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Yup. Another custom CAI thread.

First off, thanks to brungold for his original thread and information and to Keep for pointing me in the right direction.

Tools needed-
One flat-head screw driver, one phillips screw driver, 11mm and ratchet, beer, something to cut a metal pipe (for this i used a regular hand held electric saw with a metal-cutting blade. A hack-saw with a blade to cut metal will work too.)

Items needed- $80.94
-Short-ram air intake for a gen3 (3 inch pipe) $19.99+$17.00 SH= $36.99
Cold air intake for a 92-95 Honda Civic. (2 3/4 inch pipe) $18.95+$25 SH= $43.95
A rubber/silicone coupler 2 3/4 inch ID to 3 inch.

DISCLAIMER: I nor toyotanation.com is responsible for any damages this modification may cause. Mod at your own risk.

This write-up starts with the OEM airbox out already.

First, raise the car and place on a jack and remove the tire. This isn't necessary but makes the install easier.

Now, looking at the wheel-well remove all the screws circled in red. The yellow arrow points to another screw which must be undone as well but is not seen unless you get under the car. These screws are found on both sides. There are 14 screws total which must be reomoved.





With the cover removed you now have the rest of the aibox exposed. Again, remove the screw in red.



After removing the first screw there is another screw in the back. With the sun beating down on me I just ripped it out. No harm done.



Drink some beer. For you minors, get some Kool-Aid.

In the engine bay. Remove the battery and fuse box closest to the battery. The yellow arrow is the bolt for the fuse box which must be removed. As in the picture, open the fuse box and remove the bolt. There is also another bolt the holds both fuse boxes together. You may want to remove that one as well but it's not neccesary. The red arrow points to the final bolt for the airbox assembly. Remove that bolt and proceed to remove the final piece of the air box.



You are half way done.

Next, install the Camry short ram intake. Your intake should have instructions on install but if it doesn't look at the finished pics to get a better idea.

Your next step is where the custom work starts. Take out the Civic cold air intake and lay out all the pieces. You should have one long pip and a smaller, bent pipe. Take the longer pipe and put it in through the hole where the old air box was. (Note: The end with the nozzle should be next to the short ram and not through the hole.) The short ram intake and the cold air intake will touch. This is normal. In the fender, mock-up where everything will go.



Once your satisfied with how things are going, it's time to measure and cut!

Draw a line on the CAI pipe to guide you. Take out the pipe and cut it. I didn't get it right the first time...



...and the actual cut was pretty nasty looking. Thank god she ain't a beauty queen :lol:



Before installing the pipe a few things must be said. After cutting the pipe clean the cut with either sand paper or a file. This will prevent small fragments of metal from entering the engine. Second, try and run a rag through the inside of the pipe as well to clean it. Many people forget to do this and it can be VERY HARMFUL TO YOUR ENGINE. Third, drink some more beer.

With everything clean, if you don't have a coupler you might be able to stretch a 2 3/4 inch coupler over the 3 inch short ram intake. You have all the necessary hardware to do this. Put the pip though the fender hole first then attach it to the short ram. Next attach the filter to the bottom pipe and then this pipe to the longer pipe, as shown below.



Sit back, drink some more beer, make sure everything is tight, and stare in wonder as you have just completed a custom cold air intake for a gen3 5sfe Camry. :D

Total time: 1 hour (taking pics and drinking beer 1 1/2 hours)

Finished pics:

 

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Dominican Republic
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Great job man, Kudos to a job well done... watch the puddles though.
 

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nice writeup...might attempt this when I get too fed up with my sri....

almost everyday I have to put the cone back on the pipe and secure it to the body of the car. Don't know why. Maybe cause my engines rocks back and forth too much. :dunno:
 

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Thanks to all for the kind comments!

DJ-torn: The puddles are a given even though it is sitting pretty high in the fender.

Durrby: Could it be that some of your couplings are dirty or have oil on them? That cause the cone on my SRI to come off once.



Did I come off as an alcholic in the write up or what?
 

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Lex Zues!
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very nice, have a link to which civic cai you bought?

also, did you like the change between the sound of the SRI and the CAI?
 

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TN's Resident Car Whore!
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very nice job. well done :clap:
 

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RedPhoenix said:
very nice, have a link to which civic cai you bought?

also, did you like the change between the sound of the SRI and the CAI?
The SRI was louder and a bit annoying. The CAI is deeper sounding and the car responds a bit better after 2k.

I bought the CAI off of ebay from jasitems . He delivired quick too! Within 5 hours of payment he had a tracking number. I believe this is the link here.
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
I also have 2 small clips. One from a roll, and the other from a dead stop but my F'en FTP server is acting up. Took an hour of downloading for 12 pics. I'll try again tomorrow.
 

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Very nice!:clap: Now if there was only a cai for the 3vz-fe.:disappoin Do you have sound clips? Was kind of curious as to what a cai sounds like compared to my sri.:naughty:
 

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^^^ there is....just extend the tubing near the battery down to the front fender with a simple bendable dryer hose duct.....that what i did, works great
 

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2.2l 5sfe Baby!

Nice detail.. had a couple of questions so you pretty much cleared it all up;) Plus, you gave us a reason to like the Civic. Even if it only lasted for 3 seconds;)
 

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ag6286 said:
^^^ there is....just extend the tubing near the battery down to the front fender with a simple bendable dryer hose duct.....that what i did, works great
Or I could do a custom job like you and save $200! :whatwhat: Yeah! I'll do that! I'll do it next month maybe.
 

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The Other White Meat
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buying $20 of stainless steel and getting an exhaust shop to bend it for $10 is cheaper then dryer hose duct.
 

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gen2 kamikaze
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i dont think the puddles would be too much of a problem at all if you properly oiled your air filter, but then again...i cannot provide accurate testimony as i don't have a cai. i always wondered about putting a cai for a different car on mine, and i guess this solves the problem ;) although, i wont be doing this to my car, as i think that my car (gen2 v6) is junk and i'd rather spend the time and money on a car that's worth it.
 

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The Other White Meat
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if you do it the cheap way (from standard airbox) the fuel savings will pay foritself after a while :D
 
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