for that bypass valve.
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You would have to fully submerge the FSWERKS CAI to hydrolock... Its sits inside the bumper and is about a foot above the ground depending on the suspension you have. If you are worried you can add a hydroshield for extra protection but I ended up just taking the hydroshield off mine and have had no issues.
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I had a FSwerks CAI on my car for two years (cold, wet Seattle weather) with no issues. The filter does get soaking wet, but never had any issues.
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I have had that system on my car for about 35K miles and have driven through some very serious rain storms with no problems. It is a great system.
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Looking at CAI

I've been looking at getting a CAI, but im looking at different options.

When I look online, K&N says i can only get a 57i-0595 (here)

Alot of people swear by the FIPK, but the website and Amazon say it wont fit a 2007 zx3.

Has anyone worked with the 57i? How would it compare to the FSwerks or a CFM CAI? Are they all the same and I should just pick one?

Opinions please.
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