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Old 03-11-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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Rainy state CAI owners

I would like to hear from people who live in rainy areas, who have also installed CAI. I know about the bypass valves but I would really rather not install one; plus I understand it is a very tight fit for the SVT.
Please offer up some testimonials on your experiences with CAI in rainy areas. Have you experienced any water related problems related to your intake? And if so, please describe them.
Some people have installed splash shields, please give your opinions on those. They probably help to keep the filter dryer and cleaner but do they hurt performance?
Let's make this the quintessential CAI thread for the rainy state people.


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Well, I live in Houston and we get quite a bit of rain and I have not had any problems with my CAI sucking up water or anything but the filter does get dirty fairly quickly and I clean it about every 6 to 8 weeks. That in itself isn't a big deal and it's easy to do and I don't mind doing it. So far so good on my CAI and the sound is awesome!!
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You all ready know what I think youll be find here in orlando
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Well, here' my story regarding CAI and rain.

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How often should the filter on my short ram be cleaned if you guys are cleaning your CAI's every 5 weeks maybe I should get to cleaning mine its been about 3 and a half months I've had it.
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I only clean once a year/15K miles.

I guess if you live in a real dusty area, you need to clean it more often.
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I know red, you've been great ... I just want to put together a thread that will benefit all.
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I just replaced my filter, the oem one hasn't been cleaned in about 10K miles and all kinds of shit came dumping out of it. The car runs like crazy with the new filter, never did I think that it would make that much of a difference.

I have an Injen shield around the filter that can completely shield the bottom and top ( there's a large gap in between ), I usually point the gap somewhere around 2 o'clock. I live in San Antonio, where floods and heavy rains are rather possible, and all too often common, and I've had no issues either, but I take care to avoid deep puddles, as much as I possibly can.
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Well, I live in Houston and we get quite a bit of rain and I have not had any problems with my CAI sucking up water or anything but the filter does get dirty fairly quickly and I clean it about every 6 to 8 weeks. That in itself isn't a big deal and it's easy to do and I don't mind doing it. So far so good on my CAI and the sound is awesome!!
Same here. We get some hellish rain and alot of standing rain on the roads. I have not had any issues. You will need to clean the filter often though...like every oil change. I'd also recommend making some sort of shield to protect the filter from dirt and debris.
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I live in Detroit, it's fairly rainy here. I had the CAI for about 8 months. I made a shield for it. The shield seemed to keep it mostly dry, I never seemed to have any water issues. The filter did get dirty fast. I would agree that it probably needs to be cleaned once a month to every other month. I eventually changed back to stock with a drop in K&N. I changed back b/c the engine was surging. The surging stopped after I changed back.
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