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post #1 of 58 Old 06-22-2003, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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AEM CAI installed! pics.

I finally found the time yesterday night to install the aem cai. so me and my friend proceed to start the project around 11 pm at my college's robotics lab...



first step, removing the old intake (my friend paul going at it)



jacked up the car, removed front right wheel.



removed front lip bodykit and flapped open the wheel well lining (may i add u have to remove 2 pieces of stock air box parts within this fender area)



my custom short ram before, paul just messing with it



the aem parts... 3 pieces of tubing and a bag full of stepped couplers and brackets and such.. and of course the air filter



intake removed, fuse box loosened, and battery removed. the instructions actually did not include removing the battery, but it was real hard to work with without the room



tubes connected with the air mass sensor, all tightened down



almost there!



intake elbow tugged tightly under the fender



air filter attached to elbow, elbow mounted to fender



finished install! battery, fusebox put back to normal



wheel put back on, jacked car back down, connect battery, done!

we ended around 3 am in the morning... about 4 hours to install! it took so long mainly because we didn't have the right tools and we had to wait around for friends to come by with the tools. the intake was a pretty tight fit, everything had to be done accurately. my advice to others: have patience, work carefully and remember where everything goes (when u put ur car back together).

but there you go. hope this helps. as for performance, i feel there's an improvement... not sure how to describe it because i havent had the time to drive it around. but i can hear the intake sucking in air right next to my right wheel. pretty cool stuff.


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Sweet, looks good too!
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where is it taking air from? the wheel well?
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it doesn't have an air bypass valve does it?

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not it did not come with an air bypass valve. thats one thing that got me worried since my car is so low and the filter looks like it would be 'in' water if i drive over a big puddle.

however, my friend who drives an accord also has the AEM CAI, which is located at the same place, and he has yet to run into that problem.

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What type of short ram is that? What are you gonna do with it? If I was you Id invest in that bypass valve, a kid on here with a cai without the bypass swamped his engine after hittin a small lake in the road. It could save your engine.

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Are those pics the original sizes? I'd appreciate some larger pics... I think you should be fine when guarding against puddles for now...especially since summer just started. You planning to put the stock airbox in for the fall/winter?

Nice job on the install

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Nice job! I was wondering, do you think that would fit the solara v6? It looks the same.
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What type of short ram is that? What are you gonna do with it? If I was you Id invest in that bypass valve, a kid on here with a cai without the bypass swamped his engine after hittin a small lake in the road. It could save your engine.
its some 'OBX Air Intake System' i bought off ebay a year ago. supposedly its for my car but in reality its horrible. the way they made the intake mount is ridiculously dangerous. thats why i was so eager to buy this CAI, to save myself the trouble of my custom intake falling off while i driving.

the guy made a mistake and sent me two of those short ram intakes, if u want the other i can sell it to you, its still brand new.

and yea i think i'll buy the bypass when winter comes around... AEM makes them for about $45 anyways.

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CAI looks good. where'd you get it from? did you have to cut the opening into the fender any bigger than stock to fit the pipe thru?


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If its horrible I probably shouldnt get into it but is there any way to fix it at all? What would you want for it? Id have to modify it to fit my car too. I have the 3fz-ve (92). Could you send a couple of pics of the intake and the holes it has for the sensors?
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its some 'OBX Air Intake System' i bought off ebay a year ago. supposedly its for my car but in reality its horrible. the way they made the intake mount is ridiculously dangerous. thats why i was so eager to buy this CAI, to save myself the trouble of my custom intake falling off while i driving.

the guy made a mistake and sent me two of those short ram intakes, if u want the other i can sell it to you, its still brand new.

and yea i think i'll buy the bypass when winter comes around... AEM makes them for about $45 anyways.

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i got the CAI from adventon.com and there was no cutting involved... just a tight fit. but i would encourage you guys to wait for soundlzd's group buy to support a fellow camry man's business i wouldnt have bought it so fast if i trusted my custom intake.

MTL1324 i'll ship u that short ram for free if u really want. u just pay for shipping. just be careful and make sure everything is stable if you don't want trouble. since i got it by mistake anyways i dont want to make money off you for it. i'll take some pics later.

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What does everyone think about this intake fittiing into a 5sfe? I was trying to compare pics of pdpchasm's intake/engine and a pic of a 5sfe engine bay. I think it would fit but I dont know if it is just me wanting it to fit. Let me know what you guys think.
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What does everyone think about this intake fittiing into a 5sfe? I was trying to compare pics of pdpchasm's intake/engine and a pic of a 5sfe engine bay. I think it would fit but I dont know if it is just me wanting it to fit. Let me know what you guys think.
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I dont think it would well maybe well i dont know..I have a 5sfe too and is AEM making some for us 4 cyl guys??
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I dont think it would well maybe well i dont know..I have a 5sfe too and is AEM making some for us 4 cyl guys??
Yes, they plan too.
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