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Old 08-20-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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Roto-Fab CAI Install with Pics (5 Stars)

First of all, I want to take a minute to thank Mike at Roto-Fab for a few things.

1. For making what I think is the nicest CAI for the 2010 Camaro that I have seen.

2. For taking his time to respond to PMs and posts on the board and provide updates on his products.

3. This is the biggest thing to me when I'm in the garage at 9:30 on a Thursday and I have a problem. I sent Mike a PM and he doesn't write me back, he calls me to help me with my particular situation and to guide me through the resolution.

Yes, he is making money off all of our sales, but he could have just wrote me back tomorrow or told me to call him tomorrow. Customer service means a lot to me and alot of others. I'll definitely keep this in mind for recommending Roto-Fab to my friends and going back to them in the future for other product needs.

5 STARS Mike...............Thanks.


Now, I'm not gonna walk through the steps of the install, but Mike's directions are extremely clear and the install is almost intuitive if you just take your time and look at each step before you start throwing it on the car.

The only snag that I had was in getting the breather tube to release from the barbed fitting at the passenger valve cover. This is where Mike helped me out. On my particular car, I had to rotate the tube counter-clockwise 180 degrees to be able to see the small tab that has to be pushed to get the assembly to release from the barb. I took a close-up that you'll see when you scroll down. After talking to Mike, we think that they must not all be installed in the same position at the manufacturer. They only anticipate them having to be pushed on one time. Removal is someone else's problem.

As you can see, I opted for the black Air Box. I think this kit looks like it could have been a factory install.

And before anyone asks, no, I haven't even started the car after install. I want to take one more look at everything tomorrow just to make sure there are no loose connections, etc. I'll edit this tomorrow night after a test run.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:33 PM   #2
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I'm still undecided on my CAI but the more I contemplate my purchase, the more I start leaning toward Roto-Fab. They were the first CAI that I saw (along with their custom engine compartment pieces) and thought the craftsmanship looked top notch. After hearing more and more stories like this, it begins to solidify my decision. I've also gotten quick responses to my personal questions.

When installing this, do you have to remove the engine cover?

PS: That engine compartment looks soooooo much better once that large plastic excuse for an air intake is removed.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:52 PM   #3
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Yep, the engine cover has to be removed to allow for access to the breather tube on the passenger valve cover. Not a big deal.

I just went back out to take another look at it and I thought the same thing looking at the hulk of plastic laying in front of it.

I think you'll be happy with it.
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:23 AM   #4
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I love the look of the Roto-Fab. I have it on my car....and I sell it...For those lookign at the traditional style CAI like this, you cannot go wrong!
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Old 08-21-2009, 07:46 AM   #5
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Ok you all say you love it. Tell me this.

1. HP, TRQ gains
2. Maybe a video clip of the sound
3. Does it really make the car perform better
4. Any one put one on a L99


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Old 08-21-2009, 07:56 PM   #6
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Ok you all say you love it. Tell me this.

1. HP, TRQ gains
2. Maybe a video clip of the sound
3. Does it really make the car perform better
4. Any one put one on a L99


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Hey Scott,

Sorry, I can't give you HP and TRQ gains for this item alone as I've got the Doug Thorley shorties and a pair of Flowmaster Super 40s that were already installed, but, I can tell you this;

2. I took a clip tonight of start-up and idle up to 2500, but I have to wait for battery recharge to download it. Under a load though is where you really hear and feel for that matter this intake working. It's got a NICE sound under acceleration to me.

3. HELL YES!!! I had posted that my LS3 didn't really seem to be running like I expected in another thread, but damn this blast of air has really flipped a switch somewhere on my car. Granted, when I left for my test run tonight, the ambient air was 82 and when I got back it was around 77, but I've driven in these temps before tonight and it was never this responsive to me. I actually got a little uneasy feeling when I was taking a snaky on-ramp onto highway 40 tonight and then I looked down when I was merging and I was doing 92...............

4. I can't offer anything here.

I will also add that I also checked the difference in temperature between the air box and the engine bay and it was significantly noticeable. If I can remember, I'll check it with an infrared scope tomorrow.

I think anyone interested in a nice piece with obvious gains in the seat of the pants feel for HP and TRQ will be happy with this product.

I'm toying with not even getting a dyno tune now even though I know it will just make the gains that much better.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:49 PM   #7
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Cool thanks for the writeup!
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:00 PM   #8
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scott i bought one of these and should have it soon. ill let you know i have mine paired with a borla catback and doug thorley headers
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:11 AM   #9
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Nelson,
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with our intake installation. We've done our best to produce a system that satisfies our customers in all aspects. That inlcudes packaging, installation, appearance, quality and performance.
As we've learned with our other systems, it's customer feedback such as yours that really helps others make decisions when choosing aftermarket products for their vehicles.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:05 PM   #10
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what does this do to the factory warranty?
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It is just a CAI...I dont know any dealer who will give you any problems about it.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:49 PM   #12
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I installed my Roto Fab CAI yesterday, Easy to install, looks great, and it makes my L99 sound fantastic.
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I installed my Roto Fab CAI yesterday, Easy to install, looks great, and it makes my L99 sound fantastic.
Glad to hear all is well with your new system.
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Great pics of the install, thanks!
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