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
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.